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Perspective and commentary by Marshall Breeding
According to public documents on the City of Phoenix web site, the city has entered into contract negotiations with Polaris Library Systems to provide Polaris as its next generation library automation system. Phoenix Public Library has been running a Carl system since 1999.
In 2006, the library launched a new version of its Web site and catalog based on Endeca ProFind, making it the first public library to take advantage of this technology.
The city ordinance (S-34395) authorizing the contract specifies that its value not exceed $1.9 million.
While the contract has not been finalized, this legal notice that the library selected Polaris over Carl marks an important benchmark. Phoenix Public Library with its service population of 1.4 million, and annual circulation transactions of almost 15 million, will stand as the largest and busiest library served by the Polaris automation software following the anticipated successful implementation process.
Marshall Breeding Oct 9, 2007 20:22:24 Link to this thread