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Polaris Library Systems Upgrades Software With 100 Enhancements

Polaris Library Systems, a library automation software company, recently updated its software to Polaris 4.1 with about 100 enhancements that will help librarians and administrative staff increase their productivity and workflow efficiency.

Polaris 4.1 improves patron services, circulation, cataloging, and acquisitions. Staff and patrons can now display and calculate their fines based on when they expect to return an item. Cataloging is made easier with the introduction of a “do not overlay” checkbox on bibliographic records, and tags can now be deleted from MARC records.

New features were also introduced for Polaris’ services PowerPAC, Mobile PAC, Community Profiles, Fusion, and SimplyReports. “Many of these new features are the result of enhancement requests from the Polaris User Groups and our customers’ feedback,” according to vice president and board secretary Anita Wagner. Libraries can use a slide bar to weigh popularity or relevancy results, use a Map It feature in Mobile PAC, and view an upgraded version of the Staff Client Find Tool that has new search access points and new listserv column headings. Polaris Social with ChiliFresh Connections is available as an add-on for PowerPAC and Mobile PAC.

Patrons can log in to their library accounts and create PowerPAC-integrated Connections profiles as well as create shared lists, recommend books, and see other patrons’ activities.

Source: Polaris Library Systems 

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