San Diego — January 10, 2004 — Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology "firsts" to the library community, announced today at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association that Fretwell-Downing Inc. is the newest vendor to complete the Sirsi SIP2 Certification Program. Fretwell-Downing has certified that VDX and ZPORTAL 2.6 will integrate with the Sirsi Unicorn® Library Management System and DRA Classic. VDX (Virtual Document eXchange) offers library patrons a friendly Web interface for to fully integrate the entire interlibrary loan (ILL) process of search, locate, request, and deliver. Staff manages VDX requests through Sirsi Unicorn. ZPORTAL expands the concepts of the traditional virtual union catalog, providing holdings display, authentication, collection grouping, searching query options, and saved records and searches.
The Sirsi SIP2 Certification Program, an original certification program for the standard interchange protocol, version 2 (SIP2), enables third-party vendors to ensure that their SIP2-compliant products integrate seamlessly with Sirsi systems. Once a third-party product is Sirsi SIP2-Certified, Sirsi users will know that they can take advantage of best-of-breed, SIP2-compliant products in their Sirsi environment. In addition to vendors that are taking part in Sirsi's SIP2 Certification Program, Sirsi also has a range of Sirsi Technology Partners who also provide SIP2-compliant products that integrate with Sirsi systems. For a list of Sirsi Technology Partners, visit http://www.sirsi.com/Aboutsirsi/techpartners2.html.
Fretwell-Downing Inc. (FD) is an affiliate of the Fretwell-Downing group of companies, located in Sheffield, England. FD upholds three traditions of innovation, partnership and high standards of service. For ten years, the companies have been global suppliers of information management systems, specializing in library automation and networked information services. Our primary activities are guided by the vision of promoting open standards enabling us to play a leading role in the evolution of digital libraries. These activities include the development and supply of solutions for resource sharing and document delivery, web gateways for cross-domain search & retrieval using Z39.50, and enterprise wide information portals.
For too long information has been kept in individual boxes — each tied to a designated interface. Our freedom by design philosophy aims to change this. Using FD software solutions, you can open up your information environment. You can mix Internet, Intranet, digital and printed resources to connect users with the most appropriate content and knowledge. The FDSuite lets you manage your chosen resources and present them together in one place.
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 maintains operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Australia, China, and Singapore.