|Inmagic, Inc., a developer of knowledge management and special library
software, has announced the release of BiblioTech PRO version 2.2, which
offers new work-flow-efficiency features for librarians and end-users.
Inmagic has also announced the release of DB/TextWorks version 5.0.
BiblioTech PRO v2.2
Version 2.2 offers browser-based integrated e-mail transactions for
end-users, including end-user loan requests, self-renewals, and information-request
forms. For library staff, the system allows automatic e-mail to be sent
(to end-users or vendors), features on-demand spell-checking, and provides
the ability to receive user-submitted reference queries using an information-request
form. Reference queries are then tracked as part of normal library work
"Version 2.2 of BiblioTech PRO provides new levels of work-flow efficiency
for the common tasks associated with library communications," said Lynda
Moulton, Inmagic's director of integrated library systems. "This markedly
enhances the convenience factor for end-users as they no longer need leave
their desktop environments to perform these functions. At the same time,
library personnel reap rich time-savings."
BiblioTech PRO is a fully integrated library system that provides users
with a Web-enabled point-and-click interface. "End-user manipulation of
the system is easy," said Parker Livermore, BiblioTech PRO's national account
manager. "For example, those seeking to self-renew or make a loan request
need only select the citations desired, click the correct option boxes,
and the librarian is automatically informed."
Implemented systemwide for all modules, new e-mail options allow librarians
to send and receive data, content, or messages to end-users, vendors, and
others. Bibliographies can be sent from the Searching Module; claim reports
can be sent from the Serials Module, etc.
Version 2.2 provides librarians with new levels of control over numerous
customization features. "We've enabled a comprehensive suite of customization
tools throughout the integrated Windows and Web interfaces," said Moulton.
"Librarians need control over the look and feel of their end-user's experiences.
Version 2.2 greatly enhances their ability to do this by allowing them
to customize the fonts, colors, defaults, etc., exactly the way they want
them to be."
Information-request forms let users submit reference queries via the
Web to library staff, where they can be tracked and reported on throughout
the life of the query. When a user makes a reference request, an e-mail
is sent to library staff. Simultaneously, the query also goes into the
catalog as a work-flow item. As progress is made on meeting the user's
request, BiblioTech PRO's Record Update module can be utilized to update
query status. At any time, BiblioTech PRO's Report module can report on
work-flow history and current status.
Additional enhancements in version 2.2 include automatic spell-checking,
the ability to define multiple URLs or image (documents) files for each
citation, and the ability to save Web search results to a Word or text
DB/TextWorks v5.0, which includes the Web publishing components DB/Text
WebPublisher and WebPublisher Lite, now features relevance ranking as well
as other enhancements.
"Relevance ranking allows users to spend less time searching for information,"
said Phillip Green, Inmagic's CEO. "It gives them the ability to sort reports
so that records most similar to search criteria appear first. This creates
huge savings in time and efficiency for our customers."
Graham Beastall of Soutron, Ltd., an Inmagic dealer based in the U.K.,
said, "Version 5.0 of DB/TextWorks gives librarians the ability to provide
their users with simple and refined searching similar to that provided
to users by systems costing many times that of DB/TextWorks."
Relevance ranking is not the only new feature enabled through version
5.0. While performing database maintenance activities (such as checking
a database for errors), users can now simultaneously rebuild indexes when
using version 5.0. This enhanced functionality allows users to perform
database maintenance activities more easily, with less time expended.
The product's e-mail capabilities have also been expanded, creating
easier, less time-consuming, and more powerful experiences for users. Reports
sent via e-mail can now include attachments. In addition, user-defined
scripts can now send e-mail without requiring parameters to be supplied
by the user. This saves time and increases accuracy during repetitive e-mail
Enhanced display features let users in DB/Text WebPublisher or WebPublisher
Lite review detailed and summary information at the same time. Expanded
record displays can now appear in separate browser windows, giving users
the option to point, click, and manipulate information with more flexibility.
DB/TextWorks v5.0 is available to those who have enrolled in Inmagic's
new InmagicADVANTAGE maintenance program.
Source: Inmagic, Inc., Woburn, MA, 800/229-8398; http://www.inmagic.com.