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Online Digital Media Archive Software from SIRSI Meets Virtual Library Needs

Magazine article Information Today

Online Digital Media Archive Software from SIRSI Meets Virtual Library Needs

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SIRSI Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama, maker of UNICORN library automation products, has introduced Digital Media Archive software. In conjunction with this introduction, SIRSI is making available a full-function restricted-use add-on configuration just for SIRSI's library customers at a reduced price.

For libraries that are ready to begin developing online digital collections linked to their OPACs, this software will include all archive functions:

* Archive Server (UNIX)

* Text Indexing Subsystem (UNIX)

* Archive Administration Client (UNIX)

* Archive Bulkload Utility (UNIX)

* Archive Capture Client (Windows)

* Archive Query/Browse/View Client (Windows)

* Archive Administration Training

* Up to 10 hours of telephone support

The Media Archive software is suitable for small collections or for the first implementation phase of larger collections. More importantly, this configuration was designed to expand based on growth and user demand to meet future online collection requirements.

SIRSI's Digital Media Archive system addresses the media capture, registration, search, retrieval, and administrative requirements of the new virtual library. It is available as a stand-alone archive or it can be integrated with any UNICORN library management system, and, according to the company, is the next logical step in library services.

As libraries have embraced computing and networking technology, their realm of operation has eclipsed the physical facilities they occupy. Their users may now perform many information operations remotely, which allows the libraries' staffs to serve a larger client base. As libraries,acquire or produce intelligent documents, the issue of making these digital holdings available to the online community presents challenges. This new product from SIRSI proposes solutions. When used in conjunction with SIRSI's UNICORN library automation system, digital holdings in the Media Archive can be hyperlinked to descriptive records in the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) or other citation databases. The user is presented with a MEDIA button when viewing records that have media files associated with them. Clicking this button causes the associated media file to be retrieved and presented for viewing on the user's screen. …

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