St. Louis — August 4, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of library technology around the world*, announced today that the Quad-LINC consortium managed by the River Bend Library System (RBLS), headquartered in Coal Valley, Illinois, has selected the Sirsi suite of products and services to improve access to resources and promote life-long learning in its multi-type, bi-state consortium. "We are moving from Geac to Sirsi," said Mary Anne Stewart, RBLS manager of automation services. "With more than 200,000 patron records, more than 2.4 million items, and an annual circulation of more than 2.7 million, we needed a system that could meet our current needs for providing access to information for our end-users and grow with emerging technologies as they become available."
Quad-LINC's suite of Sirsi products includes the Unicorn® Library System, iBistro e-Library solution, DataStream enriched content, Sirsi SingleSearch, Sirsi Resolver, Hyperion Digital Media Archive, Sirsi Voice Automation, and related technology services. "RBLS seeks to promote life-long learning and provide access to relevant materials and resources online for our facilities in Illinois and Iowa," said Stewart. "Sirsi's iBistro with DataStream enriched content will provide our users with book cover art, tables of content, summaries, reviews, bestsellers' lists, and more. Plus, Sirsi's interlibrary loan module will assist us in managing our numerous requests quickly and efficiently."
"Quad-LINC is a well-organized consortium with strong leadership and direction," said Sirsi's director of sales, Charles Farley. "We are proud to provide the technology to serve this complex organization that delivers information and resources to nearly a quarter-million library users with remarkably diverse needs and interests."
About River Bend Library System
The River Bend Library System is a multi-type agency, serving 67 libraries (144 facilities) in western Illinois and eastern Iowa since 1966. The Quad-LINC consortium managed by RBLS includes 45 online facilities and 48 union listing facilities. The online institutions are comprised of five community colleges, two liberal arts colleges, 14 public libraries, one county library system, one Fortune 500 company, one high school, two K-12 schools, one state correctional facility, one medical library, one federal library and the RBLS headquarters. Two additional institutions will be joining the consortium within the year.
RBLS, one of twelve regional library systems in Illinois, receives general operating funds through a grant from the Illinois State Library, part of the offices of Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White.
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.