HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - March 25, 2002 – Fairfax County (Va.) Public Library (FCPL), which serves the residents of one of the most wired and best-read communities in the world, has selected Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn® Library Management System as its library system for the future. The Unicorn system will be installed on a Sun platform running Oracle. According to Edwin S. Clay III, FCPL director, the Sirsi system will enable the library to handle its record growth in user demand and traffic and to provide users with state-of-the-art services. FCPL is migrating to Unicorn from its previous DRA Inlex system.
"Back in the late 1980s, when we got our current system, we were doing less than half the transactions that we do now," Clay commented. "The Sirsi system has the capacity to handle the volume of business we're doing in the 21st century."
Clay also lauded the Sirsi system's extensive functionality. "I believe users will be very pleased that the iBistro Electronic Library (the new catalog) offers Amazon.com-like features, such as book reviews, author bios, and the ability to view book jacket covers," he commented. He cited other new functions that the Sirsi system will enable FCPL to provide, such as notifying library users by e-mail when their reserved books are ready to be picked up or when their books are overdue. "FCPL users have been clamoring for those services for a long time," he said.
Established in 1939 in one small cinderblock building, the Fairfax County Public Library has since grown to 21 branches serving a 399-square-mile community made up of more than 1 million residents. The system has recorded eight consecutive years of increased usage, and expects to break another record in fiscal year 2002, which ends on June 30, by having loaned more than 12 million books and other items. In addition to a collection of more than 2 million books, magazines, recorded books, and compact discs, FCPL offers free programs for all ages, Center for the Book literacy events for adults, research assistance for businesses and entrepreneurs, Internet access for all users, public meeting rooms for community use, and special resources for people with disabilities, including assistive devices at all branches.
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.