SYRACUSE, New York, January 14, 2003 – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today that the Laurel County Public Library (Kentucky) has selected Polaris as their next library automation system. Polaris will replace the library’s Brodart Amlib library management system.
Located south of Lexington in London, Kentucky, the Library serves the 55,000 residents of Laurel County from two locations and a bookmobile. The Laurel County Public Library has a collection of over 70,000 items and an annual circulation of in excess of 140,000.
"Polaris is competitively priced, is popular with our staff and will be easy to use for our public" said Lori Acton, District Director. The library successfully increased their tax rate through petition three years ago. This resulted in the construction of a 25,100 square foot library, scheduled to open in April 2003. This project has generated a great deal of enthusiasm and support in the area. "Polaris is compatible with our vision of what library services should be," said Acton.
“We are very pleased that the Laurel County Public Library is adopting Polaris to showcase the library as an information hub in their community,” commented GIS President Katherine Blauer. “The reactions of the Laurel County library staff mirror what we have seen from other libraries as they recognize how easy Polaris is to use and the benefits of a system that will fulfill their vision of library services for their community.”
Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 28-year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., a leading supplier and innovator in the library industry for more than a century. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. Thirty percent of GIS staff is composed of professional librarians, including GIS President Katherine Blauer.