|Sagebrush Corp., a solutions provider for the
K-12 library market, has announced the release of Athena 9.1, the latest
update to the company's library automation program. Highlights of the latest
version include the ability to book titles in advance to ensure availability
of materials, automatic spell-checking, and overall improved performance.
"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 even easier to use.
Athena customers did themselves a great service by making their wishes
known. This latest version offers the user the best possible experience."
Athena 9.1 includes the following new features
Source: Sagebrush Corp., Minneapolis, 800/328-2923,
Setting hourly loan periods
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 data. These data sets can be used in external
programs like report generators for unique reporting needs.
Enhanced reading-program searches that can limit
quick, advanced, or visual searches to reading-program levels and point
Specifying a search-term range to better limit search
Printing reports to a tab-delimited text file that
can be viewed and modified in most word processing and spreadsheet programs