Syracuse, N.Y. (November 2001)—Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., today announced that the Paulding County Carnegie Library (Ohio) has selected the Polaris integrated library system for its next generation library automation solution.
To help fund the purchase of Polaris, the library received over $54,000 in Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) federal funds distributed by the State Library of Ohio. “We are very excited about this new grant,” said Susan Hill, library director. “Polaris is the next step our library has to take to progress into the future. Eventually we hope to build a coalition with other Polaris libraries throughout the state to make a vast number of resources available to our citizens.
The Paulding County Carnegie Library is upgrading to Polaris from Gaylord's GALAXY® system. In describing their decision to migrate to Polaris Hill said, “ GIS has been serving our library for over a decade with the GALAXY system. We have been pleased and very satisfied with the service we've received.We are excited about the future of our library with the Polaris system and confident GIS will continue to meet our needs.”
Paulding is the second GALAXY library in Ohio to migrate to Polaris.“We are delighted that Paulding has joined the London Public Library in bringing Polaris to Ohio,” said Katherine Blauer, president of GIS. “Susan Hill's enthusiasm for embracing new and innovative technology to better serve her library's patrons is quite contagious. We look forward to serving her staff and community for many years to come.” Located in northwest Ohio, the Paulding County Carnegie Library serves a rural population of 20,000 through the main library in Paulding and branch libraries in the villages of Antwerp, Oakwood and Payne, Ohio. The library was established in 1916 with a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.
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.