SIRSI Announces General Release of WorkFlows, Unicorn for NT, and Sun Distributorship

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Sirsi Corporation (SIRSI), a privately owned developer of information systems for libraries, businesses, and archives, has announced that its new WorkFlows product will be delivered to libraries during Spring 1998. In other announcements, the company says it has completed development of the Windows NT version of its Unicorn 98 library management system and that it has become a Sun Microsystems authorized reseller.

Sirsi Corporation's WorkFlows

SIRSI's new WorkFlows product release will include new user interfaces for streamlining a library's day-to-day tasks, according to John Dickson, SIRSI's director of software development.

"WorkFlows uses Windows, graphical user interface, and client/server technology to speed library operations," said Dickson. "The new circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging 'Wizards' will enable library staff to fly through a variety of tasks, such as checking out books and placing holds, with very little or no prior training. WorkFlows greatly reduces the time librarians spend on routine tasks so that they can focus on managing resources and serving users."

According to Dickson, WorkFlows is being beta tested at the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, and at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in Huntsville, Alabama. SIRSI also conducted final usability tests at the libraries at Nashville State Technical Institute and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and at the Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tennessee.

"We tested WorkFlows for one day in each library. After only 3 hours of training and hands-on exercises, staff members were using the product fluently," Dickson said.

Unicom for Windows NT

Users of SIRSI's Unicorn 98, the latest release of the Unicorn Library Management System, will now have the option of operating the system on either a UNIX or a Windows NT server. …