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April 19, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announce the University of Reading has recently purchased SirsiDynix’s fully-hosted BLUEcloud Campus library management system to support its 24/7 library service delivery. The University of Reading is a globally-ranked, research-intensive university. Over the summer of 2016, SirsiDynix will migrate the Symphony system to its enterprise-class ISO 27001 certified UK data centre, completing the transition to a supplier-hosted solution.

April 14, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announce the release of Mentor 2.0, the new learning management system for the SirsiDynix Support Center. Mentor 2.0 includes an intuitive new user-interface as well as simplified access to educational resources.

April 12, 2016

(SirsiDynix) The results in 2015 edition of his annual Perceptions survey showed solid gains in customer satisfaction from SirsiDynix customers. The survey emphasized SirsiDynix’s year-over-year improvements in customer satisfaction, with responses from a variety of library types.

April 9, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix and Mackin Education Resources are pleased to announce the completed integration of Mackin digital content into eResource Central (eRC), significantly expanding the range of eResources available to SirsiDynix school libraries. Mackin, a leader in providing schools around the globe with quality educational resources, has provided library and classroom services for grades PK-12 for over 32 years. Mackin's collection of more than 350,000 digital titles will contribute to enhancing education worldwide.

March 28, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix welcomed the venerable Universidad de San Marcos to the family of SirsiDynix customers. Universidad de San Marcos recently selected a local install of SirsiDynix Symphony, as well as several BLUEcloud products, after a competitive bid among the industry’s top vendors. The bid successfully concluded with a multi-year contract awarded to SirsiDynix. San Marcos is expected to go live in July.

March 27, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix extends a warm thank you to its customer community and to Marshall Breeding for the feedback received in the annual Perceptions survey. The vibrant SirsiDynix customer-base provided strong input in the 2015 survey. Of all ILS’s surveyed, SirsiDynix Symphony received the most responses. A total 459 customers reported on their Symphony system—37% more than the next ILS. The strong response is indicative of a customer community that is actively engaged with BLUEcloud—both the vision and its delivered products. A major component of this vision is built on open dialogues and responsiveness to our customers. SirsiDynix has implemented collaborative channels for customers to be involved in developing new tools, such as the Strategic Partner Program (SPP). SirsiDynix considers its customer partners and feedback, such as the Marshall Breeding Survey, to be vitally important to guiding the company vision and product development. Customer involvement has greatly influenced SirsiDynix development and decision-making. The widespread improvement in customer satisfaction, reflected in the results of the 2015 Perceptions survey, is largely a result of customer contributions.

March 23, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix welcome Henan University to the family of SirsiDynix customers. As part of the five-year agreement, Henan University will implement Symphony, a next generation LSP, as well as Enterprise/Portfolio, and MobileCirc to serve the Library’s over 60,000 students and staff members. The system will support the University consortium structure and facilitate future expansion and regional cooperation.

March 21, 2016

(SirsiDynix) The SirsiDynix family of BLUEcloud products will be expanding in 2016 with the addition of BLUEcloud Circulation. BLUEcloud Circulation offers a powerful new web-based circulation solution that features easy management for administrative staff while taking full advantage of the BLUEcloud library services platform and the flexibility of the Symphony and Horizon policies. BLUEcloud Circulation modernizes and simplifies circulation workflows, ensuring that library staff can serve end-users with unprecedented ease. Best of all, BLUEcloud Circulation joins the family of BLUEcloud products that SirsiDynix libraries will receive as part of their current maintenance.

March 17, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the completed SaaS migration and go-live of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. LOUIS, a statewide consortium of public and private academic libraries, has hosted their SirsiDynix Symphony ILS since 2001. In June 2015, LOUIS made the decision to host its Symphony ILS and BLUEcloud products on SirsiDynix SaaS. The migration process was completed in late January, and all 35 Symphony sites of the LOUIS consortium are now live. This project also included a conversion from Informix ISAM database structures running on IBM’s AIX to an Oracle database management system with Unicode encoding, running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Unicode support allows importing, cataloging, searching, and displaying of data containing non-Latin characters.

March 15, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is anticipating a new addition to the BLUEcloud LSP. Coming later this year, BLUEcloud Acquisitions will join the collection of next-generation software of the BLUEcloud LSP. BLUEcloud Acquisitions will provide a solution for concentrated control over all steps of the acquisitions process. BLUEcloud Acquisitions is a cloud-based acquisitions system for both Symphony and Horizon that delivers centralized and localized purchasing, budgeting, collection development, receipt handling, invoice handling, and exception handling with optimized consortia workflows for large library systems.

February 24, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that the City of London has gone live with SirsiDynix Symphony in a SaaS hosted environment. The City of London chose SirsiDynix, following a tender to replace the City of London’s Capita library management system.

February 23, 2016

(SirsiDynix) The world’s leading provider of library automation solutions, SirsiDynix enables more than 20,000 libraries around the world to catalog assets and provide web-based searches for their patrons. The company is also the industry leader of hosted online software as a service (SaaS) for cataloging, with a global team of engineers and specialized, highly secure facilities that support over 650 library systems around the clock.

February 17, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is reporting solid adoption numbers in 2015 for two of its cornerstone BLUEcloud LSP products: BLUEcloud Cataloging and BLUEcloud Analytics. The BLUEcloud Library Services Platform is an integrated suite of next-generation software that brings power and efficiency to library workflows. BLUEcloud Cataloging and BLUEcloud Analytics respectively deliver streamlined cataloging processes and unprecedented reporting capabilities.

February 5, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the pilot release of BLUEcloud eRM, a powerful new electronic resource management tool and the newest addition to the BLUEcloud Campus product line. In recent years electronic resources have become increasingly crucial to library collections. As the medium of collection resources changes, so does the challenge of organizing these resources. BLUEcloud eRM is the premier solution to managing the life-cycle of electronic resources, from trial and acquisition to licensing and implementation. Building on the open-source electronic Resource Management system CORAL, BLUEcloud eRM gives libraries the tools to manage their electronic resources.

January 8, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced BLUEcloud Visibility, a groundbreaking product that allows libraries to bring their resources to the open Web and tap into the enormous power of search engines. Only a tiny fraction of all searches for content start within the library catalog, effectively rendering enormous amounts of library content invisible. BLUEcloud Visibility changes all that by transforming MARC data into search engine-accessible resources that can be easily discovered, accessed, and consumed by all Web users. Additionally, catalog data is paired with physical library locations to enable geo-locating, so that patrons searching on the Web will see results pointing directly to their local library.BLUEcloud Visibility allows libraries to increase their relevance to their community and access an exponentially larger audience. Previously absent in search engine results, MARC data now has the potential to be placed in front of thousands of eyes every day on the open Web via BLUEcloud Visibility. Working in partnership with Zepheira, SirsiDyinx is proud to bring this revolutionary product to customers worldwide.

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