SEATTLE — February 24, 2004 — Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology “firsts” to the library community, introduced today the Sirsi Digital Heritage Room, powered by Sirsi Hyperion Digital Media Archive and Sirsi Rooms technologies, to provide libraries with an easy and cost-effective way to preserve images, documents and more, while making these materials more accessible to present and future generations of library users. These benefits are possible with minimal effort by the library, because the Digital Heritage Room is a Sirsi Web-hosted solution, which is ideal for libraries that may not have the resources for scanning collections, data loading, or administering a server with digital content. The Digital Heritage Room comes standard with a single CollectionPak, which covers the digitization and presentation of a set number of images or documents from the library. Sirsi will scan and bulk load the images and associated metadata that make up the CollectionPak for the library. As the library continues to develop its digital collections, additional CollectionPaks can be purchased in the future. All metadata is 100 percent searchable so patrons can easily select and view content such as documents, newspapers, journals, diaries, photographs, and other resources.
Providing users with an online Web-based solution to all parts of a library's special collections, Sirsi Digital Heritage Room provides an efficient, low-cost, easy-to-use way to eliminate wear and tear on fragile materials while providing online access to the most precious resources in the community. "Library patrons simply key in their search and receive a relevance-ranked list of results," said Ken Poore, Sirsi product manager. "Documents, photographs, artwork, maps, sound and video clips, rare books, and any local or other valuable materials are all available to the library patron. With just one click of a hyperlink, they can read, view, or listen to the associated digital resources." The product is scheduled to be available in the spring of 2004.
As an optional feature with the Digital Heritage Room, the textual material in the collection - newspapers, documents, journals - can be indexed and searched using full-text search capabilities. Supporting word, phrase, and natural language query features, this technology enables users to find relevant textual passages. For example, users can find newspaper articles with a family name, specific events or headlines, or pertinent excerpts from large bodies of documents.
The Sirsi Digital Heritage Room includes everything needed to bring special collections online, from server software (including installation and configuration), scanning of materials by a scanning service bureau, and bulk loading of images and metadata. The product can also store and retrieve multimedia formats, including WAV, MOV, QuickTime, MPEG, RealAudio, RealVideo, and AVI. Additionally, the product can connect users to streaming content.
Sirsi Digital Heritage Room can also include special gateways to Web-based resources of interest to library users, such as genealogical and historical society databases. "Researchers from all over the world can access and examine resources once available only to walk-in users at a local library," said Poore. "For the librarian, the product provides a simplified way of getting special collections from the shelves to the Internet in a very timely manner. Now, patrons can begin enjoying the community's local history - and beyond."
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.