SirsiDynix and bibliotheca are pleased to announce the first of many areas of innovation where the companies have joined forces to deliver the best possible experience to libraries, librarians and, most importantly, the patron.
In 2013, SirsiDynix and bibliotheca announced an intent to reaffirm their strategic relationship, with a focus on securing new customers and delivering outstanding service to both new and existing customers alike. At that time, the two organizations additionally committed to align their development activities in order to offer libraries an unparalleled level of choice, value and integration between their two systems. Today, SirsiDynix and bibliotheca announce the latest series of products to be released as a result of this dedicated relationship.
With the launch of bibliotheca’s new kiosk software (liber8:interactive™), patron digital eBook platform (Opus™), online gateway (liber8:portal™) and a brand new in-library discovery terminal (smartterminal™ 100), customers of bibliotheca and SirsiDynix will now have unprecedented access to a range of features exclusive to customers of SirsiDynix and bibliotheca. These features include: direct integration between Opus™ and eResource Central ®, allowing patrons to view the full range of eBooks available via Opus™ in one place and access physical book metadata (OPAC type searching) via the smartterminal™ 100 discovery kiosk. Secondly, data collected from bibliotheca kiosks and security gates will be available directly within the SirsiDynix statistical analysis tool BLUEcloud ® Analytics – allowing librarians to evaluate their technology resource data in one location within one interface. Additionally, bibliotheca has integrated brand new membership API functionality into the smartterminal™ 100 discovery terminal, allowing patrons to self-register and join the library at a kiosk and, once joined, update their contact and profile information in real-time.
All of these features will be available exclusively to bibliotheca and SirsiDynix customers later this year.
Eric Keith, Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Alliances for SirsiDynix commented: “bibliotheca is one of only two premium-level strategic partners that we have at SirsiDynix, meaning that our organization commits to aligning roadmaps and releasing dedicated products that directly benefit our joint customers. In a world whereby a lot of companies ‘talk’ about their intentions, we believe it’s important to let our products do the talking, and we could not be more delighted with what we have been able to achieve in such a small period of time.”
Jim Hopwood, Managing Director of bibliotheca Group added: “bibliotheca has a proud heritage of product innovation, which will continue to be the backbone of our organization and market offer. Today, we are excited to be releasing brand new products with functionality that simply wouldn’t be achievable without the development teams of these two organizations working so closely together. It’s great to see tangible output today, but we’re also excited about what the future holds”.
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.
SirsiDynix connects people with knowledge at more than 23,000 libraries around the world. Through library management technology and search and discovery tools, libraries using SirsiDynix technology bring relevant resources and the power of knowledge to their users and communities. SirsiDynix technology center is architected to be open, scalable, and robust, offering a complete out-of-the-box solution and unparalleled flexibility through APIs and web services. Complemented by the most experienced training, consulting, and support staff in the industry, SirsiDynix helps libraries create tomorrow's libraries, today.
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SirsiDynix and bibliotheca on path to true innovation