Syracuse, NY, July 30, 2009 - Polaris Library Systems, a leading provider of library automation technology, announced today that Miami-Dade Public Library System has selected the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS). The Polaris ILS will replace Miami-Dade’s SirsiDynix Horizon system.
According to Phyllis Sue Alpert, Assistant Director, "Miami-Dade is excited to be migrating to the Polaris System, which was selected after a careful, thorough analysis of the industry. Polaris understands public libraries and has an easy-to-use system and cooperative partnership attitude that best meets Miami-Dade’s needs."
Miami-Dade Public Library System consists of forty-seven branch locations and four bookmobiles, and serves over seven million visitors each year. Patrons have access to more than 3.5 million books and materials, 1,500 public computers, 117 self-checkout machines, Wi-Fi at every location, and a wide range of digital resources, including downloadable e-books, audio books, music, and videos. In 2008, the system earned the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries.
"Miami-Dade Public Library System is a world-class library with a strong commitment to outstanding customer service," said Polaris President & CEO Bill Schickling. "We’re thrilled the library system has selected Polaris as their automation partner."
About Miami-Dade Public Library System
"Throughout the past century, Miamians have watched their public libraries grow from a tiny one-room library in Coconut Grove to 47 libraries spanning the County’s southernmost point in Homestead to its northern reaches in Sunny Isles Beach. The Library System has not only grown, but dramatically evolved in the way services are provided – all in an effort to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the people of Miami-Dade County in the 21st century." For more information about Miami-Dade Public Library System, visit http://www.mdpls.org.
About Polaris Library Systems
For thirty years, 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 work-flow analysis, database enhancement, wireless access, and network services to libraries. For more information about Polaris Library Systems visit, www.polarislibrary.com.