January 30, 2007 - McHenry, IL. Teachers and media specialists can quickly find materials that support their specific state standards with the latest version of InfoCentre from Follett Software Company. InfoCentre 2.3 is the first new version of a Sagebrush product since Follett acquired the company's library automation business in August of last year.
The new version of InfoCentre gives users access to State Standards, which correlates materials in the library collection to the specific standards of each user's state or province. This enables classroom teachers to find materials that support standards-based classroom instruction, and allows librarians and media specialists to analyze how well their collections support the school's teaching objectives.
"We're pleased to be able to bring new functionality to InfoCentre users," said Follett Software Company President Tom Schenck. "The release of InfoCentre 2.3 is part of our commitment to continue to improve and support the library solutions for the customers we added with the Sagebrush acquisition."
In addition to State Standards, InfoCentre users now have access to a number of other exciting new functions:
- Improved MARC Source service: Subscribers to this service now have enhanced cataloging power. Online access of MARC records has increased significantly from 700,000 to more than 7,000,000 high quality K-12 records sourced from Follett's powerful Alliance Plus database.
- Follett eBooks management: Librarians can now use InfoCentre to catalog, track and circulate eBooks purchased from Follett Library Resources just as they would any other library material.
- Grade information included in key reports: Grade information can now be included on the eight most frequently-used reports, making it easier to communicate with classroom teachers about books their students have checked out.
- Performance enhancements: Updates to the technical infrastructure means Version 2.3 runs more smoothly and returns faster results.
Over the past two decades, Follett Software Company has evolved from being the largest provider of K-12 library automation solutions to being the leading provider of Educational Resource Management (ERM) solutions. Schools and districts choose from Follett's expanding suite of innovative products, leveraging technology to streamline administrative tasks, drive accountability, engage students and encourage achievement. The company's flagship product – Destiny Resource Management Solution – is an integrated suite of browser-based applications that centralizes management of library materials, media, textbooks and fixed and portable assets. The company recently acquired TetraData, the nation's leading provider of data warehousing, analysis and reporting solutions for K-12 districts.
Follett Software is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation – a $2.2 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Illinois. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.fsc.follett.com or call 800-323-3397. For press inquiries, contact Scott Knickelbine at 800-710-3600.