McHenry, Illinois -- May 15, 1995 -- In recognition of the joint achievement of the Seattle School District and Follett Software Company, the Seattle schools will celebrate the launch of their new district-wide library automation program on May 16, 1995. Attendants at the gala launch will include Seattle School Superintendent William Kendrick, Board President Linda Harris, Follett Software Company President Charles "Chuck" R. Follett, Follett Executive Director of Development Thomas Schenck, Follett Northwest Regional Area Manager Cathy McLeod, and Follett Territory Account Manager for Washington and Oregon Bev Carlson.
The partnership of Follett and the Seattle district has achieved the automation of 88 district elementary, middle, and high schools and their libraries with a combination of MS-DOS and Macintosh operating systems. In meeting the specific needs of the Seattle system with Union Catalog Plus and special programming, Follett is helping the Seattle School District achieve the goal of establishing a distributed network approach, and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the school library market. As a result of these efforts, the Seattle Schools are on the leading edge of American districts, realizing the value and benefit of sharing information and resources.
"With this system, Seattle School District students will have superior access to materials in their libraries. We are already seeing library usage and circulation increase. And, librarians appreciate being able to control the system in their libraries, as well as being networked to central services for patron and cataloging data," says Dr. Bryce Nelson, Library Media Services Supervisor for the Seattle Schools.
Thirty-one Seattle school sites are automated with Follett's Circulation Plus and Catalog P1us in Unison for MS-DOS, and fifty-seven sites are established with MacCirculation Plus and MacCatalog Plus programs in Unison for Macintosh. Each school library has a DOS-based server. The servers are networked together to the district's central cataloging center using Follett's new Union Catalog Plus product. Additionally, custom programming was provided to allow patron and title data to transfer between the existing district database and each library's server.
Union Catalog Plus manages the union database MARC records and provides information access to a centrally-maintained database of multiple library collections. Seattle's product package illustrates Follett' s powerful approach to providing efficient library systems management in a distributed environment.
With Follett' s customized package of software for Seattle, the entire district's cataloging system will immediately be streamlined. The Union Catalog Plus product makes cataloging items for districts easy by first searching for existing MARC records in the
union database, and by interfacing with the 1.25 million MARC records in the Alliance Plus databases. A cataloger can move from the union database to the Alliance Plus database with one keystroke. And Union Catalog Plus utilizes user-friendly Windows technology, such as pop-up windows and cut-and-paste features.
Report functions of Union Catalog Plus can be used to standardize the union database or for collection development, and can be run on the entire database, individual sites, or any combination of sites or library types (for example, all elementary libraries). Remote access to the union database from the member site will eventually be utilized by the Seattle schools for collection development and resource sharing.
Follett products allow large school districts and smaller library unions to share resources, data, holdings, and information. With the Seattle schools project -- as well as Follett' s solid track record in automating the Cobb County, Georgia, schools -- Follett demonstrates the technical capabilities and service orientation needed to automate large systems.
For more information, customers can write Follett Software Company, 1391 Corporate Drive, McHenry, Illinois 60050-7041, or call toll-free, (800) 323-3397.
A Follett Corporation Company based in McHenry, Illinois, Follett Software Company is the leading developer of library microcomputer software in America, with more than 23,000 installations of its MS-DOS flagship product, Circulation Plus.