AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 5, 1999 - Nichols Advanced Technologies, a Sagebrush Corporation company, announces the latest release of its award-winning Athena library automation system. Athena 7.1 includes a wide variety of features designed to make running and using a library easier and more efficient.
One major enhancement is the addition of an In-house Use feature. Now before reshelving items collected from patron work areas, a librarian can simply use Athena's Record In-house Use feature to log item barcode numbers. Athena will keep a record of each in-house use. Later, when the librarian is ready to evaluate in-house use statistics, Athena will generate relevant reports and provide up-to-date statistics about in-house use.
Another feature found in Athena 7.1 is Enhanced MARC Checking. This feature performs extra data checking before a record is saved to facilitate the creation of accurate MARC records.
Athena 7.1 also includes a Refresh Bibliographic Data feature that allows a librarian using a file of MARC records to update the bibliographic information in their collections. This can be especially useful for librarians who are looking to update their union catalog and improve their overall database quality. Although the procedure is very similar to importing MARC records, there are two significant differences. Athena will not add new records to the collection; it will simply update the information in existing records. Also Athena will not add new copies to existing records.
D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols Advanced Technologies, had this to say about the new release, "Customer requests, technological advances, and the desire to continue to lead the library automation field are the driving forces behind this latest release. Our goal at Nichols has always been to provide solutions that meet the changing needs of the industry, and more importantly our customers. Athena 7.1 is no exception."
Athena is the best-selling library automation system for Windows and is rated #1 by the American Library Association's Library Technology Reports (L.T.R.). The L.T.R. report rated 36 library automation systems and awarded Athena the highest ratings in 10 of the 12 categories considered and the highest rating 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.
About Athena Internet Solutions
Nichols offers a trio of Internet solutions to help librarians and their patrons take advantage of this resource. Athena Webserver puts a library's collections on the Internet or a local Intranet, where they can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Athena WebLink makes it easier for patrons to take advantage of Internet resources by linking the OPAC directly to Internet resources. The Z39.50 technology of Athena zMARC allows librarians to access the catalogs of the world's leading libraries and copy their MARC records directly into an Athena collection.
About Nichols Advanced Technologies and Sagebrush Corporation
Austin, Texas-based Nichols Advanced Technologies is a division of Sagebrush Corporation, a leading provider of education and information solutions for libraries and K-12 schools, and has additional offices in Edmonton, Alberta and La Crosse, Wisconsin. Nichols 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.