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Ameritech Library Services Announces Dynix UniPAC, Resource Sharing System

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Ameritech Library Services Announces Dynix UniPAC, Resource Sharing System

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Ameritech Library Services has announced that it has bundled three of its most popular PAC products into one comprehensive searching solution called Dynix UniPAC. Together, PAC for Windows, the new Dynix WebPAC, and character-based searching allow Dynix UniPAC to provide libraries a choice of access through Web browsers, Windows 95 workstations, or character-based terminals. With Dynix UniPAC, libraries won't have to decide between Windows 95 and Web-based access to library resources, according to the company.

PAC for Windows, based on Windows 95, organizes the library's Dynix catalog, CD-ROM databases, Web browsing, broadcast searching to other libraries, and other PC applications through an easy menu launcher. PAC for Windows can also protect workstation security and user privacy through its secured mode. Community information files, bulletin boards, and patron empowerment features give library users convenient self-service options. New users have a guided search while more experienced users can customize search sorting and limiting, modify displays, and create personalized booklits.

The new Dynix WebPAC uses state-of-the-art Java applets, providing access to the library's - resources from Web browsers either inside or outside the library. Familiar Dynix searching features are presented with Web conventions such as pull-down menus and point-and-click navigation. Using Java capabilities, Dynix WebPAC protects user privacy in the library by clearing previous searches through an automatic timeout.

Dynix UniPAC provides a technology bridge for libraries with character-based terminals to move to newer graphical technologies. With Dynix UniPAC, PC workstations and network computers (NCs) can run alongside character-based terminals.

Ameritech Delivers Full ISO/ILL Implementation

Ameritech has also announced its new Resource Sharing System (RSS), which, according to the company, breaks new ground by successfully implementing the full ISO/ILL protocol for interlibrary loan. Ameritech RSS allows users to manage resource-sharing transactions, retrieving complete bibliographic data including detailed holdings from virtually any other library system or database. RSS also tracks the status of requests regardless of the source of information.

This seamless connection to the full range of resource-sharing information is supported by three RSS components: a Web gateway; a staff workstation for managing, mediating, and tracking resource sharing activity; and the RSS server. …

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