Boca Raton, FL, January 31, 2001 SIRS Mandarin, Inc. recently announced that one of Quebec's oldest public libraries, Pettes Memorial Library, located in Knowlton, Quebec, will automate its collection of 20,000 English and French titles with the Mandarin M3 Library Automation System.
Pettes Memorial Library, founded in 1894 and currently Quebec's oldest free rural library, purchased Mandarin M3 after evaluating the performance and price of ten different library automation systems. In December, the library selected Mandarin M3 based on the automation system's user-friendliness, large system capabilities, affordability and compliance with government requirements. SIRS Mandarin's high level of technical support and extensive experience in the Canadian market were additional factors that favorably influenced the Mandarin M3 purchase.
According to Head Librarian Susan Baily-Godin, the Mandarin M3 Library Automation System will directly benefit both librarians and patrons. “The new automation system will effectively decrease the manpower input on many tasks, allowing library staff to spend more time assisting the public,” said Baily-Godin. “Custom reports and statistics will no longer have to be tallied manually. In addition, staff will be able to process check-ins, reserves, overdues and other common library tasks more quickly and accurately.”