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Randolph-Macon College installs Unicorn

Press Release: SIRSI Corporation [November 15, 1996]

Copyright (c) 1996 SIRSI Corporation

Huntsville, AL (November 15, 1996) - Sirsi Corporation announces the license of UNICORN to Randolph-Macon College, located in Ashland, Virginia.

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. Randolph-Macon College purchased the Information Gateway, Acquisitions, Serials Control, Academic Reserves, and Materials Booking as well as the OPAC, Cataloging and Circulation modules.

Randolph-Macon College has installed UNICORN on an IBM RISC/6000 host computer. The library uses SIRSI's InfoVIEW graphical client with Z39.50 for Windows for staff modules. WebCat is used for the OPAC, both within the library and on the campus network. A consistent graphical interface for all staff and patron modules licensed by the library is provided.

Founded in 1830, Randolph-Macon College is an independent, coed liberal arts college fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The study body of 1,091 students represents approximately thirty-five states, the District of Columbia, and twelve countries. The college offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in numerous liberal arts fields.

McGraw-Page Library houses approximately 160,000 volumes and employs a staff of 15. Special collections include an extensive Casanova collection and Virginia Methodist archives. Library Director of the McGraw-Page Library, Dr. Dan Bedsole, stated that UNICORN was chosen "because it seemed to be the most mature product with the features we wanted: well developed modules for staff and a Web interface for on-site and remote users."

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:November 15, 1996
Publisher:SIRSI Corporation
Place of Publication:Huntsville, AL
Company: SIRSI Corporation
Products: Unicorn
Libraries: Randolph-Macon College
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Record Number:6404
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00