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COMPanion Finalizes Big6 Agreement, Releases NetLink

Magazine article Information Today

COMPanion Finalizes Big6 Agreement, Releases NetLink

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COMPanion Corp. has announced that it has reached an agreement with the founders of the Big6 information literacy skills model to integrate it into its Alexandria library automation system. COMPanion has also announced the release of NetLink, a new product that gives users access to cataloged educational Web sites that can be imported into Alexandria.


The agreement gives COMPanion exclusive rights to use the Big6 model in its Alexandria system. The Big6/Alexandria integration will give students the option to select a help icon that gives immediate assistance on research steps while using the Alexandria OPAC. The Big6 help option will include linked instructional multimedia video clips of Big6 co-founder Mike Eisenberg to give students a better understanding of the research process.

"It's important our users and the industry understand COMPanion's market strength, stability, and growth over the last 4 years. The library technology industry has recently experienced serious insecurity. Our partnership with Mike Eisenberg and the Big6 is just one of many alliances and product enhancements we plan to make in order to continue Alexandria's reputation for offering strong automation products," said Patrick Hansen, vice president of COMPanion Corp.

Developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is an approach to teaching information and technology skills. Used in thousands of K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and corporate and adult training programs, the Big6 problem-solving model integrates information search and use skills along with technology tools in a systematic process to find, use, apply, and evaluate information to specific needs and tasks.

COMPanion Corp. will incorporate the Alexandria/Big6 interactive research mode into the next major release of Alexandria this spring.


The NetLink service is a collection of approximately 4,100 MARC records assigned to educational Web sites that helps librarians, teachers, and students sort through the excess amount of information available over the Internet. …

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