Baker & Taylor announced today that its popular Axis 360 digital media platform is now integrated with the BiblioCommons discovery layer.
The integration of the two systems creates a simple and straightforward presentation of Axis 360 digital content alongside the library’s print, movie and music holdings. From that unified display, patrons can discover and select from the library’s entire range of materials available for borrowing. The real-time inventory display and deep API integration allows patrons to place holds when digital copies are not available, and to check out ebooks and digital audiobooks directly from a library’s website.
The entire experience for digital borrowing is centered in the BiblioCommons interface so that library patrons do not have to leave the library’s website to access materials hosted remotely in the Axis 360 repository.
Baker & Taylor and BiblioCommons recently completed the first implementation of the new technology integration with Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kansas. API-level integration with Axis 360 will now be available to all libraries using BiblioCommons.
“Our libraries’ vision of interoperable ebook services, as outlined through ReadersFirst, gave us our direction,” said Patrick Kennedy, President of BiblioCommons. “BiblioCommons was pleased to collaborate with Baker & Taylor in this important step towards realizing this goal.”
With the addition of BiblioCommons, Axis 360 is now integrated with TLC, SirsiDynix and Polaris. Work is underway with other providers.