PROVO, Utah - May 9, 2003 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for libraries, announced today that Apache Junction Public Library, Florence County Library, Mooresville Public Library, Pickens County Library System, and Westport Public Library will replace current Dynix ILS deployments with the Horizon Information Management System.
"Our customers are our number one priority," said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. "The fact that these five libraries have chosen to continue their longstanding relationships with our company demonstrates the strength of the Horizon platform and also proves our unsurpassed dedication to customer service and satisfaction."
Apache Junction Public Library (Apache Junction, AZ), which has a collection of approximately 110,000 holdings, has been a Dynix ILS customer for more than five years. "We made the switch because we wanted to move forward with the system that Dynix is putting its development efforts behind. Our staff reviewed Horizon by visiting other Horizon libraries, and they liked what they saw," said Spencer Paden, library manager. Paden also cited the standards-based architecture as a key selling point. "The fact that Horizon is built on Microsoft's SQL server will give our in-house staff a lot more autonomy and flexibility to fit the system to our particular needs."
As part of a major technology overhaul and expansion project, Florence County Library (Florence, SC) evaluated a number of vendor offerings before deciding to switch to the Horizon platform. "We have received great customer support from Dynix in the past, and we were more comfortable tackling the migration process with a company that was familiar with both systems," said Aubrey Carroll, computer systems supervisor at Florence County Library. In addition to the main library, the Horizon system will manage the resources of five satellite branches and one bookmobile. Florence County Library has 125,000 holdings.
"We really like Horizon's ease of use, the training and benefits for our employees, as well as the Web applications that would be available for our patrons," said Michael Furr, purchasing director and IT administer for the town of Mooresville, NC. Mooresville Public Library is also preparing a major renovation project that will add between 25,000 and 30,000 square feet to its facilities, and it has recently hired a new director. "We're undergoing a lot of new changes: a new building, a new director, and a new ILS system, all of which are aimed at giving our patrons a
state-of-the-art library. We were already leaning toward the Horizon system based on our history with Dynix, but the fact that our new director was familiar with, and a major advocate for, Horizon's technology sealed the deal."
A Dynix ILS customer since 1992, Pickens County Library System (Easley, SC) made the decision to migrate ILS systems in conjunction with an upcoming renovation project. "We're moving into a new building next year, so the time was right to make the switch. We never even considered switching vendors because you cannot beat Dynix customer service and support," said Barbara Turner, library systems coordinator. "I would recommend Dynix to anyone." With a collection of 133,381 items, Pickens County Library System has one main branch and three satellite locations.
"We were overdue for a Web-based system that maximizes the availability of our electronic resources and gives more information to our patrons," said Director of Westport Public Library (Westport, CT) Maxine Bleiweis. "We evaluated several systems but ultimately chose Horizon for a number of different reasons, including cost, history of service, and the overall vision of the new company leadership. Dynix is thinking outside of the box when it comes to finding ways to combine the power and reliability of library search properties with the user-friendly search techniques that people have become accustomed through the use of the Internet." With a collection of roughly 250,000, Westport Public Library anticipates circulating 800,000 items amongst its community of 25,000 people in the coming year.
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.