HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (June 3, 1998) - The libraries of Brigham Young University (BYU) have purchased Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn TM Library Management System. BYU library representatives report that the Unicorn system, when installed this summer, will enable them to fulfill the University's goal of providing a client/server library system that is easy for users to access and for library staff to upgrade. "With Unicorn, we believe that we have chosen the best system available in the marketplace today," commented Bill Lund, chairperson of BYU's library information systems department.
According to Randy Olsen, deputy university librarian, "The capabilities of the SIRSI system move us toward our university president's vision of creating a digital library by the year 2000. We look forward to using SIRSI's Hyperion Digital Media Archive to make more of our unique holdings, including digitized text, sound, video, manuscripts and photographs, directly available to our patrons at locations outside the library." The SIRSI system will also enable the Library to provide BYU's distance education students with an additional learning tool, Olsen added. "BYU has one of the largest distance education programs in the United States, with more than 40,000 students enrolled. In a pilot project that will begin this summer, the library plans to digitize and place online multimedia materials that support a course in the history of Western Civilization," Olsen said.
Beginning fall 1998, SIRSI's WebCat Online Public Access Catalog will be accessible from BYU offices, dorms, student labs and other workstations with Web browsers. "WebCat will enable our users easily to conduct complex searches without assistance and to initiate holds from their workstations," said Julene Butler, BYU assistant university librarian for public services. Butler added that WebCat will also be available at each of the 1,400 tables and carrels in BYU's new, 235,000 square foot library addition, scheduled to open February 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.