Potters Bar, England (June 1999) - The Learning Resources Centre at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education has become the first library in the United Kingdom to select the Hyperion Digital Media Archive in conjunction with the Unicorn TM Library Management System.
Unicorn and Hyperion will be installed under the Solaris operating system on a Sun Enterprise 250 and will provide access via the WebCat Online Public Access Catalog to both the library's catalog and a collection of 90,000 slides and teaching materials. Hyperion will give users desktop access to a unique collection of archival materials, image databases, learning materials and College documents that will support students in an online electronic environment. Library staff members will be using the WorkFlowsTM staff client for cataloging, authority control, circulation, academic reserves, acquisitions (with EDI), serials control and materials booking.
Dalton students and parents currently use an in-house card catalog to identify and locate library holdings. After the SIRSI system is installed, they will be able to search the catalog from classrooms, workstations in each library and from homeBildersee commented, "The library staff likes the WebCat OPAC interface, particularly its accessibility to the younger children in the First Program."
The faculty of Learning and Information Services at the College had provided a learner-focused integrated service since 1993. The Learning Centres currently operate on three sites providing library, media and information technology services for more than 10,000 users with approximately 400,000 transactions a year, and a database of more than 350,000 items including books, journals, electronic resources, audio-visual materials, archives and special collections.
Ann Mathie, head of the Learning Resources Centre, explained, "Unicorn was chosen because we need a system that will enable us to develop a learning infrastructure for our users that provides direct access to information resources. Cheltenham & Gloucester is a multi-site college with a growing number of online course. Unicorn is a flexible system that provides us with the current functionality we require and supports the operational and strategic changes planned here at the College. Hyperion in particular will help us to achieve aspects of our faculty's strategic plan, which includes the provision of systems and services that operate across organizational boundaries and the development of an electronic learning environment providing information resources, student tracking, assessment and opportunites for online dialogue. SIRSI has a good reputation for customer support, innovation and training. Consequently, we are confident that we will be able to work closely with the company to develop the systems to meet our specific needs."
SIRSI, the leader in library technology, is a privately held company founded in 1979, with headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. SIRSI uses the most advanced technology available to provide easy-to-use information systems for libraries, businesses and archives. With offices in major U.S. cities and subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, Latin America, the Peoples Republic of China and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client-server library information systems in the world.