Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 8 • September 2000
EOS International Unveils Q Series 3.0, GLAS 3.1 and Toolkit

Electronic Online Systems (EOS) International has announced the release  of its Q Series 3.0 library information management and access system. The company has also announced the introduction of GLAS (Graphical Library Automation System) 3.1 along with a companion toolkit for use with the GLAS Cataloging and Circulation modules.

Q Series 3.0
Q Series version 3.0 supports Z39.50, an industry standard that allows dissimilar library automation systems to share information. The Q Series Z39.50 Client enables library OPAC (online public access catalog) users to search other Z39.50-compliant library databases using the Q Series OPAC. Conversely, the Z39.50 Server allows Q Series libraries to make their databases accessible to other Z39.50-compliant library system OPACs.

EOS International’s latest release of the Q Series complies with version 3.0 of the Z39.50 standard and includes support of the Bath Profile level 1 functionality for searching and displaying MARC 21 records. The Bath Profile was developed by the Z39.50 Implementors Group (ZIG). Level 1 is currently the highest implementation level defined in the profile and includes 19 search-field types including keyword, field truncation, and exact-match searching.

According to the release, Q Series 3.0 also features additional system security options to provide libraries with increased flexibility in defining how users access the Q Series system. Libraries can now set minimum and maximum user password lengths, determine whether alphanumeric passwords are required, ensure that passwords never expire, or set up passwords to expire on a specific date or in a number of days, weeks, months, or years. New reports provide a list of all valid and invalid Q Series logins during a specific date range as well as listings of which user passwords are set to expire during a given period.

“The implementation of Z39.50 gives our Q Series customers the ability to share their library information with the rest of the world via the Internet. And the enhanced security features will help them better control how their system is accessed,” said Scot Cheatham, president and CEO of EOS International.

With Q Series 3.0 libraries can define Z39.50 host sites and databases available to their staff (in Powersearch) and/or to the public (in OPAC) using a Z39.50 setup function. OPAC users can select any combination of Z39.50 sites and perform a single search for materials at all of the selected sites. Record retrievals display in a consolidated list with each separate database clearly identified.

The Q Series is a full-featured library-information-management system that provides information retrieval with advanced searching options that overcome the limitations of Boolean searching. Q Series does this by offering additional tools, such as natural language querying, “hypersearching,” concept searching, and pattern matching. Through these tools and other features, the Q Series provides a single point of access to information. This can include a library’s own information collection; a branch library’s collection; multimedia files; CD-ROMs; URL links; and commercially or internally published documents found on the Internet, intranets, and extranets.

GLAS 3.1 and Toolkit
GLAS version 3.1 features enhancements such as the ability to link and manage URI (uniform resource identifier) hyperlinks within bibliographic records that appear in EasySearch and in the GLAS@ccess Web OPAC. Other new features include calendar support on all data fields, added browse lists for selecting field ranges in all report dialog boxes, and selectable library-definable pick lists for common fields such as Item Type, Location, and Medium. Also new in GLAS 3.1 is an optional, integrated Main Menu providing easier access to installed GLAS modules.

The GLAS Toolkit is a collection of nine special utilities that provide added functionality to the GLAS version 3.1 Cataloging and Circulation modules. The GLAS Toolkit includes utilities for self-serve circulation, exporting and merging records, creating checkout and hold-status files, and more.

“GLAS 3.1 and the GLAS Toolkit provide our GLAS users with enhancements they’ve asked for,” said Cheatham. “Features such as the ability to launch directly to a Web site from within GLAS provides our users and their patrons with improved access to information resources on the Internet.”

GLAS is a comprehensive library information system for small to mid-sized libraries. According to the company, it features an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) and flexible data entry screens designed to streamline work flow and provide easy access to library information. GLAS offers several options for searching your online catalog including EasySearch for quick and simple searches, GoPAC (Graphical OPAC) for more advanced searches, and GLAS@ccess (a Web OPAC), which enables libraries to make their online catalogs accessible via the Web. GLAS provides full MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) support for the bibliographic record. It also supports Windows standards such as multitasking, scrollable windows, pull-down menus, pick lists, and MicroHelp. The complete GLAS user manual is also available online via keyword searching and hypertext links.

Source: EOS International, Carlsbad, CA, 760/431-8400;

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