VALA2004 Session 9 Klippel

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Sirius – essential navigational aide in a complex information environment

Wednesday 4 February 2004, 14:00 – 14:30

Ken Klippel

Web Services Manager, Online Services Department, UNSW Library

Tony Cargnelutti

Manager, Online Services Department, UNSW Library

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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In July 2001 UNSW Library went to tender for new library systems. UNSW Library was looking for not just a traditional Integrated Library Management System, but a set of systems and tools that would enable the Library to best meet the needs and requirements it saw critical for the rapidly changing scholarly information environment of the 21st century. Sirius is the name given to this new tool, the ExLibris Metalib and SFX applications. This paper describes the philosophy, aims and implementation issues behind what the Library sees as the key tool/system in providing seamless integrated access to print and digital resources within a resource discovery and portal environment.