NEW YORK, June 23, 2014—Capira Technologies LLC, a software and mobile app technology developer for libraries, announced today a service integration option with StackMap, a bookshelf visualization platform for library catalogs.
StackMap is a solution that provides patrons with a detailed map and written directions to an item in one click, without ever leaving the catalog. Libraries who already have the service will also have the option to use it in their mobile apps when signing up with Capira Technologies for their mobile patron service. Hampton Library, based in Long Island N.Y., is the first to integrate StackMap into their mobile library app developed by Capira Technologies. The update containing StackMap integration for Hampton Mobile Library is expected to be available on Apple iOS by July 1 and Android by July 30.
Kelly Harris, Library Director at Hampton Library, stated that the benefits of this new feature for patrons would improve their overall experience at the library, especially for those who prefer serving themselves.
"Offering a mobile app with StackMap and self-checkout allows our busiest library users, and soon-to-be library users, to find the item they need in the catalog while they sit and wait to pick their kids up, map it as they walk in the library door, find it, check it out and continue on with their busy day … no waiting in line, no small talk, no tiny paper receipt they will lose," she stated.
Harris added that Hampton chose to include the feature to provide patrons with more privacy in their publication selections for sensitive materials, such as research for a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer, or a teenager at home suffering from depression.
By leveraging the StackMap set of web APIs, Capira Technologies mobile apps will now provide the capability to display the visual mapping layout of where an item resides inside the library when users search the catalog. Additionally, the app will automatically zoom to the location of the item selected on the graphical mapping, allowing patrons to easily find where their item is located. This functionality in Capira Technologies mobile apps will sit alongside other patron-first features the developer offers, such as digital library cards, mobile library card signup and renewal, self-checkout, and push notifications.
"We are excited to offer StackMap integration into our customized library mobile apps," said Michael Berse, Managing Member and Lead Software Engineer of Capira Technologies. "It is another excellent enhancement we can offer to our library customers based on features and services that their patrons are looking for."
Lex Cooke, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of StackMap LLC, stated that he is happy to be collaborating with Capira Technologies and bringing the service directly to mobile devices.
"We are particularly excited to be working with Capira on mobile because it will enable StackMap to provide that much more value to a library patron, by giving that patron the ability to carry the digital map with them while they attempt to navigate the physical space of the library," he stated. "Working with Capira has been a great experience for us to really collaborate and tailor the StackMap experience to a native mobile environment."
Capira Technologies and StackMap LLC will be available at the American Library Association's annual conference in Las Vegas June 26-July 1 at Booths #2255 and #2257 to speak more about the new integration with StackMap.
For additional information about Stackmap integration, please visit http://www.capiratech.com/stackmap.
About Capira Technologies LLC
Founded in 2012 by former library employees, Capira Technologies customized mobile apps personalize libraries for an optimal patron experience, including state-of-the-art functionality and services, such as digital library cards, self-checkout, remote renewal capabilities and more. Clients already include Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mount Pleasant Public Library, Hampton Library, and many other libraries in East Coast area. Visit Capira Technologies website at http://www.capiratech.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
StackMap is a web-based indoor mapping software application that helps library patrons find physical resources within the library space. StackMap can easily integrate with any catalog, discovery, or mobile interface. The software also provides a robust set of administrative features that allow library staff to easily edit any aspect of how the maps, shelving ranges, and collections display. Visit http://www.stackmap.com to learn more or email email@example.com.
About Hampton Library
Located on Main Street in picturesque and historic Bridgehampton on the South Fork of Long Island, N.Y., the Hampton Library exists to serve the East End communities of Bridgehampton and Sagaponack. Find out more by visiting http://www.hamptonlibrary.org.