HAMPTON, Va. (Apr. 26, 1999) - The William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library of Hampton University, one of the nation's premier historically black universities, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn TM Library Management System to provide a Web-based catalog that is accessible throughout campus. According to Loretta O'Brien Parham, Harvey Library director, the SIRSI system will enable the library to fulfill technology goals stated in Hampton University's long-term strategic plan.
"We wanted to ensure that our students, faculty and staff would be able to search the library holdings from desktops, dorm rooms and offices," Parham explained. "In addition, our faculty and staff compared systems from five different vendors and found the SIRSI interface to be the most intuitive. We also learned that several nearby research universities have SIRSI systems, including the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary, so we felt we would be in good company."
The library will offer online access to selected items in its special collections through SIRSI's Hyperion Digital Media Archive. "Some of our most important resources are the Peabody Collection, which consists of approximately 30,000 items for, by and about African Americans dating as far back as the 18th century. We also have a sizable archive of clippings, books, and photographs relating to the history and culture of Native Americans and African Americans. In addition to preserving special collections through digitalization, we eventually hope to provide researchers with immediate access to certain items via our online catalog."
Founded in 1868 as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton became an oasis of opportunity for the thousands of newly freed people gathered behind Union lines. Hampton University today enrolls approximately 5,500 students from five continents and offers bachelor's degrees in 38 areas of academic study, master's degree programs in 14 areas, Ph.D. programs in physics and physical therapy, and the Pharm.D. program in pharmacy.
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.