SYRACUSE, New York, May 4, 2006 -- Polaris Library Systems, the leader in providing technology tools that enhance staff productivity and increase patron service, announced today that new name sales as well as GALAXY® migrations contributed to a strong first quarter, with ten sales reported. Contracts have been signed by seven new name customers and three GALAXY customers.
Polaris also announced that its largest urban public library implementation -- Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky http://pac.lfpl.org/polaris/Search/ -- went live on Polaris® ILS in about 90 days after contract signing. Louisville serves more than 375,000 registered borrowers from a main library, 16 branch locations and three bookmobiles and has an annual circulation of more than four million transactions. The Louisville implementation brings the number of libraries using Polaris ILS to over 800 in the United States.
The new name libraries that have installed or will install Polaris ILS are Athens Limestone Public Library (AL) moving from Innovative Interfaces Millennium; Avondale Public Library (AZ); Desert Foothills Public Library (AZ) upgrading from Follett; the Santa Rosa County Library System (FL) moving from Sirsi Unicorn; Putnam County Public Library (IN) moving from Dynix Classic; Mary L. Cook Public Library (OH) upgrading from Sagebrush; and Southlake Public Library (TX) moving from Dynix Horizon. The three libraries migrating from GALAXY to Polaris are Stanly County Public Library (NC), Napoleon Public Library (OH) and Bienville Parish Library (LA).
"In the first two months of 2006 we increased our total number of sales compared to the same time period last year and saw a greater proportion of contracts representing new name customers," said David Bendekovic, Polaris vice president, marketing and sales. "Library budgets may be tight, but libraries recognize the value of adopting a system that provides the infrastructure they need to support the services they want to provide to their customers. With the products we develop ourselves -- like Polaris Inventory Manager and Polaris ExpressCheck -- and the services we deliver through partnerships -- such as Polaris Payment Manager -- Polaris Library Systems offers libraries end-to-end solutions to meet the specific day-to-day challenges of public libraries. Our success in sales so far this year is a strong indication that the word about Polaris is getting out," he added.
Bendekovic also said the volume of implementations has increased. In addition to the Louisville Free Public Library, ten library systems that signed contracts toward the end of 2005 will go live on Polaris ILS in the first half of 2006.
Polaris expands sales staff
In related news, to keep up with the expanding interest in Polaris ILS, Bendekovic announced that Carrie Linford Pearson has joined the Polaris sales team. Following an eleven year career at Dynix, Ameritech Library Services and epixtech, Pearson joined Independent Conference Management (ICM) in Orem, UT where her work in Sales and Business Development included working with large user group meetings. "Interest in Polaris ILS is increasing dramatically, stretching our account management resources to the limit," Bendekovic said. "Carrie brings to Polaris significant knowledge and understanding of libraries and their automation needs. She will be able to hit the ground running to deliver service to the many libraries eager to learn more about our products."
About Polaris Library Systems
From its beginnings more than 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. More than 800 libraries use Polaris ILS to facilitate all aspects of their library operations. 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.