Innovative Enhances Patron Discovery Experience and Staff Workflow Efficiencies with Polaris Release 5.2


Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, has launched Polaris Release 5.2 to enhance the patron discovery experience and offer new, more efficient workflows for staff.

Polaris Release 5.2 offers new ways for patrons to find, save, and request materials in the library catalog, ensuring patrons have access to the materials that interest them most. Using the new, real-time “Available Now” facet, patrons can filter results to display only titles with available items. New functionality also includes the ability to sort and select multiple items in Working and Saved Title Lists, and place hold requests on all the selected items at once. A “requested” indicator flags titles in search results and title lists, so patrons can easily identify titles they have already requested.

“Our library partners work to provide a quality patron experience for their users, and a real-time, robust, feature-rich discovery solution means fast, accurate access to information,” said Leif Pedersen, Executive Vice President, Product at Innovative. “The new functionality in Polaris Release 5.2 will allow patrons to quickly and easily find what they need, ensuring the library remains a timely and integral resource for the community.”

In addition to providing a better user experience for patrons, Polaris Release 5.2 enhances staff workflows to establish more efficient processes. Lynne Thorimbert, Service Delivery Manager of Marigold Library System in Canada, a member library of The Regional Automation Consortium and a beta partner for the new release, shares that the new features help to streamline acquisitions. Library staff with appropriate permissions can now modify purchase order line items, and line item segments on released purchase orders, to ensure their details are accurate prior to invoicing.

“The developments in Polaris 5.2 meet a real need in acquisitions for our consortium—offering greater flexibility to change funds, collections, and branch locations,” said Thorimbert. “The more we work with the Polaris system, the more we can appreciate the granularity of certain new functionalities, as well as how Polaris integrates with other critical systems we use. We are happy to see an even stronger alignment between Polaris reporting for acquisitions and our accounting program as a result of this new functionality.”

New staff efficiencies in the Polaris Leap Web Application enable staff members to:

  • Create, copy, and modify item records
  • Search for, access, and link to authority records
  • Search for, access, and modify bibliographic, item, and authority record sets, or add records to a set from the find tool.

For item and bibliographic record sets, staff can add records by scanning an item barcode or RFID tag. When an item is scanned from a bibliographic record set, the bibliographic record linked to the scanned item is added to the record set. Additional Polaris Leap Web Application features include updates to the find tool, expanded item and bibliographic record views, and improvements to the check-in work-form and picklist.

Libraries that rely on the Polaris Restful APIs for integration with third-party products will find both new and expanded methods for accessing patron record sets and patron record information. Finally, library partners can now take advantage of full Swagger documentation for the Polaris API service.

For more information on the robust and scalable Polaris solution for your library, visit the Innovative website.