HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 20, 2000) S.A.I.L.S. Inc., a Massachusetts library network that is merging two existing networks, has chosen Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System for its 48 libraries in 64 Massachusetts locations. According to executive director Deborah Conrad, S.A.I.L.S. selected Unicorn for its user-pleasing WebCat Online Public Access Catalog and for the economy and flexibility it offers consortia and networks like S.A.I.L.S. Conrad added they were also pleased to team with a company like SIRSI from whom they could expect a successful, long-term relationship. The purchase of the SIRSI system was made possible with funds awarded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Before making their decision, Conrad reported, S.A.I.L.S. sought recommendations from focus groups formed within their libraries. Youngsters through seniors, at all levels of computer skills, repeatedly requested a catalog like WebCat, browseable on the Internet from their own desktops. "Once our other research results were available," commented Conrad, "the decision was SIRSI, hands down. From the cost effectiveness, to the staff's enthusiasm over WorkFlows, to the features like WebCat that met our focus group criteria, SIRSI was the clear choice."
Formed in 1995 to manage the existing SEAL and ABLE networks, S.A.I.L.S. found its efforts so successful, the merging of the two systems was planned, with a single new SIRSI automation system replacing two Dynix systems. Once combined, S.A.I.L.S. will included academic, public, and school libraries and will manage four million database items.
SIRSI, the leader in library technology, is a privately held company founded in 1979, with headquarters in Huntsville, Ala. SIRSI (www.sirsi.com) 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.