SYRACUSE, New York, January 7, 2004 -- GIS Information Systems, Inc. announced today that the Clark County Public Library (OH) has signed a contract to migrate from its GALAXY system to the Polaris integrated library system. The library has been a GALAXY customer since 1992.
Located in central Ohio, the Clark County Public Library serves a population of 140,000 with a collection of 500,000 items. Their annual circulation from a main library and four branch library locations is one million items.
"The Clark County Public Library has just completed a three year strategic plan which has as one of its goals increasing access to library resources through utilization of state-of-the-art technology," said Library Director John McConagha. "In looking for a new automation system, our staff did a thorough evaluation of the marketplace to ensure we were purchasing the system with the most sophisticated technology to support the delivery of creative new services to our users. We selected Polaris because of its functionality, its potential to grow with us, and because of our satisfaction with GIS service and support over the years. Polaris is an important part of our new strategic direction."
McConagha added that "in side-by-side test drive functionality comparisons with other systems, staff members overwhelmingly chose Polaris." He pointed to the following factors that contributed to their decision to purchase Polaris:
- The advanced functionality of Polaris, with Z39.50 searching in every subsystem and the seamless linking of records from one subsystem to another
- Satisfaction as a GALAXY customer with GIS service and support
- Interviews with Polaris customers, all of whom demonstrated clear satisfaction with the product and the support they receive from GIS
- The ability to easily customize reports and retain data such as patron account history
- The integration of Polaris with the third party products the library plans to implement, including BookLetters (BookPage/BookSite) and SAM (Comprise Technologies)
With their decision to purchase Polaris, Clark County joins the following other Ohio Polaris libraries:
- Auglaize County District Public Library
- Bossard Memorial Library
- London Public Library
- McComb Public Library
- Mason Public Library
- North Canton Public Library
- Paulding County Carnegie Library
- Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County
- Salem Public Library (Salem)
"As one of our largest GALAXY customers, Clark County is in an excellent position to realize tremendous gains in productivity and public service with Polaris," said GIS President William Schickling. "We are delighted that they are bringing this new level of technology to their staff and to their community."
Clark County will run Polaris on a Dell 4600 server and a Dell 1600 as their training server.
About GIS Information Systems
Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, GIS Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the developer of the Polaris® integrated library system. From its beginnings almost thirty years ago, GIS has served libraries with innovative technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970’s through its third-generation Polaris system. Ranked number one by users for the quality of customer support they receive*, Polaris facilitates all aspects of library operations by providing innovative workflow solutions packaged in a familiar Windows interface. The Polaris staff client offers a complete solution for acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, circulation, interlibrary loan and serials control. The Polaris PowerPAC extends this innovation to the end-user by providing a fully customizable library portal to the library’s catalog and other library resources, including enhanced bibliographic data such as book images, tables of contents, and reviews. With embedded metasearch capabilities, patrons can search the library’s catalog, the web, other library catalogs and Z39.50 databases at one time using one common interface.