Syracuse, NY - Gaylord Information Systems (GIS)
and Veicon Technology have announced an agreement that will make it easier
for users of the Polaris® integrated library system to purchase and
implement thin client solutions in their libraries. The agreement was
finalized during the Polaris Users’ Group meeting held in Syracuse
at the end of September.
Under the terms of the agreement, GIS Account Managers will work
directly with Polaris customers who are interested in adopting thin
client technology as part of their ongoing workstation management.
“There’s a cycle of workstation replacement that all libraries confront
to avoid hardware obsolescence,” commented GIS President Katherine
Blauer. “As libraries face an uncertain financial future, adopting thin
clients to replace PCs for patron use is becoming much more prevalent.
With thin clients, libraries not only save on the cost of hardware,
they also save the time and expense associated with managing PCs.”
“Our relationship with Veicon provides us with the opportunity to offer
our customers a complete solution for expanding patron services without
increasing the burden on library staff,” Blauer continued.
In today’s public libraries, workstations are frequently “assigned”
tasks. For example, some are PAC only, some have email and Internet
access, some provide word processing and spreadsheet capabilities. In
the typical PC environment, each workstation has to be configured
separately. In a large library, this can be very time consuming. With
the Veicon thin client technology, each station is administered from
the central server, completely eliminating the need to touch each
client. In addition, because all settings are controlled at the server
level, the security of the network remains intact with no opportunity
for patron access to Internet and other settings.
“Based on growth statistics published regarding thin client technology
and PCs, we believe that 80% of the library public access stations will
be replaced with thin client technology in the next three to five
years,” said Stewart Bartlett, Veicon’s Director of Library Business.
“Our relationship with Gaylord will enable us to assist Polaris
customers to adopt this new technology, benefiting libraries by
lowering total cost of ownership and reducing staff intervention by
providing a more stable, secure and reliable public terminal solution.”
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 provides a
complete solution for acquisitions, collection management, cataloging,
circulation, interlibrary loan and serials control. Polaris offers a
powerful Windows-based PAC for use in the library and a fully
customizable library portal web-based PAC (Polaris PowerPAC) accessible
from any standard web browser. 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., 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.
More information is available via telephone +1-315-457-5070 or
800-272-3414; fax +1-315-457-5883; or email email@example.com and at www.gaylord.com.
About Veicon Veicon Technology, Inc. is a world leader in public
Internet/Information access software and systems solutions. Based in
Beaverton, Oregon, the company has been supplying its public ‘V-Link’
thin client based solution for Internet/email access to leading
libraries, hospitals, hotels, convention centers, and other public
sites for over three years. Its flagship V-Link software technology is
patented (U.S. Patent No. 5,958,007) with other patents pending.
V-Link™ and VEICON Technology are trademarks
of Veicon Techonolgy, Inc.
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