FRANKFURT, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth at the Frankfurt Book Fair from
October 10-14 will have the chance to learn about 3M’s leadership in the
library eBook market. As evidence of that leadership, 3M supports the ReadersFirst
initiative, a movement to improve eBook access and services for public
Libraries participating in ReadersFirst asked e-content providers to
offer products that allow users to search and browse both the physical
and digital collections of a library within a single, comprehensive
catalog. Additionally, the initiative is seeking solutions that allow
users to place holds, check-out items, view availability, manage fines
and receive communications without having to visit separate websites.
Cloud Library eBook Lending Service aligns with the goals of the
ReadersFirst movement and was designed specifically with this
flexibility in mind. The 3M Cloud Library’s powerful new Application
Programming Interface (API) suite provides the foundation for the
interconnectivity that libraries are seeking. The 3M API has the ability
to integrate with any ILS, allowing patrons at participating libraries
to browse both physical and digital collections within just one catalog.
About 250 Polaris customers saw the power of the 3M API recently at the
Polaris Users Group annual conference in Syracuse, N.Y. Polaris was the
first ILS to develop an integrated solution using the API, and the
seamless integration between 3M and the Polaris catalog has been
extremely well received.
“The response was awesome,” said Steven Nielsen, vice president of
product management for Polaris Library Services. “When librarians saw
how tightly we've integrated 3M eBooks with the Polaris systems they
were very excited. Two companies have listened to their customers and
worked together to provide an eBook solution that benefits librarians,
their patrons and the local library.”
“We are excited to launch this open API to ILS vendors, OPAC [online
public access catalog] vendors, and our customer base,” said Matt
Tempelis, global business manager, 3M Cloud Library. “As the
ReadersFirst movement has shown, this is the kind of flexibility that
libraries need to evolve into the future.”
3M also continues to advocate for library transferability of digital
content. As a digital distributor of content, 3M has designed its Cloud
Library system to support the philosophy that libraries should have the
option to transfer content after content license purchases.
Additionally, if a customer wishes to terminate their relationship with
3M and move to a new platform provider, 3M will cooperate with the
library to transfer its eBook licensed content to a new platform, in
those instances publishers approve such a transfer.
With the most robust content collection of any library eBook platform,
the 3M Cloud Library is continuing to grow. 3M’s expanding collection
currently includes content from several of the “Big Six” publishers,
including Random House and Harper Collins. The total collection stands
at more than 200,000 titles from some 300 publishers. Libraries are
taking notice, and the system has been implemented in more than 70
library systems since its launch early this year.
“While 3M’s breadth and quality of content is truly impressive, we look
forward to begin expanding our collection with key foreign language
publishers here in Frankfurt,” said Heather McCormack, collection
development manager for the 3M Cloud Library. McCormack, formerly editor
of Library Journal’s book review, recently joined 3M to pioneer Readers
Advisory Services in eBook lending and to further expand the platform’s
For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.
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About 3M Library Systems
Library Systems is committed to helping libraries thrive by providing
cutting edge technologies including RFID, automated materials handling
(AMH), self check and security solutions, as well as our latest
innovation 3M Cloud Library, the fastest growing eBook Lending Service.
Finding the technology solution that is right for each unique library,
3M’s promise is to deliver a long term partnership that is built to
exceed expectations. Follow us on Twitter @3MLibrary or visit www.3M.com/us/library.
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