Syracuse, NY (November 2001) – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., today announced additional partnerships that continue to provide enhanced capabilities to users of its Polaris integrated library system. New partnerships include Web Feet for pre-selected Internet resources and Syndetics Solutions for enhanced bibliographic data. GIS previously announced agreements with MSNBC for a continuous newsfeed for its Polaris PowerPAC portal, with Baker & Taylor and Ingram Library Services, Inc. for Electronic Date Interchange (EDI), and with Unique Management Services for material recovery.
Web Feet selects and describes the best web resources for public libraries and schools. With 5500 web sites chosen by librarians, teachers, and subject-area experts, Web Feet offers links to hundreds of topics ranging from Shakespeare and Dinosaurs to Genealogy and Auto Repair. New content is added and existing content is updated monthly to ensure the collection and all URLs are kept current. Libraries that subscribe to the MARC formatted Web Feet collection can import records into the Polaris database for use with the Polaris PowerPAC.
Syndetics Solutions provides libraries with enriched bibliographic information that allows them to display fiction and biography profiles, tables of contents, first chapters or excerpts, summaries and reviews, author biographies and full color cover images. By subscribing to descriptive information feeds from Syndetics Solutions, Polaris customers can display enhanced content for records in their own library catalog as well as for records retrieved from other Z39.50 library catalogs.
In announcing these alliances GIS president Katherine Blauer said, “ Our goal with our PAC-related third-party partnerships is to help our customers add value to their library catalogs by providing them with access to high quality enhanced content. Our relationships with Web Feet, Syndetics, MSNBC and others support our customers' initiatives to improve service to their library users.”
The Polaris integrated library system is currently installed in more than 180 libraries. The system features client/server design that supports wireless and thin client technologies; object-oriented programming that seamlessly links elements throughout subsystems; multi-tiered architecture that facilitates rapid development to adapt to new technologies; and graphical presentations for all aspects of the system, including the application software, operating system and network management facilities. Polaris was developed specifically for WindowsNT/2000 and can therefore take full advantage of all Windows functionality. In addition to advanced metasearching capabilities and enhanced content, Polaris 2.0 provides support for EDI X12 ordering, order acknowledgement, and invoicing using the latest standard (the 4010 enhanced standard); Z39.50 searching for authority records; and an interface to Unique Management Services for material recovery. Polaris 2.0 also includes numerous enhancements in all subsystems.
Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 26-year-old software development division of Gaylord Bros., a leading supplier and innovator in 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.