LONDON (May 1999) - The Library at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has chosen Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to replace their existing Bookshelf library system. According to RCN officials, Unicorn was chosen because of its ease of use and flexibility, the large number of health organizations in United Kingdom have already selected SIRSI and the excellent reputation of the SIRSI Ltd. support team.
The Unicorn system will be installed under the Solaris operating system on a Sun Ultra 10S and will provide access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows with Z39.50) to OPAC services, Cataloging, Authority Control, Circulation, Acquisitions and Serials Control, together with an Information Gateway to external services over the Internet. SmartPORT will be used to capture data from Z39.50 sources worldwide. Access to the OPAC will also be available through the World Wide Web via WebCat.
With more than 60,000 volumes, 500 videos and 400 journals, The Library and Information Services at the Royal College of Nursing is the largest specialist nursing library service in the United Kingdom. Special collections include the RCN Steinberg Collection of Nursing Research, which consists of 750 master's and doctoral theses. The UK-wide Library is based in London. Additional libraries are based in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The Library and Information Services serve more than 315,000 RCN members throughout the United Kingdom and abroad.
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.