New 3M SelfCheck QuickConnect Interface Brings Revolutionary Options to Libraries and Patrons

  New 3M SelfCheck QuickConnect Interface Brings Revolutionary Options to
  Libraries and Patrons

 Powerful new features include Recommended Reads powered through partnership
                                with NoveList

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2013

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- June 25, 2013

3M Library Systems will unveil a fresh and re-imagined interface for its 3M™
SelfCheck™ system at the American Library Association Annual Conference &
Exhibition, June 27 – July 1 in Chicago. After developing the SelfCheck
category more than 20 years ago, 3M continues its leadership with the new 3M™
SelfCheck™ QuickConnect Interface, which gives libraries brand new tools to
increase circulation, promote events, and enhance the user experience—all with
a simplified interface that helps users do more with fewer steps.

Through an exciting new partnership, 3M SelfCheck stations will now draw on
the power of NoveList^® Select to give customers title recommendations from
the library’s catalog based on the materials they are checking out. Customers
can then place a title on hold, or print or e-mail recommendations. With
eye-catching displays of cover art and summaries, the Recommended Reads
feature engages customers, helping to plan their next visit and keep them
coming back to the library. 3M’s system for providing recommendations through
the library catalog at SelfCheck is patent pending.

“Libraries will have an opportunity to connect more strongly to those patrons
who may ordinarily do no more than come in the library, pick up a book, check
out and leave,” said Duncan Smith, vice president of NoveList. “Now those
‘drive by’ readers will have a reason to plan their next visit to the
library.”

The new QuickConnect Interface also gives libraries the opportunity and the
tools to promote events, activities and services. The Patron Promos feature
makes it easy to upload customized promotions and display them to customers at
checkout, making an impression when you have their full attention.

“The SelfCheck kiosk is typically the last interaction the patron has with the
library before leaving, so it’s important to us to take advantage of those
moments and leave a lasting impression,” said Carolyn Anthony, director of the
Skokie Public Library. “The new interface lets us promote more of our
offerings, and tools like Recommended Reads help us deliver a high level of
service to patrons and keep them coming back.”

The new look of the system is similar to familiar mobile and tablet
interfaces, designed for patrons to be able to easily navigate to the features
they need via a streamlined process. Additional ease-of-use upgrades include
simple animations to guide users through the check-out process and enhanced
assistance buttons available on every screen.

On the back end, the QuickConnect Interface offers robust new features with a
completely redesigned system manager. Libraries are given flexible tools and
the ability to meet their specific needs by choosing from dozens of
configurable design templates and themes. Library staff can easily access
reports and navigate the system to find the information they need. The system
is also optimized for tablets, so library staff can access it from a variety
of devices.

“3M SelfCheck systems have been helping libraries optimize circulation for
more than 20 years,” said Skip Driessen, business manager, 3M Library Systems.
“With the new SelfCheck QuickConnect, we’re continuing that innovation by
giving libraries tools to increase circulation and patron engagement today, as
well as an enhanced platform that will resonate with patrons and help meet the
needs of their communities.”

The new SelfCheck QuickConnect will be showcased at the 3M Library Systems
booth, number 1636, at the ALA Exhibition. The system will be available for
sale in late 2013.

For more information, visit 3M.com/QuickConnect.

3M and SelfCheck are trademarks of 3M. Used under license in Canada. NoveList
is a registered trademark of EBSCO Industries, Inc.

About 3M Library Systems
The global leader in library innovation for more than 40 years, 3M is
committed to helping libraries connect with the diverse and rapidly evolving
communities they serve. 3M’s eBook lending, security, and productivity
solutions give librarians the flexibility to spend more time doing what they
do best – helping people. Visitwww.3M.com/us/library and follow us on Twitter
(@3MLibrary) and Facebook.

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 about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on
Twitter.

Contact:

Karwoski & Courage Public Relations
Emily Finley, 612-342-973
or
3M Public Relations
Connie Thompson, 651-733-8914
 
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