Come see what’s possible: bibliotheca focuses on user experiences at ALA 2019

ALA conference 2019
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Oakdale, Minnesota – June 18, 2019 – bibliotheca will be showcasing an immersive Library Experience Tour focused on evolving the way users experience today’s modern library, hosting two special sessions and throwing an exclusive customer event during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington DC, June 21st-24th, 2019.

bibliotheca is thrilled to host an unforgettable customer event at a rooftop venue looking over the Capitol. The evening will feature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and an engaging talk by MacArthur Fellow, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Underground Railroad, Sag Harbor, and the upcoming The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead.

colson whitehead & penguin random house

As new technology brings fresh opportunities to libraries, attendees are invited to take a Library Experience Tour at booth 1607 to learn more about the holistic ecosystem of bibliotheca library solutions aimed at maximizing valuable staff time and delivering the best possible experience for today’s library users.

Library Experience Tour will consist of:

  • A new smartphone app that empowers both digital and physical readers
  • Extending open hours and providing more convenient access
  • Delivering library holds to new locations 24/7
  • Convenient and intuitive self-service options
  • Getting books back on the shelf faster with customizable return and sorting solutions
  • Managing inventory and library collections
  • Protecting valuable materials with modern security solutions
  • Configuring equipment and running reports from one location

library experience tour

As libraries look to extend their reach and deliver library holds to more users, bibliotheca is evolving the remoteLocker solution to introduce new library locker types for varying needs. With mix-and-match tower configurations, libraries can now offer more lockers, larger lockers, and lockers with transparent doors that create a browsable library collection just about anywhere.

“All of our solutions are designed to keep libraries vibrant and relevant by meeting users where they are, in the way most convenient for them. Over 50 libraries in North America already use our remoteLocker solution to extend access to 24/7 library lobbies, grocery stores, fire stations, community centers and even YMCAs. The remoteLocker is an affordable way for libraries to extend the library experience,” says Matthew Bellamy, President of the Americas.

ALA attendees are encouraged to stop by the booth, take the Library Experience Tour, and enter for a chance to win a $250 VISA gift card.

bibliotheca will also be hosting two special sessions focused on using today’s technology to evolve libraries’ impact on their communities by extending access to physical library spaces and resources as well as harnessing the power of smartphones to put the library in their users’ pockets.


open + special session

Extended Library Access Through the Open Library Model

Saturday, June 22 | 10-30 AM – 11:30 AM
Washington Convention Center, Room 144A

Highlighting the learnings and success of Gwinnett County Public Library, and showcasing how Evanston Public Library will utilize open+ at a brand-new library built within a Community Center Hub, this panel is perfect for libraries looking to attract new users, provide consistent or expanded open hours, more flexibility for library staff, and increased use of library space, collection, and self-service resources.


cloudlibrary special sessions

cloudLibrary ideaXchange – A User Group for bibliotheca Customers

Saturday June 22, 2019 | 1:00pm-2:30pm
Washington Convention Center, Room 204A

A casual, collaborative exchange of ideas that will help users get the most out of the new cloudLibrary app and innovative digital platform. Sioux Center Public Library, one of the first to implement three new cloudLibrary features will be on hand to share lessons gleaned from their experience. This is sure to be a fun, interactive session, and to sweeten the deal bibliotheca are providing refreshments and fun giveaways.

About bibliotheca
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. Our 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 our family, we have installed and continue to support more than 10,000 self-service units, 6,000 security systems, 900 Automated Materials Handling (sorter) systems and help more than 750 libraries around the world extend their open hours with open+. In addition, cloudLibrary provides access to over 1.5 million eBook and eAudiobook titles in over 100 languages for 8,000 libraries worldwide.

For more information on this release, please contact Meghan Davis, Vice President of Global Marketing, at m.davis@bibliotheca.com.

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