SirsiDynix announced that the libraries of McMaster University will move from their Horizon system, in place since 1997, to Symphony through software-as-a-service (SaaS). McMaster, a major academic library in Hamilton, Ontario Canada will rank as the largest academic library to select the SirsiDynix SaaS offering and one of the larger academics to select Symphony in recent years. The selection of Symphony comes after serious consideration of moving to an open source ILS.
McMaster has previously implemented a discovery interface based on technology from Endeca. Other libraries implementing Endeca-based catalogs include North Carolina State University, Phoenix Public Library, the University of Toronto, and the public university libraries in Florida associated with FCLA.
McMaster previously had been named as part of the Conifer consortium of academic libraries migrating to Evergreen which also included the University of Windsor, Laurentian University, Algoma University College and Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
According to University Librarian Jeffrey Trzeciak, the McMaster libraries have a number of technology-oriented initiatives underway, and implementing Symphony through the SaaS model allows the library to move to move to a new ILS without drawing excessively from the IT resources needed for these other more strategic projects. The university libraries, for example, are engaged in creating a new media commons center for undergraduates as well as a Center for Digital Scholarship.