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April 27, 2015

Powell River Public Library selects SirsiDynix's SaaS solution. SirsiDynix

Powell River Public Library has signed a seven-year agreement with SirsiDynix for the BLUEcloud LSP, powered by Symphony. Library staff are working directly with SirsiDynix consultants to configure the LSP so that Powell River Library can best serve its community.

April 24, 2015

Scholastic To Sell Educational Technology Business To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt For $575 Million To Focus On Global Core Children's Books And Supplemental Education Businesses. Scholastic Corporation

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Educational Technology and Services ("EdTech") business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company ("HMH") (NASDAQ: HMHC) for $575 million in cash. EdTech had $249 million in revenues and $40 million in operating income in the 2014 fiscal year ended May 31, 2014. Revenues were $175 million and operating income was $17 million for the first nine months of the current fiscal year ending May 31, 2015. Scholastic expects net proceeds from the sale, after taxes, transaction fees, and other expenses, of approximately $360 - $370 million.

April 23, 2015

Auto-Graphics' SHAREit selected by Access PA and Health Sciences Libraries Consortium (HSLC). Auto-Graphics, Inc.

Auto-Graphics and HSLC, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, announce the selection of Auto-Graphics' SHAREit, as the statewide resource sharing system. After a competitive RFP process including resource sharing and interlibrary loan vendors throughout the nation, Auto-Graphics was selected by HSLC to provide the next Interlibrary loan platform for Access PA, one of the oldest ILL implementations in North America. Auto-Graphics’ SHAREit was selected because it meets the needs indicated to HSLC by the Pennsylvania librarians.

Gale supports public libraries with new Digital Early Literacy Resource. Gale Group

Supporting public libraries’ life-long learning initiatives, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is pleased to announce Miss Humblebee's Academy, a new early literacy product that will assist the library’s youngest learners in building foundational literacy skills. Partnering with Miss Humblebee LLC., Gale has co-developed a robust product tailored specifically to the public library user, which includes the assessment tools libraries need to measure their impact on early literacy development in their communities. Studies show that participating in quality early learning can boost children’s educational attainment and earnings later in life, underscoring the importance for public libraries to provide resources that serve this young audience.

collectionHQ and 3M Announce Partnership. 3M Library Systems

collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution and 3M, the global leader in library innovation, are pleased to announce their eagerly-anticipated partnership which will offer 3M Cloud Library subscribers the ability to load their circulation data into collectionHQ’s ebook module.

Boopsie achieves major milestones with 3 million mobile app downloads to date and 400,000 unique app users per month. Boopsie

Boopsie announced that it has reached 3 major milestones in Q1 2014. The company, which white labels its native mobile app platform to more than 4,000 library sites of all kinds, worldwide, has been downloaded over 3 million times, has achieved a sustained rate of 400,000 unique mobile app users per month and its users have performed over 750 Million queries to library databases using its platform.

April 22, 2015

John Cabot University in Rome selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services. OCLC

John Cabot University, an American university located in the heart of Rome, is the first in Italy to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

University of the Sunshine Coast Selects Ex Libris Cloud Solutions. Ex Libris

Ex Libris announced that the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia has selected the Ex Libris Alma next-generation resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace a number of systems, including the Virtua integrated library system and the EBSCO discovery service.

La Veta School District goes live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog. LibLime

La Veta School District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of the La Veta School District, the CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 700,000 bibliographic records describing over one million attached item records. The La Veta School District staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application.

2015 Koha North American Users Group conference. Koha North American Users Group

Registration is now open for the 2015 Koha North American Users Group conference, August 5-8, in Erie, PA.

SOAS Library Implements Kuali Open Library Environment. Kuali Foundation

SOAS Library has adopted the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) as its new library management system. As the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS Library has chosen Kuali OLE to manage its information and resources, including its renowned special collections. SOAS Library is the third library in the world to adopt the new system following Lehigh University and the University of Chicago.

April 21, 2015

Neftex (Halliburton-Landmark) selects Soutron Global to better meet library client’s needs. Soutron Global

Soutron Global announces that industry leader Neftex (Halliburton-Landmark), one of the largest geoscience consultancies in the world that delivers sequence stratigraphic products and consultancy, has converted to Soutron.

EBSCO Information Services Offers the YBP Core Titles Collections. EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services is introducing 10 new EBSCO eBooks Featured Collections designed to give academic libraries a simple way to add important titles to their collections. The YBP U.S. Core Titles Collections and the YBP U.K. Core Titles Collections are each comprised of five subject-related collections of EBSCO eBooks found in the YBP Core Titles.

Blue Mountains joins Saugeen. Equinox Software

The Blue Mountains Public Library is now live on Koha as part of the Saugeen Consortium. Blue Mountains is located in Thornbury, Ontario. Saugeen Library System chose Equinox to host and manage their Koha services last year. Blue Mountains is the sixth library to join Saugeen.

Hillwood Estate Library chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha support. ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions announced that the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens Library in Washington, DC is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS.

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