Toronto — June 23, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that INFOhio, a cooperative school library and information network that serves nearly 1 million Ohio K-12 students, has selected Sirsi's suite of software and services to support more than 2,000 school libraries in the state. "Sirsi's K-12 solutions are ideal for schoolchildren and will help INFOhio fulfill its role as Ohio's virtual library for K-12 schools," said Theresa M. Fredericka, INFOhio's executive director. "INFOhio is dedicated to bringing our school libraries into the 21st century and helping our schools meet the challenge of blending traditional educational resources with the power of technology and the tools of the information age. We strive to make resources available to help all students become information literate and to support all teachers as they implement Ohio's academic content standards. Sirsi will help us achieve those goals." Sirsi made this announcement at the ALA/CLA annual conference in Toronto on Saturday, June 21, 2003.
The Sirsi suite for INFOhio will include the UnicornEcole Library Management System, the Web2 interface for student and teacher access to INFOhio's union and local catalogs, and a range of related services.
"The Sirsi suite of products and services will enable INFOhio to better serve elementary, middle, and high school students - not to mention parents and teachers ― throughout Ohio," said Patrick C. Sommers, Sirsi's chief executive officer. "Sirsi is proud to be a partner with INFOhio, a truly remarkable organization, in its efforts to serve and inform today's students and tomorrow's leaders in the state of Ohio."
INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, uses library management software to automate school libraries and other state-funded collections. From its beginnings in 1994 with two automated buildings, INFOhio has grown to 1,977 buildings, more that half of Ohio's schools, serving more than 927,000 students and teachers. In addition, INFOhio maintains a statewide database of more than one million cataloging records, used to provide uniform, high-quality bibliographic records to any automated school in Ohio.
Using funding from Ohio's state government, INFOhio also provides a core collection of electronic resources to Ohio's students and teachers accessible anytime, anywhere through the Internet. INFOhio is working with the State Library of Ohio and Ohio's academic network (OhioLINK) and public library network (OPLIN) to obtain further resources to add to this core collection, resources available to all Ohio citizens. For more information about INFOhio, visit www.infohio.org.
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.