Syracuse, NY (August 7, 2000) Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) will add one new product and two product updates to their GALAXY family of products this summer. The new product is GALAXY WebPAC. Product updates include Graphical GALAXY 2.0 and GALAXY 6.0.
GALAXY WebPAC is a new and improved software solution that allows library patrons to access their library catalogs and their personal accounts from any Internet connection. Replacing GIS' SuperBROWSE product – one of the first-to-market products for providing remote access to patrons - GALAXY WebPAC allows patrons to log on, search the library catalog, find out if a book is available, and even place holds on books. The software also features author and related subject hyperlinks for more effective searching with a single click. It is written in HTML, for greater stability and reliability, and it comes with Z39.50 client software, for easy searching of remote library databases.
"More and more people are doing their shopping and banking online," said GIS President Katherine Blauer. "GALAXY WebPAC allows our GALAXY libraries to provide this same level of service for their patrons, which increases their visibility and relevance in their communities." GALAXY WebPAC is available for any GALAXY library running a TCP/IP network.
Graphical GALAXY 2.0, the new graphical version of GALAXY, features several improvements over version 1.5, including faster processing speed and easier navigation tools. A number of features that were requested by librarians were also added to this version of Graphical GALAXY. These include the ability to add privileges, an increase in the number of "items out" displayed per screen, the ability to print screens, and the ability to customize the toolbar by user name. With its graphical interface, Graphical GALAXY offers libraries using text-based GALAXY a way to extend the life of their current software. Graphical GALAXY 2.0 is also an excellent choice for libraries who are not currently automated or those who are currently operating on a PC- or Macintosh-based system.
GALAXY 6.0, the newest version of text-based GALAXY, also features some exciting new features designed to enhance productivity for librarians and patrons. These include a new item status—lost and paid, a new OPAC option—withdrawn items are no longer displayed under item availability, and updated reports. All of these changes were made based on feedback from current GALAXY customers.
"The GALAXY family of products is an important component of the continuum of services offered by GIS," said Katherine Blauer. "We are continually improving these products so that our customers can continue to meet the growing needs of their patrons with their current GALAXY system."
GALAXY is a totally integrated library automation solution. The system offers complete access to cataloging, serials, acquisitions, circulation, and patron/student services. Graphical GALAXY provides a new Web-based OPAC and a Windows 9x, 2000, or NT Workstation-based circulation client. GALAXY is currently installed in more than 600 public and academic libraries.
GIS is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 25 year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier to the library industry for over a century. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion, and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. For more information, visit www.gaylord.com/automation or contact GIS headquarters at 800-272-3414.