Syracuse, NY - June 20, 2005 – Polaris Library Systems and Midwest Tape announced today that users of the Polaris Integrated Library System can now order DVDs and videos electronically from Midwest Tape. This expands the capabilities of the Polaris Integrated Library System to allow streamlined electronic ordering of both print and non-print materials from a variety of vendors.
With the new functionality, customers can select their materials on the Midwest Tape website and then import high-quality MARC records from Midwest Tape into the Polaris ILS database. Then, the purchase order—complete with distribution and fund information—is created automatically from the imported records.
Another option that customers now have is to select titles from Midwest Tape without leaving the Polaris ILS. They can search Midwest Tape's product catalog directly from the Polaris ILS using z39.50 searches based on Title, keyword, ISBN or Other System Control Number. The titles are added to the purchase order and create brief MARC records in the Polaris database.
With one click, the completed Polaris ILS purchase order is sent to Midwest Tape. When Midwest Tape receives the electronic order, an email acknowledgement is immediately sent back to the library. And, when the items are shipped, Midwest Tape sends an electronic file that automatically creates the invoice in the Polaris ILS.
"Our work with Midwest Tape is designed to help Polaris customers save time and increase staff productivity," said Joanne Reid, Polaris Library Systems automated systems librarian. "DVDs and videos are important components of public library collections, so our relationship with Midwest Tape is one more way we are helping customers automate all facets of their acquisitions process."
In addition to the electronic transfer of orders through EDI, Midwest Tape provides the capability for a library to go from a title on the Midwest Tape website directly into their own Polaris® PowerPAC to see if they own the item already, how many copies they have, and even how many reserves might be placed on the title. This match is currently made on the ISBN. In a future release, Polaris Library Systems will support matching by UPC and OCLC control number.
"Midwest Tape is excited to work with Polaris by offering libraries streamlined ordering tools that save librarians time and money," said Jeff Jankowski, vice president of Midwest Tape.
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
About Midwest Tape
Midwest Tape is the premier provider of DVDs and videos to public libraries. Services provided by Midwest Tape include flexible standing order plans, OCLC cataloging with local editing and barcode linking, and shelf-ready processing that can be drop-shipped directly to library branches.