St. Louis — August 25, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that Chesapeake (VA) Public Library has selected the Sirsi suite of products and services for public libraries. "The value of any library system is measured by books and buildings, as well as by the quality of services offered to the public. Because we are always looking to take advantage of new technologies for serving our patrons in new, creative ways, the Chesapeake Public Library has made the move to Sirsi," said Peggy Stillman, Chesapeake Public Library's director.
Chesapeake's suite of Sirsi products includes the Unicorn® Library Management System with Sirsi WorkFlows® staff interface, iBistro e-Library solution, and DataStream enriched content. "We are focused on providing quality services to the citizens of Chesapeake, and Sirsi allows us to provide an evolving system to meet our library's and our patron's ever-changing needs," said Stillman. "The library strives to select, preserve, and make accessible a balanced collection and programs, which stimulate an interest in literature, reading, and life-long learning."
"Chesapeake Public Library serves as an educational and cultural center for all the people of Chesapeake," said Charles Farley, Sirsi's director of sales. "Sirsi is delighted to support this mission by providing the most advanced technology available to help library users locate the information and knowledge they need."
About Chesapeake Public Library System
The Chesapeake Public Library System consists of the Central Library, five area libraries, and a bookmobile. The Central Library contains the most comprehensive collection and serves as the reference resource center. The area libraries and the bookmobile assist in serving the 207,000 citizens of the 353 square mile city of Chesapeake. The area libraries contain current and popular books and books on tape and CD, as well as a basic reference collection, newspapers, magazines, videos, DVDs, CDs, public Internet access, and computerized information services.
The bookmobile serves citizens with limited transportation and day care centers. The Chesapeake Public Library has 195,481 registered patrons, circulates over 1.6 million items per year, and has over 100,000 patron visits per month. The library was recognized as one of America's Best Public Libraries in the January 1999 edition of American Libraries, ranked 16th in the nation in the over 100,000 population category.
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. Sirsi's portfolio of products and services includes the iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions, the Unicorn Library Management System, the Hyperion Digital Media Archive, Sirsi Rooms Context Management Solutions, and a full slate of services.