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Polaris 3.0 testing begins in Oregon Library Consortium

Press Release: Polaris Library Systems [January 23, 2003]

Copyright (c) 2003 Polaris Library Systems

Abstract: Gaylord Information Systems announced that Washington County Cooperative Library Services in Oregon has begun testing version 3.0 of the Polaris software. Polaris 3.0 is a major release with enhancements in every subsystem.q

SYRACUSE, New York, January 23, 2003 - Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) in Oregon has begun testing version 3.0 of the Polaris software, Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today. Polaris 3.0 is a major release with enhancements in every subsystem.

Because of the extensive new functionality in the release, WCCLS will use a phased approach to testing subsystems. Acquisitions and Serials Control will be tested first, followed by Circulation and PAC, and finally Cataloging, Reporting, and System Administration. Testing is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Key features of Polaris 3.0 to be tested by WCCLS include:

  • Personal search agent. A user can save any number of searches to be run automatically. Anything "new" since the last run is reported to the patron via email. The patron can select the frequency of the run.
  • Patron reading history. The library can determine if this option is available and how long the history will be kept. If the library provides this service, the patron can see a list of all items he or she has checked out. The patron can also choose to not keep this history, or to stop keeping it at any time.
  • EBSCO NoveList integration. NoveList subscribers can present their patrons with readers' advisory content whenever patrons' search results lists contain works of fiction. This feature was introduced in the optional release of the Polaris PowerPAC™ Multilingual Version.
  • Expanded virtual reference integration. Polaris 2.1 introduced links to an interactive session with a librarian appear at the foot of every page. The links also appear if the patron's search retrieves no hits. With Polaris 3.0, patrons will be able to view a history of their reference sessions.
  • Patron authentication to e-sources. From the public catalog, patrons can select a link to a subscription database service and Polaris will automatically provide the required database authentication details to the provider. The flexible administration tools in Polaris will enable libraries to define new e-source targets as needed.
  • Group hold requests. Allows the patron to place a single hold on multiple titles so that any one of the titles can fill the hold request.
  • Unicode support for Arabic, Hebrew, CJK. Polaris will support the input, storage and display (right to left) of these non-Roman character sets.
  • Enhanced record security through Systems Permissions. Polaris 3.0 provides a finer level of granularity in establishing what records a user can view, create, modify and delete. These permissions can be assigned to any object record in Polaris, and can be grouped according to which organization 'owns' the record.
  • Extended ordering capabilities for donations, depository agreements, blanket orders, approval plans, subscriptions and memberships.
  • Productivity enhancements in MARC editor. Polaris 3.0 will include numerous enhancements in the MARC editor including:

    • The use of macros to "memorize," name, and save a series of keystrokes for repeated use.
    • The ability to input diacritic characters using any of three different input methods.
    • Customizable text descriptions of MARC tags that display when the cursor is passed over the tag number.
  • Customizable MARC Validation Tables. Allows the library to apply local policies by specifying the field validation rules for records as they are saved to the database.
  • Additional reports and search access points across all subsystems.
  • "We are pleased that WCCLS has agreed to be our beta partner for Polaris 3.0," said GIS President Katherine Blauer. "They are an experienced beta partner and the enthusiasm the staff has shown during previous beta testing ensures this very rich release will be thoroughly field tested in a highly active consortial environment."

    Located in Hillsboro, Oregon, Washington County Cooperative Library Services includes eleven public libraries, one college library, and one hospital library. WCCLS has system holdings of more than 1.2 million items and serves a population of 445,000. System-wide circulation for 2002 was 6.3 million.

    About Polaris

    Ranked number 1 in customer support*, 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.

    About GIS

    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.

    More information is available via telephone 800-272-3414; fax +1-315-457-5883; or email and at

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    Publication Year:2003
    Type of Material:Press Release
    Language English
    Issue:January 23, 2003
    Publisher:Polaris Library Systems
    Place of Publication:Syracuse, NY
    Company: Gaylord Information Systems
    GIS Information Systems
    Polaris Library Systems
    Products: Polaris
    Libraries: Washington County Cooperative Library Services
    Subject: Product announcements
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    Record Number:10250
    Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
    Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00