March 25, 2014 -- Columbus, OH. Booksite announced today the release of Version 2.3.2 of POCA, their cloud based catalog overlay and discovery layer. This release contains two highly anticipated features: the deep integration of OverDrive holdings and borrowing capabilities; and a recommended titles feature.
With the final phase of the OverDrive deep integration into POCA completed, library patrons will now be able to see eBook and eAudio titles fully included in search query results. Furthermore, the ability to place holds, checkout, and download these electronic items can be executed directly from within POCA, eliminating the need to transfer the user away from the library.
POCA 2.3.2 also includes a new title recommendation feature. On book detail pages in POCA, additional library holdings are displayed with descriptions and links to those items. Whereas similar recommendation features simply display additional titles, the POCA version is unique because it gives an emphasis to items the library has actively promoted using booksite's communication product, BookLetters, to ensure quality suggestions.
Patty Morey, booksite's Director of Marketing, added, "Allowing the library staff to feed their own recommendations into this feature through BookLetters not only expands the patron's awareness of the library collection, but gives the library an effortless way to promote titles to their community directly within their catalog."
The live POCA 2.3.2 release can be viewed at http://sample.poca.booksite.com
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