AUSTIN, TEXAS February 23, 1999 - After a thorough review of the leading library automation systems, the Lubbock Independent School District has adopted Athena, the award-winning solution developed by Nichols Advanced Technologies. Athena will be phased into the school's 56 elementary, junior, and high schools over the next three years.
A committee of librarians, administrators, and technology representatives listened to presentations by several companies, tested the different programs themselves, and researched the various systems independently. In the end, the committee overwhelmingly chose Athena because of its Windows experience, user-friendliness, and affordability.
This unique and comprehensive adoption process is discussed in detail in an upcoming Texas Library Journal article called The Second Time Around: Migrating to a Different Automation Program. The article, written by Karen McIntyre, a committee member and district librarian, discusses the challenges of transitioning between automation systems and the criteria the district used when selecting a system.
"After great deliberation, we chose Athena to be the program that our district plans to phase into usage," said Carol Box, Lead Librarian for the Lubbock ISD. "As we anticipate the future of the library program here in Lubbock, we are very excited about the new capabilities in accessing information that are on the horizon for our students and staff. We feel that our library program is embarking on a course that is going to provide our patrons and staff with the technology that will make our libraries second to none."
D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols said, "The district obviously put tremendous time and thought into this decision and we are pleased that they chose Athena. More and more districts are coming to the conclusion that Athena best meets the needs of school districts. We are excited to have the Lubbock ISD join the fast-growing Athena family."
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.