Toronto, ON—Eight years after its initial launch, BiblioCommons is proud to announce the upcoming release of version 3.0 of its BiblioWeb website-building and content-publishing platform.
The original version of BiblioWeb (then called BiblioCMS) was launched in 2010 and built on the Drupal content management system. Based on library feedback and working in collaboration with Chicago Public Library and other library partners, BiblioCommons then redeveloped BiblioCMS using WordPress, with specialized functionality for public libraries' website needs built on top. This version 2.0 of BiblioCMS was launched in 2014, and rebranded as BiblioWeb in 2016 to better reflect its robust website-building functionality and library-specific workflows.
BiblioWeb was designed to provide libraries with a best-in-class content management system that offers strong two-way integration with the heart of the library's online experience: the catalog. Its card-based architecture and content-repurposing workflows allow libraries to easily create content-rich websites that draw patrons in and showcase the full breadth of the library's services and collections.
BiblioWeb V3.0 offers all the great 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.
Current BiblioWeb libraries will be transitioned to the V3.0 platform, starting with select beta libraries in fall 2018. Migration of remaining V2.0 libraries and new library implementations will follow.
Natasha Hesch, Product Manager for BiblioWeb, says: "We're very excited about moving our libraries over to V3.0. The increased flexibility, more efficient staff workflows and improved analytics will make it even easier for them to continue the amazing work that they do with BiblioWeb every day. And the improved browsability will make the patron experience even smoother and more fun."
BiblioCommons staff will be providing demonstrations of new BiblioWeb V3.0 functionality this week at the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit the BiblioCommons booth, #1119, or loveyouronlinelibrary.com/biblioweb.
BiblioCommons builds software that transforms the public library's essential online services—the website, the catalog, the events calendar—from functional to magical. BiblioCommons first started as a non-profit youth literacy initiative, and now powers patron catalogs and integrated online library experiences for many of the top public libraries of all sizes in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Love your online library.