AUSTIN, TEXAS, March 12, 1999 - In an exciting new relationship, Nichols Advanced Technologies, developer of the best-selling Athena library automation system, has joined with Northern Light, developer of the world's first and largest Internet research engine, to make it easier for library patrons to take advantage of Internet resources. Using a new Athena WebLink feature called Reference Search, patrons can link directly from the library's catalog to the Northern Light research engine and have the search terms they used to search the library carried over to a search of over 120 million web sites and the Special Collection of over 5,400 full-text sources.
D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols Advanced Technologies, says, "We're excited about integrating Northern Light with Athena WebLink. By giving patrons a way to expand their search from the library's catalog to the largest search engine database on the Internet, we are opening the doors to an infinite number of resources." He continues, "Developing relationships with quality companies like Northern Light allows us to give our customers the comprehensive solutions they demand and deserve."
With Athena WebLink, when a patron searches the library, there is a Web button at the top of the Athena search screen. Clicking on the Web button activates the Reference Search feature and gives the patron the option to carry their search term(s) over to Northern Light (or another Nichols Reference Search partner). Patrons can access Northern Light's extensive collection of web sites and their Special Collection -- a unique source of information from journals, reviews, books, magazines, and newswires. Athena WebLink also gives patrons direct access to electronic resources, allowing them to launch cataloged web sites, video and audio clips, and picture files without exiting Athena.
David Seuss, CEO of Northern Light, sees this relationship as a tremendous opportunity. "Northern Light is a logical extension of the library's catalog. By working with Nichols as a part of their Reference Search feature, we are making it easier for library patrons to locate relevant and high quality Internet resources as well as full-text articles from the largest online business library on the Web. Our staff librarians are continually evaluating and cataloging Web sites as well as incorporating new full-text content into the Northern Light service, insuring the most informative and comprehensive information is made available to the library and its users."
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 in twelve categories and awarded Athena the highest ratings in 10 of the 12 categories considered and the highest ratings 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.
Austin, Texas-based Nichols Advanced Technologies, which has additional offices in Edmonton, Alberta and La Crosse, Wisconsin, 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.
Northern Light Technology LLC, developer of the world's first research engine, provides enterprises and individuals with easy, instantaneous, and affordable access to highly relevant, quality information. Northern Light's research engine intuitively combines the reach of a World Wide Web search engine with access to over 5,400 premium full-text sources previously unavailable except to users of expensive online services like LEXIS-NEXIS, Dow Jones Interactive, and Dialog. Northern Light features exclusive classification and organization technology so users more quickly find the information they need. Northern Light Technology, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was founded by a seasoned management team of librarians, business-to-business, and Internet professionals who recognized the need to fill the gap left by search engines and private research services. Northern Light introduced its research engine in August of 1997.
For more information, contact Northern Light at 222 Third Street, Suite 1320, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; (617)-577-0239; Fax: (617) 621-3459. www.nlsearch.com
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