Huntsville, AL, (Dec. 3, 2001) The Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL), a rapidly growing library system located in one of Maryland’s most historic counties, has selected SIRSI Corporation’s Unicorn Library Management System and iBistro Electronic Library to provide users with easy online access to library holdings and services. According to Beth Pelle, FCPL associate director, "User friendliness and empowerment of patrons were key factors in our choice of a library management system. The conversion to the SIRSI system addresses many of the needs and requests of Frederick County library patrons and heralds new beginnings for FCPL in several arenas."
FCPL’s central library, five branches, and two bookmobiles serve a population of approximately 200,000, circulating more than 1 million items annually. Following the installation of the new SIRSI system in December 2001, FCPL will open its fully renovated central library in April 2002. The facility will include a fully equipped business resource center and technology center, public meeting rooms, quiet study rooms, and greatly increased space for FCPL’s special collection that documents Maryland’s history and the genealogy of its citizens. Additional plans for FCPL growth include renovation and expansion of two branches and construction of two new branches.
"Clearly, the Frederick County Public Libraries are gearing up for a new level of excellence in a new century of library service," Pelle commented. "Patron satisfaction is paramount at FCPL, and SIRSI’s iBistro lights up our monitors. Besides providing an upbeat Web presence and ease of use, iBistro puts our users in the driver’s seat. For example, password-protected access to their own accounts enables patrons to check on due dates and fines, submit questions, place or remove requests, and renew items without physically visiting the library. They can also utilize the ’My Favorites’ account option to receive updates on titles by their favorite authors and on favorite subjects as these materials are added to our collection."
SIRSI (www.sirsi.com) recognizes that today’s librarians are on a mission to break down walls-barriers that limit the knowledge and resources accessible to library users. A partner with leading libraries around the globe since 1979, SIRSI provides software and services that assist libraries in breaking down walls, thereby promoting learning, empowerment, and opportunity for diverse user communities.