HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—April 7, 2005—Sirsi Corporation announced today that Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan, has selected the Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System. In their search for an integrated library system with more functionality and a sophisticated graphical user interface, LTU concluded that Sirsi Unicorn offered the right blend of features and functionality. Sirsi's support of Linux was also an important deciding factor complementing LTU's movement to the Linux platform on campus. "Sirsi's exciting vision of the future, including e-reserves, virtual reference, and other third-party integration, also convinced staff that Unicorn was the best choice for a system that can grow along with LTU," said Gary Cocozzoli, director of the library.
Along with Sirsi Unicorn, LTU's suite of Sirsi products and services includes the WorkFlows staff interface, SmartPort Z39.50 cataloging utility, Academic Reserves, and Acquisitions, along with the Authority, Circulation, and Serials Controls. Cocozzoli said that the library staff is looking forward to the improved productivity that the new Java-based WorkFlows clients will bring to Unicorn's client/server applications.
He also noted that “LTU was one of the nation's first totally wireless campuses. Every undergraduate student and faculty member is issued a deluxe wireless laptop computer, so access to electronic resources both on campus and off is an essential component of the library's service. With the flexibility of Unicorn and the Web2 user interface, LTU will easily be able to custom design a specialized online catalog that fits our students' needs, integrating print and electronic books and periodicals.”
Since Sirsi is one of the first ILS vendors to have a functional NCIP application, this will simplify LTU's participation in a regional patron-initiated inter-library loan system, dubbed “MiLE” (Michigan Library Exchange). This third-party software can use NCIP to seamlessly fulfill requests among libraries in the region.
About Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Founded in 1932, the 5,000-student, private university pioneered the offering of equal day and evening classes more than 70 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend programs. The library has more than 133,000 volumes, including 20,000 ebooks, and also provides access to an additional 12,000 electronic and print journal titles at its Web site, http://library.ltu.edu.
About Sirsi Corporation
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.