SYRACUSE, New York, June 3, 2003 – GIS Information Systems, Inc., a leader in library automation with its Polaris® integrated library system, announced today that Anita Wagner, vice president of business development, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Jim Mieczkowski, lead developer of both the GALAXY and the Polaris systems, has been named Chief Information Officer. Wagner and Mieczkowski together have almost thirty years of experience working with GIS products and customers.
Anita Wagner joined GIS in January 1998 as part of the Polaris sales and marketing group. In 1999 she established the Polaris Product Management Department. Most recently she has been responsible for establishing industry partnerships to integrate third-party products into Polaris. As COO, she will be involved in overall business planning and the formation of third party alliances as well as oversee marketing, customer operations and technical communications. Wagner has more than 20 years of experience in the vendor community, having worked for OCLC, PALINET, ISI, and Health Sciences Library Consortium (HSLC). She has a Master of Science degree from Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology and an advanced certificate in management from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Jim Mieczkowski has over 25 years of experience in commercial software development, including 14 years with GIS. He has had lead development responsibilities in all three generations of the GIS integrated library systems products. Jim spent five years at Paralogix Corporation, a developer of decision support applications for the utility industry, where he was Vice President of Systems, directing a group of 30 software development and support professionals. In 1996 he founded MultiWare Systems Inc., a small company providing contract client/server development and database consulting services in the Syracuse area. He was the primary architect of the Polaris relational database model and has overseen all database development for Polaris since its inception in 1996. Jim is a graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia with a BS degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science.
“Anita Wagner and Jim Mieczkowski represent the type of leadership and commitment we look for at GIS,” said William Schickling, GIS president and CEO. “They are dedicated to ensuring we deliver the highest quality customer service and the best automation system in the library industry, and to ensuring that we continue to play a leadership role in ‘pushing the envelope' on what an ILS should provide to today's libraries.”
About GIS Information Systems, Inc.
Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, GIS is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the developer of the Polaris® integrated library system. From its beginnings as a division of Gaylord Bros., the company has for more than twenty-five years served libraries with innovative technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970's through its third-generation Polaris system. Ranked number 1 by users for the quality of customer support they receive*, Polaris 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. 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.
In addition to its library automation systems, GIS Information Systems, Inc. offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion, database enhancement and network security services to libraries of all types. Thirty percent of GIS staff is composed of professional librarians. More information is available via telephone 800-272-3414 and at www.gisinfosystems.com.