|SIRSI Corp. has announced that the Pioneer Library System (PLS), a
state-chartered cooperative public library system serving the 42 public
libraries in Livingston, Ontario, and Wayne and Wyoming counties in western
New York, has selected SIRSI's Unicorn Library Management System and iBistro
Electronic Library. In separate releases, SIRSI announced that four libraries
in the Northland Library Cooperative (Michigan) have also adopted Unicorn
and iBistro, as has SNC-Lavalin, a Canadian engineering and construction
company, for its branches in Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary.
SIRSI will provide PLS member librariesand their users with a fully
integrated library system and easy online access to shared resources. Jennifer
Morris, PLS executive director, said, "Unicorn and iBistro will enable
PLS libraries to provide a whole new level of service to their users.
"The SIRSI system, which will be called OWWL (Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming,
and Livingston) Access, will offer member libraries' patrons a wonderful
new online resource enhanced with pictures of dust jackets and book reviews
and summaries, as well as links to bestseller lists, subscription databases,
and the Internet," Morris said.
"OWWL will provide full circulation, cataloging, and statistical report
functions for those libraries choosing to be full participants. One of
the key benefits for participating libraries is that all the automation
server hardware will be located at the PLS central office and maintained
by PLS staff. Sharing one easy-to-use e-library and centralized automation
services throughout the four-county region will make the most cost-effective
use of libraries' finances, staff, and technology," she said.
One of New York state's 23 public library systems, PLS was established
in 1955 by the Regents of New York state to enhance the services of and
promote cooperation among its member libraries. The member libraries have
combined holdings of more than 300,000 items and a total annual circulation
of more than 2 million. In addition, the PLS central office maintains a
collection of outreach kits, videos, audio books, and large print materials
for member libraries' use.
Northland Library Cooperative
Four libraries in the Northland Library Cooperative (NLC), a nonprofit
resource-sharing network of 20 northern Michigan public libraries, have
selected Unicorn and iBistro. According to Jeanne Ludlow, NLC system administrator,
SIRSI will provide the Alpena County Library, the Charlevoix Public Library,
the Cheboygan Area Public Library, and the Petoskey Public Library with
easy access to local and combined resources for the cost of a single system.
Ludlow said: "We looked at several graphical interfaces for library
users, but the iBistro e-library was the clincher that sold us on SIRSI.
We are looking forward to patrons accessing iBistro from home to view their
own library's holdings or those of the other member libraries, renew books,
or place reserves at their convenience."
One of 14 library cooperatives funded by the state of Michigan, the
NLC provides its members with a regional library catalog, reference services,
Internet access and training, consulting, technology development, and grant-writing
services. NLC's 20 member libraries serve approximately 200,000 residents
of 10 northern Michigan counties.
According to Lynda Thivierge, SNC-Lavalin manager of library and records
management services, the SIRSI system will enable the libraries to provide
employees with easy online access to library holdings and other electronic
resources. "Library staff were impressed with the powerful searching iBistro
provides, and felt that it would be very easy for employees to use. We
will be able to offer our catalog over our intranet to all SNC-Lavalin
employees and incorporate access to a variety of electronic resources,"
SNC-Lavalin is Canada's largest group of engineering and construction
companies, one of the leading group of engineering and construction firms
in the world, and a key player in the ownership and management of major
infrastructure projects. The SNC-Lavalin group of companies has offices
across Canada and in 30 other countries, and is currently working in some
100 countries around the world.
Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.