HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (June 27, 2001) Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), a consortium of 26 Boston-area libraries, has selected SIRSI's UnicornConsorti to replace its current library management system. According to David Slater, executive director, the SIRSI system will enable OCLN member libraries to provide additional services to patrons through the iBistro™ Electronic Library and will speed library administrative and technical work through the WorkFlows staff client.
OCLN joins more than 20 other library consortia that are using a SIRSI system, including the SAILS Library Network, which comprises 66 libraries in southeastern Mass.; the PINES I and II projects of the Georgia Office of Public Library Services, which comprise more than 200 public libraries statewide; the Shorelink Library Network in New South Wales, Australia; and the West Midlands Regional Library Network in Birmingham, England.
"The SIRSI system received the highest score in our evaluation process," Slater reported. "Evaluation Committee members were particularly impressed with the content offered through the iBistro™ data stream. iBistro™ will enable OCLN to greatly expand service to patrons through an electronic library with up-to-date bestseller lists, an icon-driven children's catalog, and patron self-service functions. In addition, SIRSI is the only vendor that met OCLN's need for a fully integrated library staff client."
OCLN was established in 1984 to increase library services and resources to residents of Massachusett's South Shore area. The network includes 25 public libraries and 1 community college, which together serve approximately 330,000 patrons and have an annual circulation of 4.5 million items.
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