Provo, Utah – Harrison County Library System (Gulfport, MS), an epixtech customer running a Dynix system since 1996, has selected Horizon Sunrise from epixtech to be their next generation system. Serving the county with nine branches, the system has a collection of over 280,000 items with an annual circulation of 760,000. They will be running their Horizon Sunrise system from a Dell 6400, linked to 204 computers located throughout the county.
According to Director Robert Lipscomb, “moving from a host-based system to a Windows environment and having iPac, with all of its Web-based features, look, and feel, will make Harrison County Library System the most sophisticated public library system in the state.”
After considering several vendors' products, the deciding factors for selecting Horizon Sunrise were cost, ease-of-use, and functionality. “When we saw epixtech's presentation of Horizon Sunrise with the ease of use and additional functionality, especially in the areas of reports, all 75 staff members gave it a thumbs up,” says Lipscomb.
The decision to upgrade was not because of dissatisfaction with their current Dynix solution, but because the library was anxious for a Web-based system. In fact, their experience with Dynix helped sell the upgrade.
“We have not had major problems with Dynix,” says Larry Stull, System Administrator. “It is a stable system, and when we have had minor problems, customer support has been right there to help us through it. We have had a great working relationship with epixtech.”
While migrating to a new system is usually looked upon with some anxiety, Harrison County is not worried. “We're looking forward to the implementation process and the new and innovative way epixtech is doing the migration, using Web-based training tools” says Stull. “It will make the process smoother for all of our staff in different locations. We will be doing much of the process using iLearn, via the phone and Internet. In addition, we will be using a computer-based training module for Circulation , which will be a very beneficial training tool for our staff.”
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions, and services for libraries worldwide. epixtech empowers libraries and their patrons through their award-winning library automation systems, including Dynix and Horizon Sunrise as well as ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management, interlibrary loan solutions, and its new Web-based training, iLearn. epixtech's Application Service Provider (ASP) has more installed sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech, formerly Ameritech Library Services, 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 worldwide. 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.