HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 2, 2001) Georgia's Office of Public Library Services (OPLS), which in 1999 chose Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System for the initial 98 libraries in its PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) Consortium, is adding 110 additional PINES member libraries to the SIRSI system. According to David Singleton, PINES project manager, installation will be complete by September 2001. The PINES Phase II automation project is a joint partnership among the State of Georgia; SIRSI, which supplies the software and associated services; KPMG Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm that provides e-business integration services, project management and technical support; and Sun Microsystems, which supplies the server that houses the libraries' joint database.
PINES was established in 1999 by OPLS, now a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. “The idea behind PINES was to create a system that would enable library users to use a single library card to check out or place holds on materials from any member library statewide; the centralized administration and technical support is designed to allow member libraries more time to focus on serving library customers. Following in the footsteps of model cooperative projects such as GALILEO, PINES is a good example of Georgia's continuing leadership in resource sharing that benefits every citizen in the state,” Singleton commented.
The SIRSI system meets PINES' requirement for an automation system that accommodates the needs of member libraries, while providing seamless access to the PINES union catalog, Singleton noted. “Unicorn enables us to provide the necessary flexibility at the local level, while maintaining a common interface and many common policies for the entire system. For example, our users must be able to search the union catalog by individual branch, library system, or the entire consortium. Unicorn 2000 has that capability, and, because it is also Web-based, our users can search from anywhere,” he said.
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