La Vergne, TN — April 9, 2003 — Ingram Library customers can now order and receive materials for their patrons much faster and easier with electronic ordering and invoicing through Sirsi's Unicorn® Library Management System.
"Our mission is to provide busy library personnel with convenient, accurate, and efficient methods to place and receive orders," said Larry Price, Executive Vice President for Ingram Library Services Inc. "We are very excited about the Sirsi Solution."
Sirsi Unicorn users will access the latest Unicorn release (2002.0.16) to place electronic orders directly to Ingram via FTP using X12, a current book-industry standard.
"This new interface will allow Sirsi customers to enjoy both time-savings and best-of-breed technology," said Sirsi Vice President of Product Management, Berit Nelson. "We are delighted to continue to deliver ease-of-use via support for standards that our customers demand."
The electronic invoicing option serves to dramatically reduce invoice-processing time and increase the timeliness and accuracy of fund accounting. Matching and verification of order to invoice records is automatic. Librarians need only review, modify if needed, and then approve for automatic posting.
"Using X12 means we do not have to manually create Ingram invoices in the Sirsi system which involves line-by-line data entry," says Scott Thomas, head of information technologies for Scranton Public Library and beta tester for this enhancement. "This saves us literally hours every week in staff time."
About Ingram Library Services
Ingram Library Services (www.ingramlibrary.com) is part of Ingram Book Group (www.ingrambookgroup.com), a leading wholesaler of trade books, spoken audio, video and magazines. In addition to Ingram Library Services, Ingram Book Group's operating units include Ingram Book Company, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Tennessee Book Company, Ingram Fulfillment Services Inc., and Ingram Customer Systems Inc.
Sirsi (www.sirsi.com), the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, 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, Sirsi Rooms, and a full slate of services.