With one month to go in the annual sales cycle, Polaris released its list of contracts awarded so far in 2012. The 23 contracts represent a total of 675 individual library facilities. The list includes Boston Public, Columbus Metropolitan, New Orleans Public, and the Tampa-Hillsborough County-Public System, continuing its streak of success in the ranks of major municipal libraries. The Illinois Heartland Library System represents an even larger prize, as a consolidated library consortium that will provide automation to around 450 libraries, as reported in the September 2012 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter.
Polaris also reports some sales to academic libraries, including Central Arizona College, Allan Hancock College, Clarkson University, and the University Canada West in British Columbia. This marks some success in the company's efforts to expand beyond its established market of public libraries. These smaller academic libraries share many of the same requirements as public libraries, even though large academic tend to prefer more specialized systems. The State Library of New Mexico is another organization outside the niche of public libraries that gave the nod to Polaris.
Polaris characterized its sales in 2012 as 243 percent higher than the previous year in terms of total libraries represented by the contracts signed. In order to ensure sufficient resources available to provide support to its expanding customer base, the company reported that it has added 16 new positions.