HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — February 7, 2005 — Sirsi Corporation announced today that the City of Orange Public Library (COPL), California, has selected Sirsi to provide a seamless integration of technology to enhance the end-user experience. "Following a careful and extensive evaluation of several solutions, staff overwhelmingly favored Sirsi's Unicorn Library Management System because of its graphical, easy-to-use interface and the rich content that we would deliver to our patrons," said Angela Scherer, COPL's information system coordinator. "We feel that Sirsi products, the Sirsi SingleSearch federated search technology in particular, will help us to realize a long-standing goal of providing a single point of access to our entire collection of print and electronic resources." COPL's library users had shared their "wish list" of services through a needs assessment of COPL's systems. "A solution was needed to provide 24x7 access to our holdings - both print and online - in a format that would more closely resemble what today's more Internet-savvy library users are used to seeing," said Scherer.
COPL's suite of Sirsi products and services includes Unicorn Library Management System, WorkFlows staff interface, Hyperion Digital Media Archive, iBistro e-Library with Sirsi DataStream content, and Sirsi's API tools. "We're especially excited about Hyperion," said Scherer. "Hyperion will be used to increase access to the library's local history collection, primarily the historic photograph collection that presently includes over 9,000 records. This will benefit researchers and students from elementary to graduate levels with projects dealing with city history, architecture, historic home research and much more. By making our local history materials more readily available, we hope to stimulate the donation and sharing of new materials that will be added to our growing local history collection."
"One of our greatest challenges in this hi-tech, instant gratification world is to continue to evolve to meet the needs of our users so that they will view the library as their premiere source of information. This means we must stay abreast with the latest technologies and anticipate the changing needs of our increasingly tech-savvy users," said Scherer. "Organizing high-quality information and delivering it 24/7 beyond the walls of the library has become a necessity - and the demand for services such as online interactive reference, federated searching of multiple library resources, and e-books will only increase."
About City of Orange Public Library
COPL's mission is to preserve local history and provide equal access to information, ideas, and knowledge through books, programs, and technology. The library emphasizes two of the special collections: foreign language (Spanish and Vietnamese) and Local History. The Local History Collection includes photographs, newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts, maps and ephemera. The library circulates more than 716,000 materials each year and holds more than 302,000 items.
Founded in 1979, Sirsi Corporation develops, sells, and supports a comprehensive integrated suite of software solutions for meeting the information management and sharing needs of libraries and library users around the world. From the open, evolutionary integrated library system technology in the Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System... to leading-edge data analysis and intelligence tools in Sirsi Director's Station... to leading-edge solutions such as Sirsi Rooms 2.0 for library users seeking unparalleled access to the world of knowledge... Sirsi and its partners provide the broadest array of information management products and services for the library community. Sirsi solutions serve more than 10,000 libraries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. For more information about Sirsi, please see www.sirsi.com.