Huntsville, Alabama (May 26, 1995). Unicorn is a fully-integrated system providing automation solutions for all library tasks. The Public Library Division of SIRSI is pleased to announce that three U.S. public libraries have found that this complete integration best serves their needs.
"Unicorn is a truly integrated system," said Virginia Holtcamp, Library Director, Oktibbeha County Library System. "It is uniquely accessible from one point to another, and that, combined with excellent indexing and keyword searching, makes Unicorn an easy system to use."
Located in Mississippi, the Oktibbeha County Library System serves 9,000 patrons with the Starkville Public Library and its branches in Maben and Sturgis. The libraries have a circulation of over 110,000 items per year. Unicorn will be installed on an IBM RISC System/6000 Model 250 host computer at the Starkville Public Library this summer.
According to Danita Barber-Owusu, Library Director at the City of Hurst Public Library, Unicorn best served the library as a whole. "Staff members from each department formed a search committee and evaluated systems on the basis of their department's needs. Unicorn is a wonderful, overall integrated system that could meet the needs of everyone."
The City of Hurst Public Library serves 42,000 patrons in Hurst, Texas. A community-oriented library, it includes a large business section and conducts popular children's programs. The library plans to expand its facility to include a technological media center and historical gallery. Unicorn will be installed on an IBM RISC System/6000 Model C10 host computer this summer.
Scoville Memorial Library, the first municipally-supported public library in the United States, will celebrate the centennial of its facility by installing Unicorn on an IBM RISC System/6000 Model 220 host computer.
"Unicorn is user-friendly because it is fully integrated," explained Martha Darcy, Library Director. "You never have to back out of a function to get to the next, and no function is more than two keystrokes away. It will also be easy to add modules, allowing us to deal with the future by growing with the system."
Starting with 75 books in 1803, the Scoville Memorial Library now serves the 4,000 people in Salisbury, Connecticut with a collection of over 25,000 books. The installation of the Unicorn system will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the library building, which was opened in July 1895.
Unicorn uses client/server technology to simplify and improve the process of managing and accessing library holdings. Its UNIX base gives libraries flexibility in choosing different platforms, and its modular design allows libraries to choose and configure the modules according to their specific needs.
Founded in 1979 by information and computer professionals, SIRSI, based in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the world's leading suppliers of information automation. SIRSI automates all aspects of information management, from information consortia to the single desktop user. SIRSI systems are installed worldwide in academic, public, law, medical, government, and corporate environments.