biblioNews | January 2019

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We’re ringing in the New Year with some great news – The MLSA Act passed the US House of Representatives in late December! Meanwhile, 2019 is already shaping up to be a busy year for bibliotheca and our customers. We’re kicking off the year with two big events in North America – ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, Washington, and the OLA Super Conference in Toronto, Ontario. Lastly, bibliotheca is honored to receive Modern Library Awards for the fifth consecutive year. Read more below!

MLA awards

bibliotheca Receives Gold and Platinum Modern Library Awards for Fifth Consecutive Year
2019 marks the fifth consecutive year that bibliotheca’s solutions have received Gold and Platinum status in the MLAs. Previous years’ winners have included our range of selfCheck kiosks, remoteLocker, flex AMH, and cloudLibrary. Read the full release here. 

ALA midwinter collage

ALA Midwinter Meeting + Exhibits  | January 25-29 in Seattle, WA
Stop by our booth to learn how our new cloudLibrary modules can enhance your users’ library experience. We’ve got a fun booth tour complete with some new product introductions and exciting prizes. Plan to join an open+ panel discussion with a new line-up of panelists and the EveryLibrary Fundraiser at Flatstick Pub!

open+ panel members

Learn more about the open libraries model at ALA Midwinter!
Join the bibliotheca team and library panelists for an innovative discussion of ideas and concepts being considered for new libraries across the region. Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM in TCC-Tahoma 5.
Guest panelists
| Lois Langer Thompson, Executive Director, Sno-Isle Regional Library System
| Carol Reich, Library Manager, Hillsboro Public Library
| Paula MacKinnon, Director of CALIFA

OLA collage

OLA Super Conference  | January 30 – February 2 in Toronto, CA
We hope to see you in Toronto! The 2019 theme is Powered by the People, and we can’t imagine a more fitting one. All of bibliotheca’s products are designed to empower library users and staff to connect and engage more deeply with their libraries and their communities.
OLA open+ panel members

Join us for an open+ panel discussion with Hamilton Public Library on January 30th.
By incorporating new open+ technology, Hamilton Public Library has increased access to a rural branch from 17 to 60 hours per week, offering substantially more convenience for customers and an improved ROI while cementing the rural library branch as a community hub. Come and learn about the extended access service model and lessons learned. Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 11:20 am – 12:00 pm (location TBD). Register here.
| Sherry Fahim, Director of Technology and Creation,  Hamilton Public Library
| Dawna Wark, Director of Public Service and Branch Services, Hamilton Public Library

ALA voting

Don’t Forget to Vote!
Online voting for ALA elections opens on March 11th and runs through April 3rd. The candidates will participate in a candidates’ forum on January 25, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. Learn more about the voting process and upcoming election.

bibliotheca User Group, anyone? 
We’ve heard a few of you would like to have a bibliotheca User Group. We’re looking for more input on what would be of most interest for everyone. Let us know what you think.

 Marvel book covers

Avengers to the rescue: cloudLibrary collection is expanding to include Marvel Comic Collections!
cloudLibrary now includes Marvel Comic Collections! This is a great time to put those collection development funds to heroic use and stock up on your customers’ favorite comics. To learn more, stop by the bibliotheca booth at ALA Mid-Winter, or tune into Heather McCormack’s Collection Department newsletter in the coming weeks.

read the San Diego customer story

San Diego Public Library: evolving library service and building relationships
SDPL has been a longtime bibliotheca customer. Read the case study to find out how the relationship and solutions have evolved from the very first selfCheck to today.

read or watch the Hamilton Public Library customer story

Hamilton Public Library: expanding equitable access with open+
Watch this short video to find out how Hamilton Public Library in Ontario used open+ to increase open hours in a rural branch by 350%.

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Customers in the News!
bibliotheca Hosts Open House at Award-Winning Gwinnett County Public Library
In November, over 20 innovative library leaders attended an open house put on in partnership with Gwinnett County Public Library, showcasing GCPL’s success with open+. To read more about the event, click here.
Bookmark HR
Need help hiring the best talent for your library? Bookmark HR offers an affordable ($20) pre-hire screening assessment designed to identify those most likely to thrive in public-facing roles in a modern library environment.
10 Best Libraries in North Carolina
We are thrilled to share the news that some of bibliotheca’s North Carolina customers have been named in the 10 Best Libraries in the State. Read more about these libraries.

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