PROVO, Utah—November 2, 2004—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today convened the fifteenth annual Customers of Dynix, Inc. conference, running from November 3-5 in Portland, Oregon. Though most of the meeting's 700 delegates represent U.S.-based libraries, 63 international customers also arrived in Portland, coming from Dynix libraries in Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.
Though Dynix ILS and Horizon users have met in joint conferences for the past two years, this year's conference marks the first meeting since the Customers of Dynix, Inc. (CODI) and the Horizon Users' Group (HUG) merged in January 2004. The official name of the merged group is Customers of Dynix, Inc., and the theme for this year's conference is “Coming Together: A Celebration of CODI and HUG.”
The conference will kick off with a keynote address from Dynix President and CEO Jack Blount, who will report to customers on the company's success and progress in 2004, as well as outline plans for 2005. Among other things, Blount will discuss the company's vision and product road map, discussed in the context of product architecture, emerging technologies, and essential industry standards. He will also report on another year of incredible sales growth in 2004, as well as on the rapid migration of Dynix ILS customers to Dynix Horizon.
“Knowing our customers is of paramount importance to me, so I spend much of my time visiting our libraries and attending important conferences like this one,” Blount said. “CODI is my favorite event to attend each year, and I am very excited to be with our customers. I look forward to sharing with them our success in 2004 and our plans for the future.”
As well as marking the first meeting of the combined user group, this year's conference will be noteworthy for its celebration of the twentieth anniversary of CODI. “I would like to congratulate CODI for the indispensable service it has provided to Dynix customers over the past two decades,” Blount said. “I appreciate the strength of our relationship and look forward to a continued partnership in serving Dynix customers.”
As another of the highlights of the conference, leading consultant Joan Frye Williams, a nationally recognized library futurist and designer of library services, will present a CODI-sponsored keynote address entitled, “Convenience Technologies: New Tools for Outstanding Customer Service.” In addition to that keynote, Frye Williams will also offer a session entitled, “They're from Mars; We're from Reference: Bridging the Cultural Gap Between Library and Technical Personnel.”
In addition to more than 40 presentations that will be made by Dynix staff members, librarians and system administrators from each sector of the industry will make presentations designed to address a variety of technology solutions and applications. Among other things, some of the major topics at this year's conference will include wireless networking, RFID, advanced product customization, and alternative funding options for making technology acquisitions. In total, more than 70 sessions will be presented, including specific tracks for System Migration, Emerging Technology, Horizon Software, and Dynix Software.
Customers of Dynix, Inc. is an organization of users of library management systems and library automation tools from the Dynix Corporation. CODI was established in 1984 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in the state of Utah in 1996. Though CODI is an autonomous organization run independently of Dynix, the organization works closely with Dynix for the benefit of its membership. For additional information on CODI or the CODI 2005 Conference, visit www.codi.org.
Celebrating its twentieth year of service to the library community, Dynix is the world's pioneer provider of library information management systems. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing 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.