Sirsi Corporation, developer of the Unicorn Library Management System, has established an annual $10,000 grant to be administered by the American Library Association (ALA) as part of the ALA Awards Program.
The goal of SIRSI's Leader in Library Technology Grant is to encourage and enable continued advancements in high quality library services. The funds will provide monetary assistance to a library for projects that make creative or groundbreaking use of technology to deliver services to the library's community.
"At SIRSI, we have observed that libraries' visions of service often exceed their financial resources. With this grant, we hope to enable more libraries to fulfill their visions with innovative, local technology programs that broaden their users' access to knowledge," says Jacky Young, president and chief operating officer, Sirsi Corporation.
Public, academic, special and school libraries are eligible to receive the grant. Criteria include the potential for impact on the community served by the library; evidence that the project can serve as a model for other libraries and that the scope and duration is sufficient to effect change beyond the life of the grant; and objectively measurable results.
The winning library will also receive a citation and plaque. An online application will be available at www.ala.org in September. The application deadline is December 1, 1999. For more information, call Cheryl Malden at 800-545-2433, ext. 3247 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIRSI is a privately held company founded in 1979, with worldwide headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. and operations in Australia, Canada, China, Latin America, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.