(Carlsbad, CA, July 7, 2000) Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International announces the release of Version 3.0 of its Q Series library information management and access system. Q Series Version 3.0 supports Z39.50, an industry standard, which allows dissimilar library automation systems to share information. The Q Series Z39.50 Client enables library OPAC users to search other Z39.50 compliant library databases using the Q Series OPAC. Conversely, the Z39.50 Server allows Q Series libraries to make their databases accessible to other Z39.50 compliant library system OPACs.
EOS International's latest release of the Q Series complies with Version 3.0 of the Z39.50 standard and includes support of the Bath Profile level 1 functionality for searching and displaying of MARC 21 records. The Bath Profile is a profile developed by the Z39.50 Implementors Group (ZIG). Level 1 is currently the highest implementation level defined in the profile and includes 19 search field types including keyword, field truncation, and exact match searching.
Q Series 3.0 also features additional system security setup options providing libraries with increased flexibility in defining how users access their Q Series system. Libraries can now set minimum and maximum user password lengths, determine whether alphanumeric passwords are required, or set passwords to never expire, or to expire at a specific date or a number of days, weeks, months, or years. New reports provide a list of all valid and invalid Q Series logins during a specific date range as well as listings of which user passwords are set to expire during a given date range.
"The implementation of Z39.50 gives our Q Series customers the ability to share their library information with the rest of the world via the Internet. And the enhanced security features will help them better control how their system is accessed," says Scot Cheatham, President and CEO of EOS International.
With Q Series 3.0 libraries can define Z39.50 host sites and databases available to their staff (in Powersearch) and/or to the public (in OPAC) using a Z39.50 Setup function. OPAC users can select any combination of Z39.50 sites and perform a single search for materials at all of the selected sites. Record retrievals display in a consolidated list with each separate database clearly identified. The Q Series is a full-featured library information management system providing sophisticated information retrieval with advanced searching options that overcome the limitations of Boolean searching. Q Series does this by providing additional tools, such as natural language querying, "hypersearching," concept searching, and pattern matching. Through these tools and other features, the Q Series provides a single point of access to the world of information. This world can include a library's own collection, a branch library's collection, multimedia files, CD-ROMs, URL links, and commercially or internally published documents found on the Internet, Intranets and Extranets. The Q Series was nominated for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for its innovative use of information technology and its ability to make information more manageable and accessible to users.
EOS International is a global library information management software and service company and a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider. In addition to the Q Series, it produces a number of library products including GLAS“ (Graphical Library Automation System), a comprehensive, Windows-based system for small to medium-sized libraries. EOS International's corporate headquarters is located in Carlsbad, California, USA. It has regional offices in London, Paris, and Singapore as well as over 25 other offices and support centers worldwide. Founded in 1981, EOS International serves thousands of clients in 85 countries, in all types of libraries.