Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 9 October 2002
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SIRSI Corp. Partners with LSSI, ebrary

SIRSI Corp. has announced a partnership with Library Systems & Services (LSSI) to provide SIRSI libraries and their users with state-of-the-art virtual library reference services. SIRSI also announced that it will become a value-added reseller for ebrary's ebrarian for Libraries database.


SIRSI will integrate LSSI's Virtual Reference Toolkit (VRT) 2.0 software with its iBistro and iLink e-Library solutions for library users and staff. This will provide the capabilities for one-on-one virtual reference sessions and access to related electronic content. As a result, library staff and users will be able to find and interact with the references they need faster and more easily, according to the announcement.

"SIRSI is dedicated first and foremost to delivering solutions that assist libraries in serving their users better than ever before," said Lamar Jackson Jr., SIRSI's director of global alliances. "The integration of LSSI's VRT software with SIRSI's e-Library products will offer powerful online reference capabilities to the users of our customers' libraries. This is an important next step in the continuing evolution of e-Library technologies, and we are very pleased to be working closely with a respected partner like LSSI to bring these benefits to the market."

"The goal of virtual reference is to provide library users ... with the specific reference help they need when they need it," said Steve Coffman, vice president of product development for LSSI's Reference Division. "By integrating LSSI's virtual reference capabilities into SIRSI's iBistro and iLink solutions, library staff and users will enjoy all the benefits of today's premier virtual reference technology and do so within the powerful SIRSI public interface environment."

ebrarian for Libraries

ebrarian for Libraries provides simultaneous, multiuser access to ebrary's growing, searchable database of more than 10,000 books from over 130 leading academic, professional, and trade publishers, the majority of which were published within the last 2 years.

Under terms of the agreement, SIRSI will resell the ebrarian for Libraries database as part of its Unicorn Library Management System and iBistro Electronic Library. SIRSI is currently building the necessary interface to its Unicorn system, which will make electronic copies of ebrarian for Libraries resources directly accessible to library users via iBistro. These expanded electronic resources will be available to the more than 10,000 individual libraries served by SIRSI throughout the world, as well as to new SIRSI customers.

"ebrary offers a unique, highly flexible service that will greatly enhance our offerings to libraries by allowing any number of library users to simultaneously access books from leading publishers online—at any time, from anywhere," said Jackson. "Additionally, ebrary's database of full-text books is exceptionally strong in important subject areas, including business and economics, computers and technology, and humanities. We are very pleased to work with ebrary and to be the first integrated library system vendor to offer its customers this type of access to electronic resources. And we are excited that this is just the beginning of SIRSI's partnership with ebrary."

Source: SIRSI Corp., Huntsville, AL, 256/704-7000;

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