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Volume 19, Issue 11 December 2002
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SIRSI Forms Partnership with EBSCO, Announces Unicorn Selection

SIRSI Corp. has announced that it will provide instant access to EBSCO Publishing's NoveList, an e-library resource. The company also announced that the British Museum's Anthropology Library has chosen its Unicorn library management system.

EBSCO Partnership

NoveList assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles by using a favorite author, title, or content description as a template. Users can browse more than 100,000 titles through a variety of means, such as theme-oriented book lists, awards lists, and fiction-related Web sites. NoveList contains materials for all ages and provides enhanced subject access, including reviews, annotations, and summaries.

Under the terms of the agreement, current NoveList subscribers will receive access through a single interface for searching the library's catalog, the NoveList database, and the Web. SIRSI will allow this access through its iBistro and iLink e-library solutions. The expanded electronic resource will be available to more than 10,000 individual libraries served by SIRSI throughout the world, as well as to new SIRSI customers.

"We are pleased to meet a need that has been expressed to us by our customers. This partnership allows us to help libraries meet the demands of today's online information seekers, who are looking for quality content through a single source," said Laura Dawson, SIRSI's director of content development. "NoveList is a well-trusted and respected industry leader known for outstanding resources that help readers find the books they are looking for."

The Anthropology Library

According to the announcement, the British Museum's Anthropology Library incorporates the former library of the Royal Anthropological Institutes and is one of the more important and influential anthropological libraries in the world. Senior librarian Sheila Mackie said, "Unicorn was chosen because it was the system that more closely matched the needs of the Anthropology Library and those of the other libraries of the British Museum.

"We were impressed by Unicorn's strong functionality across all modules and its high degree of flexibility, including its ability to take on board our existing in-house subject thesaurus. Further factors in our decision were the company's commitment to the development of the core product and its proven record in customer support," said Mackie.

Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 800/917-4774, 256/704-7000; http://www.sirsi.com.

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