Who Uses This Software?

Most OPALS users are school libraries. Regional educational library systems use OPALS technology to manage their union ILL services. College, public & special libraries also use the system.


Average Ratings

5 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • OPALS
  • www.opals-na.org
  • Founded 1985
  • United States

About OPALS

-OPAC, Cataloging, Circulation, Database authentication, eBook management, Asset & Textbook management... OPALS Open-source Automated Library System is feature-rich, cooperatively developed, Web-based, open source, providing access to information databases, library & digital collections.... Over 2700 school, academic, church, public, business and cooperative regional union catalog collections use OPALS. OPALS open is supported by highly-acclaimed full-time programmers & technicians.


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OPALS Features

  • Acquisition Management
  • Barcode Scanning
  • Barcoding / RFID
  • Catalog Management
  • Circulation Management
  • Fee Collection
  • OPAC
  • Patron Management
  • Periodicals Management
  • Reserve Shelf Management
  • Search
  • Self Check-in / Check-Out
  • Serials Management

OPALS Reviews

Using OPALS

Jan 02, 2012
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Helpful union catalog; Z39.50; book covers included; ease of use both for professionals and clients.

Cons: No authority lists at this time for LC subject headings, authors, or titles. No local authority lists.

Overall: Strong recommendation: low price, excellent support, ever growing features.

OPALS is a Jewel (Library Automation System)!

Dec 12, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Great customer support. The price is unbeatable. You get so much for the price. Easy to use. Patrons and staff are able to use with ease. Always updating so it keeps up with latest trends.

Cons: Can't think of any negatives.

Overall: Give it my highest recommendation. All libraries should check out this system. The small size of the company might be an issue for huge districts but they should stil inquire about their services.

ILL enhancements which would improve general functionality :)

Dec 12, 2011
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Interface, ease of use, intuitive nature.
price
customer service

Cons: ILL - no status on Union
ILL - lack of title merge feature
ILL - smoother more integrated features with the live locations.
No mobile app - need to prepare for the extremely mobile mode of operation which is confronting us.

Overall: I believe some major functionality improvements to the ILL would greatly improve it's operation for ILL.
The ability to "merge" like records would assist with ILL's.
I know this is not a "purist" cataloging, but it is the way the catalog is mainly used. The ability to request multiple copies from the same record would enhance functionality. Perhaps this is a feature that could be turned off or on for those objecting.
Another enhancement would be somehow for the ILL system to be linked in with check-in. If someone checks in the Barcode ID, the ILL system would know the book was returned without having to go into the ILL system and say it was returned. Those are a few of the biggest gripes I hear.,.. that the ILL does take quite a bit of extra clicking and maintenance. Thanks for listening. In general, we are happy campers, but these represent the recent suggestion.

OPALS library automation

Dec 12, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: OPALS is an inexpensive, customizable library automation solution for our schools providing many features that other vendors offer at considerable cost. We have been working with this vendor in this region for four years with very good results. Our librarians are happy with the product and Harry Chan and his team at MediaFlex provide responsive and highly competent support.

Cons: We have been promised a subscription database program for the past couple of years that would allow us to put our vendors into the OPALS system and make the work of maintaining that information much easier. We have had to wait for that development which is frustrating. It is only until all users seem to have a need for something that the features wanted are added.

Overall: My overall recommendation is that OPALS is a great alternative to what is presently on the market. It does what it is expected to for a good price. It weaves in a lot of functionality that is important for consortia like a union catalog as well as a host of options for ILL and importing records. Harry is very easy to work with and works very hard to respond to our needs and concerns.

OPALS Automation System

Dec 12, 2011
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: This is a great system. We implemented the conversion to OPALS over the late summer and were up and running by the middle of August without any issues. The support has been excellent!

Cons: We have nothing to report in the "Cons" field

Overall: The OPALS library system is a wonderful product that serves our needs quite well. Highly recommended system in terms of ease of use and support.