Holbrook, Ariz. (Dec. 31, 1998) - The Navajo County Library District, which serves citizens in Arizona's fourth largest county, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to automate its libraries and the McNary Community Library in adjacent Apache County, Ariz. According to Geneva Durkee, district director, Unicorn will enable the libraries to share resources online while selecting a technical configuration that fits their individual needs.
Because the 11 libraries to be automated operate independently and are spread over more than 6 million acres, Durkee and the county's librarians wanted an integrated system that could support various types of network configurations. "Some of the libraries will connect via 56KB lines to the district server in Holbrook, while others will connect directly to the Internet. The SIRSI system is capable of supporting both types of configurations, and that was an important factor in our decision."
Durkee commented that SIRSI's WebCat Online Public Access Catalog will provide Navajo County library users with easy access to a variety of resources. "Several of our libraries are located in small communities, so being able to search the holdings of other libraries will be very helpful to users. If their library doesn't have the book they need, they can easily check the online catalog to see if one of the other county libraries has it. SIRSI's online catalog will also be easy for them to use, particularly the 'Find It Fast' and 'Just for Kids' features. In addition, they'll be able to search the online catalog and the Internet from the same workstation, something they have not been able to do before." The new system will be installed in early spring 1999.
SIRSI, founded in 1979, 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.