SYRACUSE, New York, September11, 2002. An increase in sales of the Polaris integrated library system has created an opportunity for an industry veteran to join Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) in a key strategic sales position. GIS announced today that Bill Easton, a top-performing account manager with epixtech, has joined the company as Polaris Senior Account Manager for the Midwest. Easton will work with libraries in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Easton has significant experience in the library automation field. From 1995 to the present he worked for epixtech, inc. (formerly Ameritech Library Services), rising through the ranks to become a Senior Account Manager servicing strategic accounts in the academic, public and corporate library markets. From 1986-1995 he worked for NOTIS Systems, Inc., also a former Ameritech Library Services company, gaining experience in system engineering, conversion services and sales support. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, and a Master of Education degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
"Bill Easton represents the high caliber of staff we are able to recruit to GIS because they are excited by the performance of Polaris and by its potential," commented Marty Keeley, GIS vice president of marketing and sales. "Bill is a proven performer, consistently meeting the needs of his customers and helping them solve problems through technology. His strategic approach to the market will help us take Polaris sales to the next level for the remainder of 2002 and beyond," Keeley added.
“The level of enthusiasm GIS staff demonstrate for making Polaris a truly exceptional product and the commitment to Polaris customer service is very impressive,” said Easton. "The unique ways they are integrating third-party products like virtual reference, collection agency services, and PC management software into Polaris are just not anything I've seen elsewhere in the marketplace. It makes the enthusiasm understandable and quite contagious!"
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 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.