Included in the purchase price are an extensive range of customisable modules.
The extensive range of parameters of Amlib NetOpacs enables your library to customise the interface with your required layout, text, fonts and colours, together with controls for statistical capture and borrower self-service functions.
Amlib NetOpacs provides:
- Comprehensive search facilities across the Amlib database including: All Fields, Author, Title, Subject, Call No, ISBN and Notes
- The ability to apply filters to restrict search results including Location, Item Format, Classification and Loan Status
- Different OPAC displays for different borrower categories (e.g., Advanced OPAC, Junior OPAC, etc.)
- Borrower self-service including online renewals, view history, submit requests and suggested new reading based on SDI profile
- Auto-generated library lists (e.g., New Videos, Hot Topics)
- The option of being configured as a multimedia gateway to all information used by the library, including Web sites, electronic documents, photographs and much more
- Seamless searching of other libraries worldwide using the Z39.50/ ZOpacs Portal
- Full-text search of electronic documents using the infoXpert Portal.
The ability to add electronic images, pictures and documents to catalogue records is a standard feature of the Amlib system. In addition you can automatically expand the content of your catalogue to include additional content such as front covers, book reviews, table of contents and first chapters and excerpts.
The benefit of the automatic link to content enrichment from Syndetics, Content Café and Amazon.com is that there is no manual update of content to existing catalogue records—the content is automatically retrieved from the provider by Amlib when a borrower views the record in NetOpacs.
ZServer (Z39.50 server)
Amlib's ZServer module enables your library to provide Z39.50 access to your Amlib database to other libraries (and users) locally and worldwide—ideal for linking to other library consortia using other library software.
Amlib ZServer supports the Z39.50 version 3 standard, including display of holdings and circulation status together with configurable security parameters for listening port and authentication level.
Federated Searching for Amlib provides access to a range of resources for everyday reference in one easy search. Journals, databases and the Web are displayed together as one powerful resource. Use Federated Searching to search all library and nonlibrary resources in a single search!
Circulation and reservations
The Circulation module provides complete management of all library loans, issues, returns, reservations, fines and location transfers.
Circulation statistics are recorded for a wide range of functions such as issues, renewals, borrower visits, in-house use, reservations and transfers—which can then be analysed by item type, item form, borrower type, borrower class, borrower group, branch/location, suburb, ward/riding, area, year, month, day and hour.
Some of the features provided include:
- Hourly, daily, term, semester or annual loan periods
- Different loan policies can be created for each location, item and borrower type, together with a library calendar for each location
- The display of the borrower's picture
- Printing and customisation of borrower receipts
- A claimed returned processing facility
- Sound and visual alerts
- Reservations that include first copy, all copies, specific copy and even first copy across multiple titles
- Item bookings for specific date/time
- A process for 'in-house' usage of materials
The Offline Circulation module enables continued operation of Circulation Issues (Loans) and Returns from a local PC when a server/network failure occurs. After online access is restored the captured offline circulation data can be loaded into the live Amlib database.
The Borrower/Patron Maintenance module provides detailed management of all library patrons including Special Interest profiles (SDI) and Housebound Management.
Other features include:
- User-defined borrower types each with separate reading history retention periods
- User-defined borrower categories with circulation analysis
- Shared and guardian address fields
- The ability to save regular searches and perform global borrower changes
- Import/matching external data (e.g., student data) and photos
- The ability to change a borrower barcode and retain history
- Storage of borrower e-mail address with flag to use for notices (e.g., overdue notices)
Catalogue and authority control
The Amlib Catalogue and Authority modules utilise MARC21 standards with an easy-to-use interface. It features online Z39.50 searching of other libraries and databases simultaneously (e.g., search Libraries Australia, Library of Congress, SCIS, suppliers and universities in a single search) then click record in search results to immediately import into Amlib database.
Through the catalogue and authority control module, you can:
- Link multimedia and Web addresses to catalogue records
- Perform original cataloguing with easy, flexible worksheets
- Import/Export in MARC format and integrated Z39.50 searching
- Manage See/See Also references with scope notes
- Merge authority and global changes
- Print spine labels and DVD covers
- Integrate with ClickView Digital Library using XML
- Assign record-level security (restrict staff from Location A from modifying records owned by Location B)
- Select records to prevent their display in the OPAC
Available in both online and offline configurations, the Amlib Mobile Library solution accurately tracks circulation usage at each stop. In offline configuration the Amlib database can be automatically copied to the Mobile Library laptop each day to enable searching across the entire database whilst on the road, with all circulation transactions, borrower changes and reservations transferred to the Live database on return to base.
The Amlib Stock Item module manages all items/ holding records within the database featuring user-defined Item Formats (form) and Classification (stats) that are also used to determine the item display and circulation statistics retained.
- Item activity and reports history
- The ability to make global item changes
- Loan override codes (e.g., High Demand)
- Easy-to-use Item Stocktake
- Bulk loans/class sets/master-linked items
- The ability to select copies to prevent them from displaying in the OPAC (e.g., Missing)
Inter library loans
Amlib provides the facility for staff to quickly create ILL requests, reserve for library patrons and manage the circulation of the ILL item received from an external library including automatic alerts for staff in the Circulation module. Amlib's NCIP module is optionally available to extend the functionality of Amlib Inter Library Loans by enabling interaction with other library and ILL systems.
The Amlib Periodicals module provides flexible serials management of all subscription materials.
- Issue prediction scheduling with user-defined frequency
- Separate subscriptions per branch location
- 'Quick Receipt' process and claims processing
- Circulation lists and routing
- Current and previous title
- The display of all copies, received copies, future copies and overdue copies at the click of a button
Orders and finance
The Amlib Orders and Finance modules enable complete order processing and assist libraries to monitor budgets, commitments and expenditures.
- A quick 'create order' function from the catalogue record
- The choice to display an item in the OPAC with 'On Order' status
- Automatic tax calculation
- Multiple titles per order with different ledger accounts
- Print orders, claims notices and cancellation notices
- Electronic ordering
- Invoice processing and apply separate charges for freight, etc.
Reports and statistics
The Amlib Report module is a flexible and comprehensive reporting module operating across all Amlib modules. Amlib reports allow SQL style functionality (such as Borrower Type='A' and Due Date > Start of Month) within an easy to use environment (i.e., without operators having to know field names and join tables to create reports).
- User-defined reports including data criteria and sorting
- Scheduled, automatic generation of reports and notices (daily, weekly, monthly)
- Production of notices via e-mail (e.g., overdue notices)
- Multiple viewing formats: screen preview, direct to printer or save to file
- Export statistics directly to spreadsheet
- Graphical display of circulation and enquiry statistics
DIY self issues (including SIP2)
The Amlib DIY Self Issues can be configured as a Borrower Self-Serve application (either on kiosks or PCs). The Amlib DIY module can be installed on a purpose built Public Self-Serve Kiosk featuring a Windows-based PC, touch screen, barcode scanner and receipt printer, and is also ideal for unattended libraries.
Libraries can integrate their existing SIP2-compatible Self-Service devices (including 3M Self Check, FE Technologies, STi LogiTrack RFID and TalkingTech iTiva telephone renewal) to Amlib using the Amlib DIY/SIP2 'Middleware' Application Gateway.
Amlib allows libraries to fully manage community information and local history information to provide:
- Detailed database of community, recreational and service organisations
- Easy-to-use, Web-based public access searching
- A local history database together with photographs and electronic resources that can be accessed via the Web
Amlib provides the facility for up to three database environments—for example: a Live database, a Training database and a Test database environment. When Amlib is first installed a small Training database is provided to enable Amlib training and familiarisation to take place immediately. The Live Amlib database can be copied into the Training database on a regular basis (subject to disk space), which can be useful for either testing new features or training new staff on actual data without affecting the Live database.