Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive


April 13, 2021

BiblioCommons Nine new library partnerships formed in the first quarter of 2021. In the first three months of 2021, BiblioCommons formed new partnerships with public libraries across the United States. Newly subscribed libraries include Canton Public Library, Chandler Public Library, East Chicago Public Library, Elk Grove Village Public Library, Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, Herrick District Library, Kenton County Public Library, Strathcona County Library Board, and Tulsa City-County Library. These libraries are all on different ILSs (Integrated Library Systems.) Each will work closely with the BiblioCommons team to integrate their systems to the BiblioCommons product suite and elevate their online patron experiences. [Full Announcement].

February 25, 2021

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons launches BiblioEmail: integrated, accessible, automated email marketing designed for public libraries. BiblioEmail is now available to all public libraries for pre-order as part of the BiblioCommons suite of services. BiblioEmail is specifically designed for public libraries looking to personalize their email marketing efforts. The new product's most notable feature is the ability to repurpose content that has already been created in BiblioWeb — making the email creation process much more streamlined and staff-friendly. [Full Announcement].

December 30, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons welcomes new library partners during the Fourth Quarter of 2020. BiblioCommons announced that new libraries have come onboard as partners during the fourth quarter of 2020. The new partner libraries include Lakeland Library Cooperative, Hayward Public Library, OWLSnet Library Consortium, Margate City Public Library, Delaware County District Library, and Oakland Public Library. [Full Announcement].

December 11, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCon ’21 is online and open to all public library staff. BiblioCommons announced the launch of registration for BiblioCon ‘21, BiblioCommons' bi-ennial public library conference. This year's all virtual event will bring together public libraries and BiblioCommons team members for interactive sessions, networking events, and more. [Full Announcement].

December 1, 2020

BiblioCommons Appointment of a new General Manager for BiblioCommons. BiblioCommons is pleased to announce that Sebastien Lopes has been appointed General Manager of BiblioCommons as of December 1, 2020. Sebastien Lopes will be replacing Matt Goddard, who will be transitioning to a sister company under the Volaris Group of companies. [Full Announcement].

November 26, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons releases new enhanced discovery and online browsing. With public library buildings across North America closed or restricting access, connecting patrons with the library's collections online has never been more critical. BiblioCommons has released new functionality in the BiblioCore catalog that creates an enhanced online browsing experience facilitating endless routes for patrons to discover what to read, watch or listen to next — even when they can't physically browse the shelves at the library. [Full Announcement].

September 23, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons launches new BiblioApps to deepen patron engagement. BiblioCommons announced the launch of the all-new BiblioApps for Android. Unlike other apps for public libraries, BiblioApps is designed in the context of the full patron experience. BiblioApps broadens and deepens patron engagement with the public library by providing an exceptional, personalized, modern mobile experience that is now available for both iOS and Android platforms. [Full Announcement].

May 8, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons launches new features to support libraries in an online-only environment. The BiblioCommons Team is proud to announce a number of new feature improvements across the BiblioCommons platform to support libraries in serving their communities in an all, or mostly, online environment. [Full Announcement].

February 10, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons acquired by Volaris Group. On February 10th, 2020 Volaris Group finalized the acquisition of BiblioCommons. Volaris is a Canadian software success story that is focused on acquiring, strengthening and growing vertical market software companies. Volaris is a worldwide software organization which operates as a division of Constellation Software, one of Canada’s largest technology success stories. BiblioCommons will operate independently while advancing via the guidance and expertise of the Volaris network. Two of the founders, Beth Jefferson and Patrick Kennedy have decided to transition from BiblioCommons but will continue as advocates. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2019

BiblioCommons Research shows higher overall library usage in public libraries that use BiblioCommons. In order to determine the impact of subscribing to its public library software, BiblioCommons recently retained an independent consultant to complete an in-depth statistical analysis of the impact of BiblioCommons online services on North American public libraries. What they discovered is that subscribing to BiblioCommons correlates with an increase in circulation per capita anywhere from 25% to 57%, and results in 9% more visits per capita on average, compared to public libraries that do not subscribe to BiblioCommons services. This is true when accounting for other potential influences, including population size and density, operating budgets, collection size, and historical circulation trends. [Full Announcement].

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons announces new automated marketing product plus newly built BiblioWeb and BiblioApps. BiblioCommons shared new versions of BiblioWeb and BiblioApps, as well as introduce BiblioEmail, an exciting new email marketing service developed specifically for public libraries. BiblioWeb 3.0 offers all the valuable functionality that libraries have come to expect from BiblioWeb, but with more power, greater flexibility, and even better ease of use. A brand new page builder with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface allows library staff to design their own pages from scratch, or to simply insert their content into ready-made templates. Revamped taxonomies structuring the website content allow for even easier featuring and cross-promotion of blog posts, events, recommendation lists, and more. BiblioApps has also been completely rebuilt to reflect public libraries’ need to create more personalized, engaging library experiences. [Full Announcement].

June 22, 2018

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons announces the next generation of its native apps for libraries: BiblioApps V2.0. BiblioCommons is proud to announce the development of the next generation of its native apps for public libraries: BiblioApps. The first generation of BiblioApps (then known as BiblioMobile), was released in 2011 and reproduced desktop catalog functionality in a mobile-friendly format. Now that the BiblioCommons BiblioCore catalog is responsive and works equally well across all devices’ browsers, the next generation of BiblioApps will extend what is offered in the browser application and build on the unique affordances of mobile devices and the native functionality of their operating systems. [Full Announcement].

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons announces BiblioOmni: an omnichannel marketing platform for public libraries. BiblioCommons is pleased to announce BiblioOmni: an omnichannel marketing platform for public libraries. Building on the unique architecture and capabilities of the BiblioWeb website builder, BiblioOmni will allow public libraries to easily create brand-consistent, customized communications and marketing campaigns across all of the channels that they use to connect with their patrons -- a true omnichannel experience. [Full Announcement].

June 19, 2018

BiblioCommons Springshare and BiblioCommons Announce Integration Between LibCal Space Bookings and BiblioEvents. We are pleased to announce integration between Springshare’s LibCal and BiblioEvents by BiblioCommons. Now, BiblioEvents users can reserve a LibCal Space/Room when creating an event from the BiblioEventsadmin interface. This integration allows libraries to manage and book spaces during the BiblioEvents creation process while simultaneously allowing unused spaces/rooms to be booked by patrons. [Full Announcement].

March 22, 2018

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons announces the upcoming release of BiblioWeb V3.0. Eight years after its initial launch, BiblioCommons announced the upcoming release of version 3.0 of its BiblioWeb website-building and content-publishing platform. [Full Announcement].

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons features FRBRized grouped search results in BiblioCore catalog—live with libraries across the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For years the library community has been dreaming of a FRBRized catalog. After many iterations and a year of live beta testing, BiblioCommons has realized this dream by launching Grouped Search for libraries using the BiblioCore catalog across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. [Full Announcement].

April 5, 2017

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons now powered by clean, renewable energy. As of January 2017, BiblioCommons has partnered with Bullfrog Power to enable a green online presence for public libraries, and to support the supply of green energy. By choosing to power our BiblioCore and BiblioWeb production servers with 100% green electricity, BiblioCommons is taking a step to reduce its carbon-emission footprint, and those of its partner libraries. [Full Announcement].

May 25, 2016

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons announces extension of digital resource integration with BiblioCloudRecords service. Extending its integration of digital resources into library catalogs and continuous investment in record enrichment, BiblioCommons today announced its intent to provide automated eContent catalog records to libraries through its new BiblioCloudRecords service. The service will eliminate the need for libraries to upload and manage eContent MARC records in their integrated library system (ILS). The BiblioCloud Records module will launch with OverDrive titles and be available in fall of 2016. [Full Announcement].

April 6, 2016

BiblioCommons Announcing BiblioWeb: new name. New flexibility. New library partners.. BiblioCommons announced BiblioWeb as part of the best in class digital experience platform for public libraries. Originally launched as BiblioCMS, the name was determined to be too limiting, as it did not convey the full range of features available with the product. Newly rebranded as BiblioWeb, the offering provides much more than a traditional content management system and features library-specific workflows far more robust than what is available in traditional CMS options such as WordPress or Drupal. [Full Announcement].

January 25, 2016

BiblioCommons Charlotte Mecklenburg Library launches enhanced catalog and social discovery platform. In February, 2016, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will launch a new catalog experience powered by BiblioCommons, the integrated public library catalog that promotes social discovery and connects large urban and suburban libraries worldwide. [Full Announcement].

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