LONDON—June 14, 2004— Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology “firsts” to the library community, announced today that the London Borough of Sutton has chosen the team of 3M Library Systems and Sirsi to provide both technology and systems for what it believes will be the United Kingdom's first totally self-service public library. Sutton Central Library will close this June for total refurbishment and will reopen as a self-service facility in January 2005.
“The new facility will be designed around the way people use a library, rather than organized around the stock,” commented Trevor Knight, executive head of library, heritage and registration services at the London Borough of Sutton. “We believe we have an extremely forward-thinking and exciting concept. We demanded the best RFID self-service and security, with innovative library management systems and I am confident that 3M and Sirsi will be a winning combination.” The borough's new Phoenix Sports & Leisure Centre will open this September featuring a pilot of the project. In addition, Sutton is the first Sirsi customer in the UK to select Sirsi Director's Station. The functionality in Sirsi Director's Station enables directors to activate automated alerts, chart data and trends, conduct natural queries, and build dynamic reports by simply dragging-and-dropping data elements.
Sutton is leading the world's library community in technological advancement, being the first to introduce the new 3M™ One-Tag RFID System that was unveiled for the first time at the 2004 PLA Conference in Seattle and Sirsi Director's Station, unveiled at the 2004 ALA Conference in San Diego. 3M's newest RFID system uses a single RFID tag for both item identification and security, ensuring maximum circulation throughput. In addition, the system delivers enhanced productivity and customer service by offering a simplified checkout and check-in process; multiple item processing; enhanced workplace efficiency; and ergonomics. Sirsi Director's Station will provide a unique, customized view of the institution's activities and operations in a colorful and easy-to-read format. Library executives can now analyze trends, pinpoint problem areas, and identify opportunities with just a mouse-click on the Web browser.
Sutton's suite of Sirsi products and services also includes the Unicorn® Library Management System, WorkFlows® staff interface to cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, EDI, outreach services, Reference Librarian, and the iBistro e-Library Solution with DataStream. iBistro with DataStream provides enriched catalog records with tables of contents, abstracts, and book jacket images.
3M's goal is to provide practical and ingenious solutions that help customers succeed. 3M is an $18 billion dollar multinational that creates, manufactures and markets over 50,000 products across 200 countries worldwide. The company has a diverse product range, offering practical solutions to the business, consumer, telecoms, transportation, office, healthcare, and industrial markets. 3M was founded in Minnesota, US, in 1902 and established a UK subsidiary in 1951. Today, in the UK and Ireland, the company employs approximately 3,500 employees in 14 locations, with an annual turnover of over £600 million. In 2003, 3M invested over $1 billion in Research & Development and related expenses. Approximately 10% of the workforce is employed in R&D. 3M was ranked 17th in the world's ‘Most Respected Companies', 2003 (Financial Times Jan 2004). www.3m.com/uk/library.
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, and China.