McHENRY, ILLINOIS -- May 6, 1994-- Follett Software Company announces a new concept for bringing information sources to the school or public library. This is being done by combining CD-ROM hardware with CD-ROM software published by Follett and other well-known CD-ROM publishers into a product family known as Information plus.
The concept was designed to provide increased patron access to textual and interactive multimedia information published on CD-ROM via a multi CD-ROM drive tower. Follett has formed a key third-party alliance with a leading manufacturer of CD-ROM towers, Meridian Data, Inc. of Scotts Valley, California. When used as part of a multiuser network environment, information plus allows its users to share CD-ROM-based data at multiple workstations throughout a library or institution. Basic Meridian CD-Net tower units are available with capacities of up to 8, 14, or 28 CD-ROM drives. The combination of software and hardware creates an information bank that becomes an integral part of the reference center.
Dr. James S. Fogarty, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum and Technology, Schuylkill Intermediate Unit, Marlin, PA and consultant to the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA CD-ROM DATABASE project says, "Congratulations to Follett for giving libraries everywhere direction in building library services for the new information age. The combination of products in information plus forms a solid base to better meet the needs of students in the 21st century...
"Information access through CD-ROM technology has revolutionized the learning process. We are proud to bring to market a well-planned and highly-effective family of CD-ROM solutions to further facilitate learning throughout the school and library environment," says Charles (Chuck) R. Follett, Jr., president of Follett Software Company. "We plan to continue to forge alliances with respected partners in our industry to bring creative information sources to our customers."
information plus provides flexible choices of single and multiuser CD-ROM applications. Follett has selected a limited number of CD-ROM titles from leading CD-ROM publishers most appropriate for elementary school, middle school, high school and public libraries. Additionally, users may choose their to add their own titles to meet the growing demands of information access, as well as their own local needs. Current Information plus CD-ROM titles include:
Broadcast News television and radio news program transcript program; BEACON education and career-planning program; EBSCO titles, including Primary Search, Middle Search, Magazine Articles Summaries, Facts on File News Digest, Masterplots II, MUZE and Vocational Search; and Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia program, among others.
Follett coordinates installation, setup and ongoing technical support for all components of the information plus system. For more information on informationplus including pricing and system requirements, customers can write Follett Software Company, 809 N. Front Street, McHenry, Illinois 60050-5589, or call toll-free, (800) 323-3397.
Follett Software Company is the largest supplier of microcomputer library software in America. Based in McHenry, Illinois, Follett Software Company is a Follett Corporation Company.