Waterloo, Ontario –epixtech, inc. is pleased to announce that Ottawa Public Library has selected Horizon Sunrise as its library automation solution. Ottawa Public Library, located in Canada's capital, was created in January 2001 as a result of the amalgamation of the 11 former library systems comprising a total of 33 branches. With over 400,000 patrons and an annual circulation in excess of 7 million, Ottawa Public Library is one of Canada's largest public libraries, and the largest officially bilingual public library in Canada.
“Ottawa Public Library's selection of Horizon Sunrise is further confirmation of the success that epixtech has in meeting the needs of large public libraries with sophisticated needs ” stated Lana Porter, President and CEO of epixtech. “Not only is the Horizon Sunrise system ideally suited to meet the needs of Ottawa Public Library, but our implementation and support staff offer a level of understanding and commitment to customers that is unsurpassed in the industry.”
The new Horizon Sunrise system offers library users throughout the new City of Ottawa seamless and consistent access to the merged collections as well as electronic databases and collections. Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, said, “The new system is the foundation for all interfaces to other internal services, linkages, gateways, Web pages and communications with library users. It will drive our goal of service equity"
epixtech's cost-effective solution and its proven track record in successfully managing and implementing large amalgamation projects were crucial factors in the selection process. Project Manager, Doris Rankin who spearheaded Ottawa Public Library's ILS selection process, pointed out that converting to the new system will result in critical long-term cost savings, and enhanced service performance as the Ottawa Public Library continues to grow.
The Ottawa Public Library cited a number of other reasons for choosing Horizon Sunrise:
- public access catalogue on the Internet;
- extensive patron empowerment features;
- bilingual capabilities;
- standard system-wide fees and fines implementation;
- automated voice notification of reserves and overdues.
Data migration and merger activities will commence in the near future. Horizon Sunrise will appear in Ottawa libraries beginning in January of 2002 with the last library upgrading to Horizon Sunrise in June of next year. Barbara Clubb, City Librarian confirmed that every effort will be made to ensure there is minimum inconvenience to the public while phasing in the new system. epixtech has tailored its implementation process to ensure that the upgrade is as seamless as possible for staff and users.
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, including Dynix and Horizon Sunrise as well as 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's Application Service Provider (ASP), has more installed sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation services meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Waterloo, Ontario; Evanston, Illinois; 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.