(Carlsbad, CA September 29, 1999) Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International announces the release of Version 2.0 of its Q Series library information management and access system.
Q Series Version 2.0 activates the full functionality of authority control in the Cataloging module. This new release also provides libraries with the option of implementing the Q Series with Microsoft's SQL Server relational database management system (RDBMS).
The Q Series Authority Control enhancements allow a library to easily import USMARC Authority control records and set up all USMARC Authority cross reference types. Q Series authority controls enable the library to compare imported headings and cross references to those found in their existing bibliographic records.
A global search and replace is performed automatically among the bibliographic records after a change is made to an authority control record. If desired, the Q Series setup controls allow the library staff to overlay and automatically update existing authority records with more current authority records.
In Q Series 2.0, the library is also able to determine the wording for directional information for the associated "see" and "see also" cross references and display them in the online catalog. If the library chooses, the online catalog can provide a variety of cross references, e.g., broader terms, related terms, and narrower terms. Blind cross references are not displayed in the online catalog.
For those organizations standardizing on Microsoft, Q Series Version 2.0 now also supports Microsoft's SQL Server 7.0 relational database management system as an alternative to the Oracle RDBMS.
"SQL Server Version 7.0 has made giant strides in performance, reliability, and scalability. The Q Series, in conjunction with Microsoft's NT Server, gives a library an industry standard product that is hard to beat," says Scot Cheatham, President and CEO of EOS International.
With SQL Server 7.0, the Q Series can grow to accommodate terabytes of data and thousands of users as needed. SQL Server 7.0 comes with a redesigned query processor that provides powerful support for large databases and complex queries as well as supporting dynamic adjustment of system resources for larger databases.
The Q Series is a full-featured library information management system providing sophisticated information retrieval with advanced searching options that overcome the limitations of Boolean searching. Q Series does this by providing additional tools, such as natural language querying, "hypersearching," concept searching, and pattern matching.
Through these tools and other features, the Q Series provides a single point of access to the world of information. This world can include a library's own collection, a branch library's collection, multimedia files, CD-ROMs, URL links, and commercially or internally published documents found on the Internet, Intranets and Extranets.
The Q Series was nominated for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for its innovative use of information technology and its ability to make information more manageable and accessible to users.
The Q Series is a client/server-based system. Client workstations require a 100% compatible PC processor running Microsoft 95, 98 or Windows NT Workstation 4.0. The Q Series 2.0 server, using SQL Server, runs on Windows NT Version 4.0.
EOS International is a global library information management software and service company. It is a member of the Dawson Holdings PLC group of information services companies. Dawson Holdings PLC is a publicly traded information services company founded in 1809.
EOS International's corporate headquarters is located in Carlsbad, California, USA. It has regional offices in London, Paris, and Singapore as well as over 25 other offices and support centers worldwide. EOS International serves over 5,000 clients in 85 countries, in all types of libraries.
EOS International produces a number of library information products including GLAS, the Graphical Library Automation System, a comprehensive, Windows-based library automation system for small to medium sized libraries. Also available from EOS International is Information Quest (IQ), a Web-based information searching, access and retrieval tool providing access to electronic content.