PROVO, Utah—May 26, 2005 - Dynix, the world's leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries, today announced that Bracknell Forest Borough Council and East Dunbartonshire Council have made the decision to migrate to the Horizon Integrated Library System.
A Dynix customer since 1998, Bracknell Forest Borough Council welcomed the opportunity to upgrade from Dynix to Horizon. Bob Hine, Library Systems Officer at Bracknell, said "We have built up a good working relationship with Dynix over the years, which we were keen to maintain. Staff visits to reference sites and product demos held here at Bracknell resulted in positive feedback from staff and we particularly liked the Horizon Information Portal as a product we can develop and exploit."
Bracknell needed a system that would integrate with their other systems, including the Bracknell Forest Smart Card (The Edge), and allow them to make the most of web-based resources through the Portal. They also wanted to utilise the management information and reporting capabilities available within Horizon to meet ever-growing demands for data to inform the decision making process.
Mr. Hine added, "For staff, particularly new staff, a Windows-based library system will be much easier to learn and use and we see the main benefit to users being an upgrade to the Horizon Information Portal and new modules such as Remote Patron Authentication for access to online data sources."
Bracknell Forest circulates around 700,000 items pear year and has approximately 50,000 registered users.
East Dunbartonshire Council also chose to upgrade their Dynix system to Horizon, and after a review of the alternatives decided that an upgrade rather than a formal tender process represented best value for the Council. They have been a Dynix customer since 1996 and prior to that, as Strathkelvin District Council for an additional ten years.
It was important for the Council to have a system which was capable of helping them deliver their Electronic Service Delivery targets, and Horizon has those capabilities.
David Kenvyn, Assistant Manager for Adult Lending & Support Services, said: "We chose Horizon as we have been satisfied with the service provided to us by Dynix over the last twenty years. We are also keen for our library system to run in a Windows-based environment, which is more familiar to people these days, and are looking to extend the range of online services available to our users, creating 24-hour virtual access to our library's services."
East Dunbartonshire has an annual circulation of over 750,000 items and has an active user base of around 28,000, 26.1% of the population in the area.
Mark Carden, Dynix Vice President and General Manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, commented: "We are pleased that our commitment to customer service and the advanced functionality and technology available within Horizon continues to encourage existing customers such as Bracknell Forest and East Dunbartonshire to stay with us. We place great value on building and maintaining good relationships with our customers and are pleased to be continuing our work with these libraries."
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.