PROVO, Utah – August 27, 2003 – In tandem with its twentieth anniversary, Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for libraries, announced today that more than 2,000 people have participated in the Dynix Institute Web Seminar Series, which Dynix offers free of charge as a service to librarians. Dynix Institute was designed to provide ongoing forums for continuing education and professional development within the library community.
Announced at ALA Midwinter in January 2003 and formally launched in February, the Dynix Institute Web seminars are vendor-neutral educational sessions which have been hosted by some of the most influential thought leaders in the library industry, including the editor of Library Technology Guides, Marshall Breeding, who presented a June 5 seminar entitled “Chief Considerations in Choosing an ILS System.”
“It's important for librarians to have a place where they can share information and learn from the experiences of their colleagues in the industry. I found the Dynix Institute to be a great and novel venue for delivering a presentation on a timely topic,” said Breeding. “Also, because the folks at Dynix in no way influenced me to shape my talk around their products and services, it gave me the freedom to do an honest and objective treatment of the issues.”
“We have a very small staff and too much work, so getting away for training can be difficult,” said Margaret Steger, Education Center Librarian for Regina Public Schools. “I appreciate opportunities like this to gather information and help me keep on top of things.”
To work around potential schedule conflicts for would-be attendees and time zone barriers for international participants, Dynix Institute Web seminars are recorded and archived for free download at www.DynixInstitute.com. The Dynix Institute Web Seminar Archive provides the library community with an on-demand resource for professional development, available 24 hours a day.
“The Dynix Institute Web seminars I've attended have been very convenient and helpful. The use of technology is a nice example of how it can be done,” said Alice Weber, Acquisitions Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah. “Also, making the archive available to those who cannot attend the live seminar, and allowing those of us who did to refresh, is very valuable.”
Upcoming programs feature Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Judith Krug, who is scheduled to present at this year's joint conference of Customers of Dynix Inc. and the Horizon Users' Group in Salt Lake City, UT, on November 6. Dr. Carla Hayden, President of the American Library Association, will speak on “Equity of Access” on November 19.
Additional upcoming programs include:
- August 27: James Simon, Sun Microsystems, “The Opportunities and Challenges of Digital Asset Management”
- September 10: Becky Anderson and Dr. Chester Piotrowski, 3M, “RFID in Libraries: The Vision, the Reality, and the Roadmap”
- September 24: Pat Wagner, Pattern Research, “Marketing As If Your Library Depended On It”
- November 6: Judith Krug, Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
- November 19: Dr. Carla Hayden, President of ALA, “Equity of Access”
- December 4: Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University, “Digital Library Research and Development at Johns Hopkins University”
Free registration and additional details pertaining to upcoming Web seminars are available at www.DynixInstitute.com.
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.