Huntsville, Alabama (January 16, 1995) - Sage Colleges, a confederation of four schools in upstate New York, will upgrade its libraries by installing the new Unicorn Library Collection Management System from SIRSI of Huntsville, Alabama. Tying together their 350,000 volume collection across the confederation's two campuses, their new SIRSI system will offer users the industry's only graphical user interface (GUI) to all aspects of library management.
SIRSI's Unicorn Collection Management System uses a client/server technology designed to simplify and improve the process of managing and accessing managing libraries' holdings. Its UNIX base allows institutions the flexibility of choosing different platforms all of which operate with the same software. Its modular design allows institutions to build on the system's core Bibliographic and Inventory Control modules, choosing and configuring the modules according to their specific needs.
Don Ryan, Library Director, looks to Unicorn to significantly enhance the services the Sage Colleges offer to their students and faculty. According to Ryan, "Unicorn's client/server architecture will provide integrated library automation that our schools will need as we move into the next century. Unicorn's TCP/IP interconnectivity, ability to mount external CD-ROM databases, and Z39.50 compliance are all features that we believe are critical for us to provide the best service for our student and faculty patrons, as well as our library personnel who work with them. SIRSI's proven ability to combine their leading edge technology with a clear understanding of our library's needs were key to making them our final choice."
Ryan noted that the new Unicorn system, which will run on a Sun SPARCserver 1000, will be accessible via an on-campus network as well as the Internet. The Sage Colleges include Russell Sage women's college, a junior college, an evening college, and a graduate school, all served by two libraries in Troy and Albany, New York. Ryan explained that in addition to their 350,000 volume collection, the libraries also offer 1,600 current periodical subscriptions, and a large media collection.
According to Jim Young, SIRSI Chief Executive Officer, Unicorn's GUI simplifies the usage and reduces the learning curve for campuses such as the Sage Colleges. "We are firm believers in using a common command language so that users can move quickly and seamlessly from one screen to another and one task to another. With the new Unicorn GUI Sage Colleges are taking that ease of use a step further. Their patrons, so used to operating in windowing desktop computer environments, will find their new library system friendlier and more easily accessible than they ever imagined."
Founded in 1979 by information and computer professionals, SIRSI, based in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the world's leading suppliers of information automation. SIRSI automates all aspects of information management, from information consortia to the single desktop user. SIRSI systems are installed worldwide in academic, public, law, medical, government, and corporate environments.