Huntsville, Alabama — 12/23/2002 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) has selected the Unicorn Library Management System and the Hyperion Digital Media Archive.
"The MIPT is clearly playing an important role in homeland security and terrorist prevention issues," stated Andrew Morrice, Sirsi vice president of sales & marketing and international operations. "Sirsi is pleased that our systems can be a part of such a monumental effort to the benefit of people here and abroad."
MIPT, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, seeks to become the premier source of publicly available information on terrorism, antiterrorism, and counterterrorism. "Though there are some fine libraries out there, we have not been able to find a single, comprehensive source for terrorism information available to the public," said Dr. Brad Robison, library director at MIPT. "Creating that comprehensive source is a core goal of MIPT. We are creating an intertwined, world-class library and website, offering database services, articles, reports, studies, manuals, journals, periodicals, books, videos, recordings, photographs, posters, treatises, original manuscripts, court transcripts, legal documents, and other significant publications."
As for choosing Sirsi Corporation, Brad Robison formerly served as the library director for Oklahoma Christian University. Mr. Robison implemented the Sirsi system there and was pleased with its functionality and ease-of-use for students. "I became interested in implementing the Sirsi system at MIPT based on my previous experience with the company," said Robison. "A search of other library systems was conducted, and search results proved that Sirsi was the best system for MIPT's needs."
While MIPT wants to become the premier source of unclassified information on terrorism, it has no intention of trying to duplicate or supplant fine specialty collections like those of the Anti-Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. On the contrary, MIPT seeks intellectual and Internet links with like-minded organizations. For more information about MIPT, visit http://www.mipt.org.
MIPT grew out of the desire of the survivors and victims' families of the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995, to create a living memorial. "Survivors, family members and first responders experienced difficulty locating information on terrorism," said Robison. "They asked to have a library built which would aid those trying to prevent terrorism, as well as other communities confronted with disaster."
The MIPT is noted in the House Appropriation Committee Report #107-575: "The Office of Homeland Security is urged to coordinate and work with the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in order to leverage ongoing lessons learned for First Responders. The Committee believes that such efforts provide the best return on investment because they identify and share information on best practices for combating terrorism . . ."
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.