|Sagebrush Corp. has announced the release of Winnebago Spectrum 5,
the latest update to its integrated library automation program. Highlights
of the latest version include an enhanced user interface and an optional
Visual Search feature. Spectrum 5 is the first major Spectrum update since
the Sagebrush/Winnebago merger in January 2000.
"Spectrum 5's new feature set continues the Spectrum tradition of giving
library professionals the powerful tools they need to manage their libraries
efficiently," said John Kockler, Spectrum product manager. "Patrons of
all ages appreciate the new, more intuitive user interface, while new HTML
reports, advance booking, and the Quick Add window enhance efficiency and
usability for library professionals and staff."
According to the company, Spectrum 5 features an updated user interface
with a new navigation toolbar that makes it easier to use. Other updates
include the following:
Seamless integration with the optional Spectrum-in-Hand palm computing
unit saves time with fast, easy circulation from anywhere and at-the-shelf
Spectrum's advance booking lets librarians and media center staff (and
patrons, if given permission) reserve items for a specified date, ensuring
Spectrum lets librarians and media center staff view patron photos,
helping them recognize and identify patrons and increasing security. Librarians
and media center staff can also load and link patron photos in a batch.
Spectrum's optional Visual Search module offers patrons customizable,
icon-based searching, with hundreds of preconfigured buttons. Visual Search
lets users click through a hierarchy of graphical buttons, each representing
a single subject.
Reports and Notices
Spectrum's HTML-based reports let librarians and media center staff
convert or cut and paste report data created in either Windows or Macintosh
to an HTML report format.
Global Subject Edit
Librarians and media center staff can change subjects globally.
Spectrum's complete online Help system includes step-by-step instructions,
examples that show how to complete a process, and reference information.
Source: Sagebrush Corp., Minneapolis, 800/328-2923, 952/656-2953; http://www.sagebrushcorp.com.