PROVO, Utah—October 4, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Trinity College Carmarthen (Carmarthen, Wales), a Dynix ILS customer since 1992, will install the Horizon Information Management System.
Trinity College selected Horizon following a far-reaching RFP process that involved staff from several departments of the college, including the Learning Resources Centre (LRC). Academic and support staff evaluated several library management systems but decided that Horizon was best suited to meet the college's goals long into the future.
“We were looking for an integrated library system that would enable us to provide excellent service to our users,” said Director of Learning Resources Sally Wilkinson. “We wanted a complete, dynamic, and modern solution to integrate LRC resources with other online services such as Blackboard, thus offering a gateway to a wide range of e-resources and facilities for retrieving printed material.”
In particular, Trinity chose Horizon because it was an attractive and flexible system for LRC staff and because of the easily customisable Web interface of Horizon Information Portal, along with the potential to create a learning portal for the campus.
“Our main focus was on our users, so the Web-based interface — the face of the LRC to our users — was one of the most significant factors affecting our decision,” Wilkinson said. “We were looking for a user-friendly and intuitive interface to provide access to a variety of resources in a seamless way. Also, as Horizon Information Portal is so easy to customise, it will help us considerably when it comes to making the service bilingual.”
Additionally, Trinity made the move to Horizon because of the product's ability to conduct reciprocal borrowing with other libraries whose systems support the NCIP standard. Wilkinson said that Horizon also achieves excellent integration with the Higher Education Purchasing Consortium of Wales (HEPCW) using the EDI protocol.
“We also chose Horizon because of the excellent support we have received from Dynix over the 12 years we've been customers,” Wilkinson said. “We also appreciate the clear and forward-looking vision that Dynix has as a company.”
“We are delighted that Trinity College will be continuing to be a Dynix customer,” said Mark Carden, Dynix Vice President and General Manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “The College put us through a challenging competitive evaluation and we are very pleased to have been chosen as the best solution for them. We look forward to working in partnership with Sally and her team for many years to come."
In addition to Horizon and Horizon Information Portal, Trinity purchased Horizon Remote Patron Authentication, Horizon Web Reporter, Horizon Consolidated Searching, and self-check services. The college has future plans of implementing Horizon Enriched Content, Horizon Reciprocal Borrowing, and Horizon Link Resolver.
The college serves nearly 5,000 students and faculty users, maintaining a collection of nearly 116,000 items and achieving a steadily rising annual circulation of more than 150,000.
About Trinity College Carmarthen
Founded in 1848, Trinity College is the second oldest institution of higher education in Wales and gives equal status to the languages of English and Welsh. It has a proud national identity, but at the same time provides a strong international dimension to both its ethos and its work. Though Trinity has historically been a teacher training institution, it has extended its range of courses dramatically and now also offers Single, Joint and Combined Studies BA degrees and a variety of BSc and higher degrees. The college recently became a full constituent member of the federal University of Wales.
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