HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Aug. 14, 2001) The Mississippi Library Commission (MLC), the state library agency that provides information services and resources to public libraries throughout Mississippi, has selected SIRSI's Unicorn® Library Management System and iBistro™ Electronic Library to provide an integrated, easy-to-use library system for its resource library. MLC becomes the seventh state library agency to install a Unicorn system. According to Justin Duncan, system administrator, Unicorn and iBistro will provide MLC resource library staff with powerful technology and timesaving search features.
In addition to administering a variety of technical and support services, MLC provides materials and reference assistance to state employees, government officials, and libraries through its resource library. Duncan commented, “SIRSI's iBistro will enable our reference librarians to conduct simultaneous searches of our holdings and of Z39.50 databases.”
“We went through the formal proposal process during our search for a library system and looked at several systems. We decided that Unicorn will provide the technology to meet our needs for the best price, and iBistro will increase the horsepower of our reference librarians' searches,” Duncan added.
Founded in 1926, MLC supports Mississippi public libraries by providing access to technology, reference, and information services, continuing education for librarians, state and federal grant information, consulting services, and services for the blind and physically handicapped. The MLC primary resource collection of approximately 150,000 print and electronic databases provides expanded access to resources and professional reference staff to assist public, academic, special, and school libraries throughout the state to better meet the needs of their patrons. The collection also provides access to job-related resources for state employees and other government officials.
Other state library agencies using Unicorn include the Alabama Public Library Service; the Arizona Dept. of Libraries, Archives, and Public Records; the Arkansas State Library; the New York State Library; the State of North Carolina Supreme Court Library; and the Texas State Library and Archives.
SIRSI (www.sirsi.com), the leader in library technology since 1979, delivers advanced software and services for libraries around the globe. By providing the industry's most complete library management infrastructure and unique solutions for capitalizing on the power, speed, and versatility of the Internet, SIRSI and our clients are changing the way the world shares knowledge.