Polaris Library Systems Unveils Next Generation Library Automation Software

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Web application software increases staff mobility, boosting patron experience.

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Our new web application is device-independent; a librarian just points his or her web-enabled browser to access staff functions

Polaris Library Systems today unveils the development of a new product, LEAP, considered to be the next generation of library automation software. LEAP, a web application that brings the Polaris power and functionality to the user through a browser, can be used on a desktop, notebook, or tablet.

Polaris Library Systems, a trusted provider of technology solutions for academic, private and public libraries, is developing LEAP with an eye towards the future. As mobile applications increasingly allow people to access information wherever they may be, Polaris’ web application will enable the embedded librarian who assists patrons anywhere inside or outside the library.

“Our new web application is device-independent; a librarian just points his or her web-enabled browser to access staff functions,” said Bill Schickling, president and CEO, Polaris Library Systems. “LEAP builds upon the Polaris ILS foundation, extending functionality with a modern architecture that will serve librarians today and in the future.”

Revealed at the 2013 Annual Polaris Users Group Conference, customers were able to see the easy-to-use functionality that LEAP offers. Built using HTML5 to work within a browser, the initial LEAP release focuses on member services, allowing librarians to connect with patrons away from the circulation and reference desks. Libraries will benefit immediately from a re-imagined, intuitive user interface, designed for optimal flexibility in workflow.

LEAP is currently in the development phase, with a scheduled launch in spring 2014. Libraries interested in becoming part of the LEAP Partners Program, which allows early adopters first access to the new software once beta testing is complete, should contact Polaris Library Systems for more information.

About Polaris Library Systems
Polaris Library Systems is a leading library automation software company, earning the highest customer satisfaction ratings by focusing on one goal: helping librarians serve their communities. Established in 2003, Polaris Library Systems provides academic, private and public libraries with an integrated library system that boosts productivity, improves patron satisfaction and transforms how libraries connect, communicate and collaborate with their communities in the modern world. For more information, visit http://www.polarislibrary.com.


Emily Bowe, PR Specialist
Polaris Library Systems

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