HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Dec. 15, 2000) Kanawha County Public Library (KCPL), the largest public library system in West Virginia, recently installed Sirsi Corporation's iBistro™ to provide users with a complete electronic library. According to KCPL library staff, iBistro enables them to offer library users much of the same personalized service, resources, and knowledge via the Internet as they do within the walls of their library buildings.
Located in Charleston, West Virginia's capital city, KCPL has 10 branches and a bookmobile that provide year-round service to all areas of the county. In addition, its iBistro is available to users at KCPL's more than 100 workstations, at 15 schools in the local K-12 school system, or from any computer with a Web browser. Through iBistro, users can do almost anything normally done in a traditional "brick and mortar" library, plus view enriched content on library holdings, create a personal account for automatic notification of new items by authors and on subjects of interest to them, browse cataloged Web sites, view bestseller lists, and place holds—all from a single, simple interface.
Linda Wright, KCPL director, noted, "For several years, this library has had a vision of providing a comparable level of service and features online that we do in our physical facilities. We've come progressively closer to this goal as we've introduced new technologies over the years, and now we have made a major step closer to our vision. We are excited that now with iBistro, we've been able to implement a cutting-edge gateway to our online catalog."
Larry Smith, SIRSI COO, commented, "SIRSI is proud that KCPL chose iBistro to establish their new electronic library. They are taking the lead in providing the type of library that 21st century users need-one that doesn't confine them to the contents of a single physical facility, but rather provides them with easy-to-use and powerful access to the entire universe of knowledge via the Internet."
SIRSI, the leader in library technology, is a privately held company founded in 1979, with headquarters in Huntsville, Ala, USA, 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. SIRSI (www.sirsi.com) provides products and services that help libraries of all types and sizes serve their users with the industry's most complete library management system, plus innovative Internet and digital media solutions for libraries.