PROVO, Utah—March 16, 2005—Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Southeastern Ohio Library Center (SEO) headquartered in Caldwell, OH, has signed a contract to migrate to the Horizon Integrated Library System in order to support its 67 member libraries, located in 153 buildings throughout the state. SEO is a branch of the State Library of Ohio and has been a Dynix ILS customer since 1993.
In a comprehensive review and evaluation of various systems, members of the SEO selection committee, which represented libraries of all sizes and consisted of directors, catalogers, circulation staffers, and IT people, all agreed that Horizon offered the most power and flexibility and was best suited for large multi-type consortia.
"We needed enough flexibility to handle the complexities that a consortium like ours demands," said SEO Director Chris Tucker. "For example, we needed a system that would enable libraries to determine and govern their own policies. Also, we wanted to offer patrons full access to our consortium's holdings without losing the look and feel of their local catalogs."
Tucker said another reason SEO selected Horizon over the competition was the flexibility to continue supporting 10 bookmobiles that are powered by a variety of communications systems, including cell phones and satellites.
"We have had a good relationship with Dynix over the years and trust Dynix support," Tucker said. "We're confident that Dynix will help us successfully migrate all our data and provide training for 1,200 staff in six months—a short timeline for a system of our size and complexity."
Tucker said that SEO staff members are excited about the time savings and efficiency they will experience with Horizon. "The catalogers are excited to move from dot commands into a Windows-based platform," she said, "and our directors are thrilled with the option to generate customized reports from their desktops without having to know recall."
Tucker said another important aspect of the library's selection of Horizon was that the product is standards based and NCIP compliant, which will make it possible for SEO to fully participate in Ohio's statewide resource-sharing initiative.
"It will now be possible for us to collaborate easily with other systems and offer additional resources to our patrons," she said. Tucker said she is also pleased with the functionality in Horizon and HIP to interface with audio and eBook offerings.
SEO serves a population of 650,000, located primarily in small towns and rural communities throughout Ohio. The system's 67 libraries consist of 65 public library systems, one academic; and one prison library; each employs as few as one or as many as 70 librarians. The consortium has a total collection of 5.2 million items and achieves an annual circulation of nearly 12 million.
"We are very pleased with SEO's decision to move to the Horizon Integrated Library System," said Dynix Founder and Vice President Jim Wilson. "We look forward to many more years of partnership and are excited for the benefits they will receive by implementing Horizon, the leading automation system for library consortia."
Dynix is the pioneer provider 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, and 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.