Boopsie, the leading mobile solution for universities and libraries worldwide, announced today the availability of BookCheck - a new feature that allows library patrons to check out books and other materials using a mobile phone. Cuyahoga County Public Library, the top rated library system in the United States, is the first to offer Boopsie BookCheck to its more than 787,000 active registered cardholders. CCPL launches their new mobile application this week.
"BookCheck delivers a whole new level of efficiency for both library staff and patrons," notes Greg Carpenter, CEO of Boopsie. "With a quick scan of the library barcode using a mobile phone, patrons can access useful information about a book, CD or DVD and immediately check-out those materials from anywhere in the library."
Boopsie is the currently the only mobile solution provider to offer mobile checkout capability. Leveraging barcode-scanning technology, the new feature allows library patrons to retrieve basic catalog information (real-time access from the library's ILS system) and content from third-party sources such as book reviews, plot summaries and author bios from anywhere in the library using their mobile phone. Library cardholders can then check out the book with one click of a button. BookCheck is immediately available for Android device users. Support for iPhone and select Blackberry devices will follow shortly.
"We are very excited to be the first library to offer the convenience of mobile check-out to our customers," said Jim Haprian, Information Technology Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library. "At CCPL we are committed to innovative service that meets and exceeds expectations and this app will help us better connect our customers to the excellent resources we have to offer."
Built to take advantage of the most advanced device technology, Boopsie applications offer real-time ILS integration with popular systems such as Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix, ExLibris, among others and provide full support for non-catalog content and services such as GPS-aware library location finder and access to reading lists, event calendars and social networking channels.
Additional information on Boopsie for Libraries can be found at http://www.boopsie.com/libraries.html
Founded in 2006 and located in Silicon Valley, California, Boopsie is the industry-leading mobile solution for universities and libraries worldwide. Disruptively affordable, feature-rich and easy-to-deploy without compromising on world-class performance, Boopsie's solutions are fully hosted and downloadable to all mobile devices including Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, J2ME, Palm, Symbian and Windows Mobile, and can be used with other browser-enabled devices. Customers include Seattle Public, LA Public, University of Toronto, University of Notre Dame, Brown University, University of Gent in Belgium, and University of Auckland in New Zealand, among others. Boopsie is American Library Association's mobile partner for a range of conferences including ALA 2011 and the preferred mobile solution for a number of consortia. For more information on Boopsie, please go to http://www.boopsie.com