PROVO, Utah - December 8, 2003 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today that Mount Prospect Public Library (Mt. Prospect, IL), Westland Public Library (Westland, MI), and Wilmington Public Library (Wilmington, OH) have chosen to install the Horizon Information Management System.
Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) has been a GEAC customer since 1978 and recently made the decision to migrate to a more flexible Windows-based system. After an extensive evaluation process, Dynix was chosen as the new vendor for an information management system.
"We had a committee of 10 people evaluating each system, and Horizon was unanimously rated as the best," said Tim Loga, Head of Computer Services at MPPL. "The catalog was rated very high, the inclusion of enriched content was received favorably, and the interface for patrons and staff was logical and intuitive."
MPPL circulated approximately 600,000 items last year, and expects that number to increase with the opening of the new facilities and the implementation of the Horizon system.
When the William P. Faust Public Library of Westland decided to upgrade from DRA Classic to a more robust information management system, it received proposals from eight different vendors. Six vendors were asked to demonstrate their products. Three made a short list and were invited for a more extensive presentation.
"With so many new systems out there, our librarians were really eager to see the systems first hand and pick technology that would make our system more attractive and functional, both for staff and patrons," said Westland's Director Sandra Wilson. "Horizon is a big step forward from the old character-based systems."
Westland Public Library has a collection of 187,251 items and circulates 761,000 annually.
Overseeing the migration to Horizon is the last major project Wilmington Public Library Director Judith Meyers wants to complete before retiring next year. The library has been using a Follet system for more than 10 years.
"We've been planning to move to a more powerful system for a number of years," Meyers said. "Horizon has many of the same functions we had before, but they're faster and better. They give our patrons a lot more options, like the ability to reserve materials on their own."
The Wilmington Public Library was founded by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1899 and has existed at its current site since 1904.
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