Syracuse, N.Y.—A new demonstration of the Polaris Active PAC is now available online at Gaylord Information Systems' website at www.gaylord.com/automation.
The online demo highlights four key features of the Polaris library automation system's PAC. They are genre searching, building a bibliography, Z39.50 and Polaris OneView.
OneView, a feature unique to Polaris, allows users to view heading, bibliographic information and item availability on one screen, eliminating the need for clicking from one screen to another to find information. A click on a title results in all the details, including subject, author and availability, appearing on the same screen. A hold can then be placed on the title by right clicking. Users also have the ability to view a brief title display or a full title display.
The Polaris demo shows how a keyword search can be conducted by genre in addition to author, subject, title, general notes, publisher and series. To conduct a genre search, keywords do not need to be entered in any particular order. Users can also narrow genre searches by clicking options, which limits the search by system libraries, remote databases, type of materials and dates, and languages and audiences.
The demo also shows how a bibliography can be built quickly and easily. Once an item is identified, a right click will add the title to a bibliography being created. When a bibliography is completed, Polaris allows it to be saved and printed in formats defined by the Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago Manual of Style and American Psychological Association. Availability of items can be shown in the bibliography. Patrons can also use this bibliography feature to create a personal reading list.
The Polaris Z39.50 feature allows users to search any library catalog worldwide that the library has a reciprocal lending agreement with using an easy-to-use interface. Because Polaris is written in XML, Z39.50 searches are very fast.
Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 25-year-old software development division of Gaylord, a leading supplier to the library industry for more than a century. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. More than 200 libraries nationwide use GIS's library automation product, Polaris.