WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 1999) The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL), which has served users throughout the District of Columbia for more than 100 years, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to automate the Martin Luther King Memorial Library and 26 branches. According to Mary E. (Molly) Raphael, DCPL director, "I have made customer service a major focus throughout the DCPL system. The SIRSI system is an important component in our goal for excellent service, not only for our external customers, but also for internal customers."
Established in 1896 in a house on New York Avenue, the District of Columbia Public Library has expanded to include the 400,000-square-foot G Street main facility, four regional branch libraries, 17 local branch libraries, four community libraries and a kiosk. As the number of buildings has grown, so have the services offered by the Library. The combined DCPL collection includes approximately 3 million items, including books, periodicals, books on tape, videotapes, compact discs, filmstrips, talking books, Braille books and periodicals and musical scores. In addition to regular exhibits and educational programs, the DCPL offers special services for blind, deaf, physically handicapped, homebound and institutionalized users; mobile service for senior citizens and licensed family day care providers for children; telephone information services; and a system-wide Community Information Service.
Raphael noted, "The Unicorn system will play an integral part in the DCPL's ability to meet the anticipated goals of our strategic plan. As we move into the 21st century, I am very excited about rolling out this state-of-the-art integrated online system. It not only will allow us to continue to provide services to meet the needs of the traditional library user, it makes available services to attract the non-user and introduces improved services for the sophisticated user."
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 Middle East, 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.