Syracuse, NY, Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) today announced that the Eugene Public Library will use the Polaris Integrated Library System as the library automation solution for their newly constructed library.
Modernizing is nothing new to the City of Eugene. With approximately 310,000 volumes, 217,000 titles, and 85,000 patrons the library and the community have been molding new technologies to meet their information needs for a number of years. Mark Bengel, a Senior Systems Analyst for the City of Eugene, noted, "This community has a high degree of computer literacy, using Microsoft Windows at school, work, and home. The Polaris OPAC should be easy for library patrons to use because it conforms to Windows standards. Our staff already use a wide range of Windows-based applications, so we expect an easy transition to the graphical environment of the Polaris technical services client."
But it was more than good looks and ease-of-use that convinced Eugene to select Polaris. The technology under the hood pushed Polaris well beyond other systems. Bengel said, "Everyone here was immediately impressed with the Polaris multi-tier system architecture and non-modular design. GIS' technical staff designed Polaris as a complete solution. It takes full advantage of Windows NT and the BackOffice suite."
The public library's network is part of a larger regional Windows NT network consisting of over 1,000 Windows-based workstations and approximately 70 NT servers (17 of which are dedicated to Microsoft SQL Server containing approximately 95 databases). Local Area Networks and a fiber optic backbone connect the network. Remote sites are connected via T1 lines. Bengel said that Polaris fits well with the existing infrastructure. "Eugene's Information Services Division has a great deal of successful experience with Windows NT and we are very comfortable with it. And SQL Server has been adopted as our standard database engine. For us, this choice represents a good compromise between performance, reliability, and cost."
Yet after all the technology, Bengel said a significant factor in selecting an automation solution was the company behind the product. "We were reassured by GIS' solid financial standing and its 100-plus year history in the industry. The entire company displays a great enthusiasm for Polaris and their customers." Bengel added, "The stability of the vendor, continued product development, and compatibility with other products made our decision to go with Polaris and GIS a relatively easy one."
Polaris is a non-modular, native-Windows NT library automation solution. Polaris offers complete access to integrated cataloging, serials, acquisitions, circulation, patron/student services, and system administration functionality. The system provides a Web-based public access client and a Windows 95/98/NT Workstation-based technical services client. Polaris was built with Microsoft technologies solely for the Windows NT Server platform and SQL Server. Other Polaris partners in the Northwest include the Washington County Cooperative Library Services consortium, the Southern Oregon Libraries Information System consortium (in negotiation), Tigard-Tualatin School District, and Yakima Valley Regional Library.
GIS is the 25 year-old software development division of Gaylord Brothers, a library supplies and furniture company in business since 1896. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers networking, retrospective conversion, and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. For more information, visit www.gaylord.com/automation or contact GIS headquarters at 800-272-3414.