epixtech has recently been awarded the contract to provide library automation services for the 21st Century to Westminster Kingsway College, and will install the Horizon Sunrise 7.0 system across the Colleges multi-site environment. The college formed by a merger between Westminster and Kingsway Colleges expects to realise the benefits of Horizon Sunrise 7.0's advanced features in early 2002. The new Horizon system builds on a previous Dynix installation at the former Westminster College and replaces a GLAS system at the former Kingsway College.
Westminster Kingsway have taken the Core Horizon Sunrise modules, Cataloguing, Circulation, Acquisitions and Serials, alongside Horizon's Campus Information module supporting cross campus communication and Horizon's iPAC to provide unified access to a single catalogue from any desktop across the college's many locations.
Westminster Kingsway College is one of London's newest and busiest seat of learning, serving a wide ranging student body, from London's bustling urban and commercial areas. Formed by a merger of the two London colleges in 2000, it is now one of the largest further education colleges in the country with seven campuses encompassing North, South and Central London offering an impressive range of opportunities for learners of all levels and ages. The college reflects the best of the new with the experience of the mature.
Chris Baker, Westminster Kingsway's E-learning and Systems Manager explained the reason for Westminster Kingsway's choice of Horizon :-
“ One of the tasks of the learning resources team is to make the resources of the learning centres available to all the students of the college regardless of where they are based. To do this we need to merge our two existing library systems into one to offer one system that has the functionality and image of the new with the strengths of the mature. The college was looking for an innovative solution that will meet the needs and projected growth of the library system in the future. It also builds on the investment made in the Dynix system and we look forward to minimizing disruption during the migration period. “
Horizon Sunrise 7.0, epixtech's flagship product for Academic and Public and Special Libraries builds on the existing pedigree of epixtech library systems and introduces a range of new features designed to address the burgeoning e-library requirements of today's libraries. The latest version of Horizon contains many enhancements including Integrated Z39.50 cataloguing (the ability to integrate records from remote sites directly into the Horizon catalogue as a standard menu option), Unicode and MARC 21 Support, and support for epixtech's versatile iPAC 2.0 web-enabled XML Compliant OPAC.
epixtech is the world's largest supplier of automated library systems and solutions. Our Horizon Sunrise and Dynix systems and supporting ConnectLib range of products deliver results that efficiently link people and information. We partner libraries and organisations world-wide, assisting them in managing and delivering information to their clients using proven software and hardware solutions, a pioneering approach to innovation and uniquely responsive service assurance formulas.
With our UK headquarters located in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, and corporate headquarters in Utah, USA, epixtech currently serves over 7,600 libraries world-wide.