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Auto-Graphics, Inc.

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10535 Foothill Boulevard Suite 200
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730
United States
Phone: 909-595-7004

Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Executive Leadership

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Paul R. Cope
photo of Cheryl Slinkard
Cheryl Slinkard
Chief Operations Officer
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John Petrocik
Chief Technology Officer
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Albert Flores
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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Michael Willis
Vice President of Sales for VERSO
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Maureen Graham
Product Manager, SHAREit
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Rae Schneider
Product Manager, VERSO
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Debbie Hensler
SHAREit, Customer Services Product Manager
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Bryan Straight
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Oliver Weiler
Director of Information Technology
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Ted Koppel
Product Manager, VERSO ILS

Company Ownership

Agent Information Software, Inc. (AIS) became a publicly traded company in 2010 and involved a one-for-one exchange of shares from previously traded brand Auto-Graphics, Inc. (AUGR since 1969). Stock market quotations for Agent Information Software common stock can be found on Yahoo Finance under the ticker symbol AIFS. (from company investor page)

Personnel employed

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Documents or articles featuring Auto-Graphics, Inc.

Breeding, Marshall. Auto-Graphics: A Library Automation Pioneer Strengthens Its Position for Library Consortia. February 2012. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Auto-Graphics has been landing an increasing number of consortial contracts for its AGent VERSO ILS, demonstrating its standing as one of the stronger mid-level library automation vendors in the library automation industry. Their newest clients include a large statewide consortium in Tennessee. This project stands as a significant win for Auto-Graphics and also marks the first time that Tennessee has sponsored a statewide library automation initiative. In a phase of library automation where open source automation projects gain considerable attention, it demonstrates that proprietary systems continue to be regarded as viable alternatives.

Breeding, Marshall. Auto-Graphics launches ASP digital library product. December 2005. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Through its service called “AGent Digital Collections,” Auto-Graphics has extended its product line to include a platform for helping libraries create, and provide access to, digitized collections of local content. Auto-Graphics specializes in products offered through the ASP (application service provider) model, a model in which the vendor hosts the software on its own servers. The company's federated search, resource sharing, and ILS products follow this approach as well.

. Auto-Graphics acquires LIBerator Library Management System. October 1990. Library Systems Newsletter. Auto-Graphics, Inc., has announced its acquisition of the LIBerator Library Management System from LIBerator Information Systems & Services, Inc., of Denver, Colorado. The product, now to be called the IMPACT Small Library Management System (IMPACT/SLiMS), is a microcomputer based system for integrating a library's catalog maintenance, circulation and patron access catalog functions through a single data base. The operating system is MS-DOS and the programming language is "C." The system takes in, stores, and outputs bibliographic records in the MARC format.

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News Announcements

May 17, 2023. AGent Information Software (AIFS) publishes 2023 First Quarter Financials. AGent Information Software, the parent company of Auto-Graphics, released 2023 first-quarter financials .In the first quarter of 2023, AIFS reported a net income of $3,510. Recurring revenue remains solid at $1,283,306 at quarter-end, a slight decrease from 2022. The sales team will continue to pursue both VERSO and SHAREit leads in Q2 as well as attend numerous state and national library conferences to generate interest in A-G products.

April 11, 2023. Agent Information Software (AIFS) publishes 2022 audited financials. Agent Information Software, the parent company of Auto-Graphics, has released audited 2022 year-end financials as part of their Annual Report. AIFS reported a net income of $371k for 2022 and total revenue of $5,259k (an increase of $71k from 2021). Recurring revenue remains solid for 2022 at $5,157k with $101k in non-recurring sales. Basic and diluted earnings per share finished 2022 at $0.08 and $0.07, respectively. A cash dividend of $0.035 per share was approved by the AIFS Board of Directors at its annual shareholders meeting on May 25, 2022. The dividend was distributed on June 30, 2022, to all stockholders on record as of June 15, 2022.

February 3, 2023. Auto-Graphics, Inc. welcomes Michael Willis as Vice President - VERSO Sales. In late 2022, Michael Willis joined Auto-Graphics as the Vice President of VERSO Sales. He brings a wealth of library knowledge and experience to the company.

January 4, 2023. SCELC partners with Auto-Graphics to offer one-year pilot Shared Print Discovery Catalog. The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium has partnered with Auto-Graphics, Inc. on a one-year pilot program to offer a revolutionary approach to shared print for academic libraries. With the approval of the SCELC Board of Directors, the SCELC Shared Print and Resource Sharing Committees have begun to design, create, and implement a pilot shared print discovery catalog built on Auto-Graphics' SHAREit resource-sharing platform.

July 13, 2022. Auto-Graphics announces implementation of OAI-PMH. Auto-Graphic announced the implementation of Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting with its digital collections management software, MONTAGE.  By participating in the OAI-PMH, MONTAGE can now serve as a data provider to ensure libraries' metadata can easily be discovered by researchers and institutions around the world.   

June 28, 2022. Auto-Graphics moves to fully virtual environment. Auto-Graphics has decided to permanently close down the physical office in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Although the company still has three years left on its lease, we are actively working with the landlord to lease the premises to a new tenant and/or sublease the space. Our goal with this move to being a completely virtual company is to continue to support a wider base of talent and to foster a more balanced work-life environment.

June 23, 2022. Auto-Graphics announces cash dividend. Agent Information Software, the parent company of Auto-Graphics, declared a cash dividend of $0.035 per share that was approved by its Board of Directors at the annual shareholders meeting on May 25, 2022. The dividend will be paid on June 30, 2022 to all stockholders on record as of June 15, 2022.

May 20, 2022. Auto-Graphics welcomes Alan Mask as Customer Service Manager. Auto-Graphics, Inc. appointed Alan Mask as the company's new Customer Service Manager. The company has not had a formal Customer Service Manager since the departure of Myrna Gagnier in August 2021. Mask will be responsible for ensuring customers are satisfied with the company's products and service by overseeing the Customer Support team's efforts, developing customer satisfaction goals, and moderating and solving issues with grace and diplomacy. He will work closely with the Customer Support team and Marketing Manager to facilitate company relationships with both current and prospective customers.

May 20, 2022. AGent Information Software (AIFS) Publishes 2022 First Quarter Financials. AGent Information Software (AIFS), the parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc. (A-G), released 2022 first-quarter financials. In the first quarter of 2022, AIFS reported a net income of $28,070. Recurring revenue remains solid and grew to $1,295,800 at quarter-end, a slight increase from 2021. The second quarter will see new sales being booked; that, along with increases to the company's recurring revenue base, will also include one-time, non-recurring revenues. Currently, implementation is underway for both recently acquired customers.

May 9, 2022. AGent Information Software (AIFS) publishes 2021 Audited Financials. AGent Information Software, the parent company of AutoGraphics, released 2021 year-end financials last week. In the year ending December 31, 2021, AIFS reported a net income of $1,273, with EBITDA representing 20% of sales at year-end, slightly down from year-end 2020 levels of $408,667 and 21% respectively. AIFS declared a dividend of $0.035 per share in June 2021.

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Corporate Chronology

Jan 20, 2009 Auto-Graphics announces AGent Iluminar as its new generation presentation layer
Auto-Graphics announced the development of AGent Iluminar, a next generation Web Services application for the company's library automation platform. AGent Iluminar was built using the free open source Flex framework, a key component of the Adobe Flash Platform, which provides fast, end-to-end development of rich Internet applications that run identically on all major browsers and operating systems. AGent Iluminar provides a more visual and interactive user experienceto facilitate social networking, effortless navigation and drag and drop customization capabilities for an improved user experience and administrative workflow. The application has been selected for use by many of the company's existing customers including the State Library of Kansas and is expected to be made available in early 2009.

2006 Auto-Graphics releases AGent Search Web Service

Apr 01, 2005 Paul R. Cope appointed President of Auto-Graphics
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Paul R. Cope, the Company's Chief Technology Officer, has been appointed President replacing Mr. Bergamasco effective immediately. Mr. Cope, who is the son of Robert S. Cope, Chairman of the Board and founder of Auto-Graphics, Inc., has been with the Company for nearly 30 years and served in many different capacities including CTO, General Manager for the Publishing Division, Product Marketing Manager for the development of our XML products and Production Manager.

2005 Auto-Graphics releases AGent VERSO

Jun 14, 2004 Patrick T. Bergamasco joins Auto-Graphics as the new Chief Executive Officer
Auto-Graphics announced that Patrick T. Bergamasco has joined Auto-Graphics as the new Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Robert S. Cope as President, who has retired. Mr. Cope will retain his current role as Chairman of the Board.

May 17, 2004 Auto-Graphics, Inc. announces deregistration
Auto-Graphics, Inc. reported that the Company has filed a Form 15 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to terminate the registration of its common stock under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and suspend its reporting obligations under Sections 13 and 15(d) of the Act.

Jun 15, 2001 Auto-Graphics, Inc. acquires WINGS Request Management System from Pigasus Software
Augo-Graphics announced its impending purchase of the WINGS software assets from Pigasus Software, Inc. of Saint Charles, MO. The acquisition allows Auto-Graphics to expand upon its leadership role as an ASP by expanding its resource sharing product line to include the WINGS software. Auto-Graphics will embark upon further integrating the proven WINGS ISO 10160/10161 resource sharing system into the proven Impact/ONLINE system, which currently is in use throughout North America.

Feb 01, 2001 Auto-graphics acquires Maxcess Library Systems
From Auto-Graphics Annual Report (SEC form 10-K) submited May 3, 2001. In February of 2001, the Company completed the purchase of software and related assets of Maxcess Library Systems, Inc. for approximately $200,000. This purchase and resulting offering will afford the Company the opportunity to expand its current ASP (Application Service Provider) Impact/ONLINE(TM) product/services in the library automation area to include a fully Web based integrated library system (ILS) which will be offered to libraries, including those who currently use the Company's SLiMS (Small Library Management System) product, for license for "in library" use or as an ASP service under the trade name Impact/VERSO(TM). Acquisition of the Company's new ILS software on an ASP basis will provide libraries with a low capital investment alternative to their ILS needs, with no local software/hardware requirements (other than a Web browser and a PC workstation), allowing the library and their patrons to access and utilize the library's bibliographic holdings information via the Internet/Web.

May 23, 2000 Michael Skiles appointed to position of President of Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Michael K. Skiles, former President at Gaylord Information Systems, has been named President of Auto-Graphics, Inc. Prior to Gaylord, Mr. Skiles was Vice President at Data Research Associates.

Jan 10, 2000 Auto-Graphics, Inc. launches LibraryCard, Inc. and Dataquad as new subsidiaries
Auto-Graphics reported that it organized two new subsidiaries which will own, continue the development and operate the Auto-Graphics' proposed new and web publishing and content management software system businesses. The two new subsidiaries are named LibraryCard, Inc. and Dataquad, Inc., respectively.

Aug 01, 1997 Auto-Graphics subsidiary purchases ISM's library services division
A-G Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Auto-Graphics, Inc., has purchased the Library Information Services Division of Information Systems Management, one of North America's major bibliographic utilities. The bibliographic utility may be recognized by some as the former UTLAS. The bibliographic database acquired by A-C Canada contains in excess of 57 million records and has an associated PC-based ILL system.

Jun 1995 Auto-Graphics releases Impact /ONLINE
Impact On-Line was the first internet based interlibrary loan and cataloging system. Impact/ONLINE allowed Internet users with a Web browser to enter a library consortium's online catalog or database to locate desired books or other information and create an interlibrary loan requestt o obtain the item through their local library or branch from anywhere in the consortium.

Sep 1990 Auto-Graphics acquires LIBerator Library Management System
Auto-Graphics acquired the LIBerator Library Management System from LIBerator Information Systems and Services, Inc., of Denver, Colorado. The product was released as IMPACT/SLiMS, is a microcomputer based ILS.

1986 Auto-Graphics delivers CD-ROM based Public Access Library catalogs

1970 Auto-Graphics produces its first library catalog produced from a database

1970 Auto-Graphics, Inc. acquires Leaps

1969 Cope Typesetting becomes Auto-Graphics, Inc. and begins trading as a public company

1950 Auto-Graphics founded as Cope Typesetting
Auto-Graphics was founded as a company involved in printing with hot metal typesetting. The company moved to computer typesetting, database development, and eventually to on-line services

Annual Accomplishments Statements

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2022 Auto-Graphics, Inc. Accomplishments Narrative

Auto-Graphics, Inc. 2022 Business & Development Summary

2022 was a year of assessing priorities and establishing a long-term development roadmap for Auto-Graphics’ ILS, VERSO. As a major step towards this goal, Auto-Graphics hired Michael Willis as the new Vice President of Sales for the VERSO product. Michael has worked with libraries for over 20 years with deep product knowledge and a wide network of library contacts. His strong technical understanding of the tools that libraries utilize every day keeps the A-G focus on how to make their workflow more productive.

As Auto-Graphics flagship ILL product, SHAREit, continues to be a strong contender in all statewide resource sharing scenarios, the development team streamlined the integration of VERSO & SHAREit to provide better patron and staff experiences. With so many public libraries moving towards a consortia model for purchasing power, this seamless integration of our robust ILL with the VERSO ILS allows any participating library – no matter how big or small their collection is - to take advantage of unlimited resource-sharing.

Along with our proprietary systems, Auto-Graphics continues to build and improve connections to the third-party data providers that libraries use most. Among the third-party library vendors supported by VERSO, in 2022 Auto-Graphics enhanced integration with:

  • Overdrive – development updated integration to conform to Overdrive’s API format providing a better patron experience.
  • Syndetics Unbound – VERSO now supports all functionality for libraries using Syndetics Unbound.
  • Hoopla – improved VERSO integration with Hoopla to support both Instant and Flex titles.

Although just released in January 2023, Auto-Graphics has refined and improved the Hoopla search experience in VERSO with its robust indexing feature. Now patrons will find all Hoopla content fully indexed providing an easier, more informative search experience. This improvement also supports both Hoopla purchasing models – Instant and Flex. Libraries subscribed to this VERSO feature will have a better return on their Hoopla investment with less chance of titles being borrowed by mistake.

Other significant VERSO enhancements in 2022 included:

  • Acquisitions module updated to provide manual ordering and routing flexibility.
  • Streamlined self-registration with the option for a staff notification when a new patron registers.
  • Ability to create unique reports for groups of collections and/or locations for circulation statistics.
  • Synchronization of changes to MARC format by Library of Congress through June 2022.

In addition to new development and enhancements to VERSO, addressing accumulated “tech debt” inherited by the current development team remains a high priority.

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