We have been running the Follet software on a Mac system for almost five
years. The librarians like the program and have found it fairly easy to
use. The software has been very stable, the tech-support very good, and as
the Tech-Coordinator I have been pleased with the entire package.
One of the nice things is that the client software doesn't require too much
in the way of a CPU and as such you can use some of your old machines as
library search stations (I use Quadra 630's with 8.1) and this has really
worked well. Strip everything off them and have the OPAC (search engine)
boot at start-up and things run smoothly. If you use the scanner for
check-out you need a machine that is USB capable.
I understand that they have an Internet based version, and the librarians
are researching that option. It sounds like a reasonable option from the
little they have learned so far. I'd like to know what people have had for
experiences with the Internet version.
I don't know if I'd put it on the server, we use a G3 Desktop in the
librarians office as the Follet server and have that back up to the main MM
> From: Brad Edwards <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 14:17:52 -0400
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Follett Library Automation
> We're considering using Follet's Library Automation software on a Mac
> server running 9.2.2. The software includes Circulation Plus and Catalog
> Plus, The installation would cover two schools K-12 on a contiguous
> network under one roof.
> Has anyone had experience with this software and this company? Could you
> comment to me (off the list if you prefer) your experiences and the subtle
> "gotcha's" you later discovered?
> Brad Edwards
> Technology Coordinator, English Department, Windsor Schools
> 19 Ascutney Street
> Windsor, VT 05089
> 802-674-6344 x336
> "Never place a period where God has placed a comma."-Gracie Allen