Cupertino, CA -- June 26, 1992 -. CASPR, Inc. introduces LibraryDisc, a family of CD-ROM databases for Apple computers. LibraryDisc uses the LibraryBrowser user interface to give access to commercial databases. This is the same powerful search interface used to search all collections in libraries using LibraryWorks the fully-integrated library automation system from CASPR. LibraryBrowser supports Boolean searching, index browsing and many other features.
LibraryDisc takes full advantage of the library's existing investment in personal computers and local area networking. Libraries no longer need to install dedicated workstations and support multiple user interfaces in order to offer high-quality CD-ROM abstracts and indexes. According to Fred Zappert, director of CD-ROM development and fomier Vice President of Dialog Information Services, "This use of existing equipment in libraries can represent a substantial savings in both capital expenditures and support costs, as well as making optimal use of the installed hardware. In fact, the only additional hardware needed is one or more Apple compatible CD-ROM drives."
By adding a CD-ROM drive and one or more LibraryDisc publications to a library's network, access can be provided to not only the library's own collection, but to any published database as well, from any Macintosh in the library. And with the recent announcement of the development of LibraryBrowser for the Apple II family of computers, this access can also be from Apple IIe and Apple IIgs computers used as patron access stations.
In summary, LibraryDisc is the first CD-ROM collection to be fully integrated wit a personal computer- based library automation system. No tapes or tape drives are required to load updates to the CD-ROM subscriptions selected by the library, and users don't need to learn multiple search protocols for various infonnation resources.
The initial databases to be offered for LibraryDisc include:
LibraryDisc: ERIC Journals
LibraryDisc: Magazine Article Summaries
LibraryDisc: MARC School Edition