HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — May 28, 2002 — Two Ontario library cooperatives have announced their decision to convert from their existing MultiLIS systems to provide member libraries with the latest Sirsi technology. The Ontario Library Consortium (OLC), which consists of 19 southern Ontario library systems, will install Sirsi Corporation's Unicorn® Library Management System and iBistro Electronic Library in five member libraries initially, with more to follow; while Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, will install Sirsi's Link system and iLink Online Scholar's Portal to serve the 12 libraries in the Laurentian University consortium.
Founded in 1986, the OLC's mission is to ensure that Ontario library users achieve maximum benefit from advanced technology through member libraries' cooperative use of resources. Services include joint custom programming, negotiations of bulk rates with vendors, and cooperative training and support. Membership includes 13 county and regional municipality libraries and six public libraries, with total holdings of approximately 3 million items and a combined annual circulation of more than 5 million items.
Katherine Slimman, OLC coordinator, commented, "The OLC was impressed with Unicorn and iBistro's design and features. We especially like iBistro, which integrates the library catalog, content enrichment, and links to local information and Internet resources, as well as user-friendly features such as MyAccount and MyBistro. iBistro also enables library users to place their own holds, a feature that many of our member libraries have requested but that we have previously been unable to offer."
Founded in 1960, Laurentian University offers a wide range of programs for undergraduates and graduate students, with services and programs in English and French. The J.N. Desmarais Library serves the university's approximately 5,000 students and provides shared online access to the resources of its consortia partners: the University of Sudbury, Huntington University, Thornloe University, Algoma University, Inco Ltd., Falconbridge Ltd., Centre Franco-Ontarien de Folklore, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Northeast Mental Health Centre, Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, and Laurentian Hospital.
Laurentian University Systems Development Librarian Glen Kelly reported, "In addition to being a good value, the Link software is well suited to the diverse needs of the various academic, corporate, government, and health related libraries in our consortium. We are particularly looking forward to the enhanced features available in the Link Acquisitions and Report modules."
Sirsi CEO Patrick C. Sommers remarked, "This is truly an exciting year for us at Sirsi, as we continue building strong relationships throughout Ontario. Earlier in the year, we welcomed the decision of the libraries at the University of Toronto, Trent University, and the Richmond Hill Public Library to upgrade their Sirsi systems. It is a pleasure to welcome the Ontario Library Consortium and Laurentian University to this distinguished group."
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.