Godfrey, IL -- November 14, 1995 -- During a kick-off ceremony today, Dr. Dale Chapman, President of Lewis and Clark Community College, finalized a strategic alliance with Ameritech Library Services to provide information management products including Horizon, NetPublisher, InfoShare and WebPAC. This alliance will support the college's ambitious technology initiative to enhance teaching and teaming by the year 2000.
By providing its library with Ameritech Library Services' products and services, Lewis and Clark plans to transform its traditional college library into a totally integrated library system. According to Dr. Dale Chapman, President of Lewis and Clark, the Ameritech Library Services products fit well with the overall vision he has for the college in the twenty-first century.
"We want to have the most advanced technology in the U.S.," said Chapman. "As a forward-thinking community college, our vision is to empower students and faculty by integrating technology into the learning process to develop life-long education Our library will play a key role in making this vision a reality. With Ameritech Library Services' products, we plan to create the digital library of the future."
Lewis and Clark plans to install the following products: Horizon, the client/server library information system that includes integrated library automation modules and a variety of easy-to-use interfaces; InfoShare, the Unix database server with Z39.50 support for locally storing and managing citation databases; WebPAC, the server software for libraries that enables end-users with a web browser to search any Z39.50-compliant database on the Internet; and WinPAC, the graphical user interface for searching any Z39.50-compliant database and gopher servers on the Internet.
The college, in conjunction with Ameritech Library Services, invited a number of community leaders, college board members and staff to attend a reception and to see a demonstration of the Horizon library system. Maribeth Ward, vice president of Ameritech Library Services, Academic Market, and several other Ameritech representatives also attended.
"I commend Dr. Chapman and his staff for their commitment to bringing advanced technology to their students and library patrons," said Ward. "In the near future, community colleges will need to have the capability to provide access to library resources virtually anywhere, anytime. I see Lewis and Clark as a model for other community colleges to follow."
Lewis and Clark serves 6,000 students in all or part of seven counties in southwestern Illinois. It is the only Illinois community college outside of the Chicago metro area to offer an associate degree in library technology. The college recently received the Illinois Community College Board's institutional quality award for academic excellence. The North Central Association of Colleges (NCAC) recently awarded Lewis and Clark with a ten-year academic accreditation, the longest term given by the association.
Ameritech Library Services is dedicated to delivering library systems and information access products to all types of libraries worldwide: academic, public, school and special. Based in Provo, Utah with offices in Evanston, Ill and 18 countries, the company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ameritech Corporation.
Ameritech, one of the world's largest communications companies, helps more than 13 million customers keep in touch. The company provides a wide array of local phone, data and video services in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Ameritech is creating dozens of new information, entertainment and interactive services for homes, businesses and governments around the world.
One of the world's leading cellular companies, Ameritech serves more than 1.5 million cellular and 700,000 paging customers, and holds cellular interests in Norway and Poland. Ameritech owns interests in telephone companies in New Zealand and Hungary and in business directories in Germany and other countries. Nearly 1 million investors hold Ameritech (NYSE: AIT) shares.