yracuse, NY (March 2000) Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) today announced the Nevada State Library and Archives: Cooperative Libraries Automated Network (CLAN) has implemented GIS' award-winning Polaris integrated library automation system.
Of the three major library systems in Nevada, CLAN is the largest-- providing library services to 15 of the state's 17 counties. With 1.3 million items and more than 185,000 patrons registered at 28 member libraries, CLAN required a system that could support a large collection and a geographically diverse patron base.
Dana Hines, System Administrator for CLAN, said that the library system chose Polaris because the technologies on which the software is built allow the member libraries to function autonomously in a single system. "What excited us about Polaris was its technology. It is the only system that considers current and future requirements. With Polaris, we're providing unified services to 78 percent of the state today with expanded services possible tomorrow."
A small part of those services is the use of Z39.50 protocols throughout Polaris: from the staff client to the OPAC. Available with Version 1.5, the tight integration of Z39.50 allows Polaris users to access compatible data sources anywhere in the world. It's that kind of extendibility that a large library system like CLAN benefits from. "Having our catalogers pull down records from any number of outside sources is an incredibly useful feature in terms of workflow. With the same feature available in the OPAC we give our patrons a powerful searching tool that brings them closer to the information they demand," Hines said. "It's that kind of flexibility and thinking that originally attracted us to Polaris."
Hines also noted that patron satisfaction with Polaris is high, attributing much to the OPAC's ease of use. "The point-and-click functionality really lets patrons speed through their searching and reserves. Other catalogs in the state are still text-based, so Polaris' graphical, Web-based OPAC is a refreshing change. The whole application offers a nice consistency with the software our patrons use at home and at work."
CLAN's central server is located in Carson City, Nevada. The library system deploys Polaris on a Dell PowerEdge 6300 (configured with four Pentium II Xeon 400 Mhz CPUs). The central catalog is accessed from 120 public access workstations and 80 staff workstations. While migrating the libraries off their CLSI system, GIS also provided data conversion services for bibliographic, item, patron, and transaction/archival records.
With the implementation complete, Dana Hines believes the libraries are poised to truly benefit from the vision that they originally recognized in Polaris. "We see in Polaris a system that will bring our patrons closer to the information they need. Earlier generation systems just don't offer the potential of a true 3rd generation, fully web-integrated system. It's why we went with Polaris, and why we're confident the best is yet to come," Hines concluded.
Polaris is a non-modular, native-Windows NT library automation solution. The system offers complete access to integrated cataloging, serials, acquisitions, circulation, patron/student services, and system administration functionality. Polaris provides a Web-based OPAC and a Windows 9x, 2000, or NT Workstation-based staff services client. Polaris is currently installed in more than 160 libraries, supporting a number of libraries with more than 350 concurrent users in high-transaction environments.
GIS is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 25 year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier to the library industry for over a century. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers retrospective conversion, workflow analysis, and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. For more information, visit or contact GIS headquarters at 800-272-3414.