Innovative, part of Clarivate, is pleased to announce that the consortium comprised of Solano County Library, Benicia Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library in California has selected Polaris as their ILS and Vega Discover as their discovery layer.
Solano County Library, Benicia, Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library serve over a million visitors per year across their eleven locations and have been part of the Link+ family of INN-Reach libraries in California since 2017.
“We are impressed with the features of Polaris, and Vega Discover’s intuitive interface looks like just what we need to connect our communities with our resources,” says Mike Eitner, Assistant Director of Solano County Library.
The three consortium partners have a long history of community service. The Benicia Public Library has served the city along the Carquinez Strait since 1910. In the heart of Napa Valley, the St. Helena Public Library has existed since 1875 and includes a wine library, and until recently was also home to Elsie the Library Cat. And in 1914, the Board of Supervisors established Solano County Library, which today serves the cities of Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo.
Polaris provides an intuitive web interface that brings the full power and functionality of the ILS to the web browser. Polaris can be used on a computer or tablet, freeing staff to connect with patrons and complete tasks wherever it is most convenient—even outside the library walls.
Vega Discover is the responsive and accessible discovery module of the Vega Library Experience (LX) suite of tools. Vega LX is a cloud-based platform that allows library staff to easily communicate and manage a full range of materials, programs, and services. Vega LX works with the Sierra and Polaris ILS to provide library staff with a holistic view of their patron activities and community engagement.
Vega Discover is a full-featured discovery tool that not only delivers premier search results, but also features a patron bookshelf with custom reading lists, patron account management, library-curated showcases, and smart showcases on related resources and topics. Vega Discover also comes with enhanced exploration tools, powered by Syndetics Unbound’s enrichment content, such as series data, reader reviews, browse by reading level and more, as part of an engaging library experience.