Syracuse, NY - May 17, 2006 – Lepper Public Library (OH) and Kearny Public Library (NJ) are the latest libraries eager to embrace advanced technology without the day-to-day management issues of supporting their ILS, Polaris Library Systems announced today. Kearny and Lepper join eight other libraries that are successfully running a remote version of the Polaris ILS. The recent addition of a 24-hour natural gas-powered generator ensures that the server running Polaris Hosted databases at Polaris Library Systems' headquarters in Syracuse will not be affected by loss of electricity at the host site.
Designed to meet the needs of libraries with fewer than 20 simultaneous staff users and unlimited PAC users, Polaris Hosted allows small to medium size libraries the opportunity to implement Polaris at a fraction of the price of a traditional upgrade.
With Polaris Hosted, Polaris 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 handles 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.
Brian McAtee, Librarian, Yohe Memorial Library at Southeastern Community College Libraries (IA) said that running Polaris Hosted has allowed the library to offer a superior service to students, faculty and staff without creating a drain on already stretched human resources. "We had some initial concerns about relying on an Internet connection for access to our system, but in more than seven months that hasn't been an issue once," McAtee said. "We have a good technological infrastructure and, in reality, Internet access today is as dependable as electricity."
Both Linda Slaninka (Director, Swanton Public Library, Ohio) and Brenda G. Macy (Director, Hardin County Public Library, Kentucky) say moving to Polaris Hosted is saving money for their communities. According to Slaninka, the move to Polaris Hosted "is beneficial not just for patrons and staff. It will also save us money in the long run because we will no longer have to maintain our antiquated equipment. This makes it a good investment for our community."
Pricing for Polaris Hosted is based on initial implementation costs and an annual per staff client workstation charge. The benefits of choosing Polaris Hosted include:
- No server to purchase
- Libraries enjoy Polaris functionality for PAC, Circulation and Cataloging without having to manage the system. Acquisitions and Serials Control are included in the hosted price, with optional training for these subsystems available to libraries that plan to use them.
- System Administration handled by Polaris so library does not need to invest in extensive training or staffing.
- After initial implementation costs, libraries pay just an annual per staff client workstation charge.
For more information about Polaris Hosted, including a price quote, please contact Polaris Library Systems at 800-272-3414.
About Polaris Library Systems
From its beginnings more than thirty years ago, Polaris Library Systems has served libraries with forward-looking 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 automation system vendor, Polaris ILS facilitates all aspects of library operations by providing time-saving workflow solutions packaged in a familiar Windows interface. In addition to its library automation systems, Polaris Library Systems offers workflow analysis, database enhancement, wireless and network services and cost-effective hardware solutions to libraries of all types. For more information about Polaris Library Systems, visit www.polarislibrary.com.