HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Sept. 23, 2002 — Sirsi Corporation, the leader in new-name sales of technology for libraries around the world*, announced today that library consortia in Illinois, Texas, and Wisconsin have selected Sirsi Corporation's UnicornConsortia Library Management System. Joining the growing number of multi-library systems with UnicornConsortia are the 54-member Harrington Library Consortium in Amarillo, Texas; 38 libraries of the Heritage Trail Library System in Shorewood, Illinois; and the Lakeshores Library System in Waterford, Wisconsin, a consortium of 15 public libraries in Racine and Walworth counties. According to representatives of each consortium, the Sirsi system enables member libraries to manage administrative work and offer multiple resources to library users through the Unicorn WorkFlows® staff client and iBistro and iLink Electronic Libraries.
Harrington Library Consortium (HLC), which comprises 54 academic, public, and school libraries throughout Texas, installed UnicornConsortia in mid-August. According to Dr. Karen Ruddy, HLC executive director and director of Amarillo College's AC Library Network, the e-Library was an immediate hit with both library staff and users. "The very first night the system went "live" to Amarillo College users, a user needed help finding a history of Mexico written in the 19th century. Using iLink's Web Resources search feature, our reference librarian located four links to the work, including a full-text version that the user could print out. Both the librarian and the user were thrilled that iLink was so powerful," she said.
The Heritage Trail Library System (HTLS) provides cost-efficient services in interlibrary loan, online cataloging and circulation, consulting and continuing education, systemwide materials delivery, and reciprocal borrowing to 189 Illinois public, academic, special, and school libraries in 11 North-Central Illinois counties. Currently, 38 HTLS libraries take part in the Heritage Automated Libraries (HAL) project, which enables member libraries and their users to access shared resources. HAL libraries will introduce UnicornConsortia to users in early 2003.
Paul Mills, HTLS information technology coordinator, commented, "The HTLS libraries are looking forward to providing their patrons with a Web-based electronic library that has increased functionality. iBistro provides new options and features for HAL library staff and patrons. The selection committee was impressed by its intuitive search engines, customization/personalization options, notification options, and enriched content, such as book jacket covers, reviews, and chapter excerpts."
Established in 1983, the Lakeshores Library System provides its 15 members with continuing education and support for cataloging, Internet access, interlibrary loan and other technical issues. At present, the 13 Lakeshores members that are automated maintain a separate catalog and other software for managing circulation, acquisitions, and other staff work. Following installation of UnicornConsortia in spring 2003, each library's users will have Web access to the holdings of all member libraries, as well as a wide variety of electronic resources, via the iBistro Electronic Library. Library staff will manage acquisitions, circulation, outreach services, and serials control through a single integrated staff client, WorkFlows®.
Bernie Bellin, system administrator for the Lakeshores Library System, said, "We selected the Sirsi system because of its extraordinary user friendliness. The committee in charge of the selection was very impressed with Sirsi's responses to and anticipation of patron needs."
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. Sirsi's portfolio of products and services includes the iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions, the Unicorn Library Management System, the Hyperion Digital Media Archive, and a full slate of services.