Josephine Paine, Birkenhead College
I would like to say thank you to you and Desiree for your help and support. I am very pleased that we changed to Athenaeum. I have found it to be a far more user friendly program and your help has been invaluable.
Pip Black, Timaru Girls High School
This stuff is the shiz! Loving the new version, it makes complete sense with such style! Obviously librarians had a hand in this.
Thanks guys for bringing me my happy place.
Neccia Stevenson, Hamilton Christian School
Okay, I just did my first ‘add an item through SCIS’ – that was scarily too easy!
A big difference from how I was operating on XXX!
Bev Gregan, Geraldine High School
"I really like SCIS this way, it's so much better" (referring to QuickMARC).
Pat Belhouse, Palmerston North Girls' High School
"my Executive Officer is very impressed with the report that Athenaeum prints for year end (give yourselves a pat on the back!)"
Pat (now retired)
Hilary Bishop, Waitaki Boys' High School
"You guys are great!"
…and you can quote me on that!
Amanda Fitzpatrick, Hauraki Plains College
Begin forwarded message:
From: Amanda Fitzpatrick
Subject: RE: training
Date: 11 September 2012 12:18:13 PM NZST
To: 'Desiree de Kleynen'
Did I tell you I LOVE IT!!! Such an awesome system and I only know a tiny wee bit yet :)
Lynda Sisson, Wanganui City College
I've just used the updated facility for importing marc records from SCIS within Athenaeum for the first time - Wow - it's super-easy, a one step process including the image import - Its great!
Joan Bain, Kingsway School
Just wanted you to know, stocktake is incredibly easy in Athenaeum.
I always appreciate it at this time of the year, especially when I think back to the pre-automated days of long, long, lists and manually counting over 10,000 books, taking up weeks of time.
Jana Seidel, GAIS
By the way, Athenaeum works absolutely incredible, my assistant without any prior experience could use it in a snap.
Penny Irvine, Hukanui School
My Athenaeum update is fantastic and I would recommend it to everyone.
The updates you do are great...
Also the support and training is great.
Kate McLachlan, Catlins Area School
This is one of the better library programmes I have used in 28 years. It is very easy to go from one window to another... it definitely is librarian-focused.
Ryan Gounder, Longburn Adventist College
Thank you very much for your service. Within a few minutes of lodging a
request for support via email, I got a phone call and remote logging
into our server and problem resolved.
This is the best service I have received in my IT career.
Thanks again for your service.
Calvin Govender, Centennial Christian School, Seoul, South Korea
"After two years of searching for easy to use, affordable library software, I am pleased to announce that I have recently become a client of Sumware Consulting and have purchased the Athenaeum Pro 8 software to manage my school library. It is by far the most fun I have had working with library software and I am thoroughly enjoying this user-friendly software. With little effort I was able to set up and run Athenaeum Pro 8 within just days of purchasing it. So far since the purchase, I can safely say that the product is great and the after service is awesome."
Lynda Prior, Opaheke School
We just installed Athenaeum Pro 8 - very impressive and we love
the new look. The book images are awesome and so easy. I'm very
happy with the support we have had, too!
Robin Achmad, Library Manager, Green Bay High School (via e-mail)
We have been using Athenaeum at Green Bay High School
library for the past two and a half years and are more than
happy with the catalogue system. I have found the system to
be excellent, easy to use and very reliable. I would have no
hesitation in recommending it to other library staff.
The previous catalogue systems that I have used have not had
the functionality or ease of use that I find with Athenaeum.
Back up support is only an e-mail or phone call away and the
reply is always prompt and efficient. No annual fees are
charged which means more money available to spend on other
Two years ago I purchased a Blue-Tooth scanner to use for
the annual stock take and found that it worked well with
Athenaeum. The entire stock take procedure and report to the
school auditors is so much easier using Athenaeum.
Joanna Baynes, Librarian, King's School, Remuera, Auckland (via e-mail)
We have had Athenaeum for about ten years now. We find
that Athenaeum is very versatile particularly in its search
functions. The boys like the fact that they need only type a
part of a word from author, title, subject, series or notes
for the computer to search all those fields - no need to
know how to spell the exact word or phrase. Once a set has
been found then the results can be manipulated allowing them
to quickly find the specific item required. There is also
the ability to use the detailed search if necessary though I
find that his is seldom used.
I find it easy to sort the boys into various borrower
categories and thus to set specific limits on borrowing
privileges dependent on year group and sometimes even on
their ability (or lack thereof) to manage their own loans!
It makes it a 'no-brainer' when a multitude of helpers do
issues and returns. Reserving books is a function that is
used heavily. The boys appreciate having books kept aside
for them, and know that even if a large number of boys
reserve a particular item their turn will eventually
I have found that Athenaeum has been a sound financial
investment, being very competitively priced and with
excellent, very prompt support, though to be honest we need
it very seldom. We are very satisfied Athenaeum users.
Carl W Feucht, Librarian, Indianhead International School, South Korea
(extracts from an unsolicited e-mail Carl copied to us with permission to reproduce here)
Athenaeum Pro won me over this year!
I've just spent the past year administering a 15,000 item
collection using this automation system, a system which I'd
never even heard of before I began my job, and I can
honestly say, I am more than impressed by what this system
is capable of doing. So much so in fact, that It truly seems
every bit as capable and feature rich as the Sirsi Dynix
catalog which I had grown familiar with during a stint at
the US Marine Corps libraries in Hawai'i a few years ago.
The only feature which it lacks is a serials module.
..Value such as this is rare, I think, and it continually
impresses me how feature rich the package is at that price.
Circulations stats, reserves, holds, stock take, acquisition
costs by year, reports on depreciation, you name it it does
it. During the course of this year I've probably emailed the
developer a half-dozen inquiries and quickly gotten answers
I earned my MLISc in 2004, at the University of Hawai'i, where one of my most enjoyable classes was library
automation. Our professor set an ambitions agenda that had
us surveying the entire landscape of automation systems and
comparing them feature for feature. We even wrote model RFPs
to prepare for our future careers. I came out of that class
sure that there were but a few dominant players and
expecting fewer as the years went by.
What I did not expect was to run across a system of such
modest cost that would so ably compete with the goliaths.
But let me assure you all, Athenaeum Pro does just that.