Dublin, OH -- 17 January 2023. OCLC is pleased to announce that its Capira library services—CapiraMobile, LendingKey, and MuseumKey—have received platinum and gold awards in LibraryWorks' ninth annual Modern Library Awards.
CapiraMobile, a gold Modern Library Award (MLA) winner, makes it possible for users to interact with their library through their mobile phones. The customizable app lets users engage with their library and learn about events, services, and resources conveniently through their phones. Libraries can send push and account-level notifications about new programs and promotions, allow users to search the catalog, and support self-checkout and digital library cards through CapiraMobile.
MuseumKey, a platinum MLA winner, allows libraries to simplify museum pass reservations through a library's website and lets users browse a responsive calendar by museum or by date. And LendingKey received a gold MLA as a premier Library of Things reservation and management solution that gets a library's non-book items—like a camera, or a croquet set—into users' hands.
"It's particularly gratifying to be recognized with these Modern Library Awards because they are judged by our customers who use these products every day," said Bart Murphy, OCLC's Chief Technology and Information Officer. "Capira products offer new ways for users to engage with their libraries and museums. We continue to develop and evolve our products and services to offer flexible solutions for these institutions and the communities they serve."
The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall of 2022 using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score.
Each judge scored the product on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service, etc.
Find more about Capira products and services on the OCLC website.
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About the Modern Library Awards program
The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a review program designed to recognize elite products and services in the market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.
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