Portland, OR -- February 9, 2017. Multnomah County Library (MCL) has finalized a contract with SirsiDynix to implement the company's Symphony integrated library system (ILS). The ILS comprises the backbone of a library's technology environment, tying together transactions and data about patron checkouts and holds, ordering and cataloging new materials and it powers what patrons see on the library's website.
The library will make the upgrades in the next year, with the exact go-live date still to be determined. Multnomah County Library patrons will enjoy an improved user experience, with new capabilities for using the library through mobile devices and increased support for patrons who speak languages other than English. For the library, the agreement offers reduced costs, additional functionality and more flexibility to meet evolving business needs.
"Public libraries are transforming rapidly," said Multnomah County Library Director of Content Strategy Jon Worona. "This upgrade will allow MCL to grow with the needs of our patrons and the new ways they use technology. We chose SirsiDynix as a partner because they see the future of libraries in the same way we do and because they offer the technology and expertise to make that future a reality."
"This new partnership with Multnomah County Library is very exciting for us," said Bill Davison, CEO of SirsiDynix. "Their vision of libraries and the critical role they play aligns perfectly with ours. I'm confident that our collaborations together will advance our core mission of delivering leading-edge products and services to help libraries remain vitally important in their communities for years to come."
The migration is expected to take place in late 2018 or early 2019, and will involve a minimal amount of downtime for people who use the library. The library will announce more details about planned downtime later this year.
Image: Officials from Multnomah County Library and SirsiDynix gather as CEO Bill Davison signs a contract for the library to migrate to the Symphony platform.
About Multnomah County Library
Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. About 25,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person. To read more about Multnomah County Library, please visit multcolib.org.
SirsiDynix connects people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries around the world. Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. SirsiDynix technology is architected to be open, scalable, and robust, offering a complete out-of-the-box solution and unparalleled flexibility through APIs and web services. Complemented by the most experienced training, consulting, and support staff in the industry, SirsiDynix helps libraries create tomorrow's libraries, today. To find out more, visit www.sirsidynix.com.