PHILADELPHIA (June 7, 1999) - The international law firm Dechert Price & Rhoads has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn TM Library Management System to provide employees nationwide with online access to library resources and electronic databases. According to Susan Charkes, systems librarian, the Unicorn system will enable Dechert attorneys to conduct research from their desktops via SIRSI's WebCat Online Public Access Catalog. "We also feel that the Unicorn system will have a long life, based on its 20-year history of upgrades without requiring users to change platforms or migrate to a new system," she added.
The Dechert Price & Rhoads library serves more than 400 U.S. associates in seven offices nationwide. In addition to a print collection of 6,500 titles, the library is compiling a growing collection of electronic resources to aid associates in legal research, Charkes says. "With our current system, attorneys cannot search library holdings or access electronic information sources from their desktop computers. The SIRSI system will enable us to provide an online catalog that is accessible by all seven of our domestic offices, with convenient gateways to electronic resources and CD-ROM databases. We are also looking forward to using WebCat to catalog useful Web resources."
Dechert Price & Rhoads, together with Titmuss Sainer Dechert in London, is an integrated international legal practice with more than 550 lawyers in ten offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. The combined practices provide a full range of legal services to major industrial, financial and individual clients throughout the world.
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 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.