SYRACUSE, New York, Jan. 18, 2002 – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today alliances with Book Sense, a program of the American Booksellers Association that supports independent bookstores, and DiscoverySchool.com, the most frequently visited education-specific commercial destination on the Internet, to provide content to libraries using the Polaris® integrated library system. Both alliances are “firsts” for the library automation industry.
The agreement with Book Sense gives libraries using Polaris the option to display within the Polaris PowerPAC the Book Sense Best Seller lists, based on sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America. If the library doesn't own a desired title, the patron can choose to purchase it simply by selecting a Purchase icon. Clicking on the icon takes the patron to BookSense.com for online sales and exactly to the selected title without having to re-execute the search. Libraries displaying the Book Sense lists can contact BookSense.com directly to join its Affiliate Program (www.booksense.com/affiliate) and be compensated for these sales.
Commenting on the partnership with Book Sense, GIS President Katherine Blauer said, “We know many of our Polaris libraries want to make it easy for patrons to purchase books the library doesn't own. Many of them also want to support their local independent bookstores. By forming this unique arrangement with Book Sense, GIS is making it easy for our customers to improve service to their users and retain strong ties in their communities.”
Gaylord partners with Book Sense
DiscoverySchool.com is a free online destination that helps teachers find classroom resources. The alliance with GIS fully integrates the web site's content with the library's catalog. As a result, a teacher looking for information about dinosaurs in the Polaris PowerPAC will find not only the library's holdings but also related information from DiscoverySchool.com with one search, if the library chooses to include the web site as one of its targeted databases for searching. The advanced metasearch capabilities of Polaris and the system's use of XML and Z39.50 facilitate searching multiple databases at one time. The library chooses the databases it wants users to be able to search and profiles those databases through the system administration capabilities of Polaris.
“Our alliances with Book Sense and DiscoverySchool.com exemplify the direction GIS is taking with content development,” said Blauer. “We have formed relationships with the key players in the library industry and will continue to forge new partnerships in that arena. At the same time, there are tremendous opportunities to deliver unique content through relationships outside the library world. We intend to be very aggressive in adding resources to Polaris that help our library customers present their users with easier ways to find more complete information with a single search.”
The Polaris integrated library system facilitates all aspects of library operations by providing innovative workflow solutions packaged in a familiar Windows interface. The Polaris staff client offers a complete solution for acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, circulation, interlibrary loan and serials control. With its object-oriented design and integrated Z39.50 capabilities, Polaris avoids the artificial boundaries common to legacy systems built on a modular framework. It also avoids the costs and downtime associated with installing modules one piece at a time. The Polaris PowerPAC extends this innovation to the end-user by providing a fully customizable library portal to the library's catalog and other library resources, including enhanced bibliographic data such as book images, tables of contents, and reviews. With embedded metasearch capabilities, patrons can search the library's catalog, the web, other library catalogs and Z39.50 databases at one time using one common interface. Today more than 220 libraries use Polaris every day to serve the information needs of their communities.
Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, 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. 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 is composed of professional librarians, including GIS President Katherine Blauer.