January 29, 1999. Innovative Interfaces today announced that KidsOnline, its new children's Web OPAC interface, is available for library installation immediately.
The KidsOnline module offers younger patrons a fun and user-friendly Web OPAC that provides them with intuitive and easily configured screens. The KidsOnline module includes a standard set of menus and pictures (including hundreds of images in GIF format) as well as a full suite of Help screens that explain terms and functions just for children. Younger patrons can also search specially scoped children's collections and effortlessly access Features Lists.
"Libraries require special services for their younger patrons but, until now, no library automation provider has offered an interface with full Web OPAC functionality in an entertaining format that they can use with ease," noted Innovative President Jerry Kline. "The KidsOnline catalog is technically advanced but effortlessly navigable, and it underscores our dedication to providing the most forward-looking and functionally rich products in the marketplace."
"We're impressed with how customizable the software is," said Steve Washko, librarian at Chester County Public Library. "In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is probably the most customizable software I have ever seen."
KidsOnline runs on completely independent Web server software; no additional central site hardware is required. Fully integrated with the Millennium database, KidsOnline allows staff to customize and configure screens with no HTML programming knowledge. The module also includes a KidsOptions file that controls indexing and phrase-searching, along with images, fonts, colors, and table columns for every screen.