SYRACUSE, New York, May 1, 2005 – GIS Information Systems, Inc. announced today that effective immediately the company will be known as Polaris Library Systems. The new name reflects the way the company is recognized in the marketplace – by the name of its technologically advanced Polaris® Integrated Library System.
“It's been two years since we became a standalone company,” said Bill Schickling, president & CEO of Polaris Library Systems. “At that time, the name GIS Information Systems was selected to provide a transition from the Gaylord Bros. affiliation. During the past two years we have seen the Polaris brand assume greater recognition among customers and in the library marketplace than the GIS brand. As we come up on our second anniversary it seems the right time to build on the strength of the Polaris brand.”
The company's new URL is www.polarislibrary.com. Phone and fax numbers remain unchanged.
Polaris Hosted makes system upgrades fast, easy and affordable
Polaris Library Systems has announced the availability of a hosted version of Polaris ILS. Designed to meet the needs of libraries with fewer than 20 simultaneous staff users and unlimited PAC users, Polaris Hosted will allow small to medium size libraries the opportunity to migrate to advanced technology at a fraction of the price of a traditional upgrade.
With Polaris Hosted, Polaris Library Systems does the work while the library reaps the benefits of new technology. Libraries do not have to purchase a server because the system is operated and maintained at Polaris. Polaris staff handle routine maintenance, from cleaning of systems and tape drives, to daily backups, off-site archiving, monitoring of system health, and execution of daily processing tasks. Libraries do not have to install, manage or maintain client workstations, so they can use their older PCs (Windows 98 or higher) or inexpensive thin clients to access the database hosted at Polaris.
Highlights of Polaris Hosted
- No server to purchase.
- Libraries enjoy Polaris ILS functionality for PAC, Circulation and Cataloging without having to manage the system. Acquisitions and Serials Control are optional.
- System Administration handled by Polaris Library Systems so library does not need to invest in extensive training or staffing.
- One low flat annual fee covers hosting and support. The annual fee decreases after year one.
“It's an unfortunate fact, but older integrated library systems impact staff productivity and limit a library's ability to add new services for patrons,” said Anita Wagner, Polaris Library Systems' chief operating officer. “In order to help our loyal long-time GALAXY customers and any smaller library make the jump to the next generation of library technology, and to assist them in providing the new services to their communities that a new ILS will enable, we've created Polaris Hosted. For those libraries that have wanted to upgrade but just couldn't see how they could do it, now they can.
“More than 80 GALAXY customers have selected Polaris ILS for their next automation system. With the availability of Polaris Hosted making it easier than ever for smaller libraries to upgrade to Polaris ILS, we expect many more GALAXY customers, and others, to follow suit,” Wagner added.
With Polaris Hosted the library pays an annual fixed price and a per license fee for staff client licenses. The base price for Polaris Hosted includes server hardware and software; data migration; onsite subsystem training; standard Polaris ILS support; System Administration services; and customization of the Polaris PowerPAC through System Administration.
Polaris Library Systems moves to new headquarters in Syracuse
Complementing its transition to a new name will be a new address for Polaris Library Systems. The company is moving around the corner from its current location to a facility that will support the growth the company is experiencing. “This will be our own space, with our name proudly displayed in front,” said Schickling. “We'll have a wonderful space to welcome our customers and the capacity to accommodate the new staff we are bringing on to serve our growing customer base.”
About Polaris Library Systems
From its beginnings thirty years ago, Polaris Library Systems has served libraries with innovative technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970s through its third-generation Polaris Integrated Library System. Ranked higher by users for the quality of customer support they receive than any other public library system vendor, Polaris ILS facilitates all aspects of library operations by providing innovative workflow solutions packaged in a familiar Windows interface. In addition to its library automation systems, Polaris Library Systems offers workflow analysis, database enhancement, wireless access and network security services to libraries of all types.