Editor's Note: While researching her soon-to-be-published November/December 2006 MultiMedia & Internet@Schools article "Library Automation in K-12, a 2006 Update—Part 2," Barbara Fiehn spoke with Sagebrush Corporation executives shortly after Follett acquired Sagebrush's library automation products. (See Follett Acquires Sagebrush Corporation's Library Automation Business.) Here's her brief report on what's happening to the rest of Sagebrush Corporation.
Sagebrush Books, Sagebrush Library Services, and Sagebrush Viewpoint have not disappeared from the market place. They form the core of a new company named Savia LLC.
Savia is focusing on the expansion of the Sagebrush Book and Library services. Their full-service book business includes a user-friendly Web site [re-launched on September 21; visit http://www.sagebrushbooks.com now and see!], dynamic state standard alignments, a long history of cataloging and processing for school libraries, and a staff of experienced MLS-degreed library professionals available to assist libraries with collection development. Savia plans to make Sagebrush Books better than ever, they report. The book company facilities in Caledonia, Minnesota, will remain in operation with the same staff as before the sale of Sagebrush Automation.
Savia is also focusing on the growing field of school data management with its information management product Viewpoint. This Web-based tool is designed to help educators manage and interpret student achievement data at the classroom, building, and district level within a secure environment. At the student level, Viewpoint offers management for IEP and 504 and Health AIP as well as Academic Improvement Plans for students needing targeted instruction to meet AYP. The Reports function provides aggregate and disaggregated data by student, class, school, and district.
The Savia leadership has enthusiastically embraced the new company focus and committed to providing outstanding service to book, library, and school customers.