October 31, 2014

3M Cloud Library and Polaris Library Systems Announce Industry’s First Fully Integrated eBook Catalog

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From Today’s Announcement:

Browsing and checking out eBooks is about to get a lot easier for patrons of libraries using the Polaris Integrated Library System and the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service. 3M Library Systems and Polaris Library Systems announce that the integration of these two services is now live at Baltimore County Public Library.

With this partnership, browsing and checking out eBooks is simpler than ever, as patrons at participating libraries can browse both physical and digital collections in just one catalog. This integrated service allows patrons to discover, check out and place holds on eBooks without ever leaving the Polaris library catalog. eBook hold notifications will come directly from the catalog, using the notification preferences the library patrons have already selected. Patrons will be able to see their eBook account information in the same view they see all of the physical items, and can even remove a hold right from the library catalog.

Because the 3M Cloud Library is truly integrated in Polaris, librarians are able to automatically receive cataloging records in real time as titles are purchased at 3M, without manually having to import MARC files. All circulation reports will reflect the digital circulation, which provides librarians with a more complete picture of circulation at the library.

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Baltimore County Public Library is reviewing the system live for clarity and ease of use with both patrons and staff.

“We are trying hard to offer eBooks to our customers in a much more user-friendly way, and this system allows us to do that,” said Jo Pinder, assistant director of support services, Baltimore County Public Library. “Our service to the public is enhanced with this integration of two products that we love.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.