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Press Release: Surpass Software [July 01, 2006]

Surpass Software introduces a low-cost special edition of its award-winning library software exclusively for church libraries

Surpass introduces Surpass CL Church Library Edition, a streamlined library automation program that is easy to use and reasonably-priced for the church market at under $500. Surpass CL computerizes church library administration functions, cataloging, and circulation. An optional add-on computerizes the patron catalog as well. Surpass CL is:

  • Exclusively for church libraries
  • Customized for use in all sizes and types of churches
  • Based on Surpassí award-winning library automation software
  • A full MARC-based system (maintains industry standard MARC records)
  • Simple enough for volunteers to learn quickly
  • Unlimited on the number of volumes it will store

Through 12/31/06, Surpass is offering introductory pricing on Surpass CL.

For $395, Surpass CL provides everything needed for:

  • Cataloging (including time-saving Internet downloading)
  • Circulation
  • Patron management
  • Barcoding
  • Reports
  • Inventory
  • Patron self-check

"Surpass CL is designed especially for volunteer church librarians, who are often new to the world of automation and even librarianship," explains Jarrett Volzer, Surpass President of Sales and Marketing. "The interface is clean and simple yet provides powerful automation and reporting functions that are easy to learn and use. This level of library automation software has never been available to church libraries in this price range."

Church librarians with library and/or automation experience will appreciate the professional quality of Surpass CL. Optional MARC views display or hide MARC information as desired, and Surpass CL is based on professional library automation software already used widely in churches, schools, and public libraries. Additionally, Surpass CL is easily upgradeable to the more powerful Surpass library automation products designed for larger libraries.

Surpass CL also provides circulation capabilities. Librarians may choose to fully automate circulation or, when the library is unattended, have patrons leave barcoded pocket cards for later scanning.

Optional Surpass Safari CL searchable patron catalog also available Through 12/31/06, Surpass is also offering introductory pricing on Surpass Safari CL, a searchable patron catalog. For $300, Surpass Safari CL provides the church library catalog for borrowers to search for materials. Surpass Safari CL provides customized booklists, recommended reading, borrower-written book reviews, the ability to reserve materials, and more. An optional subscription will also display book jackets, professional reviews, book summaries, and other enhanced content. Visual Navigator is a customizable icon-based search feature used to launch pre-configured searches, local media files and pre-selected web sites.

Cataloging simplified with Surpass CL

Cataloging materials is a simple, fill in the blank, process. The included "quick cataloging" feature makes the process even faster by finding book records on the Internet after the user scans or enters the ISBN.

Patron self-service included in Surpass CL

Surpass CL includes Self-Check, a feature for patron self-service whether the library is manned or unmanned. Librarians who choose self-check simply position a monitor, mouse, and barcode scanner so that patrons can use them. The feature is completely mouse or touch-screen driven; there is no chance for anyone to access anything else on the computer.

Self-Check's intuitive interface makes it easy for patrons to check out items, check in items, or view their account status.

Patron Management features in Surpass CL

Member information is easy to maintain with as little as just the patron name and ID number. The information can be hand entered or imported from popular church member management systems. If patron e-mail addresses are also entered, the system can send overdue notices via e-mail. The system can even print photo library cards.

Free trial available

A free 60-day trial of Surpass CL is available on the Surpass web site. Visitors to the web site may download the free trial or request a CD. The trial includes a sample database and is fully-functional to allow all features to be tested.


Surpass CL

$395 introductory price through 12/31/06 ($495 regular price)

Surpass Safari CL (patron catalog/OPAC)

$300 introductory price through 12/31/06 ($400 regular price)

Full pricing including support, circulation scanners, and library supplies is available at

Surpass CL Church Library Edition is produced by Surpass Software, which has been providing reliable automation solutions for more than 20 years. Visit for information on other automation products and services. Call Surpass toll-free at 877-625-2657 for more information.

Summary: Surpass introduces Surpass CL Church Library Edition, a streamlined library automation program that is easy to use and reasonably-priced for the church market at under $500. Surpass CL computerizes church library administration functions, cataloging, and circulation.
Publication Year:2006
Type of Material:Press Release
Date Issued:July 01, 2006
Publisher:Surpass Software
Place of Publication:Calhoun, GA
Company: Surpass Software
Products: Surpass CL Church Library Edition
Subject: Product announcements

LTG Bibliography Record number: 12084. Created: 0000-00-00 00:00:00; Last Modified: 2012-12-29 13:06:47.