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Follett Software Company Announces Release of Version 5.0

Press Release: Follett [February 20, 2002]

Copyright (c) 2002 Follett

Abstract: Follett Software Company released version 5.0 of the industry''s top-selling library automation and information access solutions. Enhancements will provide easier access to patron information, more efficient collection management, improved cataloging of bibliographic records and expanded searching capabilities.

McHENRY, IL - February 20, 2002 - Follett Software Company, makers of the leading library automation software for K-12 schools, has released version 5.0 of the industry's top-selling library automation and information access solutions. Enhancements will provide easier access to patron information, more efficient collection management, improved cataloging of bibliographic records and expanded searching capabilities.

The new v5.0 release includes Follett Software's Circulation Plus®, Catalog Plus®, WebCollection Plus® and Alliance Plus™ Online for Windows® and Mac® OS. These award-winning applications automate library operational tasks, aid in cataloging and help students, staff and patrons find information quickly and easily. Version 5.0 includes a host of user-requested features to improve circulation and collection management, such as acquisitions, advance booking and patron empowerment. Highlights include:

Better, More Efficient Management of Patrons and the Collection

  • Track vendors, funding sources, orders, line items and print orders; view percentage of remaining budget dollars with new acquisitions functionality
  • Reserve items for a future date
  • Give patrons access to their circulation information, enabling them to place items on hold, and view and print their checkouts, holds, reserves and fines
  • Expand Circulation Desk to full screen size for easier viewing
  • Add or edit patrons directly from the Circulation Desk or Patron Maintenance
  • Copy status is now left blank when there are titles with no copies
  • Add customized fines for non-traditional library scenarios, such as lost or missing band uniforms or sports equipment
  • Create a report of patron barcodes by class
  • Make inventory easier by splitting collections between locations using a Follett PHD scanner

  • View Z39.50 holdings information, including copy status, via the 852 tag of the MARC record

Easier Cataloging, Expanded Searching

  • Search by subject, series or author against a multi-million item database of MARC records with Alliance Plus Online
  • Clean the database more easily by deleting groups of records at once
  • Set system to automatically delete MARC records when the last copy of an item is deleted
  • Connect to MARC Magician directly from Cataloging for easy record transfer and cleanup
  • Enable Novell® NetWare® v4.x & v5.x users to post their collection online with WebCollection Plus

“I believe our new v5.0 products will meet the market with great success,” said Tom Schenck, Follett Software Company president. “We've added many features that fulfill customer requests as well as additional functionality that ensures we're delivering the very best product to the K-12 marketplace. Our constant goal is to make the library experience and the search for and use of information easier.”

The Version 5.0 Products

Circulation Plus® automates many tasks that the library staff performs routinely-checkin/checkout, overdue notices, fine calculation, holds, renewals, inventory-and makes statistical information readily available through an assortment of reports

Catalog Plus® helps students and patrons find the best information with powerful searching options, and simplifies cataloging with extensive aides. Search with traditional text-based searching or with colorful, visual icons for younger students

WebCollection Plus® lets students and patrons search library collections in English, French or Spanish from any location, 24 hours a day, via the Internet/Intranet. Install on one server for access from multiple workstations

Alliance Plus™ Online eases cataloging by offering 24-hour access to more than 4 million high-quality MARC records from the Internet. Records are updated weekly

About Follett Software Company

Since 1985, Follett Software Company has been committed to helping libraries and schools inspire student achievement and simplify information management. Its powerful software and service solutions are designed to support the needs of students, librarians, teachers and technical staff, promoting success and unity among all involved in the education process. The company serves more than 40,000 clients in over 75 countries, making its Catalog Plus®/Circulation Plus® library automation system the most widely used system in the K-12 marketplace. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL.. In 2001, the company was ranked among the top five largest software companies in Chicago. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to

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Publication Year:2002
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:February 20, 2002
Place of Publication:McHenry, IL
Company: Follett
Products: Circulation Plus
Catalog Plus
WebCollection Plus
Alliance Plus
Subject: Product announcements
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Record Number:9861
Last Update:2015-03-03 08:14:26
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00