Volaris Group Acquires BiblioCommons
February 10, 2020 - TORONTO, ONTARIO
Volaris Group, today announced that it has acquired BiblioCommons (“BiblioCommons”), a provider of online library experiences to the Public Library sector. BiblioCommons is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
BiblioCommons has a rich history of providing Library Management software solutions to libraries throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand. Established in 2006, the company’s BiblioCore catalog, BiblioWeb web management system, and complete suite of online library experience products is a mission-critical platform that helps to transform Library technology, bringing the best of public libraries to the web, and the best of the web to public libraries. Today BiblioCommons is used by 270 libraries throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand.
“As Founders, we have loved the work of developing the initial product vision alongside a wonderful group of founding libraries. But 13 years in, BiblioCommons is now at a very different stage. We have a broad, industry-leading product suite in production with over 200 libraries. The next phase of growth for BiblioCommons must center on systematically iterating, learning, operationalizing and scaling. There are different organizational skillsets required, and Patrick and I will be leaving BiblioCommons in the hands of a strong management team,” explained Beth Jefferson, Co-Founder and Former CEO.
“Volaris is the ideal home for BiblioCommons,” Patrick Kennedy, Co-Founder and Former President continued. “Their experience in guiding and educating Vertical Market Software companies forever is the ideal match for the business and library partners going forward. We are also fortunate to have a skilled leadership team in place with such longevity in so many critical roles – Marty Tarle, Erica Reynolds, Natasha Hesch and others -- to carry this work forward in partnership with new leadership from Volaris. We have been very encouraged by how quickly the Volaris team grasped both the opportunities and the challenges ahead -- in delivering on the true potential BiblioCommons as a platform for continuing the re-imagine the online customer experience in the years ahead.”
In keeping with Volaris’ philosophy of acquire, strengthen and grow, BiblioCommons maintains its brand and independence with support, coaching and best practices from Volaris. Jefferson and Kennedy have decided to transition from BiblioCommons but continue as advocates. Matt Goddard joins as General Manager for BiblioCommons with a focus on customers and product innovation.
About Volaris Group
Volaris acquires, strengthens and grows vertical market technology companies. As an operating group of Constellation Software Inc., Volaris is all about strengthening businesses within the markets they compete and enabling them to grow – whether that growth comes through organic measures such as new initiatives and product development, day-to-day business, or through complementary acquisitions. Learn more at www.volarisgroup.com.
BiblioCommons builds software that transforms the public library's essential online services — the website, catalog, mobile app, events calendar, and more— from transactional to magical, all in the service of making patrons fall in love with your online library. BiblioCommons powers integrated online library experiences for many of the top public libraries of all sizes in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
For more information, please contact:
Kim Emmerson, CMO
Tel: +1 647 738 5977