Syracuse, New York December 30, 2003 – GIS Information Systems, Inc. and 3M announced today that they have successfully tested the implementation of the NCIP capability of the Polaris® integrated library system and 3M. This capability will be operational with the next release of Polaris in early 2004. NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol) defines the transactions needed to support circulation activities between independent library systems.
“This is an important step for Polaris customers,” said Candy Zemon, Polaris senior product strategist. “As a leading implementer of this important standard, GIS is assuring our customers that the services they want to add through third-party vendors will be able to interoperate with Polaris, as long as the other vendors use NCIP as the standard interface. As libraries look to their integrated library systems to serve as the backbone for different types of services this capability is critical.”
“3M customers can be assured that 3M products will be ready when they implement NCIP,” said Anne Weaver, business manager of 3M Library Systems. “As a leader in the development of the NCIP standard and a leading implementer of the standard, we understand the protocol and strive to increase interoperability between 3M SelfCheck Systems and the integrated library systems. Customers who move to NCIP from SIP guarantee themselves a greater flexibility and functionality of integrated library system in the future.”
NCIP was created to make circulation-related collaboration possible. It extends the capabilities of the SIP2 protocol (3M Standard Interchange Protocol, version 2) - an industry standard from 3M that allows software like self-check and cost recovery systems to communicate with the library's circulation system. NCIP adds important capabilities such as two-way updating of circulation-related databases. Because of the way NCIP messages are constructed, all the information necessary for a transaction is contained inside the messages themselves.
“To meet the needs of their technologically sophisticated users, libraries are looking for new ways to expand beyond their physical collections,” Zemon added. “They expect online services to ‘talk to each other' to deliver what they need when they need it. That's why GIS is so committed to implementing NCIP capabilities with our Polaris Partners such as 3M.”
GIS is an active participant in the NCIP Implementers' Group. As part of this Implementers' Group, GIS is able to gain an in-depth understanding of NCIP itself and the ways that industry partners use it. From a better understanding of the needs of all parties, a more robust implementation can be made in Polaris.
For additional information on NCIP and its implementation in Polaris, see the GIS white paper at www.gisinfosystems.com/Products_Services/PolarisNCIPwhitepaper.pdf.
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 almost thirty 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.
In addition to its library automation systems, GIS 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.
The global leader in library security for over 30 years, 3M has partnered with thousands of libraries throughout the world to protect literally billions of individual library items. 3M offers comprehensive systems and services that secure, track and manage library materials and information. Supported by proven RFID, Tattle-Tape security and PC management technologies 3M partners with libraries to provide total solutions for 21st century challenges.
3M is a $16 billion diversified technology company with leading positions in consumer and office; display and graphics; electronics; health care; industrial; safety, security and protection services and transportation. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company has operations in more than 60 countries and serves customers in nearly 200 countries. 3M, which marked its 100th anniversary in 2002, is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and also is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For more information about 3M, go to www.3M.com.