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Polaris Goes Mobile With LEAP

Polaris introduced LEAP, its new library automation software product now in the development phase.

LEAP is a web application that allows users to access Polaris services on a desktop, notebook, or tablet web browser. It is designed to help on-the-go embedded librarians work with patrons by adding mobile functionality to Polaris software without removing access on desktop-computer-based systems. LEAP’s structure means that the platform will retain functionality for the next 10-plus years of system use.

“Our new web application is device-independent; a librarian just points his or her web-enabled browser to access staff functions,” says Bill Schickling, president and CEO of Polaris. LEAP currently performs 80% of the functions of the Polaris ILS that 80% of patrons need, according to the LEAP website.

This release of LEAP is built using HTML5, the newest version of the language for creating websites. Polaris’ current focus is on improving member services and connecting librarians to patrons; it also helps librarians create new workflows.

Librarians interested in early access to LEAP via the LEAP Partners Program should contact Polaris. LEAP will officially launch in spring 2014.

Source: Polaris



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