HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—July 19, 2004— Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology “firsts” to the library community, announced today that Sirsi Director's Station is installed and in service at the Fairfax County Public Library, Fairfax, Virginia. "We are convinced that our investment in Sirsi Director's Station is a good one," said Edwin (Sam) Clay, III, Fairfax County's director. Sirsi Director's Station is a turnkey package that includes the tools a library executive needs to make informed, information-driven decisions using the data currently maintained by the library's management system.
"We have been able to develop some 'big picture' views of our system that would not have been easy to develop in the past," said Clay. "With Sirsi Director's Station, Fairfax County's information is mined, organized, and delivered automatically. It provides data we need to better allocate our professional and financial resources, while enabling us to better identify our library's trends and anticipate future needs."
In addition to being a great tool for daily use by library management, Sirsi Director's Station presentation output is "board ready" for effectively communicating results to library boards or other authorities to which libraries routinely report on their operations. It provides a unique, customized view of the institution's activities and operations in a colorful and easy-to-read format. The unique 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. Continued Clay, "For example, we have reports outlining the percentage of users who are barred, blocked, and delinquent; the number of items checked out, when and where they were checked out; and which branch or branches contribute most to the holds system."
"Better than ever before, library executives like Director Clay at Fairfax County Public can be armed with information and analysis that enable them to see trends, develop plans, and enact strategies for the future of their institutions," said Patrick Sommers, Sirsi CEO. "And it's all based on real data that the library is already maintaining. But now with Sirsi Director's Station, that data comes to life and provides real bottom-line benefits for libraries."
About Fairfax County Public Library
The mission of the Fairfax County Public Library is to enrich individual and community life by providing and encouraging the use of library resources and services to meet the evolving educational, recreational, and informational needs of the residents of Fairfax County and Fairfax City. The library is comprised of eight regional branches, 12 community branches, and the Access Services branch, which assists people with disabilities. The system holds nearly three million books, periodicals, and other items; 282,885 books and other items were bought or replaced last year. The library serves more than 630,000 registered users, enjoys more than five million visits to our branches, provides more than 11 million loans, and it receives 2.1 million user visits to the library's Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/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 lient/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.