HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (April 28, 1998) - Peking University officials have selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to provide online access to the more than 4.45 million volumes in the University's library. SIRSI and Peking University have formed a partnership to develop a Chinese language version of the Unicorn system, which will be installed this fall in Peking University's new, state-of-the-art library research facility.
The library building will be dedicated before an audience of Chinese and international dignitaries during the University's centennial celebration May 4 in Beijing. The new university facility is the largest library in Asia, covering more than 500,000 square feet with a future capacity of 7 million volumes.
According to Lamar Jackson, SIRSI's director of business development, "China is updating the library services offered at approximately 100 higher education institutions. The addition of a fully automated management system to Peking University's new library will provide yet another leap forward for China by enabling public access to a huge variety of important Chinese documents."
Party officials, Nobel Prize winners, university presidents from around the world and an estimated 10,000 Peking University alumni are expected to attend the centennial celebration ceremony, which will also be televised live in China on CCTV. The day's activities will include speeches about the future of Chinese higher education, a festival of science and art and the issuing of a set of commemorative stamps—the first time in China that a stamp will be issued for a university.
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 UNIX-based, client/server library information systems in the world.