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July 2, 2015

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Sistema per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale (service for the promotion of cultural heritage, or SVPC) in Switzerland has chosen the Primo discovery and delivery solution for a portal that will provide access to all of the Canton of Ticino’s extensive cultural and scientific resources. Shared by 80 libraries, the first stage of the Primo-powered catalog will enable users to discover and access more than a million scientific and cultural heritage items. The portal project, named Sŕmara, is supported by the Ticino’s Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (Dipartimento dell’educazione, della cultura e dello sport).

(Overdrive) According to OverDrive, the leading eBook platform for libraries and schools, Monday, June 29, 2015 saw a new single-day milestone of 500,535 digital titles borrowed. In addition to the titles borrowed during that day, readers also placed more than 195,000 titles on “hold” by adding themselves to a wait list.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that initial implementation of the Republic of Ireland’s public library authorities are now live with the Sierra Library Services Platform. Six of the 30 authorities - Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, South Dublin, and Wexford - serve approximately 35% of the total population of Ireland through more than 80 branch libraries and mobile libraries.

(LibLime) Eastwick College and LibLime have partnered to provide Eastwick College students with easier access to databases, e-journals and other Eastwick College content, by integrating LibLime’s Discovery Solution. The partnership between Eastwick and Liblime allows Eastwick College students and faculty to take advantage of the benefits of easier access to Eastwick College’s entire suite of electronic resources.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Ofer Mosseri, a highly experienced high-tech manager, will be joining Ex Libris as a corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, effective July 4, 2015.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris ed EBSCO Information Systems collaborano per favorire l'ottimizzazione nei flussi di lavoro delle acquisizioni di periodici ed e-book e garantire un'eccezionale esperienza utente per i clienti delle due societŕ attraverso un sistema di linking migliorato

July 1, 2015

(EBSCO Industries) EBSCO Industries, headquartered atop Oak Mountain off Highway 280, is a privately held company committed to progress and growth.

June 30, 2015

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the launch of an early-adopter program in Israel for the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Eight top institutions of higher education are participating: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa, the College of Management—Academic Studies, IDC Herzliya, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Oranim Academic College of Education, and the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. Four of the colleges belong to the 47 member Israel College Consortium. All the early adopters will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph library management system to Alma, which they will use in combination with the Primo discovery and delivery solution to reap the benefits of an integrated, end-to-end system.

(EBSCO Information Services) The American Psychological Association is making its e-books available to libraries on the EBSCO eBooks platform. The agreement with EBSCO Information Services gives libraries cost-effective access to in-demand psychology, behavioral sciences and social sciences titles.

(Eastern Academic Scholars Trust) The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust, a major new shared print initiative, launches on July 1st with important grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation. The 47 member libraries of EAST, across New England, New York and Pennsylvania, will collaborate to retain agreed upon titles in their local circulating collections as well as make them available to lend to other EAST members, thereby ensuring continued access to the scholarly record of print monographs and journals.

(Gale Group) With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning.

(Gale Group) With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning.

(Springer) The Journal Citation Reports 2015, released by Thomson Reuters, lists a total of 1,595 Springer journals, with 37 Springer journals joining the list for the first time. Significantly, in 2014, 82 percent of the Springer journals in the list were cited more frequently than in the previous year. Well over one half (57 percent) of Springer journals increased their impact factor in 2014 over the 2013 figure.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions thanks Bohdan Šmilauer, a librarian in Prague, for his contribution to the Professional Cataloging interface development for Koha.

(Library and Information Technology Association) The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Levine as the Executive Director of the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the ALA, effective August 3, 2015. Ms. Levine has been at the American Library Association since 2006 as the Strategy Guide in ALA’s Information Technology and Telecommunications Services area, charged with providing vision and leadership regarding emerging technologies, development of services, and integration of those services into association and library environments.

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