HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Sept. 22, 1997) - Sirsi Corporation reports that it is continuing its recent sales success with public libraries of all sizes and types. The company has more than tripled its sales within the public market since 1996, with customers as diverse as the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md.; the Clay County Public Library System in Orange Park, Fla.; and Winterset Public Library in Winterset, Iowa.
Most recently, several public libraries have chosen SIRSI's UnicornOASIS to replace older systems. Public libraries that have recently converted or will soon convert to UnicornOASIS include the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in Huntsville, Ala., which previously used DRA; Oak Ridge Public Library in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which previously used a staff-constructed system; and the Yuma County Library System in Yuma, Ariz., which also used a staff-constructed system.
Donna Schremser, director of Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, found that SIRSI offered the wide range of services it wanted to provide to library patrons. "The UnicornOASIS system will allow us to have our most advanced system ever with which we can reach out to the local community and to the world. With just a computer and a modem, people will be able to check on the due dates of books and get a world of information about everything that can be found here," she reported.
Barbara Feinberg, director of the Yuma County Library District, said ease of use made SIRSI the top choice: "After reviewing all the automation system proposals, the management team chose SIRSI's system because it appeared to be the most adaptable. Our staff and administration expect excellent results from SIRSI." Yuma County Library District and Arizona Western College will share a database of approximately 260,000 titles and provide online catalog access to a combined collection of approximately 450,000 titles.
Constance Battle, Oak Ridge Public Library director, commented, "With the UnicornOASIS system, our library will now have capabilities that we dreamed of years ago. We selected a system that has the most user-friendly online catalog for both our patrons and staff, in addition to the 'extras' that we hope will last well into the 21st century."
According to Lamar Jackson, SIRSI's director of sales, "We are proud that SIRSI is the choice of public libraries across the United States. UnicornOASIS not only enables libraries to offer a wide range of patron services, but because it is so easy to use, it also frees librarians to spend more time serving patrons."
All three libraries will be installing WebCat, the library's pioneering World Wide Web Public Access Catalog and Z39.50 compliant interface. WebCat won the 1995 CLIPS (Computers in Libraries Conference) Award, which is given annually to the most innovative product or service within the library information field. WebCat was also chosen as the overall best in an evaluation of the top Web-based catalog interfaces by The University of Toronto Information Studies faculty.
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.