Boca Raton, FL, November 1, 2001 - In 1994 SIRS (Social Issues Resources Series, Inc.) led by Elliot and Eleanor Goldstein, began a marketing venture with Melchior Management Systems, Inc., the original developer of the Mandarin Library Automation software, led by Harry Chan. The venture was a mutual success and in June 1995, SIRS purchased the rights to the Mandarin Library Automation software from Melchior Management. This union brought a state-of-the-art automation solution to libraries around the world.
In 1997 SIRS Mandarin, Inc., utilizing a team of software developers at its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, FL, began the project of designing and programming the next generation of Mandarin software. M3 was introduced at ALA in June 1998 as a Windows NT 32-bit client/server automation solution. SIRS Mandarin, Inc. offered all Mandarin 2.8 DOS clients the opportunity to upgrade to the new M3 software at no cost and considered it a part of their Annual Service & Update Agreement fee.
SIRS Mandarin, Inc. recently reorganized into two separate corporations. The library automation division is now Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. (Mandarin); the electronic and print databases division is now SIRS Publishing, Inc. (SIRS). As part of the reorganization, Mandarin gave the RECON portion of the business to Harry Chan, which he continues to operate under his company, Bibliofiche. This reorganization allows each division to focus solely on its specific software development goals allowing a more effective business plan.
In our effort to consolidate activities and minimize expenditures we have decided to close our Montreal, Canada office. This decision affected five full-time employees. Two of these five, Al Calame, Library Automation Specialist, and Francois Payette, M3 Programmer, have accepted positions with us as Mandarin consultants. Two full-time technical support staff members were laid off. An offer was extended to Harry Chan who regretfully chose to pursue other business avenues. We want to thank Harry Chan for his commitment to the vast number of Mandarin clients for over a decade, and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.
Mandarin continues our dedicated commitment to providing quality library automation products, technical services and training. The Boca Raton office continues to staff 10 full-time dedicated Mandarin technical support representatives 365/24/7. Electronic Data Conversion processes, training efforts and project management are also coordinated through Boca Raton. Tom Kelsh remains the manager of the support office in Champlain, NY. John Schuster will also continue in his national and international technical and training position.
Today Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. is directed by Elliot Goldstein, Chairman, Board of Directors; Leonardo Lazo, President; Diane C. Schroeder, Vice President of Sales & Marketing; Art Graham, Vice President of Technical Services; and Harry Kaplanian, Vice President of Software Development. Each member of this management team offers between 10-30 years of industry knowledge and experience.
Harry Kaplanian is a member of the SIF Compliance Working Group and Mark Reichert, Senior Programmer is a member of the SIF Infrastructure Working Group. We are also pleased to announce the addition of Karen Anspach to our team. Karen comes to us with over 15 years of library automation experience. Karen has a MLS from Columbia University and actively participates in standards groups such as MARBI (Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information Committee) and NISO's SDC (Standards Development Committee).
For further information about Mandarin Library Automation, Inc. and Mandarin M3, visit our website at www.mlasolutions.com or contact Diane C. Schroeder at 800-426-7477 ext. 265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.