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June 27, 2005 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Sirsi and Dynix Announce Merger

Sirsi Corp. ( and Dynix Corp. ( announced that the two companies are merging to create SirsiDynix, a single company that will provide information technology solutions for libraries and consortia around the world. With detailed planning already being undertaken jointly, the two companies will integrate their worldwide operations. According to the announcement, representatives from both companies are working together to make strategic decisions regarding all aspects of the company's future. Integration and strategic planning for the new company are to be completed in 4Q 2005.

The companies have already decided on a strategy to continue full development and support of the Unicorn and Horizon 8.x/Corinthian integrated library system (ILS) platforms as well as the appointment of Sirsi CEO Patrick C. Sommers as chief executive of the new company and the appointment of Dynix CEO Jack Blount as a consultant responsible for completing development of Horizon 8.x/Corinthian and as a member of the company's board of directors. Customers' day-to-day contacts with SirsiDynix sales, service, and support organizations remain unchanged.

Users of SirsiDynix legacy systems—sites running Dynix, DRA Classic, and MultiLIS systems—will also continue to be supported, just as they were prior to the merger. The company will work with these customers to chart an upgrade path that works best for them, in terms of both technology and timing.

Source: Sirsi Corp.

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