PROVO, Utah - February 24, 2004 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, reported today that four public libraries have migrated from existing Dynix ILS deployments to the Horizon Information Management System. Burlington Public Library (Burlington, WA), Davidson County Public Library (Lexington, NC), Hutchinson Public Library (Hutchinson, KS), and Mission Viejo Library (Mission Viejo, CA) have chosen to migrate to Horizon because of the rich functionality of version 7.3.
Burlington Public Library decided to upgrade its system in order to move away from the old text-based model of Dynix ILS. The library wanted a system that utilized a graphical user interface that would provide users with the ability to access and manage library accounts from home. Additionally, the library's long-standing history and relationship with Dynix was a key motivating factor for moving to Horizon when searching for a next-generation system.
"Dynix has a real handle on how to provide the best services to libraries, and they're the leader in library technology," said Janet Baize, System Administrator for Burlington Public Library. "We're a small library and the support we've received over the years has been very good. Dynix is always right on top of any problem we're facing." Burlington Public has been a Dynix customer since 1996 and plans to go live with Horizon 7.3 in April of this year. The library has approximately 38,000 holdings and circulates more than 60,000 items annually.
A Dynix customer since 1997, Davidson County Public Library recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and is the oldest county-wide public library in North Carolina. Though it was eager to migrate to the Horizon Information Management System, the library wanted to ensure the product had matured enough to avoid losing any of the features and functionality that patrons and staff enjoyed in Dynix ILS.
"As a Dynix ILS customer, we watched Horizon grow," said Ruth Ann Copley, Assistant Director of Libraries for Davidson County. "Horizon 7.3 is a much better product and more compatible with the needs of public libraries than it was in previous versions." Davidson County Public has five branches that serve a community of 150,000 people.
An early adopter of Dynix technology, Hutchinson Public Library has been a Dynix customer since 1987. "We've always been quite pleased with the Dynix ILS system, but as more and more people get comfortable with the 'Internet look,' a Web-based system is more suitable," said Steve Westfahl, Head of Automation at Hutchinson Public Library. "Plus, down the road as we evolve into a more Windows-based library, Horizon gives us an easier path to offer more consolidated search options and database connections." Hutchinson Public circulates 300,000 items annually and holds roughly 200,000 bibliographic records. In addition to the overhaul of the automation system, Hutchinson Public is currently undergoing a significant remodeling project of its main facility.
Mission Viejo Library has been a Dynix customer since the library opened in 1997. With its migration to Horizon, the library hopes to extend its reach to a broader audience. "In order to make our system more accessible and convenient for the public, we felt it was important to upgrade our catalog and make it more robust," said Valerie Maginnis, Director of Library Services at Mission Viejo. In addition to the automation upgrade, the library is redesigning its Web site. "Our goal is to have continuity in the style of our Web site and the appearance of our Horizon catalog." With the new Horizon system, Mission Viejo Library's catalog will be available to the public 24 hours a day.
Dynix is the global leader in new-name sales of library management systems and has the largest installed customer base of any library technology vendor. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. Dynix has more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership. Since 1983, Dynix has provided 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.