|Sagebrush Corp., a solutions provider for the library and education
markets, has announced the release of BenchMARC, a new service designed
to help school media specialists with the task of collection development.
BenchMARC users submit their MARC records online, then receive free entry-level
reports. They can then choose more in-depth subscription reports that evaluate
different aspects of the collection. BenchMARC users also have access to
library experts to assist with collection development.
"With BenchMARC, Sagebrush Corp. is now in a position to help all school
libraries," said Jim Zicarelli, Sagebrush CEO. "BenchMARC is a unique collection-development
tool, delivered over the Internet. Reporting on collection areas is immediate,
and includes a summary of the collection, detailed call number reporting,
collection age, and graphical historical comparisons."
BenchMARC features easy-to-use reporting aimed at both the novice and
experienced school librarian. These comprehensive yet understandable reports
compare a library collection to a standard based on award-winning libraries.
This standard is an unbiased measurement that can be used when seeking
library funding or when ordering new materials. And to help with new-material
ordering, BenchMARC includes a list of reviewed items that can bring the
library collection closer to the standard. A technical support staff of
experts with library experience and formal education in library science
is available to assist in library collection-development planning. BenchMARC
can be used with any automation system capable of exporting MARC records.
BenchMARC is available online at http://www.benchmarcyourlibrary.com,
and will be demonstrated at upcoming trade shows. Free baseline reporting
is available to all school librarians, and enhanced reports are available
to subscribed users.
Source: Sagebrush Corp., Minneapolis, 800/328-2923, 952/656-2999; http://www.sagebrushcorp.com.