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Volume 19, Issue 5 May 2002
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SIRSI Announces System Deployments

SIRSI Corp. has announced that its systems have been deployed at six institutions. SIRSI has also announced an alliance with Book Data, Ltd. to supply content for U.K. iBistro sites.

The Wyoming Libraries' Database (WYLD), a statewide consortium consisting of more than 50 libraries, has selected SIRSI'sUnicornCorsortia Library Management System and Hyperion Digital Media Archive to provide WYLD member libraries with its integrated library system of the future.

Established in 1979, WYLD is managed and administered by the Wyoming State Library. WYLD enables member libraries and Wyoming residents to share resources through online access to statewide holdings of more than 1 million titles, periodical indexes, and electronic databases.

Trent University
Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario, has selected SIRSI's Link system for its Thomas J. Bata Library. The Bata Library serves the campus community with more than 500,000 printed volumes; 260,000 microforms; 200,000 government documents; 100,000 maps and air photos; 4,000 current serial subscriptions (print and electronic); 2,500 cubic feet of textual archival files; and 15,000 archival photos, maps, and microforms.

Fairfax County Public Library
Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Library (FCPL) has selected SIRSI's Unicorn system. It will be installed on a Sun platform running Oracle. The FCPL has branches serving more than 1 million residents as well as a collection of more than 2 million books, magazines, recorded books, and compact discs.

Drake University
Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa, has selected SIRSI's Link system to provide service in its main and law libraries. Drake's Cowles Library has a collection of approximately 600,000 items, online reference services and access to various electronic databases, information literacy instruction, and a fully equipped media classroom. Drake's Dwight D. Opperman Law Library provides online access to Internet legal resources, Iowa legal resources, and research guides. Dedicated in 1993, the library is named in honor of Dwight D. Opperman, chairman emeritus of West Publishing.

Montana Library Network
The Montana Library Network (MLN), a statewide consortium serving Montana's 744 libraries, has selected UnicornConsortia to provide an initial 17 libraries with online access to shared resources and services. Established in 1999, Montana Library Network is a project of the Montana State Library and the inspiration of the statewide multitype Montana State Library Networking Task Force. Working as a partner with Montana libraries, MLN ensures the delivery of quality networked library materials and services to Montana citizens through standards-based library automation systems.

Alliance with Book Data
The alliance between SIRSI and Book Data, Ltd., a supplier of bibliographic information about English-language books and published media to libraries and booksellers in the U.K. and worldwide, will integrate enhanced bibliographic information into SIRSI's iBistro Electronic Library at SIRSI sites in the U.K. Book Data will initially provide iBistro with 800,000 book summaries, 400,000 tables of contents, and 265,000 book jacket images, to be updated on a regular basis.

The alliance enables iBistro users at U.K. libraries to access a full range of online information about books in the library's catalog without having to retrieve the book from the stacks or sort through multiple print resources. Through iBistro, U.K. library users can view in the online bibliographic record not only a book's title, author, and call number, but also its jacket cover, table of contents, and a summary. Users can also personalizeiBistro to create a "MyBistro" resource, through which they receive information about new titles of interest just to them.

Book Data ( was founded in 1987, with the principal aim of providing high-quality, enriched information about internationally published English-language books.

Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 800/917-4774;

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