Library Applications of Intelligent Software Agents

"They've Given You a Number and Taken 'Way Your Name."
Johnny Rivers, Secret Agent Man, 1966


For a planned review and clearinghouse, I am interested in learning of projects that have applied intelligent software agents to facilitate or enhance library services. While I am specifically interested in reference applications, other types of library operations and services are also of interest, including acquisitions, interlibrary loan, cataloging, or collection development.
While I am particularly interested in Assistant Agents and Information Integration Agents, Coordinated Agents and Mobile Agents are also of interest.
For background information on Agents, users may wish to visit UMBC AgentWeb, the most comprehensive clearinghouse on Intelligent Software Agents, maintained by Tim Finin of the Laboratory for Advanced Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, at:
visit BotSpot®, an award-winning clearinghouse devoted to Internet Agents and Robots. Founded by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., and now CEO of, BotSpot®is an outstanding resource that includes profiles of agents, a free monthly newsletter, FAQ, and a Best of the Bots archive, at:
read Intelligent Software Agents on the Internet, the excellent article by Björn Hermans published in FirstMonday.
review the key works or projects I've incorporated within Project Aristotle(sm), my clearinghouse of projects, research, products and services devoted to 'automated categorization' of Web resources, at URL
As sites and projects are identified, I will incorporate these within this site at:
Gerry McKiernan, Curator, CyberStacks(sm), Iowa State University, Ames IA

May 7, 2001