AUSTIN, TEXAS, August 30, 1996 - A two-part review of library automation systems in Library Technology Reports, published by the American Library Association, awarded its highest ratings to Athena, the library automation system for Windows, Macintosh, and DOS computers.
Athena was awarded the highest ratings in 10 of the 12 categories reviewed. In functionality and ease-of-use, the two major composites, Athena received a 9.0 and 6.4 respectively - the highest ratings awarded in each composite.
The review covered 36 client-server and microcomputer-based library automation systems with graphical user interfaces in two issues: the January/February issue, which included the Athena review, and the March/April issue.
"Obviously we're pleased," said D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols. "The L.T.R. report proves that we are on the right track - that our products lead the industry in both functionality and ease-of-use. And considering that Athena is less expensive than most of the products receiving lower scores, I only wish they would have included a section on value."
Athena is the best-selling library automation system for Windows. Athena provides circulation, searching, cataloging, cross-platform capabilities (Macintosh and DOS), and related functions for large and small libraries and school districts. Optional modules include Spanish and French interfaces and Athena WebLink, which allows patrons to search via the Internet from their search stations.
Austin, Texas-based Nichols Advanced Technologies, which has additional offices in La Crosse, WI and Edmonton, Alberta, provides powerful, easy-to-use library solutions for all major microcomputer systems. Founded in 1983, Nichols delivers library automation systems, retrospective conversion services, barcode readers, and automation supplies.