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Volume 18, Issue 2 February 2001
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Kanawha County Public Library Creates E-Library with iBistro

SIRSI Corp. has announced that Kanawha County Public Library (KCPL), the largest public library system in West Virginia, recently installed its iBistro system to provide users with a complete electronic library. According to KCPL library staff, iBistro enables them to offer library users much of the same personalized service, resources, and knowledge via the Internet as they do within the walls of their library buildings.

Located in Charleston, West Virginia, KCPL has 10 branches and a bookmobile that provide year-round service to all areas of the county. In addition, its iBistro is available to users at KCPL's more than 100 workstations, at 15 schools in the local K-12 school system, or from any computer with a Web browser. Through iBistro, users can do almost anything normally done in a traditional library, plus view enriched content on library holdings, create a personal account for automatic notification of new items by authors and on subjects of interest to them, browse cataloged Web sites, view bestseller lists, and place holds--all from a single, simple interface.

Linda Wright, KCPL director, said: "For several years, this library has had a vision of providing a comparable level of service and features online that we do in our physical facilities. We've come progressively closer to this goal as we've introduced new technologies over the years, and now we have made a major step closer to our vision. We are excited that now with iBistro, we've been able to implement a cutting-edge gateway to our online catalog."

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

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