King County Library System Partners with BiblioCommons for Enhanced Catalog and Discovery

King County Library System, one of the most innovative and busy libraries in the United States, has partnered with BiblioCommons for an enhanced catalog and discovery layer that will work in conjunction with the Evergreen ILS.

By adopting the BiblioCore catalog, King County Library System will join New York Public, Seattle Public, Boston Public, Multnomah County Library, and many other large urban and suburban library systems utilizing the BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog.  BiblioCore works with all major ILS platforms and replaces the traditional patron catalog while encouraging community engagement around the collection, promoting the expertise of librarians as readers advisory and reference specialists, and setting a new bar for exceptional online patron experiences.

As the first software vendor to fully integrate e-content into the public web catalog, BiblioCommons has been at the forefront of new innovations around digital content and online patron experience.  “We are extremely pleased to be able to work with the team at King County Library System,” Beth Jefferson, Co-Founder of BiblioCommons, said, “and we look forward to their partnership in the BiblioCore catalog, and collaboration with our other partner libraries in the future.” The BiblioCore catalog is planned to be live at KCLS later this year.

About King County Library System

King County Library System serves over 1.3 million residents, 18 school districts and is one of the busiest libraries in the country—checking out over over 22 million items and receiving over 10 million visitors annually. The library’s website has over 31 million visits annually, and KCLS is noted as being the top library for e-book and digital content lending.  King County Library System was recognized as Library of the Year in 2011, and Library Journal cited the library system as “a model for libraries throughout the nation and the world.”  King County Library System is a 2013 finalist for the IMLS National Medal for Library Service.