Rochester Public Library, Academic Libraries Choose Sirsi

Jun 10, 2003

Sirsi Corporation has announced that the Rochester Public Library in Minnesota has selected Sirsi's suite of software and content in an effort to expand the library's services and improve library user's experience. Rochester's Sirsi suite of products and services includes the Unicorn Library Management System, Web2 e-Library with Sirsi DataStream enriched content, and Sirsi SingleSearch broadcast search solution. Rochester Public Library is a member of the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO), a consortium that serves 11 counties in the southeastern part of Minnesota. Rochester has an annual circulation of more than 1.2 million, 64,000 patrons, and more than 335,000 items. Rochester Public Library will continue to share catalog and patron data with the SELCO consortium. Rochester Public Library is also interested in Sirsi SingleSearch, technology that enables users to conduct federated or broadcast searches. Sirsi SingleSearch allows users to search multiple resources simultaneously, with tools that sort, deduplicate, and filter search results.

Sirsi has also announced that the Unicorn Library Management System and Sirsi's API tools have been chosen by several academic institutions. Davidson College (NC), Beloit College (WI), Houston Baptist University (TX), Adrian College (MI), Rhodes College (TN), Washtenaw Community College (MI), and the South Carolina Information and Library Services Consortium (SCILS) have all chosen Sirsi solutions. SCILS includes 10 libraries: Greenville Technical College, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Northeastern Technical College, Spartanburg Technical College, Technical College of the Lowcountry, Williamsburg Technical College, York Technical College, Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, Tri-County Technical College, and Central Carolina Technical College. Sirsi's Unicorn Application Programming Interface, or API, enables staff to retrieve and update all data, either in-batch or real-time. The ability to move data in and out of the Sirsi system with API tools allows the system to be tailored to a library's specific needs. For example, API tools are used to write interfaces with accounts payable, the bursar files for library fines, and to load patron data from central academic files.