Carnegie Mellon University and SIRSI Corporation, a leading provider of information technology, announce their intention to enter into agreements for future cooperation on several fronts. Carnegie Mellon will license and install the SIRSI Corporation Unicorn Information Management System.
Unicorn is a UNIX-based open system that uses the opportunities presented by client/server architectures in highly networked environments. It provides the functionality required by academic and research libraries and is designed to manage increasingly large databases of bibliographic information.
SIRSI and Carnegie Mellon will also enter into a technology transfer agreement, to work together in several vital areas. These include advanced usability testing for clients by Carnegie Mellon Libraries. In addition, SIRSI will begin implementing technologies for page image display, digital archiving, and natural language information retrieval developed at Carnegie Mellon. Carnegie Mellon will also work with SIRSI to implement authentication and authorization features which will provide necessary security for data and system integrity in open environments.
Carnegie Mellon University is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The University Libraries hold a collection of over 805,000 print volumes, 500,000 titles, and 700,000 microforms. The University has over 7,500 students and 800 faculty.
Founded in 1979 by information and computer professionals, SIRSI, based in Huntsville, Alabama, is a leading provider of information technology for libraries. SIRSI automates all aspects of information management, from consortia to the single desktop user. SIRSI systems are installed worldwide in academic, public, law, medical, government, and corporate environments.