SYRACUSE, New York, June 11, 2002 – Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) and Tech Logic Corporation announced today the two companies will partner to integrate self-checkout, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and automated material sorting capabilities into the Polaris® integrated library system. The GIS implementation of Tech Logic's SIP2 extensions will allow Polaris customers to take full advantage of the sorting system. The integration of Polaris and Tech Logic will facilitate the exchange of data between the two systems, allowing users to access both products seamlessly.
“Libraries are working with a variety of vendors to deploy the range of services and systems they need to serve their patrons,” said GIS President Katherine Blauer. “GIS is more aggressive than any other ILS vendor in pursuing partnerships that make it easy for our customers to deliver these services. We are committed to fully integrating our partners' software with Polaris, which we can do because the Windows NT platform enables us to share data and code with our partners. Tech Logic offers a multi-faceted product line – we want to be sure our customers can easily configure their Polaris systems to take advantage of their technology.”
While the present development between the two companies was based on SIP2, NCIP will be the basis for future development. GIS will fully implement NCIP by late third quarter 2002, shortly after the standard has been accepted by NISO.
“GIS has been very enthusiastic about the establishment of a connection between Tech Logic automation products and the Polaris system,” said Tech Logic CEO Mark Frich. “They understand the future of library automation and the tremendous labor savings in the library made possible by the integration of our two companies' technologies. Through the working partnerships established with companies like GIS and TAGSYS RFID systems, Tech Logic looks forward to providing even more innovative labor saving systems for our client libraries.”
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 Tech Logic
Tech Logic Corporation was founded in Maplewood, Minnesota by an industrial automation engineer and a long term library director. Both had a vision of libraries in which staff would spend more time with patrons and less time moving materials in and around their buildings. As a result of the collaboration between library and industry, Tech Logic ergonomic storage systems and fully automatic check-in and sorting systems were developed and are each day moving thousands of materials throughout libraries in the United States. Systems are modular and are customized to meet the individual requirements of small to large libraries. Tech Logic has also made radio frequency technology (RFID) affordable and is integrating these systems into patron friendly and staff efficient check-in and check-out systems.
More information is available via telephone +1-651-747-0492 or 800-494-9330; fax +1-747-0493; or email RQDickie@tech-logic.com and at www.tech-logic.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., 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.