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Innovative Canadian uses of Unicorn and Z39.50

Press Release: SIRSI Corporation [September 23, 1996]

Copyright (c) 1996 SIRSI Corporation

Huntsville, AL (September 23, 1996) - Sirsi Corporation today highlights the creative uses of SIRSI's technology and Z39.50 within the Canadian Library community.

Recently, the Memorial University of Newfoundland embarked on a project, using SIRSI's InfoBASE to fulfill their part of a resource-sharing agreement with other academic institutions in Atlantic Canada, such as the University of New Brunswick, Acadia University, and St. Frances Xavier University. As part of the agreement, Memorial was tasked to make available approximately five million Current Contents titles and ERIC reference databases. They chose SIRSI's InfoBASE to accomplish this task. "Today, information services often extend well beyond the library catalog. Sources of information consist of online services and locally generated material. InfoBASE is designed to support local data warehousing and provide total control over auxiliary catalog databases," said Slavko Manojlovich of the Memorial University of Newfoundland. The University of New Brunswick will also provide regional access to the Z39.50 compliant reference databases available via SilverPlatter's Electronic Reference Library (ERL) server.

The Memorial University of Newfoundland is using InfoBASE to provide public access to commercial databases, such as Current Contents and ERIC, as well as locally developed databases, such as Newfoundland Periodical Article Bibliography, Ocean Engineering Information Centre, and Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Slide Collection.

Memorial University has also mounted a test version of Books In Print, which will be used both as a publicly accessible reference database and as a source for cataloging copy for acquisitions. "For databases like ERIC, InfoBASE is the only solution for a multi-institutional environment. Since the ERL server and UNICORN's Version 8.0 clients are both Z39.50 Version 3 compliant, users will be able to perform both browse and word searches. In addition, the UNICORN Version 8.0 clients support hooks to holdings, allowing users to check the availability of a journal title in the local library as a part of the search process." said Manojlovich.

Manojlovich continues, "SIRSI has put a lot of effort into developing and testing Z39.50 access to a variety of resources including SilverPlatter's ERL, library catalogs, and commercial services such as RLG and OCLC. In terms of access to ERL, SIRSI is the first vendor I know of to demonstrate Z39.50 version 3 interoperability with ERL. WebCat access to ERL was developed within a week of the release of ERL's Z39.50 server."

Company Background

SIRSI, founded in 1980, is a privately held company with headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. SIRSI develops, markets, and supports information software systems for libraries, businesses, and archives. Its products include WebCat ™ and VIZION™, Web information managers, Media Archives, and InfoBASE for data warehousing. With offices in major US cities, and subsidiaries in Canada, the UK and Australia, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading UNIX-based client/server library automation systems in the world. For more information, please contact SIRSI via phone at (205) 922-9820, fax at (205) 922-9818, or the World Wide Web at

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Publication Year:1996
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:September 23, 1996
Publisher:SIRSI Corporation
Place of Publication:Huntsville, AL
Company: SIRSI Corporation
Products: Unicorn
Libraries: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Subject: Z39.50
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Record Number:6380
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00