(July 2000) Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College has chosen the Unicorn Library Management System to replace its existing Datatrek and Tinlib library systems. The Unicorn system will be installed on an Oracle database under the Solaris operating system on a Sun E450 server. Access will be provided to library staff via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows with Z39.50) to Cataloguing, Circulation, Academic Reserves, Serials Control, Materials Booking, Inter-Library Loans, EDIFACT, Authority Control and Acquisitions, together with a knowledge portal to external services over the Internet. SmartPORT will be used to capture data via Z30.30. Access to the OPAC will be via WebCat.
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College is a multi-campus institution with three Learning Resources Centres supporting learning, teaching and research in the Faculties of Applied Social Science and Humanities, Design, Health Studies, Leisure & Tourism, Technology and the Buckinghamshire Business School.
Dorette Biggs, Head of Library and Media Resources, commented: "The implementation of the SIRSI system will give us the opportunity to greatly improve our service provision. The Web OPAC will provide access to the library catalogues of all three campuses for BCUC staff and students and members of the wider academic community, both from within the institution and externally. After a rigorous selection process, it was decided that SIRSI's Unicorn Library Management System would be the best system to take us into the 21st century."
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 People's 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.