SirsiDynix has announced the release of SirsiDynix Enterprise Portal Solution (EPS) version 2.2. SirsiDynix EPS is a library information management platform that librarians can use to create an interface to all information, resources and services offered by their institutions. EPS 2.2 is available immediately. With the Enterprise Portal Solution’s integrated interface, a library’s catalog, databases, RSS feeds, virtual reference, calendars, library news, and general information, as well as other library resources and services, are all available in an online environment.
The user-centered design and layout of EPS is similar to web interfaces. With the capability to integrate Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, and discussion boards, EPS is designed with a platform for users to interact with staff and others. EPS is browser-based, intended for users to access resources from anywhere at any time. The central piece of SirsiDynix EPS is the SirsiDynix Rooms Context Manager. Librarians can build subject-based virtual “rooms” of content from any source, which they can preselect to meet information seekers’ needs. The various rooms have been designed to address common interest subjects of library users. Once inside a room, a researcher can conduct deeper searches within the context of that room. The latest version of EPS contains standardized features, such as a picture library module, which allows users to navigate a library catalog via images rather than search terms. Call number categorization for search results, referred to as “You Found Titles in Categories,” which displays most checked out items by author, title and subject, and cross reference support.
New features in EPS 2.2 include the following: Spell checker with a “Did You Mean” feature; Support for federated searching via Central Search; Native z39.50 search; OPAC holdings capabilities for users and staff; the ability for multiple libraries on one instance to display their own branding, library information and OPAC defaults.