HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Feb. 3, 2000) Pennsylvania State University Libraries, in partnership with Library Computing Services, has chosen Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn™ Library Management System to update portions of the LIAS (Library Information Access System) online system, which is used by the Paterno Library, Pattee Library, seven other University Park branch libraries, and an additional 20 libraries at other Penn State sites.
According to Nancy L. Eaton, Dean of University Libraries, the SIRSI system will provide new features not currently available in LIAS and will release some technical staff to work on other library information technology projects. One aspect of the contract will allow Penn State and SIRSI to do joint development of new features of mutual interest. Eric Ferrin, Senior Director of Library Computing Services, adds that SIRSI's flexibility will enable Library Computing Services and the University Libraries to continue to tailor Unicorn and LIAS to support the research and instruction needs of Penn State.
"Important to the selection of Unicorn were platform considerations, SIRSI's support for national and international technical standards, the company's track record with other large research libraries, and specific features of the SIRSI system," said Dean Nancy L. Eaton.
A member of the Association of Research Libraries, Penn State looks forward to the completion of its new Paterno Library addition in the summer of 2000. Currently, the Penn State library system holds more than 4.3 million volumes, with almost 36,000 periodical subscriptions. The Penn State University Libraries and Library Computing Services jointly support online access to resources for more than 81,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty on 24 campuses throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
SIRSI, the leader in library technology, is a privately held company founded in 1979, 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 America, the Middle East, the People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client/server library information system in the world.