ATHENS, Tenn.(Aug. 13, 1999) - The Fort Loudoun Regional Library System, which includes 27 libraries serving a nine-county area in lower east Tennessee, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to provide a region-wide integrated information system.
According to Lynette Sloan, regional director, Unicorn will be installed initially at the Fort Loudoun Regional Library Center in Athens and nine member libraries. "We selected SIRSI because of their long-standing reputation as the best in the industry, their quality support and the flexibility of their product. The SIRSI system will help us accomplish our mission of providing library materials and guidance to walk-in patrons, direct service to the unserved, and technological and administrative support to the communities we serve," Sloan reported.
The Fort Loudoun Regional Library System, a service of the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State, covers an area of approximately 4,800 square miles. "Although the first phase of our automation project only includes 10 facilities, we envision that it will eventually encompass all of our member libraries and our outreach services, and possibly extend to other public libraries outside our region," Sloan commented.
The libraries of the Fort Loudoun Regional Library System will share a union catalog on a Sun server, which will be housed at the regional center. They will use SIRSI's WebCat Online Public Access Catalog to provide an online catalog for users and SIRSI's WorkFlowsTM to speed cataloging, authority control and circulation functions. In addition, technical staff members will use SIRSI's SmartPORT Z39.50 cataloging client to capture catalog records from Z39.50 bibliographic databases.
SIRSI, the leader in library technology, is a privately held company founded in 1979, with headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. SIRSI uses the most advanced technology available to provide easy-to-use information systems for libraries, businesses and archives. With offices in major U.S. cities and subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, Latin America, the Peoples Republic of China and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client-server library information systems in the world.