NASHVILLE, Tenn. — March 2, 2005 — Sirsi Corporation and two Sirsi users' groups today concluded Sirsi SuperConference 2005, which brought together more than 1,000 Sirsi users, library executives, and technology partners from around the world. Beginning on Sunday, February 27, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville, the SuperConference featured guest speakers and breakout sessions for hands-on users of Sirsi products and executives from Sirsi libraries and consortia of all types and sizes around the world. The users' track program included more than 120 informative sessions presented by representatives of the two sponsoring users' groups and Sirsi product experts. The executive track, which ran on the first two days of the conference, brought together over 220 executives to discuss the convergence of technologies that are impacting libraries and their user communities. The two-day SuperConference Technology Partner Exhibition featured a broad spectrum of industry-leading Sirsi and third-party products and services in 37 booths.
Opening up the conference on Sunday morning, Sirsi CEO Patrick Sommers provided an overview of Sirsi and the company's efforts for the coming year. Following Sommers was the guest keynote by David Baldacci, the New York Times best-selling author who addressed the crucial implications of literacy on a local and global scale. Monday's guest keynote was delivered by Mary Lee Kennedy, currently executive director of the Harvard Business School Library and formerly director of the Knowledge Network Group at Microsoft Corporation, who spoke on the subject of "Bridging the Gap: What Information Providers Need to Know About Information Use." Sirsi Vice President of Innovation Stephen Abram gave Tuesday's keynote, sharing his ideas about the competitive landscape for libraries and what it will take for libraries to remain competitive.
The SuperConference executive track featured a range of presenters covering the topic, "Libraries and the Information Consumer," with the goal of helping library leaders to understand the convergence of information technologies that are impacting libraries and people who are either currently using or not using libraries. Presenters and their topics were Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, who spoke on converging technologies and their impact on libraries; Joshua Duhl, research director of Content Management and Rich Media at IDC, who spoke on content integration and the information world; Rich Wiggins, senior information technologist in the computer laboratory at Michigan State University, who spoke on wireless communities; and Dr. Christie Koontz, research associate and director of the GeoLib Program at Florida State University, who spoke on how libraries can better plan for the future. Sirsi's Stephen Abram helped conclude the executive track by facilitating a session on sparking ideas related to topics presented during the preceding two days.
"This was our biggest and best SuperConference yet," said Sirsi's Patrick Sommers. "Over 2004, we grew our overall attendance by nearly 15%, our executive track attendance by 50%, and our exhibition participation by more than one-third." Sommers added, "There is no substitute for the kind of face-to-face interaction with our clients that the SuperConference provides – we're already looking forward to SuperConference 2006 back here in Nashville."
Founded in 1979, Sirsi Corporation develops, sells, and supports a comprehensive integrated suite of software solutions for meeting the information management and sharing needs of libraries and library users around the world. From the open, evolutionary integrated library system technology in the Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System... to leading-edge data analysis and intelligence tools in Sirsi Director's Station... to leading-edge solutions such as Sirsi Rooms 2.0 for library users seeking unparalleled access to the world of knowledge... Sirsi and its partners provide the broadest array of information management products and services for the library community. Sirsi solutions serve more than 10,000 libraries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. For more information about Sirsi, please see www.sirsi.com.