Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 4 April 2002
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Surpass Software Releases Serials Management Software

Surpass Software, a provider of library automation solutions, has announced the release of Surpass Serials periodical management software, a new program that monitors the delivery and cataloging of newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. Surpass Serials is compatible with Surpass and other library automation systems.

Surpass Serials features easy entry of regular subscriptions and special issues to a materials database, printed routing lists to easily distribute an issue within a selected group, issues receivable by scanning UPC codes when available, customizable claims notices to send to suppliers, the option to automatically generate MARC records, and a variety of reports.

Surpass Serials tracks receipt of periodicals and subscription information to help libraries monitor materials. When an issue is late, Surpass Serials creates a customized claims notice to send to the supplier. This notice can be printed, or Surpass Serials will e-mail the letter to the address the user indicates. The Vendor History report shows which vendors most effectively deliver issues on time and alerts users to those with poor delivery performance.

Whether or not a library circulates periodicals, Surpass Serials is essential to manage subscriptions, according to the announcement. For libraries that do want to circulate magazines, it provides added features. The user can set Surpass Serials to automatically generate the MARC record when an issue arrives and insert it into the materials database. Surpass Serials offers the user the flexibility to choose the circulation category for each subscription and control how the call number should look.

Surpass Serials is $425 through July 31, 2002, after which it will be available for $475.

Source: Surpass Software, Calhoun, GA, 877/625-2657; http://www.surpasssoftware.com.

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