BOSTON, March 23, 2006 - SirsiDynix, the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries, announced today it and Queens (N.Y.) Library are expanding their partnership to provide the people of Queens and the broader library community with innovative technologies, services, resources and opportunities. The first major step in this expanded partnership involves the Queens Library's investment in a range of new SirsiDynix strategic technology solutions for public libraries.
Through the partnership, SirsiDynix and Queens Library will work closely to enhance SirsiDynix's current technology offerings and collaborate on further innovations, which Queens Library and other library organizations can use to be the best community resource for meeting educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs.
"At Queens Library, we believe that libraries are fundamental in empowering people to take charge of their lives, their governments and their communities," said Director Thomas W. Galante. "Queens Library plays an essential role in our community. To ensure that access to knowledge and information will be equitably available to all, we believe we must be an active partner in the development and implementation of industry-leading technology provided by SirsiDynix. Both Queens Library and SirsiDynix understand and value technology's place in achieving our joint objectives of bringing knowledge to and enriching the lives of our community."
"Our two organizations look forward to numerous opportunities together," said Patrick Sommers, SirsiDynix chief executive officer. "We are both leaders in our respective fields: SirsiDynix as the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries and Queens Library as one of the highest-circulating public libraries in the world.
"Together, we are a powerful combination of knowledge and experience to help librarians and library users make sense of the vast and sometimes confusing world of information," Sommers added. "By partnering with Queens Library, we can learn a great deal more about how libraries operate and what they require to better serve their users. In turn, Queens Library will use our solutions to achieve greater customer satisfaction."
Queens Library has recently purchased a broad selection of SirsiDynix solutions, including the SirsiDynix Horizon Library Management System (featuring Horizon 8.0 and Horizon Information Portal), URSA 4.0 for resource-sharing, Web Reporter for standard and customized reports and the EnvisionWare Enterprise eCommerce Suite. Queens Library is scheduled to go live on Horizon 8.0 in February 2007.
The SirsiDynix-Queens Library partnership was announced at the Public Library Association (PLA) National Conference in the Hynes Convention Center.
SirsiDynix is the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries - vital institutions whose primary mission is to make sense of the vast world of information for people and communities. This is an exciting role as libraries 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 for improving the internal productivity of libraries and enhancing their capabilities for meeting the needs of people and communities. SirsiDynix has approximately 4,000 library and consortia clients, serving more than 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 Queens Library
The Queens Library serves a population of more than 2 million people in the most ethnically diverse county in the United States. With 18.9 million items in circulation and in-person attendance of 14.3 million people, Queens Library ranks among the highest circulations of any U.S. public library system. Queens Library has 63 locations, plus six adult learning centers. For more information, please see www.queenslibrary.org.