HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (August 11, 2000) The six-member Lycoming County Library System, which enjoys the highest per capita circulation among all Pennsylvania county systems, has chosen Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System to automate the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport, as well as its five Lycoming County member libraries. According to Director Janice Trapp, "We were looking for an automation system that would fit the design elements we needed, such as easy catalog searching and a user-friendly interface. We know that many Pennsylvania libraries our size have selected SIRSI. Also, our review of systems at the American Library Association (ALA) conference indicated that SIRSI was the best match for our needs." Replacing a Gaylord system, Unicorn will tie all the Lycoming County libraries together for the first time with one common catalog.
"Our patrons are really looking forward to using the new SIRSI system to locate and obtain materials," Trapp said. "With our old system, users had to go to three separate places to search the catalog. Now Unicorn provides everything patrons need from a single access point," Trapp continued. "We strive to be the lifelong learning center for our community, and now SIRSI will help us make this goal a reality. Our staff is as excited as our patrons to have a graphical, staff-friendly system," Trapp added.
With a current total collection of 252,000 items, the libraries have served three generations of citizens in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. A 2,500-item Pennsylvania Collection and a newspaper collection with more than 80,000 articles indexed by surname on marriages, obituaries, court cases, and land sale notices from 1807-1904 make the libraries a major source of genealogical information.
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.