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Volume 18, Issue 5 May 2001
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Sagebrush Corp. Releases New BenchMARC Collection-Development Reporting Service

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, 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;

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