Huntsville, Alabama, April 2, 2001 - The Hamilton County Tennessee Public School System has chosen to automate its 81 schools with Book Systems, Inc.'s Concourse library automation software package over Winnebago™, Athena™ and Alexandria™ systems.
The Library Technology selection committee from Hamilton County chose Concourse in favor of other library automation products. The selection committee was comprised of media specialists from every level of the school system - elementary, middle, and high schools, along with District Administrators. Concourse will be implemented throughout the district during the course of the 2001 calendar year.
According to Wayne Starr, Technology Instructor for the Hamilton County Public School System, the committee decided that Concourse was the best product for a number of reasons. "One reason is because it has a user-friendly, graphic interface," Starr said. “It's so simple, yet effective and powerful. You really don't need much training."
Another factor in the committee's decision to choose Concourse was the versatility of its report feature. "The committee liked being able to generate different reports for all library functions." Starr said. "Reports are customizable and with the drill down feature a librarian can build the exact report that is required. Having this ability was paramount and none of the other systems that were reviewed had customizable reports.”
Choosing Concourse is significant because the district prides itself on using technology as an aid to education, according to Allison Roberts, Library Technology Committee Chairperson with the Hamilton County Public School District. "We rely very heavily on technology in our school system and Concourse offered the features that we need now.” Ms. Roberts also noted that user input for advances in technology is welcome by the company. “Book Systems solicits input from their users to improve the software and they really make an effort to advance the technology based on customer requests.”
"The decision to implement Concourse is a great testament to the product, considering the effort the selection committee went through to choose the right solution for the school district," said Mark Jones, President of Book Systems, Inc. “They took their time in choosing the right solution and we're pleased that they are moving forward with Concourse in their district."
Book Systems, Inc. is located in Huntsville, Alabama and was founded in 1989. Master Library System for DOS was the flagship product developed by BSI and has been replaced by Concourse for Windows. Concourse provides circulation, searching, cataloging, Internet solution options, and related functions for large and small public, academic, corporate, special and school libraries and school districts.