News from Innovative

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



(2004), "News from Innovative", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 No. 4.



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News from Innovative

News from Innovative

Cornell University selects Innovative’s Electronic Resource Management

Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems, has announced that Cornell University in the US has selected Electronic Resource Management, the first product of its kind in the marketplace. Electronic Resource Management will vastly improve staff control of critical e-resources, while populating Cornell’s Web OPAC with data to improve patron access to subscription products. Like many other libraries, Cornell’s current handling of electronic resource data is: “a labour-intensive patchwork that is unsustainable and cannot fully meet the needs of our users or our staff,” says Karen Calhoun, Associate University Librarian for Technical Services at Cornell. “In the attempt to keep a grip on our burgeoning e-resource collections, our staff has created many separate, sometimes hidden, documents and applications that strand too much knowledge on the desktops of a few staff members.”

Cornell went through a meticulous interview process of staff, identifying three key benefits of moving to Innovative’s solution: a better end-user interface for e-resources that can integrate appropriate licence data, a less complex and labour-intensive process for loading and transferring e-resource metadata, and a more efficient and effective staff support for e-resource selection, evaluation, tracking, administration and troubleshooting – all resulting in improved user support.

Calhoun co-ordinated Cornell’s participation in OCLC’s Cooperative Online Resource Cataloguing (CORC) initiative, a project that began in the late 1990 s within OCLC’s research arm. The Cornell CORC team identified, as part of a final 1999 report, the needs libraries have for managing electronic resources and how potential applications could fill the gap. Electronic Resource Management, “matches many of the requirements Cornell had in mind at the end of the CORC project,” says Calhoun.

Cornell will install Electronic Resource Management, Report Writer, Statistics, and Web OPAC modules. This package not only offers the superior features of Electronic Resource Management but will also provide Cornell with the means to deliver this information directly to their users.

Spain’s Universidad de Jaén selects Millennium

Innovative Interfaces has announced that Spain’s Universidad de Jaén has selected Millennium as its next-generation integrated library system. In addition, the University has agreed to join the Andalucian Library Consortium. The Consortium is currently implementing INN-Reach, Innovative’s resource-sharing product. Jaén’s selection of Millennium means that nine of ten of the libraries in the group (Sevilla, Cádiz, Granada, Málaga, Córdoba, Helva, Almeria, and Pablo de Olavide) will run Innovative systems.

Two factors drove Universidad de Jaén’s decision. “The need for latest-generation technology, functionality and features was crucial,” says Sebastián Jarillo Calvario, Director of Library and Archive Services. “In addition, Innovative’s track record in both the US and southern Europe, especially in the Andalucian Library Consortium, also impressed us.”

Since its founding in 1994, the Biblioteca Universidad de Jaén has provided the essential service of supporting teaching and research, while enhancing the campus environment. Jaén’s library serves nearly 16,000 patrons at two sites and holds over 200,000 volumes.

Innovative’s flagship product offering, Millennium, is installed in thousands of libraries in 40 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. A total of 26 institutions purchased or upgraded to Millennium in the first quarter of 2004. Among this group were libraries purchasing the Electronic Resource Management Module and other new products available in Millennium Silver. Innovative has been providing services to libraries for 25 years.

For further information please contact: Innovative Interfaces, 3 York Court, Upper York St, Bristol BS2 8QF, UK. Tel: +44(0) 117 975 1021; Fax: +44(0) 117 924 4367; E-mail: URL:

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