SIRSI Forms Alliance with Wilson, Installs Systems in Connecticut Libraries. (Library Systems Today)
SIRSI Corp. has announced that the H.W. Wilson Co., a supplier of online and print bibliographic and biographical reference materials, will provide SIRSI's iBistro electronic library with Wilson's Book Review Digest, a complete database of fiction and nonfiction book review excerpts that date to 1984. The Book Review Digest features review excerpts and abstracts from a wide variety of sources, including The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The New Yorker, People, the Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, and the San Francisco Chronicle. SIRSI has also announced that the Waterford-Groton Public Libraries -- a consortium from Waterford, Groton, and Mystic, Connecticut--have selected SIRSI's Unicorn system and iBistro.
The SIRSI/Wilson alliance enables libraries to supply users with online access to reviews and abstracts of a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. When iBistro users open a bibliographic record of possible interest, they will be able to read reviews of works they are considering, rather than searching separate publications for information.
Laura Dawson, SIRSI's director of content development, said: "The relationship between H.W. Wilson and SIRSI will provide library users everywhere with access to the very best, most complete information on the books they are searching for. The addition of Book Review Digest to the content being offered through iBistro is a real coup for patrons."
Deborah Loeding, H.W. Wilson's vice president of sales and marketing, said: "Wilson is delighted to be working with SIRSI. iBistro is a great tool, and with the addition of Book Review Digest users gain greater insight into a work of interest in a single search. …