Horizon is a third generation system
marketed by Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of the Ameritech Corporation, one of the world's largest communication companies
new system Horizon was built on the Marquis, Dynix library system, and is being developed by Ameritech Library Service in collaboration with the University of Chicago and Indiana University. It was first introduced in the USA in 1991
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Horizon is a fully integrated client/server library management system, providing a graphical user interface for the library, and offering the functionality and standards required for an open system, including Web access, Z39.50 standard for information exchange, the TCP/IP communication standard, UNIX and Windows NT for portability. Horizon uses the SQL database management system, available from Sybase or Microsoft.
the main hardware is a SUN computer Sparc Server 1000 with a UNIX Solaris 2.5 operating system
the centre of any library system is the cataloguing module.
Cataloguing and Authority Control contain the bibliographic database used by all Horizon modules
project will contain four stages of activity. Three of them include:
- the preparation of standardised cataloguing rules and their implementation
- working out subject classification
- exchange of records among different systems
- preparation of legal and financial responsibilities
- collecting money for buying software and technical equipment etc. (we have already received $705,000 from the Mellon Foundation)
- implementation of system
- testing of the National Catalogue module
- schedule preparation for creation of databases
- users' training
Generally speaking, the main points of plan in Nicholas Copernicus University Library have been successfully realised. The progress is visible. Since September 1998 new modules have been implemented and tested. In the opinion of our users they work quite well. Of course, problems arise from time to time, and sometimes they are quite troublesome, but they are solved on a daily basis.
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