Huntsville, Alabama (July 31, 1995). Rice University's Fondren Library has signed an agreement with SIRSI to replace its existing Ameritech NOTIS Horizon Beta system with the Unicorn Collection Management System.
"Our charter defines our commitment to use evolving technologies that will assist in providing easy information delivery to our patrons no matter where they happen to reside, and using Unicorn has several advantages," said Kay Flowers, Assistant University Librarian for Automated Services. "Unicorn is UNIX-based, and we will be able to network the system across the campus. Our system will use SIRSI's WebCat with Z39.50, which allows us to provide access to our library catalog via the Internet. WebCat is also user friendly, allowing us to provide exciting, full-featured, and easy-to-navigate public access to users without having the headache of delivering and supporting library software on users' desktops."
SIRSI's WebCat server software turns a library and all public access services into a full-fledged World Wide Web catalog. Patron access is through the library's Web home page using any Web browser. There's no proprietary client software to license, distribute or support.
Unicorn is a fully-integrated, client/server system providing automation solutions for every library task. UNIX-based, Unicorn runs on a wide range of hardware platforms and in a variety of networking environments. Modules can be combined and configured to address the needs of any library. At Rice University's Fondren Library, Unicorn will be installed on a Sun SPARC Center 1000.
Fondren Library has licensed the Acquisitions, Authority, Bibliographic, Inventory, and Circulation Control Modules as well as the Enhanced Public Access, the Information Gateway, WebCat with Z39.50, Materials Booking, Request Module, and Serials Control Modules. The Fondren Library is also offering windows graphical clients for all staff modules through SIRSI's Windows GUI License.
The 1891 Charter of Incorporation for Rice University provided for the establishment and maintenance of a library. The Fondren Library building was made possible by a gift from the Fondren Family in memory of the founder of Humble Oil Company. Beginning with a collection of less than 200 volumes, today the library houses over 1.5 million volumes, 2.5 million microforms and 11,000 current periodicals. The scope of the collection is broad reflecting the various interest of the community.
SIRSI is a leader in designing innovative systems that make the handling and retrieving of information over networks easier to manage for the administrator and easier to access for the end user. Founded in 1979 as a technical consultancy in library automation and information management, the company has become the recognized leader in the development of UNIX-based integrated library automation systems.
Today, SIRSI's systems serve hundreds of libraries and information centers with databases from a few thousand to millions of titles. Their integrated library system networks are installed in academic, public, K-12, law, medical, government and corporate libraries around the world. SIRSI operations are based worldwide and sells extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. For more information contact SIRSI at 689 Discovery Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806. Phone: (800) 242-2233, Fax: (205) 922-9818. Visit SIRSI's Home Page at: http://www.sirsi.com.