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SOLIS Consortium Selects Polaris.

Gaylord Information Systems (GIS) has announced that the Southern Oregon Libraries Information System (SOLIS) has chosen Polaris, the company's third-generation library automation system. Key factors in SOLIS's decision to integrate Polaris included system performance in the consortium's 400-plus user environment, scalability, flexibility, and the quality of data migration.

SOLIS consists of the public libraries in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties, as well as the Rogue Community College Library. The consortium relies on more than 400 client workstations to provide services to more than 177,000 patrons. By fully accepting GIS's Polaris system, SOLIS has proven that a true, native Windows NT system can support a geographically diverse patron base while meeting the requirements of a demanding staff, according to the announcement.

Teresa Fouste, SOLIS board of directors vice chair and head of reference at the Josephine County Library, said: "We came up live on Polaris and never looked back. The system has seamlessly tied together all he resources in the consortium, and our staff loves it. It's so much easier to use and here is so much more available to patrons."

For a consortium as large as SOLIS (450,000-plus titles, 880,000-plus volumes), performance and scalability were major requirements. According to the announcement, SOLIS understood that Polaris represents a best-of-class product.

Fouste said: "We immediately recognized the benefit of going with a system that isn't tied to old technologies. GIS continues to add new features and build on an already technologically advanced system. The flexibility f the system made acceptance easy. Each of us uses the system in a different way, without restriction. That's the benefit of a system built with new, extendable technologies."

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Title Annotation:Southern Oregon Libraries Information System, Gaylord Information Systems' library automation system Polaris
Publication:Information Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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