NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Oct. 13, 1997) - Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey has announced the installation of Sirsi Corporation's UNICORN system in its libraries. According to Marianne Gaunt, Rutgers University Librarian, "UNICORN will offer users a gateway to information resources held at Rutgers and elsewhere." Rutgers University already has a sophisticated campuswide computer network that includes more than 10,000 computers on three major campuses. The addition of an integrated library automation system to Rutgers' technological infrastructure will make online access even easier for patrons and staff, Gaunt said.
"UNICORN integrates in one system a World Wide Web-based online catalog, a circulation control system with self service options, acquisitions, fund accounting, cataloging, and check-in and control functions. Our users will be able to access the full-text of digitized materials, sound recordings, maps, and other visual images. In addition, our librarians will be able to gather data on the growth and use of the collections that will guide future decision making," Gaunt reported.
Established as Queen's College in 1766, Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey is now one of the largest educational institutions in the United States, with 3 campuses, 29 degree-granting schools, and 48,000 students.
Rutgers University Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries. Other ARL-member libraries that have selected SIRSI include Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, New York State Library, Rice University, Stanford University, State University of New York-Stony Brook, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, and York University.
SIRSI, founded in 1979, is a privately held company with headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. SIRSI uses the most advanced technology available to provide easy-to-use information systems for libraries, businesses, and archives.