PROVO, Utah—June 17, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for libraries, today announced that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a leading international law firm, will implement the Horizon Information Management System and Horizon Web Reporter to manage its large collection.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer employs more than 5,000 staff (including over 2,500 qualified lawyers) in 28 offices worldwide, including 88 library staff. The Freshfields law library collection comprises more than 2 million items, including books, loose-leaf publications, law reports, journals, and other miscellaneous media resources.
The firm sought a new automation system to provide access to all of its library resources through a single electronic database and to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of its libraries by introducing electronic automation of manual tasks, such as acquisitions.
A comprehensive review of the library management system marketplace indicated that Horizon was the system that best matched Freshfields' needs. The firm's extensive research process included an RFP, site visits, feedback from other users, and a detailed firm-wide criteria document.
“Being selected by a world-class firm like Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is an exciting tribute to the power and functionality of the Horizon Information Management System,” said Bill Davison, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Dynix. “We are pleased with the opportunity to help Freshfields adopt advanced technology that will provide ease and efficiency to the management process of such an impressive law library.”
Freshfields is looking forward to the integration of all its current library catalogues into one database, which will provide the ability to search library resources worldwide and allow local library holdings to be exploited by staff around the firm. Horizon will facilitate more efficient budget planning and increase the ease with which library holdings can be traced.
With the move to Horizon, library staff will benefit from fully automated serials and acquisitions administration, which is not currently available firm wide. Staff will also be able to make purchasing decisions based on the availability of stock in their own and in nearby offices.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's offices in Germany, Austria and Central and Eastern Europe have been using an automation system from GeoCom for the past four years, while all other offices will be migrating to Horizon from homegrown management systems.
About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a leading international law firm providing comprehensive worldwide service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and governments. For many years, the firm has been at the forefront of developments in the legal profession and is now growing and evolving faster than ever to satisfy the needs of its clients for top quality advice in an era of globalisation and rapid financial and technological change. For more information about Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, visit www.freshfields.com. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was recently named Global Law Firm of the Year 2004 by leading legal directory Chambers Global.
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.