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Boston Public Library moves from DRA to epixtech's Horizon Sunrise

Press Release: epixtech, inc. [December 12, 2001]

Provo, UT – Boston Public Library, one of the largest libraries in the country and a major research facility, has chosen Horizon Sunrise from epixtech to replace their DRA system. Implementation is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2002, ready to serve over 600,000 customers in Boston and its surrounding cities.

”epixtech and the Boston Public Library have a similar commitment and vision to move libraries beyond traditional brick-and-mortar boundaries,”

said Lana Porter, epixtech CEO. “More than ever, it is imperative to give library patrons access to a greater range of information and services through more sophisticated web-based delivery tools such as iPac.

“Over the past 150 years, the Boston Public Library has been committed to innovation, excellence and service,” said BPL President Bernard A. Margolis. “As we strive to continue this tradition, we expect that epixtech will be a valuable partner.”

Boston customers want self-service features and easy to use integrated catalog. The staff is looking for a catalog that is flexible and easy to maintain. Customers want features in the catalog such as requesting books and creating personal book lists. Horizon Sunrise will deliver these features.

“The staff want to be able to integrate many functions onto one system,” said Philip E. McNulty, Assistant Regional Program Administrator for the Boston Regional Library System.

With Horizon Sunrise, key acquisitions and serials check-in information will be available to all staff and to the public via epixtech's newest iPac interface.

“We needed a system that could integrate the whole array of library management functions including, acquisitions, cataloging, iPac, and circulation,” said McNulty. “Another key reason for selecting Horizon Sunrise is the underlying relational database structure which is both open and flexible. We will be able to get information out of the system on demand with customized reports.”

The Boston Public Library, established in 1848, was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, and the first public library to allow people to borrow books and materials, a truly revolutionary concept at the time. In 1870, the BPL was the first library to institute a system of branch libraries linked to a central library with the opening of the East Boston branch, and the first library to establish a space specifically designed for children with the opening of the children's room in Copley Square in 1895. Today, the BPL has more than 6 million books; serves more than 2 million people in its 27 branch libraries around the city; and is one of only two public libraries in the country that is a member of the Association of Research Libraries. All of its events are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning!

epixtech ( is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries worldwide. Their award-winning library automation systems—including Dynix, Horizon Sunrise, and ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management, and interlibrary loans, along with its new Web-based solutions—is installed in more sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech, formerly Ameritech Library Services, became a private corporation in December of 1999. epixtech library automation services 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, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Taiwan. epixtech is located at 400 W. 5050 N. Provo, UT 84604.

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Publication Year:2001
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:December 12, 2001
Publisher:epixtech, inc.
Place of Publication:Provo, UT
Company: epixtech, inc.
Products: Horizon Sunrise
Libraries: Boston Public Library
Subject: System announcements -- selection
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Record Number:9500
Last Update:2024-05-15 19:14:09
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00