Upgrading from a “cadillac” system

Monterey Park, California upgraded from a high-overhead/”cadillac” system to Apollo. Here’s their press release and the director’s take on the impact of Apollo:

“Making the switch to Apollo is saving our library over $40,000 in our first year of service alone. And the savings came with an increase in functionality. As a library with a tight budget we can’t overestimate the importance of these costs savings to us – and this is doubly impactful with the economic uncertainty we’re all experiencing right now.” -Diana Garcia

Reserve Express Gets a BOOST

Biblionix today announced that its ground-breaking Reserve Express℠ capability has been significantly enhanced. The Apollo ILS/LSP Reserve Express feature has allowed patrons to subscribe to their favorite authors for receiving new titles. Whenever staff catalogs such new books, they simply click a button to add all subscribers to the reserve list, in random order. This lets patrons rest easy and not be concerned with the arrival timing of new books; as subscribers, they know they’ll receive them. And staff need not maintain manual lists of subscribers.

With this enhancement, libraries can now let patrons choose among non-book media as well as to subscribe to series. For example, patrons can opt to get new titles from favorite authors as ‘book’ or ‘CD’ or ‘Large Print’. Similarly, series can be subscribed to, but typically only for those authors that author multiple series.

The enhancement is available to all Apollo customers immediately and is free of charge.

Apollo’s Dashboard is here!

There’s a whole new front page for staff in Apollo!

The Dashboard brings a sleek new look to staff’s primary access/home page. It provides unprecedented access to key information with up-to-the-minute status. Tabs are managed internally to the Dashboard allowing for features like auto-restore and precise labeling.

Other significant enhancements include:

  • Staff authentication: use of usernames and passwords. This will allow for future logging of all actions.
  • Fly-in, auto-retract menu
  • Tile approach to provide a wealth of auto-updating information easily open multiple tabs in the same module, with prompting about opening a duplicate tab.
  • News and Hints
    • Another way to inform you of updates and other key news/info
    • The News might be for all customers, customers in one state, or just your library, etc!

The Dashboard is available immediately at no charge for all customers to test drive; on their schedule. There is no current timetable to force customers to switch. They can move back and forth from the Dashboard to the Classic interface at will, and on a PC-by-PC basis. When ready, one click will take them out of the trial mode to use the Dashboard permanently.

10th Year at the Top

Marshall Breeding’s annual “Perceptions” survey is an international survey of library automation customers. For the TENTH straight year, the Apollo™ ILS received top rankings. The report was released on February 10, 2019. Mr. Breeding’s summary is “…Apollo has exceptionally happy customers.” And here are some customer quotes submitted as part of the survey.

  • Apollo from Biblionix is out of this world fantastic! In my 30+ years as a public library director I have never worked with any company that puts their customers first the way Biblionix does.
  • Apollo is still – hands downs – the best ILS product we’ve worked with. Worth every penny we’ve spent on it. Biblionix continues to provide exceptional service and genuinely-useful product development that responds to real customer needs. In particular, we appreciate Apollo’s seamless integration with our eBook platform – no other vendor has been able to offer this.

For more details, see the “Perceptions 2018: 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.

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.