HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Feb. 4, 6, 2002 – Sirsi Corporation announced that the Richmond Hill Public Library, a 150-year-old library in Ontario, Canada, recently selected Unicorn® as its library management system for the future. The contract also included Hyperion Digital Media Archive and iBistro Electronic Library, which will give library users unparalleled Web-based access to Richmond Hill’s total holdings of more than 300,000 items and to its impressive range of special resources.
Sirsi President and CEO Patrick Sommers said, "We are honored that the Richmond Hill Public Library, a true innovator in the delivery of high-quality resources to library users, chose Sirsi as its technology partner. We are proud to provide the superior library management tools and services that will enable the library to enhance its long tradition of leadership and service to the community."
Jane Horrocks, CEO of Richmond Hill Public Library, said, "We selected Sirsi because Unicorn is a leading-edge, integrated library system that supports efficient work flow, and it will serve our diverse needs well into the future. We look forward to implementing innovative components of the system for our special interests. iBistro has the portal capability for personalization, and Hyperion has XML functionality that is suitable for local history and genealogy applications."
Established in 1852, the Richmond Hill Public Library has the largest repository of genealogical data in the York Region. The Local History and Genealogy Room also contains a variety of unique resources including scrapbooks, newspapers, atlases, maps, photographs, and published histories of Ontario communities.
Originally housed in the town’s Masonic Hall with one part-time employee, the library system now comprises a 60,000-square-foot Central Library and two branches near Toronto. Each facility offers a wide range of adult and children’s programs, as well as reference services, business services, community information, and job hunting and career resources.
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.