January 22, 2022

"3M Branches Out with e-Readers for St. Paul Public Libraries"

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

3M Co.’s new cloud library system will touch down first in St. Paul.

With its own 3M-branded e-reader and software that’s compatible with many tablet devices, the Maplewood-based industrial manufacturer is looking to expand its presence in libraries.

The first step for that new business line comes next month, when 3M’s new e-book technology – including e-readers that can be checked out by patrons – is introduced in the St. Paul Public Library system.


While txtr is doing the software development for 3M’s cloud library system, 3M decided to contract with a different supplier for the actual 3M-branded reader, Mercer said.


St. Paul’s Sun Ray library branch – just blocks from 3M’s world headquarters – will be a focal point for the initial deployment of 3M’s cloud system. A 3M Discovery Terminal is set to be in place there by the middle of next month, [Tom] Mercer, [product manager for the 3M Cloud Library e-Book lending service] said.

From its broader line of library products, 3M has provided the Sun Ray branch with radio-frequency identification tags, security gates and other devices to give the branch the latest technology.

“We want (Sun Ray) to be a living lab,” for the 3M products, Mercer said. Because it’s so close by, 3M employees often are on site, and “our engineers interact with patrons and librarians.”

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About Gary Price

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.