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Public libraries to install Unicorn Collection Management System

Press Release: SIRSI Corporation [February 14, 1994]

Copyright (c) 1994 SIRSI Corporation


Huntsville, Alabama - Sirsi Corporation is pleased to announced that the Unicorn Collection Management System will be installed at the Fontana Regional Library, Madison County Library System, and Whiting Public Library.

The Fontana Regional Library system consists of four libraries serving Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties in North Carolina. Unicorn will be installed on an IBM RISC System/6000 Model 340 host computer at the Macon County Public Library, and the remaining libraries will access the system via modem. A fifth library will be added in the summer of 1994. Fontana has licensed the authority control, bibliographic and inventory control, circulation, and enhanced public access modules. Steve Farlow, Director, feels that Sirsi's reputation was the main factor in selecting Unicorn. "Sirsi has a strong reputation as a worldwide company committed to maintaining and improving its products. Unicorn is fully integrated and continually maturing."

With branches in Canton, Flora, Madison, and Ridgeland, Mississippi, the Madison County Library System serves over 25,000 patrons and maintains a collection of approximately 76,000 items. Unicorn will be installed on an IBM RISC System/6000 Model 34H host computer at the Canton Public Library, and the other branches will be connected via digital telephone lines. Madison has licensed the acquisitions, authority control, bibliographic and inventory control, circulation, and enhanced public access modules. Patrons will have dial-in access. James Howard, Automation Coordinator, commented, "Unicorn is fully integrated and easy to use. These were important in making our choice."

The Whiting Public Library serves over 10,000 patrons in Whiting, an industrial city in northwest Indiana. T he library, a Carnegie building opened in 1906 and renovated in 1982, has an area of 17,000 square feet and houses a collection of approximately 104,000 items. Unicorn will be installed on an IBM RISC System/6000 Model 340 host computer. In addition to the bibliographic and inventory control module, whiting has licensed the acquisitions, authority control, circulation, enhanced public access, and serials control modules. Jan Boyle, Director, said Unicorn was selected because "it is a capable, well-developed, UNIX-based system. We were also very impressed with SIRSI's response to customer suggestions for changes and the quick integration of those suggestions into subsequent system updates." All Whiting fourth, fifth, and sixth graders are provided with personal computers by the public schools, and Whiting Public Library will provide dial-in access Jo UNICORN so students can search the library catalog at home.

Founded in 1979 by information and computer professionals, Sirsi Corporation, based in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the world's leading suppliers of information automation. Sirsi's multiuser UNIX-based systems offer modules to automate all aspects of information management. Sirsi systems are installed worldwide in academic, public, law, medical, government, and corporate environments.

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Publication Year:1994
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:February 14, 1994
Publisher:SIRSI Corporation
Place of Publication:Huntsville, AL
Company: SIRSI Corporation
SirsiDynix
Products: Unicorn
Libraries: Fontana Regional Library
Madison County Library System
Whiting Public Library
Record Number:6458
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00