While an Apple Macintosh can be used on any library system by loading terminal emulation software, that does not take advantage of the features which led to an organization investing in Macs. Academic institutions and school districts often have scores, or even hundreds, of Macs which they would like to interface with the local library system so that the Mac commands can be used and a file transfer can be made from the local library system to the Mac.
It appears that at least one vendor, Data Research Associates, has agreed to work with one of its customers to develop an interface to the Mac. The company will work with the Maricopa Community College District of Arizona, the second largest multi-campus community college in the nation, to develop an interface between DRA's ATLAS system and the Macintosh. The project will be funded in part from a grant from the League for Innovation in the Community College, a consortium of community colleges organized to stimulate innovation.
[Contact: Data Research Associates, 1276 N. Warson Road, P.O. Box 8495, St. Louis, MO 63132; (800) 325-0888 or (314) 432-1100.]