Syracuse, N.Y July, 2001.— Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., today announced the promotion of Anita Wagner to vice president Product Management. Wagner has worked in GIS marketing and sales for more than three years and has been director of Product Management since August 1999.
Prior to joining GIS, Wagner was the assistant director of the Health Sciences Libraries Consortium, a multi-type library consortium in Philadelphia. She has also worked for OCLC as a resource sharing specialist, the Institute for Scientific Information as a product manager, and PALINET as a trainer. She has a Master of Science degree from Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology and an advanced certificate in management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate degree is from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
“Since I came to GIS in June 1999 Anita Wagner has been a key resource in helping build our internal organization and infrastructure, including leading our initiative to recruit and hire 21 new GIS staff in just four months,” said Katherine Blauer, GIS president. “Over the past two years she has led the GALAXY® and Polaris® product management groups to successfully roll out several new major releases, putting in place a rapid development process to ensure product quality and stability.”
In her new role, Wagner will work closely with the Polaris development and project management teams to help define the functionality and release schedule for each Polaris release, helping ensure strict adherence to major milestones and deadlines. She also will be involved actively in developing Polaris through third party alliances by selecting partners, negotiating agreements, and implementing the relationships. “This is an exciting time at GIS,” Wagner said. “Polaris 2.0, with the Polaris PowerPAC® and the industry's first implementation of the EDI 4010 standard, will change the way libraries look at their library systems. I'm pleased to have the opportunity to lead staff through the Polaris 2.0 release and to help shape the future of Polaris and library automation.”
Wagner also will continue to oversee GALAXY product management and the services for GALAXY customers that comprise the GIS Continuum of Services. The GIS Continuum of Services creates opportunities for GALAXY customers to adopt new technology in accordance with their own library's growth plan. Products included in the Continuum are GALAXY WebPAC™, Graphical GALAXY™, Data Enhancement and Enrichment, GALAXY ZServe™ (Z39.50 server software), and Polaris, GIS's third generation native Windows NT library automation system.
Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 26-year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier to the library industry for more than a century. More than 600 libraries nationwide use the GALAXY and Polaris integrated library systems. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. Thirty percent of GIS staff are professional librarians, including GIS President Katherine Blauer.