Carlsbad, CA - By the 1992 summer library conference season, Data Trek will lead the way in innovative library automation by releasing GoPAC (Graphical On-line Public Access Catalog), the OPAC that combines Microsoft Window?' graphical user interface and Data Trek's latest technology.
GoPAC is an On-line Public Access Catalog designed for every skill level. Novice users may simply browse through author, title, or subject indexes, scroll through cleanly displayed records, and select their desired topic. GOPAC offers index searching, keyword searching, complete Boolean capabilities, truncated searches, and Hypersearch all at the click of a mouse. GoPAC also offers full MARC compatibility and rapid sorting while adding an extra bonus with its easy-to-use, easy-to-read graphical screens. Systems Analyst and a chief designer of GoPAC, Karen Anspach, said, "I wanted the initial interface to be very easy and comfortable for first time users, but I also wanted to provide additional levels of access."
Data Trek developed GoPAC specifically to decrease the amount of time patrons spend asking librarians how to find catalog information. GoPAC's dean screens and graphical displays offer dearer instructions than just text-based systems. Only a dick of a button is needed in order to start a search, and this simplicity allows users to comfortably explore and find items in the library's catalog. There is little to no typing involved and a "Start Over" button is located on every screen. Anspach says, "Librarians and patrons tell us that GoPAC is easy. It has an inviting environment that illustrates the simplicity of the product, but provides the user with all the technological capabilities."
Data Trek took advantage of the new visual trend in computers by including a graphical user interface in theft OPAC. This new GoPAC "distinguishes Data Trek from other library automation companies," says Data Trek's Chief Executive Officer, Scot Cheatham. "We wanted to help libraries keep a step ahead of standard library automation technology and offer a visually innovative and powerful system. That is what we've done."
In April, Data Trek's GoPAC met Microsoft's criteria to become an approved Microsoft Windows compatible product. GoPAC was tested, and Data Trek earned the rights to use the Microsoft Windows logo.
GoPAC runs on an MS/DOS platform. It is compatible with Data Trek's Professional Series and Manager Series products. Plans are also in the works to allow users of other MARC compatible systems to load their MARC records directly into GoPAC
Data Trek will be demonstrating GoPAC at the Special Libraries Association, the American Libraries Association, and the American Association of Law Libraries Conferences, as well as offering free "Sampler" demonstration disks. For your own demonstration or for more information, stop by Data Trek's booth at one of the conferences, or call 1-800-876-5484.