SIRS Mandarin Enhances M3 System, Announces Database Implementations

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SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced the addition of new features, updates, and reports to its Mandarin M3 library automation system. The company has also announced that the Palm Beach County (Florida) School Board has purchased SIRS Government Reporter and SIRS Renaissance online reference databases.

M3 Enhancements

A new Session Save feature that allows librarians to save an inventory session for future retrieval is now available in the M3 Inventory module. M3 Inventory also offers librarians new reporting capabilities, including a statistical list and an option that enables users to track items that are shelved without being returned. An enhanced Barcode Label Printing Utility and improved printing capabilities have also been added to Mandarin M3.

Mandarin M3 now includes new reports that perform tasks such as sorting equipment items by building location and listing items scanned in circulation on a selected day by call number. With these and other new reports, M3 users can now access over 100 pre-loaded reports. SIRS Mandarin technicians continually design new reports and adapt existing ones to fit the needs of M3 users. All new reports are placed on the SIRS Mandarin Web site at http:llwww.sirs.com and can be downloaded by Mandarin M3 customers.

According to the company, Mandarin M3 is a flexible and powerful library automation system suitable for school, academic, public, and special libraries. M3 incorporates a search engine specifically designed to search MARC records and offers a variety of features that include the following:

* 32-bit client/server architecture with full Windows functionality

* Networkable software with unlimited site licensing

* Multilingual OPAC (English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian)

* Advanced cataloging and circulation features

* Inventory module

* Customizable report tool

* Serials and acquisitions modules

* Union catalogs and hosting services

* Z39.50 Server and BookWhere 2000 Z39.50 Client software

* Web Gateway OPACs for adults and children

Mandarin M3 is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/NT. SIRS Mandarin also offers retrospective conversion services, hardware, training, educational users' group meetings, and 24/7 technical support.

SIRS Mandarin, Inc. is an active participant in the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), an industry initiative to develop an open specification for ensuring that K-12 instructional and administrative software applications work together more effectively. …