PHILADELPHIA, March 14, 2012 — Polaris Library Systems, a pioneer in the development of library technology solutions for public, private and academic libraries, is demonstrating several new features of the latest version of its library automation software, Polaris 4.1, at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, March 13-17. Two of the most exciting features Polaris is demonstrating are the integration of e-Books and the new Community Profiles product, both industry-first features that will revolutionize the way that patrons and libraries interact.
3M E-Book Integration
On March 8, 2012, Polaris and 3M Library Systems publicly announced a strategic partnership to allow the 3M Cloud Library e-Book Lending Service to be integrated with the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS). This first-of-its-kind integration will allow patrons of participating libraries to browse and check out both physical and e-Books. EBooks will be checked out from the library's public access catalog (PAC). Users will also be able to view status updates and receive notifications for all of their materials, including e-Books, from the library. What's more, libraries that upgrade to Polaris 4.1 will get their statistics for e-Books in real time, included in their circulation reports.
"It is the philosophy of both 3M and Polaris that libraries should own their content after purchase, and as owners, they should be the sole provider of that content," said Steven Nielsen, vice president of product management, Polaris. "This integration is a long awaited solution to a problem that has plagued libraries for years — the inability to have control of their e-Book collections, and losing patrons to third parties."
Both Polaris and 3M will be conducting live demonstrations of the integration at their respective booths, numbers 1223 and 204.
Community Profiles is a new product available in Polaris 4.1 that revolutionizes the way libraries connect with their communities. It is a unique way for community organizations and libraries to cross promote products and services to people both in and outside the library. Community Profiles allows libraries to feature community organizations and their events through their PAC, and gives organizations the opportunity to promote relevant library resources through their own websites. Organizations can manage what appears on the library's PAC, including their profiles, event information and calendars, through their own library patron accounts. A powerful widget called ContentXChange lets community organizations feature a "content carousel" of library books, materials and events on their own websites, providing visitors with more information and connecting them back to the library.
The attached document, "Community Profiles: Connecting the Library With Communities," offers additional information and screen shots. Visit the Polaris booth, number 1223, during PLA to see a demonstration of this feature, along with all of the latest features in Polaris 4.1.
About Polaris Library Systems
Polaris Library Systems' mission is to help libraries better serve their communities. Through its work with almost 2,000 libraries across the U.S. and Canada, Polaris has come to understand the challenges and opportunities that librarians and their users face. The company designs products and services to help public, private and academic libraries surmount these challenges and lead productive, bright futures. For more information about Polaris Library Systems, visit www.polarislibrary.com.