AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 17, 1997 - Nichols Advanced Technologies announces the release of Athena WebLink, a new product that enhances searching over the Internet from Athena search stations.
Athena WebLink takes the guesswork out of locating relevant information on the Internet. Patrons begin by searching their library's resources. When a record they view has an Internet address (URL) in the URL field (856u), a WebLink button appears on their screen, informing the patron that the record is a cataloged Internet site. The patron can then click on the WebLink button. When they do, their browser opens up to the cataloged site on the Internet, where they can continue their search.
"We all recognize the Internet as a valuable tool for information," said D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols. "At Nichols, we're giving libraries the opportunity to provide their patrons immediate access to Internet sites matching their search criteria - sites that have been reviewed by a librarian as providing useful content. With Athena WebLink, patrons don't have to spend time wading through the long list of sites matching their search criteria that a search through an Internet search engine like Alta Vista or Lycos might provide. Instead, the patron links immediately to a cataloged site with information relevant to their topic. If only it were always so simple to search the Internet