One of the library automation industry's oldest companies has taken a new name. Previously known as GIS Information Systems and Gaylord Information Systems, the well-established vendor (see The Polaris Story below) now will be known as Polaris Library Systems.
Taking Polaris Library Systems as its name reflects the company's interest in establishing a stronger identity with its flagship automation system, the Polaris Integrated Library System. The new moniker also eliminates any possible confusion with geographic information systems, which often is associated with the abbreviation “GIS” used in the company's former name.
According to the company, its management and ownership status will remain the same. Bill Schickling continues as president and CEO, and Anita Wagner still occupies the COO (chief operating officer) post.
A privately held business owned by the Croydon company, Polaris Library Systems also now boasts a new headquarter facility located outside of Syracuse, in Liverpool, New York, which is just around the corner from the company's previous accommodations. Phone and fax numbers for the company will not change.
Introducing Polaris Hosted
In other news from Polaris, the company reports the availability of an ASP (application service provider) version of the Polaris ILS called, “Polaris Hosted.”
The new product is consistent with the trend for library automation companies to offer a hosted version of their systems. This hosted system product / service enables libraries to access a fullfeatured automation system remotely (hosted by the ILS vendor), ultimately eliminating the need for libraries to maintain local server hardware and employ a full-time system administrator.This type of product/service makes the Polaris ILS (as well as any other ILS vendor's offering) accessible to libraries with modest resources. For instance, many of the remaining GALAXY sites are small libraries, and the Polaris Hosted service may provide an attractive, lower-cost option for them.
Based on the number of staff clients licensed, Polaris Hosted is available for an annual fixed price.