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Prairie Area Library System chooses AquaBrowser Library

Press Release: Bowker [May 12, 2008]

Copyright (c) 2008 Bowker

Abstract: The Prairie Area Library System, a multi-type regional library system in northern Illinois and eastern Iowa, has chosen AquaBrowser Library with MyDiscoveries. AquaBrowser Library is recognized globally as the only search and discovery system exclusively dedicated to providing visually-represented and faceted search solutions for libraries.


DENVER, CO, May 12, 2007 – The Prairie Area Library System (PALS), a multi-type regional library system in northern Illinois and eastern Iowa, has chosen AquaBrowser Library with MyDiscoveries. AquaBrowser Library is recognized globally as the only search and discovery system exclusively dedicated to providing visually-represented and faceted search solutions for libraries.

PALS will integrate Serials Solutions 360 Search federated search service and Syndetic’s Indexed Content Enrichment (ICE) into their AquaBrowser Library with My Discoveries, making it a rich universal search and discovery system with social networking for the 1.9 million citizens they serve. PALS was formed in July 2004 by the merger of the former Heritage Trail, Northern Illinois, and River Bend Library Systems. It encompasses an automated consortium of 90 online and 111 union library catalogs, serving 374 members in 26 counties and 184 communities.

Paul Mills, Director of Tehnology Servies for the Prarie Area Library System stated, "PrairieCat is very excited to implement a product that will bring together all the disparate resources our multi-type consortium has to offer in a single, easy to use web interface. We are looking forward to working with AquaBrowser to make their product into an exceptional service for our customers."

My Discoveries, the AquaBrowser social library experience, will allow PALS users to add tags, ratings and reviews about materials. Patrons, faculty and library staff may create private or public lists, and the public lists are shared globally with all users of AquaBrowser Library. To get the most out of the tagging capability, PALS will pre-populate their catalog with over 21 million LibraryThing tags.

Bas Zwaan CEO of Medialab Solutions said, "PrairieCat is a large consortium of many different types and sizes of libraries and a perfect match for AquaBrowser. AquaBrowser will make information from various resources available via one search interface. Adding the 360 Search option and My Discoveries is a wonderful example of how a library system can take simple steps that offer a huge payoff for their communities. We are delighted to add the PALS members to the thousands of libraries around the globe benefitting from AquaBrowser."

About Medialab Solutions BV and AquaBrowser North America

AquaBrowser is the world leader in ILS vendor-neutral, visual faceted search that connects to any number and type of data sources. Medialab Solutions focuses all efforts toward creating successful discovery solutions so libraries are viewed as superior sources of information and knowledge. AquaBrowser can be found in libraries around the world, including over 150 library systems in the USA, as well as libraries in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy and 100% of all libraries in the Netherlands. Today, nearly 2,000 library locations are serving over 60 million citizens worldwide with the visual AquaBrowser search and discovery experience.

AquaBrowser Library provides unique benefits and quick implementation to libraries. Medialab Solutions BV is dba AquaBrowser North America in the U.S. and is a business unit of R. R. Bowker. For more information about AquaBrowser, visit http://www.aquabrowser.com or call 1-800-546-9816.

About R.R. Bowker

Bowker is the world's leading source for bibliographic information. The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including: Books In Print, Global Books In Print, Syndetic Solutions, Pubnet, PubEasy, PubTrack and more. In the U.S., Australia and Puerto Rico, Bowker is also the exclusive ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry. Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia. R.R. Bowker acquired Medialab Solutions in 2007. For information about Bowker, visit http://www.Bowker.com.

About Serials Solutions

Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is a global leader in e-resource access and management services (ERAMS) with more than 2000 client libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for the Serials Solutions 360 e-resource access and management solution which includes 360 Core, 360 Link, 360 Search, 360 MARC Updates, 360 Resource Manager, and 360 Counter.

Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System worldwide, and the AquaBrowser Library interface is exclusively represented by Serials Solutions in the academic market in North America. The WebFeat federated search service recently acquired by ProQuest soon will be incorporated into the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.

Serials Solutions provides fast implementation, easy customization, and outstanding value to libraries throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866-SERIALS. Serials Solutions is a business unit of ProQuest LLC.

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Publication Year:2008
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:May 12, 2008
Publisher:Bowker
Company: Bowker
Products: AquaBrowser Library
Libraries: Prairie Area Library System
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Record Number:13266
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:2008-05-13 09:18:34