PROVO, Utah—August 24, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Redland Shire Library Service (Cleveland, Queensland), the first library in Australia to install Dynix ILS, went live with the Horizon Information Management System on July 29. Caloundra City Libraries (Caloundra, Queensland), has also gone live with Horizon, completing its migration on Aug. 2.
Redland Shire Library Service has been a Dynix customer since June 1986. By deploying Horizon, Redland Shire has overcome one of the key challenges posed by its unique geography. "As our library service is situated on the edge of Moreton Bay, we have several libraries on the bay islands that are only open on a part-time basis," said Systems Librarian Ann Troth. "The new software gives clients of these libraries greater access to library resources outside of operating hours."
In addition to 24-hour access to the library's catalog, the new system also incorporates Enriched Content and Consolidated Searching components. Plus, patrons are now able to access and manage a number of library forms and manage accounts through the system's new graphical user interface. "By migrating to Horizon and offering the system's extensive suite of features, service levels to all of our clients have been considerably enhanced," Troth said.
From a staff perspective, Troth noted that the biggest advantages of moving to the new product include the additional functionality Horizon offers for managing serials and interlibrary loans and for booking facilities.
Redland Shire Library Service has 57,000 registered users and includes two mainland branches, a mobile library, five island branches, and two community libraries.
Caloundra City Libraries, a Dynix ILS customer since 1987, sought to replace its aging system in order to adopt a Windows environment, keep pace with the latest in library automation, and prepare for other emerging technologies.
"We did an exhaustive review using our RFP, and Horizon scored as the top system," said Technical Services Coordinator Debbie Angell. "Dynix has provided good support over the years, and we have developed a very good rapport with them. The functionally and logic of Horizon are very similar to Dynix ILS, so our staff is picking the new system up very quickly."
Angell said one reason the library chose Horizon was because of the product's enhanced features and functionality for staff searching when compared to other offerings. As well, like Redland Shire Library Service, the library installed Horizon Consolidated Searching, which allows it to maximize the number of databases it subscribes to, improving the search options available to library users.
Angell added that the conversion options provided by Dynix for the library's data migration made the process seamless. "Our migration to Horizon was very smooth, thanks to our wonderful project team at Dynix," Angell said. "We have also been very impressed with the company's vision for the future of Horizon. "
Caloundra City Libraries serve 44,748 registered patrons from a population of 81,845 people. Each year the library achieves a circulation of more than 1.5 million from a collection of 171,520 items.
"We are delighted that Redland Shire, our first customer in Australia, is extending its partnership with Dynix by making the move to Horizon, just as we are pleased with decision of Caloundra City Libraries to select Horizon after a meticulous RFP process," said Petros Demetriou, Dynix Vice President & General Manager for Asia Pacific. "These migrations evidence the rich functionality of Horizon and the strength of Dynix customer service across Australia. We look forward to our continued relationships with both Redland Shire and Caloundra."
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.