SirsiDynix has extended its product strategy of creating a new suite of products with new interfaces and capabilities that operate with both of its ILS products: Symphony and Horizon. A layer of Web services available for Symphony and Horizon provide the foundation for the development of new applications based on current technologies, such as a services-oriented architecture. Branded as the BLUEcloud suite, components will be offered for staff interfaces, for patron discovery, and for electronic resource management.
The new BLUEcloud Staff components will include Web-based staff interfaces for all of the major modules of the system, including system administration, circulation, cataloging, serials, and acquisitions. As these BLUEcloud Staff modules are completed, they will be made available to libraries without additional cost beyond their current maintenance fees. Optional added-cost modules will also be offered including MobileCirc and a new Analytics application. MobileCirc, with availability planned for summer 2013 for Android or iOS based devices, will include functionality for circulation, inventory, and shelving tasks such as pulling weeding lists or requested items.
Two tiers of patron-oriented interfaces make up BLUEcloud Discovery. BLUEcloud PAC and a generic version of the BookMyne mobile application are available without additional cost. Consistent with current pricing, BookMyne+, a customized mobile app with library branding, the Enterprise discovery service, Portfolio digital asset management, and the Social Library for Facebook are the premium offerings within BLUEcloud Discovery.
BLUEcloud Marketplace includes eResource Central, previously covered in March and June 2012 issues of Smart Libraries Newsletter. Its eResource Central provides capabilities to manage and provide access to eBooks and other electronic resources. SirsiDynix also plans to develop Global Titles Lists and Global Vendor Access to simplify the acquisition of materials from multiple suppliers.