PROVO, UTAH—RockHill Communications of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, has announced it will be using epixtech’s Horizon automation system to offer WEB FEET, RockHill’s general subject guide to the Internet, as an online product. The online version of WEB FEET will utilize Horizon’s ASP and WebPAC modules. This novel and imaginative product will be offered to WEB FEET’s 2500 subscribers through a partnership with MARCLink Retrospective Conversion. MARCLink will take the entire database of formerly print-only content, catalog it, and offer the Website selections with full descriptions, LC subject headings, and live links to the Internet, in MARC record format.
The guides RockHill Communications currently publishes include WEB FEET: Subject Guide to the Best Web Sites, WEB FEET K-8: Guide to the Best Web Sites With Additional Resources, and coming soon, WEB FEET for Health: An Internet Guide to More Than 300 Illnesses and Conditions. Future collections will include business and science. WEB FEET guides are changing the way librarians provide Internet resources to students and patrons by offering safe, unlimited access across libraries and schools to thousands of the best Web sites, either integrated into the school or library holdings or through the Internet. Sites are selected and rigorously reviewed by WEB FEET’s experienced researchers, librarians, educators and subject specialists.
“We investigated building our own delivery site from scratch,” explains publisher Ann Bagnell, “But realized that using epxstech’s Horizon offered us everything we had defined in our site at a much lower entry cost. We also felt that we would benefit from improvements made to the technology on a regular basis.”
“This is an exciting, imaginative way to use our Horizon system,” adds Lana Porter, epixtech’s President and CEO. “It will provide the benefits of Horizon’s ASP and WebPAC to an ever-growing group of users. Because the system has such diverse functionality, it is able to move from university-level academic libraries to K-8 Web access guides with the same ease of delivery. Even at this point, I’m sure we don’t know all the ways the Horizon system and its successors, Horizon Sunrise 6.0 and Sunrise will be used in the coming years. The imagination and creativity of epixtech’s engineers and our customers will be the only limits.”
About RockHill Communications
Rockhill Communications is the publisher of WEB FEET, a general subject guide to the best Web sites, expanded and updated monthly. RockHill has been selecting and describing the best Web Sites since 1996, making it the first such company in the industry to publish subject guides to the Internet.
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech’s award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loans and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons.