October 21, 2014 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative announced today that both the Polaris ILS 5.0 and Polaris Leap 1.0 are now in general release. Baltimore County Public Library (MD) is the first library to go live on Polaris ILS and was also a beta tester for the release.
Polaris ILS 5.0 includes several new features, including Family Holds Pickup, floating collections by collection with optional load balancing, the ability to automatically renew items, a Carousel Toolkit, the ability to automatically close purchase orders, and the ability to automatically flip bibliographic display in the PAC.
Polaris Leap is the new web client for Polaris ILS that performs public services workflows, such as registering new patrons and checking out items. Its responsive design allows Polaris Leap to work on devices such as tablets and laptops, enabling library staff to serve their patrons anywhere - even outside library walls.
"Innovative is committed to moving the Polaris ILS forward, and bringing new products to life such as Polaris Leap," says Gene Shimshock, VP of Marketing. "Polaris Leap represents a new model of library management where key library functionality is available to library staff away from the confines of their desks."
Innovative (www.iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the broadest and most complete portfolios of library automation products on the market today. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in 66 countries and has offices around the world.