SYRACUSE, New York, August 19, 2003 – Demonstrating its commitment to industry standards, GIS Information Systems, Inc. today announced the release of its Polaris integrated library system standards guide. The guide enumerates the standards supported in Polaris 3.0. The guide is available at www.gisinfosystems.com/AboutGIS/Standards/GISStandards.asp.
“GIS has always been highly standards-aware and involved in standards development to ensure our products meet current and future needs,” commented Candy Zemon, Polaris senior product strategist. “We develop Polaris in compliance with standards to ensure interoperability with other systems and products. This makes Polaris system integration with third-party vendors seamless for the library and for library patrons. As libraries evaluate automation systems they need to consider the degree to which each ILS vendor complies with industry standards to ensure their system will support the kinds of services they require to enhance patron service and improve staff productivity.”
The GIS online standards guide covers well-known standards such as Z39.50 for information retrieval, SIP (Standard Interface Protocol) and NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol) for circulation, and ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for inventory management and ordering. The guide also includes standards being revised to address new industry conditions, such as Z39.7 for library statistics and Z39.19, which is developing the next generation of standards for controlled vocabularies and thesauri.
For libraries looking for additional information on NCIP, GIS has developed a white paper to help answer questions such as:
- Why do we need NCIP?
- What type of functionality does NCIP support?
- How does NCIP work?
- Who's involved in the development of NCIP?
The NCIP white paper is available online at www.gisinfosystems.com/Products_Services/PolarisNCIPwhitepaper.pdf..
“Librarians have long recognized the importance of standards and pushed their vendors away from proprietary systems to standards-based systems as far back as the general adoption of the MARC standards in the 1970s,” Zemon said. “As the complexity of the ILS grows, the number of applicable standards also increases. Because there are so many standards in the industry, and they are continually changing and evolving, we hope our summary guide and white paper are helpful aids to those wanting a quick reference source.”
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.