In tune with the Software as Service trend (mentioned in the cover story of this issue), Medialab Solutions reports it will offer AquaBrowser Library as a hosted solution and will market the new service under AquaBrowser Online. This version of the product will offer the same features as the locally installed AquaBrowser Library, but it will reside on servers managed by the vendor.
AquaBrowser Online targets libraries with collections under 150,000 titles, and it provides an alternative interface for a library-automation system, offering a visual cloud of associations and other navigation features. The operation of AquaBrowser involves regular extraction of records from the library’s integrated library system (ILS) into the search platform. For smaller libraries, this transfer of bibliographic records to remote servers can be easily accomplished. AquaBrowser Library will continue as the preferred approach for libraries with collections exceeding 150,000 titles.
Medialab Solutions partners with The Library Corporation (TLC) to distribute AquaBrowser in North America. TLC has licensed the product to more than 100 libraries. Although the majority of TLC’s AquaBrowser customers run one of its own ILS products, the company has also achieved some success in marketing it to libraries running an ILS provided by its competitors. In the Netherlands, Medialab Solutions reports more than eighty percent of public libraries use AquaBrowser Library.