In response to requests from partner libraries and patrons, BiblioCommons has developed a seamless integration of e-books and other digital content lending within existing public library catalogs.
Scot Colford, Web Services Manager at Boston Public Library, commented on the new BiblioCommons functionality, “It's an astoundingly elegant solution to a problem we've had for years. With all our physical collections available in one database and our circulating digital content in another, our users have had to become accustomed to using a library with a split personality.”
2011 was a very big year for BiblioCommons, and thanks to all our partner libraries, BiblioCommons grew from 500,000 to 1,600,000+ registered users. A number of new services were developed in 2011:
New Connectors to Millennium and Evergreen Developed
With the new ILS connectors built in 2011, BiblioCommons can now work along with Symphony, Horizon, Millennium, and Evergreen, and a connector to Polaris will be developed by mid-2012.
One advantage of a shared code base and our emphasis on configuration rather than customization is that the BiblioCommons team can quickly develop, test, and implement new versions of BiblioCore—the heart of our services and our complete OPAC replacement service—every 3-4 weeks.
Many of the versions and updates are bug fixes or edge-case accommodations, but many also provide significant enhancements for patrons and staff alike. As we develop a feature or request for one library (or a consortium of libraries), all BiblioCommons libraries benefit.
Planning to attend ALA Midwinter? Join us in Dallas for a one-hour workshop and discussion, "Privacy, COPPA, Copyright and the First Amendment: What Public Library Managers Need to Know When They Open Their Websites, Catalogs, and Blogs to Community Participation."
Location: Conference Centre (D170)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.