(October 1999) - The Library at the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, has chosen the Unicorn Collection Management System to provide an Integrated Library Management System to replace their existing BookshelF library system.
The Unicorn system will be installed under the Solaris operating system on a Sun Ultra 10 and will provide access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows with Z39.50) to Cataloguing, Authority Control, Circulation and Acquisitions. Access to the OPAC will be available over the World Wide Web via WebCat.
The Institute of Public Administration provides training, consultancy, research and publishing services in the field of public management, in Ireland and abroad. The library provides an information and lending service to the members, students and staff of the Institute.
Mary Prendergast, Head Librarian at the IPA, explained, "The majority of our students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, are working public servants, studying on a part-time basis and by distance learning. For them, access to the OPAC over the World Wide Web is very important and will greatly facilitate their use of the Library. This combined with a user friendly system and an established reputation was an important factor in our choice of Unicorn."
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.