Are you concerned about the effectiveness of all the money you spend on e-Resources? Are you weary of providing patrons with a dizzying array of logins for those various services? Resources like e-books, databases, and PC Management software? Are these resources effectively used, or do your patrons give up out of frustration? And does your staff spend too much time sending updated patron and material information to these 3rd parties?
Well, let us help; and for no extra charge. Our hosted-only approach makes it easy for all concerned!
One of our primary goals is to help your patrons get the most out of your library. One of the ways we can help is by integrating access to your various premium resources and services. The idea is that your patrons can learn just one log-in and one place to use it. That’s right, they go to one place to utilize your resources: the Apollo catalog. We also help with other in-library services like PC and Print Management software. Here’s a summary of services with which we connect.
Is your library participating in an ILL system, like the state-wide Texas system or MeLCat in Michigan? If so, let us see if we can save you a lot of time and tedium. As we’ve done in Texas, we can make material and patron database updates automatic, ie, staff does nothing! We also allow the library to set lending policies in Apollo so that staff never even sees loan requests that are outside of that policy. And receiving and sending procedures are simplified too.
We provide this type of capability for no extra charge using technologies and standards like the NCIP protocol. NCIP allows Apollo to connect directly to the ILL network to exchange patron and item information so that your hassle factor is substantially reduced.
We’ve worked with OCLC Navigator to make this a reality in Texas and are currently in the development stages for MeLCat integration. So, if you’re participating in an ILL system, let us see if we can help!
Or if your state doesn’t have an ILL system conducive to integration/NCIP connections, Apollo can still help! When you receive an ILL for one of your patrons, you typically need a process for how to check that item out and how to contact the patron. With Apollo, you use the barcode on the item, you’ll get a normal reserve wrapper, and the patron will be notified in the same fashion as a normal reserve. That’s right, we integrate ILLs into Apollo’s normal reserve process to let you work on more important things.