LONDON-July 21, 2005-Sirsi Corporation announced today that the Northern Ireland Housing Executive recently chose Sirsi Unicorn to provide an integrated library management system to replace their existing system. The Unicorn system will be installed on a Microsoft Windows 2003 server and will provide access via the Sirsi WorkFlows staff client interface to Cataloging, Authority Control, Circulation, Acquisitions, together with a Knowledge Portal to external services over the Internet. Their cataloging staff will use Sirsi SmartPort Cataloging Utility to capture data from Z39.50 sources worldwide. Access to the OPAC will also be available through the World Wide Web via Sirsi's iLink electronic library.
The Housing Executive is the Regional Strategic Housing Authority for Northern Ireland. The library service plays a vital role in meeting the information needs of almost 3,500 geographically dispersed employees. It has a stock of about 12,000 books, pamphlets, and over 200 current periodicals, which represents one of the most authoritative collections on housing in the UK, and is a unique specialized collection within Northern Ireland.
Margaret Gibson, librarian at the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, explained that: "Unicorn was chosen because of its reputation of providing flexible and reliable systems which meet the needs of specialist libraries. The partnership with Sirsi, through the provision of an integrated library management system, will greatly enhance the Northern Ireland Housing Executive Library's responsiveness to our users."
Founded in 1979, Sirsi Corporation develops, sells, and supports a comprehensive integrated suite of software solutions for meeting the information management and sharing needs of libraries and library users around the world. From the open, evolutionary integrated library system technology in the Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System... to leading-edge data analysis and intelligence tools in Sirsi Director's Station... to leading-edge solutions such as Sirsi Rooms 2.0 for library users seeking unparalleled access to the world of knowledge... Sirsi and its partners provide the broadest array of information management products and services for the library community. Sirsi solutions serve more than 10,000 libraries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. For more information about Sirsi, please see www.sirsi.com.