About Us
About Mandarin

A Brief History

Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS), was founded in 1973 by Elliot and Eleanor Goldstein to help librarians and teachers bring relevant, current information to libraries and classrooms in a simple, structured and readily accessible format.

Mandarin was introduced in 1986 as one of the first truly integrated microcomputer-based library management systems. SIRS’ July 1995 acquisition of the Mandarin Library Automation  from Melchior Management System of Montreal, Canada, enabled Mandarin to provide libraries and other institutions with customized, comprehensive library automation systems. At the American Library Association’s June 1998 meeting in Washington, Mandarin introduced the Mandarin M3® Core Package.

Our Management Team

On July 1, 2007 Leonardo (Leo) Lazo, President of Mandarin Library Automation, Inc., and two other major management team members, Christine DiVito, Vice President of Finance and Art Graham, Vice President of Operations, acquired 50 percent of Mandarin’s stock. Each member of this management team offers more than 25 years of industry knowledge and experience.

The Goldstein Family still retains ownership of 50% of the company’s stock, and Elliot Goldstein remains Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Eliott & Eleanor Goldstein
Elliot & Eleanor Goldstein
Leonardo Lazo
Leonardo Lazo
Christine DiVito
Christine DiVito
Arthur Graham
Arthur Graham

Technical Support Staff

Our technical staff is among the best in the industry. Many of our technical support representatives and Quality Assurance staff have degrees in Computer Science and related fields, and are qualified professionals with credentials in MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer), Cisco Router Certification, CNE (Certified Netware Engineer) and/or hold degrees in Library Science.

We are very proud of our staff, of their accomplishments and of their ongoing efforts to support our clients’ software and related needs.

Our Reputation

Mandarin clients number over 3,000 institutions worldwide, with Mandarin Library Automation software being used in over 30 countries. Users include K-12, special purpose, academic, public, and district wide libraries. Looking to the future, Mandarin will focus on the research and development of new hardware and software configurations to offer the best possible solutions to its customers. Mandarin Library Automation remains committed to the highest level of customer support and service *Unicode is a universal encoding standard that greatly simplifies the sharing of multilingual text. It allows you to search for records in virtually any language, including Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, and more.