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Dynix Elite--a system for small libraries

Library Systems Newsletter [June 1989]

Abstract: After a year in development, Dynix Elite, a modified version of Dynix's integrated automated library system, is on the market in the United States. The new product is Dynix's answer to providing smaller libraries with a completely integrated system that fully supports the MARC format. Dynix installed its first Elite systems in April, 1989.


After a year in development, Dynix Elite, a modified version of Dynix's integrated automated library system, is on the market in the United States. The new product is Dynix's answer to providing smaller libraries with a completely integrated system that fully supports the MARC format. Dynix installed its first Elite systems in April, 1989.

Dynix Elite is a turnkey system which utilizes standard Dynix software. Elite is packaged to reduce the amount of customization that can accompany larger installations.

Elite uses a new RISC technology computer, the IBM RT, for its hardware platform. The IBM RT operating system is called AIX (Advanced Interactive Executive) and was developed by IBM, based on the UNIX System V. The VMARX UniVerse product allows the PICK-based application software to run under the IBM AIX operating system.

Modules currently available on Elite include cataloging, circulation, and online public access catalog. In addition, Elite comes with report management software. Optional modules include circulation backup, reserve book room, and bibliographic utility interfaces. Eventually all Dynix software--including acquisitions and serials control--will be available as options to Elite users.

Dynix Elite can handle up to 24 ports, more than most small and medium-sized libraries use. This number is not a hardware limitation, but was chosen to make installation as smooth as possible. Elite has been successfully tested under full-load conditions that exceed 50 users. A library's Elite data base can go up to 220,000 bibliographic records, and there is no limit to the number of patrons or circulation figures. A library with branches can also use Elite and any Elite customer can transfer to the standard Dynix system at any time. Libraries sharing a system need to use the standard Dynix system.

Both on-site training and training at Dynix headquarters are available. The on-site training includes six days for the basic modules. The off-site training program includes travel expenses for two library staff members to attend sessions in Utah.

Dynix Elite systems begin at approximately $55,000, of which $28,000 is for software.

[Contact: Dynix, Inc., 151 B. 1700 South, Provo, UT 84606; (601) 375-2770 or fax 801-373-1889.]

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Publication Year:1989
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 9 Number 06
Issue:June 1989
Page(s):45
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss and Judy McQueen Contributing Editors
Company: Dynix Systems, Inc.
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Products: Dynix Elite
ISSN:0277-0288
Record Number:4578
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