Huntsville, Alabama — 01/14/2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that Intellectual Property (IP) Australia, the Federal Government agency responsible for granting rights in patents, trademarks and designs, has selected Sirsi's Unicorn® Library Management System for its library system. "We chose Sirsi because we felt their total solution package would best meet the needs of library staff and clients, as well as fit our internal IT environment. We also felt that the implementation plan would provide smooth changeover from our current system. Sirsi has already shown its ability to meet our timetable with training and data conversion already under way, and we expect to 'go live' for the upcoming new year as planned," said Ruth Mackay, IP Australia's general manager of customer services.
The National Office Library at IP Australia provides library and information services for nearly 842 staff members throughout Australia and boasts over 80 local collections. The IP Australia Library system provides rights-request updates, including the IP journal articles database, newspaper clippings, and a journals contents page service; Library materials in the central Library and on-site in approximately 80 sub-libraries; document delivery of non-patent literature to support patent examination, and database searching for to support trademarks examination.
"We are delighted that such a prestigious organization as IP Australia has selected Sirsi. Their choice to join libraries such as the Federal and NSW Parliamentary Libraries, the Department of Defense, the Federal and Supreme Court libraries, and AIATSIS as Unicorn users strengthens Sirsi's position as a major supplier of library systems to government departments and agencies abroad," said Andrew Morrice, vice president of sales & marketing and international operations.
About IP Australia
IP Australia is the Federal Government agency responsible for granting rights in patents, trademarks and designs. By granting these rights, and contributing to the improvement of Australian and international IP systems, IP Australia is supporting Australia's economic development. IP Australia's mandate is to ensure that Australians benefit from the effective use of intellectual property, particularly through increased innovation, investment and trade. IP Australia aims to achieve this by providing intellectual property (IP) services that have the right balance of quality, cost and customer service. It works closely with industry groups and overseas groups to encourage greater and more cost effective intellectual property protection for Australians. General information on the organization can be found on the Internet at www.ipaustralia.gov.au.
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.
Sirsi Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sirsi Corporation (Sirsi) that is devoted exclusively to developing and marketing state-of-the-art library automation products.