WASHINGTON D.C. February 15, 1997 -- Auto-Graphics Inc., today previewed its Windows based library cataloging module. Currently being exhibited at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, this powerful online system is designed to perform the gamut of library cataloging functions. Also on display are extensive enhancements to the Web-based Patron Access Catalog, WebPAC.
Based on the proven design of Auto-Graphics' Impact/ONLINE Cataloging for DOS, the new cataloging module benefits from the Graphical-User-Interface architecture of Microsoft Windows, and replaces DOS function key operation with the simple click of a mouse. The flexibility of the product allows the novice to perform basic cataloging procedures with ease, yet this user friendly interface will not impede the advanced cataloger.
Impact/ONLINE Cataloging for Windows complements the Impact/ONLINE Interlibrary Loan and PAC Administration Windows modules, which debuted during the summer of 1996. All three Windows modules reap the online, real-time benefits of the Internet and provide cross-functionality with their sister product, Impact/ONLINE WebPAC, the Web-based Patron Access Catalog. In fact, the WebPAC product is also receiving extensive upgrades in terms of its user-inviting interface plus additional search capabilities and news ways for consortia and their member libraries to customize the presentation of the product to their Internet WWW patrons.
Impact/ONLINE Cataloging is marketed as a cataloging tool for library consortia who use Impact/ONLINE to automate their union database or consortium-wide catalog. It is also available on a subscription basis, granting users access to over 9.1 million Machine-Readable Catalog (MARC) records in addition to Library of Congress Authority files. With this superior source of bibliographic data at their fingertips, combined with the powerful MARC editing capabilities of the cataloging module, catalogers can perform the tasks necessary to keep their catalog masterfile current and accurate.
Individual Impact/ONLINE libraries may download records and maintain holdings via a simple Web interface, when they do not need the full services of the editor. The cataloging module facilitates both holdings maintenance and record downloading so that MARC records can be rapidly updated and incorporated into Impact/SLiMS or third-party circulation software.
Complete MARC editing capabilities, such as the editing of existing records, upgrading or combining of records, copy cataloging and original cataloging are made easy with the text-based MARC editor. The need to page through volumes of MARC documentation has, wherever possible, been eliminated by the addition of drop-down list boxes and selection windows. Options are presented on-screen and can be added or modified with the click of a button.
The cataloging module also provides for complete administration of cataloging functions.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics, Inc. (OTC:AUGR) has capitalized on new technology as it becomes available, providing information publishing and database resource sharing systems to the publishing and library communities.