|SIRSI Corp. has announced the release of JurisLink, a new library management
system that is tailored to the needs of law libraries. SIRSI has also announced
that the National Library of Education (NLE) has selected the company's
Unicorn library management system and the Hyperion Digital Media Archive
to provide online access to its collections. In addition, the Old Colony
Library Network (OCLN), a consortium of 26 Boston-area libraries, has selected
According to the company, JurisLink was developed in response to law
libraries' need to provide users with easy electronic access to knowledge
and resources from within the library or from anywhere in the world.
The new JurisLink software configuration includes the iLink Electronic
Library with "eSearcher" simultaneous database searching and "MyLink" selective
dissemination of information (SDI). Also included are Z39.50 Version 3
Server with Level 1 Bath Profile compliance, a bibliographic catalog with
dynamic total keyword indexing, acquisitions and fund accounting with electronic
data interchange (EDI), serials check-in and control with UDC automatic
check-in, SmartPORT for Z39.50 copy cataloging with OCLC Automatic Post
Holdings, and circulation control with reserves.
Doug Livsey, SIRSI's director of special libraries, said: "JurisLink
provides fully integrated technology that enables law libraries ... to
manage all technical services, as well as meet the unique needs of legal
researchers. Through the iLink Electronic Library, researchers can immediately
access accurate, current content, such as high-quality MARC-cataloged Web
sites, book reviews, tables of contents, excerpts and first chapters, e-books,
and online journals. Through JurisLink and iLink, users of law libraries
can enjoy benefits from today's most powerful library and Internet technologies."
National Library of Education
Sheila McGarr, National Library of Education director, said: "With
its 20-year track record and an established user base for both library
automation and digital archiving systems, we believe SIRSI meets all of
the requirements allowing the NLE to provide a seamlessly integrated library
and media-archiving system to our customers."
The NLE is open to the public for on-site use and accepts inquiries
through a toll-free telephone line and the Internet. However, it circulates
materials only to U.S. Department of Education staff and contractors. Its
collections consist of materials about education, with special emphasis
on theory, policy, and research. In addition to the general collection—which
consists of nearly 100,000 books, approximately 800 periodical subscriptions,
and more than 450,000 microforms—NLE has a number of special collections,
including histories of education legislation passed by Congress, books
about education published before 1800, and 19th- and early-20th-century
NLE services include a Reference and Information Services Division that
provides assistance with questions about education statistics and other
education-related issues; a federal depository unit that provides services
to U.S. government employees as well as the U.S. Congress, students, and
the general public; and a Web site with links to lesson plans, online reference
services, ERIC (the Educational Resources Information Center), the National
Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, the U.S. Network for Education
Information, and ED Pubs (an online service for ordering U.S. Department
of Education publications).
McGarr said: "We think Hyperion will be instrumental in helping the
NLE make some of our unique holdings more accessible to scholars, educators,
and the general public. For example, we have a wealth of information in
our federal legislative histories that dates back to the late 1800s. At
present, the histories are only useful to those who can come to the library
to use them. Hyperion will allow us to put them at scholars' desktops."
According to David Slater, executive director of the Old Colony Library
Network, the SIRSI system will enable OCLN member libraries to provide
additional services to patrons through the iBistro Electronic Library and
will speed library administrative and technical work through the WorkFlows
OCLN joins more than 20 other library consortia that are using a SIRSI
system, including the SAILS Library Network, which comprises 66 libraries
in southeastern Massachusetts; the Georgia Office of Public Library Services'
PINES I and II projects, which comprise more than 200 public libraries
statewide; the Shorelink Library Network in New South Wales, Australia;
and the West Midlands Regional Library Network in Birmingham, U.K.
"The SIRSI system received the highest score in our evaluation process,"
Slater said. "Evaluation committee members were particularly impressed
with the content offered through the iBistro data stream. iBistro will
enable OCLN to greatly expand service to patrons through an electronic
library with up-to-date bestseller lists, an icon-driven children's catalog,
and patron self-service functions. In addition, SIRSI is the only vendor
that met OCLN's need for a fully integrated library staff client."
OCLN was established in 1984 to increase library services and resources
to residents of Massachusetts' South Shore area. The network includes 25
public libraries and one community college, which together serve approximately
330,000 patrons and have an annual circulation of 4.5 million items.
Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.