Syracuse, NY (July 2000) Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) today announced that the Lisle Library District has accepted GIS' Polaris integrated library system as its automation solution.
The decision to accept the Polaris system marks the continuation of a long partnership between GIS and Lisle. Polaris, the industry's only installed and functional 3rd generation automation solution, is the fifth GIS system used by Lisle staff and patrons. The library district bought its first library automation system from GIS in 1982 and moved to Polaris from GIS' 2nd generation GALAXY automation system.
Dennis Huslig, Lisle Director, said that the library district is proud to be the first former GALAXY library to recognize Polaris as the evolutionary next step in automation. "We have had 17 years of very good experiences working with GIS products and services. Polaris' cutting-edge technology, which allows us to provide extensive services and access to more resources, was a logical and practical next step in our long relationship with GIS." The Lisle Library District serves an area with a population of approximately 30,000 in the heart of Illinois' Technology Corridor, just west of Chicago.
Katherine Blauer, GIS President, added that the industry can learn a lot from Lisle. "Over the years Lisle has continually pushed the envelope – developing unique methods to expand services and integrate new technologies into their work environment. They've never been afraid to drive us to look further ahead of current technologies. I think that's why Polaris has been such a success there. It's a system designed for public libraries that are ready to harness the power of the Web and move their technical and patron services to the next level. Dennis and his staff are using Polaris the way we like to see it used – helping libraries stay relevant in an age of information proliferation by increasing their value to the community."
Mary Ann Elgin, Lisle's Director of Technical Services, commented that GIS' commitment to integrating advanced technologies into Polaris is again evidenced in Polaris 1.5, the latest release of the software. "Polaris 1.5 is beyond my expectations for what an automation system should be," Elgin said. "The searching is much faster and more accurate."
Lisle's Polaris implementation and acceptance included GIS' conversion of bibliographic, item, transaction, and patron records. Item record conversion included profiling, mapping tagged call numbers, and other item values such as barcode number, price, volume, and copy numbers. Patron file conversion included profiling, data entry into customized patron record fields, formatting, and loading/indexing. GIS also provided authority control processing at the time of conversion, allowing the library to use the extensive Polaris Authority Control features immediately after going live.
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 public and academic libraries; actively supporting libraries with more than 400 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 workflow analysis, retrospective conversion, and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. For more information, visit or contact GIS headquarters at 800-272-3414.