London — April 21, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that the new Constitutional Court of South Africa, located in Johannesburg, has chosen the Unicorn® Library Management System to replace its Inmagic system. The Court is implementing a state-of-the-art virtual library that will extend its rapidly growing resources to the legal community, both locally and internationally. "Sirsi's iBistro and Hyperion were selected to assist us in building a Web gateway connecting the public, legal practitioners, law libraries, and researchers to electronic legal research tools, databases, and the Constitutional Court's catalog," said Constitutional Court deputy director of library services, Sheryl Luthuli.
Unicorn will be installed on a Sun Solaris server and will provide access via WorkFlows, Sirsi's graphical user interface to cataloging, authority control, circulation, acquisitions, serials control, and interlibrary loan functionality. Sirsi's SmartPORT will be used to capture bibliographic data from Z39.50 sources worldwide. Access to the online public access catalog will be available through Sirsi's iBistro e-Library solution.
In phase two of the project, the Constitutional Court will implement Sirsi's Hyperion Digital Media Archive to provide online access to all judgments made by the Court.
About the South African Constitutional Court
The Constitutional Court of South Africa was established in 1994 through the nation's first democratic constitution - the interim Constitution of 1993. Per the 1996 Constitution, the Court that was established in 1994 continues to hold office. The Court consists of 11 judges - nine independent men and two women whose duty is to uphold the law and the Constitution, which they must apply impartially and without fear, favor, or prejudice.
The judgments of the Court are based on the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. They guarantee the basic rights and freedoms of all persons. They are binding on all organs of government, including Parliament, the Presidency, the police force, the army, the public service, and all courts. This means that the Court has the power to declare an Act of Parliament null and void if it conflicts with the Constitution and to control executive action in the same way. When interpreting the Constitution, the Court is required to consider international human rights law and may consider the law of other democratic countries.
The Constitutional Court is the highest court in the land for all constitutional matters.
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, Sirsi Rooms, and a full slate of services. Sirsi Limited 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.