|SIRS Mandarin, Inc. has announced the addition of new features, updates,
and reports to its Mandarin M3 library automation system. The company has
also announced that the Palm Beach County (Florida) School Board has purchased
SIRS Government Reporter and SIRS Renaissance online reference databases.
A new Session Save feature that allows librarians to save an inventory
session for future retrieval is now available in the M3 Inventory module.
M3 Inventory also offers librarians new reporting capabilities, including
a statistical list and an option that enables users to track items that
are shelved without being returned. An enhanced Barcode Label Printing
Utility and improved printing capabilities have also been added to Mandarin
Mandarin M3 now includes new reports that perform tasks such as sorting
equipment items by building location and listing items scanned in circulation
on a selected day by call number. With these and other new reports, M3
users can now access over 100 pre-loaded reports. SIRS Mandarin technicians
continually design new reports and adapt existing ones to fit the needs
of M3 users. All new reports are placed on the SIRS Mandarin Web site at
http://www.sirs.com and can be downloaded
by Mandarin M3 customers.
According to the company, Mandarin M3 is a flexible and powerful library
automation system suitable for school, academic, public, and special libraries.
M3 incorporates a search engine specifically designed to search MARC records
and offers a variety of features that include the following:
Mandarin M3 is compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/NT. SIRS Mandarin also
offers retrospective conversion services, hardware, training, educational
users’ group meetings, and 24/7 technical support.
32-bit client/server architecture with full Windows functionality
Networkable software with unlimited site licensing
Multilingual OPAC (English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian)
Advanced cataloging and circulation features
Customizable report tool
Serials and acquisitions modules
Union catalogs and hosting services
Z39.50 Server and BookWhere 2000 Z39.50 Client software
Web Gateway OPACs for adults and children
SIRS Mandarin, Inc. is an active participant in the Schools Interoperability
Framework (SIF), an industry initiative to develop an open specification
for ensuring that K-12 instructional and administrative software applications
work together more effectively. As part of SIRS Mandarin’s continuing effort
to meet the needs of its customers, Mandarin M3 will comply with the standards
established by the SIF initiative.
The SIRS database purchase provides nearly 150,000 students in Palm
Beach County with online access to valuable, age-appropriate full-text
articles about the arts and humanities as well as a wide array of documents
by and about the U.S. government.
Additionally, the Palm Beach County School Board has renewed licenses
to SIRS Researcher and SIRS Discoverer online reference databases. All
four SIRS databases are available via SIRS Knowledge Source, an integrated
online interface, at 148 elementary, middle, and high school libraries
in Palm Beach County.
According to Janeen Pelser, library media services manager for the School
District of Palm Beach County, library media specialists throughout the
district favored the purchase and renewal of SIRS databases.
"The Palm Beach County School Board views online databases like SIRS
as a means of providing all students with access to current information,"
Pelser said. "We are seeing an increase in the number of searches conducted
as educators and students realize how valuable these tools are." Pelser
said some county schools’ aging collections have now been updated by their
use of SIRS electronic resources.
SIRS database access enables Palm Beach County students to search for
information on topics pertaining to art, culture, economics, health, history,
science, social issues, technology, U.S. government, and more. SIRS databases
contain carefully selected full-text articles, government documents, and
graphics from nearly 7,000 respected worldwide publications. Students can
choose from a number of easy-to-use search methods in order to locate information
for school projects, essays, class presentations, and homework assignments.
Students can also travel the globe with Maps of the World, stay on top
of national and world news stories from Reuters in Today’s News, browse
monthly research topics in Spotlight of the Month, e-mail U.S. congresspersons
and federal agencies from the SIRS Government Reporter database, and more.
Source: SIRS Mandarin, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 561/994-0079; http://www.sirs.com.