SYRACUSE, New York, November 1, 2004 &-- GIS Information Systems, Inc. (GIS) announced today that the company has formed an alliance with CIVICTechnologies, Inc., to sell LibraryDecision to Polaris integrated library system (ILS) customers. LibraryDecision is a Web service that provides libraries with visual tools to help them analyze the relationships between community needs and library resources in order to deliver more effective library services. The first GIS customer to take advantage of this partnership is Clark County Public Library in Springfield, Ohio.
Using a Web interface with no special training required, libraries can apply LibraryDecision to a variety of critical evaluation activities. These include ensuring collections are responsive to the demographics of their communities; identifying areas for focused cardholder development campaigns; preparing statistical data for grant applications or funding requests; and determining areas of need for new facilities based on community development and characteristics.
LibraryDecision uses Census 2000 data, which library staff can manipulate to compare community information such as school data and population projections with library information. Polaris customers who purchase LibraryDecision will be able to utilize their ILS circulation, patron and collection data to perform analyses in LibraryDecision. Backed with solid data, libraries are better positioned to seek funding, communicate with elected officials and library board members, and make the case for new facilities or recommend improvements to existing buildings and services.
"Clark County Public Library’s strategic planning initiative includes evaluating current facilities and potential new service points in the community" said Library Director John McConagha. "To aid our facilities planning we wanted to look at population projections, the demographics of the community, where we're located in relation to schools, parks, etc. GIS was able to provide our patron information from Polaris to CIVICTechnologies. The resulting maps enable us to see where our patrons are concentrated and, because LibraryDecision is web-based, share this data with our planning consultant even though we are in different parts of the state."
McConagha says that with LibraryDecision Clark County can estimate what additional resources might be needed based on certain criteria like square footage per capita. In the future the library plans to use LibraryDecision to help with marketing, collection development and other areas of library management. "Using our Polaris data with LibraryDecision gives us the information we need to move forward with fact-based decisions about the best ways to allocate our resources to improve service to the Clark County community," McConagha said.
“As public libraries look to squeeze every penny out of their budgets and make more informed decisions about service to their communities, more and more they are turning to technology to provide a demographic picture of their service area,” said Anita Wagner, GIS chief operating officer. “GIS customers look to us to make it easy for them to add new technologies like geographic mapping to their Polaris system. The beauty of Polaris is that because we adhere to industry standards we can quickly and easily make new services available to our customers so that they can adapt to changes in their environment and make better informed short-and-long term planning decisions.”
"With LibraryDecision, seeing is believing," said Marc Futterman, president/CEO of CIVICTechnologies. "LibraryDecision provides library directors with information they need to make better informed decisions in order to deliver more effective public services. As a web service, LibraryDecision saves staff time and the library money, and provides key information for making the case to local officials, library patrons, and the public at large. LibraryDecision’s easy to use tools and user friendly graphical interface put the analytical and visualization power of geographic mapping solutions into the web browser of each library staff member."
CIVICTechnologies, Inc., a Pasadena, California-based company launched LibraryDecision in 2003 and is now serving customers in seven states. LibraryDecision is the leader in geographic mapping solutions for public libraries nationally. CIVICTechnologies solutions enable customers to visualize data in innovative ways in order to deliver more effective public services, make better informed decisions, build consensus faster, allocate resources more wisely, and implement organization-wide solutions more effectively. For more information, visit www.civictechnologies.com or call Marc Futterman toll free at (888) 606-7600.
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-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.