MADISON, Wis. – February 5, 2004 – The Horizon Users' Group (HUG) and Customers of Dynix, Inc. (CODI) are pleased to announce their merger, effective January 1, 2004, into one users' group representing customers of the Horizon Information Management System and Dynix ILS, produced by Dynix Corporation, the world's leading supplier of information management software for libraries. The merged users' group will retain the name Customers of Dynix, Inc.
The new group will provide many benefits to its members, including a single voice to communicate with Dynix, a combined pool of members for leadership, single dues payment for customers who are in the process of migrating from one software product to the other, and increased support for migrating members.
The success of joint conferences in 2002 (Orlando, FL) and 2003 (Salt Lake City, UT) proved that the time was right for the two groups to unify. Each conference attracted more than 700 attendees from across the United States and Canada and from around the world. As a result of the successful joint meetings, members of each group could see the benefits of getting to know each other and working together as a combined users' group.
Talk of joining the two groups began as early as 1999, but not until January 2003 was a committee, comprised of members of the board of directors of each group, formed to work out the details and create a proposal for group members.
The committee consisted of Greg Nelson, then Past President of CODI, Jim Rosaschi, then President of CODI, Bruce Heimburger, then President of HUG, and Frances McNamara, then Vice President of HUG. The committee composed new by-laws and articles of amendment and compiled a union agreement that explained the details of the unification process.
The committee's proposal was presented to the two groups at their respective annual business meetings at the Second Annual CODI/HUG Joint Conference in November of 2003. The proposal was followed by a ballot to each group's members in December. The proposal passed with more than 50 percent of the members of each group voting with an average approval of 92 percent.
Both users' groups have had a long and active history with the Dynix software. CODI was established in 1984 and is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, just one year after the twentieth anniversary of Dynix. HUG was organized in 1993, the year the Horizon software became available.
About Customers of Dynix, Inc. (CODI)
Customers of Dynix, Inc. has a global membership of 679 institutions and is the largest library technology users' group in the world. CODI, which is governed solely by Dynix customers, operates independently of Dynix Corporation and maintains numerous means of collaboration for Dynix customers. The next CODI Annual Conference is scheduled for November 5-8, 2004, and will be held in Portland, OR.