Athenaeum Pro



(Ath-en-ay-um) n.
  • a library or reading room [L, from Gk Athenaion]
  • cool library software for schools since 1996
that is how we pronounce it, not the classical way!

Athenaeum Pro is a fully featured library management package designed for schools, community libraries, churches and other organisations wishing to manage their resources.

Offering great catalogue management; rapid catalogue entry; flexible configuration; easy stock take and analysis; strong circulation controls with optional overrides; in-depth analysis of borrowing history, it remains an affordable, easy-to-use package to effectively manage your resources - both physical and digital.

This latest version of our long-established program is based on FileMaker Pro 14 - 16. (Note, FileMaker 12 and 13 are deprecated and are no longer compatible.)

For 25 years library systems by SumWare Consulting have been successfully used by organisations around the world!
You can download the manuals and a trial versions of Athenaeum Pro from our Athenaeum downloads page.
 

Catalogue


Easily track tens of thousands of items with flexible and very fast searching; link to or embed digital documents; show related web sites; book cover retrieval options customisable for your own provider (contact us if you have special needs); include resources that are not automatically displayed (if you choose) to library patrons.
Separate views for administrators and guests

Circulation


Flexible issue management. Issue privileges are managed by default by standard borrower types, each item may have its own privilege and administrators can just override the lot. When issuing, choose your borrowers by bar code (which you can generate from within Athenaeum) or search on the fly for borrowers by name

Borrowers


The patrons of your library - manage thousands quickly by assigning borrower types in bulk. Set individual or group "latest due" dates. Instantly view each personal issue history. Optionally allow your borrowers to write reviews or even enable self issuing.
Options to manage user access through external authentication via Active Directory/Open Directory with FileMaker Server.
 

QuickMARC™


Very fast cataloging from ISBN/ISSN automatically retrieving bibliographic data and cover information from SCIS (subscription required) or bibliographic information from Library of Congress or Open Library.
A quick YouTube video showing SCIS import

Strict or Loose Authorities


Add subject matter in a highly organised, rigid format. Or, if the character of your library is more relaxed you can choose a free form subject organisation if you like (supplemented by your authority lists, of course)
 

MARC


Of course, we import standard USMARC data which you can configure to behave the way you need it to.

Analyse


Heaps of options here - valuations by location, depreciation reports, usage reports, archive reports, most active borrowers, most used Search terms, or just export your information to a spreadsheet and go from there, too!

FlexiSpell™


Introduced in 1993 in a predecessor to Athenaeum, FlexiSpell can make searching the catalogue easier with automatic simile and misspelling accommodation.
Watch this short Youtube video for a preview
 

Integration


Easily import borrowers from a variety of standard formats from other systems. We can automate various integration with other system - e.g. Kamar shares borrowers, photos and accepts fees from Athenaeum as including Athenaeum circulation data in the Kamar "Parent Portal". A well defined XML API means other systems can extract catalogue, borrower, circulation and issue history data directly from Athenaeum.

Internet


Of course, there are a variety of options for searching your catalogue over your network and the internet. Athenaeum Pro has been doing this since 1997. (Conditions apply: may require extra software; network must support external internet access; etc..)

Correspond


E-mail correspondence–overdues, recalls, borrower letters, class circulations lists. PDF your reports and attach to e-mail.
E-mail directly from Athenaeum via SMTP or by using a stand-alone mail client (e.g. Outlook, Entourage, Apple Mail).
 
  •  default menu

    default menu

  •  brief statistics on left quickly show today's activity

    brief statistics on left quickly show today's activity

  •  retrieve messages from the Athenaeum web site

    retrieve messages from the Athenaeum web site

  •  quick statistics show circulation patterns, summary statistics, top titles and top borrowers

    quick statistics show circulation patterns, summary statistics, top titles and top borrowers

  •  direct link to online documentation

    direct link to online documentation

  •  navigation to lesser used areas of Athenaeum

    navigation to lesser used areas of Athenaeum

  •  handy access to most used reports

    handy access to most used reports

  •  support links, too

    support links, too

  •  a default main menu configuration

    a default main menu configuration

  •  default to quick view simplifies main menu

    default to quick view simplifies main menu

  •  customise visible buttons

    customise visible buttons

  •  simplified menu example

    simplified menu example

  •  Simple search option

    Simple search option

  •  easily select different backgrounds or make your own

    easily select different backgrounds or make your own

  •  set search configuration settings

    set search configuration settings

  •  display topical items, top issues, hot topics or various combinations

    display topical items, top issues, hot topics or various combinations

  •  or show an interactive web page right under the search bar

    or show an interactive web page right under the search bar

  •  Use the web templates with simple, detail searches and more

    Use the web templates with simple, detail searches and more

  •  or load up more functionality, if you choose

    or load up more functionality, if you choose

  •  if you allow borrower log in, they can see their issues, overdues, reserves and wish list

    if you allow borrower log in, they can see their issues, overdues, reserves and wish list

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