SIRSI Corp. has announced the release of JurisLink, a new library management system that is tailored to the needs of law libraries. SIRSI has also announced that the National Library of Education (NLE) has selected the company's Unicorn library management system and the Hyperion Digital Media Archive to provide online access to its collections. In addition, the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN), a consortium of 26 Boston-area libraries, has selected SIRSI's UnicornConsorti@.
According to the company, JurisLink was developed in response to law libraries' need to provide users with easy electronic access to knowledge and resources from within the library or from anywhere in the world.
The new JurisLink software configuration includes the iLink Electronic Library with "eSearcher" simultaneous database searching and "MyLink" selective dissemination of information (SDI). Also included are Z39.50 Version 3 Server with Level 1 Bath Profile compliance, a bibliographic catalog with dynamic total keyword indexing, acquisitions and fund accounting with electronic data interchange (EDI), serials check-in and control with UDC automatic check-in, SmartPORT for Z39.50 copy cataloging with OCLC Automatic Post Holdings, and circulation control with reserves.
Doug Livsey, SIRSI's director of special libraries, said: "JurisLink provides fully integrated technology that enables law libraries... to manage all technical services, as well as meet the unique needs of legal researchers. Through the iLink Electronic Library, researchers can immediately access accurate, current content, such as high-quality MARC-cataloged Web sites, book reviews, tables of contents, excerpts and first chapters, e-books, and online journals. Through JurisLink and il-ink, users of law libraries can enjoy benefits from today's most powerful library and Internet technologies."
National Library of Education
Sheila McGarr, National Library of Education director, said: "With its 20-year track record and an established user base for both library automation and digital archiving systems, we believe SIRSI meets all of the requirements allowing the NLE to provide a seamlessly integrated library and media-archiving system to our customers."
The NLE is open to the public for on-site use and accepts inquiries through a toll-free telephone line and the Internet. However, it circulates materials only to U.S. Department of Education staff and contractors. Its collections consist of materials about education, with special emphasis on theory, policy, and research. In addition to the general collection-which consists of nearly 100,000 books, approximately 800 periodical subscriptions, and more than 450,000 microforms-NLE has a number of special collections, including histories of education legislation passed by Congress, books about education published before 1800, and 19thand early-20th-century textbooks. …