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Volume 19, Issue 5 May 2002
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EOS International Launches New Q Series Web OPAC

EOS International (EOS) has announced the release of the new Q Series Web OPAC version Winter 02. According to the announcement, this new version incorporates an inviting, user-friendly interface and the latest Web technologies to deliver optimized performance and fast displays of relevant search results.

"As a client-driven company, EOS International set out to create a Web OPAC designed specifically from the user's perspective. To accomplish this goal our skilled product developers, graphic artists, and Web designers worked in close corroboration with the EOS-appointed Q Series Advisory Committee to create a thoughtfully user-designed product," said Jeffrey Goodwin, EOS director of research and development.

The EOS development staff coordinated the users' direct input and asked what their needs and objectives were through each stage of development.

"The EOS development staff was great," said Mary Kreinbring, the American Dental Association's library services director. "They worked closely with us and other Q Series clients in designing the new Web interface. They really listened and responded positively to all our suggestions, and we had plenty. The resulting product has a very clean look and improved navigation. Best of all, individual libraries will be able to customize the screen to suit their particular needs."

Prototypes, storyboards, and quantitative questionnaires aimed at understanding the users' perceptions were utilized throughout the development process. The result is a product that is simple enough for novice users, yet also powerful enough for the most advanced.

According to the announcement, the new Q Series Web OPAC is simple to learn and easy-to-use. It efficiently delivers relevant search results with easy-to-understand tabs, pull-down menus, and buttons that take the guesswork out of browsing and searching. Flexible search features enable users to choose between Simple, Browse, or Power search options; provide clear definitions with examples of each search type; and allow users to browse or search by Word, Author, Title, Publisher, Subject, Year, ISSN/ISBN, Call Number Prefix, and/or Call Number. In addition, this next-generation Web OPAC provides enhanced interface template customization and color scheme capabilities that let the libraries tailor the module.

Source: EOS International, Carlsbad, CA, 800/876-5484, 760/431-8400; http://www.eosintl.com.

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