Minneapolis, MN—October 20, 2003—Sagebrush Corporation, a leading provider of technologies and information resources for K-12 districts and schools, and Cincinnati based Thinkronize, developer of netTrekker, the trusted search engine for schools, today announced a new strategic relationship that integrates Sagebrush Pinpoint and netTrekker. Together, Pinpoint and netTrekker make school librarians', teachers', and students' searching, access and use of all available information resources easier and more effective. Through the agreement, Sagebrush will resell netTrekker integrated with Pinpoint, along with training to help customers effectively use the products together.
Sagebrush Pinpoint helps librarians, teachers and students access and use the best resources for teaching and learning by enabling users to define their information needs, search all available information sources simultaneously, including library catalogs, proprietary databases, intranets, Web sites and Web search engines, hone their search results and clip and save content for later access and use. With the netTrekker integration, Pinpoint users now have access to over 180,000 educator-selected online resources that enhance and enrich the K-12 curricula. Using netTrekker, school librarians, teachers and students can quickly and easily find relevant, reliable information every time they search the Internet.
The integration of netTrekker with Pinpoint allows librarians, teachers and students to access all of netTrekker's content through Pinpoint searches. They can then take netTrekker finds, and clip and save them into folders for later use from any computer with an Internet connection. Pinpoint and netTrekker users will also easily link to the complete netTrekker interface, allowing use of all of its proprietary methods to search for information and view results, including the state standards view, the popular, dynamic timeline and famous person search feature. netTrekker users are also able to save searches and share them with others.
“School districts have invested heavily in Internet access, databases, books and other resources, and it is more important than ever to make sure students are getting the most from these quality sources. netTrekker and Pinpoint are necessary tools for the effective management and use of the Web and other information resources in education,” said Jim Zicarelli, CEO of Sagebrush Corporation. “Helping school librarians, teachers and students effectively access and use quality resources that support curriculum is critical to improving student performance.”
“The Internet is a digital library of valuable information. netTrekker has harnessed the power of this resource and now, together with Pinpoint, delivers it right to the fingertips of educators and students, better serving their information needs,” said Randy Wilhelm, CEO and President of Thinkronize, developers of netTrekker.
Pinpoint provides an easy-to-use online research tool that facilitates effective and efficient research. Students select the type of information they are seeking, and then search libraries, information databases, online subscriptions, and the World Wide Web simultaneously. During searches, Pinpoint helps students hone their results list and eliminate clutter by letting them focus in on a more limited set of results that are closely related to their desired topic. Students can then capture content from electronic resources, create citations and store these pieces of content for later use at home or anywhere else they can access the Internet. To learn more visit www.sagebrushcorp.com/tech/pinpoint.
netTrekker is an award-winning academic search engine specifically designed for school use. Unlike ordinary search engines, netTrekker saves educators and students time by providing access to only educator-selected, academically relevant online resources, organized around the K-12 curricula. netTrekker enhances teaching and learning by fusing technology state standards, curriculum and the Internet into one unique online solution. netTrekker also includes a unique suite of additional features - a dynamic timeline, expanded famous person search, alignment to all state standards and benchmarks, and current events, making it a true instructional and learning resource. Find netTrekker online at www.netTrekker.com.
Sagebrush Corporation is a fast-growing leader serving K-12 schools in their efforts to provide access to information, stimulate interest in reading, improve performance, and manage information across the education process. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sagebrush features the award-winning Sagebrush Accent, Sagebrush Athena, and Sagebrush Spectrum library automation systems, the smart research tool Sagebrush Pinpoint and Sagebrush Analytics for informed, data-driven decision-making. Sagebrush Education Resources (formerly Sagebrush Econo-Clad Books) provides instant online collection analysis and development tools through the online www.sagebrushbooks.com Web site. Sagebrush also feature top-rated customer support, a wide range of training options and complete service data enhancement services. Visit www.sagebrushcorp.com or call 1-800-533-5430.
Thinkronize, the developer of netTrekker, is located in Cincinnati, Ohio and was founded by Robert Reinders in 1999. Find Thinkronize on the web at www.thinkronize.com.