HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — March 2, 2004 — Sirsi Corporation, celebrating 25 years of delivering technology “firsts” to the library community, announced today that Stephen Abram, a leading international librarian and lighthouse thinker in the North American library community, has joined the company as vice president of innovation. Reporting to Sirsi CEO Patrick Sommers, Abram will leverage his extensive experience in library technology and trend forecasting, new product conceptualization, and market development to ensure that Sirsi products and services continue to be the most innovative in the library market and meet the needs of library directors, library staff members, and library users. Working closely with other members of the Sirsi management team, Abram will work on strategic projects in all areas to advance Sirsi's vision.
“We are excited about Stephen's joining Sirsi,” said Patrick Sommers. “As a thought leader whose insights are sought by librarians throughout North America, Stephen has long been focused on what it takes for libraries to meet their true potential. Sirsi shares this same focus.” Sommers continued, “Stephen is going to be a great addition to the Sirsi team, as we continue to lead the industry with imaginative solutions like Sirsi Rooms, Sirsi Director's Station, and iBistro.”
Abram has more than 25 years in libraries as a practicing librarian and in the information industry. His most recent role was as vice president of corporate development for Micromedia ProQuest. Abram's other roles include publisher for Thomson Carswell and director of Information Resources for the Hay Group. He is a frequent keynote speaker on issues that affect libraries, their communities, and librarians.
Abram was named by Library Journal in 2002 as one of the key people who are influencing the future of libraries and librarianship. He is the incoming president of the Canadian Library Association and was president of the Ontario Library Association in 2002. He has also served on the international board of directors of the Special Libraries Association. Abram is a Fellow of SLA; and, in June 2003, he was awarded SLA's highest honor, the John Cotton Dana Award. In 2001, Abram was presented with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information Studies Jubilee Award.
In 2004, Sirsi Corporation (www.sirsi.com) celebrates 25 years as the strategic technology partner to more than 10,000 libraries around the world. A strong, growing company, we are dedicated to providing the library community with forward-thinking information technology solutions, including Sirsi Unicorn Library Management System, the first client/server-based and UNIX-based integrated library system; Sirsi iBistro and iLink, the first e-Library solutions with streaming enriched content; Sirsi Rooms, the first suite of context management solutions; and Sirsi Director's Station, the first information analysis tool for library executives. Sirsi maintains operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Australia, China, and Singapore.