BURNSVILLE, MN., October 2, 2000. Sagebrush Corporation, a solutions provider for the library and education markets, has introduced new Athena-in-Hand and Spectrum-in-Hand handheld computers. The new models help librarians manage information, scan barcodes, and store records in a convenient, portable, pocket-sized computer.
Using the Athena-in-Hand and Spectrum-in-Hand computers, librarians can take inventory and circulate materials at any location, even outdoors. A built-in laser scanner lets librarians scan thousands of barcodes at any location, then synch the information into their Athena or Winnebago Spectrum system with the touch of a button.
According to John Kockler, Product Manager for the in-Hand models, "These versatile and fully portable units for Athena and Winnebago Spectrum dramatically simplify inventory, remote circulation, and in-house usage tracking. Plus, the full range of palm computing features let librarians use the In-Hand units to manage their time and store information with a calendar, address book, and more."
Athena-in-Hand and Spectrum-in-Hand are built on the reliable Palm operating system and feature a built-in Symbol SE 900 scan engine. Model 1500, with 4MB memory, requires only two AAA alkaline batteries. The more rugged model 1700, with 8MB memory, also includes rechargeable batteries, a no-glare backlit screen, and wireless networking capabilities. Both models feature a stylus (pen) touchscreen display, a built-in keyboard, and a one-year warranty in addition to one year of Sagebrush's acclaimed technical support. Through December 31, 2000, Model 1500 is $100 off at $1095, and Model 1700 is $150 off at $1245.
Athena is a fully integrated library automation system that combines circulation, catalog searching, cataloging, union catalog, and inventory functions in a complete system. Athena offers several innovative features that give libraries greater flexibility and power, such as the ability to handle multiple collections, allowing librarians to keep equipment and other collections separate from main circulating items. Released in 1994, Athena was one of the first library automation systems to take advantage of Windows technology, and has been rated highly by the American Library Association's (ALA) Library Technology Reports (LTR).
About Winnebago Spectrum
Winnebago Spectrum for Windows and Mac OS enables librarians to integrate all types of resources into the library collection with an integrated, cross-platform circulation and catalog system. Spectrum's advanced 32-bit client/server architecture, multi-tasking/multi-windowing capabilities, Internet connectivity, networking flexibility, and cutting-edge Z39.50 technology bring libraries maximum automation power that's easy enough for all patrons to use. Winnebago Spectrum is a Media & Methods Awards Portfolio winner, and has previously received Curriculum Administrator's District's Choice Award.
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 Burnsville, Minnesota. The company offers library automation systems, information solutions, and learning resources with a focus on the education market. Through its employees and representatives, Sagebrush Corporation markets and distributes its products throughout North America and the world.