DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 18 April 2011 – OCLC has acquired the assets of German library system provider, BOND GmbH & Co. KG. BOND, based in Böhl-Iggelheim, near Mannheim, is a leading integrated system provider for public libraries in German speaking countries.
The addition of BOND services will enhance and expand OCLC services for German libraries. OCLC serves the academic library community in Germany with a variety of library services including the SISIS-SunRise, CBS and LBS solutions. Together, OCLC and BOND combine to bring more than 50 years of experience in the development of library management solutions for libraries of all types.
BOND staff of 60 employees will continue to manage and serve libraries from the offices in Böhl-Iggelheim. OCLC also operates a technology and service location in Oberhaching, Germany. OCLC will continue to maintain and advance the BOND BIBLIOTHECA suite of library system solutions.
"In the rapidly changing library environment, it is increasingly important to fulfill the expectations and meet the high demands of the libraries we serve," said Michael König, Managing Director and owner of BOND, who will continue his work under the new organization. "Our users will benefit significantly from the development and service expertise of OCLC."
"The addition of the products, services and extensive expertise of the BOND organization provides an important complement to our current library services and support in Germany. BOND has built a strong presence and has earned an excellent reputation in libraries in Germany and German-speaking countries. We are very pleased to be able to work with BOND to offer strong solutions to both the academic and public library communities," said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director of OCLC EMEA.
BOND GmbH & Co. KG, with more than 4,000 customers, is the market leader for library management systems in the German speaking countries in Europe. Founded in 1996, BOND employs 60 staff that focus on providing their technical and librarian expertise to support their library software and customer base. In addition to their BIBLIOTHECA product family, the BOND offering comprises a large number of add-on products and an analytic tool called BIB-Control.
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