McHENRY, IL - May 5, 1999 - Brodart Automation and Follett Software Company, both leading providers of library automation software and services, have announced a joint agreement for distribution of Brodart Automation's Media Minder for Windows software. Follett Software will market and distribute Media Minder for Windows, an advance booking and scheduling system for K-12 school district media centers.
Media Minder is a powerful PC-based reservation and tracking system used primarily for coordinating the distribution of video, film, equipment, CD-ROMs and other curriculum support materials. Media Minder makes the district media center more useful, accessible, manageable and efficient, with:
- Easier Access to Materials
- Teachers and staff can view the district collection online via the Internet by title, author, keyword and subject
- Teachers can reserve materials via phone or the Internet months in advance
- Instant Connections to Curriculum
- Customizable catalogs support individual teacher's curriculumobjectives
- Simplified Cataloging
- Cataloging tools assist media staff in maintaining quality databases
- More Efficient Library/Collection Management
- Easily produced reports help manage daily distribution and circulation of resources
- Saves thousands of dollars in catalog production costs with on-line access
State-of-the-Art Technology Delivers High Performance & True MARC Compliance
A client/server Windows-based program that operates on Windows NT, Media Minder applies the same powerful technology as Follett Software's widely used Circulation Plus, Catalog Plus and Union Catalog Plus software. And with true MARC 21 compatibility, Media Minder easily handles data from a variety of media vendors and offers flexible access to the collection.
"This is an exciting collaborative effort," said George Coe, Vice President of Automation-Books Divisions at Brodart Company. "Follett Software Company's years of leadership and experience at the K-12 level combined with the quality of our Media Minder software makes the partnership an ideal match."
"Media Minder is an important addition to our K-12 library solutions," said Tom Schenck, President of Follett Software Company. "It complements our other library management and information access products and it allows districts to make it easy for media center staff and teachers to search and reserve materials, even years in advance. Districts can also count on Media Minder for a smooth transition into the next century. Media Minder is Y2K compliant-many district media centers are using booking software that's not."
Approaching its thirtieth anniversary, Brodart Automation is a division of Brodart Company, a 60-year veteran in the library community and a leading provider of library automation services. Today Brodart Automation offers a variety of products and services designed for all types and sizes of libraries and media centers. Options vary from online to PC-based systems, CD-ROM products, large union catalogs, Internet products and database services. For more information, call (800) 233-8467 or visit www.brodart.com.
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.
Follett Software Company
(800) 323-3397 or (815) 344-8700, ext. 7205
Gretchen Herman, Marketing Product Manager
(800) 233-8467, ext. 6468