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Library patrons enjoy flexible, broader searching with new Z39.50 client available from Follett Software Company

Press Release: Follett [February 27, 1998]

Copyright (c) 1998 Follett

McHENRY, IL - February 27, 1998 - Follett Software Company has announced a joint agreement for distribution of Sea Change Corporation's BookWhere 2000, the leading Z39.50 client for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Follett Software will market and distribute BookWhere 2000 beginning in March.

BookWhere 2000, a universal search engine for MARC data, broadens patrons' searching capabilities by enabling them to search hundreds of library collections simultaneously via the Internet, using a single, easy-to-use interface. With BookWhere 2000, users can connect to any Z39.50 server in the world to view and retrieve bibliographic information.

"The addition of BookWhere 2000 to our product line is the first in an ongoing effort to provide our customers with a full Z39.50 solution that's the best available," said Lisa McManaman, Executive Director of Marketing at Follett Software Company. "BookWhere 2000 goes beyond basic Z39.50 standards with advanced capabilities that make searching easier and sharing data simple. It was designed to offer faster searching capabilities than other Z39.50 clients with hyperlinking and its ability to support open connections. Plus, 32-bit technology makes downloading full MARC records quick and practically effortless, saving time and money."

Highest-Rated Z39.50 Client for Flexibility & Navigation

Biblio Tech recently reviewed BookWhere 2000 and gave it the highest overall rating. Biblio Tech concluded, "A very useful addition to a cataloger's toolbox or inquiry desk. Even if you do have an existing Z39.50 in your OPAC, it is unlikely to have all the flexibility and navigation features of BookWhere."

BookWhere 2000 Highlights
  • Offers patrons access to hundreds of libraries worldwide.
  • Allows librarians to download USMARC records from remote Z39.50 servers.
  • Enables users to group records to quickly identify records of interest.
  • Hyperlinked fields enable users to initiate a second level search with the click of a mouse.
  • Maintains open connections to selected targets for faster repeated searches.
  • Supports version 3 of Z39.50.
  • Supports both BIB-1 (USMARC) and Generic Record Syntax (GRS-1) searches.
Designed for Optimum Performance

A cutting edge 32-bit application designed for Windows 95/NT, BookWhere 2000 sets a new standard in Internet search, retrieval and integration. BookWhere takes advantage of the Windows 95/NT operating systems to provide multi-threaded simultaneous database searching. Multimedia capabilities are provided through integration with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers.

New Z39.50 Server in Development

Follett Software Company is currently developing a Z39.50 server, targeted for release in fall 1998. The Z39.50 server will enable libraries to make their collection available to anyone using a Z39.50 client.

Sea Change Corporation is a Canadian high-technology company that specializes in products and services for the Internet. The company was founded in 1986 with headquarters in Toronto, Ontario. Sea Change generated over 10 million dollars (CDN) in sales in 1997.

About Follett Software Company

Since 1985, Follett Software Company has provided school, public and special libraries with leading-edge library automation, Internet and curriculum resource software and services. Its Circulation Plus software, with more than 29,000 installations worldwide, is the number one selling library automation system in the K-12 marketplace. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL. The company was recently ranked among the top ten largest software companies in Chicago. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to

Celeste Sentman
Follett Software Company
(800) 323-3397 or (815) 344-8700, ext. 7205

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Publication Year:1998
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:February 27, 1998
Place of Publication:McHenry, IL
Company: Follett
Products: BookWhere 2000
Subject: Z39.50
Product announcements
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Record Number:6015
Last Update:2015-03-03 08:14:26
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00