AUSTIN, TEXAS and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, July 2, 1998 - MARCit, Inc. has signed Skaha Pty. Ltd. as an Australian distributor of the company's MARCit tool for cataloging Internet resources.
Located in Sydney, Australia, Skaha sells library solutions throughout Australia. The products they distribute include Athena, the library automation system from Nichols Advanced Technologies Inc., which wholly owns MARCit, Inc.
Skaha is the first outside distributor of MARCit. The company intends to push its MARCit product into the Australian and other international markets, which have already shown interest in cataloging web sites.
"Nichols has a long and very good relationship with Skaha," said D. Bruce Butler, President of Nichols. "MARCit has become the standard tool for U.S. and Canadian librarians that want to catalog Internet sites in MARC format. And we're beginning to draw interest from libraries in Australia. Skaha is well positioned to show the product to libraries throughout Australia. We look forward to showing libraries there what Athena can offer."
First released at the American Library Association show in Washington DC in January 1998, MARCit is the only software available that assists librarians in cataloging Internet resources. The 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 csompleted. The librarian can then 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 then import into the library's automation system.
Austin, Texas-based MARCit, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nichols Advanced Technologies Inc. Nichols, 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.