Information Update - Fall 2003
DRA, the Library's current integrated systems vendor,was recently purchased by SIRSI Corporation. Accordingly the Weinberg Library faced a decision: Should it move to SIRSI or should it investigate the various solutions to Library resources management?
Our answer was to look at all systems that matched our size and needs so that the system chosen provides the best solution to our needs. Based on cost and requirements for systems support staffing, the field was narrowed to three companies: SIRSI, Innovative Interfaces, Inc (III) and Endeavor. Representatives from the three companies came to campus and presented their products' features and demonstrated their functions to the Integrated Library Systems Replacement Subcommittee of the Library Advisory Committee and Library staff. After thorough evaluation from faculty and staff, III was selected as our system.
Library staff is very enthusiastic about the new features this system
will bring for our users and our work.
The III product will be installed in July 2003 is called Millennium.
It is a customizable web-based integrated system. Millennium enables
the Library to design a portal page that presents resources in our
collection with links to other Web resources. T
wo components of the
system, WebBridge and MetaFind link information from other resources
to the Library's catalog. When a user enters a search, the
results will include titles enriched by images of the dust jacket
and book reviews as well as links to fulltext journal content. MetaFind
makes links to fulltext journal content possible for one-stop searching
across Library resources.
Millennium uses both the
Boolean logic (and, or, not) to combine
sets as well as AltaVista search engine software to return results.
example, a search on special education would return a list of resources
owned by the Library and present the user with an additional list
of databases and web resources from which to chose. This presentation
is linked to the subject content that the user entered. This is an
exciting concept. In the past, a
user might search the catalog without
connecting to other resources to which the Library had access. Conversely,
a user might search fulltext journals without being aware that the
Library had some directly relevant print resources on his/her topic.
With Millennium's linking features, the user is presented with
both and more.
Please check out our new Online
Public Catalog at: http://panther.scranton.edu/search
Library Chooses Innovative Interfaces Inc. for its Integrated Library System