SYRACUSE, N.Y., January 22, 2013 — Polaris Library Systems, a trusted provider of technology solutions that help public, private and academic librarians serve their communities, has hired Neil Block, former president of Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III), as its vice president of strategic growth. In this new role, Block will work closely with the Polaris leadership team to uncover new opportunities and help accelerate company growth.
"As one of our toughest competitors, we've known Neil for many years and have had the utmost respect for him and for the way he conducts business," said Bill Schickling, president and CEO, Polaris Library Systems. "His knowledge, experience and his passion will be a tremendous asset to Polaris, and we're very fortunate to have him working with us."
"It was evident from our very first meeting that Polaris was the kind of company I wanted to join," said Block. "Everything the company does is with librarians in mind – from product development, to customer support, to how they run the business. As a librarian, I appreciate that and am excited about the opportunity to help grow a business that is doing so much for the industry and for its people."
Block began his career in libraries upon receiving his MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. At III he held multiple positions over 25 years, including vice president of worldwide sales and most recently, president.
About Polaris Library Systems
Polaris Library Systems earns the highest customer satisfaction ratings by focusing on one goal: helping librarians better serve their communities. A true technology partner, Polaris uses a deep understanding of libraries and patrons to thoughtfully design products and services that meet today's most challenging needs. Over 2,000 public, private and academic libraries count on Polaris automation platforms to maximize time and resources, reduce costs, boost productivity and improve patron satisfaction every day. Polaris is dedicated to providing unique, reliable solutions that empower libraries to build better patron relationships and a productive, bright future. Visit www.polarislibrary.com for more information.