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SIRS Mandarin Premieres New Interface and Databases, Receives Automation Contract

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SIRS Mandarin Premieres New Interface and Databases, Receives Automation Contract

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SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced that it is adding Visual Catalog, a new graphical interface, to the SIRS Mandarin M3 library automation system, as well as expanding its offering of additional content databases in SIRS Researcher and SIRS Discoverer Deluxe online reference databases. These new additions premiered last month at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The company has also announced that it will provide library automation systems to 120 school and public libraries in Puerto Rico.

Visual Catalog

Visual Catalog is a new graphical interface that will be added to the Standard and Enhanced Search interfaces for the SIRS Mandarin M3 library automation system. Visual Catalog allows patrons to perform searches with visual cues as well as with text. Pre-configured queries are organized into a hierarchy of topics and subtopics that employ graphics, sound, and text. With the click of a button, patrons can launch software applications, link to the Internet, or explore a library's resources without defining search criteria or worrying about exact spelling. Queries, graphics, sound, animation, captions, and descriptions can be easily modified with this fully customizable interface.

New Content Databases

For students and educators interested in tracking the development of the election campaign and researching current electoral trends, SIRS Researcher will offer the database Campaign 2000. Updated daily, Campaign 2000 provides a wide variety of full-text articles covering the upcoming primary and general elections, and includes articles profiling the candidates vying for the presidency. Articles in this cumulative database are highly relevant, enabling users to quickly find electoral information that is both current and useful for research and assignments.

The SIRS Discoverer database for kids will expand its offering of comprehensive reference information with the addition of Current Events, a database containing fulltext articles and graphics with timely information about domestic and international events. Current Events encourages children to research the world in which we live, and promotes awareness of current issues. Current Events is updated daily, and articles remain in the database for 30 days. Articles are also added dynamically to the SIRS Discoverer database.

Automation Contract

SIRS Mandarin has been awarded the library automation contract as part of Project SABER (Electronic Libraries Network Automation Systems), Puerto Rico's islandwide centralized library automation network. …

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