CHICAGO (July 8, 2000) Hazelwood School District, which serves 18,300 students in suburban St. Louis, has chosen Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to automate the libraries in its 24 district schools. According to Media/Technology Consultant Michelle Schmitt, "Hazelwood chose SIRSI because we were impressed by the combination of a great system at a fair price. We did a great amount of research, looking at systems for seven years, and felt confident that the Unicorn system met our needs to automate our large system and would serve us well, both now and in the future."
Schmitt anticipates increased use of the libraries with Unicorn's WebCat Online Public Access Catalog because of improved catalog access, reduced frustration over the use of card systems and the increased pleasure the students derive from searching successfully. Schmitt commented, "I believe that success breeds success, and when students have success finding materials with WebCat they will come back to the library again and again."
The Unicorn system will automate all of the district's libraries, with seven libraries replacing a CALICO automation system and the remaining converting from manual systems, Schmitt noted. With the Unicorn system in place, the district looks forward to streamlining library operations and making the entire system more efficient. "We are also very excited about the possibility of sharing resources across the district," Schmitt added.
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.