May 27, 2022

Colorado: Anythink to Become Early Adopter of OCLC Wise Community Engagement System for Public Libraries

From OCLC and Anythink:


As part of the 2018-2022 Anythink Strategic Plan, Anythink’s vision is to be a catalyst for innovation in the Adams County community. By implementing tools like Wise, Anythink is able to further its strategic initiative to connect people to ideas by helping customers more easily find the information they seek.

2018-11-15_17-57-16Anythink joins Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an early adopter for Wise. The Wise system transforms traditional library management with a holistic people-centric approach. It combines the power of customer relationship management, marketing, and analytics with integrated library system (ILS) functions such as circulation, acquisitions, and discovery. Wise is designed around people and driven by data, empowering library staff to better understand and meet community needs.

“Anythink is continuing to break new ground in the public library community,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “We’re inspired by their work as a respected leader for a new generation of transformative libraries. We look forward to working with them to provide valuable insight in the evolution of Wise.”

“We are honored to be one of the first U.S. public libraries to participate in this project,” says Anythink Director Pam Sandlian Smith. “Our community is already engaging with the library in ways we couldn’t have imagined a few years ago. This product will help us expand our role as the connector for our community and give us tools to enhance the customer’s library experience.”

OCLC will continue to partner with more early adopters to support development of key priorities and shape future library innovation. This special group of libraries will work closely with OCLC’s product team whose strategy and road map are designed with flexibility to support this important collaboration.

Wise is a customizable and proven service that is currently used by more than 75 percent of public libraries in the Netherlands. Wise is being tailored to address the specific needs of U.S. public libraries. OCLC will work with early adopters, other public libraries, and the library community at large to help inform Wise development efforts.

Read the Announcements From OCLC and Anythink

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