Las Vegas, NV, March 6, 2012 – ChiliFresh, a global provider of patron social networking, book reviews, and cover art, announced today a new application (app) for integrating the library catalog and patron book review functionality within the library's Facebook page.
The App, which is available with the Connections social networking suite, will work with any integrated library system (ILS) software, including SirsiDynix, Innovative Interfaces, Evergreen, Polaris, and more. With the App, patrons have full catalog functionality, including catalog searching, the ability to place holds, check their account status and pay fines. The App will also allow users to write and post book reviews using the ChiliFresh Reviews Engine from within the library's Facebook page.
"Nearly every library user has a Facebook account and almost every library has a Facebook page," said ChiliFresh President & CEO, Scott Johnson. "The ChiliFresh Facebook App ties book lovers to the library through social networking and patron interaction, and gives users an additional reason to ‘friend' the library's Facebook page."
King County Library System (KCLS), in Washington, is one of the first libraries to launch the ChiliFresh Facebook App. The library system, which has developed and maintained an open source integrated library system (ILS) catalog, has recently installed the ChiliFresh Facebook App on their Facebook page.
"Our Facebook page serves as a virtual library branch, allowing members of our community to communicate with one another and our staff, find materials and learn about events and programs," said Lisa Hill, King County's Web Services Manager. "The ChiliFresh Facebook App is a natural fit since it enables Facebook members to interact with other library users by writing and posting reviews, and makes it possible for users to search and place holds in the catalog while spending time on Facebook."
ChiliFresh launched its initial social networking product, ChiliFresh Review Engine, in early 2008. The ChiliFresh Review Engine was the first real Web 2.0 platform developed for a library's online catalog. ChiliFresh now supports libraries around the globe with book cover art, patron book reviews, and social networking products. For more information about ChiliFresh, visit http://www.chilifresh.com.