In a statement announcing recent sales of the GALAXY product, Gaylord Information Systems President Michael Skiles said the automation vendor's continued bidding of the GALAXY system should serve as evidence to the library community of the company's commitment to its flagship software.
"When we announced the introduction of Polaris and our promises to its future users, we announced other promises, as well," said Skiles, "and that included a promise to maintain and strengthen our dedication to our GALAXY system and our GALAXY users. We've made good on that promise, and the recent awarding of nearly a half-dozen significant contracts bears that out."
Included in the flurry of recent contract signings are: Marvin Memorial Library (OH);Cowley County Community College (KS); Bienville Parish Library (LA); Pointe Coupee Parish Library (LA); and Lincoln Memorial University Library (TN).
GIS Director of Marketing Chris Kirby expanded on Skiles's statement, explaining:"Those who look back to Library Journal's April 1, 1997 coverage of our announcement of Polaris [GIS's next-generation product] will see that, from the beginning, we went to great lengths to reassure our existing GALAXY base that Polaris is not a GALAXY replacement. GALAXY is still an industry standard, still a leading-edge automation system, still an important component of the GIS family of products, and still an excellent choice for libraries."
According to company figures, GALAXY clients have recently purchased and upgraded GALAXY systems in significant numbers. The GALAXY users list includes more than 325 libraries of all types and sizes, and, in the past few months, more than 50 clients have upgraded or expanded their systems with additional ports, more functions or the graphical interface for circulation and public access.
Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) provides client/server library automation systems with a full suite of capabilities, including OPAC, Z39.50, Web OPAC, graphical circulation, acquisitions, serials control and community information, and also offers networking, retrospective conversions and database enhancement services. The telephone number for their Syracuse, NY headquarters is (800)272-3414.