NOTIS Systems and Dynix Marquis have co-published a guide to understanding the basic concepts of client/server software in an open systems environment. Aimed at a non-technical audience, single copies of Open Systems, Client/Server, and Your Library are available free of charge from either NOTIS or Dynix. The booklet is a revised and updated version of a similarly-titled piece issued last year.
"We're finding that many librarians recognize terms like 'open system' and 'client/server'," says Tom Burns, NOTIS Vice-President for Sales, "but they're often just buzzwords to people. There appears to be a need in the library community for a succinct guide to explain what this new jargon is really all about. So we're pleased to issue this updated piece to help out."
The 15-page booklet describes the identifying characteristics of an open system and a client/server application and includes a brief look at the communications standards needed for this environment. A list of questions-and-answers are based on actual questions posed to NOTIS and Dynix staff. The work ends with a glossary of terms.
A pre-addressed, postage paid response card to obtain a free copy of Open Systems, Client/Server, and Your Library appeared in the May 15, 1994 issue of Library Journal. Or you can write to the Marketing Departments of either NOTIS Systems (1007 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201) or Dynix Marquis (400 Dynix Dr., Provo, UT 84604) to request a free copy.
NOTIS and Dynix are the constituent parts of Ameritech Library Automation Services, providing integrated information systems for academic, corporate, public, and school libraries.