Auto-Graphics, Inc. keeps adding to its impressive statewide library resource-sharing portfolio with sales of SHAREit
ONTARIO, Calif., April 26, 2017 — Auto-Graphics, Inc., an Industry-leading library management software provider and the first to provide Web-based library resource management solutions to library consortia, is excited to announce it is coming off one of its best eighteen-month growth periods due to winning contracts for statewide SHAREit resource sharing systems. With 14 states representing almost 6,000 connected libraries utilizing the hybrid (virtual/physical) SHAREit resource sharing solution, Auto-Graphics continues to be the undisputed leader in the library resource sharing category, enabling public, K-12, academic, special, and correctional libraries to easily share materials.
Two of Auto-Graphics’ new state-wide SHAREit customers, South Dakota and Pennsylvania, migrated from existing resource sharing products that did not meet their needs, while Indiana created a brand new statewide ILL/Resource Sharing program, just as another new state-wide SHAREit user, Vermont, plans to do. “Auto-Graphics SHAREit software and support instills a confidence in these massive statewide systems,” states Paul Cope, President of Auto-Graphics. “With over four thousand libraries added to the Auto-Graphics network in just the past 18 months, customers have the security they need to move from their previous product as South Dakota and Pennsylvania did, or press forward with a new resource sharing solution as Indiana has done.”
Auto-Graphics was the first library software vendor to use the Internet for ILL communication in 1994 and the first library software vendor to launch a cloud-based resource-sharing management software solution in 2000. Key to the success of SHAREit is that it is an open platform based on library standards such as Z39.50, SIP2, NCIP, and ISO ILL. This means SHAREit interoperates with pre-existing library software, no matter what vendor ILS is in place, unlike other resource sharing products.
“SHAREit’s hybrid model allows us to meet the diverse needs of the public and post-secondary libraries we serve,” said Sunni Nishimura, Manager, Resource Sharing & Arca Collaborative Digital Repository, BC Electronic Library Network. “While many libraries contribute records to build a robust union database, other libraries can choose to participate virtually, meaning that everyone can take part in and benefit from our SHAREit OutLook OnLine provincial resource sharing service. Auto-Graphics folks are always responsive to our questions and efficient at applying enhancements. The SHAREit user group has a great mix of long-standing consortial customers like us, as well as new customers, and innovative ideas abound! Auto-Graphics staff…