POTTERS BAR, England (May 1998) - The library at Queen Margaret College has chosen the Unicorn Library Management System to to replace its existing URICA library system.
The Unicorn system will be installed under the Solaris operating system on a Sun Enterprise 2 and will provide access via a Graphical User Interface to OPAC services, cataloguing, authority control, circulation, interlibrary loans, academic reserves, acquisitions and serials control, together with an information gateway to external services over the Internet. Access to the OPAC will also be available using Web browsers via WebCat.
Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh is a university-sector institution on two campuses providing a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, as well as specialist research and consultancy for employers and the professions.
The library at Queen Margaret College contains approximately 100,000 books, 1,500 audio-visual items and subscribes to approximately 1,000 current periodicals. It provides networked access to the library catalogue, CD-ROMs and Internet services across the two campuses. There are 24 library staff, serving a student population of approximately 3,000 full-time students and more than 2,000 part-time and short-course students.
Unicorn was chosen to replace the library's URICA system after a detailed assessment of the current market in automated library systems. Penny Aitken, College Librarian, commented: "We chose Unicorn because it was the system which best met our operational requirement. We were impressed by the system's flexibility, by SIRSI's reputation for customer support, innovation and training and by the information retrieval and self-service functions of the OPAC."
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.