HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — April 12, 2004 — Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology "firsts" to the library community, announced today that the Matanuska-Susitna Library Network (MSLN) has selected Sirsi technology to improve access and resources for the region's citizens. "Matanuska-Susitna is the fastest growing part of Alaska and also presents geographical challenges," said Linda Brenner, MSLN recreation and library services manager. "It was imperative for MSLN to select a system that could span great distances reliably and expand as the population grows. Sirsi has clearly met both of these requirements and has been the automated library system of choice for several Alaska libraries." MSLN is the fourth largest library system in the state and has the fastest growing population. It is located within the heart of south-central Alaska, encompassing more than 24,000 square miles. "We invited the most well-known library automation vendors to demonstrate their products and selected Sirsi based on the functionality, efficiency, and ease-of-use for both staff and patrons," said Brenner. "We had several vendors demonstrate their systems and decided unanimously in favor of Sirsi."
MSLN's suite of Sirsi products and services includes the Unicorn® Library Management System, iBistro e-Library solution with DataStream enriched content, WorkFlows® staff interface, and SmartPort cataloging client. "iBistro will provide a means to reach out to all patrons, even in the most distant of areas," said Brenner. "With our significant home school population, this will provide a means of utilizing library services and gathering information that otherwise would not be accessible to them, in addition, iBistro presents a more dynamic presentation of the library's offerings," said Brenner.
"Sirsi will provide us with the progressive technology that will allow us to meet the needs of our growing community. We look forward to providing services that will enhance our patron usage by means of utilizing a user-friendly interface." Continued Brenner, "Some of the key features that will bring an exceptional benefit to our patrons will be the ability to search on one or several libraries simultaneously and the ease in the access to reading lists, library events, notes on the author, and the children's library section. Plus, Workflows will significantly increase the efficiency in daily operations of circulation, cataloging and reporting."
About Matanuska-Susitna Library Network
The libraries within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Network (MSLN) support the educational, civic, and cultural activities of the community, as well as the intellectual, creative and inspirational endeavors of the individual. MSLN combines technology and quality services that enrich the lives of those within the community. MSLN consists of seven public libraries and 28 school libraries with public holdings in excess of 180,000 items and school holdings in excess of 394,000 items.
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.