Huntsville, Alabama (March 14, 1995). During a time when the college was considering more than one type of mainframe, Unicorn's ability to run in different networking environments appealed to Fort Valley College's Hunt Memorial Library. With Unicorn, the college did not have to consider changing systems to fit the hardware platform.
"Unicorn is a very user friendly system and one which any student or faculty in our diverse population can understand quickly without prior instructions," states Dr. Carole Taylor, Library Director. "We plan to network Unicorn so that it will be available to on-campus faculty, staff, and students as well as our off-campus centers. Unicorn will also connect to PeachNet, which is the state of Georgia's telecommunication network, and one which will connect all academic libraries for the purporse of resource sharing. "
SIRSI's Unicorn Collection Management System uses a client/server technology which simplifies and improves the process of managing and accessing libraries' 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 Bibliographic and Inventory Control modules, choosing and configuring the modules according to needs.
Fort Valley will install Unicorn on a HP host computer. The library has licensed the Authority Control, Bibliographic and Inventory Control, Circulation, Enhanced Public Access, Request, and Serials Control Modules. Fort Valley College is one of 34 public institutions in the University of Georgia system. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs to 2,823 students at its main campus and four off-campus sites. The Hunt Memorial library has a collection of 190,000 volumes and a staff of thirteen, five of whom are professional librarians.
Founded in 1979 by information and computer professionals, SIRSI, based in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the world's leading suppliers of information automation. SIRSI automates all aspects of information management, from information consortia to the single desktop user. SIRSI systems are installed worldwide in academic, public, law, medical, government, and corporate environments.