Denver, Colo. (October 20, 1997) CARL Corporation has announced the development of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) for three staff modules of the CARL System: Circulation, Acquisitions, and Serials. These three client modules—planned for release in early 1998—complement CARL's graphical cataloging utility, ITS for CARL, to provide an integrated suite of graphical interfaces to library management functions.
The new staff modules enrich CARL's array of graphical user interface products, which include popular public access modules (Kid's Catalog, Everybody's Catalog, NoveList, Dialog@CARL,and UnCover Web), and a new Management Reports module.
The new graphical clients build on the strength of CARL's character-based Circulation, Serials, and Acquisitions modules, while taking advantage of the workflow enhancements available through a graphical interface. Careful attention has been paid to supporting user preferences for pointing devices as well as keyboard navigation, and efficiency of operation depending on task-specific requirements. Designed for public libraries, academic libraries, school districts, and consortia, all modules increase productivity and reduce training needs, and minimize maintenance with easy network updating of the client software.
The client-server architecture incorporates a "thin client" design for current PCs as well as future Network Computer hardware options. The software is optimized for 32-bit Windows 95 or Windows NT operating systems.
CARL's New Product Development Manager Tom Doerr said, "These graphical interfaces are core components of CARL's next-generation client-server Information Management and Delivery System. We are designing the software to run alongside CARL's classic ILS, enabling libraries to transition their system to the newest user interface technology in a realistic timeframe while building on their existing hardware and network investments." Prototypes of the three modules were demonstrated to enthusiastic response at the 1997 CARL User Group Meeting held in Denver in September.
CARL Corporation, based in Denver, Colorado, is a leading developer of innovative technology solutions for libraries. Over 625 libraries, serving nearly 13 million library users, have selected CARL systems and products. CARL Corporation's innovative systems and products for libraries include: the CARL System, the UnCover online article database, Kid's Catalog, Everybody's Catalog, CARLweb, Diabog@CARL and NoveList.