PROVO, Utah—October 6, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Sparta Public Library (Sparta, NJ), Tuolumne County Library (Sonora, CA), and East Brunswick Public Library (East Brunswick, NJ) will leave their aging Dynix ILS systems and install the Horizon Information Management System.
Based on its high level of satisfaction with Dynix products and service over the pas t 10 years, as well as with the company's vision for the future, Sparta Public Library skipped the RFP process and chose Horizon when moving to a new automation product.
“Dynix has a strong customer base and is a leading-edge company, seeing and planning for technologies I perhaps wouldn't even dream about,” said Director Carol Boutilier. “The ease of use and customization options in Horizon Information Portal are fantastic, a key factor in our decision to migrate.”
Sparta is also looking forward to other advantages of working in a Windows environment, like being able to open multiple windows and move seamlessly from cataloging to circulation. Boutilier said it is much easier in Horizon than in Dynix ILS to pull statistics, which will make managing the system and collection more efficient. As well, Boutilier said she is excited about the streamlined acquisitions process created through the Dynix Vendor Integration Protocol, which will enable the library to synchronize with book vendor databases and automatically populate acquisitions records. “I always thought this is the way it should be,” she said.
Sparta serves a population of 18,400 with a collection of 69,000 items, maintaining an annual circulation of 348,000.
A Dynix ILS customer since 1992, East Brunswick Public Library has also chosen to move to Horizon. The library maintains an annual circulation of nearly 900,000 from a collection size of 171,981, serving a population of 50,000.
“We looking forward to offering library customers the new features of Horizon Information Portal 4.0, such as the spell checker and thesaurus, which will help them improve their search results,” said Information Systems Manager Dianne Hall. “As well, library staff will appreciate using the Vendor Integration Protocol (VIP) in Horizon Acquisitions to quickly search vendor databases.”
Tuolumne County Library, a Dynix customer since 1997, was saddled with old hardware and needed to upgrade its systems and move to a Windows environment. Without going out to bid, Tuolumne chose to migrate to Horizon because of excellent support received from Dynix in the past and because of the company's broad offering of third-party products and services. The library is comprised of two branches and a bookmobile, maintaining a collection of 90,000 and circulating more than 250,000 items per year in a community of 55,000 people.
“We are very excited to have Sparta, East Brunswick, and Tuolumne County moving to Horizon,” said Dynix Chief Operating Officer Bill Davison. “Not only are we happy that the users of these libraries will enjoy the advanced functionality of Horizon, we are pleased to be maintaining the strong relationships we enjoy with these customers.”
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.