Syracuse, NY - June 16, 2005 – Polaris Library Systems and Auto-Graphics, Inc. announced today an agreement that will give users of the Polaris Integrated Library System easy, affordable access to more than 14 bibliographic databases and 2 authority record databases developed and maintained by Auto-Graphics. The databases total nearly 60 million bibliographic records and more than 6 million authority records. AV records are included at no additional cost. All databases are available via the Web and are updated continually.
Marketed under the name Polaris ZMARC, the subscription service will provide access to the following Auto-Graphics databases:
- LC Bibliographic Files. Contains books, serials, computer files, maps, music and visual materials.
- National Agency Bibliographic Files. Contains National Library of Medicine books, serials and AV; National Library of Canada CAN/MARC books, serials and music; GPO; UKMARC; and more.
- A-G Union Databases. Contains MARC records from selected union databases maintained for A-G customers.
- A-G Canada Database. Contains MARC records for all the Canadian libraries whose records have been contributed to A-G.
- ReSource Databases. Contains the ReSource (English language user-contributed records), ResSource (French language user-contributed records), and ReMARC (LC Shelflist/pre-MARC) databases.
- Library of Congress Name Authorities.
- Library of Congress Subject Authorities.
For Polaris ILS users, setup is easy through System Administration. Once a Z39.50 target is established, a simple search against the ZMARC data source provides records that can be saved to the Polaris ILS database.
"Z39.50 and the Web have created a ‘gray area' in sharing of cataloging records," said Anita Wagner, Polaris Library Systems' chief operating officer. "Polaris Library Systems formed this alliance with Auto-Graphics to provide our customers with permissible access to high-quality records as a source of copy cataloging. Unlike other source of records services that charge extra for AV, French and British records, ZMARC has it all for just one annual subscription price that is based on collection size."
Polaris Library Systems chose Auto-Graphics to supply records to Polaris ILS customers because of their commitment to quality, Wagner said. "The most important feature of the records libraries use for cataloging is that they are of high quality and up to industry standards. Sub-standard records make it difficult for staff and patrons to locate items in the library's collection. Auto-Graphics has been in the business of serving libraries for over 40 years. More than 10,000 libraries in North America use A-G services. The records in their databases come from the most reliable sources."
"Auto-Graphics is committed to serving the entire library community with valued products and services," said Albert Flores, Auto-Graphics vice president of sales and marketing. "Our partnership enables Auto-Graphics to offer its quality MARC records and authority files to Polaris ILS users, and we look forward to jointly serving these libraries in the future."
For more information about Polaris ZMARC, including pricing, contact Vince Messina at 800-272-3414 ext. 4528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics provides resource sharing, portal, digital collection management, and other integrated products and services to meet the needs of the modern, patron-centered library. Auto-Graphics has played a leading role in translating the rapid developments in computer and data processing technology into advanced solutions that are currently used by more than 10,000 libraries in North America. For more information about Auto-Graphics, visit www.auto-graphics.com.