NEW ORLEANS – Jan. 18, 2002 – The Waukesha (Wisconsin) Public Library, ranked for the past two years among the top 20 libraries in its specific service population category by Hennen's American Public Library Rating Index, has invested in Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn Library Management System as its integrated library system for the future. The library is migrating to Unicorn from its previous DRA Inlex system. According to Jane Ameel, director of the Waukesha Public Library, Unicorn and the iBistro Electronic Library will provide library users with around-the-clock, personalized Web access to Waukesha's extensive library resources and services.
"The Waukesha Public Library is poised and ready to empower its users by taking a quantum leap with Sirsi," Ameel reported. "Our users are bound to love the personalization features available to them, such as the option to customize iBistro for their own use and receive updates when the library acquires materials by authors or on subjects of interest to them."
With an annual circulation of more than 1.3 million, Waukesha Public Library is the busiest single-site library in Wisconsin. It serves more than 100,000 Waukesha area residents with a collection of more than 325,000 items; state-of-the-art technology; extensive adult, children's, and family programming; and a homebound and elderly outreach program that was named the best in Wisconsin for 2001 by the Outreach Services Roundtable of the Wisconsin Library Association.
The Waukesha Public Library has won honors for its expertise in applying technology to benefit users, particularly in the area of systems management. The Hewlett Packard Co. recently gave Waukesha a library automation award for the "Most Cost Effective Long-Term Application" among state and local governments in the U.S. In addition, Howard Pringle, Waukesha's manager of library systems and technology, has twice been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the DRA Inlex Customer Support Group.
Patrick C. Sommers, Sirsi's president and CEO, commented, "We are delighted that the Waukesha Public Library is migrating to Sirsi's Unicorn. With their technical savvy and deep commitment to customer service, they will contribute greatly to the Sirsi family of users. Waukesha has for years been a leader among DRA Inlex libraries, so it is only natural that they continue leading the way with Unicorn."
Sirsi (www.sirsi.com) recognizes that today's librarians are on a mission to break down walls—barriers that limit the knowledge and resources accessible to library users. A partner with leading libraries around the globe since 1979, Sirsi provides software and services that assist libraries in breaking down walls, thereby promoting learning, empowerment, and opportunity for diverse user communities.