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Polaris Library Systems Enters Strategic Partnership with 3M Library Systems

Polaris will offer 3M’s automated materials handling, RFID and SelfCheck systems

ST. PAUL, Minn. & LIVERPOOL, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3M Library Systems and Polaris Library Systems have entered into a new agreement that will see Polaris offering 3M’s automated materials handling (AMH), RFID and SelfCheck systems. This partnership brings to libraries the combined expertise of two innovative companies committed to industry-leading technologies and unparalleled customer support.

First Edition Design eBook Publisher Publishing Aggregator Master DistributorThe deal builds on 3M’s existing strategic partnership with Polaris to integrate the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS) with the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service, allowing patrons at participating libraries to browse both physical and digital collections within just one catalog.

“This partnership represents two highly innovative companies working together to provide solutions that benefit our library customers,” said Arnie Roese, National Sales and Marketing Manager for 3M Library Systems. “With easier access to a full suite of solutions, libraries can experience the benefits of our world class service and innovation.”

“This relationship will allow our customers to get more from their investment in AMH and RFID technologies,” said Steven Nielsen, Vice President of Product Management for Polaris. “Now we can offer our library customers an even broader range of integrated services to help them increase efficiency and improve the patron experience, while still continuing to support industry standard RFID, AMH and SelfCheck solutions. We look forward to building stronger capabilities for all the libraries using AMH, RFID and Polaris.”

Libraries interested in AMH, RFID and SelfCheck solutions from 3M Library Systems can purchase them through either 3M or Polaris representatives.

For more information, visit www.3M.com/Library.

About 3M Library Systems
3M Library Systems is the only company that develops, designs, and manufactures cutting-edge digital media, circulation management and security solutions. Finding the technology solution that is right for our customers, 3M’s promise is to deliver a long term partnership that is built to exceed their expectations. For more information about 3M Library Systems, visit http://www.3m.com/library or follow @3MLibrary on Twitter.

About 3M
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

3M and SelfCheck are trademarks of 3M Company.

About Polaris Library Systems
Polaris Library Systems earns the highest customer satisfaction ratings by focusing on one goal: helping libraries better serve their communities. A true technology partner, Polaris uses a deep understanding of libraries and patrons to thoughtfully design products and services that meet today’s most challenging needs. Over 2,000 public, private and academic libraries count on Polaris automation platforms to maximize time and resources, reduce costs, boost productivity and improve patron satisfaction every day. Polaris is dedicated to providing unique, reliable solutions that empower libraries to build better patron relationships and a productive, bright future. Visit www.polarislibrary.com for more information.


First Edition Design Publishing  is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts, formats and submits Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and scores of additional on-line retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company also has a POD  division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. The company is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with both Apple and Microsoft.
First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts, formats and submits Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and scores of additional on-line retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company also has a POD division, which creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. The company is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.

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3M Cloud Library Unveiled for Patrons #FED_ebooks #3M #ebooks #Author RT

3M Cloud Library to Be Unveiled for Patrons

Flexible eBook lending service offers hardware, digital content and apps for borrowing and reading

First Edition Design eBook PublishingST. PAUL, Minn., Apr 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will be introduced to the public today in an open house event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sun Ray location of the Saint Paul Public Library. The library is one of a number of beta sites where library staff members have undergone training and are now ready to unveil the system to patrons.

The 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading, and promises to revolutionize how library patrons discover, borrow and read eBooks. At today’s open house, attendees will be able to test drive the system, which uses several components to allow them to browse the electronic catalog and read on the device of their choice:

— 3M Discovery Terminals: Patrons at the library can browse the catalog on these electronic kiosks with an intuitive touch-based interface.

— 3M eReaders: Content from the Cloud Library can be synced with easy-to-use 3M eReaders that can be checked out like any other lendable materials. eReaders can be checked out at three Saint Paul Public Library locations including Central, Sun Ray and Arlington Hills Libraries.

— Mobile device compatibility: The service’s eBooks are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, Nooks, and Androids. Using their personal devices, patrons can browse, check out and read eBooks all without leaving the 3M Cloud Library app.

“Saint Paul is proud to be one of the first library sites to provide this service,” said Mayor Chris Coleman, who will be on hand at today’s event. “The fact that the system allows eReaders to be checked out along with digital content is a great way to ensure eReading is available to all. For people who have their own eReading devices, the 3M Cloud Library gives them access to thousands of titles. This system has something for all Saint Paul library patrons.”

The Sun Ray location of the Saint Paul Public Library is in close proximity to 3M’s campus, making it an ideal “living lab” for new technologies from 3M Library Systems.

“3M has been an outstanding partner to us, and we are proud to work with them to serve as a leader for other libraries across the country,” said Kit Hadley, director of the Saint Paul Public Library. “With this technology, we are able to offer cutting-edge technology to all our patrons, whether they own their own e-reader or not.”

Along with the Saint Paul Public Library, a number of other libraries across the country have now made the 3M Cloud Library available to patrons, including the Bergen County Cooperative Library System, N.J.; Maricopa County Library District, Ariz.; Douglas County Libraries, Colo.; Darien Library, Conn.; Richland County Public Library, S.C.; and the State Library of Kansas on behalf of the Kansas Digital Library Consortium. 3M will seek feedback from both patrons and staff at these locations on the service’s ease of use and functionality, using their input to continue to refine the system.

For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.

3M is a trademark of 3M. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

SOURCE: 3M

First Edition Design Publishing, the industry’s largest distributor of eBooks, submits eBook titles to 3M and to over 100,000 other distribution points and booksellers in more than 100 countries.

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