PROVO, Utah ¯ September 30, 2002 ¯ epixtech announced today the promotion of Gretchen Freeman to vice president of library strategy. Her role will involve working with epixtech's senior leadership team to create strategic direction for the company and its products and services for libraries.
Freeman has been with epixtech for more than 15 years in management roles that include customer support manager, director of marketing, Dynix product manager, vice president of operations, communications officer, and market communications manager. She came to Dynix, Inc. in 1987 from a Dynix customer library to create the company's first support organization and, subsequently, its first product management and marketing department. Freeman also serves as epixtech's liaison to the CODI (Dynix) and HUG (Horizon) user group boards and received a CODI lifetime achievement award for her service.
In her new role, Freeman will represent epixtech in library professional organizations and industry initiatives, as well as to customer groups. She will identify emerging market trends and offer in-depth library expertise to the company's senior team. She will also continue to act as a subject matter expert in marketing/communications and for other areas of the company as needed.
I have benefited immensely from working with Gretchen and have found her library expertise to be invaluable, said epixtech President and CEO Jack Blount. As a 15-year veteran of the company, she knows many of our customers personally and provides a seasoned perspective of the library industry as a whole. Her experience, knowledge, and perspectives of the library market will make a core contribution to the senior leadership team. The addition of Gretchen's insight into the decisions we make both individually and as a team will help us in providing industry-leading products and services to our global customer base.
I'm looking forward to contributing in a new way to the growth and success of epixtech as it charts its course for the future, said Freeman. My history with the company, its customers, and the library market is a good complement to the infusion of technology expertise and vision from our new leadership. This is a great opportunity for me to add further perspective from our customers and the user groups directly to the epixtech senior team.
Freeman completed master's degrees in library science and in music history/theory from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in communications from Westminster College (Salt Lake City) after completing her bachelor's degree in music and German language from Doane College. She was awarded a Fulbright grant for studies in musicology at the University of Cologne, Germany. Before joining the company, she was the automation librarian for Richland County Public Library in Columbia, S.C.
With more than 10,000 customers in 42 countries, epixtech is the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries. Their award-winning library automation systems, including Dynix, NOTIS, and Horizon Sunrise, are installed in more sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech's industry-leading access products for patron self-services and interlibrary loan, as well as new Web-based solutions, are also used by libraries around the world. 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, Germany, and Taiwan. epixtech headquarters are located at 400 W. 5050 N., Provo, UT 84604. The company's Web page is found at www.epixtech.com.