POTTERS BAR, England (Feb. 19, 1999) - The library at Kent Institute of Art and Design (KIAD) has chosen the Unicorn TM Library Management System to replace their existing Bookshelf library system.
The Unicorn system will be installed under the NT operating system on an Intel Pentium and will provide access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows TM with Z39.50) to Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) services, cataloguing, authority control, circulation, acquisitions and serials control, 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 through the World Wide Web via WebCat.
With a student population of 2,500, the Kent Institute of Art and Design is one of the three largest specialist providers of art, design and architecture education in the UK. The Institute offers courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as research and consultancy for education and industry. The Institute's three campus libraries have a combined collection of some 75,000 titles and extensive collections of audio visual materials. The development of electronic research resources and the innovative use of IT in the provision of library and information services is a high priority for future planning.
Vanessa Crane, KIAD's head of library and learning resources, commented, "We were impressed by Unicorn's functionality and flexibility and considered that it would fit well with KIAD's long-term IT strategy. Having taken some time to survey the library system marketplace, we were aware of SIRSI's ongoing commitment to customer support and product development and this was a key factor in our decision."
SIRSI is a privately held company 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 American, the Middle East and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client/server library information systems in the world.