Syracuse, N.Y.— Libraries using the Polaris integrated library system will be able to provide their patrons with exciting new features through the new web-based Polaris PowerPAC as the result of an agreement between Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) and Syndetic Solutions. Polaris customers who subscribe to Syndetics can offer their users enriched content from a menu of options that includes tables of contents, reviews, first chapters and excerpts, author notes, book jacket images, summaries and annotations, and fiction and biography profiles.
The ability to display Syndetics' information to enhance the library user's search experience is a result of Gaylord's release of version 2.0 of Polaris. The new release includes the Polaris PowerPAC, which serves as a gateway to the library's catalog and other library resources, including the web. Using the Polaris PowerPAC, patrons can find what they need more quickly and easily by issuing a single search command to the local library catalog, multiple pre-selected web sites and search engines, and other Z39.50 library catalogs and databases. Additionally, because of the way Z39.50 is implemented in Polaris, when a library subscribes to Syndetics its users will retrieve enriched content for results from their local library catalog as well as from external Z39.50 catalogs.
"GIS is pleased to partner with Syndetic Solutions to provide Polaris library users with more information through the library PAC," said Katherine Blauer, GIS president. "By exceeding the norm in the implementation of z39.50 and enhanced content, Polaris provides users with consistent search results whether they're searching their library's catalog or another library's catalog."
“Syndetics is excited about the innovative approach GIS has taken to incorporate the content. We think Polaris users are going to be extremely pleased, and we look forward to working with GIS staff as we continue to develop new features and capabilities," said Allan Graham, Syndetics' business director.
In addition to facilitating access to the Syndetics enriched content, the Polaris PowerPAC also provides a continuous newsfeed from MSNBC at no charge to Polaris customers, access to Web Feet™ for pre-selected Internet resources, and a link to DiscoverySchool.com, a unique learning resource for students, parents and teachers. “Our relationship with Syndetic Solutions is another example of how GIS is delivering more value to our Polaris customers through our aggressive pursuit of third-party partners both within and outside the library field,” Blauer commented.
The Polaris integrated library system is currently installed in more than 200 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.
Syndetic Solutions is the leading supplier of descriptive content designed exclusively for library catalogs. Syndetics' services enable libraries to link to cover images and a variety of data elements relating to more than 800,000 books published since 1985. Options are available for public, academic, school, and special libraries. Syndetic Solutions is located in Portland, Oregon.
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.