LONDON (November 2000) The National Institute for Medical Research has chosen the Unicorn Library Management System for its library.
The Unicorn system will provide staff with access via a Graphical User Interface (WorkFlows with Z39.50) to public services, knowledge portal, cataloging, authority Control, circulation, inter-library loans and serials control. SmartPORT will be used to capture data from Z39.50 sources worldwide.
The library at the National Institute for Medical Research provides for all the information needs of the more than 500 scientific research staff of this MRC Institute. Approximately 250 current journals and 10,000 books are complemented by substantial holdings of periodical backruns and historical material.
According to Frank Norman, Librarian, Unicorn was chosen partly because of its technological leadership and support for standards such as Z39.50, partly for its excellent reputation for user support, and partly because of its good track record in other biomedical and research libraries. Norman added, "As a specialist research library we were not looking for a standard 'cataloguing and lending' automation package. We need a system flexible enough to deliver benefits to our users in a complex digital information environment, and I believe that Unicorn is that system".
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 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.