Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.—VTLS Inc. announces that as of June 30, 1993, more than 60 percent of its customers worldwide have migrated to VTLS Release 1992, the latest release of VTLS integrated library automation software. For this release, VTLS Inc. has been offering a service to clients that relieves the libraries of all the details of implementing a migration and allows them to carry on circulation and reference activities as usual while the upgrade takes place.
For VTLS Release 1992, VTLS Inc. revamped its online public access catalog subsystem to make it easier, more efficient and visually appealing. An enhanced help system, more on-screen prompts and several new commands, including "electronic bookmarks," are popular with those libraries that have migrated. The new help system lets libraries customize their help screens to include not only instructions for use of the online catalog but also information about library policies and procedures and special services.
The new version of VTLS software boasts almost 50 enhancements. Of the 13 changes to the OPAC, the most significant was restructuring authority searches. The restructuring assures users of always getting a response screen from which they can browse forward and backward. In addition, the retooling means faster searches and less database maintenance.