Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Cibbarelli's Survey: User Ratings of NOTIS Software

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Cibbarelli's Survey: User Ratings of NOTIS Software

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Librarians using library automation software from NOTIS Systems, Inc. were asked to rate NOTIS on a variety of qualities using a scale of I to 10. The results can be found in Table 1.

User ratings were above average in all categories. Every category scored at least one 10 with the exception of "Documentation," which had a 9 for "Excellent" as the high score.

The survey was mailed by NOTIS Systems, Inc. to each of their 240 installed sites. Responses were mailed directly to Cibbarelli's for compilation. Responses were received from a total of sixty sites. Multiple responses were encouraged from sites, and when multiple responses were received, all responses from that site were averaged together.

The NOTIS Library Management System (LMS) is a fully integrated library automation software that operates on IBM mainframes. The software was commercially introduced in the early 1980s, and the price of the first year licensing fee ranges from $125,000 to $300,000 with a 15 percent annual maintenance fee thereafter.

The original NOTIS LMS was developed at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. NOTIS Systems, Inc. was formed in 1987 and is now a subsidiary of Ameritech Corporation.

NOTIS' strategic development direction for the last two years has been to design products for the client/server model for distributive computing, incorporating industry standards including Z39.50, TCP/IP, and to support Unix-based platforms. NOTIS has client/server-, Z39.50-based products at over fifty sites today.

The NOTIS Product Line

NOTIS Library Management System (LMS) for both mainframe and turnkey configurations provides cataloging and authority control, circulation, OPAC, acquisitions and fund accounting, serials control, and report generation.

NOTIS has recently introduced another product, NOTIS Horizon, which is a fully integrated, Z39.50 compliant information management system utilizing client/server architecture. It operates on Unix-based servers.

InfoShare is a database server for the local mounting and management of information in a Unix environment. It provides a platform for mounting citation databases and abstracts as well as full-text and local databases.

Multiple Database Access System (MDAS) is a database server solution for the mainframe environment to provide local mounting and management of commercial and local databases.

ProPAC is a graphical client that accesses Z39.50 servers including NOTIS Horizon, the NOTIS LMS, and InfoShare.

TermPAC is a character-based Z39.50 interface that runs on a range of low-end Unix machines including PCs, Apple, and ASCII terminals.

PACLink provides seamless menu access to other library catalogs.

PACLoan provides self-initiated interlibrary loan and document delivery functions for library patrons.

DocDirect provides patrons the capability to request and receive printed or faxed copies of full-text material available online.

NOTIS Sites Responding to the Survey

Schwob Memorial Library, Columbus College, is now using NOTIS for OPAC and cataloging and will be bringing up circulation in early 1994.

Susan Wood at Burroughs Wellcome Company says they are using NOTIS' cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, OPAC, statistical reports, and GTO (generic transfer and overlay). She comments, "NOTIS has grown considerably in the past few years. It is obvious in their new products that they have fewer librarians actually testing and giving feedback than they had when they were affiliated with Northwestern."

Cook County Law Library's Jacqueline D. Bass reports, "We are now in the process of implementing the serials module, circulation, and acquisition for December 1, 1993."

Cornell University has been using NOTIS since 1988 as its library management system. It runs on an IBM 3090 in conjunction with InfoShare, which has eight citation databases running on IBM RS6000 Unix platforms with a link to Cornell's local holdings. …

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