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Volume 19, Issue 8 September 2002
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Mandarin Library Automation Launches Mandarin M3 Version 1.5    

Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. has announced the launch of Mandarin M3 version 1.5. According to the company, this release provides important new features and enhancements in all modules.

The new Mandarin M3 features the following:

  • Graphic image display in the patron and item panes in Circulation
  • The ability to simultaneously search from the OPAC a library's collection and SIRS Publishing online databases, including SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government  Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, SIRS NetSelect, and SIRS Discover Deluxe
  • Search on Study Program fields (including Study Program Notes, Interest Level, Reading Level, and Points) for building and accessing curriculum-based study and reading programs
  • Display of the 856#y (Link Name) in the OPAC instead of the URL
  • New authorization and security-level definitions
  • Over 850 packaged reports
  • Availability of the powerful Cataloging Find/Replace function on record subset
  • An "Undo Save" function
  • A new "In Process" status
Mandarin has also introduced the Authority Control Optional Module, a significant new option for version 1.5 of Mandarin M3. Authority Control is integrated into the Cataloging module and fully supports the MARC 21 Authority Format record structure.

Mandarin developed two interfaces in the Authority Control Module for libraries to enter and maintain authority records in Cataloging: an advanced full MARC record editor and a quick-entry label heading and cross-reference screen.

Whichever interface is utilized, Mandarin M3 allows the library to control and insert name, subject, uniform title, and series headings into bibliographic records. Authority Control seamlessly integrates "See" and "See also" hyperlinks in the Mandarin M3 OPAC. Mandarin is also offering an annual subscription to a Library of Congress Authority database that's hosted by the company. According to the announcement, real-time, online access to over 5 million subject and name headings are seamlessly accessible from the Cataloging module.

Source: Mandarin Library Automation, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 561/995-4010; http://www.mlasolutions.com.

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