Syracuse, NY (October, 2001) – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., has announced the start of the beta test of Version 2.0 of the Polaris integrated library system. The Nevada-based Cooperative Libraries Automated Network (CLAN) has completed training on Polaris 2.0 and started testing the system on October 11, 2001.
Polaris 2.0 provides many new features across all subsystems. The new version provides system-wide metasearching of the library's catalog, the web, other library catalogs, and Z39.50 databases using one common interface. A completely new PAC – the Polaris PowerPAC – includes an updated user interface and is designed to be a library portal with complete integration of external resources. Polaris 2.0 also marks the first integrated implementation of the X12 EDI version 4010 standard for purchase orders, order acknowledgements and invoices. Furthermore, GIS supports enriched X12 ordering, where copy level data sent to the supplier is returned in the form of MARC records with embedded holdings. This allows accelerated processing of shelf-ready materials.
“CLAN members are excited and eager to test Polaris 2.0,” said Dana Hines, CLAN Coordinator. “We know this is a big responsibility but the members of CLAN are a great group of people who enjoy challenges and handle them well.” Hines added that the CLAN libraries enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to be a Polaris beta test partner.
“Polaris 2.0 is our largest release yet,” said Katherine Blauer, GIS president. “Because our software is built in fully integrated subsystems, not separate modules, a new release touches every subsystem. Although this release is focused primarily on the PAC and acquisitions, improvements our customers will welcome have been made across the product. We are grateful to the CLAN libraries for helping us put this big release through its paces.”
Cooperative Libraries Automated Network (CLAN) is a consortium of seventeen public library systems and the Nevada State Library and Archives, one academic library, one law library, and 7 state agency systems. CLAN provides public access to information, with special attention to the needs of the economically disadvantaged, through a shared computer system, telecommunications network, and Internet/Web delivered catalogs, indexes and databases. Polaris is installed in 54 sites and two bookmobiles.
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.