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Dynix and NOTIS Systems Consolidate as Ameritech Library Services, Announce Client/server Product

Magazine article Information Today

Dynix and NOTIS Systems Consolidate as Ameritech Library Services, Announce Client/server Product

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Dynix and NOTIS Systems have consolidated as Ameritech Library Services with Paul Sybrowsky named as president. Ameritech Library Services will be organized around a Library Systems group and an Information Services group.

The Library Systems group consists of four divisions dedicated to sales and support of automated library management systems for different types of libraries. Those divisions are a public library division (Dynix), an academic library division (NOTIS), a special library division (Marquis), and a school library division (Scholar). Each division will continue to operate out of its respective offices. Customers outside the U.S. will be served by the existing international offices.

The Information Services group will consolidate products and services that deliver information content. This group includes Vista, providing access services and document delivery for information databases; Internet and Z39.50 access products such as WinGopher and WinPAC; Retro Link Associates (RLA) for retrospective conversion and database services; and GenSys for distribution of genealogical databases.

"In combining our resources and expertise in several strategic areas, Ameritech Library Services is in a strong position to serve the needs of libraries of all types and sizes throughout the world," said Sybrowsky. "The new organization allows our divisions to concentrate on each type of library and capitalizes on the expertise of each division."

In addition, Sybrowsky announced that Dynix and NOTIS Systems divisions are combining development efforts to form a single client/server product. The consolidated client/server software represents over seven years of development effort from both divisions and is available for installation today in both academic and special libraries. All current Marquis and NOTIS Horizon customers will receive this version with no additional licensing costs. The client/server product, along with the existing UNIX host-based product from Dynix, and the NOTIS products, are offered by the four divisions of Ameritech Library Services.

The client/server product is based on the Marquis system, currently installed in more than 40 academic and special libraries. The product will be extended by the academic library division development team at NOTIS to incorporate additional features specific to academic libraries. …

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