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April 24, 2014. The Universities of Applied Sciences in Dresden and Leipzig choose Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that Dresden University of Applied Sciences and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences have opted to deploy the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. <<more>>


April 22, 2014. Swets retains its global ISO 9001:2008 certificate for another 3 years. Swets, the global leader in managing professional information for publishers, libraries and other information centers, is delighted to announce that the company has successfully retained its global ISO 9001:2008 certification, passing its recent ISO audits with flying colors. The new certificate is valid for a further three years, running until July 2017. <<more>>


April 22, 2014. Central Library Consortium's newest members now live on Polaris ILS. Three libraries have joined the Central Library Consortium in Ohio, accounting for 14 member libraries that are now live on the Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS). The newest members include Upper Arlington Public Library and Bexley Public Library, migrating from Virtua and Millennium respectively, as well as current Polaris customer London Public Library. <<more>>


April 22, 2014. SWAN selects SirsiDynix Symphony and SirsiDynix Enterprise for its library management and discovery needs. Illinois-based System Wide Automated Network announced that it has signed a 5-year agreement with SirsiDynix, selecting the Symphony integrated library system, the Enterprise discovery tool, and the eResource Central digital content management tool as the best fits for its 77 member libraries. SWAN’s Enterprise implementation will also feature SirsiDynix’s new, robust integration with EBSCO’s EDS platform for the SWAN member libraries. <<more>>


April 21, 2014. Notre Dame University-Louaize in Lebanon switches to EBSCO Discovery Service. Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) in the country of Lebanon has replaced its previous discovery tool with EBSCO Discovery Service due to its easy integration, more search options, and better overall support. <<more>>


April 18, 2014. EBSCO Information Services Creates Open Policy for Data Sharing . EBSCO Information Services has released its new policy on metadata sharing and technology collaboration. EBSCO will make all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) available for more than 120 full-text databases and 500,000+ e-books, as well as over 50 historical digital archives to third party discovery services. The policy outlines EBSCO’s commitment to exchanging metadata and integrating technologies with partner vendors to enable an enhanced discovery experience for mutual customers. EBSCO’s new policy covers critical areas of mutual collaboration with other discovery vendors. In addition to the sharing of metadata (and full text where allowed), the policy includes EBSCO providing assistance with linking technology that has been requested by customers. <<more>>


April 18, 2014. EBSCO Information Services creates open policy for data sharing . EBSCO Information Services has released its new policy on metadata sharing and technology collaboration. EBSCO will make all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) available for more than 120 full-text databases and 500,000+ e-books, as well as over 50 historical digital archives to third party discovery services. The policy outlines EBSCO’s commitment to exchanging metadata and integrating technologies with partner vendors to enable an enhanced discovery experience for mutual customers. EBSCO’s new policy covers critical areas of mutual collaboration with other discovery vendors. In addition to the sharing of metadata (and full text where allowed), the policy includes EBSCO providing assistance with linking technology that has been requested by customers. <<more>>


April 17, 2014. Virginia bill commends Dr. Vinod Chachra of VTLS. VTLS announced that Dr. Vinod Chachra, President and CEO of VTLS, was commended by Virginia House Joint Resolution No. 405 offered on February 28, 2014. The bill was introduced by Delegate Nick Rush, who represents House District 7. <<more>>


April 16, 2014. Five university presses select Ingram's CoreSource for digital asset management and distribution . Ingram Content Group announced that New York University Press, Penn State University Press, University Press of Kansas, Ohio University Press and the University Press of Mississippi have selected Ingram's CoreSource digital asset management platform for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. <<more>>


April 16, 2014. Harvard Library unifies discovery of its resources with Ex Libris Primo . Ex Libris announced that the Harvard Library has decided to offer the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery system as a single search interface for Harvard University’s vast local and electronic collections. The Library is adding Primo to a suite of Ex Libris solutions consisting of the Aleph integrated library system, Primo Central Index of scholarly resources, SFX OpenURL link resolver, MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution, and bX article recommender. <<more>>


April 16, 2014. Follett renews partnership with MetaMetrics to promote reading growth. Follett solidified its ongoing partnership with MetaMetrics, the developer of the Lexile Framework for Reading. This marriage of education-focused content and reading data helps ease educators’ struggles to connect students with age and reading level appropriate books, ebooks and digital resources. <<more>>


April 16, 2014. Lucidea announces new Chief Marketing Officer. Lucidea announced the appointment of former EOS International executive, Sal Provenza, as Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Provenza's appointment expands Lucidea’s executive team and will drive the company's global growth. <<more>>


April 16, 2014. New agreement between EBSCO and NewsBank adds Readex content to EBSCO Discovery Service. American historical collections from NewsBank’s Readex Division will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service. The new agreement will add metadata from Readex’s digital collection, Archive of Americana, into EDS and provide seamless access and full text searching for mutual customers, enabling them to search many of the most widely used collections of primary source research alongside their own library’s collection. <<more>>


April 15, 2014. Thomson Reuters Collaborates with Cornell University’s Emerging Markets Institute to advance access to academic research. The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a collaboration with the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management to power a unique academic research portal through the Web of Science, the premier scientific search and discovery platform and industry authority in science, social science, and arts & humanities citation indexes. <<more>>


April 15, 2014. Harvard Business Review Press e-Books Now Available. EBSCO Information Services and Harvard Business Review Press have extended the availability of Harvard Business Review Press products to EBSCO Corporate, Government and Hospital users. For the first time, all digital editions of Harvard Business Review Press titles are being made available via the EBSCO eBooks platform, allowing users to purchase complete e-book versions of both new and backlist titles from the publisher. This exciting agreement builds upon an existing strong relationship between the two organizations, which also allows EBSCO users to access exclusive book summaries from Harvard Business Review Press. <<more>>


April 15, 2014. OCLC and Ingram help libraries manage e-book collections more efficiently. OCLC is working with Ingram, one of the world’s largest distributors of physical and digital content, to set and maintain holdings for e-books in WorldCat automatically, saving library staff valuable time and effort. This new program enables libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription and an account with MyiLibrary, Ingram’s online e-content platform for libraries, to request integration of their MyiLibrary e-book holdings information with the WorldCat knowledge base. E-book holdings information will then be populated and updated automatically, with no need for manual work by library staff. <<more>>


April 14, 2014. Atypon Systems acquires Metapress from EBSCO Online, Inc.. Atypon Systems and EBSCO Online, Inc. announced that Atypon has acquired the Metapress business from EBSCO Online, which has made the decision to discontinue the Metapress platform. Atypon and EBSCO will work together to transition Metapress clients to Atypon’s Literatum platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Metapress will continue to service its current clients through the transition. <<more>>


April 14, 2014. MuseGlobal, in conjunction with EduLib, a member of the MuseGlobal group, announces the availability of Muse version 2.7. MuseGlobal, in conjunction with EduLib, a member of the MuseGlobal group, announces the availability of Muse version 2.7. While the full release includes dozens of enhancements and corrections. <<more>>


April 11, 2014. ProQuest and J.P. Morgan team to broaden access to award-winning analyst reports . ProQuest, an information firm central to global research, and J.P. Morgan, a leading global financial services firm, have joined forces to help business students and faculty make use of J.P. Morgan’s company and economic research. The companies have created J.P. Morgan Research, which contains intelligence and insight on more than 3,000 corporations worldwide and all major economies. The new research solution provides in-depth trend, forecast and macro analysis on companies and global economies, and integrates approximately 1,500 reports published each month by J.P. Morgan, plus a selection of archived items, into one single resource. <<more>>


April 10, 2014. ProQuest named SIIA Education CODiE finalist for Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution. ProQuest announced ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher is a finalist for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution. Earning this distinction year over year represents a solid track record of technology innovation and responsiveness to the changing needs in K-12 education. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries. Representing product excellence across 31 Education categories, 119 products are finalists in this competitive and coveted achievement. <<more>>


April 10, 2014. Ex Libris Alma and Primo selected by the Natural History Museum in London. Ex Libris announced that London’s Natural History Museum has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for unified resource discovery and delivery. These tightly integrated solutions will support the museum’s strategic goal of providing a pioneering digital library of the future. <<more>>


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Library Systems Report 2014: Competition and strategic cooperation

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The 2014 edition of the annual industry report that I have produced since 2002 has been published by American Libraries. The online version is available now and the feature will appear in the May 2014 print issue. The 2002 through 2013 editions of this report were published by Library Journal.

The library technology industry saw sharp competition in 2013, with a wide range of products vying to fulfill ever-rising expectations. To better position themselves for this critical period during which many libraries are considering options for their next phase of technology, a significant number of major vendors worked to extend their global reach, streamline internal organizations, and complete ambitious product developments. Competition has intensified for the applications used by library personnel to manage the collections and automate their operations, including the new generation of library services platforms as well as enhanced integrated library systems. Discovery services continue as a major area of activity, seen by libraries as especially critical given their intimate connections with customers, serving as one of the main delivery vehicles for access to collections and services.

This phase of the industry offers many choices, including both proprietary and open source license options, some based on cloud technologies and others that continue to rely on local hardware. Though a new generation of library services platforms has entered a phase of early adoption, the integrated library system remains viable, especially when extended to manage ebooks.

New products have entered the adoption cycle. These early implementations have the potential to reshape the future landscape depending on whether they achieve the efficiencies and transformations promised. For libraries considering their next systems, each of the players have options, with some more proven and others yet to be tested. Latecomers in the development and implementation phase will miss opportunities, mitigated only by the slow pace of library selection processes.

This report describes the current status and trends related to the strategic technology products and services and the organizations that create and support them. It covers the major resource management products, discovery services, and other technologies on which libraries rely internally and make available to their customers for access to their collections and services.

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Note: The statistical tables that accompany the report will be posted by Friday April 18.

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Come see Marshall Breeding at Computers in Libraries 2014

Computers in Libraries

I'll be in Washington, DC soon for the annual Computers in Libraries conference, speaking on a variety of topics. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of friends and colleagues. Please feel free to track me down and introduce yourself or follow me through Twitter. Here is my speaking schedule for the conference:

W6 – Library Resource Management: Strategies, Technologies, and Practices

Preconference Workshop, Sunday April 6, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Library collections today have become more complex than ever, with proportions of electronic and digital resources increasing relative to print and other physical materials. To manage these complex, multiformat collections, libraries need to consider many different options, both in the technology tools used and in their operational workflows. Many different types of technical options are available for libraries to manage their collections and operations, including traditional integrated library systems and a new generation of library services platforms, with open source and commercially licensed options and locally installed or cloud-based deployment possibilities. This half-day workshop explores the realm of library resource management technologies, helping attendees understand the relative strengths of each of the many alternatives and which automation scenarios may be most appropriate to pursue for their library. Filled with real-world examples, this workshop presents many possible strategies, technologies, and possibilities for managing library collections.

W14 – Library Resource Discovery: Strategies, Interfaces, and Options

Preconference Workshop, Sunday, April 6, 2014 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Libraries face daunting challenges in providing access to library resources in ways that both meet the expectations of library users and librarians. Library users today expect simple, powerful, and intuitive interfaces that provide instant access to information resources. Librarians advocate for precise as well as general search capabilities, to optimally expose users to print as well as electronic resources, to take full advantage of the investments made in all categories of library materials, and to operate objectively without bias to any given publisher’s content. This half-day workshop explores the realm of library resource discovery services, helping attendees develop or refine strategies that can be applied in libraries as they evaluate, select, and implement these products.

A102 – Transparency in Discovery

Preconference Workshop, Monday, April 7, 2014 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Breeding, co-chair of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative, describes the general landscape of library resource discovery products, the trend toward web-scale, index-based services, and some of the issues that sparked this initiative to bring increased transparency and other improvements to the ecosystem involving libraries, content providers, and discovery service creators.

B301 – Technologies: Marketplace Report

Preconference Workshop, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Libraries worldwide spend almost $2 billion/year on technology products and services and are constantly considering prudent strategic technology investments. Author of the “Automation Marketplace Industry Report” (Library Journal) since 2002, Breeding has the incredible ability to explain the current state of the industry and what we need to watch for in the future and factor into our technology decisions today.

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Perceptions 2013: An International Survey of Library Automation

2008 Library Automation Survey

I have posted the results the seventh annual survey of data collected on how libraries rate their current integrated library system, the company involved, and the quality of customer support. The survey also aims to gather data regarding attitudes regarding interest levels in open source ILS products. Perceptions 2013: an international survey of library automation gives the general conclusions and presents all the statistical results derived from the survey. As usual, some of the most interesting and valuable information lies in the comments offered by responders.

Selected Survey Findings: Top Performers

  • Polaris continues to receive top ratings in all categories from large and medium-sized public libraries.
  • Apollo from Biblionix received top ratings in all categories from small and very small public libraries.
  • Alma from Ex Libris received top ratings from large academic libraries in the category of general product satisfaction, management of electronic resources, customer support, and customer loyalty.
  • Sierra from Innovative interfaces received top ratings from large academic libraries for overall product functionality and effectiveness for managing print resources.
  • OCLC WorldShare Management Services received top ratings from small academic libraries in the management of electronic resources.
  • Small academic libraries rated Koha (managed independent of a support firm) highest in the management of print materials.
  • School libraries rated OPALS most positively in response to all survey questions.

Just as I did for the previous editions survey, I created an interactive tool for viewing the statistical summaries and comments. The main tables in the article show statistics only for those products that had more than 15 survey responses. You can use the ILS Product Report to view the statistics on any of the products mentioned in the survey and to read the comments about that system, even if the number of responses did not meet the threshold. The comments that display have been edited to remove any text that identifies the individual or institution, preserving the anonymity of the responders. The narrative data in the comments largely corroborate the statistical responses and makes for interesting reading.

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