In response to requests from partner libraries and patrons, BiblioCommons has developed a seamless integration of e-books and other digital content lending within existing public library catalogs.
Scot Colford, Web Services Manager at Boston Public Library, commented on the new BiblioCommons functionality, "It's an astoundingly elegant solution to a problem we've had for years. With all our physical collections available in one database and our circulating digital content in another, our users have had to become accustomed to using a library with a split personality."
By significantly reducing the total number of steps and clicks a patron has to navigate in order to successfully download and check-out e-content, BiblioCommons continues to expand and deliver an integrated experience for public library patrons.
After using the new BiblioCommons integration, Colford added, "It's unbelievably simple. It just works. I think that in a few weeks time, we'll be wondering how we ever got by without this functionality in our main discovery platform."
The initial BiblioCommons integration includes e-content provided by OverDrive and features:
- Requesting and downloading e-content directly from catalog search results
- E-content holds and checked out items displayed alongside physical items on My Account pages
- Managing e-content lending within the OPAC (e.g. canceling holds, downloading titles)
A video of the new functionality is available online at: http://youtu.be/lroHmxw0iyc.
Patrick Kennedy, Co-Founder of BiblioCommons, explained that the new integration functionality is available to partner libraries at no additional cost, and that "BiblioCommons looks forward to working with OverDrive as well as other e-content vendors to provide a seamless, patron-friendly experience to integrate e-content along with the significant print holdings of public libraries around the world."
The new integration launched on January 12, 2012 for Boston Public Library, New York Public Library, and Seattle Public Library. Other BiblioCommons libraries will have the new functionality implemented in the upcoming months.
BiblioCommons provides hosted online solutions exclusive to public libraries. BiblioCore replaces all search and account management functionality of the library's traditional Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). BiblioCore works on top of existing Integrated Library Systems (ILSs), integrates seamlessly with the library's branding and website navigation, and delivers a robust social discovery experience. Other BiblioCommons solutions include a mobile suite, CMS, and integrated microsites for Summer Reading and Adult Reading programs. Public libraries large and small, across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia have joined BiblioCommons, to broad acclaim by staff and patrons alike.