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Florida Institute of Technology's Evans Library to install Unicorn

Press Release: SIRSI Corporation [April 8, 1996]

Copyright (c) 1996 SIRSI Corporation

Huntsville, AL (April 8, 1996) - Sirsi Corporation announced today the license of UNICORN to Florida Institute of Technology, located in Melbourne, Florida.

SIRSI's Unicorn Collection Management System, using client/server technology, simplifies and improves the process of managing and accessing library holdings. Its UNIX base allows the flexibility of choosing different platforms, all of which operate with the same software. Its modular design enables users to build on the system's core Z39.50-compliant catalog, choosing and configuring additional modules according to local library needs.

Florida Tech's Evans Library will install UNICORN on an IBM RISC System/6000 host computer. The library has selected SIRSI's InfoVIEW graphical client with Z39.50 for Windows. In addition to providing a consistent graphical interface to all staff and patron modules licensed by the library, InfoVIEW also provides URL hyperlinks from within the UNICORN catalog to multi-media resources.

Florida Institute of Technology was previously in negotiations with NOTIS for its Horizon system. After visiting Emory University to observe a SIRSI system in operation, UNICORN was selected. Systems & Computer Technology (SCT) provides facility management to Florida Tech and has been granted permission to operate the software on behalf of the institute.

Founded in 1958, Florida Tech has an enrollment of almost 5,000 students. The institute offers more than 120 degree programs in science and engineering, aviation, business, humanities, psychology, and communication. Master's degrees are offered in more than 50 areas of study, and Doctoral degrees available in 18 disciplines. Current library holdings include more than 91,000 books, 145,000 government documents, and an extensive collection of technical journals, including more than 1,800 current subscriptions. The library is staffed by 24 individuals, eight of whom are professional librarians.

Company Background

SIRSI, founded in 1980, is a privately held company with headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. SIRSI develops, markets, and supports information technology solutions for libraries, archives, and businesses. 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. SIRSI has also responded to phenomenal interest in the World Wide Web with WebCat and VIZION, two products gaining broad support as the tools of choice for exploiting the vast potential of the Internet. For more information contact SIRSI at 689 Discovery Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806, phone: (205)922-9820, fax: (205) 922-9818, or visit SIRSI's Home Page at:

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Publication Year:1996
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:April 8, 1996
Publisher:SIRSI Corporation
Place of Publication:Huntsville, AL
Company: SIRSI Corporation
Products: Unicorn
Libraries: Florida Institute of Technology
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Record Number:6381
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00