London-January 5, 2004-Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology "firsts" to the library community, announced today that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) has selected Sirsi's Unicorn® Library Management System, replacing their existing Dynix system. The Sirsi suite of products includes Unicorn and the WorkFlows® staff client with modules for cataloging, authority control, circulation, acquisitions, EDI (electronic data interchange), serials control, interlibrary loans, outreach services, reference librarian, and a knowledge portal to external services over the Internet. The public has access to library resources through the Sirsi iBistro e-Library with enriched content streamed through Sirsi DataStream, which provides reviews, tables of contents, abstracts, and book jacket images. Additionally, Sirsi SmartPORT captures data from Z39.50 sources worldwide for cataloging personnel.
The RBKC iBistro e-Library can be seen at http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/librarycatalogue. Currently, iBistro is available in English and Spanish, with an Arabic interface to be delivered soon. The Libraries and Arts Service encompasses six libraries; a service to people who are housebound; a local studies and archives service; and a schools library service. The aim is to provide a socially inclusive service, which is also efficient and helps people access library services from the office and the comfort of their own home. In 2002 and 2003, more than 1 million books and other items were issued and over 1 million people visited the libraries, in a Borough that covers only four square miles.
RBKC serves an estimated resident population of 152,922 living in a compact area of great cultural, economic, and ethnic diversity. Students at universities and colleges, visitors from Commonwealth countries, and those from the European Union traveling and working temporarily in the many hotels and restaurants also contribute to the diversity of the population. Over 41% of residents were born outside the UK and the north of the Borough where many immigrants from the Caribbean first settled in the 1950s now also has Moroccan, Portuguese and Spanish communities. There is also a significant Arabic-speaking population in Earl's Court.
In 2004, Sirsi Corporation (www.sirsi.com) celebrates 25 years as the strategic technology partner to more than 10,000 libraries around the world. A strong, growing company, we are dedicated to providing the library community with forward-thinking information technology solutions, including Sirsi Unicorn® Library Management System, the first client/server-based and UNIX-based integrated library system; Sirsi iBistro and iLink, the first e-Library solutions with streaming enriched content; Sirsi Rooms, the first suite of context management solutions; and Sirsi Director's Station, the first information analysis tool for library executives. Sirsi's maintains operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Australia, China, and Singapore.