ST. PAUL, Minn. & LIVERPOOL, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beginning today, patrons of Sno-Isle libraries will have a simple,
streamlined option for checking out and reading eBooks, thanks to the 3M
Cloud Library eBook Lending Service and the Polaris Integrated
Library System (ILS). The service combines digital content, in-library
hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading eBooks, all within the
library’s own online catalog, creating an unrivaled patron experience.
“This system makes it very easy for readers to browse our eBook
collection, check out items, and read them on a wide variety of
devices,” said Kendra Trachta, Deputy Director of Sno-Isle Libraries.
“It is important to us that our eBook collection is appealing to readers
of all ages and technology skill levels, and the 3M Cloud Library
integrated into our catalog makes it simple for anyone to get started.”
The new system has several flexible features that give patrons choices
for browsing and reading:
Mobile device compatibility: The 3M Cloud Library app is
available for download from the iTunes
Play and the NOOK
Apps Storefront, and its eBooks are compatible with PCs, Macs,
iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch, NOOK Tablets, Android devices, smartphones
and Kobo, Sony and NOOK eReaders. Using these devices, patrons can
browse, check out and read eBooks all without leaving the 3M Cloud
Library app. To begin reading, patrons simply download the app, enter
their library card number and select the titles of their choice from
their library’s catalog.
3M Discovery Terminals: Patrons at the library can browse the
catalog on these electronic kiosks with an intuitive touch-based
The technology behind the 3M Cloud Library and its integration with
Polaris is designed to give libraries maximum flexibility. Sno-Isle
patrons will experience the benefits of the integration with Polaris
when they can browse both print and digital items in the library’s
collection from the same catalog—a feature not offered by all eBook
systems. With this capability, readers can browse the collection, check
out and place holds on eBooks without ever leaving their familiar
library catalog. eBook hold notifications will come directly from the
catalog, using the notification preferences patrons have already
selected. Librarians will also experience the time-saving benefits of
receiving cataloging records in real time, without having to manually
import MARC files, and their circulation reports will reflect the
digital circulation as well as their print circulation.
“This system is specifically designed to be the easiest eBook platform
for both patrons and library staff,” said Tom Mercer, marketing manager,
3M Cloud Library. “Now readers can spend less time navigating the
technology and more time reading.”
“Both 3M and Polaris set out to deliver an eBook system that put control
of digital content back into the library’s hands,” said Bill Schickling,
president and CEO, Polaris Library Systems. “In doing this, we jointly
created a system that keeps the patron inside the library’s catalog and
provides them with a seamless eBook lending experience.”
The Sno-Isle Libraries join more than 1,000 libraries across the country
that now offer the 3M Cloud Library. With this system, these libraries
have access to a growing catalog of titles from more than 300
publishers. The Sno-Isle Libraries are the second library system to
go live with the integration of the 3M Cloud Library into their Polaris
ILS. Several other libraries are scheduled to launch this integration in
the coming months.
For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.
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About 3M Library Systems
global leader in library innovation for more than 40 years, 3M is
committed to helping libraries connect with the diverse and rapidly
evolving communities they serve. 3M’s eBook lending, security, and
productivity solutions give librarians the flexibility to spend more
time doing what they do best – helping people. Visit www.3M.com/us/library
and follow us on Twitter (@3MLibrary), Facebook and Pinterest.
3M captures the spark
of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products.
Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of
powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation
company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com
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About Polaris Library Systems
Library Systems earns the highest customer satisfaction ratings by
focusing on one goal: helping librarians better serve their communities.
A true technology partner, Polaris uses a deep understanding of
libraries and patrons to thoughtfully design products and services that
meet today’s most challenging needs. Over 2,000 public, private and
academic libraries count on Polaris automation platforms to maximize
time and resources, reduce costs, boost productivity and improve patron
satisfaction every day. Polaris is dedicated to providing unique,
reliable solutions that empower libraries to build better patron
relationships and a productive, bright future. Visit www.polarislibrary.com
for more information.