HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (March 9, 2001) Ottawa University, a liberal arts college in Ottawa, Kan., offering both a traditional residential education and worldwide adult education programs, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System. According to Janice Lee, interim library director, Unicorn will provide Ottawa students, faculty, and staff with an easy-to-search Web catalog and library staff with a user-friendly interface for completing administrative tasks.
We chose SIRSI because it was superior to the other three systems we saw demonstrated and would do the most for us with the dollars we had to spend,” Lee reported. “The WorkFlows client is easy for our staff to use, and we like the searching capabilities that patrons will have in SIRSI's online catalog. In addition, the Ottawa Public Library has a SIRSI system, and we thought it would be more convenient for patrons if both libraries used the same system.”
Founded in 1865 by Baptist lay persons, Ottawa University was so named to recognize a 20,000-acre land grant given by nearby Ottawa Indians to ensure a private Christian education for their own and others' children. Over the years, Ottawa University has retained its Christian and liberal arts emphases, while adapting to changing curricular needs. Since establishing its first nonresidential adult degree completion program in Kansas City in 1974, Ottawa has opened centers in Phoenix, Ariz.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Lee commented, “Currently, the Myers Library supports only the Ottawa campus. When our library goes online with SIRSI, the Ottawa campus and surrounding community will have access to our catalog via the Web for the first time. Because the off-site adult education centers don't have libraries, having our catalog on the Web also opens up the possibility for us to provide access to our collection to those students in the future.”
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