SYRACUSE, New York, September 25, 2003 Four more GALAXY libraries have signed agreements to migrate to the Polaris integrated library system, GIS Information Systems announced today. The latest libraries to upgrade are Casa Grande Public Library (AZ), Onslow County Public Library (NC), Saline District Library (MI), and Orangeburg County Library (SC).
Casa Grande Public Library has been a GIS customer since the early 1980s. Located midway between Phoenix and Tucson the library has grown to be the largest community in western Pinal County since its incorporation in 1915. In addition to purchasing the all-inclusive core Polaris system -- which includes PAC, circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials control and system administration -- the library has purchased the Polaris PowerPAC™ in Spanish to improve service to its community. The library serves a diverse population with broad and sophisticated library interests with a collection of 105,000 items and an annual circulation of 225,000.
From its founding in 1936, the Onslow County Public Library now consists of a main library, three branch libraries, and a law library housed in the Onslow County Courthouse. Located in Jacksonville, NC near Camp Lejuene the library serves a large number of military personnel with its collection of 150,000 items. Library staff selected Polaris for three primary reasons. First, they have been a GALAXY customer since 1994 and have been pleased with the service they have received over the years. Second, they were impressed with the responsiveness of Polaris staff in answering their questions about software and implementation. And third, the library wanted to continue its relationship with GIS. “Our staff are looking forward to working in the Windows® environment and to providing our patrons access to our catalog via the Web,” commented Library Director Maureen Fiorello. Onslow County has an annual circulation of 350,000 items.
Located near Ann Arbor, the Saline District Library serves a sophisticated user base with its collection of 80,000 items. A GALAXY site since 1993, library staff knew they needed a new system that would reflect the leading edge technology their community expects from their library. Their visit to the nearby Clinton-Macomb Public Library, a Polaris customer since mid-2002, helped the library decide now was the right time to move to Polaris. The Saline District Library serves a population of 21,000 and has an annual circulation of 250,000.
With a history that stretches back to the mid-1930s and the WPA (Work Projects Administration), the Orangeburg County Library is a countywide system with a headquarters library, four branch libraries and a bookmobile serving a mostly rural population of 91,500 people. Located 42 miles from the capital, Columbia, and 70 miles from the port city of Charleston, Orangeburg serves as a regional hub of activity. This is reflected in the heavy usage of the library, which circulates 286,000 items annually from a collection of 70,000 items. The library’s satisfaction with the quality of service they’ve received as a GALAXY customer since 1996 convinced them Polaris was the right choice. Library Director Paula Paul also said staff were excited by the flexibility Polaris will provide them, including the ability for the bookmobile to access Polaris offline from a laptop and then download to the online system when it returns for the day.
All four libraries will run Polaris on a Dell 2600 and a Dell 600 SC for their Training Server.
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-1970s 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.