Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

DRA Kids

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

DRA Kids

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Vendor: Data Research Associates, Inc.

1276 North Warson Road

Post Office Box

St. Louis, Missouri 63132-1806

(314) 432-1000; (800) 325-0888

Fax: (314) 993-8927

Internet: http//;

Demo Available: Yes Version: 1.0 Prices: $500 for 1-5 copies. Contact DRA to learn more about quantity prices.


Micro: 33 Mhz 486+ PC with 8 MB of memory, 200 MB disk, color VGA or SVGA monitor and appropriate TCP/IP software are recommended. Operating System: Windows 3.1+ LANs Supported: TCP/IP networks


DRA Kids is a workstation-based product that allows a child to search the local library's catalog with a unique user-friendly interface. It is a Z39.50 compliant, online public access catalog (OPAC) client software that can connect to any library's automated system provided that system has a Z39.50 compliant server. DRA Kids allows the user to search the complete holdings of the catalog.

As seen in Figure 1, DRA Kids provides three choices for accessing information.

* Type It. This approach allows the patron to enter a search request and then click on the corresponding icon to specify the type of search-author, title, subject, or words.

* Find It. An alphabetical A-Z array of icons allows the patron to choose a letter in the alphabet to conduct a subject search - see Figure 2. After clicking on a letter, the patron is presented with a list of topics that are displayed as large gray buttons, e.g., Latitude, Leaves, Liberty Bell, Light, Lightning, Lizards, etc.

* Choose It. This approach presents a predetermined list of interesting topics, e.g., Airplanes, Animals, Art, Cars, Computers, Cooking, Games, Geography, etc. (see Figure 3), represented by large colorful icons.

After the patron has selected a topic or entered a search, the software retrieves the records and displays the bibliographic record(s) in a standard scrollable window (see Figure 4), which displays the data labels in uppercase and the variable text in upper and lower case. The data labels and variable text are run-on and non-formatted. Note, however, that the library can change the format as it deems appropriate. The black, bold characters are displayed against a white background. …

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