MINNEAPOLIS, MN. November 17, 2000. Sagebrush Corporation, a solutions provider for the library and education markets, announced Winnebago Spectrum 5, the latest update to the award-winning integrated library automation program. Highlights of the latest version include an enhanced user interface and an optional Visual Search feature. Spectrum 5 is the first major Spectrum update since the Sagebrush-Winnebago merger in January of 2000.
"With this program update, Spectrum's feature set is more impressive than ever," said Judy Levasseur, Vice President of Marketing. "Spectrum is more powerful than ever, and we've enhanced its user-friendly interface too. The new Visual Search, for example, helps younger patrons find materials. Other capabilities," Levasseur said, "like the new HTML reports and new advance booking feature, continue Spectrum's tradition of giving library professionals the powerful tools they need to manage their libraries efficiently."
Spectrum 5 features an updated user interface with a new navigation toolbar that makes Spectrum easier to use. Other updates include:
- Seamless integration with the Spectrum-in-Hand palm computing unit (optional) saves time with fast, easy, anywhere circulation and at-the-shelf inventory.
- Spectrum's advance booking lets librarians and media center staff (and patrons, if given permission) reserve items for a specified date, ensuring material availability exactly when necessary—especially helpful for planning lessons and special events. Librarians and media center staff can also book rooms and A/V equipment ahead of time for special instructional needs.
- Spectrum lets librarians and media center staff view patron photos, helping them recognize and identify patrons and increasing security. Librarians and media center staff can also load and link patron photos in a batch (including files from photo vendors such as Life Touch systems and Herff Jones), saving time and extra steps. Plus, librarians and media center staff can update or delete patron photos in the patron edit window with one click.
- Spectrum's optional Visual Search module offers patrons customizable icon-based searching, with hundreds of buttons pre-configured. Visual Search lets users click through a hierarchy of graphical buttons, each representing a single subject—a great search tool for young patrons becoming familiar with the library.
Reports and notices
- Spectrum's HTML-based reports let librarians and media center staff convert or cut/paste report data created in either Windows or Macintosh to an HTML report format—providing a consistent report format, ensuring easy online viewing, editing, and searching; saving paper, and enabling timely online posting of reports.
Global subject edit
- Librarians and media center staff can change subjects globally, a big timesaver.
- Spectrum's complete online Help system includes step-by-step instructions, examples that show how to complete a process, and reference information.
For more information about Spectrum, Athena, or other Sagebrush products and services, call Sagebrush Corporation at 1-800-533-5430.
About Sagebrush Corporation
Sagebrush Corporation is a fast-growing provider of integrated information management solutions for the education world. On January 14, 2000, Sagebrush Corporation merged with Winnebago Software Company. The combined company now operates as Sagebrush Corporation, with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company offers the Athena and Winnebago Spectrum library automation systems, information management solutions such as WebManager and Web Resource Library, and learning resources with a focus on the education market such as Econo-Clad Books. Through its employees and representatives, Sagebrush Corporation markets and distributes its products throughout North America and the world.