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New Mandarin Portal to Include MuseSearchTM.

June 21, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - June 21, 2003 - Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. has announced its technology partnership with MuseGlobal, Inc. in developing M3 Web OPAC Deluxe®, a portal product that will complement the Mandarin M3 Library Automation software suite. M3 Web OPAC Deluxe will be built on top of the recently redesigned M3 Web OPAC (formerly Web Gateway) and will integrate the functionality of the M3 Web OPAC (placing reserves, sending ILL requests, saving results to the Bookbag, placing renewals, etc.) with the powerful global search capabilities of Muse technology. Patrons will be able to conduct a search from a single search interface, simultaneously returning results not only from the local library's collection, but also from the library's subscription databases and popular Internet search engines.

"Mandarin wanted to offer customers state-of-the-art global searching in a familiar Web OPAC interface. MuseGlobal's unique advanced technology made this possible," said Mandarin President Leonardo Lazo. As a result, M3 Web OPAC Deluxe will allow a patron to enter a single search of all available online resources and receive an integrated results set that can be de-duplicated and sorted in a variety of ways. Because MuseSearchTM is a multiprotocol search technology that utilizes the native search language of each information source, results will be of the highest quality.

Another MuseSearch benefit is 24/7 automated maintenance of resource connections. "Our Source Factory reduces the administrative burden of maintaining connections by automatically checking connection status and transparently delivering updates to customers," according to MuseGlobal CEO Kate Noerr. "This maximizes service availability, which was a key requirement for Mandarin's portal offering."

WebOPAC Deluxe is planned for release this fall.

About Mandarin Library Automation, Inc.

Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. is a software developer and hardware provider incorporating the latest trends in technology to bring customers affordable and reliable library automation solutions. Founded upon a solid foundation of experience, technological expertise, and strong, long-term relationships, Mandarin is committed to providing quality products and service, and is active in standards activities including SIF (Schools Interoperability Framework), to ensure that the latest technological developments are quickly available to customers.