The Upper Arlington Public Library (UAPL) is pleased to announce that it will be joining the CLC and switching to Polaris as its new Integrated Library System (ILS).
With the click of a button, UAPL patrons will have access to an expanded collection that is ten times larger than what is currently offered. An efficient delivery system will deliver most requested material from other locations to UAPL within two to four days.
A mobile friendly catalog, credit card online fine payment and the ability to return items to the UAPL or to any CLC member library are added benefits of this collaboration.
The UAPL has been a standalone library system since its inception. However, there are multiple factors that make joining a consortium a better option for our patrons at this time. Our current ILS hardware is at the end of its useful life. Our existing patron catalog interface will no longer be supported at the end of 2013. Efficiencies are gained by sharing services with 11 other local library systems. Buying power can be leveraged on certain products to reduce costs.
The CLC offers all the benefits of shared services with the ability to maintain the UAPL’s individual identity. The UAPL will still set local policies, purchase items that our patrons want and maintain our great customer services practices. The CLC offers the best of both worlds and is the right step for the UAPL to take at this time. Shared services with our new partners will make the UAPL stronger.
The migration to CLC’s Polaris system is expected to be complete by June 2014.