NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 10, 1998) - Sirsi Corporation has announced that its new WorkFlows product will be delivered to libraries during Spring 1998. According to John Dickson, SIRSI's director of software development, the release will include new user interfaces for streamlining a library's day-to-day tasks.
"WorkFlows uses Windows, graphical user interface, and client/server technology to speed library operations. The new circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging "Wizards" will enable library staff to fly through a variety of tasks, such as checking out books and placing holds, with very little or no prior training. WorkFlows greatly reduces the time librarians spend on routine tasks so that they can focus on managing resources and serving users," Dickson explained.
According to Dickson, WorkFlows is being beta tested at the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock, Ark. and at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in Huntsville, Ala. SIRSI also conducted final usability tests at the libraries at Nashville State Technical Institute and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. and at the Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tenn. "We tested WorkFlows for one day in each library. After only three hours of training and hands-on exercises, staff members were using the product fluently," Dickson said.
WorkFlows was shown at SIRSI's booth No. 637 at the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans, La., January 10-12, 1998.
SIRSI, founded in 1979, is a privately held company with headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. SIRSI uses the most advanced technology available to provide easy-to-use information systems for libraries, businesses, and archives.