PROVO, Utah - April 27, 2004 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that three Canadian public libraries have migrated from existing Dynix ILS deployments to the Horizon Information Management System. Collingwood Public Library (Collingwood, Ontario), East Gwillimbury Public Library (Holland Landing, Ontario), and Timmins Public Library (Timmins, Ontario) have chosen to migrate to Horizon to take advantage of the power and ease of use of Horizon 7.3.
Established in 1903, Collingwood Public Library serves the town of Collingwood and surrounding communities with its collection of 69,420 items. When the library's board of directors decided that its current information management system was out of date, it sought to upgrade to the latest and most sophisticated platform available.
"We've been happy with the Dynix system since we became a customer early in 1990, but our current system is behind compared to what Horizon offers," said Donna Mansfield, Board Chair. "It was definitely time for us to upgrade to the newest release."
With the new Horizon platform, patrons of Collingwood Public Library will be able to access its catalog through the Web, making the library and its resources more accessible and convenient to use.
When East Gwillimbury Public Library decided to upgrade its information management system, it evaluated offerings from a number of vendors, including Dynix, Geac, and Sirsi.
"Taking advantage of the latest technology has always been a top priority in our strategic planning," said Louise Procter Maio, CEO of East Gwillimbury Public Library. "We were impressed with Horizon's user friendliness." The library ultimately chose Dynix because Horizon 7.3 offers a state-of-the-art platform while providing patrons and staff with a fundamental level of familiarity with the system.
"We have been a Dynix customer since 1993, and because of our long history with Dynix products, we felt we could depend on some foundational similarities," said Procter Maio. "The product and price were competitive, and the ease of migration convinced us that Horizon was the best choice."
East Gwillimbury circulates approximately 150,000 items per year and has a collection of 52,000 bibliographic records.
Timmins Public Library, which has a collection of 90,000 volumes and an annual circulation of more than 180,000 items, has been a Dynix ILS customer since 1989. In the fall of 2004, the library will move to a new facility, and in tandem with the relocation, library management has chosen to migrate to Horizon 7.3.
"We needed a system with greater flexibility and the ability to adapt rapidly to changing and emerging technology," said Brian Nimeroski, CEO of Timmins Public Library. Nimeroski also cited Dynix' reputation as a key factor in the decision to migrate to Horizon. "Not only did Horizon offer the features we wanted, but we also have a good relationship with Dynix as a company. Given our removal from corporate centers in Ontario, our established record of good service and maintenance with Dynix is very significant to us."
Dynix is the global leader in new-name sales of library management systems and has the largest installed customer base of any library technology vendor. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. Dynix has more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership. Since 1983, Dynix has provided 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.