SYRACUSE, New York, November 22, 2002 – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today that the Bernardsville Public Library (New Jersey) and the Deer Park Public Library (Texas) have selected the Polaris integrated library system. Bernardsville is replacing the GALAXY system the library has been using since 1990. Deer Park is replacing a Winnebago system.
The Bernardsville Public Library has been serving the borough of Bernardsville in Somerset County for more than ninety years. In making the decision to upgrade to Polaris the library joins the many other GALAXY libraries that have implemented Polaris, including the Salem, Paulding, London and Mount Vernon public libraries in Ohio and the Hershey and Middletown public libraries in Pennsylvania.
Deer Park is located in the suburbs of Houston. It is a single-site library that serves a population of over 50,000.
“We are delighted to welcome the Bernardsville and Deer Park Public Libraries to Polaris,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “Both of these libraries recognize the advantages advanced technology will bring to their patrons and staff. Their enthusiasm demonstrates that Polaris is the right solution for public libraries of all sizes.”
The Polaris integrated library system facilitates all aspects of library operations by providing innovative workflow solutions packaged in a familiar Windows interface. The Polaris staff client offers a complete solution for acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, circulation, interlibrary loan and serials control. With its object-oriented design and integrated Z39.50 capabilities, Polaris avoids the artificial boundaries common to legacy systems built on a modular framework. It also avoids the costs and downtime associated with installing modules one piece at a time. The Polaris PowerPAC extends this innovation to the end-user by providing a fully customizable library portal to the library’s catalog and other library resources, including enhanced bibliographic data such as book images, tables of contents, and reviews. With embedded metasearch capabilities, patrons can search the library’s catalog, the web, other library catalogs and Z39.50 databases at one time using one common interface. Today more than 300 libraries use Polaris every day to serve the information needs of their communities