MADRID, 2 April 2008 – SirsiDynix, the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries, announced today that the National Library of Spain (Biblioteca Nacional de España) will begin implementing SirsiDynix Symphony Library Management System and additional integrated modules for public and technical services this April. While the library has been live with SirsiDynix Unicorn GL3.1 since November 2007, phase two of the library's migration begins in April of this year and includes the addition of Director's Station, Enterprise Portal Solutions and an upgrade to the latest version of SirsiDynix Symphony. The library expects to go live on SirsiDynix Symphony by late 2008.
The National Library is Spain's preeminent library institution and leads the Spanish Library System, as well as the centre responsible for identifying, preserving, conserving and disseminating information about Spain's documentary heritage. An essential point of reference for researching Spanish culture, the National Library hosted more than 110,000 total users during 2007 at an average of 400 users per day. Also of note, the library's SirsiDynix online public access catalogue now receives 30,000 visits per day.
The National Library chose SirsiDynix Symphony because the system meets the library's needs for cataloguing MARC records, bibliographies, holdings and authorities. SirsiDynix Symphony's Java technology, openness and interoperability with other tools for library staff and users were particularly appealing to decision makers at the National Library.
"It is very important that our system can be easily integrated with other systems so we can participate in consortium projects," said Belén Llera, technical director at the National Library. "We still have a lot of transitioning to do -- migration tasks and implementation of other modules such as acquisitions, circulation and Director's Station, but we know that once this is all finished users will appreciate the improvements we are making in the National Library's technology."
SirsiDynix Symphony incorporates open, industry-standard technologies, offering the library community the most impressive list of features and capabilities. These include an open n-tier architecture, software-as-a- service (SaaS) options, powerful user interface solutions, comprehensive integrated library management and productivity solutions, Java-based staff clients for all modules, fully documented application programming interfaces (APIs) that support unparalleled customizability and integrability, Unicode support, advanced business intelligence and reporting tools, support for SIP2 and NCIP and embedded and full Oracle database support.
"SirsiDynix continues strong international growth," said Keith Sturges, president of SirsiDynix International. "Partnering with the National Library of Spain gives SirsiDynix a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the global library community, as we showcase our unparalleled consortium expertise for a world-class organization like the National Library."
SirsiDynix is the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries – vital institutions whose primary mission is to make sense of the vast world of information for people and communities. This is an exciting role as libraries assist people in discovering and using knowledge, resources and other valuable content for their educations, jobs and entertainment. In concert with key industry partners, SirsiDynix supports this strategic role for libraries by offering a comprehensive integrated suite of technology solutions for improving the internal productivity of libraries and enhancing their capabilities for meeting the needs of people and communities. SirsiDynix has approximately 4,000 library and consortia clients, serving more than 300 million people through more than 20,000 library outlets in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit www.sirsidynix.com.
About Biblioteca Nacional de España
The Biblioteca Nacional is Spain's highest library institution and is head of the Spanish Library System. As the country's national library it is the centre responsible for identifying, preserving, conserving and disseminating information about Spain's documentary heritage and it aspires to be an essential point of reference for research into Spanish culture. In accordance with its Articles of Association, passed by Royal Decree 1581/1991 (R.D. 1581/1991) of October 31st, 1991, its principal functions are to (1) Compile, catalogue and conserve bibliographic archives produced in any language of the Spanish state, or any other language, for the purposes of research, culture and information; (2) Promote research through the study, loan and reproduction of its bibliographic archive; and (3) Disseminate information on Spain's bibliographic output based on the entries received through the legal deposit requirement.