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Auto-Graphics Inc. Introduces a Unique OCLC WMS Bibliographic Connector
Auto-Graphics helping to restore an abandoned Z39.50 Protocol
ONTARIO, Calif. — May 21, 2015 — Auto-Graphics, Inc., a leading provider of tools, technologies, and software, developed to power libraries, is pleased to announce that SHAREit has been integrated with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services (WMS) ILS for their statewide and provincial customers. The new WMS module allows SHAREit to fully interact with OCLC WMS ILS systems in the same manner as any standard ILS using Z39.50. The WMS integration provides bibliographic data discovery, item level detail including availability, and related circulation status.
OCLC has opted to not support the Z39.50 protocol for WMS. Therefore, any of Auto-Graphics' resource sharing environments, or any ILS vendors needing to interact with institutions that are using the OCLC WMS ILS are unable to connect to these libraries. Auto-Graphics teamed up with IndexData and came up with a resolution to satisfy the needs of our Auto-Graphics' customers.
"It was a real shame to learn that OCLC would not support the use of the Z39.50 standard for the WMS platform, but the use of their XML based API was a good alternative that allowed our team to make the connections needed," said Paul Cope, President of Auto-Graphics, Inc. Paul also went on to say, "our ability to overlay SHAREit with any other resource sharing or ILS systems has been a cornerstone of our product, so this was important for Auto-Graphics to complete."
Auto-Graphics will use Z39.50, NCIP and now XML protocols connections for discovery of bibliographic data and holdings from any local ILS catalogs to create either a virtual or a hybrid resource sharing environment. Since Auto-Graphics handles ILL Resource Sharing networks that overlay diverse groups of ILS consortia, it simply made sense. This new module allows SHAREit customers to integrate OCLC libraries in their resource sharing networks.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Auto‐Graphics is a technology innovator providing data management solutions to customers across multiple industries. Auto‐Graphics has helped libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron‐centric. Auto‐Graphics’ browser based Library Management Platform for patrons and staff – currently used by more than 11,000 libraries in North America – is comprised of VERSO® our integrated library system; SHAREit™ our resource sharing product providing patron‐initiated sharing, circulation based interlibrary loan (using NCIP) and consortial borrowing solutions; SEARCHit™ the company's federated search and discovery module, and MONTAGE their brand new Digital Collection Management software. All products, part of the AG Library Service Platform, are fully compliant with ISO and NISO standards, and are available through the more effective Cloud‐based delivery (SaaS ‐ Software as a Service) model. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com, the Library pAGe blog, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.
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