AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 20, 1999 - In a unanimous decision, the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) has adopted the best-selling Athena library automation system from Nichols Advanced Technologies for their Y2K Conversion Project. Athena will be installed at 160 schools throughout the district.
Bonnie O'Brian, supervisor of the district's library services said, "I enlisted the expertise of 10 of our districts most experienced librarians. They had two full days to test eight different systems. In the end, the decision was unanimous - all 10 independently chose Athena."
The district was looking for a system that had the features and the experience to take their libraries into the 21st Century. The LAUSD, the second largest school district in the U.S., is updating their library automation software to ensure that all of their library media centers are Year 2000 compliant. Athena has been year 2000 safe since its inception in 1994 and proved to be the most comprehensive and technically advanced option.
D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols said, "Nichols is uniquely equipped to work with large districts like the L.A. Unified School District. We have the technical solutions, experience, and staff necessary to meet their present and future automation needs."
Athena is the top-rated library automation system for Windows according to the American Library Association's Library Technology Reports (L.T.R.). The L.T.R. report rated 36 library automation systems in twelve categories and awarded Athena the highest ratings in 10 of the 12 categories considered and the highest ratings overall. Athena provides circulation, searching, cataloging, Internet solution options, cross-platform capabilities (Windows, Macintosh, and DOS), and related functions for large and small public, academic, corporate, and school libraries and school districts.