Syracuse, NY, May 6, 2008 - Polaris Library Systems, a leading provider of library automation technology, announced a partnership agreement with ChiliFresh.com. The partnership enables Polaris customers to integrate the ChiliFresh Review Engine with Polaris PowerPAC.
The ChiliFresh Review Engine provides an interactive forum for patrons to write and post book reviews and read reviews from library patrons around the world. Starred ratings and reviews, and the ability to write reviews, appear directly in Polaris PowerPAC, making it easy for patrons to view and post reviews.
"ChiliFresh gives library patrons exactly what they want. a voice," said Scott Johnson, vice- president of business development for ChiliFresh Enterprises. "This new relationship with Polaris gives us the ability to work closely together to provide integrated Web 2.0 solutions for Polaris's customers. Having the ability to read and write book reviews from inside Polaris PowerPAC encourages interaction among library patrons and enables patrons to help one another decide what to read."
"Library patrons are used to this type of social interaction and collaboration on many commercial websites," said Polaris President & CEO, Bill Schickling. "This partnership is another way Polaris is able to provide patrons with an experience they expect in a next generation PAC."
About Polaris Library Systems
From its beginning thirty years ago, Polaris Library Systems has served libraries with time-saving technology, from its first circulation system in the mid-1970s through its third-generation Polaris Integrated Library System. In addition to its library automation systems, Polaris Library Systems offers workflow analysis, database enhancement, wireless access and network services to libraries. For more information about Polaris Library Systems, visit http://www.polarislibrary.com/.
The ChiliFresh Review Engine is the first real Web 2.0 platform developed for a library's online catalog. Developed for the sole purpose of engaging library patrons around the world, ChiliFresh was launched earlier this year (2008) in approximately 20 libraries in the United States. Because library patrons are looking for this type of forum to interact online, the word spread fast throughout the library community. ChiliFresh now supports libraries throughout the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and soon New Zealand. For more information about the ChiliFresh Review Engine, visit http://chilifresh.com or call 913-244-0244.