SYRACUSE, New York, April 29, 2004 -- During the first four months of 2004, GIS Information Systems was awarded more than double the number of contracts for the Polaris integrated library system than during the same time period in 2003, the company announced today. Libraries moving quickly toward implementation include Auburn Public Library and Talladega College Library in Alabama, Switzerland County Public Library and Lawrenceburg Public Library District in Indiana, and Halifax County Library System in North Carolina. Halifax County is migrating to Polaris from a Follett system; the other four libraries are replacing their GALAXY systems. An additional six libraries have announced their intent to purchase Polaris and are in final contract negotiations.
"Libraries are signing contracts with GIS in record numbers and we are ready for them," said Bill Schickling, GIS president and CEO. "We know libraries don't want to wait a year or more to implement their new system, as is the case with some other vendors. With the automated tools we have developed for data migration and our understanding of GALAXY data, we are able to migrate new Polaris customers as quickly as they want to move. Our average time to migrate a library is 90 days from contract signing but we've even migrated a library in fewer than 30 days, which is quite remarkable," he added.
In addition to these Polaris sales, GIS reports that Polaris customers are eagerly embracing the new Wireless Access Manager (WAM). WAM is a turnkey solution for libraries to manage and control access to their wireless network. GIS configures the WAM software for libraries to install on a PC. The WAM software interfaces the hardware to Polaris and also can support any integrated library system that supports SIP2. With Wireless Access Manager, libraries can provide their patrons with access to their wireless network without overloading their system. Polaris libraries that have purchased WAM since it was introduced in January include Cooperating Libraries Automated Network (CLAN) in Nevada, Maricopa County Library District in Arizona, Boone County Public Library in Kentucky, Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Michigan and Clark County Public Library in Ohio.
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 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.