PROVO, Utah; June 14, 1999. The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library will install the Horizon library automation system, TeleCirc II and PC Reliance from Ameritech Library Services (ALS).
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library has more than 600,000 bibliographic records, 1.5 million items and an annual circulation of more than 9.5 million. The library system includes a large central library, 21 branches, 14 high schools and three bookmobiles, and serves a population of 700,000.
The purchase of Horizon with its fully graphical interfaces will enable the library to provide its patrons with a sophisticated system that is easy to use. PC Reliance will facilitate circulation from bookmobiles, and TeleCirc II will allow patrons to retrieve and update circulation information using a touch-tone phone.
"We evaluated various automation systems against a long list of criteria and we thought Horizon most closely met our requirements," said Ed Szynaka, director of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. "Horizon met our need for a flexible, open system that uses industry-standard hardware, operating system and database. We also thought the staff at ALS understood our needs as a public library with a huge circulation and is committed to meeting our future needs."
"We're pleased that the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library will join the growing family of public libraries that use Horizon," said Lana Porter, president of ALS. "Horizon has proved itself to be an excellent choice for public libraries that seek a fully graphical, open system with client/server architecture. Horizon integrates seamlessly with third-party applications and allows staff to customize screens and set parameters for circulation and other key functions."
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 70,000 employees, 1 million shareowners and $30 billion in assets.