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Kids’ Catalog Now Available for the Apollo™ ILS

Biblionix today announced the availability of a “Kids’ Catalog” option for the award-winning Apollo ILS/LSP. It allows children to browse and discover materials related to their age-level.

Each library chooses what classes of materials are made accessible through the new catalog. And optional links to toggle between the general catalog and the Kids’ Catalog can be deployed. An image of the new catalog is shown above and an example live version is accessible from the Clear Lake Public Library in Iowa.

This functionality is available immediately for all Apollo ILS customers for an additional annual fee.

Auto-Calling Setup Fees are Eliminated

Apollo™ ILS Automated Overdue and Reserve Calling Option is Even More Affordable

Biblionix today announced that setup fees have been eliminated for its “Auto-Calling”, automated call placement option for its Apollo Automation service. When selected by patrons, Auto-Calling places overdue and reserve calls without any dedicated action by library staff.

Apollo’s hosted-only approach makes this available to every Apollo customer immediately. No equipment is required and the library’s phone system is totally unaffected. Calls are placed showing the caller ID as the library’s phone number. Auto-Calling helps small- and medium-sized public libraries inexpensively avoid these monotonous and tedious calls.

Coupled with Apollo’s text and email notifications, the addition of Auto-Calling, satisfies the the library’s task of delivering quick notifications. Auto-Calling can be enabled for use immediately. It’s just a click for Biblionix staff to enable it. The 10-cent per call fee is still in place (texts and emails are free). A public library with 100,000 annual circulations will typically see annual Auto-Calling costs of less than $100. It’s an enormous productivity tool.

Apollo in 8th Year at the Top

Marshall Breeding’s annual “Perceptions” survey is an international survey of library automation customers. For the EIGHT straight year, the Apollo™ ILS received top rankings in ALL categories. The report was released on March 17, 2018. Here are some customer quotes submitted as part of the survey.

  • Apollo Biblionix has the BEST customer service I’ve ever encountered! You talk to a HUMAN and I feel like they know me personally, they are patient and very helpful!
  • Biblionix Apollo continues to deliver exceptional service and very good value for money. Best. ILS. Ever.
  • We recently migrated from Atriuum to Apollo and couldn’t be happier. Apollo meets more of our needs, and we’ve been able to streamline so many processes on the staff side more so than we could with our previous ILS.
  • We converted to Apollo almost 5 years ago and we have been incredibly happy with the ILS system.

For more details, see the “Perceptions 2017: An International Survey of Library Automation”survey. Please note that libraries with up to 100,000 holdings are considered “small”/”very small” in this survey.

Six figure savings with Apollo

“We are a city of over 70,000 and have used Apollo for over 7 years. We love it! It has been “down” for a total of probably 5 minutes in the last 7 years. We did our research, went with Apollo, and have saved the city probably over $200,000 between staff efficiency and actual dollars for other products.”

Gretchen Pruett
Director
New Braunfels Public Libary, Texas