LONDON—June 9, 2005—Sirsi Corporation has announced that Leicester is the first UK University to use Sirsi Rooms context management software to provide a one-stop shop for its academic users' subject needs.
The University of Leicester Library has launched five pilot subject Rooms generated by Sirsi Rooms software. These Rooms focus on resources for biological sciences, law, medicine and health, social work, and a general reference Room.
Christine Fyfe, the university librarian, said, “It is very exciting to see the launch of this important advance in the development of Leicester's innovative digital library. Sirsi Rooms will provide easier access to the wide range of high-quality digital resources made available through the University Library.”
While other university libraries are beginning to introduce cross-database searching technologies, Sirsi Rooms includes new, cutting edge features to make finding information easier. Some Rooms also include catalog and database searches, which have been predefined by library staff to enable speedy access to popular resources. The aim is to tempt users away from relying only on Web search engines to find high-quality, relevant information resources every time they search.
Sirsi Rooms will showcase the university's investment in its digital library, which is rapidly increasing in size so that its users can access resources wherever they choose to study, at home or on campus. Sirsi Rooms will be formally launched at the beginning of the next academic year, when a full range of subject Rooms will be available.
The library has organized a comprehensive evaluation program for the pilots to ensure that users can shape the Rooms of the future. Staff and students across the university have been consulted in focus groups. An electronic feedback form is available so users on and off campus can provide the library with their views as they explore Rooms.
Sirsi Rooms is part of a suite of products that include the technology behind the popular Leicester E-link electronic journals service, as well as cross-database searching via Sirsi SingleSearch, which will be launched in the coming months.
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