The Library at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, has chosen the Unicorn Collection Management System to provide an Integrated Library Management System to replace their existing systems.
The Unicorn system will be installed on a Sun Enterprise 450 and will provide access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows with Z39.50) to OPAC services, Cataloguing, Authority Control, Circulation, Acquisitions (with EDI), Serials Control, Inter-library Loans, SDI and Current Awareness, Academic Reserves and Materials Booking 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.
The College Library holds over 600,000 volumes and nearly 9,000 periodicals titles (nearly 3,000 current) in support of the teaching and research activities of nearly 13,000 students and staff at one of the major multi-faculty Colleges of the University of London. The College's main base is at Mile End, site of the original Queen Mary College. The Whitechapel and West Smithfield sites house the main bases of the St Bartholomew's and Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Brian Murphy, Director of Academic Information Services, commented: "We were looking for a new system to unify existing library catalogues, to take advantage of contemporary IT to extend library services, and to integrate our several library sites while preserving local diversity. In Unicorn we have found a system that will help us achieve these aims efficiently and effectively, while its WebCat will form a fundamental building block in the establishment of a seamless information service. SIRSI's evolutionary approach to product development, wide establishment in the UK and world higher education marketplace, and commitment to customer support were additional factors in our selection."