Syracuse, N.Y.—Gaylord Information Systems, a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc. (GIS), has announced the development of the Polaris PowerPAC, a brand new HTML public access catalog that combines the strength of Z39.50 and XML to allow patrons and staff to master the ever-growing world of information. A prototype of the Polaris PowerPAC, which will be part of the release of Polaris 2.0, is being unveiled at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.
The Polaris PowerPAC was developed with emerging tools and Internet standards such as Internet Information Server. This technology allows the library to integrate new tools and techniques to remain current with changing popular Web sites. The new PAC also offers customized content that anticipates a user's needs. After choosing an initial item, a patron might receive suggestions for other books or items, community events, or Web sites that might be of interest. The appearance and content of the Polaris PowerPAC home page and its content will also vary according to the patron type.
The Polaris PowerPAC also provides several other tools to assist users in finding materials that accurately reflect their needs. These include book reviews, tables of content, relevancy ranked results and more. The new PAC also saves staff time by automatically cataloging Web results in MARC record format.
“The new Polaris PowerPAC is really cool,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “The Polaris PowerPAC was designed by librarians for librarians to help patrons and staff master the rapidly growing world of information. It is a new feature we are very proud of,” she added.
Because the Polaris PowerPAC was built on the strength of XML, it allows libraries and remote users with limited bandwidth to have a positive searching experience. The Polaris PowerPAC is able to retrieve data whenever possible so that it is instantly available for display by the user. This reduces the load on internal servers, allowing other Polaris subsystems and library servers to run more efficiently. The Polaris PowerPAC is also easy to use, so patrons and staff can be up and running immediately. It will be an integral part of Polaris 2.0, which will be released this fall.
Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 26-year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier to the library industry for more than a century. More than 600 libraries nationwide use the GALAXY and Polaris integrated library systems. In addition to its library automation systems, GIS offers workflow analysis, retrospective conversion and database enhancement services to libraries of all types. Thirty percent of GIS staff are professional librarians, including GIS President Katherine Blauer.