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Beaver College to install Unicorn

Press Release: SIRSI Corporation [August 23, 1996]

Huntsville, AL (August 23, 1996) - Sirsi Corporation announced today the license of UNICORN to Beaver College, located in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

SIRSI's Unicorn Collection Management System, using client/server technology, simplifies and improves the process of managing and accessing library holdings. Its UNIX base allows the flexibility of choosing different platforms, all of which operate with the same software. Its modular design enables users to build on the system's core Z39.50-compliant catalog, choosing and configuring additional modules according to local library needs. The College purchased Information Gateway, Acquisitions, Serials Control, Academic Reserves, and Materials Booking as well as the OPAC, Cataloging and Circulation.

Beaver College will install UNICORN on a DEC Alpha host computer. The library has selected SIRSI's InfoVIEW graphical client with Z39.50 for Windows. In addition to offering a consistent graphical interface to all staff and patron modules licensed by the library, InfoVIEW provides URL hyperlinks from within the UNICORN catalog to multi-media resources.

Beaver College is a coeducational, comprehensive college offering graduate and undergraduate study to more than 2,600 students annually. The Beaver College Center for Education Abroad, one of the largest campus-based international study programs in the United States, serves an additional 1,300 students each year from nearly 300 American colleges and universities.

The Eugenia Fuller Atwood Library has over 128,000 volumes, 87,000 titles, and 760 periodical subscriptions, with non-print pieces numbering over 173,000. The library employs three full-time librarians, seven full-time staff, and several part-time staff.

Installation of the UNICORN system at Beaver College is made possible by a grant from HUD connecting the libraries of eight colleges in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Company Background

SIRSI, founded in 1980, is a privately held company with headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. SIRSI develops, markets, and supports information software systems for libraries, businesses, and archives. Its products include WebCat ™ and VIZION™, Web information managers; Media Archives; and InfoBASE for data warehousing. With offices in major US cities and subsidiaries in Canada, the U.K., and Australia, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading UNIX-based client/server library automation systems in the world. For more information, please contact SIRSI via phone at (205) 922-9820, fax at (205) 922-9818, or the World Wide Web at

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Publication Year:1996
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:August 23, 1996
Publisher:SIRSI Corporation
Place of Publication:Huntsville, AL
Company: SIRSI Corporation
Products: Unicorn
Libraries: Beaver College
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Record Number:6393
Last Update:2023-09-15 20:27:13
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00