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SirsiDynix Announces General Availability of Enterprise 3.0

SirsiDynix (www.sirsidynix.com) announced the general availability of SirsiDynix Enterprise 3.0, a hosted discovery solution. Enterprise 3.0 offers users a single search well to discover all resources the library makes available. Those resources might include one or more library catalogs, digital collections, selected websites, and federated resources.

Because Enterprise is a hosted solution, it will scale to accommodate any amount of searchable content. At the same time, the administrative user interface is designed to adapt the product to the needs of both independent small libraries and consortia. Enterprise can have a footprint as small as a search box widget, or it can serve as a full library web presence and content management system.

Enterprise 3.0 offers superior local control in a hosted discovery tool. The Enterprise administrative user interface gives libraries the ability to define profiles for specific local patron groups. Library administrators have the ability to configure all of the following according to local needs:

  • Search Scope: Users searching through a locally defined profile may search everything the library offers or a subset of particular interest. Enterprise lets libraries define custom search limits for use within specific profiles. These limits allow patrons to focus searches on records or documents that match an enormous range of possible attributes including content source, location, language, reading level, and format.
  • Look and Feel: Libraries can upload their own headers, footers, and navigation panels. They can also upload their own cascading style sheets to control fonts, colors, backgrounds, and layout.
  • Authentication: Libraries can decide whether or not authentication is required for a given profile and whether to use LDAP or the ILS user repository.
  • Available Content: In consortia, not all members have the same content subscriptions. Profiles allow configuration for individual members.
  • Reporting: With built-in Google Analytics, libraries will have unprecedented visibility into the usage trends of their Enterprise 3.0 discovery tool.
  • Search Displays: Libraries can select which fields appear in search results and detail displays as well as the arrangement and behavior of those fields.
  • Content Management: Libraries that use the content management features will enjoy the ability to select which content is available to specific profiles and can use both a WYSIWYG interface for editing and creating content or a built-in HTML editor.

In addition, Enterprise has essential elements that have become standard for a modern library discovery tool including real-time availability information, integration with industrywide social network (through ChiliFresh.com), seamless placement of holds, enriched content integration, "did you mean" search suggestions, and RSS/ATOM feeds.

Source: SirsiDynix



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