SirsiDynix has announced the release of SchoolRooms 3.0. Designed to meet both state and federal education standards, SchoolRooms gives students access from a single interface to library resources, online databases, and approved web content alongside new and past curriculum specifically created for SchoolRooms users. Version 3.0 features new administration tools that allow teachers and librarians to customize and adapt the product to meet the needs of students and parents.
Organized by subject, SchoolRooms offers an alternative to expensive supplements and remediation materials. Content is presented in virtual rooms to help students discover information, provide educators with access to materials, and enable parents to find resources for improving their children’s education.
This release includes the addition of three new rooms. The Health Room provides teachers and parents with tools to meet the changing physical needs of today’s students. The new World Languages Room includes tools for students learning to communicate in today's global education environment. And the ELL Educator Room provides a tool students can use to learn English for the classroom and social environment, step by step.
Students who enter keywords in a simple search box will now experience a single, relevance-ordered list of results for all sources. Capitalizing on fuzzy logic search technology, SchoolRooms delivers faceted search capabilities, accurate results despite misspellings, simplified search interfaces, guided discovery, mobile browsing, optional social networking, and many more features.
Libraries can define custom search limits for use within specific profiles. These limits allow students and parents to focus searches on records or documents that match an enormous range of possible attributes including content source, location, language, reading level, and format.
SchoolRooms 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. With enhanced administration tools, multiple languages, and configurable themes, teachers and librarians can customize and adapt the product to tailor the experience for individual user needs.
Because all of this is configurable through an administrative user interface, there is no need to edit files on the server or worry about whether customizations will be preserved through upgrades, according to the announcement. Library administrators have the ability to configure all of the following according to local needs:
* Content Management. Libraries that use the content management features can select which content is available to specific profiles and use both a WYSIWYG interface for editing and creating content or a built-in HTML editor.
* 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 SchoolRooms 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.
Source: SirsiDynix, www.sirsidynix.com