HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – November 8, 2004 – Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology "firsts" to the library community, announced today that the Ontario Library Consortium (OLC) is continuing its move to Sirsi's solutions for its 22-member organization. Most recently, OLC member libraries King Township Public Library, Oxford County Library, Middlesex County Library, Region of Waterloo Library and Georgina Public Library upgraded to the Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System. "The OLC continues to jointly develop more effective library processes through custom programming, negotiations of bulk rates with vendors, and co-operative training and support," said Katherine Slimman, OLC coordinator. "The upgrade to Unicorn is a natural move for OLC as the Sirsi system meets our numerous requirements for a fully integrated and functional system. In fact, Huron County Library and Bruce County Library are expected to go live by the end of this month."
Continued Slimman, "Remote access for our users is very important. That's why we're excited about iBistro, as it gives our patrons the ability to search online, place holds, and request renewals from home, school, or work." iBistro is Sirsi's e-Library, which users access online to perform all the functions of the traditional library, plus many more available in today's digital world. iBistro provides convenient, easy-to-use, and powerful access to library-caliber content via the Internet.
"We're excited about the continuing progress at OLC, plus the opportunity Sirsi has to be part of the exciting plans the OLC libraries have for serving their users," said Marsha Stark, Sirsi vice president of sales, North America. "We are committed to the needs of consortia and the libraries that comprise them, because we know how committed they are to serving their users at all levels." Sirsi has experienced numerous recent consortia sales wins, including the Inland Library Network in California, Anchorage Municipal Library in Alaska, and the Middlesex Automation Consortium in New Jersey.
The Ontario Library Consortium (OLC) consists of 22 library systems: 11 county and regional municipality and 11 medium-sized public libraries located in southern Ontario. It includes over 200 branch libraries, serving approximately 10 percent of the Ontario population.
The mission of the organization is to provide library users in Ontario with an integrated network of library services, to ensure that library users in Ontario achieve maximum benefit from advanced technology by means of cooperative use of resources, and to ensure that member libraries achieve maximum benefits at a lower cost and by increased efficiency through cooperative purchase of equipment, services and materials.
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,TM 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.