DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 1, 1999) - The Dodge City Public Library and the Dodge City Community College Learning Resource Center have selected Sirsi Corporation's UnicornTM Library Management System to provide library users with easy access to the resources of both libraries. The libraries will introduce their new system to users during National Library Week, April 11-17.
The libraries currently have a reciprocal borrowing agreement and work closely together. In addition to a combined collection of 130,000 books, periodicals and videotapes, the Dodge City Public Library offers an extensive Spanish language collection, while the Dodge City Community College Learning Resource Center houses a collection of more than 30,000 volumes and 200 newspaper and magazine titles and serves as a Federal Depository Library.
According to Rosanne Goble, director of the Dodge City Public Library, "We wanted to create a catalog where the patrons of either library would have easy access to the collections in both libraries. We also wanted the ability for other libraries to collaborate with us later if they choose." The two libraries will share a union catalog on a single server, enabling library users to limit their searches to the holdings of a particular library or simultaneously search the holdings of both. Through WebCat's Information Gateway, users will also be able to search other Z39.50 databases, such as the Kansas Library Catalog, which includes all the holdings in the state.
Cathy Reeves, director of the Dodge City Community College Learning Resource Center, commented, "The SIRSI system has the features we want and they are available now. It is a highly sophisticated information system for an affordable price. All the references we looked into also indicated it is a very reliable product and stable company. The more we work with SIRSI, the more we are convinced we made the right decision."
SIRSI is a privately held company 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 American, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client/server library information systems in the world.