SYRACUSE, New York, April 26, 2002 – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) today announced that the Maury County Public Library (TN) has selected the Polaris integrated library system to be the library's first automation system. GIS also will perform a full retrospective conversion of the library's shelflist cards to create the electronic database for Polaris. Maury County is the first library in Tennessee to install Polaris.
Located in Columbia, TN about 30 miles south of Nashville the library serves a population of 73,000 from one main library and one branch building. Elizabeth Potts, Library Director, has worked at the Maury County Public Library for thirty-five years and has been a Gaylord customer for years. Commenting on her decision to automate with Polaris she said, “Gaylord has taken care of me for all these years and I know Gaylord will take care of me in the future.”
“When I became the Library Director in 1997 we were losing thousands of dollars every year in stolen materials because we had no way to track repeat offenders,” Potts said. “I knew we needed to automate our library but the funds were not available. Raising $53,000 through a foundation convinced our County Commission to allocate the rest of the money. We looked at eight vendors and Polaris came out on top every time. Polaris is top-of-the-line, the newest and the best. We knew it was the way to go,” she added.
“Maury County is an excellent example of the kind of library that will truly benefit from implementing Polaris,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “The library recognizes the value it brings to its community by installing a Windows and Web-based system that will be easy for patrons and staff to use. Since this is the first time the library catalog will be accessible via the Web, the library is really reaching out to its community to provide them with library service when and where they need it.”
“GIS is also able to provide Maury County with an A-Z solution for their system implementation because we offer full retrospective conversion services,” Blauer added.
Potts says she can't wait to have the system installed because she knows how much easier it will make their lives. “Polaris will save us hours and hours of time,” she said. “With the time we'll save on writing overdue notices and compiling statistics we'll be able to get back to doing what we really should be doing – helping our patrons.”
In 2002 Maury County will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the library. “I can't think of a better way to celebrate than by installing Polaris,” said Potts.
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 230 libraries use Polaris every day to serve the information needs of their communities.