The job of a librarian is to help people find what they need to learn, to grow, to become better students, parents, community members.
The job of a library platform is to help a librarian serve a community by managing resources so that everyone succeeds.
When we built our ILS, we listened to librarians, we met with patrons, we talked with IT staff, and we produced a tool that zigged where others zagged. (We’ve never been ones to just do something because that’s the way it’s always been done.)
Our enterprise system is used in the largest pubic library systems in North America because it is a solid tool, built to handle today’s needs and engineered to maximize the investment way into the future.
The best way to explain how Polaris is built is to imagine a technology sandwich of sorts. Picture the SQL server on the bottom, the application code and business objects that drive functionality in the middle, and the user interface on top. The beauty of this design allows our software engineers the freedom to continually update components in the architecture without having to rewrite the entire ILS. Upgrades? Enhancements? Polaris has focused our development initiatives on supporting a single platform, Microsoft. Our focus on a single platform is what allows us to out-develop our competitors.