The makers of BiblioTech library automation systems, Comstow Information Services, announces a gateway product built on Control Data's ASCENT. It gives BiblioTech users easy access to a variety of data bases and information services such as Dialog, BRS, OCLC, and EBSCO. The ASCENT suite, including gateway and menus for BiblioTech, eliminates the need to know the specifics about connecting to a particular data base, yet allows people easy access to a diverse range of external information.
The ASCENT gateway and menus operate on UNIX processors supporting the BSD 4.2 or System V.2 standard operating systems. Once the user makes a menu selection, ASCENT does the rest--dialing up, logging on and tracking the time spent on each system. Records can be downloaded for saving or converting, transmitted to remote sites, or uploaded to local data bases--all through the ASCENT* host system. ASCENT Suite for BiblioTech maintains an audit trail of complex data transactions.
[Contact: Lynda Moulton, President, Comstow Information Services, P.O. Box 277, Harvard, MA 01451; (508) 772-2001.]