PROVO, Utah—October 11, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Reading Libraries, a service of Reading Borough Council (Reading, UK), will install Horizon, replacing its current Dynix ILS system. The system will run via the ASP (Application Service Provider) facility provided by Dynix at its UK office.
Reading Libraries operates a central library and six branches, which circulate more than 1 million items per year, serving 78,000 registered users with a collection of 210,000 items. The council sought a new automation system in order to improve features and functionality for staff and make the back end of its automation system match the ease and sophistication to which it has become accustomed while using Horizon Information Portal as its online catalogue.
“We are very impressed with the potential of Horizon and the much more user-friendly appearance of the product, which is especially important since staff and public users now expect systems to have a Windows-based front end,” said Alec Kennedy, Head of Museums, Archives and Libraries for Reading Borough Council. “We look forward to bringing our staff modules up to the high standard already set by Horizon Information Portal.”
Kennedy said the library will continue to enhance its deployment of Horizon Information Portal to assist Reading Council in its progress toward meeting the goals of the UK's national strategy for local e-government, which aims to make all Council services available electronically by December 2005. “Particularly in relation to making the library catalogue more socially inclusive, we will look at using the customization features in Horizon Information Portal to offer some ethnic community languages.” he said.
“We look forward to moving to Horizon and are confident that Horizon will enable us to expand on the service enhancements we have already been able to offer to our users as a result of working closely with Dynix, such as e-mail notifications and the display of local photographs through Horizon Information Portal,” Kennedy said. “Our successful partnership with Dynix has kept libraries as the front runners in delivering the Council's e-government agenda.”
“Reading and Dynix have been partners for 14 years and we are very pleased to be extending our successful relationship into the future,” said Mark Carden, Dynix Vice President and General Manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “Reading have already enjoyed the capabilities of Horizon Information Portal with Dynix ILS, and now they will also see significant staff, user services, and e-government enhancements through moving to Horizon.”
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