PROVO, Utah – June 3, 2004 – Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, announced today that West Des Moines Public Library (West Des Moines, IA), Cromaine District Library (Hartland, MI), Pearl River County Library System (Picayune, MS), and Elk Grove Village Public Library (Elk Grove, IL) have selected the Horizon Information Management System to replace their Dynix ILS systems.
West Des Moines Public Library, a Dynix customer since 1994, serves a population of approximately 51,000 and circulates 676,000 items with a collection size of 166,000. The library wanted to take advantage of Horizon's new technology during an upgrade of its aging servers, as it looked to deliver additional services to patrons in an integrated Web environment.
“Not only will Horizon give us more speed, more powerful searching capabilities, and many more indexes, it will also reduce our maintenance costs by half and allow us other cost-saving measures, including the ability to intuitively send email notifications,” said Head of Technical Services Leo Kriz, explaining that the Horizon system will provide increased power and functionality while cutting costs.
Kriz said the library was also sold on Horizon's reporting features. “I had numerous people who were always asking for a variety of reports,” Kriz said. “Creating those reports was very time consuming, but with the power of Horizon reports, staff will be able to run and customize a wide selection of reports to get the data they need, which will be a huge time saver for me.”
Due to its trust in Dynix and the high level of support the library has received since 1994, West Des Moines Public Library did not go out to bid before selecting Horizon. “Dynix as a company is stable and technologically savvy,” said Kriz. “Many other Iowa libraries have already moved to Horizon, and we will benefit from their experience.”
Pearl River County Library System, a Dynix customer since 1985, evaluated systems from Sirsi, TLC, and Dynix before selecting Horizon, a decision based upon a strong track record of customer support and the flexibility, ease of use, and customizability of the Horizon system. “We know we will continue to get great support from Dynix and that we'll have a smooth migration,” said Phyllis Gage, Technology Coordinator. Pearl River County Library System serves a population of 12,000 and maintains 70,000 in holdings.
Cromaine District Library serves a population of 25,000, has a collection size of 75,000, and has been a Dynix customer since 1993. The library evaluated a number of systems and chose Horizon over competitive offerings. “We are confident that we made the right choice by going with Horizon,” said Director Sherry Rupp. “We have enjoyed very good customer support from Dynix, which is a real plus, and our staff felt that the Horizon Circulation module was the best on the market.”
A Dynix customer since 1990, Elk Grove Village Public Library serves a population of 35,000 and has a collection size of 340,000. “We really had no reasons to change vendors. We've been with Dynix since 1990, and we're happy with the company and support,” said Director Lee Maternoski. “We needed a move to new technology and are now looking forward to our migration and the advanced services that Horizon will provide to our library.”
“We are very excited to welcome West Des Moines Public Library, the Pearl River County Library System, Cromaine District Library, and Elk Grove Village Public Library as Horizon customers, and I am confident that Horizon will help them to expand and enhance the excellent service they already provide to their users,” said Jim Wilson, Dynix Founder and Senior Library Consultant. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with these excellent libraries and value the relationships we've established with them overt the past twenty years.”
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.