SYRACUSE, New York, June 14, 2002 – Perry Public Library (Iowa) has become the latest library to announce it will upgrade from Gaylord Information Systems' GALAXY system to the company's more advanced Polaris integrated library system. 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.
Located in central Iowa northwest of Des Moines the Perry Public Library serves a population of 15,000 from one main library. A GALAXY customer since 1993, the library decided the time was right for them to migrate to Polaris. “We were upgrading all the PCs in the library and knew we wanted to move to a Windows system,” said Donna Emmert, Library Director. “When we saw the new Polaris PowerPAC™ with its familiar ‘amazon.com' look we knew that was where we wanted to go next. Our patrons will enjoy the access to book jackets and reviews that we can provide through Polaris and Syndetic Solutions. And because our staff already uses Windows we're confident our learning curve will be minimized.” Emmert also said they are looking forward to expanding service to their Latino community with the new multi-lingual PowerPAC, scheduled to be available this summer.
Other features that sold Perry Public Library on Polaris include the advanced capabilities of the acquisitions subsystem that will make it easier to track purchases and funds as well as Polaris' reporting capabilities that will provide better information for their funding authorities and help with collection development and weeding.
Having worked with Gaylord for almost ten years, Emmert said they were confident their conversion would go smoothly because Gaylord is familiar with their data. And, she added, “It is nice to be moving to our next system while staying with a company we're comfortable with and have received good service from all these years.”
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., 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.