Utah State University Goes Live With SirsiDynix Symphony

September 10th, 2009

PROVO, Utah, September 10, 2009 – SirsiDynix®, the global leader in library technology solutions, announces Utah State University Library has successfully installed and begun operations using the SirsiDynix Symphony® Integrated Library System (ILS) in the Merrill-Cazier Library. The solution is complemented by a host of SirsiDynix tools, including SirsiDynix e-Library™ and the SirsiDynix Web Reporter™ business intelligence tool. USU upgraded to Symphony after using SirsiDynix Horizon™ ILS for over 12 years.

“The conversion has gone very well,” said Todd Hugie, library systems manager for Merrill-Cazier Library. “We are looking forward to Symphony and the new functionality it offers over Horizon. We feel confident that SirsiDynix will continue to develop Symphony for the current and future technology demands of academic libraries.”

USU joins over 1,400 academic institutions that have chosen SirsiDynix solutions for their library technology needs, including almost 300 using SirsiDynix’s pioneering Symphony ILS, unveiled in late 2007. Symphony reflects over 30 years of SirsiDynix’s library technology expertise and offers robust engineering that provides the foundation for industry-leading solutions to libraries in all markets and locations worldwide.

“When academic libraries choose SirsiDynix, the libraries find new opportunities to provide more value to the academic communities they serve,” said Matthew Hawkins, chief operating officer for SirsiDynix. “We congratulate Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library on their successful launch of Symphony and look forward to a continued, mutually beneficial relationship.”

USU had budget, schedule and custom integration challenges that were overcome effectively because of SirsiDynix’s unique approach to project management, data services and user training. Symphony’s open architecture design allowed USU to seamlessly install a third-party material handling system supporting an extensive remote storage facility during the implementation. SirsiDynix delivered the fully operating suite of products on-time and on-budget; USU students and faculty started experiencing Symphony on August 13, in time for the new school year.

The technology upgrade completes the University’s library improvement project, providing the USU community improved, robust access to over 1.5 million volumes in the 305 thousand square foot Merrill-Cazier Library.

Symphony incorporates open, industry-standard technologies, offering libraries an expansive list of features and capabilities. These include an open n-tier architecture, software-as-a-service (SaaS) options, powerful search and discovery solutions, comprehensive integrated library management and productivity solutions, Java-based staff clients for all modules, fully documented application programming interfaces (APIs) that support unparalleled customizability and integration capabilities, Unicode support, advanced business intelligence and reporting tools, support for API, SIP2 and NCIP and embedded and full Oracle database support.

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

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About SirsiDynix

SirsiDynix is the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries – vital institutions whose primary mission is to assist people in discovering and using knowledge, resources and other valuable content for their educations, jobs and entertainment. In concert with key industry partners, SirsiDynix supports this strategic role for libraries by offering a comprehensive integrated suite of technology solutions that improve the internal productivity of libraries and enhance their capacity to partner with their communities through the provision of state of the art library management systems (LMS) and search and discovery solutions. SirsiDynix serves approximately 4,000 libraries and consortia that provide services to over 300 million people through more than 20,000 library outlets in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please see www.sirsidynix.com.

About Utah State University

Located in the city of Logan in northern Utah’s Cache Valley, Utah State is 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City and is within a day’s driving distance of six national parks. Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has evolved from a small, agricultural college to one that is nationally and internationally recognized for its intellectual and technological leadership in land, water, space, and life enhancement. As Utah’s land-grant and space-grant institution, the university is led by President Stan L. Albrecht and has 850 faculty who provide education for more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students, including 10,000 in its continuing education sites located throughout the state of Utah. USU occupies 7,000 acres, 400 of which are on campus, with more than 200 buildings, 63 of which are devoted to academics. USU also has 3 branch campuses and Extension offices in all of Utah’s 29 counties. For more information about Utah State University, please see www.usu.edu

Merrill-Cazier Library houses over 1.5 million volumes, including over 639 thousand books, 306 thousand government documents, 100 thousand maps, 12 thousand current serial subscriptions, and access to over 170 bibliographic, text, and informational databases. The Library is a regional depository of United States government publications, offering an extensive holding of government agency documents, maps and periodicals.