HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (June 30, 2000) The Capitol Region Library Council (CRLC), one of four Cooperating Library Service Units (CLSUs) in Connecticut, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to replace the current system used by the 34 libraries in its CONNECT program. According to Dency Sargent, CRLC executive director, SIRSI was chosen because of the financial stability of the company, the user-friendly, fully-integrated software and technological innovations.
Founded in 1969, CRLC is a consortium serving 29 towns in the Greater Hartford area and includes more than 100 academic, public, special, and school libraries. In 1980, CRLC initiated the CONNECT program, which enables 34 academic, public and school libraries in the Greater Hartford area to share a single automated system. Collectively, CONNECT libraries have approximately 3.5 million holdings, 800,000 bibliographic records, 350,000 active patron records and 6.7 million annual circulations.
CONNECT library users will use SIRSI's WebCat Online Public Access Catalogto conduct searches in English or Spanish, connect to Z39.50 databases, access their records and place holds, either from within the library or using a Web browser at remote locations. CONNECT library staff members will also use SIRSI's WorkFlows to speed tasks in a variety of areas, including circulation, cataloging, materials booking, acquisitions and fund accounting, serials control and academic reserves.
Sargent commented, "Our library staffs are looking forward to using a graphical client for library staff functions. The SIRSI Implementation Team has been knowledgeable and responsive, and we look forward to bringing up the system in December."
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.