Syracuse, NY - June 16, 2003 – GIS Information Systems announced today that the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Memorial Library (OH), the McComb Public Library (OH) and the Spring Hill Public Library (TN) have selected the Polaris integrated library system. McComb and Bossard Memorial join five other Ohio libraries that have implemented Polaris.
The Bossard Memorial Library serves as the Gallia County District Library, providing library service with one main library and two mobile units, as well as adult and children's outreach services. The library has a collection of 125,000 items and an annual circulation of 500,000. Polaris will replace the library's Dynix system. A key reason the library selected Polaris was because of the strong third-party partnerships GIS maintains with industry leaders. This will allow the Bossard Memorial Library to easily add enriched content to their library catalog through Syndetic Solutions and the SAM PC management software from Comprise Technologies. The library also has purchased the GIS Perimeter Security Service Firebox, a turnkey solution for network security.
Located in northwest Ohio, the McComb Public Library serves the 3,000 residents of its rural agricultural community with a collection of 53,000 adult and children's books, 4200 videocassettes, plus audiocassettes and music compact discs. The library selected Polaris to replace its GALAXY® system, which it has been using since 1995.
The Spring Hill Public Library, located 30 miles south of Nashville, serves a population of 12,000 from one main library with a collection of 16,000 items and an annual circulation of 65,000. Polaris is their first library automation system. The library is a neighbor to the Maury County Public Library, which automated in 2002 for the first time as well with Polaris.
About GIS Information Systems
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.