Distributor Baker & Taylor today announced that it has acquired Glasgow, Scotland-based company Bridgeall Libraries, the maker of CollectionHQ collection development software-as-a-service for libraries. Terms were not disclosed.
Bridgeall’s software development, sales, and customer support staff will continue to be based in Glasgow, according to the announcement.
Bridgeall’s CollectionHQ product was first formally unveiled in the United States in March 2010 at the Public Library Association National Conference, and the company has since been actively pursuing the North American library market. Announced clients have included Queens Library, NY; the County of Los Angeles Public Library; and the New York Public Library, among many others. The product, which provides tools for collection management, marketing, and administration, may be configured to identify circulation patterns of particular books or genres, among other functions.
In the UK, Bridgeall markets a similar software product, Smartsm, which is installed in more than half of all UK libraries.