January 13, 2001 (St. Charles, MO) Pigasus Software, Inc. announces an agreement with Sea Change Corporation to include the WebClarity(tm) Z39.50 search engine in all WINGS(tm) Request Management Systems. Under the terms of this agreement, all new WINGS Systems will include a two-user license for the WebClarity web-to-Z39.50 gateway. Pigasus Software is also retrofitting, without additional charge, all of its existing WINGS Systems to include WebClarity.
The WINGS Request Management System uses Z39.50 in two ways. First, library patrons may use WebClarity to search library databases throughout the world. Once they locate an item which they want, they simply press an “ILL Request” button to create an interlibrary loan request within the WINGS System. Since the patron does not rekey any data, the library staff is assured of receiving an accurate citation.
Second, the library staff can use WebClarity to locate potential suppliers of requested items. By pressing a single QUEST(tm) Holdings link button within the WINGS System's staff interface, an ILL practitioner can simultaneously search the catalogs of multiple lending libraries. This “broadcast search” provides the quickest and most efficient ownership verification available in any interlibrary loan software package today.
Art Zemon, Vice President of Pigasus Software, said, “We are thrilled to be able to provide our customers with such a powerful tool. More often than any other feature request, our users have asked us to integrate Z39.50 searching into the WINGS System. Since WebClarity is based on the field-proven BookWhere product, I have confidence that it will give our users everything they have asked for and more.”
Paul Nixon, Vice President of business development at Sea Change, added, “Our new relationship with Pigasus is a major milestone in our strategy of providing world-class technology components. WINGS customers will immediately benefit from the many years of experience, research and development that the WebClarity product represents.”
Pigasus Software, Inc. is located at 98 Charleston Square, Suite 200, St. Charles, MO 63304 USA. Additional information is available at Pigasus Software's booth, number 1876, at the ALA mid-winter conference, on the web at www.pigasus.com, and by calling (877) PIGS-FLY toll free or (636) 447-3030.
Sea Change Corporation is located at 6695 Millcreek Dr., Unit 1, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 5R8 Canada. Additional information is available at Sea Change's booth, number 2220, at the ALA mid-winter conference, on the web at www.seachange.com, and by calling (800) 661-7274 toll free or (905) 542-9484 x240.