There is perhaps no better place than the world’s largest book fair for the bibliotheca Group to continue to outline its vision and commitment to libraries after the recent acquisition of 3M Library Systems. The acquisition brings together the existing eBook platforms of bibliotheca and 3M in the form of opus™ and cloudLibrary respectively, exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 14-18.
Important for existing customers and new prospects alike is that the cloudLibrary will now become the primary digital product from bibliotheca. The unique features of the opus™ platform (previously only available in the UK) will be incorporated into the cloudLibrary product to create an all-encompassing digital experience for library users. The vision for cloudLibrary is to create a fully integrated patron experience combining innovative mobile apps, unique touch points inside the library, and deep integrations with third parties to ensure patrons are fully engaged with all of the services their library offers.
“We are delighted to announce today that cloudLibrary will become the focus of our digital strategy moving forward. bibliotheca has invested heavily in the opus™ platform over the last 18 months, which will significantly contribute to the cloudLibrary,” said Andy Chadbourne, president of Global Marketing. “The unique features that we had built into opus™ will now be ported directly into the cloudLibrary, allowing us to focus on a single digital product line to provide powerful, meaningful integrations between self-service kiosks and digital content – ultimately creating a seamless and enriched patron experience.”
“Although it’s only a few days following the acquisition announcement, we’re excited to show our customers our commitment to continuing with the development of the cloudLibrary,” said Matt Tempelis, who joins bibliotheca in an executive leadership role and previously served as 3M Library Systems business leader. “cloudLibrary remains the platform that will uniquely connect with patrons at home, at the library and on the go.”
Representatives from bibliotheca will be at the fair to talk further with any interested parties or customers at the 3M booth in Hall 6.0, booth C27.
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help libraries connect with users in unique ways and provide engaging experiences, allowing them to continually evolve their library services for the changing needs of their communities. Their products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself.
With over 30,000 libraries as part of their family, they have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems. In addition, the cloudLibrary™ digital platform powers eBook and eAudiobook lending at a further 3,000 libraries.
For more information about bibliotheca,see www.bibliotheca.com.
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