PROVO, Utah - April 3, 2003 - Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO), a DRA Classic customer for 20 years, has signed a contract with Dynix to move its 79 library locations to the Horizon Information Management System in September 2003.
"We had been with DRA Classic for so long that we realized the industry had obviously changed. To see what we wanted for our next-generation product, we took a look at the full range of everything the industry has to offer," said SELCO Executive Director Ann Hutton, who has been with the consortium since 1984.
The process leading to SELCO's selection of Dynix was rigorous, beginning with eight research and recommendation groups, through which 70 representatives from SELCO's autonomous member libraries created a demanding list of essential features for the new system. Additionally, SELCO convened numerous focus groups that drew upon the opinions of 200 more library participants, and then conducted preliminary vendor interviews to shorten the list of potential vendors. Dynix and Sirsi emerged as finalists.
"In the end, Horizon was our best option. It offered us the most flexibility, and in our large consortium environment, that was the most critical feature we were looking for," Hutton said. "We wanted the ability to give as much decision-making power as possible to each location and let each handle its own information. Horizon gives us the functionality necessary to determine which decisions are made system wide and which are made locally."
Hutton said she was also impressed with the service SELCO has received from Dynix. "They have been very good to work with," Hutton said. "Dynix has worked hard to understand us and the exact environment we work in. The sales staff was very honest and did a great job at answering all our questions. They didn't try to oversell the system-they didn't have to."
Establish in 1971 as a not-for-profit corporation, SELCO's ILS consortium is comprised of 23 school districts, one special library, and 35 public libraries in southeastern Minnesota. The consortium handles approximately 3.5 million items and has more than 400,000 registered users. In 2002, SELCO processed nearly 5.3 million circulation transactions.
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.