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February 1, 2015

Oklahoma State University Libraries selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris

Ex Libris announced that Oklahoma State University, together with the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College System of 11 universities and colleges, has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for unified resource discovery. Members of the consortium are replacing numerous systems, including the Voyager integrated library system.

January 30, 2015

EBSCO introduces Explora, a new EBSCOhost interface for schools and public libraries. EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO introduced Explora, an appealing new EBSCOhost interface for K12 schools and public libraries. EBSCO designed Explora following a series of user research studies with the goal of better assisting students in completing research and classroom assignments and providing a more intuitive search experience for public library patrons. Multiple versions of Explora will be released for schools and public libraries. Each version features a unique landing page designed to best support the needs of students, patrons, teachers and librarians in their respective settings.

January 29, 2015

LibLime to Exhibit at ALA Midwinter. LibLime

ibLime, a division of PTFS, will be participating in the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) MidWinter Annual Conference. LibLime will unveil the first look at DLS 3.0, LibLime Academic Koha plus digital content management, geospatial discovery, and a new cataloging editor. DLS 3.0 includes manynew functional features.

OverDrive rated mumber one eBook app for libraries and schools by users. Overdrive

OverDrive continues to be rated the best eBook app for libraries based on user ratings in the iOS (Apple) and Google Play (Android) app stores. Based on user ratings in the iOS and Android app stores, OverDrive has consistently been rated the highest compared to other library eBook apps. In addition, OverDrive has received significantly more ratings, further validating its leadership position. As of January 15, 2015, the OverDrive app had 40,806 ratings in the iOS app store with an average of 4 stars, and 63,272 ratings at 4.4 stars in the Google Play store. The current version of the OverDrive iOS app was rated 1,021 times with an average rating of 4.0. By comparison, the current version of the 3M Cloud Library iOS app averaged 1.5 stars on 82 ratings, and 3.1 stars in the Google Play app store.

A New Axis 360 Mobile Experience is Here. Baker and Taylor

Baker and Taylor introduced the new Axis 360 app! This free mobile app is our latest advancement toward a unified, easy-to-use experience for listening and reading.

University of Iowa Libraries select Ex Libris cloud solutions. Ex Libris

Ex Libris announced that the University of Iowa has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services. Alma will replace a number of systems, including the Aleph integrated library system.

Innovative's Open Library Experience at ALA Midwinter Meeting. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative will exhibit at booth #1811 in the ALA Midwinter Meeting featuring the Sierra Services Platform, Polaris ILS and Leap, SkyRiver, Vital, and more. Innovative staff will be on hand to answer your questions and talk about our new developments with APIs, the Cloud, and mobile technology including our new version of Mobile Worklists.

22 ATLA libraries now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services. OCLC

Twenty-two member libraries of the American Theological Library Association are now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system.

ByWater Solutions announces new Koha crowd funding site. ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions announced the beta release of their new Koha crowdfunding website:

January 28, 2015

Accessible Archives MARC records added to WorldCat and Digitized Collections added to WorldCat Discovery Services. OCLC

Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has entered into an agreement with OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative providing research, programs and services for libraries, to add MARC records from hundreds of digitized historical book resources to WorldCat for discovery of these valuable resources worldwide. Accessible Archives' diverse primary source collections, which now are available through WorldCat Discovery Services, also include newspapers and periodicals from Colonial and Early America. Unlimited Prioritiesis the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, and also facilitated the negotiations for this agreement.

SirsiDynix and Bibliotheca Continue Strategic Plans to Benefit Joint Customer Base. SirsiDynix

SirsiDynix and Bibliotheca, a leader in RFID and bar-code based self-service technology solutions, enhance their strategic partnership to expand future integration of the companies’ products resulting in an improved experience for library customers worldwide. Since 2012, SirsiDynix and Bibliotheca have been strategic technology and sales partners, maintaining close development initiatives to ensure both library product lines work seamlessly together. Recently, both companies have expanded their commitment to strengthen this partnership. The result is that the library market can expect to see further integration throughout the coming year to move libraries into the future and thin the lines between both patron and staff solutions.

Improving Library ROI in Technology, Content, and HR. RMG Consultants, Inc.

RMG once again announces a roundup of key ILS, Discovery, and Content vendors from the global library industry to discuss the promise and problems of libraries' adapting and leveraging new paradigms to improve ROI in content, technology, and HR.

University of Hertfordshire chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.. PTFS Europe

The University of Hertfordshire has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing library management system. PTFS Europe will implement the Koha system and provide on-going hosting and support services. The project also involves a tight integration with the University’s new discovery platform.

Memorial University of Newfoundland selects Ex Libris Solutions. Ex Libris

Ex Libris announced that Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada has adopted a suite of Ex Libris solutions comprised of the Alma library management solution, the Primo discovery and delivery solution, and the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation system. These solutions replace multiple disparate legacy systems used by the Library.

Over 1,100 Libraries Select Innovative in 2014. Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

Innovative announced that its flagship products were selected by 144 library systems in 2014; 49 of them are new libraries joining the Innovative family. The systems represent over 1,100 libraries of all types in over 20 countries. All of the company's platforms - the Polaris ILS, the Sierra Library Services Platform, and Virtua - were selected in 2014. The libraries are either upgrading from Innovative's Millennium ILS to the Sierra Library Services Platform or migrating from competing systems such as Alma, Evergreen, Horizon, Koha, Voyager, and Symphony.

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