PROVO, Utah—August 24, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Palo Alto City Library (Palo Alto, CA), a Dynix ILS customer since 1985, has selected the Horizon Information Management System following an extensive RFP process.
"In terms of technology use and expectations, Palo Alto is a very sophisticated community, so we wanted to make the most of Web-based resources to meet the demands of our customers," said Library Director Paula Simpson. "New technology was required in the library to better serve our customers and satisfy their needs."
Palo Alto's library staff, along with members of the city's information technology team, conducted an exhaustive request-for-proposal process in which three finalists emerged. Dynix was selected over Sirsi and Innovative Interfaces when the evaluation team decided that Horizon would best achieve the library's high-priority requirements.
"Horizon does everything we want it to do, and Dynix has been a great company to work with over the years," Simpson said. "As we sought to upgrade our automation system, we decided to look at all the options, but our comprehensive review of the marketplace showed that Dynix would most effectively meet our needs now and well into the future."
Specifically, the evaluation team found the flexibility of Horizon superior to that of competing products. As a multi-site system, Palo Alto sought a solution that would offer the greatest ability to customize the user interface and localize the system's functionality among the library's various branches.
"Moving to Horizon and Horizon Information Portal, our Web catalog will be greatly enhanced," Simpson said. "We are also installing Horizon Enriched Content, which will supply our users with cover art, tables of contents, book reviews, author biographies, and sample chapters, creating the dynamic search environment they have come to expect."
Simpson said the library is also looking forward to Horizon's strength in providing powerful reporting options, which will improve librarians' ability to track usage statistics and ensure that library resources are used to maximize the service offered to customers.
"For many years, we have enjoyed working with Palo Alto City Library, and we are excited to be helping them with the move to Horizon," said Dynix Founder and Vice President Jim Wilson. "Palo Alto is a leading library for customer service, and we are confident that the new functionality provided by Horizon will exceed their users' expectations."
About Palo Alto City Library
Founded as a small storefront in 1893, Palo Alto City Library now operates five branches and maintains an annual circulation of more than 1.2 million from a collection of 267,000 items. Each year, the library receives more than 900,000 in-person visits and answers nearly 90,000 reference questions.
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.