HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-October 18, 2004-Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology "firsts" to the library community, announced today that the John F. Kennedy Library of Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., has selected Sirsi technology to improve distance education resources and accessibility of library resources to students throughout its four-county service area. "One of the fastest growing parts of our program is distance education. Our library operates programs in three other locations in our service area, which includes Reno, McPherson, Harvey, and parts of Rice counties. We also provide ITV courses to 10 community high schools," said Robert Kelly, Hutchinson's coordinator of library services. "We needed software that would enable us to provide resources and access more efficiently to remote locations." Sirsi's iLink
Online Scholar's Portal will help tie the four-county service region to student, faculty, administration, and community users. "We are excited about electronic reserves, as part of the iLink functionality. We will be able to put items on reserve electronically, which will benefit our numerous commuting students who must be able to access our databases and reserve material online."
Hutchinson's suite of Sirsi products and services includes the Unicorn® Library Management System with the WorkFlows® staff interface, iLink Online Scholar's Portal, and application program interface (API) tools. Continued Kelly, "We chose Sirsi because of its modular structure, allowing us to select the tools best suited to our needs. For example, using the API tool, we can customize the Unicorn system to communicate with our campus administration software. Additionally, the Sirsi suite is visually appealing to the end-user, staff members can manipulate data more easily, and it has an intuitive ease-of-use for both staff and library users. The staff is looking forward to using this robust software."
Continued Kelly, "The nature of librarianship changes with technology, but the role of the librarian does not change. We must think of creative ways to apply technology to make information more accessible. Librarians are uniquely placed because of their diverse skill sets. We feel that Sirsi shares our commitment to making technology work for the end-user, whether that end-user is a librarian or a library user. With Sirsi, the technology is easy to use and information can be accessed in a brief amount of time."
About Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson Community College and Area Vocational School, a public two-year institution, seeks to meet the diverse educational needs and interests of the citizens of Reno, Harvey, McPherson, and Rice counties and adjacent areas, as well as residents from other localities who choose to enroll in HCC courses. The college is dedicated to pursuing excellence in learning, programs, and services.
The mission of Hutchinson Community College is to support quality, accessible education by providing faculty, staff and students at all Hutchinson Community College locations with the basic tools of instruction, to develop and produce learning materials, to assist faculty in the development of learning materials and to provide informed consultation on using technology effectively.
The John F. Kennedy library holds more than 44,000 volumes, nearly 40,000 titles, circulates more than 5,550 items annually, and serves more then 5,000 users. For more information, visit www.hutchcc.edu/library. In 2003, Hutchinson celebrated 75 years of serving its community.
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 ntegrated 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.