Ameritech, Indiana University, and the University of Chicago Project to Focus on Horizon

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Ameritech Library Services, Indiana University (IU), and the University of Chicago (U of C) have announced the formation of a joint development team for Horizon, the UNIX-based, client/server information management system for libraries. The partnership involves on-site collaboration among all three staffs.

Technical and library staff from IU and U of C will be working at the Academic Division office in Evanston, Illinois, while Ameritech Library Services developers will be working with library, computing, and networking staff at the two universities.

Tom Quarton, president of Ameritech Library Services, said the formation of this development team attests to the company's commitment to academic libraries. "Our primary goal will be to get hands-on experience and valuable input from both universities. IU and U of C are ideal because of their large collection size, extensive system requirements, and multiple site facilities."

Martin Runkle, director of library services at the University of Chicago, said that the partnership would meet research library needs currently unmet by other information management systems. "By working with the Horizon development team we are confident that Horizon can meet our needs as a large research library," said Runkle.

Horizon is the client/server system that offers the functionality and standards required for a true open system, including Z39.50 for information exchange, the TCP/IP communications standard, and an open UNIX platform for portability. In addition to the integrated library automation modules, the system works with a variety of easy-to-use interfaces including graphical and character-based clients. Horizon's flexible design enables libraries to be consistent with future campus-wide computing directions, incorporating new technologies as budgets allow.

Horizon provides expanded patron access to information. Horizon offers true client/server architecture, leveraging the strengths of a server and workstation network to create a powerful system. …