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October 18, 2019

King County Library System. KCLS boycotts Macmillan Publishers' eBook embargo. Effective November 1, 2019, the King County Library System will no longer purchase newly-released eBooks from Macmillan Publishers, one of five major publishers in the U.S. This decision comes after months of discussion and advocacy to urge Macmillan to reconsider instituting a new library eBook embargo, set to go into effect on November 1. Under Macmillan’s new lending model, public libraries of any size will only be allowed to purchase one copy of a newly-released eBook for the first eight weeks after publication. [Full Announcement].

August 2, 2019

King County Library System. KCLS Foundation awarded $34,600 LYRASIS grant for KCLS to explore innovative A.I. applications. The King County Library System Foundation was named one of five 2019 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund recipients, and awarded $34,600 to help the King County Library System (KCLS) fund a research project titled, "Conversational Artificial Intelligence: Bringing the Library to Your Living Room." The project aims to empower the public to utilize library resources anytime, anywhere. The Catalyst Fund grant will enable KCLS to explore community demand for, and research the feasibility of, implementing a library application to interface with common conversational artificial intelligence (A.I.) systems, such as Alexa, Siri and Cortana. [Full Announcement].

April 9, 2018

King County Library System. King County Library System opens its first makerspace with a grand opening celebration. Any King County Library System cardholder will be able to create electronic circuits, make a robot, learn to code, craft with a 3-D pen, mix up a beat for a song, or learn other new technical or creative skills at the new Bellevue Library ideaX Makerspace starting Saturday, April 14. [Full Announcement].

January 16, 2018

King County Library System. New King County Library System director Begins leadership role. Most recently the Director and Chief Librarian for Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, Lisa Rosenblum began her first day today as the new director of King County Library System, one of the busiest library systems in the country. [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].

March 21, 2013

BiblioCommons King County Library System partners with BilbioCommons for enhanced catalog and discovery. King County Library System, one of the most innovative and busiest libraries in the United States, has partnered with BiblioCommons for an enhanced catalog and discovery layer that will work in conjunction with the Evergreen ILS. [Full Announcement].

September 13, 2011

EnvisionWare King County Library System selects EnvisionWare. EnvisionWare, a provider of self-service and library-efficiency solutions, announced that King County Library System in Washington State selected EnvisionWare’s computer and print management solutions, PC Reservation and LPT:One. [Full Announcement].

March 20, 2007

Equinox King County Library System selects Equinox Software, Inc. for Evergreen services. The King County Library System in the Puget Sound region surrounding Seattle, WA has selected Equinox Software to provide Evergreen ILS consulting services. As part of the arrangement, Equinox Software will install an Evergreen system at KCLS for evaluation and development needs analysis. Equinox is providing services including data translation and loading, software installation and customization, and training and consultation on Evergreen's capabilities and features. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 2006

The Library Corporation King County Library System chooses AquaBrowser Library. King County Library System in Seattle will use AquaBrowser Library with an Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Millennium system. [Full Announcement].

September 27, 2005

e.vanced solutions, inc.. King County Library System Enhances Customer Service. Tthe King County Library System in Washingtonis implementing an online event calendar this Fall. King County Library System will offer their patrons a Web-based event calendar with online registration, and an automated email notification system, both from e.vanced solutions, inc. [Full Announcement].

June 14, 2004

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative in Q1 2004: 26 Millennium systems sold, new products go to work. Innovative Interfaces announced that 26 institutions purchased or upgraded to Millennium in the first quarter of 2004. Among this group were libraries purchasing the Electronic Resource Management module, the first product of its kind, and other new products available in Millennium Silver. [Full Announcement].

May 05, 2004

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. King County Library System selects Millennium: Innovative extends reach into public library market. Innovative Interfaces announced that the King County Library System has selected Millennium as its new integrated library system. This installation includes three Innovative products: Patron Self-Registration, AirPAC, and Basic Ecommerce. With headquarters in Issaquah, Washington, KCLS serves the greater Seattle, WA area. This large system includes 43 branches and serves over one million registered users. They are replacing Dynix Classic software. [Full Announcement].

May 7, 2003

Overdrive King County Library System to Launch Expanded eBook Collection. King County Library System, one of the largest library systems in the U.S., has partnered with OverDrive, Inc., to develop an eBook collection that will allow patrons to checkout and download titles to their personal PCs, Tablet PCs and PDA handheld devices-24 hours a day, seven days a week. The King County Library System (KCLS) includes 42 libraries that serve more than one million residents outside the City of Seattle. [Full Announcement].

December 19, 2002

Webfeat. King County Library System Launches WebFeat Version 3.0. King County Library System has released its third generation WebFeat system, incorporating a number of new features, including a unique subject search capability. This enables users to easily re-execute searches against database groups pre-assigned to subject categories created by the library. [Full Announcement].

October 13, 2000

Syndetic Solutions. King County Library System begins catalog enrichment with Syndetic Solutions. The King County Library System has contracted with Syndetic Solutions, Inc. to supply enhanced bibliographic information for the KCLS library catalog. [Full Announcement].