AUSTIN, TX, November 12, 1999 - Sagebrush Technologies announced today the release of WebMARC - collections of carefully-selected MARC records that point to educational web sites.
WebMARC simplifies the process of locating online resources by providing MARC records of Internet sites that a library can import into its main collection. The WebMARC records encompass a broad range of subject areas including Math and Science, Social Sciences, Geography, Language Arts, and Visual Arts. The records are used to supplement the library's materials and direct patrons to Internet resources that match particular curriculum requirements.
D. Bruce Butler, President of Sagebrush Technologies said, "The Internet is full of valuable information and we want to help librarians make this information more accessible by offering MARC records of the best educational web sites available. A librarian simply downloads the records and imports them into any library automation system. It's an easy and worry-free way to take advantage of the Internet and increase the resources that are at a patron's fingertips."
One significant advantage of this new offering is that each web site has an independent MARC record as opposed to a link to the web site address within another source that is already part of a collection. When incorporating web sites into the library's catalog, most librarians prefer to have web sites cataloged as independent records. This not only maintains the integrity of the catalog, but also makes it easier for patrons to find and utilize the resources they need.
The initial offering of WebMARC consists of education-related MARC records from Webivore Knowledge Systems. The web sites for this product are selected and evaluated by scholars and teachers with regard to curricula and grade-levels. They are then cataloged by librarians according to MARC standards and classified by subject matter.
"We are excited to partner with Sagebrush to uniquely offer librarians a rich collection of standardized MARC records for web sites and to make web resources an integral part of a library's collection," said Cecilia Lenk, Executive Vice President at Webivore Knowledge Systems. "The MARC records are created by our staff of professional librarians who work closely with our Content Experts to select and review educational web sites."
WebMARC records can be selected by individual subject, such as High School British Literature or the records can be purchased as a whole collection of elementary, junior high, or high school web sites. Once downloaded, the WebMARC records can be imported into Athena or any other library automation system. To ensure that a library's resources are kept current, a one year subscription to WebMARC includes quarterly updates of the MARC records. For more information people should contact a member of the Sagebrush sales team at 1-800-642-4648 or visit us online at www.sagebrush-tech.com.
Austin, Texas-based Sagebrush Technologies is a division of Sagebrush Corporation, a leading provider of education and information solutions for libraries and K-12 schools. With additional offices in Edmonton, Alberta, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, Sagebrush Technologies provides powerful, easy-to-use information management solutions. Sagebrush's library automation software leads the industry and is installed in more than 6,000 libraries throughout the world.
About Webivore Knowledge Systems
Founded in 1997, Webivore Knowledge Systems is one of the next generation of Internet-focused companies, developing powerful Web-based research systems that provide individuals with efficient access to high-quality information over the Internet and Web-based information management and knowledge creation tools. Webivore is based in Boston, MA.For more information, call (617) 923-9171 or visit www.webivore.com.