London (March 2000) - Leeds Metropolitan University has chosen the Unicorn Collection Management System to replace their existing Libertas library system.
Unicorn will provide access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows with Z39.50) to OPAC services, Cataloguing, Authority Control, Circulation, Inter-Library Loans, Academic Reserves, Acquisitions (with EDI) and Serials Control together with a Knowledge Portal to external services over the Internet. Access to the OPAC will also be available over the Internet via WebCat. The Unicorn system will be installed under the Solaris operating system on a Sun Enterprise 450 server.
Leeds Metropolitan University has Learning Centres on three sites, which support students on FE and HE undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Considerable emphasis is being placed on access to information and a wide range of electronic information sources are available to around 30,000 library users, including networked databases, CD-ROMs and electronic journals. Printed resources include 330,000 volumes, 15,000 audio-visual items and 1,800 current journal titles.
Philip Payne, head of Learning Support Services, commented: "We chose Unicorn from a strong field of library management systems because it is a flexible, forward-looking product that can be integrated with other systems to create our vision of an Online Learning Centre."
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 Peoples Republic of China and the United Kingdom, the company has established its Unicorn products as the leading client/server library information systems in the world.