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NOTIS Library Management System Networks University of Alabama at Birmingham

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NOTIS Library Management System Networks University of Alabama at Birmingham

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has chosen the NOTIS Library Management System, developed by NOTIS Systems Inc., to replace the institution's current library management system and expand patron access to library resources. UAB sought a system that provided full library management capabilities, as well as easy access to locally mounted databases.

All modules of NOTIS will be utilized by UAB, including die Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), Acquisitions and Fund Accounting, Circulation, Serials Control, Cataloging and Authorities, and NOTIS' two database access systems - InfoShare, a Z39.50 compliant UNIX-based server, and MDAS (Multiple Database Access System).

"Our current system doesn't allow online access to periodical indexes or CD-ROM products. With NOITS all of our resources are easily accessible," says Steve Laughlin, Head of Administrative Services, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, UAB. "Our catalog staff is looking forward to the authority control available through NOTIS."

The NOTIS system will also provide the hook to holdings capability sought by UAB. "Patrons will learn immediately if their sought-after material is available," says Laughlin. "We are also planning to take advantage of the option of displaying on-order status for patrons."

In addition to the 15,000 students and 1,500 faculty at UAB, the university shares reciprocal agreements with six four-year colleges, two junior colleges, and local high schools. Anyone connected to the campus network can access the library resources online, whether they are located in a home accessing through dial-up, in an office, or one of the library's 80 PC workstations.

Future plans for UAB include the installation of NOTIS' ProPAC, a Z39.50 graphical user interface for workstations. ProPAC utilizes icons and pull-down screens to make it easier for patrons to perform searches. …

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