SALT LAKE CITY, UT— More than 450 library system administrators, directors and epixtech staff attended the 12th Annual CODI (Customers of Dynix Inc.) Conference, held at the Little America Hotel and the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 7 – 9, 2001. The conference theme, “Securing the Future,” was illustrated in more than 60 sessions on topics ranging from Internet filtering and patron authentication to how to talk “turkey” to technical staff. Attendees represented epixtech customer libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as England, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
In her keynote address, President and CEO of epixtech, Lana Porter, assured attendees that Dynix would be supported by epixtech for many years to come. “When your library is ready for a new system, we hope you'll chose to migrate to epixtech's Horizon Sunrise,” Ms. Porter stated, “But in the meantime, we plan to support Dynix for the next decade. We would never take away a superb system that is serving your libraries well. We'll continue to develop and improve Dynix for many years to come.” Ms. Porter also made an important announcement about epixtech's intention to use WebFeat in their development of a product called Single Search, which will allow library patrons to access information in the library catalog and other databases at the same time.
The conference keynote speaker was Joel Scambray, co-author of Hacking Exposed, an Internet security book. Scambray writes a monthly column, “Ask Us About Security,” for Microsoft's TechNet website. His talk emphasized the benefits of hacking into your own network. “The best way to secure your network, is to break into it. Less benign hacking might be perpetrated on you as we speak. Why should the ‘good guys' be the only uninformed ones on the Internet?” Scambray maintained that your best protection against hackers is to learn all their tricks.
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loans and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of Ameritech, and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation solutions meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Taiwan. epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84605; Telephone: 800.288.8020; fax 801.223.5202; and www.epixtech.com.