Recently appointed CEO Jack Blount addresses Dynix and Horizon customers with update on company direction, new initiatives
PROVO, Utah ¯ November 8, 2002 ¯ epixtech, the global leader in library automation software and services, announced today that more than 700 representatives from customer libraries will attend the first joint users' group conference for epixtech customers, scheduled for November 11-13 in Orlando, Florida. Though most delegates will represent U.S.-based libraries, 44 international customers will also attend, arriving from libraries in Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Brazil, Australia and Malaysia.
While individual user events for Customers of Dynix, Inc. (CODI) have been held since 1990, and for the Horizon Users' Group (HUG) since 1993, the 2002 CODI/HUG Joint Conference is the first time customers of both Dynix and Horizon library automation systems will join together in a collaborative forum to address current topics impacting epixtech customers and today's libraries.
Building on the success of past years, this year's conference will include almost ninety presentations and programs by customers, as well as those designed to introduce customers to epixtech's recently appointed executive leadership team, outline the company's new corporate and product directions, and provide opportunities for users' group members to share knowledge and experience with one another. Newly appointed CEO Jack Blount will kick off the conference with a keynote address that outlines the company's progress in recent months and previews plans for 2003 and beyond.
“We are excited about the opportunity to participate in the first joint conference of the CODI and HUG users' groups,” Blount said. “The theme of this year's conference, ‘Strength in Partnership' aptly represents our customers' commitment to cooperatively provide the best service possible to library users and enhance society's access to information. The theme also reflects our renewed commitment to work jointly with customers to provide technology solutions that empower library users and facilitate the essential role played by libraries.”
Librarians and system administrators from each key sector of the industry, including academic, public, consortium, K-12 and special libraries, will make presentations designed to address a variety of technology solutions and applications. Topics addressed will include new technology initiatives, developments in record keeping methodology, cataloging trends, new developments in library standards, as well as subjects created specifically for Dynix and Horizon users.
For the first time, the conference will also feature a separate track dedicated to solutions for interlibrary loan. This track will provide participants an opportunity for focused discussion on technologies designed to automate and enhance the ways libraries share resources and increase the information offerings available to their patrons.
For additional information on the CODI/HUG users' conference, visit the official conference Web site at www.ccrls.org/codihug2002.
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.