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Boopsie Launches BookCheck—Mobile Check-Out for Libraries
Mobile technology provider, Boopsie, announced the availability of BookCheck, a new feature that allows library patrons to check out books and other materials using a mobile phone. Cuyahoga County Public Library is the first to offer Boopsie BookCheck. BookCheck is available for Android device users. Support for iPhone and select Blackberry devices will follow shortly.
Boopsie says it is currently the only mobile solution provider to offer mobile checkout capability. Leveraging barcode-scanning technology, the new feature allows library patrons to retrieve basic catalog information (real-time access from the library’s ILS system) and content from third-party sources such as book reviews, plot summaries, and author bios from anywhere in the library using their mobile phone. Library cardholders can then check out the book with one click of a button.
Built to take advantage of the most advanced device technology, Boopsie applications offer real-time ILS integration with popular systems such as Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix, ExLibris, among others and provide full support for non-catalog content and services such as GPS-aware library location finder and access to reading lists, event calendars, and social networking channels.
Additional information on Boopsie for Libraries can be found at http://www.boopsie.com/libraries.html.
Founded in 2006 and located in Silicon Valley, Calif., Boopsie is a provider of mobile solutions for universities and libraries worldwide. Boopsie’s solutions are fully hosted and downloadable to all mobile devices. Customers include Seattle Public, Los Angeles Public, University of Toronto, University of Notre Dame, Brown University, University of Gent in Belgium, and University of Auckland in New Zealand, among others. Boopsie is American Library Association’s mobile partner for a range of conferences including ALA 2011 and the preferred mobile solution for a number of consortia.
Paula J. Hane
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