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This category contains systems that collect, organize and manage MARC 21 records. For example, integrated library systems and stand-alone information retrieval applications are included in this category.

For more information about these systems, please see their corresponding websites.

Systems Listing

The ALEPH 500 integrated library system is a fully integrated Library Management System including a Web OPAC, patron services, acquisitions and serials control, cataloging, circulation, interlibrary loan, reporting; bindery functions, and fund accounting. ALEPH 500 has been designed to use multi-tier client/server architecture. The ALEPH 500 staff modules have a Windows-based graphical interface which supports Windows 95, 98 and NT4. The OPAC can be accessed using a standard Web browser. ALEPH 500 supports the following MARC 21 formats: authority; bibliographic; holdings. Bibliographic records can be created in many different languages. For example, the ALEPH 500 system supports non-Roman scripts. Likewise, full bi-directional support is available for Hebrew and Arabic alphabets. The ALEPH 500 system supports other standards including Z39.50, UNICODE ISO10646, RDBMS, EDI, and Z39.71. The ALEPH 500 server runs on a variety of UNIX platforms including IBM, Digital Alpha, Sun, HP, and Linux, with Oracle as the core database.

BIBLIObase is a cataloging system that allows one to generate appropriate and complete MARC 21 bibliographic records. It includes many different editing and cataloging tools and allows users to import and export MARC records in the ISO 2709 format and in one internal format (for major compatibility).
See description under MARC Specialized Tools--- BIBLIObase

Brodart Company

Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc.
Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc. provides a Web-Hosted OPAC, now with interactive serials check-in.
See description under MARC Record Services --- Cassidy

Catalis - Free / Open Source
Catalis is a web application that allows creating, importing and editing AACR2/MARC 21 bibliographic records. The current version needs Internet Explorer 6 as the client, but it may be installed on both Windows and Linux servers. Catalis uses CDS/ISIS databases, through Bireme's WWWISIS. Catalis is distributed free under the MIT license. There is an online demo on the website. Please note that the Catalis website, documentation and user interface are in Spanish.

BiblioMondo's Concerto ILS system has been built to meet the demands of medium to large-sized libraries and library consortia in Europe, specifically the English, Dutch, German and Swiss markets. Concerto has a multi-tier architecture, a multilingual interface and provides a seamless cross-module workflow. Concerto is Web-based and includes the following modules: Acquisitions, Cataloguing, Circulation and OPAC. Concerto is compliant to the industry's standards namely: Z39.50, Unicode, XML, SIP2, and NCIP. It also supports MARC 21 (bibliographic and authority formats) as well as UKMARC, MAB and PICA.

Concourse offers libraries a state-of-the-art automation system that is full featured, yet easy to administer. Standard Concourse functionality includes OPAC, circulation, cataloging, patron management, collection development, and a complete suite of configurable reports. Optional features include remote circulation, Z39.50 hosting, an authority module, web hosting, and SIF interface. Concourse supports the MARC 21 formats for bibliographic, authority, holdings and classification data. Services offered by Book Systems also include a full-service conversions department, as well as dedicated customer support and training for all of its products.

Cuadra Associates

CyberTools for Libraries
CyberTools for Libraries is an integrated, web-based library information system incorporating Cataloging and Authority Management, OPAC, Serials Management (predictive check-in, claims, bindery, integrated with OPAC display), Circulation, Z39.50, and more. Designed to meet the needs of research, health science, and academic libraries of all sizes, CyberTools supports MARC 21 bibliographic and holdings formats. True MeSH integration includes automated MeSH updates to MARC bibliographic records: when coupled with subject heading explosion, definitions, trees, and other unique search tools, CyberTools provides unsurpassed research capabilities. Serials Management provides relevant productivity for serials-intensive environments. Virtually any data in the system is reportable and exportable via industry-standard ODBC (open database connectivity). CyberTools is fully scalable to any number of holdings, users, and libraries, and runs client/server on commercial post-relational database technology on virtually any platform - from UNIX/Linux to Microsoft to Mac. Libraries run CyberTools on their own server or via their browsers over the Web with the CyberTools ASP Service.

The scalable, customizable design of EOS.Web meets the needs of small to large multi-site libraries and provides basic modules such as Cataloging (with an easy-to-use MARC Editor), Serials, Circulation, and Acquisitions as well as many advanced modules such as KnowledgeBuilder, Federated Searching, and Reference Tracking. EOS.Web can be installed as a local, Web-based library automation solution or hosted at the EOS Global Data Center via the popular EOS e-Library Service®. Our hosted solution provides for global information access, significant cost reductions, and simplified operations.

Endeavor Voyager
Endeavor designs library management systems for the changing needs of academic and research libraries of every size. Endeavor's Voyager library management system seamlessly integrates what is needed in next-generation systems: client/server architecture, open systems, UNIX platforms, RDMS graphical staff and patron interfaces and Z39.50 connections, providing full access to the networked world. Voyager is delivered complete with modules for acquisitions/serials, GUI-interfaced online public access, cataloging and authority control, circulation and course reserve, system administration, selfcheck and ILL. It also has flexible reporting capabilities with its unique extraction of virtually any data from your system. Voyager features full MARC 21 capabilities (it supports the bibliographic, authority and holdings formats), with Unicode features for CJK, Hebrew, Arabic and Vietnamese.


Evergreen - Free / Open Source
Evergreen is an open-source Integrated Library System (ILS), developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 252 public libraries.
Evergreen is a library automation system intended and designed for large library consortia and is:
  • Stable, even under extreme load.
  • Robust, capable of handling a high volume of transactions and simultaneous users.
  • Flexible, to accomodate the varied needs of a large consortia.
  • Secure, to protect patrons' privacy and data.
  • User-friendly, to facilitate patron and staff use of the system.
The software can be downloaded for free, and anyone can contribute to development efforts.

eZcat/eZcat Pro
Book Systems' eZcat and eZcat Pro products offer librarians a complete suite of Z39.50 compliant utilities for managing MARC 21 records.
See description under MARC Specialized Tools---eZcat/eZcat Pro

Follett Software Co.

GIS Information Systems, Inc.
Please see Polaris

Impact/ONLINE CAT is a Windows-based cataloging system which provides users with the ability to search multiple databases of MARC 21 bibliographic, authority and community information records. It also supports MARC record editing and validation. Impact/ONLINE CAT can be used with both Auto-Graphics' Impact family of products, or as a separate product for use with other systems.
See description under MARC Specialized Tools--- Impact/ONLINE CAT


Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
Innovative's Millennium is a complete, integrated library system that combines future-forward functionalities built on 22 years of solid product technology. Millennium offers libraries the most complete array of reliable, flexible, and user-friendly features. It is Java-based, fully graphical, and runs on multiple platforms. Millennium's multi-tiered architecture is a modular and Web-based approach to system design. It is Z39.50 compliant and supports non-Roman scripts. Millennium enables libraries to use data and the network efficiently, allowing for easy adjustment to changing technology. From small special libraries to the largest consortia, Millennium has the capability and performance to meet each library's needs. And whether it's by telephone or web-based, Innovative offers personal, 24 hour customer support.

Insignia Library System
Insignia Software is a fast-growing library automation software company serving K-12, public, academic and special libraries. Insignia Library System is a centralized library automation system with either a desktop or 100% web based consistent and intuitive interface. The entire system can be explored with just a few mouse clicks, yet behind the simple interface lies a powerful database engine capable of maintaining millions of records.
Insignia Library System is a comprehensive and integrated library automation system that includes acquisition, textbook module, asset module, computer booking, media booking. It is based on open standards such as EDI, NCIP, Z39.50, LDAP.

IsisMARC - Free / Open Source
IsisMarc is a data entry interface for inputting MARC-formatted data into CDS/ISIS. The software comes with a built-in MARC 21 Lite bibliographic database, but can be virtually extended to any other MARC format using the internal worksheet editor. IsisMarc supports record validation against MARC authority files and the definition of validation rules. It is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL).

Janium is a fully integrated software system to manage library or metadata collections and has been created over a three-tier architecture to reduce costs and management time. Its bibliographic control module includes features to create or import authority, bibliographic, holdings and community information MARC 21 records. Libraries may also create new information exchange formats in which to record their materials. Other Janium modules include Circulation, Serials Control, Acquisitions, Z39.50 server (and client) and Online Public Access catalog.

Koha - Open Source
Koha, is the the first open-source ILS. In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user-base.
  • A dual database design ensures that Koha is scalable enough to meet the transaction load of any library.
  • Koha is built using library standards and protocols that ensure interoperability between Koha and other systems.
  • Koha's interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies that make Koha a truly platform-independent solution.
  • Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL) so there is no vendor lock-in. Libraries are free to install and use Koha themselves or to purchase support or development.

Liberty Automated Library
Integrated, fully featured library automation system that provides a complete and ultimately easy to use package at a price that is far below that of the competition. Searching, Cataloguing, Circulation, Reporting and many more features are included, as well as full label printing support that includes customized barcoding. It also supports the MARC 21 bibliographic format. Liberty Adapts to your library's setup, and can be implemented in record time!

LibLime - Open Source
LibLime's mission is to make open-source software accessible to libraries. To that end, LibLime develops and markets affordable and customizable open-source library technology solutions, such as Koha ILS (which LibLime also distributes) and provides full vendor services on these software products including: migration assistance, training, and sofware maintenance, support and development.
LibLime also helps libraries communicate and pool resources by advocating alternative models of knowledge sharing (inter-system and intra-system) that utilize core Internet technologies such as the World Wide Web, electronic databases, blogs, forums, wikis, IRC/IM, and RSS.

LibraryCom is a Web based application service designed to automate a wide variety of libraries by simply using a Web browser. The service is provided for free up to the first 10 megabytes of storage. Additional storage and support may be purchased at different service levels. Over 2.2 million MARC records are available to pull into your online library and there are no restrictions on the number of users. This is a great service for libraries with little money or those needing to put their collection on the Web with no hassles.

The Library Corporation's Library.Solution is an integrated library automation system that provides robust functionality and performance. It supports the MARC 21 formats and provides Z39.50 functionality. Learn why it is the choice of thousands of libraries worldwide. Libraries are choosing Library.Solution for first-time automation or as an alternative to their current system...find out why!

CASPR's LibraryWorld is a fully integrated library automation system for Windows and Macintosh, which supports MARC 21 cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, OPAC and Web publishing. Version 3.0 also includes full MARC authority control and over 2.2 million MARC records for easy conversion.

LibriVision is a Z39.50 compliant, web-based software. It can be used as either an advanced tool for search and retrieval from a number of databases or catalogs as determined by the user, or as a web OPAC, with extended borrower services. LibriVision is a Web Gateway, designed to cater for easy and efficient access to multiple information channels. It provides access to non-web based databases remotely. LibriVision may be used to search and retrieve MARC 21 records from a database, which can be displayed in several customizable formats. It supports the following MARC 21 formats: bibliographic, authority, and holdings. Likewise, it also allows for the use of non-Roman scripts. Being Z39.50/ISO 23950 compliant, LibriVision supports search and present functionality, the scan function, and history of result sets. To date, LibriVision is being used at the National Library of Australia, where it is used to update, in realtime, the National Bibliography by some 600 remote libraries. In Australia, they refer to LibriVision as "Kinetica Web".

MARC Report
MARC Report validates MARC 21 records according to the latest LC and OCLC standards. It is available for licensing as a 'plug-in' by vendors who choose to outsource the validation components of their integrated library systems. It is also available as a stand alone product.
See description under MARC Specialized Tools---MARC Report

Maxcess Corporation
Verso is an evolutionary system, with roots in the most versatile and easy to use library management system ever developed. With the look and feel of the web, users hardly notice where Verso ends and the web begins. For example, Verso provides one search access for users to a wide range of information sources and types. Incorporation of advanced capabilities such as images, multimedia files, full text of articles and reports, and links to on-line resources are standard features. Verso also makes it easy to catalog, administer, and disseminate library resources by enabling the creation of custom views of data for library users by modifying the search screens and parameters. It supports the MARC 21 bibliographic, holdings, classification and community information formats and is also Z39.50 compliant.
Verso Consortia
Verso Consortia is fully MARC 21 compliant and offers the most scaleable products in the industry. It also support Z39.50 technologies.
Verso Enterprise
Verso Enterprise provides for the storage, management and dissemination of a wide variety of information. The Verso Enterprise supports features such as full text storage and retrieval, multimedia indexing and storage, web site indexing, and customized user profiles. Each user can customize his/her own desired notification and search patterns, and can be notified automatically when his/her desired information is available. Or, at a predetermined time, the latest information regarding added books, articles, web sites updates, or any other information can be pushed to the user. Libraries can also utilize this capability to automatically inform users about the latest available information. Verso Enterprise is designed for medium to large libraries, consortia, or corporate wide information centers. It supports the MARC 21 bibliographic, holdings, classification and community information formats and is also Z39.50 compliant.
Minaret is a flexible software package for managing diverse collections in archives, libraries, and museums. With the ability to manage hundreds of thousands of objects, Minaret is very easy to use due to its large variety of "fill in the blank" screens for different types of collections. Likewise, it validates field data using authority lists that can be either internally created or imported from other databases. Minaret also allows users to browse any index in a database using its index browser and includes built-in imaging support that allows users to link images to database records. It supports the MARC 21 bibliographic, authority and classification formats and runs under Microsoft Windows 3.1 or higher.

MWeb™ Universal

MWeb™ Universal provides web-based federated searching of multiple databases of different types, on multiple Windows servers anywhere. Databases are searched on their existing servers -- ideal for consortia because it avoids having to send files to a common point.

Databases may include multiple MARC21 files in their native format -- no need to convert or export. Any number of databases and MARC files can be searched at once. All MARC files must be either bibliographic or authority, and encoded in either MARC-8 or UTF-8. (A later release will provide the ability to mix formats and encodings. UNIMARC and MARCXML will also be supported in a later release.)

Search features include keyword and phrase searching, boolean, truncation, and the ability to restrict searches to specific fields. In addition, searches can be restricted to subsets of the files, such as juvenilia, reference, records with specific fields, etc.

Images will show in MWeb™ search results and full records if they have URLs in the 856$u.

Each site may customize the searches, displays, and interface.

Low price with no annual fee. Free support is included.

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NOTEbookS is a full-featured LOTUS NOTES based library automation system. It not only supports the MARC 21 bibliographic, authority, holdings, classification and community information formats, but also Z39.50 technology. NOTEbookS allows the integration of cataloging, research, serials management and acquisitions into a LOTUS NOTES information infrastructure.

102 NovaDoc - Free
102 NovaDoc is document management software that is based on MARC and Dublin Code standards. It supports the complete management of its documentation center, applying the latest standards in force. In this way, it acts as innovative software to help the center evolve into document management technologies. It supports all MARC 21 formats and also Z39.50 technologies.

OCLC, Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
OCLC offers cataloging services and tools for libraries using the MARC 21 bibliographic and authority formats. OCLC also provides off-site cataloging services so that libraries can focus on other priority tasks. Libraries using OCLC have access to WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog), the world's largest bibliographic database containing more than 49 million cataloging records. Catalogers find the record they need up to 99 percent of the time when searching WorldCat. OCLC offers a multitude of flexible options, including copy cataloging, original record creation, interactive and batch access, languages including Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, all materials formats, authority control, database preparation, technical processing and retrospective conversion.

Ovid Technologies

Polaris provides fully integrated MARC-based cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, and serials control plus completely customizable system administration. It supports the MARC 21 bibliographic and authority formats, as well as a phased implementation of the holdings format. The Polaris system is fully Unicode-compliant, supporting all defined MARC character sets. The Polaris PowerPAC offers patrons advanced searching and access to enhanced content such as book jacket images, reviews, and tables of contents. Through partnerships with industry leaders, Polaris seamlessly integrates third-party products to make it easy for you to enhance patron service and increase staff productivity with capabilities such as inbound and outbound telephone notification; virtual reference; PC management/SmartCards; thin clients; check-in, sorting and conveyor systems; collection agency management; and EDI with your selected book vendors. Also available is the Polaris PowerPAC Multilingual Edition in 115 languages and the Polaris PowerPAC Children's Edition.

BiblioMondo's PortFolio system has been developed to provide a comprehensive automation solution enabling libraries to manage acquisitions, cataloguing, serials, circulation and OPAC activities. The system's highly flexible and configurable Web-based design has a client/server architecture and operates on multiple platforms. PortFolio complies to the industry's standards including Z39.50, Unicode, XML, SIP2, NCIP, EDI and Dublin Core. PortFolio is MARC 21 compliant and supports the following formats: Bibliographic, Authority, Holdings, Classification and Community Information. It also has a flexible XML parser that converts any XML format into MARC 21 records.

Sagebrush Corporation
Athena is the award-winning library automation software from Sagebrush Corporation. Athena is a fully integrated system combining circulation, cataloging, inventory, and searching functions, including Visual Search - an icon-based searching tool, into one easy-to-use system. Athena comes complete with Z39.50 client software integrated into the system. A Z39.50 server system is in development. Athena also has several add-on products available, including Internet-based solutions. Athena supports the complete ASCII/Ansel character set in the MARC standard, along with the MARC 21 bibliographic and authority formats.
Winnebago Spectrum
Winnebago Spectrum for Windows and Mac OS allows integration of all types of resources into libraries' collections with an integrated, cross-platform circulation and catalog system. Spectrum's 32-bit client/server architecture, multi-tasking/multi-windowing capabilities, superior Internet connectivity, networking flexibility, and cutting-edge Z39.50 technology bring libraries maximum automation power that is simple enough for all patrons to use. Spectrum supports the MARC 21 bibliographic format.

Sirsi Corporation
Please see the Unicorn Library Management System

SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System
The SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System provides the power and flexibility of a large full-service automation installation at the price of a PC system. M3 includes a specially-constructed full MARC record search engine, MARC record database and integrated MARC editor, 32-bit client/server architecture, full Windows functionality, advanced cataloging and circulation features and a reports editor. It supports the MARC 21 bibliographic, authority, holdings and community information formats. Add-on modules include Z39.50 (level 3) Server & Client modules, a Web Gateway for Students and Adults and a Web Gateway for children that uses a graphical interface specially designed for young library users. Other add-on modules for the SIRS Mandarin M3 Library Automation System include serials and acquisitions modules and a Mac OPAC. M3 also provides training, program updates, retrospective conversion service and superior technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mandarin Library Automation

Surpass Centriva
Centriva is a fully-integrated multi-site centralized library automation package designed for multi-branch libraries and entire school districts. Centriva offers ease-of-use and a host of unique features such as patron-written book reviews and patron photo ID card priting. Centriva includes a powerful integrated custom report generator. Centriva is a flexible system that can easily be customized and configured to meet differing needs. Individual libraries do not have to give up local control when moving to a centralized system. A free white paper on comparing centralized automation solutions is available. Centriva runs on a Windows-based network and offers web-based catalog access.

Surpass SL
Surpass SL offers a complete full-featured inexpensice MARC-based automation system for small libraries (under 5,000) volumes. Easy upgrades are available if a library grows beyond 5,000 volumes. Surpass SL is ideal for church libraries, resource rooms, synagogue libraries, small schools, small corporate libraries, private collections and other small libraries.

TeraText Database System
The TeraText Database System (DBS) is a Z39.50 compliant full text database with integrated search capabilities. It supports a number of data formats including SGML, XML, RTF, MARC, and binary images. MARC 21 is handled as a native field type and an extensive set of functions are available for manipulating MARC data. The TeraText DBS is fully compliant with the Z39.50standard for distributed search and retrieval, enabling exceptional scalability and performance for handling large text collections. Search features include fuzzy matching, proximity queries at the word, sentence, and paragraph levels, boolean operators, ranking, sorting, field-based queries, wildcards (truncation) and saving of result sets. Other product features include data compression, full Unicode support, API's in C, Java, and Ace (TeraText's own object-oriented scripting language), access control (field-level, record-level), and a number of administrative tools. Several platforms are supported, including Windows, Solaris, and Linux.

Unicorn Library Management System
Sirsi Corporation develops comprehensive information technology solutions that support libraries and information centers in their efforts to serve their users more effectively. Sirsi's software and service offerings include the open, modular Unicorn Library Management System for managing all library technical and public services, as well as user-focused solutions such as the iBistro e-Library and Sirsi Rooms Context Management Solutions. Part of a flexible, evolutionary IT architecture, Sirsi products adhere to key industry standards, including the bibliographic, authority, holdings, and community information MARC 21 formats, non-Roman scripts, client/server architecture, Windows, UNIX, Oracle RDBMS, Java, OpenURL, Unicode, Z39.50/Bath profile, X12, SIP2, NCIP, metasearching, and a variety of record formats.


Webrary offers libraries a convenient and easy-to-manage utility for accessing your library via the Web.
See description under MARC Specialized Tools--- Webrary

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