SirsiDynix Enhances Horizon
SirsiDynix, the largest company in the library automation industry, supports two ILS products, Symphony and Horizon. Although Symphony ranks as the company's flagship product, thousands of libraries continue to use Horizon. In the last year SirsiDynix has strengthened its support for Horizon, despite announcements made previously that it would focus all new development on Symphony. With the new Horizon 5.7.1 release announced in February 2011, new features have been added across several modules, including acquisitions and circulation as well as a new optional module for stock rotation. According to the announcement, this release also incorporates much of the functionality developed in previous years for libraries in the UK into the core version of the software. SirsiDynix plans a subsequent release of Horizon that will provide support for Web Services, an interoperability layer already available for Symphony, which provides support for external applications such as the company's BookMyne iPhone app.
Bergen County Libraries Pick Polaris
In one of the largest library automation contracts announced so far this year, the Bergen County Cooperative Library System in New Jersey selected Polaris from Polaris Library Systems to replace its incumbent SirsiDynix Symphony ILS. The cooperative includes 75 libraries, extending beyond Bergen County, to also include some libraries in neighboring Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties. The phased migration is expected to be complete by the end of 2012. The cooperative handles around 12 million circulation transactions annually.
Arlington, VA Implements Millennium for Public and School Libraries
Innovative Interfaces, Inc. announced that it has completed the implementation of Millennium and Encore for both the Arlington Public Library and the Arlington Public Schools. Though the school and public library systems will operate independently, they will present a consistent interface to patrons throughout their common service area. The public library for this midsized city of about 200,000 generates over 3 million circulation transactions annually and the school district serves 21,000 students through 35 library programs. Both systems previously used Carl.X from The Library Corporation with AquaBrowser Library as the frontend discovery interface.
Anchorage Schools Implement Library.Solution
The Library Corporation announced that the Anchorage School District is now live with Library.Solution for Schools, migrating from a SirsiDynix Unicorn. The district includes over 100 schools, serves 49,000 students and holds over 1.3 million titles in its combined library collections./p>