August 26, 2009 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – The eiNetwork, a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, is joining over 600 libraries that have chosen AquaBrowser, the proven market leader and original discovery layer.
AquaBrowser will provide eiNetwork’s 44 member libraries — which have holdings of nearly 4 million items — with the world’s most popular independent discovery layer. AquaBrowser offers users a contemporary web experience without any disruption to the library’s backroom & staff activities. It provides proven technology that empowers users with an intuitive and attractive interface on top of an existing catalog. The library internally keeps working the way it always has, but customers get the kind of search and Web 2.0 experience they’ve come to expect on the internet.
Rebecca Serey, eiNetwork director, explained the reasons behind the consortia’s decision: "We felt comfortable with flexibility and ease of parameter changes available in Aquabrowser. We liked all the implementation options that are available."
eiNetwork joins many other large consortia offering AquaBrowser to their users, including Ramapo Catskill Library System (NY), Metropolitan Library Network System (MN), Upper Hudson Library System (NY) Southeastern Libraries Cooperating System (MN), Library Integrated Network Consortium (IL), MARINet (CA) and Prairie Area Library System (IL).
Bas Zwaan, CEO of Medialab Solutions, commented "We’re pleased that another large group of libraries has made a unanimous decision to provide their users with AquaBrowser. eiNetwork customers will be delighted with AquaBrowser, the most reliable solution that offers the best discovery."
About Medialab Solutions BV and AquaBrowser North America
AquaBrowser is recognized globally as the original discovery layer. Medialab Solutions developed AquaBrowser after considerable research into user search behavior. AquaBrowser is a significant valuable proposition for libraries in that it exposes all resources through a single search and works with any ILS. AquaBrowser can be found in libraries of all types and sizes around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and of course, the Netherlands.
Medialab Solutions BV is dba AquaBrowser North America in the U.S. and is a business unit of R. R. Bowker. For more information about AquaBrowser, visit http://www.aquabrowser.com or call 1-800-546-9816.
About R.R. Bowker
Bowker is the world's leading source for bibliographic information. The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including: Books In Print, Global Books In Print, Syndetic Solutions, Pubnet, PubEasy, PubTrack and more. In the U.S., Australia and Puerto Rico, Bowker is also the exclusive ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry. Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia. R.R. Bowker acquired Medialab Solutions in 2007. For information about Bowker, visit http://www.Bowker.com.
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