|Surpass Software has announced the release of version 3.0 of Surpass
Central and Surpass Safari, the core components of the Surpass library
automation family of products. New features include cataloging templates,
See and See Also cross-references, integration features for users of Scholastic's
Reading Counts software, and the ability to send patron notices via e-mail.
According to the announcement, Surpass Central's use of cataloging templates
will make data entry even easier for Surpass users. Templates are provided
for various material types, including video and audio recordings, atlases,
computer software, kits, and serials. When the user opens a template, Central
automatically selects the most common fields for the type of media selected.
Central even adjusts field names when the change is useful for entering
materials of that type. For example, though MARC 928b field data is most
commonly "publisher source," Central changes the field label to prompt
the user for "producer or distributor" when accessing the video catalog
Surpass Central boasts a flexible patron notices feature that offers
the ability to save customized versions of notice text. Patron records
chosen for notices can be defined by placing conditions on patron fields.
Central version 3.0 has enhanced notices with the addition of an e-mail
distribution capability. According to the company, users will find it helpful
and economical that Central is easily configured to send an e-mail notice
to patrons with an e-mail address and print a notice for other patrons.
E-mail notice delivery is available for overdue, fines, delinquent, reserve,
and password notices.
Surpass Central 2.0 brought the ability to enhance MARC records with
Accelerated Reader program information. Central 3.0 extends its capability
to users of Scholastic's Reading Counts. Though some automation companies
require a fee for a special service to enhance holdings records, this feature
has been built into Surpass Central. At no extra cost, Central users can
quickly import a list of Reading Counts or Accelerated Reader tests. Central
smoothly enhances the MARC records for those resources.
Also new to Surpass Central 3.0 and Safari 3.0 is the use of See and
See Also cross-references. These cross-references appear with results of
subject or author searches in the Safari catalog. Surpass comes with a
starter set of cross-references that users can edit, delete, or add to.
Surpass 3.0's many other enhancements and updates include the capability
to print catalog cards (ideal for small libraries still maintaining card
drawers), easily enter Web sites to MARC records (the URL can even be automatically
captured from the URL field of an open browser), print receipts for lost
materials collections, adjust margins and font size on printed spine labels,
and automate database maintenance scheduling.
Source: Surpass Software, Calhoun, GA, 877/625-2657; http://surpasssoftware.com.