McHENRY, IL — May 8, 2001 — Follett Software Company has announced new software functionality that enables bilingual students to find information resources more easily. The updated WebCollection Plus software allows students to search for information resources electronically in English, Spanish or French, making it easier for schools to teach and search for resources in multiple languages.
WebCollection Plus, one of Follett Software's most popular software applications, allows students, staff and others to search library collections from any location, 24 hours a day, by making them available via the Internet or Intranet. Users simply enter a library's URL from any web browser and search the collection just as if they were in the library.
Search in English, Spanish or French
The latest version of WebCollection Plus gives schools the option of an English/Spanish search interface or an English/French search interface. Users can switch easily between language interfaces. Students simply enter a search term in Spanish or French and related records will appear (in the same language they are cataloged in). Spanish and French help screens are also available to ensure successful searches.
"WebCollection Plus already made information and library resources infinitely more accessible by making them available via the Internet using a web browser, around-the-clock," said Tom Schenck, Follett Software Company president. "Now we've expanded access to resources even more with multilingual searching that will enable schools to better meet the needs of a growing multicultural presence."
Access to Information, 24-7
WebCollection Plus brings students powerful searching by title, author, subject, keyword, call number, series and Boolean terms. It helps students connect to the best resources with the following features:
- Submit interlibrary loan and hold requests 24 hours a day
- Check item availability
- Create custom bibliographies from home by placing selections in a "Bookbag" for future access
- Search for titles associated with Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts!' and Lexile Measures
- View customized local information, such as library hours, checkout policies, library and school event information and more
- Link to cross references and related electronic resources, such as web sites
- Access customized links that point students to favorite web sites
Easy to Install, Easy to Maintain
Beyond powerful searching, WebCollection Plus is often noted for its ease of installation and
maintenance. It only requires installation on one server for immediate access from multiple workstations. WebCollection Plus also enables schools to capitalize on hardware they already have by allowing Intranet access to the collection. The software is available for Windows or Macintosh.
About Follett Software Company
Since 1985, Follett Software Company has been committed to helping libraries and schools improve student achievement and simplify information management. Its powerful software and service solutions are designed to support the needs of students, librarians, teachers and technical staff, promoting success among all involved in the education process. Follett Software Company serves more than 40,000 clients in over 75 countries, making its Catalog Plus/Circulation Plus library automation system the most widely used system in the K-12 marketplace. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to www.fsc.follett.com.