POTTERS BAR, England (May 1998) - The library of The Royal Society of Medicine has implemented the Unicorn Library Management System to provide an Integrated Library Management System to replace their previous Genesis library system.
The Unicorn system has been installed under the HP/UX operating system on a Hewlett-Parkard 9000 and will provide access to OPAC services through the World Wide Web via WebCat. Access to staff functions will be via a Graphical User Interface. Modules purchased include OPAC, cataloguing, authority control, circulation, inter-library loans, current awareness and SDI, and serials control.
The library at The Royal Society of Medicine has one of the largest medical collections in Europe. Its collection of more than half a million items and 2,000 current periodical subscription is available to more than 17,000 members and supported by 31 professional information services staff.
Richard Gough, Project Manager and Head of Information Technology at The Royal Society of Medicine, commented: "Unicorn was chosen after careful and detailed evaluation of the Society's requirements and the capabilities of library systems in the UK. Unicorn is a well-established system noted for its range and depth of functionality and its continual development. This should ensure that the Society provides members with state-of-the-art library services into the new millennium; which will see the Society reaching its bi-centenary in 2005."
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.