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Breeding, Marshall. VersaCard: A New Ad Hoc Consortia Option from Biblionix.
July 2018. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
Biblionix, the supplier of the web-based Apollo ILS, recently introduced a new set of features to help libraries share their collections with selected library partners without the overhead and complications associated with prevailing models of consortial infrastructure. The company's VersaCard Ad Hoc Consortia enables multiple libraries using the Apollo ILS to let their patrons borrow materials from each other's collections. This new service complements its VersaCat discovery interface, which enables patrons to search multiple library catalogs. Biblionix recently launched a new inter-library reserves feature that can let patrons request materials from other libraries.
Breeding, Marshall. Biblionix: Specializing in Technology for Small Public Libraries.
September 2014. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
Biblionix has developed its Apollo ILS specifically for small public libraries. The company has seen steady growth in terms of the numbers of libraries subscribing Apollo and in ever broader geographic areas beyond its home turf of Texas. The customer base of Apollo remains a bit more concentrated in the Midwest and Northeast of the United States, with increasing penetration in other states, including Washington, Oregon, Alabama, Florida. While still in the small-library niche, some of the recent sales of Apollo have been to multi-branch libraries or small consortia. Biblionix has not ventured to offer its products outside the United States or to other types of libraries
November 30, 2020.
Biblionix fee reductions and COVID-19.
Biblionix's subscription model is helping libraries with COVID-19 related budget challenges. If usage of the Apollo ILS is lower, normal company policy is to reduce fees at renewal time to match the actual usage over the previous 12 months. This is counter to common behavior of other vendors; locking-in prices for years, and in some cases applying automatic yearly increases.
June 2, 2020.
Biblionix Announces a Battery of COVID-19 Coping Tools.
Biblionix today announced the completion of its Mobile Checkout capability for the Apollo® ILS/LSP. This brings the number of closure and partial-closure tools that are now available to all Apollo customers to eighteen. All are free of charge.
July 30, 2019.
Biblionix announces Reserve Express enhancements for media and series.
Biblionix announced that its ground-breaking Reserve Express capability has been significantly enhanced. The Apollo ILS/LSP Reserve Express feature has allowed patrons to subscribe to their favorite authors for receiving new titles. Whenever staff catalogs such new books, they simply click a button to add all subscribers to the reserve list, in random order. This lets patrons rest easy and not be concerned with the arrival timing of new books; as subscribers, they know they’ll receive them. And staff need not maintain manual lists of subscribers.
February 11, 2019.
Biblionix announces the Dashboard for its Apollo ILS/LSP.
Biblionix announced that a new staff interface is available for its Apollo LSP at no charge. The Dashboard brings a sleek, contemporary look to staff’s primary access/home page. It provides unprecedented access to key information with up-to-the-minute status. Tabs are managed internally to the Dashboard allowing for features like auto-restore and precise labeling.
July 10, 2018.
Biblionix announces Kids’ Catalog version for its Apollo ILS/LSP.
Biblionix announced the availability of a “Kids’ Catalog” option for the award-winning Apollo ILS/LSP. It allows children to browse and discover materials related to their age-level. Each library chooses what classes of materials are made accessible through the new catalog. And optional links to toggle between the general catalog and the Kids’ Catalog can be deployed. An example image of the new catalog is shown below and a live version is accessible here.
June 4, 2018.
Biblionix announces Inter-Library Reserves for VersaCard Ad Hoc Consortia.
Biblionix announced that cross-library reserve capability is available for its unique, bottom-up consortium solution; VersaCard virtual consortia. VersaCard virtual consortia functionality is available with the Apollo ILS/LSP and breaks out of the box of normal consortial architecture.
May 21, 2018.
Biblionix announces elimination of auto-calling setup fees.
Biblionix announced that setup fees have been eliminated for its “Auto-Calling”, automated call placement option for its Apollo Automation service. When selected by patrons, Auto-Calling places overdue and reserve calls without any dedicated action by library staff.
Oct 19, 2006 Biblionix announces Apollo Automation Service Biblionix announced formal availability of its Apollo Automation Service. Apollo was designed by and for small and medium sized public libraries. It is hosted over the Internet from Biblionix’s servers, eliminating the need for an on-site server. No software installation is required, only a Web browser on any operating system.
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2020 Biblionix Accomplishments Narrative
Biblionix grew again in 2020, continuing an unbroken string since its inception. Forty-none new customers joined the Apollo family. Apollo’s retention rate remains extraordinarily high. The trend of more new customers migrating from “high-end” systems also continued.
All customers now use the Dashboard
Sixteen Covid-related enhancements were made in short order to help customers deal with safe re-openings
Future reserves capability added
Library of Things version of the public catalog was added
Apollo is now an ACME client. So for customers that host their Apollo catalog at their own domain, Biblionix will automatically acquire and install free certificates from Let’s Encrypt. No action is required of the customer.
Syndetics Unbound Enhanced was added by 243 customers in this first year of availability
All RBDigital titles in all customers’ catalogs were converted to OverDrive titles, with no action required of the users.
Our servers continue to be managed and used solely by us, thus keeping our customers insulated from the risks of hardware-based vulnerabilities like Meltdown and Spectre. In other words, we have never and do not ever plan to use shared/”cloud” services such as Amazon AWS.
Biblionix continues to be privately funded, profitable, and debt-free. We remain focused solely on public libraries. Most every employee has either worked for or volunteered at a public library.