ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M Library Systems will unveil a fresh and re-imagined interface for its
3M™ SelfCheck™ system at the American Library Association Annual
Conference & Exhibition, June 27 – July 1 in Chicago. After developing
the SelfCheck category more than 20 years ago, 3M continues its
leadership with the new 3M™
SelfCheck™ QuickConnect Interface, which gives libraries brand new
tools to increase circulation, promote events, and enhance the user
experience—all with a simplified interface that helps users do more with
Through an exciting new partnership, 3M SelfCheck stations will now draw
on the power of NoveList®
Select to give customers title recommendations from the library’s
catalog based on the materials they are checking out. Customers can then
place a title on hold, or print or e-mail recommendations. With
eye-catching displays of cover art and summaries, the Recommended
Reads feature engages customers, helping to plan their next visit
and keep them coming back to the library. 3M’s system for providing
recommendations through the library catalog at SelfCheck is patent
“Libraries will have an opportunity to connect more strongly to those
patrons who may ordinarily do no more than come in the library, pick up
a book, check out and leave,” said Duncan Smith, vice president of
NoveList. “Now those ‘drive by’ readers will have a reason to plan their
next visit to the library.”
The new QuickConnect Interface also gives libraries the opportunity and
the tools to promote events, activities and services. The Patron
Promos feature makes it easy to upload customized promotions and
display them to customers at checkout, making an impression when you
have their full attention.
“The SelfCheck kiosk is typically the last interaction the patron has
with the library before leaving, so it’s important to us to take
advantage of those moments and leave a lasting impression,” said Carolyn
Anthony, director of the Skokie Public Library. “The new interface lets
us promote more of our offerings, and tools like Recommended Reads help
us deliver a high level of service to patrons and keep them coming back.”
The new look of the system is similar to familiar mobile and tablet
interfaces, designed for patrons to be able to easily navigate to the
features they need via a streamlined process. Additional ease-of-use
upgrades include simple animations to guide users through the check-out
process and enhanced assistance buttons available on every screen.
On the back end, the QuickConnect Interface offers robust new features
with a completely redesigned system manager. Libraries are given
flexible tools and the ability to meet their specific needs by choosing
from dozens of configurable design templates and themes. Library staff
can easily access reports and navigate the system to find the
information they need. The system is also optimized for tablets, so
library staff can access it from a variety of devices.
“3M SelfCheck systems have been helping libraries optimize circulation
for more than 20 years,” said Skip Driessen, business manager, 3M
Library Systems. “With the new SelfCheck QuickConnect, we’re
continuing that innovation by giving libraries tools to increase
circulation and patron engagement today, as well as an enhanced platform
that will resonate with patrons and help meet the needs of their
The new SelfCheck QuickConnect will be showcased at the 3M Library
Systems booth, number 1636, at the ALA Exhibition. The system will be
available for sale in late 2013.
For more information, visit 3M.com/QuickConnect.
3M and SelfCheck are trademarks of 3M. Used under license in Canada.
NoveList is a registered trademark of EBSCO Industries, Inc.
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evolving communities they serve. 3M’s eBook lending, security, and
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