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October 6, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) Blake of the University of Michigan has won the 2015 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Blake is a Spatial and Numeric Data and German Studies Librarian at the university and will use the scholarship to attend the 35th Annual Charleston Conference in Charleston, S.C.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Ex Libris Group, a leading global provider of library automation solutions. The capabilities of ProQuest and Ex Libris span expertise in print, electronic and digital content, as well as solutions for library management, discovery and research workflows.

(Bibliotheca) Bibliotheca nnounced that their shareholders, One Equity Partners (OEP), today completed the purchase of 3M Library Systems North American business, and entered into agreements to purchase the assets of 3Mís remaining global Library Systems business. The new Bibliotheca Group will combine the best of both worlds to help libraries captivate their communities, providing innovative library-focused solutions that connect with people at home, at the library, and on the go.

(EBSCO Information Services) As libraries look to expose their collections to patrons who use traditional search engines, EBSCO Information Services and its NoveList division are working with Zepheira to determine how to help libraries make the transition. NoveList will sponsor The Libhub Initiative, founded by Zepheira. The goal of the initiative is to increase the visibility of libraries.

(Ken Chad Consulting) A briefing paper written by Ken Chad for Higher Education Library Technology contrasts the library resource management landscape now with the situation in 2008 when a Jisc/SCONUL LMS study recommended that the time was not right for libraries to purchase a new library management system. In the intervening period a new generation of 'library services platforms' (LSPs) has emerged to replace library management systems (or integrated library systems Ėas they are also known) and the pace of procurement has quickened. Ken Chad analyses the current landscape and looks at the strategic issues around the changing nature of library collections, shared services, workflows, analytics and the cloud. He predicts that LSPs will move to encompass additional resource silos.

(Zepheira) The Libhub Initiative, the effort founded by Zepheira to encourage the use of Linked Data to expand Library Visibility on the Web, welcomes NoveList as its latest sponsor. Through their sponsorship, NoveList takes a leadership role acknowledging the critical importance of Visibility for libraries, and shows interest in the use of technologies that support libraries wherever their customers may be.

(Springer) Springer, part of the newly formed publishing group Springer Nature, will offer customers a way to make their online educational initiatives even more attractive. A unique offer to licensed institutions will allow them to embed, at no extra charge, up to 30 specialized links to Springer eBook and journal content into any non-commercial educational platforms. These could include, for example, learning management systems, MOOC platforms or in-house platforms. The offer, called Online Learning Language, is available to institutions in most parts of the world that purchase Springerís front list content and applies to Springerís contemporary library of over 4.7 million articles and book chapters.

October 5, 2015

(Follett) Follett announced a new offering Ė Managed Services Ė directed at administrators and designed to help districts eliminate both routine and seasonal tasks involved in managing resources, ultimately saving significant time, money and space.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that bill, hold, and historical data are now available with the 2015.09 release of BLUEcloud Analytics, its premiere reporting tool for libraries. With this release, users of BLUEcloud Analytics can generate powerful reports on all non-serials and non-acquisitions data.

(OCLC) William (Bill) J. Rozek has been named OCLC Chief Financial Officer. Rozek comes to OCLC most recently from the Mars Agency, a marketing organization in Southfield, Michigan, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for ProQuest Information and Learning, a global publisher and information provider serving library, education, government and corporate markets, and Budco, Inc., a fulfillment services organization in Highland Park, Michigan.

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that sixteen (16) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in August and September of 2015. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.

October 4, 2015

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced the addition of Humanoids to its publisher client list.

(LibLime) LibLime, a Division of PTFS, has been selected by an agency within the Department of Defense as the winning vendor to implement the Bibliovation Library Services Platform to manage their bibliographic and digital technical collections. LibLime will provide implementation, data recovery and support services to the agency library. LibLime and PTFS specialists will work closely with government staff to replace their legacy commercial bibliographic cataloging system.

(Book Industry Communications) In a move that should be applauded by the industry, BIC and leading RFID and LMS suppliers from around the UK have been working over the last three years on a communication framework to replace the now dated Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP)2 protocol. LCF is a modern framework, based on web protocols, that builds on the foundations that SIP2 laid in the early years. The framework continues support for all existing communications, but supplements the basics with a range of calls that not only allows self-service systems to communicate more efficiently with the LMS, but opens up bi-directional communication to a range of other devices Ė such as handheld inventory devices.

(Axiell) Axiell announced that the Macao museum has purchased Adlib, one of Axiellís suite of enterprise collection management solutions. A popular attraction in the region, the Macao Museum has a vision to preserve and promote the unique cultural heritage and identity of Macao with its fusion of Chinese and Western cultures. The Adlib solution will be leveraged to manage the Museumís collection and, through Adlibís enterprise support, will also enable the many specialized museums in the Macao region to manage their collections in a cost-efficient way.

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