London — August 11, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that the Monaghan County Council Library headquartered in Clones, Ireland, has selected the Unicorn® Library Management System, iBistro e-Library Solution, and Sirsi DataStream enriched content as technology to serve its community into the future. Unicorn will be the libraries' first automated system "While Monaghan County is the last library in Ireland to automate, we have selected the state-of-the-art technology to bring us far into the future and expand our services to our end-users," said Deirdriu McQuaid, Monaghan County Council assistant librarian.
"The iBistro interface will provide 24/7 access to our resources as well as to the enriched content of the Sirsi DataStream, which provides book jacket covers, reviews, and best author lists for our end users," said McQuaid. "With this new technology, the library will become an even greater access point for community resources and area tourist information. The library is a key community resource, providing cultural, educational, and recreational facilities."
Monaghan County Council Library's Internet Access facility is very popular within the community. The facility provides Internet access free of charge for all library members. Last year, library users made more than 10,000 reservations for Internet use. "We expect to see requests for Internet access rise with iBistro," said McQuaid. "We are also delighted that iBistro will be available 24/7 for our users whether they are at home, work, school, or at the library." Each of the five branch libraries has access points for a total of 14 for the system. While access is free to all patrons, it is limited due to excessive demand; as a result, users may spend only 45 minutes per day on the library's computers. "iBistro will allow patrons to access our services from outside the library, opening up access and freeing our limited resources," said McQuaid.
Monaghan County Council Library serves 65 primary schools, 10 Second Level colleges, and one Third Level college with five branch libraries in Monaghan, Carrickmacross, Castleblayney, and Ballybay counties.
About Monaghan County Council Library
Established in 1925, the Monaghan County Council Library serves a rural population of 51,313, and enjoys a vibrant cultural community with 5,800 patrons, 115,000 items, and an annual circulation of more than 118,000. The library has developed a local studies collection, and rare archival resources about Monaghan County.
Monaghan County Library's Internet Access Facility provides 14 computers for Internet use in all five branch libraries; six in Monaghan Branch Library, three in Carrickmacross library, two in Castleblayney library, two in Clones library and one in Ballybay library. Outreach services include the Children's Book Festival and the National Reading Initiative, with the library distributing 3,750 books to health centers throughout the county. The books were presented in five-book packs to all children attending the health centers for their nine-month check up. The library's collection includes 80,000 titles, 115,000 items, and an annual circulation more than 118,000.
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 RoomsTM Context Management Solutions, and a full slate of services.
Sirsi Limited, operating as a distributor in the United Kingdom, is devoted exclusively to developing and marketing state-of-the-art library automation products.