TORONTO, Canada – June 21, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation solutions and services for libraries, announced today a strategic partnership with Baker & Taylor, Book Wholesalers International (BWI), and Ingram Library Services that will increase the productivity of librarians using the Horizon Information Management System by achieving industry-first integration with book vendor databases.
Through an implementation of XML and leading-edge Web Services, utilizing the W3C industry standard Web Services Description Language, Dynix has created a new interface protocol within Horizon 7.3. This enables users to send an ISBN search directly to vendor Web sites to determine title availability and then transfer bibliographic and pricing information to an acquisitions purchase order line record. The new interface protocol is called Vendor Integration Protocol, or VIP.
Using the VIP standard established by Dynix, Baker & Taylor, BWI, and Ingram have configured their systems to receive ISBN searches and send return messages containing bibliographic information without operator intervention. The integration technology built into Horizon 7.3 also creates a process that will enable future vendors to integrate with Horizon as their technology is developed.
“We are extremely excited to be using the latest Internet technologies to create a new industry standard for library information systems,” said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. “The integration we have achieved with leading book vendors adds to Horizon's premiere offering as an information management system. We are offering our customers a powerful new solution that will double the efficiency of technical services staff.”
“We quickly seized this opportunity to integrate the resources of The Title Source II with Horizon,” said George Coe, president of Baker & Taylor. “Dynix has proved its leadership in the library community, and we are excited to have helped create a new standard in acquisitions.”
“I am pleased that Dynix users will now enjoy seamless access to our free, exceptional database though Horizon's direct interface with TitleTales®,” said John Nelson, president of BWI. “This integration is a revolutionary step toward an unsurpassed level of efficiency for librarians.”
“Ingram is proud to offer Horizon librarians such easy access to ipageâ through our partnership with Dynix,” said Larry Price, Executive Vice President for Ingram Library Services. “Like Dynix, we recognize the importance of constantly improving the services we offer the library community.”
Blount said that Dynix is willing to provide the necessary specifications to any book vendor or other library vendor to make the new VIP protocol an industry standard like SIP2 and NCIP are today.
About W3C and Web Services
W3C is the Internet standards organization that coordinates the development of all standards around Internet technologies. Web Services is a new standard that has begun to see wide spread adoption throughout the Internet community because of its use of XML and the Simple Object Access Protocol for application-to-application communications. It is expected to have very broad appeal, and will enable new services that go beyond today's capabilities. Dynix will play a leading role to drive Web Services based standards that enable new levels of functionality in the library community. See www.w3c.org/2002/ws for more information about Web Services.
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor is a leading full-line distributor of books, videos and music products to libraries and both traditional and Internet retailers. With a history of 175 years, the company has developed long-term relationships with its customers and with major book publishers, movie studios, and record labels. Each year, the company ships more than 1 million unique items. Baker & Taylor maintains one of the largest combined in-stock book, video, and music inventories in the United States with approximately 427,000 products in inventory and more than 2.1 million titles available for order.
A Follett Corporation Company, BWI is the only company solely dedicated to the needs of the public library. From MLS degreed collection development librarians to TitleTales®, the free on-line selection and ordering tool, BWI is a one-stop source for quality books, AV titles, and exemplary service.
Ingram Book Group is a leading wholesaler of trade books, spoken audio, and magazines. Through its OneSourceSM partnerships, Ingram also distributes music, DVD, video, Spanish language, and medical reference titles, and used and out-of-print books. Ingram and its partners provide immediate delivery of more than 1 million titles. Ingram's operating units include Ingram Book Company, Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Tennessee Book Company, Ingram Fulfillment Services Inc. and Ingram Customer Systems Inc.
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, public, consortium, special, and school libraries (ordered by priority focus) 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.