HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—August 9, 2004—Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology “firsts” to the library community, announced today that the Riverside County Library System and the San Bernardino County Library System in California are partnering with Sirsi to create one large consortium where scalability, cost-effectiveness, and unfettered access for library users are the key motivating forces. “Sirsi provides more in terms of service, support, and value,” said Gary Christmas, director of the Riverside County Library System. “The upgrade to Unicorn will enable us to serve our library community better, faster, and more efficiently than ever before. We are also able to realize great cost-savings, while maintaining a superior system in terms of advanced technology and intuitive solutions.”
The new consortium's suite of Sirsi products and services includes the Unicorn Library Management System, iBistro e-Library in English and Spanish with Sirsi DataStream enriched content, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), WorkFlows staff interface, Sirsi Voice Automation telephone notification system, 9XX Order Interface for Acquisitions, and Application Program Interface (API). “Ours are the two largest county systems in the region,” said Ed Kieczykowski, county librarian of the San Bernardino County Library System. “The benefits are great for those libraries that wish to improve access and reduce cost with Sirsi. We will have the technology to provide more services to a much greater number of patrons. With Riverside, we will double the number of items to which people have complete, unfettered access.”
“Our combined service area will reach nearly 2.2 million people,” said Christmas. “In addition, geographically, our system will cover more than 25,000 square miles. We are very excited about the Spanish-language interface for iBistro. In some of our service areas, the Spanish-speaking population reaches nearly 95 percent.”
Continued Kieczykowski, “Our region is among the fastest growing areas in the country, and thousands will be moving each year to our counties – this represents as many as 2 million new residents over the next 20 years. So we realized that we could not miss the opportunity to upgrade to a scalable system like Sirsi's, and we expect our new system to serve us well over the next decade.“
"Sirsi is proud to welcome two more outstanding library systems to the growing number of California libraries that use Sirsi solutions,” said Marsha Stark, Sirsi vice president of sales, North America. “Being part of Riverside County's and San Bernardino County's visionary efforts to better serve their growing communities is a real privilege for us as a company. Their extraordinary sense of service and cooperation, not to mention their energy, are the hallmarks of today's leading libraries."
About Riverside County Library System
The Riverside County Network is a network of public and academic libraries serving the people of Riverside County, California. The automated network currently deploys approximately 350 computer/terminal workstations in library branches of the Riverside County Library System, Moreno Valley Library, Murrieta Public Library, and College of the Desert. The network manages the annual checkout of over 3.5 million books, audios, and videos; provides a catalog of the 1.3 million items in library collections; facilitates the interlibrary sharing of materials among the county's libraries; provides access to online articles from hundreds of magazines and journals; and manages the acquisition of new library materials and their addition to the catalogs.
The Riverside County Network is a program of the Riverside County Library System, administered by Library Systems and Services, for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
About San Bernardino County Library System
The San Bernardino County Library collection currently totals more than 1,167,000 items, and includes books, videocassettes, DVDs, magazines, recorded books, music cassettes, and compact discs. The catalog is computerized and can be accessed in any branch library through the catalog. The online catalog can also be accessed from home, office, or school. Each of the 29 branch libraries maintains a collection of reference materials designed to meet the needs of the local community. In addition to local materials, library staff has access to additional extensive collections of reference resources in all formats, from print to tangible electronic products (such as CD-ROMs), and on-line databases. The library holds 550 personal computers and serves more than 3.4 million patrons annually.
The San Bernardino County Library is the community's resource for access to information to promote knowledge, education, lifelong learning, leisure, and cultural enrichment for the people of the County of San Bernardino. It is responsible for providing library materials, information, programs and services requested by residents of the county, providing convenient access to needed materials and information, and actively promoting awareness of the library resources and services that are available to community members and organizations.
The San Bernardino County Library provides public library services to children, young adults, and adults in 19 cities and all of the unincorporated areas of the county. Two bookmobiles serve remote, sparsely populated areas.
As we move into the 21st century, the San Bernardino County Library reaffirms its commitment to be a resource upon which the public, business, industry, and government can rely for accurate, timely information, lifelong learning opportunities, recreational needs, intellectual stimulation, and cultural enrichment.
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.