October 29, 2009 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – The Miami-Dade Public Library System, is joining over 700 libraries that have chosen AquaBrowser Library, a discovery layer offering visual, faceted searching that connects to any data source. AquaBrowser will help Miami-Dade Public Library System members easily and fully explore the library’s vast collection.
According to Phyllis Sue Alpert, Assistant Director, "Miami-Dade is excited to be able to provide AquaBrowser, the very best discovery platform, to our library users. AquaBrowser was selected after a careful, thorough analysis of the industry. Our Selection Committee was ‘wowed’ by the easy-to-use visual method of searching."
"Miami-Dade Public Library System is committed to promoting lifelong learning for its seven million annual visitors," said Bastiaan F. Zwaan, CEO of Medialab Solutions. "We’re very excited that they have chosen AquaBrowser to maximize information access across the library system."
AquaBrowser offers users a familiar web-like experience, with the precision needed for discovery, without any disruption to the library’s backroom & staff activities. It provides proven technology that empowers users with an intuitive and attractive interface on top of an existing catalog. The library internally keeps working the way it always has, but customers get the kind of search and Web 2.0 experience they’ve come to expect on the internet.
AquaBrowser Library is designed to harness the power of common search behaviors to deliver immediate results and relevant content from a variety of sources. Its unique "search, discover, refine" methodology provides visualization and faceting features that help users quickly and easily uncover relevant results and inspire them to explore more of a library’s resources.
SerialsSolutions is the exclusive provider of AquaBrowser Library to academic and special libraries in North America . AquaBrowser North America provides the service to public libraries.
For more information, visit http://www.serialssolutions.com/aquabrowser/ or http://www.aquabrowser.com
About Miami-Dade Public Library System
"Throughout the past century, Miamians have watched their public libraries grow from a tiny one-room library in Coconut Grove to 49 libraries spanning the County’s southernmost point in Homestead to its northern reaches in Sunny Isles Beach. The Library System has not only grown, but dramatically evolved in the way services are provided – all in an effort to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the people of Miami-Dade County in the 21st century." For more information about Miami-Dade Public Library System, visit http://www.mdpls.org.
About Medialab Solutions BV and AquaBrowser North America
AquaBrowser is recognized globally as the original discovery layer. Medialab Solutions developed AquaBrowser after considerable research into user search behavior. AquaBrowser is a significant valuable proposition for libraries in that it exposes all resources through a single search and works with any ILS. AquaBrowser can be found in libraries of all types and sizes around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and of course, the Netherlands.
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.
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