Syracuse, NY, December 20, 2010 - Polaris Library Systems, a leading provider of library automation technology, announced today that Darien Library, in Connecticut, is live on the Polaris ILS. Prior to selecting Polaris, Darien used the Millennium system by Innovative Interfaces.
In addition to using core Polaris functionality, Darien is leveraging the Polaris API for a seamless connection between Polaris and the library's public catalog, SOPAC. SOPAC was designed to form a greater connection between the library and library patrons, as well as among members of the Darien community. The catalog is intended to initiate conversation by enabling patrons to write reviews and create lists of favorite books, and tag and rate books, movies, and music. Patrons can also discuss events, books, and community issues with staff and the rest of the community.
"Thanks to our staff and the team at Polaris, this has been the smoothest migration I have seen anywhere," said Darien's Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience, John Blyberg. "What's more, Polaris's open database and fully documented API have made it incredibly easy to connect Polaris to our SOPAC."
Darien Library is ranked as one of the top ten public libraries in the country for its size, according to Hennen's American Public Library Rating, and is a Library Journal Five-Star Library. The library is among the busiest in the state, with over 1,300 people walking through the doors on an average day; 97 percent of the town's residents hold library cards; and it has the highest per capita circulation in Connecticut, with more than thirty-one items per Darien resident.
"The Darien Library is extremely patron focused and incredibly well-known for leveraging technology to connect the library with the community," said Polaris President & CEO Bill Schickling. "We are thrilled they have selected Polaris, and look forward to a long technology partnership."
Darien Library serves Darien, a community of 20,000 in southwestern Connecticut on the shores of Long Island Sound. The library has a continuous history reaching back to 1894, and for more than a generation has been renown for its blend of extreme customer service, innovation, and friendly hospitality. Darien Library moved into its new 54,000 square-foot building in January 2009. visit www.darienlibrary.org.
About Polaris Library Systems
For thirty years, Polaris Library Systems has served libraries with time-saving technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970s through its third-generation Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS). In addition to its library automation systems, Polaris Library Systems offers work-flow analysis, database enhancement, wireless access, and network services to libraries. For more information about Polaris Library Systems, visit www.polarislibrary.com.