Innovative Interfaces Inc. (III) today announced that it has acquired Polaris Library Systems, bringing together two of the leading providers of library automation technology. The combined companies will be led by III CEO Kim Massana, with former Polaris President and CEO William Schickling joining Innovative as VP, Public Library Products. Several other Polaris executives will also join Innovative’s management team, including VP of Sales Scott McCausland and VP of Customer Operations Jodi Bellinger. Polaris’s headquarters in Syracuse, NY will be retained as a center for operations.
Polaris Library Systems and Baker & Taylor (B&T) have announced that they are working together to integrate B&T’s Axis 360 digital media platform into the Polaris integrated library system (ILS). The integration will allow patrons to browse, place holds, and check out ebooks digital materials sourced from Axis 360 without navigating away from a library’s catalog.
Attendees of the annual Polaris Users Group (PUG) conference last week were given an in-depth look at the results of the ILS provider’s integration efforts with the 3M Cloud Library, as well as other new features in the system’s latest version, Polaris 4.1. The vision for the integration effort, Polaris President and CEO Bill Schickling explained during his opening presentation, was simply to create a system that would allow patrons to check out ebooks directly from a library’s OPAC, using library authentication information and nothing more.
Q&A: Tom Mercer, 3M Library Systems Digital Business Development Leader On Penguin Pilot and Ebook Integration
Tom Mercer, 3M Library Systems digital business development leader, discusses 3M’s integration efforts with ILS provider Polaris, and their recently launched pilot with Penguin Books and the New York Public Library, as part of a series of Q&As leading up to “The Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond,” LJ’s third annual ebook summit on Wednesday, October 17.
Ebook Providers, ILS Vendors Move Rapidly to Remove Friction From E-Lending; OverDrive APIs Coming in April | PLA 2012
Even as anxious publishers are hoping to increase friction in the ebook lending experience, librarians have been clamoring for vendors of integrated library systems (ILS) to make e-lending a unified, sleek experience. Rather than navigating their patrons away from the library’s web presence to Balkanized, often commercial, third-party platforms, each with a different discovery and delivery experience, librarians have been demanding a single, easy-to-use, easy-to-search platform — an integration of the ILS with ebook vendor platforms.