HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Sept. 18, 2001) Four libraries of the Northland Library Cooperative (NLC), a non-profit resource-sharing network of 20 northern Michigan public libraries, have selected SIRSI Corporation’s Unicorn Library Management System and iBistro Electronic Library. According to Jeanne Ludlow, NLC system administrator, SIRSI will provide the Alpena County Library, the Charlevoix Public Library, the Cheboygan Area Public Library, and the Petoskey Public Library with easy access to local and combined resources for the cost of a single system.
Ludlow commented, "We looked at several graphical interfaces for library users, but the iBistro e-Library was the clincher that sold us on SIRSI. We are looking forward to patrons accessing iBistro from home to view their own library’s holdings or those of the other member libraries, renew books, or place reserves at their convenience."
The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Library offers a collection of more than 75,000 books, magazines, CDs, videos, and educational media, as well as a variety of adult and children’s programs. The Charlevoix Public Library collection includes approximately 25,000 books, magazines, and videos, as well as a Michigan history special collection and an online special collection featuring local history. The Cheboygan Area Public Library serves area residents with a popular collection of approximately 30,000 items, children’s and reference services, and military history and genealogy special collections. The Petoskey Public Library serves the 17,500 residents of Emmet County with approximately 40,000 popular materials and several special collections, including books by and about former Petoskey resident Ernest Hemingway.
One of 14 library cooperatives funded by the state of Michigan, the NLC provides its members with a regional library catalog, reference services, Internet access and training, consulting, technology development, and grant writing services. NLC’s 20 member libraries serve approximately 200,000 residents of 10 northern Michigan counties encompassing 5,000 square miles.
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.