3M Library Systems and Innovative Interfaces have completed integration of
3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service
Innovative’s Encore discovery application
. This latest integration success enables library users to have a seamless experience for 3M’s extensive pool of eBooks, along with their library’s local print and digital collections. This new integration is live at Westerville Public Library (OH) and is available now for all types of libraries.
The integration allows library users to discover, place holds, and check out eBooks entirely within the familiar Encore interface. The search results display helpful eBook icons, availability status, and number of copies available. The “Check out with Cloud Library” Button offers a download of the 3M Cloud Library so users can start reading in seconds. Encore’s personalized browse screen displays all of their checked out items, whether they are eBooks or physical titles. In addition, the screen displays when an eBook is due and gives users the option of “returning” it when they want to rather than waiting for the content to expire.
“The integration of 3M Cloud titles into Encore has made using the 3M Cloud service far easier and more intuitive for our customers,” says Steven Owley, Manager of Support Services at Westerville Public Library.
“Encore continues to be the leader in discovery by integrating the best possible content sources and creating a user experience which goes beyond what libraries have been able to offer before,” said Gene Shimshock, Senior Vice President Product & Market Management at Innovative. “We are proud to continue to build on our 3M partnership and believe that every public library will benefit from what Encore and 3M can offer together.”
Integration between the 3M Cloud Library and a library’s ILS has proven to be a powerful tool for increasing eBook circulation. One of the first libraries to implement an integrated system reports that 3M Cloud Library accounts for 67 percent of its eBook circulation growth.