MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., February 25, 2001—Sagebrush Corporation, a K–12 solutions provider, is proud to bring libraries the broadest library automation product offering of any company.
"Individual schools, as well as districts with schools of varying sizes, need solutions to fit every stage of development and growth," said Jim Zicarelli, CEO of Sagebrush Corporation. "Sagebrush provides those solutions in products and services that let schools and districts stay ahead in today's technology-driven education world."
Athena is the build-as-you-go automation solution for individual library media centers with any size collection. Award-winning Athena combines circulation, catalog searching (OPAC), cataloging, and inventory functions in a fully featured, 32-bit library automation system for Windows®. Multilingual search interfaces, web integration tools, IPAC access to the Athena catalog, Z39.50 tools, and other add-ons let library media center staff build a unique system for their library one innovative, affordable add-on at a time. Athena lets students search an entire collection with powerful search strategies, including an icon-based Visual Search and key word search. Athena is consistently highly rated throughout the entire library industry for its easy installation, customization, maintenance, and everyday use.
About The Winnebago Spectrum Suite
The Winnebago Spectrum Suite for networked school library media centers requiring a client/server solution includes a family of powerful, multi-functional Spectrum tools. This new suite approach to library automation integrates all library management and access tools into one powerful, flexible solution that facilitates student achievement. The Spectrum Suite includes new fully-featured Winnebago Spectrum 5, Visual Search, Spectrum Z39.50 Client, unlimited licensing, advance booking, Spectrum MARConnect (a Windows web site cataloging tool), and Spectrum WebConnect.
Sagebrush also offers Spectrum Web Catalog for allowing remote web access to the Spectrum catalog, and Winnebago Spectrum Union Catalog, a complete union catalog solution for multiple-library districts. Patrons can access the complete holdings of a district through a central, unified database, which also serves as an effective foundation for moving to a centralized library automation system.
Powered by technology developed at SIRSI and sold exclusively by Sagebrush, Accent provides a powerful centralized library automation system for K–12 school districts of all sizes. With a powerful Windows NT® server at the district site and a web-based Internet Public Access Catalog (IPAC), Accent eliminates the need to install and update computers at each school. Also, Accent's circulation client software is self-updating, reducing the workload for technical staff. Accent WebCat allows easy, familiar access to the library and the web, and lets students search the entire school district, multiple locations within the district at once, or a single school.
Accent lets library media center specialists in individual school libraries and media centers play a reduced role in maintaining automation hardware and software, allowing them to spend more time educating students. Plus, technicians can more easily install, manage, and update Accent's centralized library system. Further, Accent promotes centralized cataloging, which makes data more consistent throughout the district by enabling a single cataloging procedure for all schools.
Accent enhances learning with fast access to information, maximizes efficiency with streamlined library tasks, and provides library media specialists with more time for educating students and collaborating with educators.
"In partnering with K–12 schools, we're able to build a strong relationship through powerful products and services to help students learn," said Zicarelli. "Thanks to our wide variety of solutions, schools can stay with Sagebrush—with the products, services, and people they trust—as their needs change throughout the years."
About Sagebrush Corporation
Sagebrush Corporation is a fast-growing leader in serving K-12 library media specialists in their efforts to provide access to information, stimulate interest in reading, improve performance, and manage information across the education process. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sagebrush features Athena, Winnebago Spectrum, and the new Accent library automation systems, Econo-Clad Books, and Sagebrush professional and data services.