SOLS Partners with Boopsie to Promote Community Engagement in Libraries
Madison, WI – September 7, 2016 – To help libraries extend their reach within their communities, leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider Boopsie has partnered with Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) to offer a mobile solution to member libraries. SOLS members interested in offering users a single convenient access point to their library’s resources anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device can now receive a discount on library-branded native apps through this new partnership with Boopsie.
With a mobile app from Boopsie, SOLS members can connect patrons with their top resources and services including catalog search, my account, hours and locations, and much more while increasing the return on investment of the library’s current e-resource subscriptions. Boopsie apps can also provide patrons the convenience of virtual library cards and quick access to events or room reservations as well as the ability to place holds, receive push notifications, and much more. Working collaboratively with SOLS members, Boopsie will develop an individual app for each library that provides seamless access to these resources and services through a user-friendly interface.
“At SOLS, we’re focused on promoting equitable access to digital collections and a higher quality of life through library services offered to the public,” said Beth Harding, E-resources Consultant at SOLS. “We are very pleased to be working with Boopsie and offering this service to all libraries in Ontario to assist them in promoting their resources and services to the communities they serve.”
“In Canada, smartphone ownership is increasing by 24% year over year,” said Mary Casey, Demco Software’s Director of Marketing. “Our new partnership with SOLS will help libraries respond to this new way that their patrons are consuming information. With a user-friendly app, libraries can stay relevant with the communities that they serve.”
About Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS)
SOLS, in coordination with its sister agency, Ontario Library Service-North, provides a range of services and economies of scale initiatives in support of the over 300 public and First Nation library systems in Ontario. Many are centered on the implementation and best use of new technology, including centralized purchasing of a range of electronic resources. Other services include interlibrary loan, training and development, and consulting with individual libraries on their specific needs.