HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — June 10, 2002 — Franklin & Marshall College, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the U.S., has announced it will install Sirsi Corporation's Link system and iLink Online Scholar's Portal in its main and science libraries.
College Librarian Dr. Pamela Snelson commented, "The Sirsi system was an obvious choice for us. In addition to having strong technology for serving students, faculty, and researchers, the company is an industry leader. We are also confident that the Sirsi staff has the expertise and experience with DRA data to provide us with a smooth and successful migration." The Franklin && Marshall libraries are moving from their current DRA Classic system to Link, which is configured especially for academic and research libraries.
Founded in 1787 with a financial contribution from Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of bringing culture and civility to the Pennsylvania frontier, the institution was originally known as Franklin College. It became known as Franklin & Marshall after combining with Marshall College in 1853. Today, Franklin & Marshall is a nationally renowned liberal arts college that enrolls approximately 1,900 students from all over the world and offers undergraduate degrees in more than 30 disciplines.
Franklin & Marshall's Shadek-Fackenthal Library and Martin Library of the Sciences have a combined collection of 437,000 books and bound periodicals, more than 400,000 government documents, and approximately 1,750 periodical subscriptions. Both libraries are fully networked with wireless technology, providing students and faculty easy access to online indexing services, full-text databases, and the Internet. Special collections include one of the largest holdings of German-American imprints in the world and the unique library of films directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, a Franklin & Marshall alumnus.
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