Horizon ILS enhancements streamline library operations, make the most of the mobile web


The ILS is at the core of our library initiatives, and Horizon is no exception. In 2011 alone, we have seen significant developments in the Horizon ILS to further streamline library operations and enable Horizon libraries to benefit from the mobile Web. We are proud to support our Horizon library customers with enhancements that reflect current library needs and trends.

Horizon 7.5.1 was released in Q1 of 2011, along with the 3.21 release of the Horizon Information Portal (HIP). Horizon 7.5.1 offers duplication checking within Acquisitions and the MARC Editor when creating or saving PO or MARC records. It also offers circulation enhancements, including the ability to apply fees for checkouts and renewals, or to restrict circulation based on Itype group. International library customers in Australia, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom participated in Horizon 7.5.1 beta testing.

Additionally, Horizon Web Services (released Q1 2011) provide a better integration point for medley products, like BookMyne v2.1 for Horizon. Medley products include the BookMyne iPhone application, PocketCirc, Enterprise 4.1 and Portfolio 4.1. These releases represent a continued commitment to our library customers running on these systems.

Horizon 7.5.1a was released last month, and features integration with the 3M RFID Reader Pad (model 896). We’re already working on Horizon 7.5.2, which will be available in 2012 and include SMS notifications and LDAP support for active directory.

In current and future Horizon products, we strive for:

  • Continued development and Horizon-specific support
  • Better integration with medley products via Horizon Web Services
  • Streamlined operations for library staff
  • Language translation for key markets
  • Continued integration of international development.

As a side note, I am a new addition to the SirsiDynix product management team. I have several years of experience as an academic librarian and am glad to utilize that experience in my work on the SirsiDynix ILS team. I look forward to working with all of you on continued development and support of Horizon.

Author:

Matt Anderson
Enterprise/Portfolio Product Manager