PROVO, Utah -- November 6, 2003 -- Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today that it has expanded its global presence with the addition of four new customer libraries in Australia and New Zealand. Australian Capital Territory Library & Information Service (Canberra, Australia), Australian Government Solicitor Library (Canberra, Australia), Marlborough District Council (Blenheim, New Zealand), and the SWAP Library Network (Gilberton, Australia) have all signed contracts to implement new Horizon systems.
Australian Capital Territory Library and Information Services (ACTLIS), a GEAC customer of 10 years, manages the resources for ACT Public Library, ACT Government and Assembly Library, ACT Heritage Library. With such a diverse group of libraries, ACTLIS selected Horizon primarily to enhance the services offered to users. "The new system gives us more notification and customer service options, such as email and telecirc options, all-in-one search functionality, and customizable 'My Account' features," said James Taylor, ACTLIS Manager of IT and Electronic Services Delivery. ACTLIS has 125,150 library members and a collection of 694,765 items.
The Australian Government Solicitor Library, a special library meeting the needs of 700 employees in 10 different locations, was particularly impressed with the Horizon Information Portal. "Horizon Information Portal offered a cost/function ratio that was attractive, and while other products were similar, Horizon's user interface has a particularly engaging approach that would be attractive to our users," said Linden Elliott, Manager of Information Services for the Australian Government Solicitor Library. "Our employees will have the ability to do catalog searches from their desktops." The Australian Government Solicitor Library was also a GEAC customer prior to its recent decision to move to Horizon.
A CataList Library System customer for the past 12 years, Marlborough District Libraries wanted a new automation system to help library staff improve stock control, collection development methodologies, and patron follow-up. "The Horizon system is easy to use and very flexible," said Glenn Webster, District Libraries Manager. Marlborough District Council Library has 114,777 items in its database, and does an annual circulation of 608,830.
The SWAP Network is a joint library service provided by three metropolitan councils in South Australia, allowing patrons to utilize a collective database of 103,000 bibliographic records. "We wanted a solution with a clearly defined growth path, and our evaluation process concluded that Horizon was clearly the best solution for our business," said Leonie Edwards, Systems Administrator for the SWAP Network. Edwards cited access to a state-of-the-art online catalogue with enriched content, Windows-based functionality, and access to support staff as other critical decision-making factors.
"I am delighted to welcome these new Horizon libraries to Dynix," said Petros Demetriou, Dynix Vice President of Sales, Asia-Pacific. "Libraries are responding positively to Dynix's clear vision and it's understanding of the issues that are driving library services today, underpinned by the continuous delivery of customer-oriented functionality in Horizon. I look forward to working with these libraries over the long term."
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.