Huntsville, Alabama — June 2, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that the Rochester Public Library in Minnesota has selected Sirsi's suite of software and content to expand the library's services and improve library user's experience. "Rochester is home to the world-renown Mayo Clinic, not to mention a community that has been ranked numerous times as the No. 1 best place to live in the United States. So, there is a great expectation for excellence within our community. That's why we issued a request for proposals when we were considering new investments in technology - to ensure that we chose the best library technology available for serving the Rochester community," said Audrey Betcher, library director.
Rochester's Sirsi suite of products and services includes the Unicorn Library Management System, Web2 e-Library with Sirsi DataStream enriched content, and Sirsi SingleSearch broadcast search solution.
"We knew Sirsi because of a long-standing relationship. And we had learned about Dynix through our involvement with SELCO. Sirsi is the vendor that meets our needs and has the technical capability and vision to take us into the future," said Betcher.
Rochester Public Library is the largest library in Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO), a consortium that serves 11 counties in the southeastern part of Minnesota. Rochester has an annual circulation of more than 1.2 million, 64,000 patrons, and more than 335,000 items. "Our goal is to be innovators in serving our community, and we need the technology that enables us to accomplish that strategic goal," said Betcher.
Rochester Public Library will continue to share catalog and patron data with the SELCO consortium. "We are fully committed to cooperation in our region," said Betcher, "and Sirsi technology will give us new opportunities to serve and cooperate. With our e-Library solution, anyone can access our catalog 24/7 and enjoy the benefits of the Sirsi DataStream, which will provide cover art, reviews, tables of content, summaries, author biographies, bestseller lists, and much more."
Rochester Public Library is also excited about Sirsi SingleSearch, technology that enables users to conduct federated or broadcast searches. According to Betcher, "Sirsi SingleSearch is the future. Library users do not care where information is, only that they get it." Sirsi SingleSearch allows users to search multiple resources simultaneously, with powerful tools that sort, deduplicate, and filter search results - streamlining the process and ensuring the user has greater success in finding valuable resources.
"Sirsi enables us to better serve our library users, whether at the library, at home, at school, at work, or at the Bookmobile." Target populations are reached by the Rochester Bookmobile service, furthering the mission of the library: to provide the community with access to information, literature, and ideas. "Only Unicorn gives us the ability to run the software live on the Bookmobile, allowing us to better serve these communities."
"Rochester is a forward-thinking community, and it is fortunate to have a forward-thinking public library," said Patrick C. Sommers, Sirsi's chief executive officer. "Sirsi is excited about working with the Rochester Public Library because we share the library's vision for the future - a future in which the library's role is more important than ever because users' needs are greater than ever."
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 Context Management Solutions, and a full slate of services.