The Laird Library at the Glasgow (Scotland) College of Building and Printing has become the first library in Glasgow to select the Unicorn Library Management System to replace their existing Bookshelf library system.
The Unicorn system will be installed under the Solaris operating system on a Sun Ultra server and will provide access to the library's catalog via the Unicorn WebCat OPAC.
Staff will use the Windows-based Unicorn WorkFlows with Z39.50 workstation client for circulation services, cataloging, authority control and acquisitions.
By selecting Unicorn, the Laird Library will be the first Further Education college library in Glasgow to adopt Web OPAC technology and embrace MARC cataloging standards.
The Glasgow College of Building and Printing was formed in 1972 and is Scotland's leading education and training center for the construction and communication industries, with quality courses backed up with the resources of new technology. The Laird Library is a key department in providing curriculum support to the thousands of students who are undertaking courses at the college.
Scott McGowan, I.T. Librarian, commented, "Unicorn will revolutionize our service provision to college staff and students. It will provide our users with a library catalog on every desktop PC in the college via an excellently designed Web OPAC, improved cataloging and collection management and a powerful management information tool. SIRSI's proven track record in supplying and supporting systems for specialist libraries makes me confident we have chosen well for the 21st century.
SIRSI, the leader in library technology, is a privately held company founded in 1979, 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 America, the Middle East, the Peoples Republic of China and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client/server library information systems in the world.