(Carlsbad, CA. January 29, 1999) Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International is pleased to announce that its client/server-based library information management system, the Q Series, is now available on the Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s robust Solaris operating environment and a range of powerful Sun EnterpriseTM servers and Sun StorEdgeTM products. EOS is offering Sun's UNIX-based server in addition to the Windows NT Server operating system on which the Q Series currently runs.
The Q Series is a full featured MARC-based library management system that provides sophisticated information retrieval with advanced searching options that overcome the limitations of Boolean searching. Patrons may use Natural Language Querying by simply entering a phrase or question. The Q Series Concept Searching technology offers automatic synonym searching. Search results may be returned in ranked order of relevancy or in title order, and the patron may conduct a "more like this" search.
The Q Series was nominated for the 1998 Computerworld Smithsonian Award for its innovative use of information technology and its ability to make information more manageable and accessible to users.
The Sun Solaris operating environment and Sun Enterprise products deliver unparalleled scalability, reliability and performance. The Q Series system on the Sun platform provides an industrial-strength solution that can easily and cost-effectively expand to accommodate terabytes of data and thousands of users as needed.
"The Q Series client/server architecture combined with its ability to run on Sun's Solaris operating environment and Sun Enterprise products, enables the Q Series to support much larger libraries than ever before," said Scot Cheatham, President and CEO of EOS International. "EOS now offers a high-end open solution, providing increased capacity to meet the current and future technology needs of libraries of all sizes."
According to Kim Jones, vice president, Academic and Research Computing for Sun Microsystems, "The wealth of experience that Sun and EOS have in providing high-quality network computing solutions and technologies will prove to be invaluable to libraries implementing advanced library information management systems."
Sun Microsystems works with over 800 major academic and research libraries in 40 countries. Sun's vision, "The Network Is The Computer", has become a reality in the library community, as libraries network together to leverage their resources to offer their patrons the best services available, while reducing their overall costs.
A number of EOS International T Series clients currently use the EOS and Sun UNIX solution to provide information management and access including: the University of the Philippines (a consortium of eight academic institutions), the National library of the Philippines, the Caribbean Development Bank (Barbados), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ireland).
Client workstations for the Q Series Sun UNIX version require a Pentium II 233MHz or higher Intel or 100% compatible processor running Microsoft 95 , 98 or Windows NT Workstation 4.0. The server requires 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 (US) $1 billion publicly traded information services company founded in 1809.
EOS International's corporate headquarters is located in Carlsbad, California, USA. It has a European headquarters in London and an Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore, as well as a regional office in Paris, France. EOS International supports 40 other offices and affiliates worldwide and 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.