Syracuse, NY (November 2001) – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., today announced that industry veteran and entrepreneur Candace S. Zemon has joined its high-level Polaris integrated library system product management team. In her position as Senior Product Strategist, she will be responsible for identifying opportunities and trends in the marketplace and recommending strategies for incorporating them into Polaris product development.
From 1997 to the present, Zemon and her co-founder led Pigasus Software from an unknown startup to one of the leaders in the interlibrary loan software community. As co-creator of the WINGS Request Management System, she participated in all aspects of product management and marketing.
Prior to founding Pigasus Software, Zemon played a key role in system design at Data Research Associates (DRA), including supervising the release of their web-based Z39.50 search tool.
“Candace Zemon represents the type of highly experienced industry expert we have been attracting to GIS over the past two years,” commented Katherine Blauer, president of GIS. “As we continue to lead the industry in areas such as metasearching, enhanced content partnerships and X12 EDI 4010 implementation, Candy will be instrumental in helping take Polaris to the next level of sophistication.”
The Polaris integrated library system is currently installed in more than 180 libraries. The system features client/server design that supports wireless and thin client technologies; object-oriented programming that seamlessly links elements throughout subsystems; multi-tiered architecture that facilitates rapid development to adapt to new technologies; and graphical presentations for all aspects of the system, including the application software, operating system and network management facilities. Polaris was developed specifically for WindowsNT/2000 and can therefore take full advantage of all Windows functionality. In addition to advanced metasearching capabilities and enhanced content, Polaris 2.0 provides support for EDI X12 ordering, order acknowledgement, and invoicing using the latest standard (the 4010 enhanced standard); Z39.50 searching for authority records; and an interface to Unique Management Services for material recovery. Polaris 2.0 also includes numerous enhancements in all subsystems.
Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 26-year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier and innovator in 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.