More than 500 ed-tech companies exhibited at this year’s National Educational Computing Conference in Philadelphia. Here’s a sampling of news from the exhibitors offering library systems and technology:

Sagebrush Corp. announced the release of Sagebrush InfoCentre 2005, the latest library management system in its family of information management products. InfoCentre combines the best of Sagebrush Athena, Spectrum, and Accent, as well as new and innovative features, all in one system, the company said. InfoCentre reportedly has the capability to generate customizable reports; work on multiple platforms; scan all current bar codes; provide search results for a single InfoCentre library, all libraries, or a group of libraries within the district; and condense MARC records, a process that provides students with more concise search results, eliminating the confusion created by duplicate titles. “InfoCentre not only showcases the best practices of our award-winning systems, but it also offers library media specialists the choice of implementing a fully distributed or partially distributed infrastructure,” said Jim Zicarelli, CEO of Sagebrush. “With InfoCentre, media specialists can run their library as they do today and help IT [personnel] reduce system maintenance and technology costs, so everyone in the district gets what they need.” InfoCentre is currently available for pre-release purchase and will be officially released in August.

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