Auto-Graphics, Inc. has announced the availability of AGent Digital Collections, a Web-based collection preservation and delivery product designed to assist small and medium-sized public libraries, academic institutions, and cultural heritages with the creation and display of their digital collections.
Auto-Graphics is offering free storage with its ASP fully hosted licensed service option designed to help libraries save the time and extra cost of hosting their own system or employing additional IT staff. The system is designed for collection development and public display. Once a user logs in, digital files can be uploaded and cataloged using the data entry Web form (an optional advanced metadata editing tool is also available for the more experienced catalogers). Once the record is uploaded to the hosted server, it becomes available for public view through the library's Web site. The library's collection can also be made universally available for searching as a Z39.50 target. Auto-Graphics' AGent Portal federated search tool can also be added to allow a patron to search the library's digital collection with its local catalog or other subscription electronic resources.