In March 2017, the Technion libraries successfully completed a complex project to upgrade their library management system. They transitioned from the Elef system to the Alma system developed by Ex Libris.
After the transition, the libraries resumed using SpineOMatic for printing book stickers in connection with Alma. However, the catalog team expressed dissatisfaction with the existing solution, as it did not meet their requirements. To address this issue, a simple cloud-based solution was developed within the central library.
The newly created solution was well-received and underwent numerous changes and improvements to accommodate the diverse needs of the 15 different libraries at the Technion. In 2018, the system was presented at a national library conference in Israel, where it achieved remarkable success.
Consequently, all academic libraries in Israel adopted the system. To cater to a larger clientele, the library staff had to adapt and expand the capabilities of the LIBstick system.
- In 2019, LIBstick garnered tremendous success and generated significant interest when it was presented at the IGELUE conference in Singapore.
- In 2020, LIBstick underwent expansion, and the possibility of integrating with the KOHA system was introduced.
- In 2021, an additional integration option was added, enabling LIBstick to integrate with the FOLIO system.
- In 2022, LIBstick was further extended to include the printing of user details and addresses.
- In 2023, the integration with FOLIO was expanded, and additional support for QR codes was implemented.
Since then, the number of customers regularly using LIBSTICK has been steadily increasing, with users located across five continents and 17 countries.