Toronto, ON—BiblioCommons is pleased to announce 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.
According to Beth Jefferson, co-founder, "The challenges in library websites aren't about publishing content (the work of the traditional CMS) – the real challenges are in organizing and curating content, breaking down the silos, integrating with the catalog, and featuring library collections and events to engage communities of diverse audiences across a wide variety of discovery pathways. Out of the box CMS solutions aren't enough for libraries. The real power of BiblioWeb is our Curation Console."
Along with a new name, BiblioWeb also features new flexibility. The first releases of BiblioWeb were template based, but this spring BiblioCommons will be rolling out an entirely new format for browse pages. Libraries will be able to develop an infinite number of custom "browse pages" all built from custom carousels with optional image banners. Whether for specific genres such as cozy mysteries or historical fiction, or target audiences such as job seekers, parents, English Language Learners, or new residents, the new, visually appealing browse page functionality will give libraries the flexibility to creatively feature their collections, services and events for different audiences, and with incredible efficiency.
A number of public libraries have started new implementations or are launching new BiblioWeb sites soon, including San Mateo County Library, King County Library System, Arapahoe Libraries, Omaha Public Library, and St. Louis Public Library.
"Like many libraries, King County Library System has often seen in-house development as central to the control we required to meet local needs. And there have been important advancements," explained Gary Wasdin, Director of King County Library System. "But we also recognize that there are costs to customized solutions, and that when it comes to core technologies, libraries are more alike than they are different. What makes us unique are our services, our collections, our programs – not the underlying systems that these run on. Our team was happy to see how readily the BiblioWeb solution could be configured to meet our local needs, and at the same time, how much the platform delivered for our community."
To learn more, please visit www.bibliocommons.com or stop by the BiblioCommons booth, #1418, at the PLA 2016 Conference in Denver, April 6-9.
BiblioCommons first started as a non-profit youth literacy initiative and now provides the online digital experience platform designed for public libraries. The BiblioCore catalog service replaces all search and account management functionality of the traditional web catalog, works on top of existing Integrated Library Systems (ILSs), integrates seamlessly with the library's branding