SYRACUSE, New York, January 20, 2003 - Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today that four more libraries have signed agreements to install the Polaris integrated library system. The libraries -- North Canton Public Library (Ohio), Keokuk Public Library (Iowa), Eastern Arizona College Library (Arizona), and the New Mexico Military Institute (New Mexico) -- are all upgrading to Polaris from GALAXY.
North Canton Public Library (Ohio)
Located south of Akron in northeastern Ohio, the North Canton Public Library was founded in 1926 and is an independent library system. A GALAXY customer since 1991, the library serves the 17,000 residents of North Canton from two locations. The North Canton Public Library has a collection of over 132,000 items and an annual circulation of in excess of 950,000.
"When it came time to start shopping for a new system, we naturally looked to Gaylord first," said Library Director Karen Sonderman, "The relationship we have had with GIS these past twelve years was one of the contributing factors in our decision to install Polaris. We trust Gaylord. We know Gaylord cares about its customers and is willing to listen to them and work with them. Finally, we know that while GIS is always on the cutting edge, their products are a whole lot more than just bells and whistles. GIS products do the work and do it well! The North Canton Public Library is very pleased to be continuing as a GIS library and is looking forward to installing Polaris," Sonderman added.
Keokuk Public Library (Iowa)
Located in Lee County in southeastern Iowa, the Keokuk Public Library has been a GALAXY customer since 1995. The library serves the 30,000 residents of Lee County from its location in the city of Keokuk, and has a collection of over 75,000 items with an annual circulation of more than 250,000.
"Keokuk Public Library has had a positive relationship with Gaylord for a number of years," said Library Director Emma Lee Lahmeyer. "It is time for the library to move to a Windows-based environment so that we can provide broader, enriched access to information and resources for our patrons. The library staff need a more flexible system that will provide stability and increased functionality. Based on our past relationship with Gaylord, and on the affordability of the system, the move to Polaris was a natural one for us to take."
Eastern Arizona College (Arizona)
Located in Thatcher in southeastern Arizona, the college serves over 6,500 students - both full and part-time. The college has been a GALAXY customer since 1990 and has a collection of over 60,000 items.
"We selected the Polaris library automation system because it has all the tools we need integrated into one smoothly running system," said library director Sue Cramer, "Polaris is native to the Windows NT/2000 operating system, and is provided by a company from whom we've had years of strong support. We're looking forward with pleasure to utilizing Polaris with all of its capabilities to serve our students effectively, efficiently, and attractively." Cramer added that Polaris is very much in keeping with the direction the college is moving. "The Polaris system meshes well with Eastern Arizona College's vision for the future," she said. "Current technology is very much in evidence at Eastern, and, with Polaris as our library automation system, we'll be effectively utilizing that technology to better serve and educate our students."
New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI)
NMMI is a public, co-educational military junior college and a college preparatory high school. When NMMI determined that the VMS platform needed to be replaced campus-wide, they turned to the technically knowledgeable library staff to take the lead in selecting the next operating system. The library staff determined they wanted a Windows NT/2000 solution to replace their GALAXY system and, with their loyalty to GIS because of the support they've received over the years, Polaris was the natural choice. Once implemented, Polaris will run on a wireless network within the library.
"We are delighted to welcome these four GALAXY libraries to our Polaris family," commented GIS President Katherine Blauer. "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."
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.
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