RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. /ACCESSWIRE/March 3, 2022/ Arkansas State Library has awarded Auto-Graphics, Inc. a two-year contract for a new integrated resource sharing system and secure hybrid union catalog.
Through its SHAREit product, which was the industry’s first web-based library resource management solution, Auto-Graphics will create, host and maintain a secure hybrid union catalog and resource sharing system independent of the library system for the State of Arkansas. The new system will allow users to search all participating library systems in the state and request library materials using a direct request.
“The Arkansas State Library has long recognized the need for a statewide Virtual Union Catalog (VUC), linking the existing catalogs of participating libraries and making their collections accessible in real time,” said Jennifer Chilcoat, director of the Arkansas State Library. “Funding through the American Rescue Plan Act allowed us to finally take the leap and get this project off the ground.”
Implementation of the new system began in February 2022 and is expected to be operational by June 2022, with 55-75 libraries expected to participate in the first year. The contract runs until January 2024.
“[The statewide VUC] can be used as a tool for collections management, benchmarking, and broader overall knowledge of resources around the state that can be useful to our user community,” Chilcoat said. “We are grateful for ARPA funds that have enabled us to meet this critical need.”
Arkansas’ decision to sign with Auto-Graphics stems from several reasons; namely that SHAREit can work with any ILS. “The statewide VUC will facilitate resource sharing among Arkansas libraries of all sizes and types,” Chilcoat said. “We certainly didn’t want to end up with a VUC that excluded full participation from all libraries, regardless of finance and geography. Full access was what we were looking for.”
Albert Flores, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Auto-Graphics, said SHAREit is the “perfect model to support a state with no history of resource sharing.”
“Our greatest satisfaction in implementing a new statewide system like Arkansas is leveraging the inherent value of SHAREit,” he said. “It shows the utility of SHAREit that it is flexible to adapt to a state’s ecosystem and background. That has always been its strength.”
Flores added that he and the Auto-Graphics team are thrilled and eager to welcome Arkansas to the SHAREit family.
Arkansas will be Auto-Graphics’ 15th statewide system, continuing its expansion into the Southeastern United States, including Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Auto-Graphics, Inc. is a library management and sharing software company that serves customers’ needs and technology to improve, assist, grow and engage the communities they serve. Auto-Graphics was the first to provide cloud-based library resource management to library consortia in 1994. For more than 60 years, Auto-Graphics has supported growth in carefully targeted directions, using the most powerful tools. more advanced and good old-fashioned business relationships. Focus on industry requirements, high standards, product warranty, technically oriented staff and ease of maintenance have all contributed to the success we enjoy today. For more information, please visit AG’s website at www.auto-graphics.com.
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