XOR Boolean Operator in HIP

April 11, 2008

In the advanced or power search option of their HIP (Horizon Information Portal), many DALNET libraries have the ability to choose the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, or XOR.  Though it is not a popular option, many people have wondered what the XOR means or how it can be used. 

XOR stands for ‘Exclusive OR Operator.’  XOR specifies that either word, but not both can appear in the record.  As an example, executing a title keyword search of “apple” and a title keyword search of “orange” with the XOR option chosen will result in items with the words apple OR orange in the title of the record, but not both.


CODI Conference Report, November 7-9, 2007

November 14, 2007

CODI 2007

This year’s Customers of Dynix, Inc. (CODI) conference took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. George Marck attended the conference as the DALNET representative and reports the following:

Early in the conference, Gary Rautenstrauch, the CEO of SirsiDynix, stated that the company needed to pay particular attention to their Horizon customers; there were several positive signs that the company has finally begun to do that.

In particular, SirsiDynix has announced that they will continue to support their Horizon product for at least the next four to six years. In addition, they announced that there will be a new version of the Horizon 7.X series, which will be available in general release in early 2008. They also plan to release two new versions of HIP at the same time – HIP 3.09 and 4.16.

Much of the conference was devoted to the new joint product release from SirsiDynix which is called Symphony. There were workshops on the following: preparing your data for moving to SirsiDynix Symphony; project plan implementation for upgrading to Symphony; basic system administration and maintenance in Symphony; and the basic architecture of Symphony. The good news is that Symphony is built on a platform utilizing the current releases of Oracle (a better supported database version than SYBASE, which is used by Horizon) and JAVA, and employs a thin client.

In addition, there were workshops on the new releases of HIP as well as SirsiDynix new federated searching product, EPS (Enterprise Portal System). There was also a workshop session for large libraries using Horizon. Most of them plan to use Horizon for the foreseeable future and to evaluate the marketplace sometime later. So, DALNET is not alone in its current plans.

Horizon Reports Training

October 31, 2007

The next DALNET training class will be on Monday, November 19th from 1:30 PM to 4:00 in Wayne State University’s Undergraduate Library, Lab C.   Registration is online.  Please be sure to  register by Monday, November 12th.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Borrower and Circulation Reports
  • Item and Copy Reports
  • Mistrake Error Log Reports
  • 856 URL Bib Reports
  • Staff Only Bib and Item Reports
  • Vendor Reports
  • ReportSmith
  • JTUrl
  • Ad Hoc Reports

Please contact Cathy Wolford with any questions.

Horizon StafPac Printing Tip

October 25, 2007

If you would like to print out search results from Horizon StafPac and the Print option is greyed out, just click on the File Menu and go down to Print Title.  You can choose to print brief title information or full title information.  If you make no selection from the list, the whole list of results will print.  Otherwise, select one or more results and only those selected results will print.