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Stanford University Libraries and SirsiDynix Partner for State-of-the-Art, Original Script Access

31 Oct 08

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Stanford and SirsiDynix worked together for over a year to make support for Asian and other non-Roman character sets a reality in the Stanford environment. In order to make the character sets available and of the highest quality, Stanford and SirsiDynix partnered on the intricate details of searching, sorting, and displaying of multiple character sets in a single collection for both patron and staff access. Stanford Libraries’ language experts assisted and offered enhancement suggestions to culminate in the most accurate, high-quality search solution available. Stanford moved from their original SirsiDynix Unicorn library system to a newer system—SirsiDynix Symphony®—and a Unicode platform to make the character set display possible. Finding information in other language scripts is crucial to many Stanford scholars. According to Assunta Pisani, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services at Stanford, offering native character support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew and Arabic scholars has been a critical priority for Stanford University Libraries. Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources supports Stanford’s mission of teaching, learning, and research by making information and knowledge accessible and preserving it for the future. The libraries have amassed rich collections of more than 8.5 million volumes in the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering.