OPAC module is a standard feature of any modern integrated library system. The flexibility of OPAC module allows readers to access library collections at any time from any place.

The concept of "Next Generation OPAC" (new generation OPAC) is already an established formula that refers to new types of interfaces and features available to readers by modern libraries.

Unprecedented dynamic range of IT&C has led directly to the reformulation, reorganization and redefining concepts recent considered. We talked a while about Web 2.0 and, mostly, this is not a strictly technological revolution. This concept is a redefinition of traditional web space which is evolving as essential toward: user became a content provider.

Real "2.0" fashion did not let insensitive neither the libraries and librarians. Library 2.0 is already established within a coherent package of strategies and directions of development and modernization services. FRBR, together with the concept of "Multiple MARC Formats" (MARC multiple formats coexisting in a catalog) were named MARC 2.0 but the term seems not to have the required consistency in terminology field.

In this regard, in practical terms, the concept OPAC 2.0 is a well-defined term, even consecrated we could say. Mentioned in various contexts by professional works, the concept was clearly defined, structured and operationalized by a work that was dedicated to: BREEDING, Marshall. Next-Generation Library Catalogs. In: Library Technology Reports, Vol. 43, no. 4, July / August 2007, ISSN 0024-2586. Publication edited by ALA devoted this issue to the subject, and author Marshall Breeding, author and editor of www.librarytechnology.org, needs no presentation.

The TinREAD WebOPAC Module is totally a new generation OPAC.

Everyone can find in the TinREAD WebOPAC Module all standard features of a “Next Generation OPAC”, as Marshall Breeding summarizes this essential functional features that define the new type of OPAC interface. And most important thing, all standard features of TinREAD WebOPAC Module are present in all TinREAD versions (TinREAD.Mini, TinREAD.Standard and TinREAD.Expert).

As in every traditional OPAC system, TinREAD WebOPAC Module gives the reader information available in traditional library modules (Cataloguing, Circulation, Acquisitions, Serials Control). With the advent of new modules (ERM, Federated Search, Digital Libraries etc.) WebOPAC system have extended its functionality and give users access to information through a single access point (portal) that transparently consolidates these resources. The features that complement the traditional functionality are: modern web interface, enriched content, faceted navigation, search by keyword relevance, search suggestions (did you mean?), readers’ recommendations, reviews and ranking, RSS, integration with social networks.

In addition, patrons can logon into the system and check their account: loans, overdue dates, fees. They can update their personal information (phone, email, address etc.) but can’t change main information (id no, name). Also, patrons can send messages to staff (requests for books, for information) and they can check the availability of an item and to place holds (reservation) for an item or a global reservation for a title (whatever item will be available first); reservations are allowed for general use items and not for reference items (to be consulted only in the reading-rooms). The library users have access to history list of the performed searches and they can jump to previous search by selecting it from a list. The history list is saved in system database and used for statistical purposes; it can be sorted by any of the search fields or any value searched.

Every each user can self-register for SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) services and receive email notifications including a link to the bibliographical record stored in the library catalogue when this becomes available.

In addition to the basic functionality of a modern OPAC system, TinREAD also provide extended features (other types of information and specific functionalities).

Next are some of the most interesting developments available in TinREAD system, namely:
  • Google like searches; integration of multiple features in a unified "package" search and presentation of information, including: predictive input, search suggestions, fuzzy matching, ¾ Rule, relevancy, search ranking a.s.o.
  • Popular choices & Top titles; The most: popular, borrowed, reserved, best rated etc.
  • Tag cloud
  • Bookmarks
  • Traditional Digital Library with access to: images (collections of images, maps or other large files specially processed), audio (collections of audio), video (collections of video), full-text&abstract (with search functions, highlighting the search terms, hyperlinks etc.), any combination of the above
  • Extended Digital Library (read/write) with many integrated sub-systems like: annotation system and interaction with the work text (highlights, comments, critical notes, text discussions [questions, answers, solutions], errata, e-learning system [teaching guidelines])
  • Copyright management system (DRM = Digital Rights Management) which include: allowed access only to users with special rights; allowed access from the Intranet and/or Internet; number of allowed concurrent accesses to a digital material; age group which a material is addressed; free/with payment; other items in accordance with the DRM standards in effect
  • Access to resources (covers, video, abstract, full text) available in external sources; WebOPAC functions corresponding with ERM module (Electronic Resources Management)
  • Socialization of the common themes of reading (searching by topics of annotations made by readers)
  • FRBR type navigation (cataloged MARC records) etc.
  • Interface for mobile device (mobile phone, smartphone, tablets with various operating systems)
  • SMS notifications
  • Multicasting calls; one search is launched against multiple sources of information and the combined results are presented to the user; data retrieved from multiple sources is de-duplicated with complex algorithms and grouped in order to eliminate “informational noise”; this allows libraries to join their data into Collective/Federal/Union Catalogues
  • Integration; this complex version of the WebOPAC module can search three type of sources: internal bibliographical data (TinREAD own data), external bibliographical sources (other libraries via Z39.50 protocol) or external data (ant other source via http protocol, like Google Books, Directory of Open Access Journals etc.); these external sources should be defined by the library; parsing a new source is a matter of days for TinREAD

Functionality of OPAC module depend on the purchased TINREAD package. A table of comparisions for the features is listed below.


List navigation
Simple search
Advanced search
Holdings and availability identification
FRBR search
Search in external sources
Expert search
Web registration for patrons
Custom bibliographic lists for patrons
Online reservation
Social media integration
Downloadable multimedia attachements
Integrated players for multimedia
Download of bibliographic records
Download of bibliographic lists
Multicasting (federated search)
Digital library