Huntsville, Alabama-September 22, 2003-Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of library technology around the world*, announced today that The Library Network (TLN), a consortium of 64 public libraries in suburban Detroit, Michigan, has selected the Sirsi suite of products to expand quality library services to the users of its member libraries. "As chair of TLN's Evaluation Task Force, I was able to research and see a number of library technology vendors," said Joan Rogers, assistant director of Waterford Township Public Library, one of TLN's member libraries. "Our site visits and reference calls to other Sirsi consortium clients made it clear that Sirsi was focused on library end-user needs and had a clear grasp of the unique needs of large consortia."
TLN provides residents in 57 southeast Michigan communities with a shared catalog of library materials. Using the products offered by Sirsi, TLN will be able to expand the web catalog and electronic patron services already available to library users. The suite of Sirsi products includes the Unicorn® Library Management System, iBistro e-library solution, DataStream enriched content, WorkFlows® staff interface, Sirsi Voice Automation (SVA) for telephone-based end-user services, and other technology-related services. "TLN is a service organization whose member libraries collaborate to develop quality library services for the people of our communities," said A. Michael Deller, director of TLN. "It is important to TLN to provide a sound technology base, enabling libraries to focus on serving the public. Because Sirsi's system is flexible, reliable, and evolutionary, it will grow with the ever-changing needs of our library users and the ever-growing demands of information management."
"TLN is known among library consortia as a leader in implementing technology that directly serves library users," said Charles Farley, Sirsi's director of sales. "We know that the investments TLN is making in Sirsi will assist them in expanding their services to their member libraries' staff and users."
About The Library Network
The Library Network (www.tln.lib.mi.us) is the largest public library cooperative in the state of Michigan, serving 2.8 million residents located throughout all or parts of Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, St. Clair, and Livingston counties. The state-funded cooperative provides quality services developed through the collaboration of its members.
Forty-one of The Library Network's members participate in the shared library system, which operate 57 facilities, circulates 7.5 million annually, holds 3.8 million items representing more than 790,000 titles, and serves 560,000 library users. A list of The Library Network's shared library system members include: Addison Township Public Library; Auburn Hills Public Library; Berkley Public Library; Brandon Township Public Library; Brighton District Library; Chelsea District Library; Blair Memorial Library (Clawson); Dexter District Library; Ferndale Public Library; Flat Rock Public Library; Franklin Public Library; Garden City Public Library; Hamtramck Public Library; Hazel Park Memorial Library; Highland Township Public Library; Huntington Woods Public Library; Livonia Public Library; Lyon Township Public Library; Madison Heights Public Library; Manchester District Library; Milford Township Library; Northville District Library; Novi Public Library; Oak Park Public Library; Oakland County Library; Oxford Public Library; Pontiac Public Library; Redford Township District Library; Riverview Public Library; Royal Oak Public Library; Royal Oak Township Public Library; Salem-South Lyon District Library; Springfield Township Library; Walled Lake Library; Waterford Township Public Library; Wayne Public Library; White Lake Township Library; Wixom Public Library; Bacon Memorial District Library (Wyandotte); and the thirteen branches of Wayne County Library, including Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Ecorse, Fred C. Fischer, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, and Trenton.
Sirsi (www.sirsi.com) recognizes that today's librarians are on a mission to break down walls - barriers that limit the knowledge and resources accessible to library users. A partner with leading libraries around the globe since 1979, Sirsi provides software and services that assist libraries in breaking down walls, thereby promoting learning, empowerment, and opportunity for diverse user communities. Sirsi's portfolio of products and services includes the iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions, the Unicorn Library Management System, the Hyperion Digital Media Archive, Sirsi Rooms Context Management Solutions, and a full slate of services.