CLSI, Inc., exhibited its expanded on-line public access catalog application, CL-CATplus, at the American Library Association's summer conference in Atlanta. CL-CATplus retains the user-friendly features of CL-cat, the present patron access catalog module, for both the menu and command modes and when conducting either keyword or browse searches. CL-CATplus features a user interface that provides a single, consistent search engine for use with both the library's online catalog and third party data bases.
Users can now also edit search statements online and save their statements under users' identification numbers for reuse later. CL-CATplus can sort search results by criteria such as author or title to produce a bibliography in the order designated. The module can also print a formatted bibliography from the screen,
The fully authorized data base of CL-CATplus links bibliographic and authority headings to provide "see" and "see also" references, which connect heading variations and related headings to authorized headings.
CLSI's new LIBS 100plus System, of which CL-CATplus is a major component, allows libraries to provide access to the most popular data bases from their public access terminals. CLSI's common user interface enables library patrons and staff to use a single, consistent search engine across reference data bases and the library's online catalog. CLSI has concluded marketing agreements with three major providers of reference data bases: Information Access Company, The H.W. Wilson Company, and UMI/Data Courier.
CLSI now offers full bibliographic pre-processing and authority processing services in-house. Headings are matched with the authorized headings and their variation in the Library of Congress authority file, and the bibliographic record is updated to the correct form.
The conversion services group delivers a fully authorized data base, which links bibliographic and authority records, As a result, CL-CATplus can display "see" and "see also" references using the variations of the bibliographic headings to the authorized version.
The conversion group uses a combined Library of Congress and CLSI data base of over 5.5 million records on a mainframe computer to handle retrospective conversions and upgrades to MARC records. The staff also offers data base loading and indexing services, MARC file deduping, and custom item conversions.
CLSI also announced that two contracts, valued at over $400,000, had been signed for major upgrades to UNIX-based systems at the New Canaan (Connecticut) Public Library and the Albany (New York) Public Library. Both are long-time CLSI customers: New Canaan since 1982 and Albany since 1977.
CLSI is based in Newtonville, Massachusetts, and also maintains offices in London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Melbourne.
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