St. Louis — October 28, 2002 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that it will soon provide instant access to EBSCO Publishing's NoveList, the premier fiction resource through its line of unique e-Library solutions.
NoveList assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles by using a favorite author, title, or content description as a template. Users can browse over 100,000 titles through a variety of means including theme-oriented book lists, awards lists, and fiction-related Web sites. Containing materials for all ages, NoveList provides enhanced subject access including reviews, annotations, and summaries.
Under the terms of the agreement, current NoveList subscribers will enjoy access through a single interface for searching the library's catalog, the NoveList database, and the Web. Sirsi is currently creating this ability to access NoveList through its iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions. This expanded electronic resource will be available to more than 10,000 individual libraries served by Sirsi throughout the world, as well as to new Sirsi customers.
"We are pleased to meet a need that has been expressed to us by our customers. This partnership allows us to help libraries meet the demands of today's online information seekers, who are looking for quality content through a single source," said Sirsi's Laura Dawson, director of content development.
"NoveList is well-trusted and respected industry leader known for outstanding resources that help readers find the books they are looking for."
Duncan Smith, NoveList product manager, views this partnership as a win-win for the customers that NoveList and Sirsi share. "We are very excited about enabling our customers to access NoveList via Sirsi's products. This partnership will result in more readers discovering and using NoveList content to find new authors and titles and to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the books they enjoy."
Sirsi (www.sirsi.com) recognizes that today's librarians are on a mission to break down walls - barriers that limit the knowledge and resources accessible to library users. A partner with leading libraries around the globe since 1979, Sirsi provides software and services that assist libraries in breaking down walls, thereby promoting learning, empowerment, and opportunity for diverse user communities. Sirsi's portfolio of products and services includes the iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions, the Unicorn Library Management System, the Hyperion Digital Media Archive, and a full slate of services.
*Library Systems Newsletter, March 2002, named Sirsi the leader in new-name sales of integrated library systems for 2001. Sirsi held the same distinction in 1999 and 2000.
EBSCO Publishing's NoveList was first introduced into public libraries in 1994. The product has expanded from a resource that focused on adult fiction to include fiction titles for readers of all ages. NoveList not only provides enhanced subject access to over 100,000 fiction titles, the product also includes author read-alike lists, book discussion guides and staff development resources in the area of readers' advisory services. One Library Journal reviewer enthusiastically proclaimed NoveList as "a reader's paradise and a reference librarian's dream." In recent years, the product has been selected by Library Journal and the New York Public Library as a Best Electronic Reference Resource. EBSCO Publishing, EBSCO Subscription Services and EBSCO Book Services form the EBSCO Information Services group. EBSCO provides integrated information resources and management solutions worldwide through print and electronic journal subscription services, reference database development and production, online multi-database access and e-commerce book procurement. EBSCO upholds relationships with 60,000 publishers and maintains a database of more than 282,000 serial titles. For more information, visit www.ebsco.com.