Henan Adopts SirsiDynix Symphony

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Lehi, Utah-based SirsiDynix announced that Henan University is now a customer. Under a five-year-long agreement, Henan University will implement Symphony®, a L.S.P. (Library Service Platform); Enterprise/Portfolio,a digital asset manager and discovery tool; and MobileCirc, an app that allows libraries to check out items, register users, process holds, and conduct inventories; to serve Henan University Library’s more than 60,000 full-time students and 4,300 staff members.

According to SirsiDynix, “The system will support the University consortium structure and facilitate future expansion and regional cooperation.”

Founded in 1912, Henan University is a public university in Kaifeng, Henan, China operated by the provincial government of Henan. It is one of the oldest Chinese universities.

Originally named the Preparatory School for Further Study in Europe and America, it was subsequently re-named Zhongzhou University in 1923, Henan Zhongshan University in 1927, Provincial Henan University in 1930, and National Henan University in 1942. Today, it has thirty-four schools, faculties, and institutes.

According to SirsiDynix, “Henan University offers its students a rich history but also a focus on the future, with goals to develop into a top national university and a comprehensive, research-oriented international university. Moving forward with these goals, Henan University Library selected SirsiDynix technology as the best solution to serve its library, students, and staff. As part of the selection process, the Henan Library undertook extensive investigation and noted SirsiDynix’s success in implementing other Consortia systems in China, both in academic and public libraries. Henan Library was also impressed by the open architecture of the SirsiDynix’s LSP, which will allow the Library to add new service facilities through Web Services.”

“We are excited by the opportunity to support Henan University as they accomplish their goals,” said Bill Davison, SirsiDynix CEO. “The flexible architecture behind Symphony is an excellent resource that can support the breadth of Henan Library’s goals and expand with Henan University as they grow.”

Located in the Central China Plain, Keifeng was the capital of the Chinese Empire under the Song Dynasty. Today, it is a prefectural-level city.

About 5,000,000 live in the metropolitan area. Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan, lies to the west.

SirsiDynix serves over 23,000 libraries around the world. According to SirsiDynix, “Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. SirsiDynix technology is architected to be open, scalable, and robust, offering a complete out-of-the-box solution and unparalleled flexibility through APIs and web services. Complemented by the most experienced training, consulting, and support staff in the industry, SirsiDynix helps libraries create tomorrow’s libraries, today.”