Huntsville, Ala. (August 18, 2000) Fairfield Public Library, consistently rated by Hennen's American Public Library Rating (HAPLR) Index as one of the best public libraries in Connecticut, and nearby Pequot Library, home to a renowned American history collection and a variety of cultural programs, have selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System for their libraries. According to officials at both libraries, Unicorn will enable them to provide fully integrated services for both staff and users. The two libraries are former members of the Bibliomation Computer Network, a consortium of 49 academic, public and school libraries throughout Connecticut.
Fairfield Public Library Director Tom Geoffino commented, "Bibliomation has provided competitive online library services through CARL. However, we believe the SIRSI system will provide higher-level, more sophisticated services. For example, we are looking forward to having authority control, acquisitions and serials functions for the first time. We also think the time has come for us to have an automation system that we manage ourselves. We concluded that following the initial capital investment, an independent system will be more cost-effective over time."
Pequot Library, Southport, CT
Pequot Library Director Mary Freedman noted, "Partnering with Fairfield Public Library on a SIRSI system will help us offer our patrons improved services and faster response times. The move to SIRSI also allows us to keep Fairfield's three libraries on one system.
A reader will be able to walk into Pequot Library, the Fairfield Woods Branch or the Main Library and, using the very same system, search the catalog and check out a book."
Fairfield Woods Branch Library
In addition to being ranked as one of the best public libraries in the U.S. for communities with a population greater than 50,000, Fairfield Public Library is home to the state's busiest branch library, Fairfield Woods. Together, the libraries have holdings of 275,000 titles and serve 50,000 users. Services include an online catalog with links to numerous databases of full-text magazine articles, health and business information; a technology training program for new computer users; reading programs for children from preschool to middle school; and adult book discussion groups.
"The key to Fairfield's success is a superb, customer-oriented staff, well-trained to connect our users to any resources they need, and a wonderful community that provides us with the support and budget we need," Geoffino noted. "With the SIRSI system, we can not only maintain what we have, but offer some new services through the serials and acquisitions functions."
Located in Fairfield's Southport historic district, Pequot library serves more than 85,000 visitors annually from the Southport, Mill Hill and Greenfield Hill areas of Fairfield. Its special collections of American history, 19th century periodicals, genealogy and local history, children's historical collection, history of printing and historic local photographs attract students and researchers from throughout New England. Pequot's facilities include a turn-of-the-century auditorium used for library-sponsored book discussions, "Meet the Author" programs, local theatre productions, poetry readings, children's music programs and much more.
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.