Toronto — June 23, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that Red Deer Public Library in Alberta, Canada, has selected the Unicorn® Library Management System, iBistro e-Library with DataStream enriched content, and Sirsi Rooms™ Context Management Solutions to expand the services that the Red Deer Public Library provides. "The phrase that best defines our library is 'Open for Discovery'," said Dean Frey, library director. "We moved live on Unicorn in March 2003, and we were immediately amazed by the public's enthusiastic response to iBistro with enriched content. iBistro's intuitive functionality has really delighted our end-users and our partners," said Frey. "The next logical step in our efforts to expand the library's reach is to implement Sirsi Rooms. We have already seen a dramatic increase in use of our library, and we feel that Sirsi technology ― especially Sirsi Rooms ― is essential to continuing our legacy as Canada's 'Cultural Capital.'" Sirsi made this announcement at the ALA/CLA annual conference in Toronto on Saturday, June 21, 2003.
The City of Red Deer recently was named one of five "Cultural Capitals" in Canada; the award will be presented in July 2003. This honor, bestowed by the Department of Canadian Heritage, identifies municipalities that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts and culture.
Partnering with such organizations as Smart Communities, RedNeT, the Heitor Villa Lobos Web site, Red Deer College Library Information Common, Arts a la Carte, Industry Canada-Community Access Program, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Red Deer Public Library has developed a legacy of cooperation and achievement in promoting culture, art, and knowledge and information access. The library anticipates taking advantage of these partnerships - particularly the expertise that these partners can offer ― to create several Rooms that are focused on subjects, audiences, and purposes. "One of the first virtual Rooms that we create in Sirsi Rooms will most likely celebrate our role as Culture Capital and highlight the area's cultural cooperation," said Frey.
It is the 'library experience', whether at the library or at home, that pushes Red Deer Public Library to excellence. "It is all about the end-user experience, about libraries opening the door to knowledge, culture, and information, either literally or virtually," said Frey. "With Sirsi Rooms, we have found an unlimited opportunity to create content that people seek in contexts they immediately grasp. We are looking forward to completing our first series of Rooms in June 2003, as we continue to serve our community in new and innovative ways."
Sirsi Rooms, U.S. patent pending, allows librarians to create and present focused, dynamic collections of the best information available on any subject, from any source. "It is amusing that librarians are in the only profession named after the building in which they perform their duties," said Frey. "Now, we can create a virtual library of Rooms for our end-users to explore and enjoy - as each Room can lead into yet another Room of information and wonder."
Other Unicorn customers in Alberta that Red Deer joins include Northern Lakes College, Alberta College of Art Design, Edmonton Public Library, Keyano College Library, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Portage College Library, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, University of Alberta, the NEOS Consortium, and University of Calgary. "We were deeply impressed by the Sirsi personnel and even more greatly impressed by the numerous libraries that have moved or are moving to Sirsi in Alberta," said Frey. "With several other libraries choosing Unicorn, we knew we were in great company."
About Red Deer
The Red Deer Public Library has an annual circulation of more than 670,000, features 226,000 items, hosts 595,000 visitors each year, receives 100,000 annual Web visits to iBistro with more than 500,000 page views, and serves a population of 70,000. The library is regularly in the top five nationally for end-user visits per capita. Visit the Red Deer Public Library at www.rdpl.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.