AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 26, 1999 - The Niagara Catholic District School Board, Ontario, Canada, has chosen the award-winning Athena library automation system from Nichols Advanced Technologies for its 52 primary and 9 secondary schools. The school board serves a total of 24,000 students in the Niagara region.
In the first deal of its kind for the company, the district is leasing software and barcode reader hardware through Nichols. The leasing option springs from Nichols' commitment to work with schools and districts to develop innovative solutions for their unique needs. By leasing the systems from Nichols, the school board was able to facilitate the automation of the entire district at one time instead of over several years.
D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols, is excited about Niagara's decision to automate with Athena. "We've always worked to ensure that our software was designed to meet the individual needs of our customers. Now we're taking the next step and offering customized leasing options to allow more libraries to take advantage of Athena," he said. "We hope other schools and districts will follow in Niagara's footsteps and consider our leasing program."
The Niagara school board was attracted to Athena because of its Windows experience, ease of use, and reputation for exceptional technical support. According to Wayne Turcotte, a Library Consultant for the School Board's Resource Centre, the fact that Athena offered easy and simple searching for the youngest primary school students as well as more advanced searching capabilities for the secondary school students was a big advantage for the district.
"We were looking for a proven Windows-based system that could be used district-wide in all of our primary and secondary schools," said Mr. Turcotte. "Athena gave us all the features we were looking for, and with the leasing option, we were able to automate all of our schools with Athena right away, instead of having to phase it in over the next few years."
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.