PROVO, Utah - March 24, 2005 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for libraries, today announced that Arras Public Library (Arras, France) will migrate from its current Opsys system to the Horizon Integrated Library System.
Arras Public Library chose Horizon following a thorough request-for-proposal process in which Dynix was evaluated against other vendors operating in Europe. In choosing a new system, the library's objective was to give enhanced value to its collection by providing users with improved access to information and advanced searching capability.
"We chose Horizon because of the product's excellent performance in multi-site networks," said Library Director Laurent Wiart. "The Dynix response to our RFP was very compliant with our stated needs, and Dynix was the only company that provided recommendations regarding our requirements for WiFi technology. Our confidence in choosing Horizon was bolstered by the very positive feedback we received from current Dynix customers."
Additionally, Mr Wiart said that Arras Public Library chose Dynix because of the company's positive and detailed response regarding the conversion and migration of library data and because of its warranty regarding the library's project implementation calendar.
"I am extremely pleased to welcome Arras Public Library into the Dynix family of customers," said Dynix Vice President and General Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Mark Carden. "Arras has a long and distinguished history, and we are excited to be partnering with them as they prepare for a future of growth, technology enhancement and continued success."
With holdings of more than 300,000 books, documents, manuscripts, and recordings, Arras Public Library maintains a central library and three branches. The library serves more than 10,000 registered users and circulates nearly 275,000 items annually.
About Arras Public Library
In the 11th century, Arras Public Library inherited the scriptorium of the abbey of St Vaast, founded in the 7th century and which held 229 titles at that time. It grew in the 17th and 18th centuries and was considered the best library in France. The library was destroyed by fire during World War I and lost most of its collection, including rare books and incunabula. The collection was rebuilt in the 1920s through help from other libraries, which donated more than 14,000 documents. Library expansion started again in 1962 with the opening of three branches. In 1984, the library became a mediatheque with the opening of music and video sections, and then underwent significant renovations in 1989.
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