St. Louis — September 2, 2003 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that the Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC), headquartered in St. Charles, Illinois, has selected Sirsi's suite of products and services to improve end-user experience and provide back-end functionality for library personnel. Comprised of eight public libraries in the Chicago area, LINC serves more than 180,000 library users. "The primary mission of LINC is to implement state-of-the-art technology to meet the needs of member libraries in their mission to provide their end-users with comprehensive access to information," said Carol Dawe, LINC's consortium manager. "Sirsi will help us reflect the combined holdings and availability at all member libraries, as well as provide access to the Internet, online databases, and other library online public access catalogs."
LINC's suite of Sirsi products includes the Unicorn Library Management System, iBistro e-Library solution, and DataStream enriched content, as well as a range of related services. "Sirsi products will enable LINC to reach its goal of promoting cooperation and resource sharing through advanced technology and an understanding of complex consortia issues," said Dawe. "Using the Web2 backend, iBistro has proven to be a useful tool for our end-users, and they are happy with the DataStream enriched content, which provides book jackets, summaries, tables of content, book reviews, and more."
"We are delighted that LINC has chosen to invest in Sirsi to improve service to its users," said Charles Farley, Sirsi's director of sales. "We take very seriously our role in helping LINC promote resource-sharing and improve the library experience for all the users of its member libraries."
"The library members are the voice of LINC," added Dawe. "Sirsi technologies are one part of the vehicle used to make the goals and objectives of the members become a reality."
About the Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC)
At present, LINC serves eight member libraries: Batavia, Bloomingdale, Franklin Park, Glen Ellyn, Itasca, St. Charles, Villa Park, and West Chicago with a combined population served of 180,000. At present, there are over 460,000 bibliographic records in our database with over one million attached holdings. In 2002, circulation for current members was approximately 2.6 million. LINC also provides Internet access for staff and patrons at over 300 workstations. Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC) was established in April 1992 in order to provide a reliable online public access catalog and circulation system to patrons at the member public libraries.
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.