A Brief History
Ingenuity wasn't born overnight.
For more than 30 years, libraries have used SirsiDynix technologies to bring the power of their collections to their communities. Our story
began when Northwestern University developed a system to automate its library card catalogs in the 1960s. Since then, we have been a
committed partner to libraries around the world, employing technology that allows librarians to do more than just keep track of their collection.
Today, more than 23,000 library facilities in more than 70 countries use our products and services to bring the power of knowledge and
information to 300 million users worldwide.
As stated in the American Library Association's 2010 State of America's Libraries Report, "The local library, a traditional source of free
access to books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, has become a lifeline, offering technology training and workshops on topics that ranged from
resume-writing to job-interview skills."
Libraries today are more than buildings full of books. As the needs of the people and communities they serve have substantially changed,
libraries have rapidly responded. Because of their unchanging commitment to providing people access to information, libraries continue to be
information leaders around the world. Every member of the SirsiDynix team is proud to be a part of that commitment, developing
technologies that makes access to information possible in ways we never imagined.
SirsiDynix develops technology with the philosophy that the tools you use today should not hinder you from achieving your goals tomorrow.
SirsiDynix is proud to create these industry-leading tools, for more libraries than any other vendor in the world, for the benefit of libraries and
At SirsiDynix, we are committed to our library customers and the communities they serve. Together, with libraries, we help communities
thrive by connecting people with library resources that educate and inspire. Our commitment extends beyond software and technical support
-- it means genuine service, to our libraries and to the industry.
Every member of the SirsiDynix team makes that commitment a reality through:
Developing and delivering robust technology for library staff and users
Providing dedicated service beyond the software
Cultivating a community of SirsiDynix librarians to ensure a bright future for libraries everywhere.
Bill Davison is SirsiDynix's chief executive officer, responsible for all SirsiDynix corporate functions - finance, administration, library relations,
product development, marketing and sales. Prior to serving as CEO, Bill held the position of chief operating officer (COO), responsible for the
company's sales, implementations and client care organizations. Bill brings 24 years of experience in executive leadership positions for
sales, marketing and services, including four years previously as the COO and CMO of SirsiDynix (from 2002-2007).
Bill has served as CEO of the American Academy, an accredited e-Learning entity delivered in a SaaS model, and COO of Alpha Bay
Corporation, a cloud based retail operations technology provider. Prior to SirsiDynix, Davison served as vice president of sales and customer
delivery at Raindance Communications.
Davison received his bachelor's degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts and his MBA with
emphases in finance and operational management from the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin.
Chief Financial Officer
John Gardiner joined SirsiDynix in 2008, initially tasked with developing and executing the company's long-term strategy as its chief strategy
officer, and was appointed to the position of chief financial officer in September 2009. John is responsible for strategic planning as well as the
financial, legal, human resource and facilities operations for SirsiDynix worldwide. He leads SirsiDynix's strategic growth to ensure SirsiDynix
remains the global leader in library technology solutions.
John's expertise is felt in sales and marketing initiatives, product planning and operational performance improvement. He has worked in
software technology for more than 10 years, focusing on enterprise software growth companies, where he has lead successful initiatives in
corporate strategy, finance and operations, as well as designing new customer-friendly product bundles and volume licensing programs.
John has served as a chief financial officer and finance executive for other software companies such as Citrix Systems, where he has
focused on making it easier to do business and improving the customer experience. John, a certified public accountant, earned both his
master's and bachelor's degrees in accounting from the University of Florida, where he graduated with high honors.
Executive Advisor & Board Member
Matthew J. Hawkins is a SirsiDynix executive advisor and member of the company’s Board of Directors. Prior to his role as board member,
Hawkins was chief executive officer at SirsiDynix, a global software company that brings the power of knowledge and information to nearly
150 million users affiliated with more than 23,000 library facilities in 70 countries. He previously served as chief operating officer at
SirsiDynix, where he helped transform the sales and operations of the business to better serve its customers.
Prior to SirsiDynix, Hawkins was vice president and general manager of Henry Schein Practice Solutions, a provider of healthcare software,
revenue cycle management, electronic claims aggregation and value-added services to more than 65,000 oral health practices.
Before joining Henry Schein, Hawkins served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in Dallas, Texas. He received his MBA from
Harvard Business School and his bachelor’s of science degree from Brigham Young University.
Chief Technology Officer & Chief Architect
Talin R. Bingham is SirsiDynix's chief technology officer and chief architect, leading the company's worldwide research and development
efforts. Talin has more than 20 years of software engineering experience, including 10 years at the management level for a range of product
development organizations. Most recently, he has served as a consultant in developing complex software systems and applications and as
vice president of development for Verticore Technologies.
Talin also has worked for Cimetrix Inc., Century Software, Wasatch Interactive Learning, Unisys Corp., and Boeing Corp. He holds a
bachelor's degree in computer science from Griffin College in Bellevue, Wash.
SOLUTIONS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Public libraries offer so much more than just popular fiction books. As information leaders in their respective communities, libraries serve as
an access point for resources and materials from around the world and across the passages of time. What’s more, these central hubs also
regularly host community education programs, cultural events, employment assistance and the like. With so many demands on their time and
resources, libraries need more than just run-of-the-mill software for cataloging books. They need a technology partner with comprehensive
solutions. SirsiDynix offers those comprehensive solutions. With the most flexible technology in the industry, you will find answers to all your
library functionality and information-gathering needs within our product offerings. If you can dream it up, our solutions can support it.
SirsiDynix offers the most robust, comprehensive solutions out-of-the-box, with unparalleled flexibility through open architecture so you can
truly make our library solution yours. While tremendous challenges face public libraries today, there are also exciting opportunities for the
professionals who lead them:
Supporting education, life-long learning, ESL programs, and more initiatives critical to community progress
Heightening awareness of public libraries in their communities
Responding to funding challenges that have resulted from declining public funding
Overcoming the competition to public libraries by offering services of unequaled breadth, depth, and quality
Forging relationships with other entities in meeting people's needs for quality information and resources
Discovering and applying imaginative approaches and technologies for fulfilling the mission of public libraries
At SirsiDynix, we're focused on supporting public libraries in their mission to capitalize on these challenges and reach new heights in serving
their communities. In addition to our comprehensive technology offerings for public libraries, SirsiDynix benefits from more than 25 years'
experience in meeting the needs of libraries. This includes working with thousands of public libraries around the world, and sharing your No.
1 goal: serving your patrons and community.
One of our most valued features at SirsiDynix is our best-in-industry accountability control. Consortia turn to SirsiDynix for the industry’s most
advanced technology-sharing solutions, all of which are completely customizable based on the specific needs of the libraries you serve.
With SirsiDynix accountability technology, access privileges can be maintained completely separately, so as to prevent duplication,
accidental deletion of records or confusion; or shared, to allow free exchange of resources and information among member libraries.
Beyond accountability, SirsiDynix is a technology partner with the comprehensive solutions consortia require. Every library’s needs are
different, and, thus, so are their service models. SirsiDynix understands this. That’s why we’ve created a solution that can seamlessly
support multiple models simultaneously. From funds and fees to acquisitions, SirsiDynix open architecture enables a made-to-order
experience for everyone.
For Consortia: Industry Leadersip
SirsiDynix is the industry leader in consortia-specific solutions, serving more consortia worldwide than any other ILS provider. With our highly
flexible and privacy safe systems, consortia can trust that their libraries will have the tools they need and the level of access they deem
appropriate. Member libraries can share what they want to share, and keep separate what needs to be kept separate.
With SirsiDynix solutions, consortia can also add more membership at any time without hassle. SirsiDynix software and hardware are all
scalable, so consortia aren’t attached to any one solution.
With the most flexible technology in the industry, consortia will find answers to all their library functionality and information-gathering needs
within the SirsiDynix product offerings.
For almost 30 years, SirsiDynix has provided consortia with open and scalable solutions that meet industry standards while allowing libraries
the ability to customize services and improve functionality at the local level.
FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
Your students are Internet-savvy users who expect instant access to information 24 hours a day from wherever they may be. Digital content
is not a novelty, but the norm, and expectations are growing every day regarding access to information.
You and your staff have also raised expectations regarding technology for the library. Information management systems must allow you to
provide the access and services your students demand and, at the same time, improve staff efficiency. Today more than ever, library
technology must be leading-edge technology.
We live in a digital world filled with students who expect to be attending digital academic institutions. Access to your library could be through
the doors from the courtyard or from a laptop in the coffee shop. SirsiDynix is excited to be partnered with academic libraries to embrace the
challenges of educating in the digital age.
The 21st-century academic campus is quite a dynamic place. Students. Faculty. Researchers from around the world. They're all demanding
more and more from the libraries that play an indispensable role in the collection, management, preservation, and dissemination of
knowledge. That means these key constituencies are expecting their libraries to provide tremendous expertise, access, and services – at the
same time that academic libraries are...
Facing budget woes and declining professional ranks
Defining the library's role in the "academic enterprise"
Determining how to manage e-resources more effectively
Functioning as a leader in the changing world of scholarly communication.
At SirsiDynix, we're focused on supporting academic libraries in addressing issues that cut to the heart of their mission and role. With 25
years of experience that comes from working with a range of college and university libraries, as well as academic consortia, we deliver a
comprehensive suite of software and services that enable academic and research libraries to strengthen their role as information technology
and knowledge management leaders.
In addition to providing students and researchers with easy electronic access to knowledge and resources on campus and throughout the
world, SirsiDynix equips library staff with fully integrated software suites for circulation services, technical services, and digital collection
TOOLS FOR EVERY ACADEMIC NEED
Your institution’s SirsiDynix solution was created with the needs of an academic setting in mind. With a fully customizable interface to suit the
look and feel of your college or university, easy bulk management of documents and countless other academia-inspired capabilities,
SirsiDynix Symphony is the ILS of choice for top universities worldwide.
For example, through the SirsiDynix Enterprise discovery portal, your
library users will benefit from:
A fully customizable interface to suit the look and feel of your institution
Google-like searching, with faceted results
Ability to add extra content such as book covers, community events and more to enhance the student discovery process
Simple plug-in Web 2.0 options, such as user-contributed book reviews, RSS feeds for updates on favorite subjects or requested content,
Integration of digitized PDFs and other documents
Through Docutek ERes and Academic Reserves your users will benefit
Easy bulk management of electronic documents, course URLs and associated courses
Multiple subfolder levels and numerous file associations available for each document
Copyright compliance tools
Option to allow faculty to add their own resources
Optional e-mail alerts for students, faculty and staff when documents are added or other activity occurs
Search of the traditional reserves collection
Management of specialized reserve loan policies and other parameters
Multiple reserve policies and calendars in multi-library/multi-reserve desk scenarios
SirsiDynix Materials Booking provides:
Ability to reserve items up to 24 months in advance, on a minute-by-minute basis, so items can be booked for the exact dates and even the
exact times (to the minute) needed
Display of bookings and reservations by item or user
Provide flexible searching, including by running time (for videos) or specific performer
Display availability through an onscreen calendar that shows days free and days booked
Automatically rotate equipment to distribute wear evenly across inventory
Fixed time periods as well as minute-by-minute reservations
With new SirsiDynix mobile application, BookMyne:
Students have 24-7 mobile access to the library catalog
Students are sent notice of when items are about to be due, as configured by the student
Students can place holds on multiple items at once, on-the-go
Students can access user account information from their mobile device
Library gets automatic style points with students for having a handy mobile app.
SOLUTIONS FOR K-12 SCHOOLS
Class field-trip day might have a new rival...
Running a K-12 school library can be a lot of work, but we're about to make it much easier. Confused part-time staff? No problem. Bored or
trouble-seeking kids? No longer.
For those who run the library, SirsiDynix solutions such as StaffWeb make the job of the K-12 library easier by providing basic circulation,
cataloging and reporting features all accessible through a Web browser. With StaffWeb, the time-consuming work involved in installing staff
clients at each school library – as many school districts typically have several sites throughout the district – is eliminated. Intuitive, basic
functionality is provided without needing to do a lot of detailed configuration to get it up and running. Your library tools are up and ready to go
via Web in a few clicks.
For the little guys who come to the library to learn, SirsiDynix Enterprise is a solution aptly fit the K-12 library user. Through Enterprise, kids
can explore, discover and learn all online through your school’s library. By enabling the creation of customized, themed ―rooms‖ of content,
Enterprise will engage the child in the learning process – allowing them to benefit both from your library contents and the vast resources
beyond the school walls. With thousands of pages integrating multimedia content, websites and other resources of your choosing, your
library’s ―rooms‖ – easily created by you – can all organized around the K-12 curriculum and rotated at will. What’s more, to prevent any
distractions or misuse of computer time, SirsiDynix products are all equipped with authority control settings, so you can deem which content
is permissible for each respective group of students.
The options are limitless, but one thing is certain: the learning experience will be greatly enriched. And with SirsiDynix tools at your aid and
the power of dynamic, content-specific discovery at your users’ fingertips, your K-12 students very well may begin to prefer library day over
FOR SCHOOLS: WHY SIRSIDYNIX?
PTA volunteers and little learners, rejoice! The K-12 school library, while having many similarities to other libraries, has some very specific
needs because of its unique setting and audience. For example, for day-to-day library operations, often times K-12 libraries are run by
volunteers rather than full-time trained staff. And it’s not uncommon for an elementary school to not have a full IT department to concern itself
with the extra work involved in installing a staff client and hosting a server for library records.
And what about the library users? The vast majority of them are still learning reading, writing and arithmetic. We understand, and we have
solutions specifically designed for both the PTA mom volunteer and the little learner types, to both enhance the learning experience and
make everyone’s roll within the learning environment a little bit easier. Let us introduce you to a new day in the life of your school library.
SOLUTIONS FOR SPECIAL LIBRARIES
As a current or prospective non-traditional library, you probably have some questions. If you’re getting started, you want to know how difficult
this library software will be and if you’ll be able to use it. Second, you probably want to know what library technology can do for you. Let’s
address these in order. First, while SirsiDynix solutions were created for libraries, they were also designed for easy use by non-librarians.
Most special libraries are staffed by people who do not come from a library background. That’s perfectly okay. Our solutions have taken that
into account. Our main focus is helping you to effectively share and manage information to achieve organizational goals. To that end, a few
features that might ease your mind include:
Wizards. Our software is equipped with them. Particularly valuable are the ones that double-check your record entries. If you start to enter
something that is already in the system, it will let you know so you don’t have duplicate data.
Cloud computing. The short description of this is, we manage your server hardware and backups so you don’t have to. With our highly
trained data and technical staff, we’ll handle the day-to-day maintenance work on our end, saving you both time and money.
Web Reporter. With businesses having to run leaner and meaner, your corporate library needs to prove its worth just like everyone else.
Web Reporter helps with that. Our solutions offer a complete suite of reporting tools so you can document circulation, usage, money saved
or virtually anything else you can think of.
Consulting. Our team of library technology professionals can train you to do your job better, faster and more effectively. Call on consulting
anytime to get advice on how to best utilize your technology investment to meet and surpass your organizational goals. It’s this ease of use
that makes SirsiDynix solutions practical for special libraries, right out of the box.
Now, let’s talk about the exciting stuff. What can SirsiDynix library technology do for you. Let’s preface this discussion by saying, in the realm
of tracking and sharing information, there’s not a lot it can’t do. But, a few of the capabilities we like to tout include:
Ultimate cataloguing power. All your information, easily segmented and at your fingertips. Even data stored within scanned documents is
catalogued and searchable with the in-text searching capabilities of our dynamic discovery portal, SirsiDynix Enterprise. Enterprise also
enables the creation of custom ―rooms‖ of information, focused on the content areas that are important to you (and easily changeable, as
new areas of interest develop).
Ultimate searching power. Imagine a search that not only scans your catalogued data, documents and multimedia, but goes beyond the
confines of your library to pull dynamic supplementary information on related subject matter – upcoming events, Web resources and more
– all in one place. Targeted, faceted and completely customizable.
You control who sees what. With SirsiDynix’s industry-leading authority control technology, your information can be safeguarded at
varying levels for the many people and departments who will be accessing it. Security strong enough for military bases and courthouses,
your information is stored centrally but accessible to many, as you deem fit.
Bibliographic records aren’t just for books. With SirsiDynix technology, all your assets can be catalogued specifically and tracked
locally or on a global basis. Whether it be a shade of paint, a swatch of fabric, a weight of paper or any other informational nugget,
SirsiDynix can catalog elements of your brand or business to ensure exact consistency in output, no matter where that output needs to be.
SPECIAL LIBRARIES: CHALLENGES OVERCOME
The traditional library is not the only library. SirsiDynix services hundreds of special libraries — ranging from museums to government entities
to Fortune 500 companies — and understands the unique organizational capabilities these institutions require. From the government
courthouse seeking to organize legislative records, to the consumer-facing corporation looking to catalog and coordinate exact elements of
its global product line, SirsiDynix solutions fulfill needs and empower the sharing of information in a sleek, quantifiable and results-generating
SirsiDynix solutions have been used to:
Catalog company assets and brand identity, so individual elements, colors, papers and product numbers can be instantaneously coordinated
and shared on a global level
Assist museum facilities in tracking their assets, from the circulation of physical art pieces through exhibits and gallery spaces to the
calendaring of required cleanings and maintenance
Protect highly confidential information for military bases, allowing specified levels of information access to system users based on identity
Archive and digitally document detailed legislative histories, collect bodies of information on specific practice areas and provide centralized
resource support for federal courthouses
Enable dynamic search of records, including complete in-text searching of scanned documents for medical research facilities
And this is just the beginning. SirsiDynix software employs a powerful open architecture to enable complete customization and integration of
your solution. From our supplementary modules, to the built-in functionality that makes SirsiDynix the provider of choice for more
organizations worldwide than any other library technology developer, if you can dream it – SirsiDynix solutions can make it happen.
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FOR CORPORATE, GOVERNMENT AND OTHER SPECIAL LIBRARIES
In our information-centric world, it's imperative that professionals and the institutions in which they work have well-organized access to the
knowledge and resources it takes to meet objectives — from getting new products to market to protecting national security to finding
precedent-setting legal information to discovering new cures for disease.
That's why special libraries and their staffs play a critical role within the institutions they support, whether they're serving employees at offices
worldwide; supporting leaders within government agencies; meeting the information and research needs of lawyers or lawmakers; or
supporting faculty, staff and patients at a medical research center.
Not surprisingly, these uncommon objectives give rise to equally uncommon challenges. Working with unique materials or unusually high
numbers of serials are just some examples of how your operation differs from a more traditional library. You may also be working with an
extremely small staff or have a more extensive need to use digital materials. Whatever your library's unique needs, SirsiDynix has the
experience and technology to meet them. Special libraries around the world have chosen SirsiDynix products to help them provide the
distinct services required by their users.
That's why federal, corporate, law, medical, theological, museum and other special libraries around the world turn to SirsiDynix. SirsiDynix
provides the comprehensive integrated technology your organization needs to provide easy and effective access to resources and to execute
mission-critical library tasks.