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    October 13th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Contact: Jamieson Chandler
    (415) 517-1707

    Mosio's Text a Librarian to Power Mobile Information for Conference Attendees

    San Francisco, CA – Information Today is partnering with Mosio to maximize attendee experience by offering mobile information at Internet Librarian 2009, North America's largest technology conference and exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers.

    Attendees can access Internet Librarian Mobile, a mobile-optimized site containing daily programming, conference tracks and the speakers list, plus quick links to the official #IL2009 Twitter hashtag and the Internet Librarian wiki. The conference's "mobile microsite" is accessible via any web-enabled mobile device, making it available and user-friendly to as many attendees as possible. Utilizing the mobile web, there is no application to download or install.

    "There's been so much discussion recently about how libraries need to go to where the users are, develop and deliver services in micro-formats, take the library mobile. We've been covering it in Computers in Libraries magazine and it's a topic on the program at Internet Librarian. Thanks to our partnership with Mosio, I'm glad to say we're going to get to give attendees in Monterey a feeling for how it can apply in a real-life setting, by taking our own thick program, micro." said Dick Kaser, Information Today's VP of Content.

    Launched in January 2009 and carrier-approved on over 260 million U.S. mobile phones, Mosio's Text a Librarian enables libraries to easily implement mobile text messaging to reference and patron services. Patrons text questions to libraries from their mobile devices, and librarians respond by typing answers on a secure website. The service is now being used in nearly 100 public and academic libraries across the country. Internet Librarian Mobile was built using Mosio's MobileMicro, an upcoming feature of Text a librarian, enabling librarians to create quick and simple information pages optimized for the mobile web.

    "The need for mobility is creating an interesting conundrum," said Noel Chandler, Mosio CEO and Co-Founder. "There is pressure to be relevant to the rapidly growing population of mobile information seekers, but the development and maintenance of mobile apps is too time-intensive and cost-prohibitive for many organizations. In addition, discovery of apps by users still presents a challenge. We created the MobileMicro feature to make it simple for libraries using our Text a Librarian service to have an easily-accessible mobile presence without the costs and resources required for effective mobile app development."

    Internet Librarian Mobile is the first mobile microsite built using Text a Librarian’s MobileMicro feature. To access the site, attendees text message the word INTLIB to 66746 from any web-enabled phone. Mosio will be using feedback from Information Today and conference attendees to improve the feature, currently in alpha stages of development. Beta launch of MobileMicro is scheduled for late fall 2009, adding it to the growing list of Text a Librarian features, which includes RefStart - a web-based reference application giving librarians customizable one-click access to reference tools, search, web 2.0 sites and popular social networks.

    About Mosio's Text a Librarian
    Accessible by over 260 million U.S. mobile phones, Text a Librarian is a mobile reference service technology developed specifically for libraries. Built on Mosio's award-winning mobile questions and answers platform, Text a Librarian enables libraries to reach more patrons on the go through their mobile phones. For more information regarding Text a Librarian, please visit

    About Information Today, Inc.
    Information Today, Inc. (ITI) is a leading publisher and conference organizer in the field of technology and technology applications in today’s enterprise. Information Today publications include Streaming Media magazine, CRM magazine, KMWorld magazine, Database Trends and Applications magazine, EventDV magazine, and EContent magazine. ITI’s annual conferences include Enterprise Search Summit, Streaming Media East/West, WebSearch University, and SpeechTEK. Website:

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    October 13th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    POMONA, CA. — October 5, 2009 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTCBB: AUGR) (Pink Sheets: AUGR), a technology innovator providing library automation solutions for over 36 years, today announced that Grant County Public Library in South Dakota has selected AGent VERSO™ for their integrated library system (ILS). They will be upgrading to AGent VERSO from a Winnebago Spectrum system provided by Follett and have opted for the Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted delivery method, which provides full system support and maintenance, allowing them to focus on expanding patron services without the additional cost and complexity of addressing technical support issues. By utilizing the SaaS option, they will automatically be upgraded to the latest version of the system without any additional expenses.

    “AGent VERSO was the most versatile and user-friendly system we evaluated for patrons. The web-based system is especially helpful to reach rural areas where 24/7 access is extremely important. Also, the Auto-Graphics’ team was extremely helpful and patient in accommodating our library's individual needs,” says Robin Schrupp, library director. “This is a giant step for our library and we are very excited to have the opportunity to utilize this technology and expand our services to meet the needs of our community...and beyond!”

    Grant County Library will also be receiving AGent Iluminar™, Auto-Graphics’ next generation user interface, built using the open source Adobe Flex® framework and employing innovative, attention-grabbing display technologies such as 3D Flip and Cover Flow book jacket display, as well as enhanced drag & drop functionality and the ability for end users to modify their own user experience through “My Lists” and “My Account” customization options.

    About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
    Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics has been a technology innovator for more than five decades, providing data automation solutions to customers across multiple industries. For over 36 years, Auto-Graphics has helped libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. The AGent integrated product suite – currently used by more than 6,000 libraries in North America – is comprised of AGent Iluminar™ a next generation patron user interface; AGent VERSO™ a complete integrated library system; AGent Resource Sharing™ a robust interlibrary loan and consortial borrowing solution; and AGent Search™ a powerful federated search application. AGent products are standards-compliant, built with an open systems architecture and are available via the Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted delivery model. For more information, please visit