The overall functionality is good for a package in this price bracket.
It probably would not suit University levels of sophistication in areas like claiming, circulation control and so on but for smaller institutions it would be more than adequate. The modern features of web access, image storage and Z39.50 access are all there and the standards compliance (ODBC, SQL) mean that you can hook external tools happily to the database for extraction into Excel, Word etc.
Cataloguing features: authority control with global edit and merge, support for several MARC formats, thesaurus links (limited to see, see also)
between headings, synonym control,
Record loading is good with options for overwrite, duplicate or discard incoming records on match - and records can be downloaded into cataloguing
via a Z39.50 client.
Records are indexed and de-indexed immediately on filing or deleting.
OPAC has many search options and runs very fast.
Some useful filtering options for material types etc. and the links to multi-media, sound images are direct. The Web can be accessed directly from linked catalogue records.
The circulation control has a good set of control parameters to control loan limits and periods.
And the fines and charges are flexible - public libraries should be satisfied here. Other Public library features in the circulation include housebound reader support with a "has read" and a "has NOT read" list control. Reservations control includes the useful management measurement of "time to fill" - not always seen on systems - yet a vital performance criteria. When I saw the system last, the overdues control needed some improvement to provide state of the art control and management - this has probably been done by now - and will be checked at the LibTech '97.
Acquisitions has some valuable features for loading potential requirements files but when seen offered no EDI interface - this would be a simple
matter via First Edition.
Libero has no ILL module since the Australian practice is to use the ABN network. This may be coming along - BTR will report in more depth
after the LibTech Show.
The community information includes updating features to manage the flow of information coming into the system from outside bodies.
Libero supports German and English thus far but is easily translated.
The help is a very impressive Windows style hypertext system - scores highly on ease of use and effectiveness.