LONDON (April 2000) Knowledge & Information Management Europe, a division of the Economics Department of ING Group, has implemented Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management Systemto replace its existing Horizon library system.
The Unicorn system has been installed under the UNIX operating system on a Sun E250 and provides access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlowswith Z39.50) to OPAC services, Cataloging, Authority control and Acquisitions, together with an Information Gateway to external services over the Internet.
With more than 35,000 titles, the Library of Knowledge & Information Management Europe is a central reference point for business units of ING Group. It provides answers to questions regarding the European Union, banking and insurance and economic and monetary matters, and offers access to information about topics essential to a major financial institution, such as banking and insurance markets, E(M)U and the Euro, economic developments, taxation, social security and demographic trends.
Gerda van Ballegooijen, Systems Librarian at ING, explained: "Unicorn was chosen because it is a complete and integrated library system that can easily be combined with the Digital Library and Intranet applications currently being developed within ING Group."
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 Middle East, 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.