HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Oct. 15, 1999) Morningside College, a private liberal arts college located in Sioux City, Iowa, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn™ Library Management System for its Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library Center. According to Daria Bossman, director of Library Services, Unicorn will provide students, faculty and community members with a World Wide Web-based graphical online catalog and library staff members with a singleWindows-based interface for performing a wide variety of administrative functions, from circulation to serials control.
"SIRSI's WebCat OPAC will enable us to merge our library's Web home page and access to numerous electronic databases with our online catalog, and the WorkFlows staff client will integrate all our administrative functions, such as circulation, cataloging, serials, record-keeping, acquisitions, and media booking. It was very important to us that all these functions are available for delivery right now, rather than somewhere in development," Bossman said.
The Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library Center serves as a research hub for the Sioux City region, which covers sections of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Its resources include more than 113,000 volumes, approximately 600 periodicals, a Media Center with more than 5,000 sound recordings and video media, a special Indian Studies collection and a fully equipped computer lab. The library is an active member of the Sioux City Library Cooperative and of the Siouxland Automated Library Initiative, which links it, the Sioux City Public Library system, and area academic libraries via the Internet. It participates in the State of Iowa's Open Access, Access Plus, and SILO projects, which encourage the sharing of materials among participating libraries.
Bossman commented that she and her staff are looking forward to sharing resources with other SIRSI libraries in the area. "We are excited to join Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and the nine libraries of the Nebraska Independent Library Consortium as SIRSI users. We hope to work together with these other technology-focused campuses to form a SIRSI user group for the upper Midwest," she noted.
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.