AUSTIN, TEXAS, April, 5 1999 - Nichols Advanced Technologies, a Sagebrush Corporation company, announces the latest release of its award-winning Athena WebLink software. The announcement coincides with the release of the new version of the best-selling Athena library automation system.
The highlight of the release is the addition of a powerful new searching feature called Reference Search. The Athena WebLink Reference Search feature links a search of the library's catalog to a search of specific web-based resources.
Nichols has teamed with some of the most powerful and popular Internet resource providers, including the Northern Light research engine, Merriam-Webster Online, and Encyclopaedia Britannica to provide patrons with high-quality information. Patrons can go from a search of the library to a search of one of these online resources without having to re-enter their search terms. Once a patron has searched the library, they just click on the Web button at the top of the screen and select the resource they want to search. The search terms they originally used are carried over, their browser launches to the selected site, and their search results appear.
D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols Advanced Technologies, says, "Athena WebLink was designed to make it easy for library patrons to take advantage of the information on the Internet. Reference Search takes that idea one step further - it essentially makes the Internet an extension of the library's catalog. It is a revolutionary new feature that empowers the library to offer easy access to well recognized and informative sites."
If a district or group of libraries shares a union catalog online with Athena Webserver, Reference Search can be configured to carry search terms over to this online catalog. Reference Search also serves as a gateway to the Internet giving patrons the option to simply launch the Internet browser and begin searching independently.
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.
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 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.