Syracuse, NY - July 5, 2005 – Polaris Library Systems and BWI (Book Wholesalers, Inc.) announced today that it will now be easier for users of the Polaris Integrated Library System to order titles that do not have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). By using the stock/vendor number, Polaris ILS users have an additional precise match point for ordering materials electronically. This will increase the accuracy of orders and reduce the rate of returns that result from libraries receiving wrong items.
When Polaris ILS users select titles in BWI's Web site, TitleTales, the associated MARC records–each containing a unique stock/vendor number–are imported into the Polaris database. The imported records are used to create the purchase order, which is then sent electronically to BWI. At BWI, the system matches the stock/vendor numbers for each title to fill the order.
"Polaris ILS customers are predominantly public libraries that order large numbers of non-print materials, which frequently don't have ISBNs," said Joanne Reid, automated systems librarian at Polaris Library Systems. "By adding the stock/vendor number to a standard field in the MARC record we've increased the likelihood of the library getting all the information it needs to order the exact item electronically," she said. "This means titles will get into circulation more quickly because manual work is eliminated."
"BWI and Polaris staff have a great relationship," said Marie Robertson, BWI vice president of technical services. "This acquisitions improvement is a result of partnering for the benefit of our mutual library customers. Polaris and BWI listen to our libraries and look for future development opportunities."
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. For more information about Polaris Library Systems, visit www.polarislibrary.com.
Located in Lexington, KY, BWI fulfills the needs of public libraries nationwide, providing a variety of unique and customized services. From Standing Order Plans and Selection/Notification/Acquisition Plan (SNAP), through customized electronic ordering options, to quality cataloging and processing services, BWI commits itself to helping public libraries bring materials and patrons together. Developed exclusively for the public librarian, TitleTales at www.bwibooks.com is unique, comprehensive and free, and is used daily by thousands of librarians as the primary resource in meeting the needs of their communities.