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SIRSI Introduces Unicorn QuikStart, Licenses Unicorn to U.S. Census Bureau

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SIRSI Introduces Unicorn QuikStart, Licenses Unicorn to U.S. Census Bureau

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SIRSI Corp. has announced the launch of a new integrated library system packaged specifically for small libraries. The turnkey system, called Unicorn QuikStart, includes a free Windows NT central server and special hotline, and provides the same full-function software that SIRSI installs at larger libraries. SIRSI has also announced that it has licensed the Unicorn Library Management system to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Unicorn QuikStart

According to Jim Young, SIRSI's CEO, the price for QuikStart is considerably lower than that of any previous SIRSI system and is particularly affordable for small libraries. "Until now, smaller libraries have had to settle for incomplete PC-based systems with partial function," Young said. "QuikStart enables them to enjoy all of the functional capabilities of very large systems at a price they can afford." QuikStart includes complete Unicorn Library Management System functions for bibliographic and inventory control, authority control, WebCat (Web-based Online Public Access Catalog) with ReferenceLIBRARIAN, circulation control, and SmartPORT (Z39.50 capture cataloging).

QuikStart is made possible by two recent breakthroughs in SIRSI's research and development program, Young said. The first is the development by SIRSI engineers of an advanced artificial intelligence program called QuikStart. It employs the same advanced Windows technology used in SIRSI's well-received WorkFlows staff interface. This program makes the setup and implementation of Unicorn QuikStart much faster and easier than for other systems. Users are guided by WorkFlows-like Wizards through a simple online question-and-answer parameter program that enables them to quickly install and bring the system live, while accommodating all local policies and requirements.

The second breakthrough occurred last year when SIRSI developers integrated the Unicorn client/server software with the Windows NT operating system, enabling libraries to take advantage of the more cost-effective Windows NT servers.

SIRSI has packaged the QuikStart setup programs with the NT server, pre-loaded all the necessary software and data, and established a special QuikStart Hotline to provide extra installation and implementation assistance. …

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