Boca Raton, FL, March 26, 2001 The Mandarin M3 Library Automation System recently upgraded its M3 Windows OPAC to include patron access to personal account information, enhanced tagging, sorting capabilities and more.
My Account is a new Windows OPAC feature which enables patrons to view a detailed list of their current and previous library transactions as well as personal information. My Account makes it easy for patrons to stay abreast of the items they have borrowed in the past and the materials they presently have on loan. Patrons access their account information by means of their patron barcode and an optional password, both assigned by library staff. Also new to the OPAC is an index browse that allows patrons to browse a library's entire collection from the Standard Search Screen. Patrons can search for items by author, title or subject. The index browse also helps patrons with the proper spelling of items.
Librarians are now able to configure a variety of functions to improve the display of their collection via the Windows OPAC. A configurable default Sort option on the search results screen automatically sorts patron searches using a pre- selected field, such as call number, author or title. The OPAC allows librarians to make changes to the default font size and style of the record display. Patrons can also make changes to the font size to suit their reading and printing needs. Librarians can customize the Holdings Panel on the Record Details Screen in order to view selected fields. In addition, a new template lets librarians customize their library name, hours of operation, schedule and miscellaneous notes in the Bulletin Board.
The Windows OPAC now features a Tag All option that allows patrons to tag every item returned from a particular search with one mouse click. Tagging is a convenient way for librarians and patrons to compile lists of bibliographies for printing, saving or for transfer to the M3 Bookbag. Another new feature allows patrons to save their search results or Bookbag to a text file for future use.