SYRACUSE, New York, January 4, 2006 -- Polaris Library Systems announced today that the Louisville Free Public Library (KY) has purchased the Polaris Integrated Library System to provide them with the advanced technology they need to meet the expectations of their growing community. The Polaris ILS will replace the library's DRA Classic system.
With a history that dates back to 1816, the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) today serves more than 375,000 registered borrowers from a main library, 16 branch locations and three bookmobiles. Annual circulation is more than 3.8 million transactions from a collection of over 1.3 million items. The library boasts several "firsts," including a branch library that was the first Carnegie-housed library in the United States built solely for African Americans and the first library in the nation to put its own FM-radio station on the air.
In commenting on LFPL's selection of Polaris, Assistant Director Graham Cooke said that a primary factor in the library’s decision was the clear focus Polaris Library Systems has on public libraries. About 90% of Polaris customers are public libraries. LFPL was also pleased with Polaris’ use of the Windows operating system and the Active Network capability to manage payments. The Active Network is a Polaris strategic partner and provider of integrated cashiering software solutions for municipalities and libraries.
In addition to purchasing the core Polaris product with PowerPAC™, cataloging, circulation, serials control, acquisitions and system administration, Louisville Free Public Library also will install PowerPAC Children’s Edition and the PowerPAC Multilingual Edition in Spanish, French and Vietnamese. Additional capabilities include inbound and outbound telephone services, outreach services for managing circulation to homebound and institutional customers, a text-based PowerPAC interface for Text-to-Speech (TTS) use and Polaris ExpressCheck for patron self-check. Syndetic Solutions will provide enhanced content including tables of contents, fiction profiles, series information, cover images, first chapters/excerpts, author notes, and reviews from Publishers’ Weekly, Library Journal, Choice and Booklist. Louisville will use Polaris ZMARC for its source of bibliographic and authority records.
Polaris will run on a dual 3.0 GHz processor Dell PowerEdge 6800 rack mount server with 8GB of RAM and 360 GB of disk. The library will have 700 concurrent workstations for staff and patron use.
About Polaris Library Systems
From its beginnings thirty years ago, Polaris Library Systems has served libraries with time-saving technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970s through its third-generation Polaris Integrated Library System. Polaris ILS facilitates all aspects of library operations by providing flexible workflow solutions packaged in a familiar Windows interface. In addition to its library automation systems, Polaris Library Systems offers workflow analysis, database enhancement, wireless access and network services to libraries of all types. For more information about Polaris Library Systems, visit www.polarislibrary.com.