PROVO, Utah – October 16, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today that Rolling Prairie Library System (RPLS) has selected Horizon to overcome the automation challenges posed with maintaining a large, decentralized library system. One hundred forty-one of Rolling Prairie's 271 member libraries are participants in the consortium's Local Library System Automation Program, including 3 academic, 44 public, 81 school, and 13 special libraries. This new relationship reinforces Dynix's position as the preferred choice for library consortia that need sophisticated automation solutions to service multiple library types.
“We evaluated systems from the entire market space, enlisting the help of a library consultant and conducting an extensive RFP process. We needed to feel confident that the vendor we selected would be able meet the needs of a consortium as large and complex as ours,” said Paul Johnson, Assistant Director of RPLS. “Ultimately, we concluded that Dynix was the best company to answer that challenge.”
A DRA Classic customer since 1995, RPLS has chosen to migrate in order to leverage the benefits of a client/server model. RPLS will also add several new modules to its library management system, including a new serials module and an acquisitions module that will be deployed system wide. Only one of its libraries had begun using the acquisitions module available under the previous system.
“In addition to the significant cost and administrative advantages of the new Horizon system, our patrons will see a real difference in the way they interact with the catalog because of Horizon Information Portal,” Johnson said. “We anticipate that they'll be especially excited by the new offerings in enriched content.”
The new Horizon system is scheduled to go live in April 2004. With 142 libraries spread across 13 counties, training also poses significant challenges for RPLS that Dynix is uniquely equipped to overcome. The company leverages Web conferencing technology to help ensure that new customers receive the best training possible.
“With the new system, we have a lot more tools to work with, but it's still a very large area with a wide variety of libraries, and everyone comes to the table with different backgrounds,” Johnson said. “Training will be critical to our overall success, and Dynix's Web-based approach will really help us reach all of our members.”
“We pride ourselves on being a company with the technological acumen, intimate knowledge across library types, and personal level of service that consortia require,” said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. “The fact that Rolling Prairie, which has always been a pioneer in shared automation systems, has selected Horizon is a real testament to our leadership in serving consortia.”
The Rolling Prairie Library System database holds more than two million item records.
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.