PROVO, Utah – August 27, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, is pleased to announce that August 2003 marks 20 years of dedicated service to the library industry.
“Dynix has gone through a number of changes over the past 20 years, but we have maintained our industry leadership because of the loyalty of our customers and the commitment and dedication of our employees,” said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. “Our team combines leading software expertise with an acute understanding of libraries and their needs, a potent mix that has kept Dynix on top for 20 years and will ensure our future success.”
Over the past two decades, the company has pioneered a number of the library community's most influential advances, including the development of the Horizon Information Management System, the first client/server automation system to be built from the ground up. A sample of other key industry firsts includes:
- First Windows catalogue (PAC for Windows)
- First Web-based catalogue (WebPAC)
- First single interface to multiple databases (VISTA)
- First user authentication software (RPA)
- First electronic interface between the library and a collection agency (Horizon Debt Collect)
- First electronic ordering/receiving interface (BISAC)
- First client/server automation system for libraries (Horizon Information Management System)
- First to implement interactive, Web-based training for customers
- First to test NCIP information transfer between two disparate systems
- First user interface with self-service checkout
- First telephone messaging system for libraries with automatic renewals
- First user-placed holds through the public catalogue
A consistent track record for technological leadership and a visionary understanding of library needs made Dynix the most widely used automation system in the world shortly after the company was founded in 1983. Throughout its history, the company has undergone a number of mergers, acquisitions, and name changes, but Dynix remains characterized by a ground-breaking spirit and a commitment to the advancement of librarianship.
Official celebrations of the twentieth anniversary will be a major theme at this year's joint conference of Customers of Dynix Inc. and the Horizon Users' Group, scheduled for November 5-7, 2003. In addition to celebrating a track record of success, the conference will provide a valuable opportunity for Dynix leaders to outline their vision for achieving continued success.
“The library industry is going through a number of key changes right now. Advances in technology combined with limited resources are making the consortium model more and more attractive for libraries who want to offer their patrons the widest scope of resources,” Blount said. “Dynix will continue to leverage its expertise across market segments to better serve library consortia.”
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.