Syracuse, NY, June 24, 2008 - Polaris Library Systems, a leading provider of library automation technology, announced today the general release of Polaris Fusion, a proprietary digital collection management system.
Polaris Fusion integrates digital content and the Polaris PowerPAC, enabling patrons to search for and retrieve digital materials without leaving the public catalog. Patrons have the ability to view, read, listen to, or download material by clicking on one of the enriched data links displayed in the search results.
In addition to providing access to digital content from the PAC, libraries implementing Polaris Fusion can expose digital content to Web crawlers, making digital assets widely available. Polaris Fusion also provides access control list and authentication management capabilities that enable the library to secure content and make items available only to specific patrons, groups or locations. An e-commerce component is planned for future release that will allow end users to purchase and download copies of digital media.
Polaris Fusion includes the ability to attach an unlimited number of digital files to a bibliographic record. All records are cataloged in MARC format and are managed through an easy-to-use web interface. Libraries can import records in Dublin Core.
"Libraries are the repositories of rich historical documents, photos and other digital materials for their communities," said Bill Schickling, president and CEO of Polaris Library Systems. "Polaris Fusion puts these materials right into the PAC so patrons can locate and access digital items quickly and easily. We are proud to offer this solution to our customers."
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/.