Idaho Falls, Idaho—Once again, epixtech's Application Service Provider (ASP) has enabled a consortium of small, local, school and academic libraries to enjoy the advantages of a premier library system. The Eastern Idaho Library Net Consortium (EILNET), recently announced their plans to install the Horizon Sunrise library automation system, which will be delivered via epixtech's Application Service Provider. EILNET includes 20 public libraries, schools, and small colleges throughout Eastern Idaho, located in such picturesque towns as Soda Springs, Malad, Grace, Aberdeen, American Falls, Stanley, Salmon, and Sugar City. The 76,437 patrons and close to 500,000 bibliographic records are spread over a huge area. Many of these towns either lie along gorgeous rivers such as the Snake and Salmon, are surrounded by national forests such as the Cache, Caribou, Sawtooth, Salmon, and Challis National Forests, or are in the shadows of the peaks of the Sawtooth Range and the Continental Divide. This vast area of winding roads and mountain passes makes the library automation system chosen by this consortium even more important for the sharing of library materials.
Suzy Ricks, Librarian at Eastern Idaho Technical College and the Chair of EILNET, expresses her excitement over using the Horizon Sunrise system. “We are really anticipating the Horizon Sunrise installation. We wrote a grant for a new automation system, but because we are a group of small libraries, we were afraid our funding wouldn't support a premier system. However, by using epixtech's Application Service Provider, we were able to afford Horizon Sunrise, which was everything we wanted in a system. This will solve a lot of our technical problems and give us the technical expertise we need but couldn't necessarily afford otherwise. We'll have a web interface, a union catalog approach that enables us to simultaneously search the catalogs of every library in our system rather than each small library one at a time. This will make inter-library loans available easily and quickly. It also means our patrons will have 24/7 access to the libraries through the web. The whole thing is everything we could hope for and more, all at an affordable price.”
“It is very desirable to be able to deliver our Horizon Sunrise automation system via Application Service Provider to a consortium such as EILNET, where they cover such a large geographical area and have such a great need,” explains Lana Porter, President and CEO of epixtech, inc. “This consortium requires a system that allows their patrons to access their library from remote areas. Our Application Service Provider is really by far the best answer to their problems. We're very proud that epixtech has been the industry leader in providing ASP solutions to libraries. Right now we serve more libraries through ASP sites than any other library automation vendor and many more installations are planned.” The Horizon Sunrise modules EILNET will be using include PAC, Cataloging, Circulation, iPac, Inventory, PC Reliance and Easy Ask. Previously, libraries within their consortium were on a variety of automation systems.
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. In addition, epixtech is the industry Application Service Provider leader with more installed sites than any other library automation vendor. 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: 800.288.8020; fax 801.223.5202; and www.epixtech.com.