SYRACUSE, New York, December 2, 2003 -- The economy might be sluggish and the library marketplace squeezed for funding, but GIS Information Systems, Inc. is realizing record sales of its Polaris integrated library system, company executives announced today. More than twice as many systems were sold from June through November 2003 as were sold during the same time period in 2002. Close to forty percent of the contracts are with libraries new to GIS, with the remainder representing GALAXY to Polaris migrations.
"Our sales growth during the past six months is a clear indication of the confidence libraries have in GIS as a company and in Polaris as the right technology to meet their needs today and in the future" said Bill Schickling, GIS president and CEO. "Our best sales force are our customers, who are very happy with our product development and our support. They share our vision for the future and are enthusiastically conveying that vision to libraries that are in the market for a new integrated library system"
The following libraries have signed contracts to install Polaris since June 2003. An asterisk (*) indicates the library upgraded from GALAXY to Polaris.
- Auglaize County District Public Library, Ohio *
- Brownsburg Public Library, Indiana *
- Casa Grande Public Library, Arizona *
- Clovis Community College Library, New Mexico *
- Fayetteville Public Library, Arkansas
- Gila County Library District and ten affiliate libraries, Arizona
- Graves County Public Library, Kentucky *
- Hyconeechee Regional Libraries, North Carolina *
- Maricopa County Library District, Arizona
- McComb Public Library, Ohio *
- Mason Public Library, Ohio
- Onslow County Public Library, North Carolina *
- Orangeburg Public Library, South Carolina *
- Pierce County Library System, Washington
- Saline District Library, Michigan *
- South Eastern Kentucky Library Automation Consortium, Kentucky
“We are especially pleased that so many of our GALAXY libraries are moving to Polaris and anticipate even more movement in this direction in 2004,” Schickling added. “With customers ranging from a consortium doing 6.5 million circulation transactions annually to a previously unautomated library, we know Polaris is the right choice for all libraries large or small, single institution or multi-type consortium.”
About GIS Information Systems
Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, GIS Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the developer of the Polaris integrated library system. From its beginnings almost thirty years ago, GIS has served libraries with innovative technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970's through its third-generation Polaris system. Ranked number one 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.
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.