Syracuse, NY (January 2002) – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., today announced that the Harrison Regional Library System (AL) has selected the Polaris integrated library system to replace the current countywide automation system, GALAXY. The Harrison Regional Library System is the first GALAXY site in Alabama to migrate to Polaris.
Barbara Roberts, director of the Harrison Regional Library System, highlighted customer service, advanced technology, and full integration of all subsystems as key factors in the library's decision to purchase Polaris. In describing the decision to migrate to Polaris Roberts said, “GIS has been serving our library system for six years 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.”
Further, Roberts said, “With Polaris we are getting a complete system that was developed to take advantage of today's newest technology. We wanted a system that not only meets our needs today but will continue to grow with our countywide library system throughout the coming decades. After looking at other systems the staff of our libraries agreed that Polaris was right for us.”
“We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with the Harrison Regional Library System,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “With the extraordinary growth they are experiencing in their county, Polaris is the perfect choice to complement their other expanding library services. The Polaris PowerPAC will give them the opportunity to create a web-based customized library portal to serve as a 24/7 gateway to their library catalog as well as to all their other library resources and to the web.”
Located in central Alabama, the Harrison Regional Library System serves over 145,000 Shelby County residents. The library system is made up of eleven member libraries. Working together, the libraries circulate over 600,000 items annually to over 65,000 registered library users. The combined materials collection for the library system is more than 255,000 items including books, videos, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, puppets, and equipment.
“Being located in the fastest growing county in the Southeast is certainly a challenge for our system,” commented Roberts. “Our circulation continues to increase each year as the need for library services grows. By selecting Polaris as our automation system we have made a giant leap in our struggle to meet our population's needs. We look forward to a continued long, productive relationship with GIS.”
More GALAXY Libraries Upgrade to Polaris
GIS also announced that in the past several months the number of the company's GALAXY customers choosing to migrate to the more technology-advanced Polaris integrated library system has been increasing. GIS expects this trend to accelerate in 2002.
“Our GALAXY customers have responded extremely well to our Continuum of Services initiative to help them select the right technology to meet their library's objectives,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “These customers are recognizing that to improve service to their library users they need to adopt new technology. The fact that so many of them are choosing to move to Polaris demonstrates that Polaris is indeed a system for all size libraries and that our customers value their long-term relationship with GIS. We are gratified by their continuing confidence in us to provide them with the service and support they need as they move to the next level of library automation.”
Recent GALAXY to Polaris migrations include:
- Harrison Regional Library (AL)
- Laman Public Library (AR)
- Heartland Library Cooperative (FL)
- Westchester Public Library (IN)
- Columbus-Lowndes County Library (MS)
- Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library (MS)
- Rogers Memorial Library (NY)
- Columbus County Public Library (NC)
- London Public Library (OH)
- Paulding County Carnegie Library (OH)
- Lexington County Library (SC)
- Halifax County – South Boston Regional Library System (VA)
- Mid-Columbia Library (WA)
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.
About Gaylord Information Systems
Gaylord Information Systems is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and the 27-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.