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SirsiDynix: Managing the ILS Transition

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SirsiDynix: Managing the ILS Transition

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When library software providers Sirsi and Dynix merged about 10 years ago to form SirsiDynix, the new company retained the customer bases and ILSs of its originators: Symphony (from Sirsi) and Horizon (from Dynix). SirsiDynix recently introduced the BLUEcloud Suite, a cloudbased solution that complements the two legacy systems and eases the transition to an updated ILS.

"It's a web services, API layer," says Eric Keith, VP of global marketing, communications, and strategic alliances. "We're building this BLUEcloud Suite so it talks to both Horizon and Symphony seamlessly and easily but allows us to just maintain one set of products that then [by] using web services and API speaks to both Horizon and Symphony."

BLUEcloud Suite has been in development for more than 2 years, and now several of its products are available to libraries, including eResource Central, which integrates all of a library's holdings so patrons can do a single search to find both electronic and physical library content, view an item's availability, and check out and download an item directly from the library website.

OverDrive is already integrated with eResource Central, says Keith. "[A] user could ... search within the catalog, find an e-resource from OverDrive, ... and with one or two clicks, download an ebook from OverDrive without ever having to leave that catalog and without ever having to go to the OverDrive site," he says. eResource Central is built to accommodate a variety of content providers in various regions; SirsiDynix is working with about a dozen new vendors whose integration will be available in the next few months, according to Keith. …

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