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Volume 18, Issue 9 October 2001
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Gaylord Unveils GALAXY WebPAC 2.0, Implements Polaris in Mississippi Library

Gaylord Information Systems (GIS), a division of Gaylord Bros., Inc., has announced the release of GALAXY WebPAC 2.0, an enhancement for GALAXY customers who want to provide patrons with Web access to their library catalogs. GALAXY WebPAC 2.0 delivers full Z39.50 searching, which allows library staff and patrons to search other Z39.50-compliant catalogs using a familiar interface and search protocols. GIS has also announced that the Warren County­Vicksburg (Mississippi) Public Library will adopt the Polaris integrated library system.

WebPAC 2.0
GALAXY WebPAC 2.0 was developed with significant input from GALAXY customers. "We know from experience that one of the major things our customers value about their relationship with GIS is the opportunity to help shape the development of the products they use," said Katherine Blauer, president of GIS. "We are grateful to our GALAXY customers for their suggestions and comments on this latest version of GALAXY WebPAC and especially thank the staff at the Clark County Public Library (Ohio) and the Springfield Free Public Library (New Jersey) for their excellent work as beta partners."

In addition to Z39.50 searching, other major enhancements in the new version of GALAXY WebPAC include the following:

  • Customization instructions to help libraries tailor GALAXY WebPAC to their library

  • A new keyword search engine that enhances searching and expedites display of search results

  • New options for processing reserves, including an option to disallow reserves altogether or to disallow reserves on items that are"IN." The interlibrary loan and non-reserve fields in the item record are also now functional.

  • An option to mask true item status so that items display as either "Available" or "Unavailable"

  • An option to hide a patron's position in the reserve queue

  • The ability to see all item records (i.e., copies in the system) when viewing Item Availability
Susan Permahos, director of the Springfield Free Public Library, said the library enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the product-development process as a beta test site. "It was great to see changes made as the result of our input, and made really quickly," she said. "GALAXY WebPAC 2.0 is so easy to use that some of our patrons even helped in the testing. They enjoyed providing feedback and they liked the functionality in the product, especially the ability to place reserves on 'on order' items and to search other libraries' catalogs."

Located in the county seat of Vicksburg, the Warren County­Vicksburg Public Library serves more than 50,000 people. The library serves the city ofVicksburg and the surrounding county with one main library that circulates 208,000 items annually. The library has a total collection of close to 94,000 items, including books, audiocassettes, videocassettes, magazines, newspapers, music CDs, and CD-ROM databases. Sixty percent of the funding for the migration from GALAXY to Polaris came from a state bond grant.

"We were very fortunate to receive fundingfrom the state," said Deb Mitchell, director of the Warren County­Vicksburg Public Library. "This enabled us to move directly from our text-based GALAXY system to the advanced technology of Polaris. This is a big step for us, and one we were able to take because we are confident we'll receive excellent training from Gaylord. Our positive past experience with Gaylord training was a key factor in our choosing Polaris."

Source: Gaylord Information Systems, Syracuse, NY, 800/272-3414;

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