HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (July 5, 2001) The National Library of Education (NLE), the world's largest federally funded library devoted solely to education, has selected SIRSI's Unicorn Library Management System and Hyperion Digital Media Archive to provide online access to its collections. According to Sheila McGarr, NLE director, "With its 20-year track record and an established user base for both library automation and digital archiving systems, we believe SIRSI meets all of the requirements allowing the NLE to provide a seamlessly integrated library and media archiving system to our customers."
The NLE is open to the American public for on-site use and accepts inquiries through a toll-free telephone line and the Internet. However, it circulates materials only to U.S. Department of Education staff and contractors. Its collections consist of materials about education, with special emphasis on theory, policy, and research. In addition to the general collection, which consists of nearly 100,000 books, approximately 800 periodical subscriptions, and more than 450,000 microforms, NLE has a number of special collections, including histories of education legislation passed by Congress, books about education published before 1800, and 19th and early 20th century textbooks.
NLE services include a Reference and Information Services Division that provides assistance with questions about education statistics and other education-related issues; a Federal depository unit that provides services to U.S. Government employees as well as the U.S. Congress, students, and the general public; and a Web site with links to lesson plans, online reference services for teachers, students and parents, ERIC (the Educational Resources Information Center), the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, the U.S. Network for Education Information, and ED Pubs, an online service for ordering U.S. Department of Education publications.
McGarr commented, "We think Hyperion will be instrumental in helping the NLE make some of our unique holdings more accessible to scholars, educators, and the general public. For example, we have a wealth of information in our Federal legislative histories that date back to the late 1800s. At present, the histories are only useful to those who can come to the Library to use them. Hyperion will allow us to put them at scholars' desktops."
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