The Houston Public Library (HPL) will go live with the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS on July 11, 2013, giving patrons access to the technology that’s been proven scalable, efficient, and stable by the largest and most demanding academic institutions, public libraries, K-12 schools, and library consortia. HPL chose to take advantage of SirsiDynix SaaS remote hosting, eliminating the need for additional cost and equipment to maintain their servers on-site. They are migrating from the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Millennium system.
The official HPL blog explained why the library is changing its catalog and customer accounts interface and how the new system will be different:
“To provide an optimum online experience for our customers, we chose a new platform that provides improved usability, a more stable infrastructure, and the platform to add features and additional options in the future. Our new interface will have easier navigation and easy-to-understand instructions.
It searches better and provides suggestions when a keyword is misspelled. You can still limit by material type such as e-books or DVDs. In addition, you will be able to exclude by material type so if you wanted only books and audiobooks, you can exclude e-books, and music CDs from your search results. You can also choose to have the item information sent as a text message.”
SirsiDynix continues to have robust success with SirsiDynix Symphony, due in part to its easy integration with the entire suite of SirsiDynix products and clients. Last year, 104 contracts were signed for Symphony, with 89 of those contracts being new clients.*
“We’re really excited about the progress of the Symphony product, especially as we move forward with the BLUEcloud Suite,” said David King, SirsiDynix VP of Product Management. “Symphony is constantly being improved to provide next-generation design, but it also provides a trusted, stable architecture.”
HPL is comprised of 35 neighborhood and regional libraries, four express libraries, a mobile express library, a satellite library, the Central Library, and three special collection libraries (the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Center for Genealogical Research, and the African-American Library at the Gregory School). It serves over seven million members of the community each year, and SirsiDynix is happy to play a part in all that HPL does.
*See Marshall Breeding’s article, Automation Marketplace 2013: The Rush to Innovate, for more details.