KENT, Ohio (Nov. 30, 1998) - The Kent, Ohio city school system has selected Sirsi Corporation's UnicornTM Library Management System to automate its middle school and high school libraries. According to Jan Wojnaroski, librarian for Theodore Roosevelt High School, the SIRSI system will enable the libraries of Roosevelt High and Stanton Middle School to share resources through a union catalog. The Stanton Middle School library, scheduled to open next fall, will be connected to the Roosevelt High library via a Wide Area Network.
With five elementary schools, a middle school and a high school, the Kent City Schools serve more than 4,000 students from Kent, Franklin Township, Brady Lake Village, and the Village of Sugar Bush Knolls, Ohio. Theodore Roosevelt High School, which has been designated a National School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, serves approximately 1,500 students in grades nine through twelve. Stanton Middle School will serve approximately 800 students in grades six through eight.
Wojnaroski commented, "We are very excited about SIRSI's WebCat because students will enjoy it, and it will provide them with search capabilities that they need, such as the ability to search Z39.50 databases. Right now, students search the Internet to find resources for their research projects and papers, but often they don't find what they need or the information they find is not reliable. SIRSI's user interface incorporates all of the qualities that students enjoy about searching the Internet, such as point-and-click access and colorful graphics. However, when students search using WebCat, they'll be directed to reliable sources in our library's collection."
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.