3M Cloud Library Announces Integration with Polaris ILS

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE



3M Cloud Library

Announces Integration with Polaris ILS

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Patron
-
friendly system will combine physical and digital collections in one catalog


St. Paul, MN



March 8
,

201
2



3M Library Systems and Polaris Library Systems announce a
strategic

partnership that will make browsing and checking out eBooks simpler than ever. The
3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service

will now be integrated with the Polaris
Integrated
Library System (
ILS
)
, allowing patrons at
participating

libraries to

discover

both physical and
digital collections
from
wherever they are browsing

the library’s own

public access catalog
(PAC)

or from the 3M Cloud Library applications
. The new partnership will be showcased at the
Public Library Association 2012 Conference, beginning on March 13 in Philadelphia, Pa.

This first
-
of
-
its
-
kind integration between an ILS a
nd eBook service will bring added convenience
to library patrons, who will now be able to browse and check out both physical books and
eBooks from one unified interface. The system will also enable unified account profiles, where
users will be able to view

status updates or receive notifications for all of their materials

both
physical and digital
. Additionally,

with

the integrated
system, statistics
on

3M eBook
s
will
be
collected in real time and
included in circulation reports

a
valuable
asset

for librari
ans.


L
ibraries and patrons have been asking for a simpler way to incorporate eBooks into their
catalogs, and we are proud to be a leader in answering that need,” said
Matt Tempelis,
global
business m
anager
,
3M Cloud Library
.
“This integration will
notably improve
t
he patron
experience
, a
s well as
the library’s ability to gather
circulation
data
.

We are excited about this
partnership and our ongoing work to connect patrons to library collections.


The added ease
-
of
-
use for Polaris libraries
and thei
r patrons
builds on the 3M Cloud Library’s
already well
-
established convenience and simplicity. By providing both digital content and in
-
library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading,

the 3M Cloud Library offers a


turnkey system for digital

r
eading. Patrons can
view content on
a 3M eReader
that they check
out from the library
, or can
access the system

on their own devices with an easy
-
to
-
install app
(currently available

on Android
,

iOS
, and PC platforms
).
With Polaris integration, the 3M Cloud
Library apps now will allow the patron to view and place holds on physical materials as well as
easily check out and read popular eBook titles.

Getting

started is easy
, as t
he 3M Cloud Library app does not require an

Adobe ID, and lets
patrons simply
select their library and enter their library card number

to

gain access to the system
and
start reading
.
Unlike
some

competitive syst
ems,
3M Cloud Library doesn’t ask for detailed
informa
tion from patrons such as name and
email address
and it doesn’t require an additional
password. All that is needed

to begin browsing and reading

is
a
valid library card number in
good standing.


The integration between 3M and Polaris finally provides libraries and patrons with a solution
that really works for each of them,” said Steven Nielsen, vice president of product management,
Polaris Library Systems. “For the first time, library patrons will

no longer have to leave the
library catalog to get their eBooks, and the library will remain the main source for all of these
materials.”

The 3M Cloud Library service is currently in use at 10 beta sites across the country. In April,
general release inst
allations will be performed for
30

additional library systems. Patrons of these
libraries will gain access to content from a growing list of more than 40 publishers, with
content
offerings totaling well over 100,000 titles.

A
s a leading innovator in the e
Book lending industry,
3M support
s

the philosophy that libraries
should own their content after purchase.
3M

has designed the Cloud Library system

to serve as a
digital distributor of content, and

support
s

library eBook license ownership after the sale.
If

a
library

wishes to terminate their relationship with 3M and move to a new platform provider, 3M
will not restrict the library from transferring their eBook licenses to a new platform.

3M has also
eliminated the need for a lengthy multi
-
year service agreement, with a newly released terms and
conditions agreement that allows customers to renew their subscription without committing to a
long term contract.



The system will be demonstrated at the PLA 2012 Conference at both the
3M Library Systems
booth
, number

204
, and

the

Polaris Library Systems booth
, number

1223
.
For more information
about the 3M Cloud Library

eLending system
, visit
3
M
.com/C
loud
.


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About 3M Library Systems

3M Library Systems is the only company that develops, designs, and manufactures cutting
-
edge digital media,
circulation management and security solutions. Finding the technology solution that is right for our customers, 3M's
promise is to deliver a long te
rm partnership that is built to exceed their expectations. For more information about
3M Library Systems, visit
http://www.3m.com/library

or follow @3MLibrary on Twitter.


About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ide
as 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 s
ales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and
has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on
Twitter.


About Polaris Library Systems

Polaris Library Systems’ mission is to help libraries better serve th
eir communities. Through its work with almost
2,000 libraries across the U.S. and Canada, Polaris has come to understand the challenges and opportunities that
librarians and their users face. The company designs products and services to help public, privat
e and academic
libraries surmount these challenges and lead productive, bright futures. For more information about Polaris Library
Systems, visit
www.polarislibrary.com
.


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Company
.


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Systems Incorporated
.

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OS is a registered trademark of Cisco
Technology, Inc.



Contacts
:

Emily Finley

Karwoski & Courage Public Relations

612
-
342
-
9
732

e.finley@creativepr.com



Connie Thompson

3M Public Relations

651
-
733
-
8914

www.3m.com/PressContact



Christina Sorbello

Polaris Library Systems

315
-
634
-
4572

christina.sorbello@polarislibrary.com