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  1. Library Innovations Shine with Polaris

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    February 2, 2012 by wcobserver

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    WASHINGTON COUNTY  — Remember the library catalogue when it consisted of long, narrow drawers with index cards? Well, to paraphrase, “We’ve come a long way, Baby.” After the wood and paper system there was the Computerized Library System. But earlier this month, the Washington County Library System (WCLS) took a bigger step by introducing an integrated library system called Polaris to its members. “It is a system that is geared to libraries of our size. It is just going to get better and better,” said Steve Thomas, Washington County Library System Assistant Director. Thomas said that the main reason for the change is cost, but it also provides services that will free up staff to help patrons and will provide more information about library materials available to the public. Before purchasing Polaris all costs were analyzed and it was realized that $300,000-$400,000 could be saved over 10 years. That savings can be used for books, materials and other products and services. The WCLS saved $120,000 over the last two years through other cost saving changes and is supported by a millage tax voted in place last fall throughout Washington County. Additionally, the cities mentioned above provide monies for their libraries. …

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