FRANKLIN, Ind. (Sept. 10, 1999) The Johnson County Public Library, headquartered in Franklin, Ind., has selected Sirsi Corporation's UnicornTM Library Management System to provide users with a flexible, easily accessible Web-based information system. According to Beverly Martin, Director, "The selection committee evaluated several different automated systems before making a choice. They particularly liked SIRSI's WebCat OPAC and were impressed with the WorkFlows staff client. However, one of the major deciding factors was the corporate culture within SIRSI. They are very customer service-oriented and approach service to the public as we do, so we felt they would understand our needs as a public library."
Located in one of the fastest-growing communities in Indiana, JCPL consists of four libraries and two library stations that serve approximately 85,000 people. The library has a strong commitment to providing state-of-the-art information services. Library staff members work collaboratively to develop and promote innovative programs that serve adults, teens and children. These include topical forums addressing issues specific to the county's residents, the formation of a teen advisory council to formulate programs and children's events that use popular books as a means of exploring history, geography and world cultures. Other JCPL services include outreach efforts to nursing homes and senior centers and a library-supported Adult Learning Center that offers free reading and writing assessment, free GED skill assessment, one-on-one tutoring, resources for self-study and parenting programs. JCPL's World Wide Web site also offers a wide range of resources contributed by staff members, including links to college scholarship information, U.S. tax information and writer's references.
With the SIRSI system, JCPL will be switching from a text-based online catalog, Martin reported. "Many users are familiar with the type of World Wide Web interface that WebCat provides, so our online catalog will be easier for them to use. In addition, our users will be able to seamlessly access the Web-based catalogs of other libraries and do their own renewals and holds through WebCat. Our goal is to make access to our library as easy as possible for all our users, and the SIRSI system is a marvelous tool to help us do that."
SIRSI, the leader in library technology, is a privately held company founded in 1979, with headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. SIRSI uses the most advanced technology available to provide easy-to-use information systems for libraries, businesses and archives. With offices in major U.S. cities and subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, Latin America, the Middle East, the Peoples Republic of China and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client/server library information systems in the world.