LA PRAIRIE, Québec — October 13, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of library technology around the world*, announced today that the Centre regional de services aux bibliothèques publiques (CRSBP) de la Montérégie or Regional Center for Services to Public Libraries of Montérégie, has selected the Sirsi suite of products and services for public library consortia to improve services to library users and to increase staff productivity. "Sirsi delivers the most functionally mature and technologically advanced library system available today," said CRSBP's general manager Jacqueline Labelle. "Selecting Sirsi technology represents a long-term investment in our community's future. We can incorporate new technologies into the Sirsi system as they occur, thanks to the breadth and depth of the products offered."
CRSBP's suite of Sirsi products includes the Unicorn® Library Management System, iBistro e-Library Solution, Sirsi RoomsTM Context Management Solutions, WorkFlows® staff interface, and a host of related technology services. "CRSBP Montérégie is poised to shape the future by utilizing the new Sirsi system to its fullest potential," said Labelle. Sirsi Rooms is a revolutionary new way to create and present focused, dynamic electronic collections of the best information available - on any subject, from virtually any source. "We are especially excited about Sirsi Rooms," said Labelle. "By placing content in context in our virtual collections, user searches for resources and information will be easy, reliable, and relevant."
CRSBP Montérégie, comprised of 78 public libraries, is a member of the Regroupement des Centres régionaux de services aux bibliothèques publiques du Québec (RCRSBPQ) or Association of Regional Public Library Services of Québec, which serves the 11 regional public library consortia (CRSBPs) in Québec. "We are part of an impressive network through our affiliation with RCRSBPQ, allowing information resource sharing with nearly 800 public libraries throughout the province," said Labelle. "Additionally, our staff will enjoy increased productivity through WorkFlows, especially the acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and exchange modules. This means our users will get what they need, when they need it and how they need it — more efficiently than ever before."
"Sirsi will provide our library system with a powerful technology infrastructure. Our users will benefit from the end-result of months of hard-work and dedication to the integrity of their library," said Labelle "This automated system allows us to provide an evolving system to meet our users' ever-changing needs." Currently, the new system is live at the L'Île-Perrot Public Library. All CRSBP Montérégie affiliated or associated libraries will complete the migration from DRA MultiLIS to Sirsi Unicorn by the end of 2005.
"The CRSBP Montérégie is continuing its role as a leader and a voice for the needs of regional public library consortia in Québec," said Sirsi Canada's general manager, Madeleine Balcer. "By providing the most advanced technology available to help library users locate the information and knowledge they need, Sirsi is proud to support CRSBP's in promoting resource-sharing and improving the library experience for all the users of its member libraries."
About CRSBP Montérégie
CRSBP Montérégie's mission is to develop and maintain a regional library network in the Montérégie region of Québec. For 25 years, CRSBP has been the leader in providing quality resources, technology, and services to more than 330,000 community members.
CRSBP Montérégie is the first Québec public library service, as well as one of the first public library services in Canada, to earn certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) as ISO 9001 (2000). The ISO 9000 family of standards represents an international consensus on good management practices with the aim of ensuring that an organization can continually deliver quality service. To be certified to the standard, organizations must implement a quality management system (QMS) embracing all activities.
Services provided by the CRSBP Montérégie include: public library set up, technical and professional support, interlibrary loans and book deposits, collection exchanges, consultation and implementation programs, training, cultural activities planning, public library design and organization, online reference, computer application development, web sites consultation and development, and other library-services related activities.
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 RoomsTM Context Management Solutions, and a full slate of services.