Re: media management systems

Jim Scholtz (
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 10:10:03 -0700 (MST)

I was the AV Dept. head in an IL. library system as well as several public
libraries and a library director in two college libraries/AV Dept.
Depending upon if you are looking for a total turnkey system to checkout
all materials (including books, media - book (schedule) media in advance,
perform collection development reports, printing shipping labels, etc., I
would try Inlex/DRA out of Santa Monica, CA. Ameritech's Horizon system
is supposed to be developing a media booking system also. These are
high-priced, total systems. A separate media booking system which allows
much flexibility in terms of booking, patron telephone bookings, off-site
computer access, etc - sold by RTI/Tek Data from Lincolnwood, IL. I
really liked this system - it printed labels, pull lists and packing
lists. Another company in Antioch, IL, Paulmar has a similar booking
system (for a lot less money) that performs similar functions and looks
good - both systems are IBM PC-based, they don't require a minicomputer.
I'd call/write them for demos/prices/demo software. JCS.

On Wed, 26 Mar 1997, SIMCHIK, SHIRLEY wrote:

> You were so helpful with information on video cases, I'd like to ask
> for help with another problem. We are considering making a change
> from the media management system we are presenting using---that is, a
> change in the software we currently use to check videos and other
> media in and out, to schedule the media and to print catalogs from
> the database of materials. We, along with several other regional
> media centers in New York state, are jointly investigating systems.
> Does anyone have a good one that we could investigate? What criteria
> would you use to evaluate the systems available?
> Thanks in advance for any help you could give us.SHIRLEY SIMCHIK
> VERONA, NY 13478
> FAX: 315-361-5667