MELBOURNE, Victoria-June 22, 2004-Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology "firsts" to the library community, announced today that the Pine Rivers Shire Library Service in Queensland, Australia is leaving Dynix to move to Sirsi. "Our new-system selection panel evaluated proposals from six vendors. In the end, we had Dynix, our vendor since 1994, and Sirsi," said Brendan Carter, Pine Rivers systems librarian. "After on-site demonstrations, staff selected Sirsi because of the enriched features of the iBistro e-Library, the simplicity of the WorkFlows ® staff client, the exciting new Sirsi Director's Station executive information analysis tool, and Sirsi's ability to work on the Council's preferred relational database management system, Oracle."
Pine Rivers' full suite of Sirsi products and services includes the Unicorn® Library Management System, Sirsi Director's Station, WorkFlows, iBistro e-Library, ReferenceLibrarian, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), and SmartPort Z39.50 cataloging client. "Sirsi has competitive pricing and a proven record of working with RFID," said Carter. "Already in service in Queensland at Brisbane City Council Library Service and Gold Coast City Library Council, Unicorn was the obvious system of choice for us, as well as for our neighbors."
Continued Carter, "Unicorn is part of our mission to embrace relevant technologies, and iBistro will assist in meeting informational needs for increased community participation and access. For us, the most exciting product is undoubtedly iBistro. This is the public face of our library, and it is a significant improvement over our previous system. The added content streams and the easy links to other information sources such as Google, Z39.50 targets, and booksellers will significantly improve the service that we are providing to our library patrons."
Pine Rivers anticipates additional ongoing improvements in staff productivity, public access, and patrons' library experience in the coming years. "It is our expectation that Sirsi as a reliable and well established company will continue to research, develop, and improve Unicorn to meet the expectations of staff and library users," said Carter. "Our community and our staff will benefit from the decision we made to purchase Sirsi Unicorn."
"I am delighted to welcome Pine Rivers to Sirsi. The staff at Pine Rivers has been a pleasure to deal with and we are all looking forward to a long and successful partnership. Our selection at Pine Rivers is consistent with the growing trend in the Asia Pacific Region that sees Sirsi becoming the first choice in library technology across all types of libraries. Flexibility is the cornerstone of the Unicorn system and once again it has proven its value," said Andrew Morrice, vice president of Asia-Pacific operations.
About Pine Rivers Shire Library Service
The Pine Rivers Shire Library Service serves a population of nearly 127, 500 with holdings of more than 233,000 items with nearly 130,000 items circulated each month. Currently there are four full time Branch Libraries and a Mobile Library. A fifth Branch Library will open in September and iBistro will compliment the range of attractive and innovative features planned for this new Library. The Library Service has 63,292 registered patrons and there are more than 48,000 visits per month made to the Libraries.
The mission of the library is to provide learning and leisure opportunities and resources in a welcoming environment for everyone in the community, by anticipating and meeting informational and recreational needs; fostering partnerships and community participation; providing accessible, modern and comfortable spaces; embracing relevant technologies; being visibly active throughout Pine Rivers; and continuing development of staff and specialist skills.
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.