PROVO, Utah – August 6, 2003 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today that Manhattan Public Library (Manhattan, KS), Richardson Public Library (Richardson, TX), San Leandro Public Library (San Leandro, CA), and Siouxland Libraries (Sioux Falls, SD) have decided to migrate existing Dynix ILS deployments to the company's next generation product, Horizon Information Management System, citing familiarity and product development as two of the primary motivating factors for making the switch. Greensboro Public Library (Greensboro, NC), Longview Public Library (Longview, WA) and Rowlett Public Library (Rowlett, TX) have also signed contracts to migrate from Dynix ILS to Horizon.
“We're pleased that so many of our valued customers have chosen to continue their long-standing relationship with Dynix by migrating to Horizon, a system that is raising the bar in terms of functionality and ease of use,” said Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount. “Our customers' ongoing commitment to Dynix is evidence of our technology leadership and of the dependable support and service we provide.”
“We're loyal Dynix customers and have always considered migrating to Horizon, but we wanted to wait until the system reached a certain level of maturity,” said Sharon Ingrim, coordinator of systems operation at Manhattan Public Library. “We attended last year's CODI/HUG (Customers of Dynix Inc. and Horizon Users' Group) Conference and saw that the company had made improvements in a few key areas, so the time was right to move forward. Also, Manhattan Public Library will celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2004, so migrating to Horizon will be a good way to celebrate the occasion.” A Dynix customer since 1988, Manhattan Public Library serves a population of roughly 47,000 people with a collection of 200,000 items.
Richardson Public Library selected Dynix for its proven history of solid customer support and to eliminate many of the obstacles associated with the migration process. “The familiarity with the company and the product is priceless,” said Wanda Vent, systems administrator at Richardson Public Library. “We've been with Dynix for 10 years, and overall, it has been a very positive experience.” Richardson Public Library will surpass the one million mark in annual circulation this year, serving a community of over 95,000.
In addition to migrating to Horizon, San Leandro Public Library, a Dynix customer since 1990, will also add Horizon Digital Library to its roster of library management tools. “We're really excited about Horizon Digital Library,” said Cindi Brown, support services manager at San Leandro Public Library. “The city is currently in the process of building a history and art museum, which the library will operate. By using Horizon Digital Library, we will enable our patrons to search and access 2,500 pictures of old San Leandro, either at the library or the museum itself. It's going to save us a lot of time and money, and in the end, our patrons should really benefit.” San Leandro Public Library serves a community of nearly 80,000 and circulated 734,882 items last year.
After extensive research into a variety of automation systems, Siouxland Libraries “decided to stay with Dynix because they have provided us with such good service,” said Donna Cranmer, head of technical services at Siouxland Libraries. A Dynix customer since 1986, Siouxland Libraries has roughly 1.2 million items in circulation and serves a population of 150,000.
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.