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CASPR Unveils Library World Version 3.0. (Library Systems Today)

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CASPR Unveils Library World Version 3.0. (Library Systems Today)

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CASPR Library Systems, Inc. has announced the release of Library World version 3.0. With an enhanced user interface that's specifically designed for Windows XP and Macintosh OS/X, this new release provides the professional tool librarians need at a price they can live with, according to the announcement.

Library World 3.0 offers full MARC authority control, which means that catalogers are in charge of their authority terms, such as personal names and topical subjects. These are not simple indexes, but full authority records. When cataloging, a simple expand command allows librarians to quickly pull up the right field and subfields for an author or subject. Authority records can be imported from many sources and can also be exported to share among libraries. In addition, a patron who is searching a library can be referenced to correct terms or related see-also terms.

"We could have provided a simple crossreference mechanism that looked like authority control, but all the power of MARC authority would have been missing," said Norman Kline, president of CASPR, Inc. "The ability to pull all of a field's subfields and see/see-also references is critical during cataloging. Searching steps up to a new level when the program can tell you what the correct terms are to search for. …

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