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Detroit Public Library selects Sirsi

Press Release: SIRSI Corporation [May 02, 2004]

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—June 2, 2004— Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology “firsts” to the library community, announced today that the Detroit Public Library has selected Sirsi to improve the efficiency of its operations and to expand users' access to information and resources. “We are very pleased to be moving to Sirsi,” said J. Randolph Call, Detroit Public Library's director of technical services. “Sirsi will help Detroit Public library update, improve, and enhance library services, community access, and staff productivity.” The library's new Sirsi system will replace Dynix Horizon.

Detroit Public Library's suite of Sirsi products and services include the Unicorn® Library Management System, iBistro e-Library, WorkFlows® staff interface, Hyperion Digital Media Archive, Sirsi SingleSearch™ federated searching solution, Sirsi SVA telephone notification system, Sirsi API (application program interface), SmartPort, ® and Sirsi 9XX Loader for acquisitions. “Sirsi's main benefits to Detroit Public Library are efficiency and access,” said Call. “Particularly exciting to us will be the great capabilities we will have for providing the public with access to our numerous outstanding special and rare collections.”

“Detroit Public Library is intent upon preserving its special collections, while also providing access to them. They have enormous scholarly worth,” said Conrad Welsing, Detroit Public Library's media and exhibits specialist. “Our special collections include the Burton Historical Collection highlighting the history of Detroit; the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of Negro Music, Dance and Drama, established in 1943; and the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC), which is regarded as the nation's premier public automotive archive. The NAHC documents the history and development of the automobile and other forms of motorized, wheeled, land transportation in the United States and abroad.”

“Detroit Public Library serves as an educational and cultural center for all the people of Detroit," said Patrick Sommers, Sirsi's chief executive officer. "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.” Continued Sommers, “Sirsi is privileged to work with some of the most forward-thinking public libraries in the world, and we are certainly pleased to count Detroit as a member of the diverse family of libraries we serve.”

About Detroit Public Library

The Detroit Public Library is among the largest public libraries in the nation, and is the largest library system in the State of Michigan. The Main Library, its 24 neighborhood branches, and two bookmobiles, make it one of the most valuable and accessible public institutions in Metropolitan Detroit. Anyone with a valid Michigan driver's license or a State ID card can receive a library card. The library holds 1.7 million titles, more than 3.4 million volumes, serves 500,000 patrons, and circulates 1.2 million items annually.

To find out about special services, online database services as well as career and employment information, visit the Detroit Public Library web site at or any local branch library.

About Sirsi

In 2004, Sirsi Corporation ( celebrates 25 years as the strategic technology partner to more than 10,000 libraries around the world. A strong, growing company, we are dedicated to providing the library community with forward-thinking information technology solutions, including Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System, the first client/server-based and UNIX-based integrated library system; Sirsi iBistro and iLink, the first e-Library solutions with streaming enriched content; Sirsi Rooms, the first suite of context management solutions; and Sirsi Director's Station, the first information analysis tool for library executives. Sirsi maintains operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and China.

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Publication Year:2004
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:May 02, 2004
Publisher:SIRSI Corporation
Place of Publication:Huntsville, AL
Company: SIRSI Corporation
Products: Unicorn
Libraries: Detroit Public Library
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Record Number:10934
Last Update:2022-08-12 05:44:23
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00