SYRACUSE, NY (May 10, 2002) – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) announced today that the Salem Public Library (Ohio) has selected the Polaris integrated library system to replace the library's Gaylord GALAXY® system. Salem is the third GALAXY library in Ohio to upgrade to Polaris.
“We are excited about moving to Polaris and its state-of-the-art technology,” said George W. S. Hays, director of the Salem Public Library. “Gaylord staff and our library staff have a great track record of working together for years. I am personally very pleased to continue this relationship with Gaylord.”
Located in the rolling hills of Northeastern Ohio, the Salem Public Library serves 16,000 registered borrowers with a collection of 105,000 items and an annual circulation of over 375,000. The library has been a GALAXY customer since 1994. They will install Polaris with 42 user licenses.
“George Hays and the Salem Public Library have played a leadership role for many years with our GALAXY customers, especially in Ohio,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “The library has always been forward-thinking in developing services for its users, starting with being one of the first libraries to provide computers for public use twenty years ago. We are extremely pleased to build on the excellent relationship we have built with the library staff as they take this next step in their continuum of providing advanced technology solutions for their community.”
Hays commented that the staff of the Salem Public Library were “sold” on the spot when they saw the Polaris demonstration. “For ten years we've been committed to building the technical expertise of our staff,” he said. “They are more than ready for the new technology Polaris will bring and, most importantly, the new functionality it will provide to our users, especially those who access the library via remote means.”
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 300 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.