PROVO, Utah - November 5, 2003 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, convened the Second Annual Customers of Dynix Inc. (CODI) and Horizon Users' Group (HUG) Joint Conference today, running from November 5-7 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Though most of the meeting's 700 delegates represent U.S.-based libraries, 68 international customers also arrived in Salt Lake City, coming from Dynix libraries in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Denmark.
Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount is scheduled to kick off the conference with a keynote address that will outline the company's success over the past year, specifically providing an account of promises made at CODI/HUG 2002 in Orlando, Florida. Blount will also share company goals for 2004 and provide customers with a preview of the company's product roadmap for the future.
"Meeting with our customers is the most important thing we do, both in their libraries and at events like CODI/HUG," Blount said. "At this year's event, I am pleased to report back to our users on our growth and accomplishments in 2003 and share our exciting plans for 2004."
"This year's conference will be especially memorable as we take the opportunity to celebrate our twentieth year of service to the library community," he said. "The loyalty and vision of our customers have made us the leader in library management systems, and we want to express our appreciation to them. We are honored and pleased to have many twenty-year Dynix veterans at the conference, including the participation of Paul Sybrowsky and Jim Wilson, two of the company's founders." Following his keynote address, Blount will recognize eleven 20-year customers with special awards.
Throughout the conference, librarians and system administrators from each key sector of the industry, including academic, public, consortium, K-12, and special libraries, will make presentations designed to address a variety of technology solutions and applications. Some topics addressed will include new technology initiatives, developments in library standards, and subjects created specifically for Dynix and Horizon users. Customers will also learn how to receive maximum benefit from major enhancements made to Dynix products over the past year.
For the first time, the conference will also feature a track dedicated to the Dynix Institute, Dynix's ongoing forum for professional development in the library community, launched in February 2003. Special guests will include Judith A. Krug, Director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom, who will speak on "The 'Interesting Times' of Intellectual Freedom," and Michael Acosta, a Developer Specialist at Microsoft, who will discuss "The Keys to Unlocking Your Data." Krug's presentation will be carried via live Web conference to an online audience across North America.
Until last year, separate conferences were held annually for CODI (since 1990) and for HUG (since 1993). CODI/HUG 2002 was the first time that customers of both Dynix and Horizon library automation systems joined together in a collaborative forum to address current topics impacting Dynix customers and today's libraries.
For additional information on the Second Annual CODI/HUG Joint Conference, visit the official conference Web site at www.codihug2003.com.
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.