Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.—VTLS Inc. announces the release of the latest version of the VTLS integrated library automation software, which includes 25 new or enhanced features and four new subsystems: Cataloging Client, EasyPAC, Inventory Control and Materials Booking.*
The VTLS Cataloging Client is a microcomputer-based, full-screen MARC record editor for copying, creating and editing bibliographic and authority records. In addition to letting users perform all VTLS functions, the Client lets users access records dynamically in the VTLS database, download and edit them, and then transfer them back to the database by pressing a function key. The Client provides record entry templates with field labels for each tag. Libraries can modify the templates without programmer intervention. In addition, catalogers will find the context-sensitive help screens, containing an abridged USMARC cataloging manual, to be a handy reference for the use of MARC tags, indicators and subfields.
The VTLS EasyPAC is a Windows-based client interface to the VTLS online catalog. As a graphical user interface, EasyPAC offers point-and-click functionality for easy access to bibliographic, item, holdings and status information in a library collection. The EasyPAC uses a building-block design, which lets experienced users execute commands in the command line to perform all VTLS functions. EasyPAC also offers libraries the flexibility to customize screen prompts, context-sensitive help screens and bibliographic screens.
The VTLS Inventory Control subsystem gives libraries several new management tools. Inventory Control lets a library determine the exact status of each barcoded item in a certain section of shelving within one library location. It reports on items found on the shelf that the library believes are missing. It also re _ports on items that the library believes it holds but are actually missing. Inventory Control can be used to track any library item in the VTLS system except those items in materials booking and on reserve.
The VTLS Materials Booking module, which is fully integrated into the VTLS Circulation subsystem, handles online reservations for media materials and books. It lets patrons use the OPAC to search for a particular type of material such as video equipment and then book the item for a specific date and time. Many as -aspects of the subsystem can be set by the library to suit its needs. Once a materials booting item is checked out, it is handled as a standard circulating item.
The EasyPAC and Cataloging Client are sold as individual licenses or as site licenses. Inventory Control and Materials Booking are optional software subsystems for the VTLS system. With this announcement VTLS subsystems, specialized options and utilities now total 30.
VTLS Inc. is an international software company with head offices in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A., and branch offices in Helsinki and Barcelona. The company specializes in library automation and provides an integrated solution to all aspects of library operations for 300 users worldwide.