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Gaylord Launches Metasearching with Polaris 2.0, Announces Polaris Implementation

Magazine article Information Today

Gaylord Launches Metasearching with Polaris 2.0, Announces Polaris Implementation

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Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., has announced the introduction of systemwide metasearch capabilities in its Polaris integrated library system. With Polaris 2.0, GIS becomes the first library automation system vendor to offer fully integrated metasearch capabilities in every subsystem, not just the public access catalog (PAC), according to the announcement. The company also announced that the London (Ohio) Public Library has installed the Polaris system.

Polaris 2.0

According to the company, the need to integrate external resources into library automation systems is no longer optional for service-oriented libraries. Today's patrons expect to issue just one search to access information in the catalog, other library databases, the Web, and the catalogs of cooperating libraries. Library staff also needs these powerful search capabilities to enhance its productivity in cataloging and acquisitions.

"GIS has always been on the leading edge of technology," said Katherine Blauer, GIS president. "We introduced the first automated circulation system and were one of the first automation vendors to implement Z39.50 when we included it in our GALAXY system. With the metasearching capabilities of Polaris 2.0 we are again taking a leadership role in library automation."

Polaris 2.0 delivers the capability to do metasearching in all Polaris subsystems, including the Polaris PowerPAC (the new Polaris Public Access Catalog), cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, and serials control. For a cataloger, this capability represents the ability to create MARC records on the fly.

"Because of the Polaris architecture and the programming we've done, we are able to hand back brief MARC records of Web search results, even if the Web site isn't Z39.50-compliant" said Bill Schickling, GIS vice president of research and development. "So, a cataloger could do a subject search in Yahoo! and all the Web sites returned would come back as MARC records, which could then be added to the library's catalog. This represents an incredible time-savings for the librarian who can now instantly add Web sites to the catalog in MARC format."

The Polaris 2.0 search engine was developed by GIS staff to perform meta-- searches using the Z39. …

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