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Weekly News Digest

May 26, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EOS International Announces Release Schedule for OPAC Discovery

EOS International, a provider of cloud computing library automation software, announced the 2011 release schedule for its new product, OPAC Discovery. The Discovery product allows corporate, legal, medical, government, academic, digital, and special libraries to customize the capability as well as look and feel of their OPACs. In June 2011, EOS will release a mobile device version of the application along with a flexible template editor. The new mobile format allows patrons to access your library’s OPAC through iPhones, Androids, and BlackBerries.

The new Template Designer provides filtered access to the standard and mobile templates created by a library for use in OPAC Discovery. From the List screen, add, copy, delete, preview, or open for maintenance any of your library’s pre-defined or custom templates. Once open for maintenance, the template designer provides full access to the tools and necessary to create and maintain custom templates. Included are predefined layouts and themes to achieve the desired look for your library’s OPAC, drag and drop controls to make menus, links, text, and images available to your patrons, single click functionality to add HTML-based functionality, and a properties panel to allow advanced designers to fine tune the attributes and placement of any screen element with precision.

In August 2011, OPAC Discovery will provide complete title list and record display functionality including patron sign in, circulation desk functions, third-party integration, and the remaining standard search options including e-Search, Icon Search, and Cross Library searching.

By October 2011, patron functions will be added to OPAC Discovery including patron information, their social profiles, circulation desk information, routed serials, and premium patron options such as reference requested, RSS feeds, and course information.

In December 2011, EOS will put the final touches on OPAC Discovery with enhancements to the Template Designer, translation services, and a conversion utility to transform a library’s Web OPAC into OPAC Discovery.

Source: EOS International

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