Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. has announced the addition of a Z39.50 client to Mandarin Oasis, a centralized, Web-based library management system. This client allows librarians to search Z39.50 sites and easily add items to their library catalogs from these sites, according to the announcement. The Z39.50 "search and save" feature is integrated as part of the cataloging function. In addition, the Z39.50 client is compatible with Unicode. This allows librarians to search for MARC records in Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, or virtually any other language and save the resulting records directly into their local catalog for no additional cost.
Oasis offers complete automation functions from a single screen, including cataloging, circulation, searching, reports, and inventory. According to the announcement, Oasis helps single sites and districts lower their costs and save time with one-point installation, maintenance, and updates. It is a seamless upgrade from Mandarin M3, Mandarin Library Automation's Windows-based automation system that is now offered as a free download.
Source: Mandarin Library Automation, Inc., http://www.mlasolutions.com