WYNCOTE, PENNSYLVANIA. When you have only 75 students, it's difficult to justify buying an entire library automation system. However, when your library houses 44,000 volumes, you really need one. That was the dilemma facing the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA.
Because of the text-intensive nature of rabbinic education, the small student body requires library resources disproportionate to the college's size. "The growing number of books make automating the catalogue a necessity," explains Eli Wise, Director of the Mordecai M. Kaplan Library at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, "And epixtech's Horizon library automation system accessed through an Application Service Provider, offers the perfect solution."
"Accessing the Horizon system through an Application Service Provider (ASP) gives us all the power of library catalogue automation without having to invest in expensive hardware and dedicated staffing," said Wise.
"I've really enjoyed the Horizon software. It has wonderful functionalities that I'm still learning. Through ASP, epixtech has given us easy access to the advanced information technology required to manage those resources in an increasingly digital environment. When the online catalogue goes "live" later this week, everyone—from the students to the faculty and library staff— will all be ready."
"ASP's are the future for small libraries," points out Lana Porter, President and CEO of epixtech, the world's largest provider of library automation systems. "Small schools, businesses and other small libraries can all use ASP to benefit from our Horizon automation system. It's really revolutionary for them and frees their staff to do much more important work than cataloging books by hand."
The Application Service Provider service uses the Internet to deliver software applications, eliminating the need for local servers. For only a single annual user fee, Application Service Provider offers the latest library automation technology with no initial capital expenditures for application software or server hardware. In addition, the initial installation is much easier and faster. This was exactly what the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College needed.
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: 1-800-288-8020; fax 801-223-5202; and www.epixtech.com.