PROVO, Utah - January 10, 2004 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today that Horry County Memorial Library (Conway, SC), Garland County Public Library (Hot Springs, AZ), and Noble County Public Library (Albion, IN) have elected to migrate to the Horizon Information Management System.
Horry County Memorial Library evaluated offerings from TLC and Innovative Interfaces before ultimately deciding to continue its 12-year relationship with Dynix by choosing Horizon as its next library management system.
"Horizon gives us the power to integrate multiple features like Debt Collect, Remote Patron Authentication, and Telecirc," said John Gaumer, Director of Horry County Memorial Library. "Plus, we've been happy customers for the past 12 years. Dynix has always been a stable and consistent partner."
This year, Horry County Memorial expects to circulate 850,000 items. With nine branches, the library holds roughly 250,000 items and continues to increase its collection. Horry County is currently working to add new buildings and facilities to accommodate its rapidly growing population.
Despite a long and beneficial partnership with Dynix, Garland County Public Library had initial reservations about migrating to Horizon.
"We've had a great nine-year relationship with Dynix, but we had concerns that if we migrated to Horizon we would lose a lot of the functionality that we relied on with the old Dynix ILS system," said Sue Swinden, Administrative Assistant for Garland County. "Then, at ALA Midwinter last year, an independent library consultant pulled us aside and said we should give Horizon another look because the company had brought the product to the next level-and she was right."
Garland County circulates nearly 500,000 items per year and serves a county of 84,000 people. The library also plans to institute a new homebound system when its Horizon system goes live.
Like Garland County, Noble County Library has also enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Dynix but was reticent at first to introduce Horizon to its staff.
"We loved Dynix ILS. Everyone who has used it, loves it. Before making the switch, we wanted to be sure we weren't going to lose any features or functionality," said Sandy Petrie, Director of Noble County Library. "But the Horizon demo blew us away-it was amazing. Even though it's different than Dynix ILS, it has preserved the intuitiveness that made the old system so great."
Noble County will be adding the Enriched Content feature to Horizon Information Portal and will also enjoy a new acquisitions model with its Horizon system. Final implementation will be completed in April 2004.
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.