AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 23, 1998 - Media & Methods has awarded Nichols Advanced Technologies a 1998 Portfolio award for its Athena WebLink product.
According to the magazine, the Portfolio award is "a highly respected recognition factor throughout the instructional technology community. It reflects the fine quality and intent of the instructional materials to which it is attached. It also represents efforts and creativity of those who produce, manufacture, and supply those goods and services. [The award is] a reminder to your marketplace of your active support of excellence in education."
First released in 1996, Athena WebLink is an add-on to Athena, the library automation system from Nichols. Athena WebLink allows patrons to access Internet resources directly from the Athena patron stations. Furthermore, the product allows patrons to access cataloged web sites. When a patron searches on a topic, a list of records is presented. If one of the records is a cataloged web site (with the URL in the 856u field), a special button labeled "WebLink" appears. When the patron clicks on it, their browser automatically opens to the site cataloged.
"We're honored to receive this award," said D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols. "When you're the first in an industry to develop a product, as we were with Athena WebLink, you're skeptical of how it will be received. Fortunately, Athena WebLink was well received by Athena customers, and now some other library automation vendors are developing similar products that take advantage of the 856u field in MARC records. We're flattered the concept has blossomed so quickly. Receiving an award for our achievements is further validation that our innovations and corporate direction are moving in the right direction."
1998 marks the second straight year Nichols has won the Portfolio Award. In 1997, Nichols won for Athena Webserver. Athena Webserver is software that puts Athena libraries on the Internet, where they can be accessed by anyone in the world, or on Intranets, where they can be accessed by a limited set of patrons.
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. Athena, the company's Windows-based system, is the library automation system rated #1 by the American Library Association's Library Technology Reports. Founded in 1983, Nichols delivers library automation systems, retrospective conversion services, barcode readers, and automation supplies.