McHENRY, IL - January 28, 1998 - Follett Software Company has announced the release of new on-line solutions that enable libraries to offer 24-hour remote access to their collections via the Internet. The new suite, entitled WebCollection Plus, includes software and service options.
"More and more libraries are offering Internet access from within their buildings as an additional information resource," said Chuck Follett, President of Follett Software. "Our new solutions capitalize on Internet technology to help libraries offer increased access to their collections - access that's convenient for everyone. Advantages include around-the-clock searching without requiring extended library hours and features that enable librarians to better service patrons, such as placing remote holds and interlibrary loan requests. Patrons can do that and more from home, school, other libraries - anywhere with an Internet connection."
Three Solutions to Meet Every Library's Needs
Because the level of Internet technology varies within libraries, Follett Software offers three WebCollection Plus solutions: single-site software, district-level software, and a subscription service. Each solution enables patrons to search the library collection via the Internet by title, author, subject, keyword, call number, series, and Boolean terms. In addition to general searching, each solution offers a distinct set of features. All patrons need is their library's URL address and a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
Software for the Single Site
WebCollection Plus software for the single site enables patrons to search an individual library's collection. While on-line, patrons can:
- Check item availability
- Submit hold and interlibrary loan (ILL) requests Link to cross references
- View library and school events
- Hyperlink to other Internet resources using the 856 electronic access tag and to other libraries and information resources via customized links
The single site version is available for use with Windows and MS-DOS versions of Follett Software's Catalog Plus software.
Software for the District
WebCollection Plus software for the district level (unions) enables patrons to search a district's union database (representing multiple libraries' holdings) on-line and features many capabilities of WebCollection Plus software for the single site. The district level version is available for use with Follett Software's Union Catalog Plus software. Combining WebCollection Plus for the single site with the district level version delivers enhanced capabilities, simplifying the process of sharing resources in a union setting.
Both the single-site and district-level WebCollection Plus software can operate in Windows NT or Novell NetWare environments, and require a web server running Windows NT or Windows 95.
The Outsourcing Alternative Works for Any Library
The WebCollection Plus subscription-based service enables libraries without the technology or expertise to use the WebCollection Plus software to offer similar remote searching and linking. Even libraries using others' cataloging software can take advantage of remote searching with the WebCollection Plus service. This service is a data outsourcing option that requires no web server or web site at the library site. Libraries send their bibliographic data to Follett Software and Follett takes care of everything else.
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 www.fsc.follett.com.