HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Aug. 21, 2001) LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, a statewide consortium of university and community and technical college libraries, has selected LINK, SIRSI Corporation’s new leading-edge system for academic libraries, for the state’s 27 university libraries and one private university library.
According to Ralph J. Boé, LOUIS director, LINK will enable LOUIS library personnel to improve service to LOUIS library users and connect to multiple electronic resources though the iLink™ Online Scholar’s Portal. The fully integrated LINK system will also provide online access to the libraries’ digital holdings via LINK’s Hyperion digital media archive system. The 28 libraries installing LINK and Hyperion have combined holdings of more than 7 million items and had more than 1.5 million circulation transactions during fiscal year 2000.
Announced earlier this year, LINK enables academic and research libraries to empower users to locate, assimilate, and make use of vast bodies of knowledge from a single online gateway. LINK provides a powerful "e-Searching"™ system that is fully implemented and maintained by the SIRSI/LINK team and integrated with other campus systems.
Boé commented, "We chose LINK because we believe it will empower LOUIS library staff personnel and patrons. For staff, it is easy to use and manipulate, flexible, and packed full of features. For users, iLink is easy to navigate and provides them with online access to numerous features that enhance their information retrieval experience, such as renewing items, inquiring on the status of fees owed, and initiating broadcast searches against all Louisiana catalogs."
"The LOUIS staff was also pleased with SIRSI’s excellent company history and pride in taking care of its customers. SIRSI customers verified this, and we have already found several friends welcoming us into the SIRSI user community. It is also refreshing to be working with a company that actually has personnel who have numerous years of experience with its products. SIRSI has a dedicated staff committed to supporting its products," Boé added.
Established in 1992 by the Louisiana Board of Regents and headquartered on the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network provides access to electronic information resources and automation support and training to libraries throughout Louisiana. As a result of LOUIS, patrons and library staff and faculty in the most remote areas of the state now have access to electronic library resources and automation services that had previously been available only at large urban research universities.
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.