NORMAN, Okla. (June 26, 1999) - The University of Oklahoma Libraries has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System System to provide an automated library management system for the libraries at its three campuses. According to Wilbur Stolt, director, Public Services and Library Systems, the SIRSI system will bring all the libraries of the University of Oklahoma under the same library management system for the first time. "The University also offers courses throughout the world," Stolt explained. "With the SIRSI system, students, faculty and staff will be able to access information about the library and link to databases through the Internet at the touch of a key, no matter where they are in the world."
Two separate servers will be dedicated to the Unicorn system, Stolt reported. The first, located on the Norman, Okla. campus, will support the seven University Libraries and the Law Center Library. The second, located at the Health Sciences Center Library on the Oklahoma City campus, will serve the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences libraries in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. "We believe Unicorn will provide the University of Oklahoma Libraries with effective solutions to current and expected needs in library automation. The system's ease of use, the presentation of the different functions, the successful record of the company and the continuing development of the product to meet expanding needs of libraries and their users were important factors in our decision," Stolt commented.
The University of Oklahoma Libraries holds more than 2.5 million volumes and 16,000 periodicals and is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Special collections include the History of Sciences Collection, which preserves rare historical works written by preeminent scientists; the Western History Collection, which holds manuscripts, archives, photographs, sound recordings and other historical materials documenting the development of the American West; and the Bass Business History Collection, which includes books, publications, loose-leaf services, and archives on the history of business and business practices. "The rich resources of these collections offer many opportunities for digitization. The University Libraries purchased SIRSI's Hyperion Digital Media Archive to support future digitization of selected materials," Stolt said.
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 Peoples 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.