PROVO, Utah - February 24, 2003 - Building on momentum from this year's ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, Dynix announced today that eight libraries have recently signed contracts to replace existing Dynix ILS systems with the Horizon Information Management System.
Encouraged by the rich functionality of the company's next generation library automation platform, Anderson Public Library (Anderson, IN), Carnegie-Stout Public Library (Dubuque, IA), Dakota County Library System (Eagan, MN), Marion Public Library (Marion, IN), Mercer County Library (Lawrenceville, NJ), Muncie Public Library (Muncie, IN), Plymouth District Library (Plymouth, MI), and Portsmouth Public Library (Portsmouth, VA), have all decided to migrate from Dynix ILS to the Horizon platform.
One of the major initiatives Dynix announced at ALA Midwinter in January was a renewed commitment to making the migration process from Dynix ILS to Horizon as simple and cost-efficient as possible. "Switching ILS systems is a major undertaking for any library," said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. "Horizon is truly the most advanced library automation system available, and Dynix has taken significant strides to streamline the migration process so that more of our customers can take advantage of the benefits Horizon has to offer."
A Dynix ILS customer since 1991, Carnegie-Stout Public Library will go live with a new Horizon system this summer. "Horizon is a new generation of library technology, and it was time for us to make the switch," said Deb Fliegel, manager of technical services. "We have had good experiences with Dynix in the past, especially when it came to customer service and responsiveness. Plus, we have many cooperative arrangements with other Dubuque libraries, and most of the colleges in our area are on Horizon. It was the logical choice for us." Carnegie-Stout Public Library serves more than 37,000 patrons.
Dakota County Library System, which manages the resources of eight branches and one bookmobile and serves two consortium members, opted to migrate to Horizon after more than 15 years on the Dynix ILS system. "Our Dynix system had reached the end of its lifespan and it was time to move to a 21st century product with rich functionality," said Roseanne Byrne, deputy director of Dakota County Library System. "We consulted experts in the library technology field and realized that this was the most cost-effective and efficient path for us. Opting for an entirely new ILS system would have tripled our costs."
Mercer County Library, which has a total of nine branches and also serves the students and faculty of Mercer Community College, has been a Dynix customer since 1989. As part of its Horizon package, Mercer County Library will deploy Horizon Acquisitions, Horizon Serials Control, Horizon Community Resources, Horizon Enriched Content, and Horizon Report Smith.
Muncie Public Library, in partnership with Anderson and Marion public libraries, has decided to implement the Horizon system. "This was a collaborative decision, with representatives from acquisitions, cataloging and various other members of the staff weighing in," said Beth Kroehler of Muncie Public Library. "We chose Horizon because it is easy to modify and gives us the freedom and flexibility needed to customize the system to each particular library."
"The ability to easily navigate through Horizon was a huge selling point," said Pam Rawlinson, deputy director of Plymouth District Library. "We spoke with several of our neighboring libraries about their experiences with alternative systems, but with the Horizon system, our staff can easily switch from circulation to cataloguing to acquisitions without having to log off. We anticipate the new system will save our
staff a lot of time and frustration." The Plymouth District Library, which serves a community of 36,000 people, has been on the Dynix ILS system since 1994.
Portsmouth Public Library has been on a Dynix ILS system for the past 17 years. With four branches, Portsmouth Public Library requires a system that is both manageable and easy to use. Systems Administrator Tina Scott highlighted Horizon's Windows-based functionality as the most attractive feature of the new system. "With Horizon, all applications are available on a Windows desktop, and that was very important in our decision making process. The system is far more intuitive than its predecessor."
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.