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February 5, 2016

(Equinox Software) Equinox a new working partnership with TALKINGTECH, the leader in library telephony services. i-TIVA, TALKINGTECH’s interactive telephone messaging system, will be be available as an add-on service to our Evergreen Sequoia subscribers. Equinox

(Backstage Library Works) The new year is off to an accelerated start at Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) as their automated services department takes on new and innovative projects. Backstage continues to expedite processes, implement new technologies and allow libraries more customized settings than any other service provider.

(LibLime) The Mancos School District Libraries have now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Libraries and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to the AspenCat union catalog.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the pilot release of BLUEcloud eRM, a powerful new electronic resource management tool and the newest addition to the BLUEcloud Campus product line. In recent years electronic resources have become increasingly crucial to library collections. As the medium of collection resources changes, so does the challenge of organizing these resources. BLUEcloud eRM is the premier solution to managing the life-cycle of electronic resources, from trial and acquisition to licensing and implementation. Building on the open-source electronic Resource Management system CORAL, BLUEcloud eRM gives libraries the tools to manage their electronic resources.

(Duke University) Duke University has received a $1.165 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the continued development of an open-source integrated library system. Known as Kuali OLE, for Open Library Environment, it is the first system designed by and for academic and research libraries to manage and deliver scholarly information. Three OLE Partners—Lehigh University, the University of Chicago, and SOAS at the University of London—have already implemented Kuali OLE in their library operations. The grant will support the further development, refinement, and adoption of the system by a broader group of public and private institutions.

(Equinox Software) Equinox announce that yet another library has gone live on Evergreen through the North Carolina Cardinal Consortium. Last month, Brown Library in Washington, North Carolina made the move to Evergreen, utilizing the Sequoia platform. Brown is a single branch library with 56,065 bib records and serves over 15,000 patrons. Brown marks the 23rd migration for NC Cardinal, a continually growing consortium.

February 4, 2016

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has partnered with Penguin Random House to offer digital libraries the entire collection of Penguin Random House eBooks through EBSCO eBooks. Libraries can access 21,000 fiction and nonfiction e-book titles from prominent authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison and Danielle Steel.

(Follett) To help give students in grades 9 through 12 the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers, Follett is partnering with Cengage Learning to offer more than 1,700 of Cengage Learning’s CTE titles, focusing on Business Education, Computing and STEM.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group has named Pep Carrera as Chief Operating Officer of VitalSource Technologies Inc., Ingram’s leading educational platform company. Carrera will transition into this role from his current position as Chief Information Officer at Ingram. Kent Freeman, currently VitalSource’s COO, will move into a newly created strategic position at Ingram Content Group as Chief Strategy and Development Officer.

February 2, 2016

(Learning Bird) Learning Bird announced it has added quizzes to its award-winning learning platform. This makes it easier for teachers to easily create and assign quizzes and for students to test their understanding of a topic. Teachers have direct access to tens of thousands of topic-aligned questions that they can use to build quizzes. This allows them to easily check for understanding and respond quickly and intervene as needed. Administrators can now also see reports on overall Learning Bird usage and can view student results and progress at the individual, class, and school levels.

(Biblionix) Biblionix, the major award winner for library automation systems, today announced that eight (8) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in January of 2016. No customers migrated from Apollo during this period. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.

February 1, 2016

(EBSCO Information Services) Follett announced it is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBooks available for ordering through Titlewave, Follett’s premier collection development and order platform for K-12 schools.

(EBSCO Information Services) Every research institution in Egypt will soon have access to five resources from EBSCO Information Services due to a national project launched by the Presidential Council for Education and Scientific Research. The project, The Egyptian Knowledge Bank, selected EBSCO to provide every person in Egypt with easy access to rich information with the aim of furthering scientific research and the formation of Egypt's Knowledge Society.

(OCLC) Erasmus University Rotterdam, one of the largest universities in the Netherlands with over 24,000 students and a research community of approximately 1,400 scientists, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

January 29, 2016

(Follett) Nader Qaimari, who leads Follett’s preK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, has been named to the EdNET 2016 Industry Advisory Board, a panel of industry executives who advise on the programming and formatting for the education industry's networking and thought leadership event.

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