SYRACUSE, New York, June 7, 2002 – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) and Guardianet today announced plans to integrate their respective library solutions to create a more seamless and satisfying computing experience for public library patrons. The companies will offer libraries the capability of providing patrons with one library card that can be used to borrow items, pay fines and fees, pay to print from a workstation, and schedule time on a library PC. These services will be made available by fully integrating system administration and patron display components of Guardianet's LibraryGuardian PC management software with the Polaris integrated library system.
“GIS is the first vendor to integrate smart card technology with the circulation and system administration functions of the library automation system and the first to do so using the LibraryGuardian software,” said Anita Wagner, GIS vice president of business development. “This integration will enable messages to move from one system to another, eliminating the need for patrons to be authenticated multiple times. With just one log on, patrons using a library PC for word processing or searching the Internet can be alerted about books on hold for them or receive messages about fines and fees generated from their Polaris patron account. By working together, GIS and LibraryGuardian are introducing ‘Smartest Card' technology to the library market.”
LibraryGuardian facilitates PC management in six key areas: scheduling, print/cost recovery, time management, access management, personalization and terminal reset. The foundation of the system is based upon more than 100 person-years of development and implementation of on-line authentication systems. "In creating LibraryGuardian, we had confidence that we could provide librarians with an efficient and effective solution to manage public access terminals and shared resources, thereby eliminating the requirement for day-to-day micro management. By integrating LibraryGuardian with GIS's Polaris system, we now provide a comprehensive integrated solution that provides public libraries with the necessary automation tools to serve the growing demand of library patrons. The integration of LibraryGuardian and Polaris will enable the patron to have a much richer experience and provide the librarian with a seamless way to bridge once disparate systems.”
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.
About LibraryGuardian and GUARDIANET SYSTEMS
GuardiaNet Systems, Inc., a Delaware corporation headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, pioneered public PC management and is the leading provider of shared public resource management technology in public libraries. GSI management has more than eight calendar years of experience in providing smart card solutions for the education and public library markets. GSI has sold systems to some of the largest library systems in the US. In addition, GSI's management and R&D team developed for MCI Telecommunications a multi-purpose smart card solution for the college and university market that became the leading solution for higher education institutions. Research and development for the patent-pending GuardiaNet technology began in 1995 by developing a comprehensive solution around the needs of a library which include applications such as personalization, scheduling, time management, remote document storage, e-purse/cost recovery and secure two-factor authentication.
More information is available via telephone +1-336-662-9933 ext. 701; fax +1-336-662-9938; or email email@example.com and at www.libraryguardian.com.
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.