PROVO, Utah – December 11, 2002 – epixtech announced today that six Dynix customers have chosen to migrate to Horizon Sunrise during the past quarter. Broome County Library (Binghamton, NY), Carroll Library Partnership (Westminster, MD), Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (Tampa Bay, FL), Pasadena Independent School District (Pasadena, TX), the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (Tampa Bay, FL) and the Trumbull Library System (Trumbull, CT) will join nearly 175 epixtech customers who have chosen to continue their long-standing relationships with epixtech by adopting the Horizon ILS system.
A leading ILS system for public, K-12, consortia, special, and academic libraries, Horizon is designed to help libraries customize their workflow, eliminate repetitive tasks, and set new standards in staff efficiency and ease of use. epixtech customers highlighted Horizon’s intuitive Windows-based functionality, competitive pricing model, and client-server architecture as the primary reasons for selecting the Horizon platform over competitive offerings.
Broome County Library, a Dynix customer since 1993, migrated to Horizon in order to “bring our system up to speed with modern standards. With Horizon’s open architecture, manipulating data is more effortless, and the system as a whole is more intuitive, making it easier for new staff members to master,” said Patrick Smith, Broome County’s computer hardware technician. Additionally, Broome County will be implementing epixtech’s iPac user interface, providing more than 50,000 registered patrons with a more sophisticated user experience. “iPac was a major selling point for the new system. The graphical interface should make navigating our system a lot easier for our patrons,” said Smith.
“When it came time for us to update our system, we evaluated a number of different solutions and reassessed our specific requirements,” said Debbie McLaughlin, systems specialist at Carroll Library Partnership. “Horizon offered us the most comprehensive solution that addressed the needs of our staff and our users, while providing the most competitive pricing model.” With five branches serving more than 150,000 patrons, Carroll Library has been an epixtech customer since 1992.
With 24 branches plus a significant presence in numerous county agencies such as senior centers and youth organizations, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative migrated to the Horizon ILS system in order to better leverage the resources available on the Web without sacrificing a personal level of service. “epixtech’s iPac technology, which gives our patrons an easy-to-use tool for accessing our resources, was an integral part of our Dynix solution,” said Al Carlson, chief librarian for automated systems and services. “By putting Horizon on the back-end, we add more powerful functionality, without asking our patrons to learn a new system. Moving forward with a different vendor would have been more cumbersome, taken an additional year to roll-out, and in the end, would not have yielded a better system than what Horizon offers.”
Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) has been a Dynix customer for more than a decade. Serving 54 schools with more than 42,000 students, the Pasadena ISD continues to expand. “When we decided to make the switch from Dynix, we needed a system that would grow with us and carry us through the next ten years,” said Melissa Rippy, systems administrator. “We chose Horizon not only on the strength and promise of the product itself, but also on the success of our relationship with epixtech in the past. We’re confident that epixtech will be able to make our transition as seamless as possible.”
“The Horizon System offers a level of flexibility that is essential for the consortia environment,” said Lauren Stokes, technology coordinator for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC). “Horizon’s client-server architecture gives us the infrastructure needed to effectively manage our resources as we bring more libraries into the fold.” With 93 member libraries, including colleges and universities, K-12, public and special libraries, TBLC serves more than 3.8 million people, 30 percent of Florida’s total population.
With a technology infrastructure dating back 10 years, Trumbull Library System recently initiated an overhaul of their entire ILS System. “We were at the point when we knew it was time to move forward and bring our system up to speed with a completely networked environment,” said Louis Sheehy, Assistant Director at Trumbull. “We evaluated several different systems, but decided to move forward with Horizon because of the flexibility it enables. Also, we have a long history with epixtech and have always been happy with the level of customer service they’ve provided.” Servicing over 32,000 patrons, Trumbull Library system has a circulation totaling more than 330,000.
“We’re excited that so many Dynix customers have realized the value the Horizon system can add to their organizations,” said epixtech CEO Jack Blount. “Horizon has the flexibility to meet a variety of challenges that are specific to the different types of libraries, and as we turn the corner in 2003, we are committed to dramatically enhancing Horizon which will advance its status as the premier library automation system in the industry.”
With more than 10,000 customers in 42 countries, i is the world’s leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries. Their award-winning library automation systems, including Dynix, NOTIS, and Horizon Sunrise, are installed in more sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech’s industry-leading access products for patron self-services and interlibrary loan, as well as new Web-based solutions, are also used by libraries around the world. epixtech, formerly Ameritech Library Services, became a private corporation in December of 1999. epixtech library automation services meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia, and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, and Taiwan. epixtech headquarters are located at 400 W. 5050 N., Provo, UT 84604. The company’s Web page is found at www.epixtech.com.