|Sagebrush Corp., a solutions provider for the K-12 library market,
has announced that the latest update for its Athena library automation
system is now in beta mode. The Athena 9.1 update incorporates the following
new features and innovations:
"We reviewed thousands of customer suggestions for this release," said
Kevin Sorensen, Athena quality assurance and product manager. "In addition
to implementing new suggested features like Bookings and Hourly Checkouts,
we created a great reading program search interface and selected many smaller
suggestions that make Athena easier to use. Athena customers did themselves
a great service by making their wishes known. This latest version of Athena
offers the user the best possible experience."
Booking titles in advance to ensure availability of materials
Improved due date overrides
Setting hourly loan periods
Specifying a maximum fine amount
Generating and e-mailing patron status reports and circulation summaries
when an item is placed on hold, booked in advance, checked out, or a fine
payment is made
Renewing items by bar code number
Spell-checking text entered in the Easy Entry or MARC Entry screens and
while searching the online catalog
Extracting patron or catalog data along with current or statistical circulation
Printing item bar code labels in shelf list (call number) order
Enhanced reading program searches that can limit quick, advanced, or visual
searches to reading program levels and point values
Specifying a search term range to better limit search results
Printing reports to a tab-delimited text file that can be viewed and modified
in most word-processing and spreadsheet programs
The Athena 9.1 beta test started in October. For more information aboutthe
product, call 800/533-5430.
Athena is a fully featured, flexible Windows library automation program
that allows media centers to build their system one add-on at a time. Athena
can efficiently manage 200,000 materials or 2,000 materials in a large
public library or a small charter school.
According to the announcement, an inviting interface makes MARC cataloging
and circulation tracking easy, and lets students look through the entire
collection with powerful search strategies, including an icon-based Visual
Search and keyword search. Several Athena add-ons easily expand the media
center's reach and resources.
Source: Sagebrush Corp., Minneapolis, 952/656-2999; http://www.sagebrushcorp.com.