CARL Corporation has released version 1.3 of Dialog@CARL, its Web-based interface to Dialog databases. In addition to several new features, the new interface introduces cleaner, more professional screen designs (which can be seen at http://dialog.carl.org/slides/)
New customization features provide better integration of Dialog@CARL into a library's existing Web resources. Dialog@CARL groups databases into subject hierarchies to aid the user in searching the nearly 300 databases; version 1.3 allows the library to choose one major topic in the subject hierarchy for presentation to the user, simplifying database selection. This option is particularly desirable for sites choosing the NEWSPAPER COLLECTION or for sites selecting a subset of databases targeted to a particular subject area.
The SEARCH HISTORY page now allows users to combine previous result sets with floolean operators. For integrated document requesting, Dialog@CARL 1.3 includes an optional ILL request form that allows the user to send an ILL request via third party e-mail to a library-defined address.
From a citation or full record, Dialog@CARL seamlessly links to UnCover to retrieve documents from UnCover's 8 million article database. UnCover provides fax or desktop image delivery of the entire document, including illustrations, graphs, and sidebars.
Dialog@CARL is offered on a per simultaneous connection, flat annual fee basis, which allows libraries to accurately calculate budget requirements.
CARL Corporation has also announced the development of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for three staff modules of the CARL System: Circulation, Acquisitions, and Serials. These three client modules-planned for release in early 1998-complement CARL's graphical cataloginq utility, ITS for CARL, to provide an integrated suite of graphical interfaces to library management functions.
[Contact: CARL Corporation, 3801 B. Florida Avenue, Bldg. D, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80210; 303-758-3030; FAX 303- 758-0606; http://www.carl.org]