AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 30, 1999 - Media & Methods magazine, published by the American Association of Educators, has awarded MARCit a 1999 Portfolio award recognizing innovation in education technology.
First released at the American Library Association show in New Orleans, LA in January 1998, MARCit assists librarians in cataloging Internet resources. A librarian uses a standard browser to find a site to catalog, then clicks the floating MARCit icon. Immediately, all of the mandatory MARC fields are cataloged. The librarian can enter additional information into the fields available. When the librarian then clicks the Save button, a MARC record of the site is created and saved to a folder that the librarian can import into the library's automation system.
D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols Advanced Technologies says, "As a leader in developing innovative technology solutions, we are honored that MARCit has received this award. It is always fulfilling to see one of our products embraced by libraries and gain such recognition. As the Internet becomes increasingly valuable to libraries, it is important that the industry continue to develop tools like MARCit that make it easier to take advantage of this resource."
MARCit has seen widespread success in the library marketplace and is now installed in over 1500 libraries throughout the world. The Law Library Resource Exchange (LLRX) calls MARCit a "definite time-saver." And Linworth Publications Book Report and Library Talk both recommended it in recent reviews.
1999 marks the third straight year a Nichols product has won the Portfolio Award. In 1997, Nichols won for Athena Webserver, 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. And in 1998, Nichols received a Portfolio award for Athena WebLink, which allows patrons to link to Internet resources directly from an Athena patron station.
Austin, Texas-based MARCit, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nichols Advanced Technologies, a division of Sagebrush Corporation. Sagebrush Corporation is a leading provider of education and information solutions for libraries and K-12 schools. With additional offices in Edmonton, Alberta, and La Crosse, Wisconsin, Nichols 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.