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Gaylord Information Systems Releases Polaris 1.5, Announces Implementation in Clearwater Libraries

Magazine article Information Today

Gaylord Information Systems Releases Polaris 1.5, Announces Implementation in Clearwater Libraries

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Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) has announced major enhancements to its Polaris library automation product, with the release of version 1.5 at the end of December. In a separate release, Gaylord has announced that the Clearwater (Florida) Public Library System will implement Polaris.

Polaris 1.5

According to the company, Polaris 1.5 has more than 140 new product features, including a redesigned search engine, making the library software faster, more precise, and easier for patrons to use. A new search feature allows librarians and their patrons to limit search results by assigned branch, material type, date, and other bibliographical data. Another unique feature is Polaris One-View, which allows users to view screen headings, bibliographic information, and item-level information on one screen.

Polaris 1.5 also provides full Z39.50 connectivity in both public and staff clients, allowing users to search other libraries' databases and enabling Polaris to serve as a host for a Z39.50 session.

"With Polaris 1.5, we are achieving our goal of making our library software as functionally rich as possible," said Katherine Blauer, president of Gaylord Information Systems. "We are grateful to the many libraries and their staffs who provide feedback to us so we can continue to design software that provides patron-centric solutions for patron-centric libraries."

The Polaris 1.5 browser-based PAC offers the security and features of a PC-based application. That flexibility extends to on-the-fly user customizations. Searchers can select from the following bibliography styles at any time during a session: Modern Language Association, Chicago Manual of Style, and American Psychological Association. Records can also be printed and saved from the PAC in brief and in full bibliographic display.

Polaris 1.5 accommodates the newly structured Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN) format, and can determine if an abbreviated LCCN is written in the new or old format. Other highlights of Polaris 1.5 include adding standing-orders functionality to acquisitions and serials processing, enabling circulation to support the handling of lost items, and adding new transaction functionality to patron accounts. …

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