Madison, WI - September 7, 2016 - To help libraries extend their reach within their communities, leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider Boopsie has partnered with Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) to offer a mobile solution to member libraries. SOLS members interested in offering users a single convenient access point to their library's resources anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device can now receive a discount on library-branded native apps through this new partnership with Boopsie.
With a mobile app from Boopsie, SOLS members can connect patrons with their top resources and services including catalog search, my account, hours and locations, and much more while increasing the return on investment of the library's current e-resource subscriptions. Boopsie apps can also provide patrons the convenience of virtual library cards and quick access to events or room reservation as well as the ability to place holds, receive push notifications, and much more. Working collaboratively with SOLS members, Boopsie will develop an individual app for each library that provides seamless access to these resources and services through a user-friendly interface.
"At SOLS, we're focused on promoting equitable access to digital collections and a higher quality of life through library services offered to the public," said Beth Harding, E-resources Consultant at SOLS. "We are very pleased to be working with Boopsie and offering this service to all libraries in Ontario to assist them in promoting their resources and services to the communities they serve."
"In Canada, smartphone ownership is increasing by 24% year over year," said Mary Casey, Boopsie's Director of Marketing. "Our new partnership with SOLS will help libraries respond to this new way that their patrons are consuming information. With a user-friendly app, libraries can stay relevant with the communities that they serve."
To learn more about how Boopsie promotes community engagement for libraries like those served by SOLS, visit http://boopsie.com.
About Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS)
SOLS, in coordination with its sister agency, Ontario Library Service-North, provides a range of services and economies of scale initiatives in support of the over 300 public and First Nation library systems in Ontario. Many are centred on the implementation and best use of new technology, including centralized purchasing of a range of electronic resources. Other services include interlibrary loan, training and development, and consulting with individual libraries on their specific needs. www.sols.org
Boopsie, Inc. is the industry-leading mobile platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider for over 4,000 library locations worldwide. Boopsie's apps have been downloaded over 3.5 million times and are used by over 500,000 unique app users per month. Boopsie's library-branded mobile apps are affordable, easy to deploy and maintain, and enable libraries of all types and sizes, including academic, corporate, public and special, to quickly acquire new users and increase circulation. Boopsie's mobile apps are fully hosted and maintained by Boopsie's U.S. based customer service organization and are designed for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and even Blackberry platforms. Boopsie enables 24/7 remote library access via the user's device of choice. Visit Boopsie.com for more information about mobile apps for libraries. In 2015 Boopsie was acquired by an affiliate of Demco, who has 110 years of library experience and offers a full range of supplies, equipment, furniture and software, as well as comprehensive interior design services for libraries and schools nationwide.