Syracuse, NY, November 17, 2005 -- Polaris Library Systems announced today a new partnership with onShore Development, Inc. (OSD) to offer OSD’s WebCheckout Resource Management and Scheduling Software as part of the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS).
WebCheckout is the de facto standard in higher education for equipment, facility and media scheduling. WebCheckout integrates with a library’s ILS to maintain MARC records that provide librarians with robust, browser-based scheduling capabilities that are typically not provided for in an ILS offering. As records for media resources (i.e., videos, audio tapes, DVDs, and albums) are cataloged in Polaris, they can be exported into WebCheckout to search, schedule and maintain media and resource reservations.
onShore Development has focused primarily on the academic library market. The agreement with Polaris Library Systems will allow the company to extend its reach to public libraries. "Public libraries have active programs that involve room reservations, equipment scheduling and media booking," commented Bill Schickling, Polaris Library Systems’ president and CEO. "WebCheckout allows us to serve our Polaris ILS customers with a robust booking program that has been fully tested and used at institutions such as University of Michigan, UCLA, University of Chicago and more."
"Media Booking involves a set of complex interrelated operations that are not part of the core set of applications delivered by most ILS vendors," said Daniel Pyne, vice-president of sales for WebCheckout. "We are 100 per cent confident that librarians will conclude that WebCheckout is heads and shoulders above any existing Media Booking system available on the market."
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 onShore Development
OSD (onShore Development) is a Chicago based independent software provider that provides WebCheckout, a browser-based resource management and scheduling software solution to the Higher Education market. Founded in 1991 as onShore, Inc., onShore Development has been providing WebCheckout to customers across the US, Canada and overseas since 2000. For more information on WebCheckout, please visit www.webcheckout.net