16 June 2014: Civica, a leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations to transform the way they work, is pleased to announce the partnership with Baker & Taylor's subsidiary James Bennett, the leader in library supply, to make their Axis 360 digital media resources readily accessible to library users in Spydus 9.
This partnership to deliver seamless eBooks access is one of the first for Spydus 9. It enables users to search, view availability and borrow Axis 360 resources in a single transaction, without leaving the Spydus OPAC. Loans statistics for Axis 360 resources are captured within Spydus and borrowers can track both their digital and physical loans in a single library account.
"After listening to our customers and understanding what they wanted, we approached the most popular e-content providers to partner with us," said Marc Nolan Civica Library Solutions Managing Director. "James Bennett were extremely fast in accepting our partnership proposal and worked with us to efficiently integrate their resources."
"Achieving the integration of Axis 360 and Civica will improve the library experience for our customers and their patrons," said Chris von Hinckeldey, James Bennett's Managing Director. "James Bennett and Civica both strongly support ReadersFirst principles, and through our partnership, we are making sure the technologies libraries rely on run seamlessly."
About James Bennett
James Bennett has been supplying libraries since 1964 and are considered to be the library vendor of choice in the Australasian marketplace. We offer premier services and deliveries, unmatched global resources and cutting-edge technologies backed with local knowledge and excellent customer service. James Bennett specialises in all aspects of acquisitions, collection development, supplier-aided selection, cataloguing and shelf-ready processing. We supply a wide range of products from books to multimedia to digital products to academic, public and specialist libraries throughout Australasia. James Bennett is owned by Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products.
About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry-leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. Charlotte, N.C.-based Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., an institutional private equity fund managed by Castle Harlan, Inc., a leading private equity investment firm.
About Spydus 9
Spydus 9 is a web-based system that can be provided as a cloud service for individual libraries and consortium groups. It has been developed to help improve services and efficiency through modern self-service and library management capabilities including comprehensive smartphone and tablet functionality. Spydus 9 incorporates a real time discovery layer, seamless e-content integration, digital asset management functionality and an archives solution based on international archiving standards.
Civica is a market leader in specialist systems and business process services for organisations across the public sector and around the world. Through experienced people who understand service delivery, the Group applies software, cloud-based services and outsourcing to help customers transform the way they work. Drawing on a unique combination of people, technology and business process expertise, Civica supplies more than 2,500 organisations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada and the USA.
About Civica Library Solutions
Civica Library Solutions is a leading global library solution provider with over 2,000 installations and a range of offerings from application software and technology managed services to full library outsourcing. The Spydus system provides a comprehensive solution covering physical, digital, heritage and cultural resources. Through its managed and cloud-based services Civica provides powerful consortia and regional management systems or traditional single customer software. Outsourcing services cover collection management, full library management and operations outsourcing, and the provision of a range of library-related community development programs such as media literacy and reading programs.