Boca Raton, Florida-based SIRS Mandarin, Inc., a leading provider of library automation systems to libraries and educational institutions, announces the upcoming release of Visual Catalog, a new graphical interface soon to be added to the Standard and Enhanced Search interfaces currently available on the popular SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System.
SIRS Mandarin M3 is a state-of-the-art, Y2K compliant library automation system that offers the power and performance of a large full-service automation installation at an affordable price. Operational with Windows 95, 98 and NT platforms, M3 includes networkable software with unlimited site licensing, full Windows functionality, configurable circulation and cataloging features, a user-friendly multilingual OPAC and many other features that meet the automation technology of libraries entering the 21st century.
Part of the M3 core package, Visual Catalog is a new interface that will allow patrons to perform searches with visual cues, as well as 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. Visual Catalog incoporates more than 60 attractive icons and is fully customizable to meet the unique needs of libraries. Queries, graphics, sound, animation, captions and descriptions can be easily modified.
Recommended for all types of libraries, including corporate, government, public, school and college libraries, the SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System conforms to the most advanced bibliographic and technological standards.