SALT LAKE CITY, UT, August 11, 1999 - COMPanion Corporation announced today that Alexandria, COMPanion's school library automation system, is to be installed in the 150 schools that make up the Ottawa School District in Canada.
Kerry Chalmers, District Media Manager for the Ottawa School District, commented that "Alexandria was an obvious choice for a school system of our size. With over 150 sites, it was important to have a product with an intuitive graphical interface that would work equally well on both our Macintosh and PC computers. We also needed a system which would allow library staff to either do their own cataloging, share their cataloging needs with neighboring schools or access our central Library Services for cataloging.
"We wanted a system that took advantage of our wide area network to support backups, software updates and interlibrary loans services. Alexandria gives us all of these features plus many more. This, along with a very supportive company, makes us confident that we have chosen the best library system for our schools."
The Ottawa Public Schools use both Macintosh and Windows operating systems in their libraries. The Alexandria automation system's cross-platform capabilities make it possible for the district to share information across the network.
Earlier this year the British Columbia Ministry of Education named Alexandria one of two preferred vendors for schools automating in B.C. The Ottawa purchase is the second large Alexandria purchase in Canada and greatly increases COMPanion's presence in Canada's school library automation market.