|SIRSI Corp. has announced the launch of http://www.infobistro.com,
a Web site devoted exclusively to familiarizing libraries and their users
with electronic libraries. SIRSI has also announced that both the Yokosuka
(Japan) Naval Base and the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) in Colorado
Springs, Colorado, have selected its Unicorn library management system.
The PPLD has also implemented SIRSI’s iBistro Electronic Library.
The site provides information and links to information about establishing
and maintaining a variety of library services via the Internet. Pat Sommers,
SIRSI president, said: "Although libraries have offered online catalogs
for some time, the idea of a complete electronic library is now being considered
seriously by most library technologists. A true electronic library delivers
library-caliber knowledge, resources, and services that libraries have
traditionally provided from within the physical walls of a library—plus
much more—in an electronic format. infoBistro.com provides the information
that libraries need to establish and maintain their own electronic libraries."
In addition to defining and describing the e-library concept, infoBistro.com
offers links to organizations across the country that have already created
their own e-libraries, answers to FAQs, and a glossary of terms used in
the e-library setting. Visitors to infoBistro.com can also experience a
live electronic library, which is able to operate with any local integrated
"The e-library is the next evolutionary step in nurturing, managing,
and distributing knowledge," Sommers said. "It enables libraries to offer
their services and resources online, and users to take advantage of those
resources, without being limited by distance or operating hours. infoBistro.com
shows that the e-library of the future is available and accessible today."
Yokosuka Naval Base Library
The Yokosuka Naval Base, the U.S. Navy’s largest Pacific Rim base,
has selected Unicorn for the Fleet Activities
Yokosuka MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) Library. According to
Marilynn Smith, base librarian, the Unicorn system will enable the library
to provide base families with Web-based access to its holdings and resources.
Smith said: "We have a base population of more than 30,000 military
and civilian employees and their families. Besides the main library, we
provide library service to the Yokosuka Pre-Trial Confinement Facility
and the Yokohama branch in Negishi. Given the fact that television is primarily
in Japanese, we find that our community uses the library for all of its
resources: books, videos, computers, music CDs, books on tape, and cultural
programming. Because we offer more than 64,000 titles, we have one of the
busiest, if not the busiest, general libraries in the Navy."
Although the library has never been automated, it offers Internet access
from seven workstations. "When the SIRSI system is installed later this
spring, we plan to offer 20 workstations with Internet access. We think
it will be very useful for our patrons to have a Web-based library system,"
According to Patrick A. Losinki, PPLD director, Unicorn and iBistro
will enable PPLD to continue its tradition of providing users with immediate
access to the materials and resources they need, both within the library
and from electronically accessible sources.
PPLD IT officer Bob Pasicznyuk said: "While there are several credible
library systems, only SIRSI’s iBistro e-library offered elegant solutions
to meet our customers’ expectations. We were looking for 1) patron self-management
services that enable patrons to access account information and place holds,
transfers, and renewals by phone and the Web; 2) enriched catalog content
that adds images, reviews, Web resources, and tables of contents to our
library’s high-quality bibliographic information; and 3) unique communication
tools that enable us to inform our patrons when the materials they prefer
are acquired. iBistro enables us to do all this, as well as market our
collection via phone, mail, e-mail, and the Web by constructing customized
"Beyond iBistro, we needed a company that could work with us to meet
local demands without spoiling the integrity of the integrated library
system package. SIRSI worked hard at understanding our needs. They often
found ways of meeting our needs within the existing software’s framework,
and added some customizations quickly and professionally. They also steered
us toward organizational changes that help us exploit their system to our
customers’ advantage," Pasicznyuk said.
Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.