COLUMBIA, South Carolina; January 22, 1999 -- Richland County Public Library, Columbia, South Carolina, recently announced that it will migrate from its current Dynix Library Automation System to a Horizon Library Automation System. Richland County Public Library has been an Ameritech Library Services customer since 1984, when it became the first urban library client to purchase Dynix.
The Richland County Public Library system consists of a main library, nine branches and a bookmobile. The library system serves a county population of 285,720 and a Greater Columbia metropolitan population of 453,331. Along with a fifty percent increase in visitors, Richland's annual circulation has doubled since 1993 and is currently over three million with more than two million annual visitors. The library is accessible twenty-four hours a day from its Internet Web site at http://www.richland.lib.sc.us.
"The Richland County Public Library has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Ameritech Library Services," said C. David Warren, the director of Richland County Public Library. "We look forward to this new venture with increased enthusiasm and expectations of what the future holds in the delivery of public library services in the new millennium."
"This migration is significant for several reasons," said Lana Porter, president of Ameritech Library Services. "Richland County Public Library is one of our oldest customers and with this migration, Richland will be one of the first U.S. public library clients east of the Mississippi to be operational with the Horizon system. Ameritech provides a pathway for libraries to migrate from Dynix to Horizon when they are ready to move to open systems with client/server architecture and this installation will allow Richland to use the newest technologies to provide patrons the best possible services at individual workstations."
"We knew our library would see many benefits by installing a mature client/server product," said Bruce Heimburger, technologies administrator at Richland County Public Library. "The degree to which every part of the Horizon system can be customized to meet the needs of both the public and the library staff is very impressive. The public will see a very clean, refined and user-friendly interface to the catalog. Staff will find a system that can be modified to individual workflow requirements. We are very excited to have the opportunity to implement this cutting edge library technology."
Helen Ann Rawlinson, deputy director at Richland County Public Library, added, "Richland County Public Library looks forward to the move to Horizon and the improvements in productivity and efficiency that will come with it."
Ameritech Library Services (www.amlibs.com), a subsidiary of Ameritech, is the world leader in library automation systems with installations in more than 5,200 client libraries worldwide. ALS library information management systems meet the needs of research, public, corporate, medical and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, ALS has offices in Illinois and Canada and throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Ameritech (NYSE: AIT) serves millions of customers in 50 states and 40 countries. Ameritech provides a full range of communications services including local and long-distance telephone and data, cellular, paging, security, cable TV, Internet and more. One of the world's 100 largest companies, Ameritech (www.ameritech.com) has 70,500 employees, 1 million shareowners and more than $30 billion in assets.