SAN JOSE, Calif.(Oct. 12, 1998) - The Santa Clara County Law Library has selected Sirsi Corporation's UnicornTM Library Management System to replace its current automation system. According to Santa Clara County Law Librarian Susan Kuklin, "Because our current system is not Year 2000 compliant, we decided that it would be easier and less expensive to replace it than try to fix it. We were also looking for an improved system with many more features and enhancements than our current system could ever be redesigned to offer. The library chose SIRSI because we felt it would provide us with a state-of-the-art system that is appropriate to the high-tech area we serve."
Located in San Jose, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara County Law Library serves attorneys, legal assistants and judges, as well as county residents who have elected to represent themselves during legal proceedings or draft their own legal documents, Kuklin said. The library's holdings include more than 70,000 volumes of legal material and an extensive collection of CD-ROMs that contain treatises, case studies and other important compilations of legal opinions. "The SIRSI system should enable us to enhance our computerized offerings. Our future plans include creating a Web site for the library that includes SIRSI's WebCat Online Public Access Catalog," Kuklin commented.
Kuklin also anticipates that the new system will enable staff librarians to spend more time serving patrons. "We are looking forward to having automated staff functions, particularly serials control and circulation. The less time our librarians must spend on routine procedures such as checking in and checking out materials, the more time they will have to answer questions and refer patrons to the proper resources," she said.
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 TM products as the leading client/server library information systems in the world.