DRA's new client/server product which has been slow in coming has come one step closer by receiving a name--TAOS. While the product will not be completed until next year, several components have become available, including Web2, circulation, and cataloging. Web2, an OPAC which not only supports access with a Web browser, but also Z39.50, will not only be part of TAOS, but will integrate with libraries' existing DRA Classic, INLEX/3000, and MultiLIS systems. Web2 supports simultaneous searching of multiple databases and the subsequent merging of the results. Searches can be limited by location or date.
The new circulation module features mouseless operation, a simple interface with large fonts for easy readability, the ability to move among functions without switching menus, and virtually unlimited note fields. Cataloging features extensive multilingual capability because UNICODE is supported. This means CJK, Cyrillic, Hebrew and other character sets will be available. The cataloging module incorporates standard Windows functions.
Work on the server is progressing. It has been decided that the design will include an object oriented database management system. The product selected is ObjectStore by Object Design, a leading object database developer. Libraries will have a choice of Windows NT, Open VMS, or UNIX operating system, and three-tiered technology which logically separates tasks into three main functional levels. The last facilitates customizable GUI for staff, and even patrons.
When completed within the next year, the new product will include acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, circulation, reserve book room, online patron access catalog, community information, interlibrary loan, imaging, journal citation files, media booking, and newspaper indexing modules.
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