SYRACUSE, New York, August 18, 2004 -- To help Polaris integrated library system (ILS) customers further integrate the Web into their PACs and streamline purchasing for new services, GIS Information Systems, Inc. announced today that they will become a reseller of Brodart Co.'s popular Web site selection and cataloging services, DartClix and DartClix 4 Kids. Under the terms of the agreement, GIS will market and sell DartClix and DartClix 4 Kids to Polaris customers and receive from Brodart new files monthly to be distributed to GIS customers subscribing to these services. The first Polaris customer to take advantage of this reseller agreement is Clark County Public Library in Springfield, Ohio.
"Strategic partnerships are an important part of Polaris development," said Anita Wagner, GIS chief operating officer. "Our latest release of Polaris, version 3.1, includes a development project to support the maintenance aspects of DartClix through the cataloging import process. This capability makes it even easier for Polaris libraries to enhance their PACs with DartClix, so it is a natural next step for us to want to encourage more of our customers to use the service that is supported by and integrated into their ILS."
Gretchen Herman, vice president of the Brodart Books and Automation Division, adds, "This expansion of our relationship with GIS provides greatly increased market exposure for the DartClix programs. We are truly excited about this opportunity and look forward to seeing very positive results."
DartClix is a subscription service providing professionally selected and cataloged Web sites in MARC format that can be viewed directly in the library’s PAC. With an initial file of over 17,000 quality Web sites and hundreds of new, information-rich Web sites added to the file each month, patrons and staff alike benefit from the collection enrichment these records provide. DartClix 4 Kids provides a similar service focused on Web sites for pre-school to middle school age children. The initial file of over 2,900 professionally selected and cataloged Web site records is enhanced with new Web site records delivered each month. More information on both subscription services is available at www.books.brodart.com/products/automation/dartclix.htm and www.books.brodart.com/products/automation/dartclix_4_kids.htm.
Polaris libraries interested in subscription information can contact Vince Messina, 800-272-3414 ext. 8233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Brodart Co.
Brodart Co. (www.brodart.com) emerged in 1939 when its founder, Arthur Brody, invented the book jacket cover. Over 60 years later, Brodart is known today as a leader in library innovation and has evolved into three divisions: Books & Automation, Furniture, and Library Supplies & Furnishings. Brodart Co. quality products and services include everything from books and supplies to furniture and electronic ordering systems. Brodart Co. manufactures and delivers products and services from facilities in the United States and Canada. More information is available by calling (800) 474-9816 and by visiting the company Web site at www.brodart.com.
About GIS Information Systems, Inc.
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-1970s through its third-generation Polaris system. Ranked higher by users for the quality of customer support they receive* than any other public library system vendor, 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.