(October 1999) - The Library at the Institute of Education, University of London, has chosen the Unicorn Collection Management System to provide an Integrated Library Management System to replace their existing Libertas library system.
The Unicorn system will be installed on Oracle on a Sun Enterprise 250. This is the first Oracle-based installation of Unicorn in the UK. It will provide access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows with Z39.50) to Cataloguing, Authority Control, Circulation, Inter-Library Loans, Academic Reserves, Serials Control, Materials Booking, and Acquisitions (including EDI) 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 over the World Wide Web via WebCat.
The library of the Institute of Education has the largest collection of books and other materials on education in the UK and supports the studying, teaching and research activities of over 4,000 postgraduate students and 500 staff. It also fulfills a role as the education library of the University and as a national subject collection, supporting members and visitors from the University and the wider national and international education community.
Anne Peters, Head of Information Services, commented: "While looking for a system with all-round functionality and flexibility, we feel that Unicorn, through its OPAC, offers our users the most effective access both to our own collections and to external resources. Installation on Oracle offers greater potential for reporting and interfacing with other databases. SIRSI's commitment to product development and customer support were additional factors in our decision."
Unicorn is distributed and supported by SIRSI, specialists in library and information systems. The software technology has been designed and developed over a 20 year period by SIRSI Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama, USA. With Unicorn installed in more than 900 sites worldwide, the company has established itself as a leading client/server library information system supplier.