Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive

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].

October 8, 2015

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons partners with Penguin Random House to expand ebook offerings. BiblioCommons announced that it has expanded its eBook offerings through a new agreement with Penguin Random House. The agreement will add over 38,000 eBook titles to those already available to libraries through the BiblioDigital eBook acquisitions platform. [Full Announcement].

June 26, 2015

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons unveils new mobile-friendly catalog and more patron-friendly enhancements at ALA. BiblioCommons will debut a newly designed BiblioCore catalog at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015. The redesigned catalog features responsive design, streamlined search results, and unique enhancements to support readers’ advisory. The BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog, BiblioCore, works with all major integrated library systems and replaces the traditional patron catalog in order to encourage community engagement around a library’s collections, integrate the library’s events and online resources into the patron’s path, and promote the expertise of librarians as readers’ advisory and reference specialists to their communities. [Full Announcement].

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons delivers a fully integrated website, catalog, and community engagement platform to leading public libraries. Many leading public libraries are seeing new opportunities to create fully integrated, engaging websites that attract and retain patrons online with the new BiblioCommons website management platform. BiblioCMS enables libraries to provide a truly integrated online patron experience, delivered through a shared, software-as-a-service platform. [Full Announcement].

June 24, 2015

BiblioCommons Columbus Metropolitan Library partners with BiblioCommons for enhanced catalog and discovery. Columbus Metropolitan Library, one of the highest rated public libraries in the United States, has partnered with BiblioCommons for an enhanced catalog and discovery layer that will work in conjunction with the Polaris Integrated Library System. [Full Announcement].

June 19, 2015

BiblioCommons San Diego Public Library partners with BiblioCommons for an enhanced catalog and social discovery platform. BiblioCommons announced a new partnership with the San Diego Public Library to implement BiblioCore, the integrated public library catalog that promotes social discovery and connects large urban and suburban libraries worldwide. [Full Announcement].