SirsiDynix iPhone application on its way

January 14th, 2010

PROVO, Utah, January 14, 2010 – SirsiDynix®, the world leader in library automation technology, announces the most comprehensive Apple iPhone® application for library users is near release, pending Apple’s standard review. The free application locates nearby libraries and allows users to search library catalogs for available materials. Users registered with a library can also place and cancel holds at their library using their iPhone.

“BookMyne® provides meaningful patron interaction with their library, which is one of the fundamental objectives that drives all development at SirsiDynix,” said Talin Bingham, chief technology officer for SirsiDynix. “Mobile technology has undoubtedly changed the way we interact with each other and how we access information and services across the board. BookMyne is only the first in a line of SirsiDynix mobile solutions; libraries and users can expect applications for other mobile devices that will access more SirsiDynix libraries and offer incredible functionality for patrons and staff in the future.”

Symphony currently connects over 700 libraries’ patrons with materials and resources.

BookMyne uses the iPhone’s GPS capabilities and the Google Maps API to identify participating libraries nearby. Users can identify the libraries they use frequently, and can search for other participating libraries from a global view.

Libraries can become discoverable through BookMyne by installing SirsiDynix Symphony Web Services, which gives libraries unprecedented access to their Symphony data. Symphony Web Services 2.0 is available at no cost to institutions using Symphony version 3.3 or later.

Symphony Web Services provides an administrative user interface to register libraries with the global directory of participating libraries. Libraries can list contact information, hours and website and include their logo and an image of the library that will appear when a user accesses their library through their iPhone.

Extensive documentation and installation instructions are available through the SirsiDynix Client Care Portal to guide Symphony Web Services installation, including a video capture walk-through of the installation process. Full installation services are also available.

SirsiDynix will provide public awareness materials for libraries to notify their users that their catalog is available on their iPhone.

To receive an email notification as soon as BookMyne is available on the iTunes Store, send an email to iphone@sirsidynix.com with the subject line “Notify.”

For more information about SirsiDynix BookMyne, Symphony Web Services or Symphony Web Services Implementation Services, contact your SirsiDynix sales consultant, or email sales@sirsidynix.com.

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About SirsiDynix

SirsiDynix® is the world’s leading provider of library technology solutions, connecting over 300 million people with information and resources at over 4,000 academic, public, school, government and corporate libraries in 70 countries. With the pioneering Symphony Integrated Library System at its core, SirsiDynix offers a full host of solutions on an open architecture platform. www.sirsidynix.com.