McHENRY, ILLINOIS -- January 2, 1995 -- Follett Software Company has formed a partnership with Meridian Data, Inc. to offer Meridian CD-Net Servers as part of Follett's information plus solution. This new alliance teams Meridian's solid hardware performance and dynamic CD-ROM title management with Follett's well-established support package.
As this partnership with the leading CD tower manufacturer demonstrates, Follett is proud to market a well-planned and highly-effective package of CD-ROM solutions. The Meridian Tower system is marketed as part of Follett's information plus concept - a product family blending CD-ROM technology for complete automation solutions. By forging alliances with respected industry partners such as Meridian, Follett facilitates the introduction of creative information sources into the school and library learning environments.
Follett Software Company is the sole customer contact in tailoring and integrating the most appropriate combination of products for each library and its patrons. And once the system is established, the relationship continues with Follett technical support and automation experts for the lifetime of the product. Follett provides a one-stop ordering, set-up, and support solution.
The Meridian CD-Net system is a powerful yet affordable CD-ROM server which provides patrons with access to CD-ROM titles from individual workstations on the network. Current information plus CD-ROM titles include: Broadcast News television and radio news transcripts; UMI (University Microfilms Inc.) full text articles from respected and award-winning news organizations including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Federal News Service; and EBSCO titles including Facts on File News Digest, MUZE, Masterplots II, Primary Search, Middle Search, Magazine Article Summaries, and Vocational Search.
More than two years ago, Beverly Vinson purchased the Meridian Tower system from Follett for the Natchez School library, serving 1,550 high school students in Natchez, Mississippi. Regarding the Meridian system, Vinson says "We boot it up every day. Children seem to sit down here and use computers more than print versions of materials. We're networked into two classrooms, and the fact that every child can pull up items, and access information we have in the library without ever walking in, is very exciting to all of us."
In addition to increased network access, the Meridian Tower system offers other specialized features. 'While dust constantly threatens a CD-ROM drive's longevity, Meridian's dust filtration system greatly reduces the risk of malfunction by providing protection from airborne contaminants. Additionally, Meridian's CD-Net software dynamically changes each workstation menu and shows only the currently available titles whenever a CD-ROM is installed, removed or moved. Flexible CD server configuration accommodates 4 to 56 CD-ROM drives, and Meridian CD servers easily integrate into existing or new network environments.
Follett coordinates installation, setup, and on-going technical support for all components of the information plus system. For more information on information plus including pricing and system requirements, customers can write Follett Software Company, 1391 Corporate Drive, McHenry, Illinois 60050-7041, or call toll-free, (800) 323-3397.
Follett Software Company is the largest supplier of microcomputer library software in America, with more than 23,000 installations of its flagship product, Circulation Plus. Based in McHenry, Illinois, Follett Software Company is a Follett Corporation Company.