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Weekly News Digest

May 2, 2013 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Polaris and Baker & Taylor Announce Axis 360 Integration

Polaris Library Systems, a provider of technology solutions and services for public, private, and academic librarians, and Baker & Taylor, a distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment products, announced they are working together to integrate Baker & Taylor’s digital media circulation platform, Axis 360, into the Polaris integrated library system (ILS).

With this robust API-level integration, patrons of libraries using the Polaris ILS will be able to browse or place holds for digital content via Axis 360 right from the library’s catalog, just as they do with print materials, and they will be able to check out the Axis 360 materials right from the catalog as well. Patrons will receive notifications for the status of all their materials—whether physical or digital—all from their library account. What’s more, with digital transaction and circulation status data communicated directly to the Polaris system, librarians will be able to generate statistics on their Axis 360 materials in real time and they will be included in circulation reports.

This partnership builds upon Polaris’ existing partnerships, allowing Polaris users to gain instant access to even more digital content directly from their libraries. It also supports the principles outlined in the ReadersFirst initiative, a movement begun by the library industry to improve ebook access and services for public library users. [For information on ReadersFirst, see the NewsWatch column by Paula J. Hane in the April 2013 issue of Information Today.]

The two companies plan to be able to demonstrate the integration at this year’s ALA Annual Conference, June 27 through July 2, 2013 in Chicago.

Source: Polaris Library Systems and Baker & Taylor

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