Boca Raton, FL., December 28, 1999 - SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced that the company is expanding its offering of additional content databases in SIRS Researcher and SIRS Discoverer Deluxe online reference databases, as well as adding a new graphical interface to the SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System. These exciting new additions will premiere at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on January 15, 2000.
For students and educators interested in tracking the development of the election campaign and researching current electoral trends, SIRS Researcher will offer the additional content database Campaign 2000. Updated daily, Campaign 2000 provides a wide variety of full-text articles covering the upcoming primary and general elections, and includes articles profiling the candidates vying for the presidency. Articles in this cumulative database are highly relevant, enabling users to quickly find electoral information that is both current and useful for research and assignments.
The SIRS Discoverer database for kids will expand its offering of comprehensive reference information with the addition of Current Events, an additional content database containing full-text articles and graphics with timely information about domestic and international events. Current Events encourages children to research the world in which we live, and promotes awareness of current issues. Current Events is updated daily, and articles remain in the database for thirty days. Articles are also added dynamically to the SIRS Discoverer database.
Visual Catalog is a new graphical interface that will be added to the Standard and Enhanced Search interfaces for the SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System. Visual Catalog allows patrons to perform searches with visual cues as well as with text. Preconfigured queries are organized into a hierarchy of topics and subtopics that employ graphics, sound and text. With the click of a button, patrons can launch software applications, link to the Internet or explore a library's resources without defining search criteria or worrying about exact spelling. Queries, graphics, sound, animation, captions and descriptions can be easily modified with this fully customizable interface.
The Visual Catalog interface ships with more than 60 icons and is fully customizable to meet the unique needs of libraries.
SIRS Mandarin, Inc. provides PC-based client/server library automation systems, full-text print and electronic databases and hardware systems more than 40,000 schools, public libraries and colleges worldwide. For more information about SIRS Mandarin, call 1-800-232-SIRS or visit www.sirs.com, or stop by Booth 850 at ALA to speak with a SIRS representative.