(Carlsbad, CA. May 27, 1999) Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International is pleased to announce the release of the new Info Q module. Info Q is an optional module of the Q Series, a complete library information management software system.
Info Q lets organizations use the library's OPAC as a single point of access, not only to familiar library materials, but to the "hidden libraries" of internally generated full text documents or other internally published materials, such as word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, ASCII files, and so on.
Info Q is intended to provide the same highly sophisticated access and retrieval services as the other modules of the Q Series. However, Info Q also provides full-text, private access via LANs, WANs, or Intranets to an organization's internally published content. Info Q allows full text documents to be linked to bibliographic records within the Q Series. Then Info Q automatically indexes the full-text content and makes it accessible via the Q Series online catalog (OPAC).
Users gain access to the organization's internal document collections along with the standard library collection, using the same interface and sophisticated search capabilities. The universal index, which can cross all document types, and single user interface make it easy for users to search all materials, whether standard bibliographic materials (i.e. in the library catalog), or data stored elsewhere within the organization. Thus Info Q helps make the library's OPAC become a single point of access for all needed information.
"Info Q, combined with the Q Series, provides a total, integrated solution to an organization's need to provide access to library bibliographic information as well as to mission-critical documents found on their own internal networks," says Scot Cheatham, President and CEO of EOS International.
"It is an integral part of our overall strategy to provide a single point of access to the world of information."
Typical examples of materials suitable for Info Q are collections of internally generated legal briefs, technical reports, engineering drawings, patents, memorandums and other materials that are highly specific to the organization's specialty. Getting this information in the hands of users can mean these information resources won't go unnoticed and unused. Better access to such (often hidden) resources can mean a competitive edge for many organizations.
Info Q supports links to and the full text searching of materials in electronic form as well as scanned documents in machine-readable form. Over 100 file formats are supported including flat ASCII, HTML, Word processing, presentation, database and spreadsheet files.
The Q Series is a full featured MARC-based library management system providing sophisticated information retrieval with advanced searching options that overcome the limitations of Boolean searching. It was nominated for the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in 1998 for its innovative use of information technology and its ability to make information more manageable and accessible to users.
The Q Series is a client/server-based system. Client workstations require a 100% compatible PC processor running Microsoft 95, 98 or Windows NT Workstation 4.0. The Q Series server runs on Windows NT Version 4.0 or Sun Solaris Version 2.6 running on a SPARC or Sun Enterprise server.
EOS International is a global library information management software and service company. It is a member of the Dawson Holdings PLC group of information services companies. Dawson Holdings PLC is a publicly traded information services company founded in 1809.
EOS International's corporate headquarters is located in Carlsbad, California, USA. It has regional offices in London, Paris, and Singapore as well as over 25 other offices and support centers worldwide. EOS International serves over 5,000 clients in 85 countries, in all types of libraries.
EOS International produces a number of library information products including GLAS, the Graphical Library Automation System, a comprehensive, Windows-based library automation system for small to medium sized libraries. Also available from EOS International is Information Quest (IQ), a Web-based information searching, access and retrieval tool providing access to electronic content.