SYRACUSE, NY (April 24, 2002) – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today that six more GALAXY libraries have contracted to upgrade from their GALAXY automation system to the Polaris integrated library system. The most recent GALAXY-to-Polaris migrations are Hershey Public Library (PA), Middletown Public Library (PA), Chapin Memorial Library (SC), Penn Yan Public Library (NY), Keuka College Lightner Library (NY), and Ohio Township Public Library (IN). They are part of a growing wave of GALAXY libraries that have recognized the value of embracing the most advanced library automation system, while retaining their long-term relationship with GIS.
“We are delighted to welcome these six GALAXY libraries to the Polaris family,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “Over the past two years several factors have come together to make it easier for our GALAXY customers to embrace this new technology. First, the libraries themselves have recognized the advantages of using a Windows and Web-based system that has a familiar look and feel for their patrons. Secondly, we implemented a program at GIS called the Continuum of Services, where we have worked with every customer to help them choose the right level of technology for their library. And thirdly, we have made Polaris easier to learn, easier to use, and easier to manage.” By the end of 2002 Gaylord anticipates more than one-fourth of its GALAXY customer base will have contracted to upgrade to Polaris and at least forty more sites will budget to upgrade in 2003, Blauer added.
The GIS Continuum of Services creates opportunities for GALAXY customers to adopt new technology in accordance with their own library's growth plan. Products included in the Continuum are GALAXY WebPAC, Graphical GALAXY, Data Enhancement and Enrichment, GALAXY ZServe (Z39.50 server software), and Polaris®;, GIS's third generation native Windows NT library automation system.
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.
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., Inc., 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.