HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS. Since everything in Texas is large, when Harris County Public Library, which serves the county in and around Houston, makes a move to a new automation system, it's a big move. However, because Harris County is moving from epixtech's Dynix system to epixtech's newer Horizon system, the librarians and staff are sure this move won't be as painful. "We've had several migrations," explains Catherine (Cathy) Park, Director of Harris County Public Library, "And the last migration to Dynix in 1996 was so much easier than the earlier migrations. epixtech staff was with us every step of the way, and we're sure that's how it will be this time also." Harris County Public Library is comprised of 25 separate libraries, with a service population of 1,178,553 people, 660,141 registered borrowers, and around 380,000 bibliographic records. The library will be using Horizon's core module, which includes cataloging, circulation, PAC, acquisitions and WebPAC, as well as inventory, TeleCirc II, and PC Reliance.
Ms. Park adds, "We've been very pleased with the Dynix system, as it is very user friendly both for our staff and our patrons, but we're anticipating the ease of going to an entirely Windows-based system. We've been very pleased with the support epixtech has given our staff in the past, and are looking forward to having our staff so well trained by epixtech's training staff, that we will be able to do a great deal of our own support work. We know they'll be there as a safety net, but also know the training we'll receive will be very helpful in running the system. We chose the Horizon system because we liked what we saw, we're looking forward to new releases such as iPAC (epixtech's very fast Web-based PAC for libraries which offers access to the library catalog and other electronic resources using Web browsers from patrons' home or offices and which will be released in late Fall 2000), and because we've had good experiences with epixtech products in the past. A lot of the system is already in place."
Lana Porter, President and CEO of epixtech seconds Ms. Park's opinion on training. "Many, many public libraries are choosing the Horizon system because of all that it has to offer them. Our training staff makes sure the library staff is well-trained before the system ever goes live, and then we're there every step of the way to make sure any questions or problems are taken care of quickly. The public libraries that have moved to Horizon in the past year have been very pleased with the help they've received going live initially, as well as later. Our iPAC product also promises to be a big draw to public libraries in the near future. Harris County Public Library has been a great client and w e look forward to many cooperative years in the future."
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loans and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of Ameritech, and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation solutions meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Taiwan. epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84605; Telephone: 1-800-288-8020; fax 801-223-5202; and www.epixtech.com.