HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — May 20, 2002 — Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), a nationally renowned K-12 system with the 12th largest enrollment in the U.S., has installed Sirsi Corporation's UnicornEcole Library Management System in its libraries. According to Alan Brody, FCPS coordinator of information technology applications support, "The students are learning how to use Ecole and the iBistro Electronic Library very quickly. It provides information to the library patron in a user-friendly manner."
Kathleen Brinkman, FCPS information technology applications specialist, reported that both library staff and students are pleased with the new system: "Ecole's staff client provides staff members the information they need, such as loan, hold, and delinquency records on the checkout screen. Students find iBistro easy to use, and availability and estimated wait are displayed for each item. Students are drawn to the colorful book covers that are displayed in the results list and online bibliographic records."
Fairfax County Public Schools comprises 238 facilities, including elementary, middle, and high schools, special education centers, and alternative schools and programs. FCPS programs and services include three community cable channels; adult high school completion; instruction in English for speakers of other languages; career planning and development; a summer Institute for the Arts; and magnet programs for gifted students. In addition to having only a 2.6 percent dropout rate, FCPS also sees 92 percent of its high school seniors go on to college.
Sirsi CEO Patrick C. Sommers commented, "The Fairfax County Public Schools are known nationally for their ongoing initiatives to keep students on the leading edge of technology. We are proud that one of the nation's most distinguished school systems has installed UnicornEcole, which is powered by the same Sirsi technology that drives Sagebrush's award-winning Accent system."
Sirsi (www.sirsi.comf) 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.