October 20, 2016
(Follett) Follett School Solutions continues to support the importance of school librarians in students educational careers with a matching funds sponsorship of American Association of School Librarians’ Every Student Succeeds Act implementation workshops. Presented nationwide through collaboration with AASL state affiliates, the workshops highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be included in state and local plans.
(ProQuest) ProQuest’s comprehensive collection of Early English Books Online now includes even more exceptional works from the dawn of printing in England from 1473 to 1700, enabling thousands of rare, delicate resources to be accessible online to researchers around the world. With EEBO’s September 2016 release, scholars can now explore an additional 631 scanned image titles acquired from 27 unique archives, bringing the total to nearly 132,000 titles.
(Ingram Content Group) In the face of rising tuition, a generation of “digital-native” students have headed off to university with high expectations for the state of technology in their learning. To gauge the level of satisfaction in the digital programmes – specifically eTextbook programmes – offered by universities in the United Kingdom, VitalSource enlisted Shift Media to conduct a survey of 866 students from 131 higher education institutions. The survey assesses student engagement with eTextbooks and identifies institutional practices and student behaviours that correlate with high levels of student satisfaction.
(Talis) Talis, the leading provider of course resource management solutions and the most widely used solution for course reading lists, are announcing new capabilities in Talis Aspire to support the institutional acquisition and delivery of core eTextbooks directly into courses for students.
(Axiell) Axiell, the leading vendor to archives, libraries and museums worldwide, as well as the leading Vital Records systems provider in Australasia and Canada, Tuesday announces the acquisition of a business division of Gold Systems, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based company. The acquisition further strengthens Axiell’s position in the market for Vital Records, which comprises software systems to help authorities manage births, deaths, marriages and more. By adding Gold Systems’ Vital Records customers, including Washington, D.C., the innovative Vita product and two authorities in the Vital Records field, Steve Gold and Jeff Greenland, Axiell has significantly strengthened its presence in the field.
(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works recently completed a pair of scanning projects for the Library of Congress. Over the course of 18 months, they digitized 808,000 archival documents and bound book images on-site at the Library, plus 236,500 transmissive images at Backstage’s preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Digitizing rare and fragile collections on location at libraries provides curators an alternative to the extra handling involved with shipping.
(OCLC) OCLC has completed a year-long renovation to its headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, a project to not only repair the 35-year-old structure but also to purposefully update the environment to support a vibrant, innovative space for staff and member libraries. The newly renovated headquarters includes structural repairs, a refurbished atrium and entrance, updates to an auditorium, new presentation capabilities, videoconference rooms, new kitchen and cafeteria, and new gathering places and work spaces. Pivotal to the design is the addition of a broad, cantilevered stairway in the atrium that connects staff members throughout the building.
(OCLC) OCLC, the global library cooperative, today announced that Murdoch University Library, in Perth, Western Australia, has selected OCLC’s Sustainable Collection Services to analyse its print monograph collections. Murdoch will use the web-based SCS GreenGlass decision-support application to undertake a large-scale review of its print collections, seeking to integrate data on usage and holdings in other libraries into its decisions to retain, relocate or deselect resources.
October 17, 2016
(Oslo Public Library) Oslo Public Library - launched their new library management platform on the 12th of October after a 24 month development period. Core library functions, such as circulation, patron management, automation and messaging is managed by Koha, the open source web-based ILS managed by the Koha foundation. The online catalog search interface, patron self-service tools, and cataloguing are all developed in house in joint development between OPLs staff and external consultants.
(Copyright Clearance Center) Copyright Clearance Center, creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, announces the launch of RightFind Music, a search and file management website designed to help customers find, download and manage music from APM Music’s collection of more than 500,000 tracks licensed for use in presentations and video.
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant for $750,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support BitCurator NLP, a project that will develop software and protocols for the application of natural language processing (NLP) methods to born-digital library, archives and museum (LAM) collections. The new tools created by the two-year project will enable professionals at LAMs to more effectively and efficiently curate digital materials, and ultimately make collections more accessible to individuals searching for information or documents.
(Springer) Springer Nature announced that it has rolled out its free content sharing initiative, now named SharedIt, to all of the Springer Nature-owned portfolio and over one thousand additional co-owned and partner-owned journals. This now encompasses over 2,300 journals and enables authors and subscribers to post links to free-to-read versions of primary research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories, websites, scholarly collaborative networks and via emails. It follows a successful trial and roll out of the initiative for research articles in Nature-branded journals which has resulted in over 2.2 million additional article views since its launch in December 2014.
October 14, 2016
(PTFS Europe) London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art has chosen the Koha library management system to assist with its library service provision. PTFS Europe will carry out a full range of implementation services and will provide on-going hosting and support services.
(Council on Library and Information Resources) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.
(OCLC) The academic and research libraries of the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) meet today in Boston to celebrate the largest shared print monograph initiative to date. The institutional members of EAST have committed to retain over 6 million print monographs for an initial period of 15 years. These items represent scholarly content that might otherwise have been discarded as these libraries reconfigure and reclaim space to meet the needs of today’s research and teaching institutions.
(TIND Technologies) CERN spin-off TIND is now an an official member of DataCite thereby enabling seamless DOI creation for TIND’s partners and customers.
October 13, 2016
(Talis) YBP Library Services, a division of EBSCO Information Services , has partnered with Talis to bring more choice, and increased efficiencies, for course reading list driven library acquisitions and collection development. This partnership makes the integration between YBP and Talis Aspire, already in use at many Australasian universities, available now to our shared customers in the UK. Customers who use Talis Aspire workflows and data to inform their acquisitions strategy can now seamlessly, and at scale, acquire the right content in the right format, directly from YBP.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of integrated library systems (ILS) that empowers libraries globally, has launched Sierra Release 2.4 with significant new capabilities across multiple functional areas.
(ProQuest) ProQuest has named Janet Hogan as a leader of its Global Human Resources organization.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange, Inc of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.
October 12, 2016
(Springer) PRESS RELEASE Springer Nature merges Major Reference Works portfolios of Palgrave Macmillan and Springer Official launch of the expanded Major Reference Works portfolio at this year’s Frankfurt Book FairHeidelberg | London, 12 October 2016Springer Nature has merged the major reference programs from Palgrave Macmillan and Springer to form a complementary, comprehensive Major Reference Works (MRW) program. The expanded MRW portfolio includes high-profile trade and academic references from all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, humanities, business and economics. It gives access to a world-class collection of content, published in over 500 individual reference works. SpringerReference is known for high-quality content in disciplines such as applied sciences, clinical medicine, materials, physics and life sciences. It has also pioneered innovative electronic workflows using customized tools and publishing models such as Living References. Highlights of the program include the 20-volume Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience and the Encyclopedia of Cancer.Palgrave Macmillan contributes well-established flagship titles such as The Statesman’s Yearbook (now in its 153rd edition), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.Anil Chandy, Vice President, Major Reference Works Publishing, said: “Our Major Reference Works program is at the vanguard of Springer Nature’s eBook publishing and is a domain for exciting developments. Our reference works draw on scientific quality, cutting-edge research and high impact that is a hallmark of Springer Nature’s publishing. For our customers, in addition to all areas of science, technology and medicine, our publishing has expanded with Palgrave Macmillan to cover social sciences as well.”He added, “With advanced electronic workflows, and a dedicated global team to guide and support the publication process, reference publishing with Springer Nature is a streamlined and positive experience for our authors and editors. Furthermore, our new, merged portfolio will provide them access to all fields of research.” Springer Nature’s Major Reference Works content is internationally commissioned and developed by eminent scholars and scientists in all fields as editors, including Nobel Prize winners. Editorial boards, which review quality and validate the content, are comprised of internationally recognized academics and leaders in their disciplines.Overall, more than 100,000 scientists and researchers contribute to the Springer Nature reference program content. These reference works are available in print and on the content platform SpringerLink. Online, they are published both as eReferences and ‘Living References.’ Living References are up-to-date snapshots of a major reference work at a given moment in time. They allow content updates throughout the lifetime of each MRW article, ensure the latest academic content, maintain historical versions of articles, provide early online publication of articles without the need to wait for the whole reference work to be finished, and dramatically reduce the time lag between article submission and its publication.The MRW portfolio is updated with over 10,000 new reference work entries and 5,000 updates every year. Over 500,000 articles are already published and available in multiple publication formats (PDF and HTML) and are readable on all electronic devices. They are peer reviewed and scientifically validated, and are fully indexed to support discoverability and usage.Reference works are among the most frequently downloaded content within eBook subject collections licensed to academic, corporate and government organizations globally, and continue to be widely used in libraries.Springer is part of Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s most influential journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Visit www.springernature.com and follow @SpringerNature. 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October 11, 2016
(ProQuest) ProQuest is launching Syndetics Unbound, a new catalog enrichment service that combines and reimagines two best-of-breed technologies, the Syndetic Solutions service and the LibraryThing for Libraries system. By allowing libraries to easily embed rich information and guided discovery directly into their existing catalogs, Syndetics Unbound helps transform the traditional online catalog into a dynamic, attractive showcase. Patrons get a modern, convenient experience that includes expansive coverage of global books and media.
(Talis) The University of Hertfordshire have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services. The online reading lists system will improve student experience through seamless access to resource lists and resources. Talis Aspire will be integrated with the KOHA library management system and Summon discovery tool from Proquest.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced the availability of CARL.X v9.3 and CARL.Connect Discovery, formerly LS2 PAC for CARL.X, v3.2. Notably, CARL.X v9.3 has added features that continue to improve customer service interactions between library staff and their communities.
(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System, a state agency serving libraries in northern and western Illinois, are working together to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates at public libraries across the state. Through an innovative program, Career Online High School, Illinois adults in select communities who have a library card can participate in the program. Almost 1.5 million Illinois adults, or 11% of the population, do not have a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
(Axiell) Axiell announced its acquisition of BiBer GmbH, a full service provider to public libraries in Germany and Switzerland, offering Bibliothekssystems BIBDIA, an advanced hosting and library logistics solution. The acquisition extends Axiell’s presence in Germany and adds 160 customers with 230 branches to the 3,000 Scandinavian and UK library institutions that already use an Axiell solution.
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix welcome Santa Clara County Library District back to the family of Horizon libraries. Formerly a long-time Horizon library, SCCLD, is returning to Horizon after a 1 year interim adoption of another ILS. In addition to returning to their former ILS, the California public library system plans to adopt a number of SirsiDynix solutions, including BLUEcloud Analytics, eResource Central, MobileCirc, and BLUEcloud Visibility.
October 10, 2016
(Eduserv) OpenAthens has announced that ASTM International, the Pennsylvania, USA-based publisher of international standards, manuals, scholarly publications and e-learning courses has joined the OpenAthens access management federation. This move provides straightforward and secure access to ASTM International’s wide library of over 12,000 standards and related products, trusted globally by individuals and organizations in dozens of industry sectors from medical equipment and procedures through to materials manufacturing, petrochemical, and construction.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Central Queensland University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to support library services at the more than 20 university locations, which serve over 35,000 students. The solutions will replace Virtua from Innovative and EBSCO Discovery Service.
(Helmsley Charitable Trust) ORCID has been awarded further funding by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. This 18-month, $1.84M award follows our initial $3M award from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. It allows us to leverage the progress we have made engaging the community and increasing ORCID adoption and use over the last 18 months, and also to ensure that our technical offering scales appropriately as we grow.
(Demco) Public libraries can now offer patrons access to BrainHQ, the only brain fitness program with exercises shown in studies to improve cognition and to broadly generalize to real world activities. BrainHQ, developed by neuroscientists at Posit Science, includes more than two dozen brain-training exercises and is accessible to patrons via subscribing public libraries’ websites, in order to offer training wherever patrons are – be it at the library, at home or on the go using the BrainHQ app.
October 7, 2016
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that The American University in Dubai, is now live on the Koha open source integrated library system. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the Libraries’ more than 240,000 titles from their Millennium system and is providing ongoing support services to the library in cooperation with Edutech, a library services provider located in the United Arab Emirates. The local team at Edutech will be providing onsite support services to the library as well as handling all tier one support requests.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announces that Heidi Tebbe, the Collections and Research Librarian for Engineering and Data Science, from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, is the winner of the 2016 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship. The scholarship will pay for Tebbe to attend the 35th Annual Charleston Conference, which will take place in Charleston, South Carolina from October 31 – November 5.
(ProQuest) ProQuest Early English Books Online has been chosen by the National Institute of Informatics and Japan Alliance of University Library Consortia for E-Resources consortium as a joint consortium product for academics and researchers across the country.
(Equinox Software) Equinox announced two new additions to the SPARK/PaILS Consortium. Claysburg Area Public Library, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, Martinsburg Community Library, Roaring Spring Community Library, Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, and Williamsburg PA Public Library; affectionately known as The Blair County 6–BC6 for short; joined Altoona and Bellwood-Antis within SPARK. Bellwood-Antis Public Library migrated two weeks before The BC6.
(Evergreen Project) Evergreen brings search retrieval to a new level with the addition of a popularity boost to its ranking algorithm. The addition of the popularity ranking, along with new badges that will display for popular titles in the catalog, is one of many new features in Evergreen 2.11. Released on September 22, 2016, Evergreen 2.11 also features improvements to the patron’s My Account experience, the addition of e-mail checkout receipts, and enhancements that will improve staff workflows in circulation and cataloging.
(Voyager Sopris Learning) Voyager Sopris Learning announced it has released REWARDS Plus: Social Studies (3rd Edition), a powerful, specialized reading program for struggling readers in middle and high school. With activities to help students learn to read with proficiency and confidence, the new edition places a significantly increased focus on vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking skills.
October 5, 2016
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that two schools in Copenhagen—Professionshøjskolen Metropol (Metropolitan University College) and University College Capital (UCC)—are to be the first Danish universities to implement the Ex Libris Alma library management platform.
October 4, 2016
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces launched Mobile Worklists Release 2.2 to increase staff productivity throughout the library from a mobile device. With Mobile Worklists Release 2.2, staff are empowered to manage complex collection projects and daily operations with ease. Developed in response to ongoing user feedback, Mobile Worklists streamlines workflows and enhances the materials handling user experience for staff members at all library types.
(HathiTrust) More than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitized and are now accessible online. The project is part the University of Texas Libraries partnership with Google to digitize books and other literature to create a massive digital repository. The HathiTrust Digital Library was established in 2008, built upon digital content from research libraries culled from the original Google Books project — in which the UT Libraries were a partner — and the Internet Archive initiative, along with content digitized through partner projects. The volumes related to Latin American culture and history have been added to the HathiTrust Digital Library to be fully searchable online. UT Libraries became a partner member of HathiTrust in 2014, and in doing so, provided to the university community access to the project’s repository of more than 14 million volumes gathered from more than 100 partner institutions.
October 3, 2016
(Preservica) The State and University Library, Denmark, has embarked on a new venture with Digital Preservation specialist, Preservica, to safeguard its unique Audio Visual (AV) collections of national and local broadcast TV and radio programmes, as well as digitised collections of music, speech, commercials and newspapers, which date back to as early as 1666.
October 2, 2016
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that The Alameda and Contra Costa County Law Libraries of Oakland and Martinez, CA. are now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions had completed the migration of both of the libraries’ holdings from their SydneyPLUS systems earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to the union catalog. The libraries joined together to create a joint catalog during this migration, which can be be viewed at: http://acll.bywatersolutions.com. The Bernard E. Witkin library of Alameda County consists of two branches while the Contra Costa Public Law Library has three locations
September 30, 2016
(ProQuest) Graphiq is the latest in a series of tech companies turning to Bowker, an affiliate of ProQuest, to connect them with metadata to enhance their businesses. Bowker is a ProQuest affiliate and acts as the retail agent for ProQuest's renowned metadata.
(OCLC) OCLC and the Society of College, National and University Libraries announced a new agreement for the provision of collaborative after-hours virtual reference services in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The agreement is based on the successful initial pilot and now, established service, run with The Northern Collaboration consortium of libraries.
(Rutgers University) Rutgers University has become the first of New Jersey’s institutions of higher education to formally take action against the rising cost of textbooks by launching the Open and Affordable Textbook Project (OAT). The initiative includes a grant program administered by Rutgers University Libraries that will give incentives to faculty or department groups that replace a traditional textbook with a free, low-cost or open alternative. This program has the potential to save students across the university as much as $500,000 within its first year.
(EBSCO Information Services) Libraries can now increase the power of linked data by adding reader’s advisory services with NoveList Select for Linked Data. NoveList, a division of EBSCO Information Services, has partnered with Zepheira to boost the visibility of library collections online and enrich the information available to people in the community. The latest addition to the NoveList product line, NoveList Select for Linked Data builds upon linked data resources such as Linked Library Service, which helps libraries reach both users and non-users who are searching in their favorite search engine. NoveList Select for Linked Data combines rich metadata from author, series and genre information with read-alike recommendations, appeal terms and reviews from NoveList which allows libraries to provide even more information about their collections to patrons and potential patrons who are searching online.
(Eduserv) OpenAthens announced it has renewed its contract with NICE on behalf of the NHS in England, providing access to essential content for hundreds of thousands of front-line medical workers and researchers across the country. The arrangement, spanning a further three years for the period May 2017 to April 2020, covers the provision of access management to a wide variety of online resources, research, and databases purchased nationally, regionally, and locally for the NHS in England through dedicated accounts that are available to all health and social care staff providing NHS-commissioned care.
September 29, 2016
(Boopsie) Boopsie released a case study that reveals what drove Reading Public Library to launch a customized mobile app. As the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide has seen with its other public library partners, the ever-rising increase in smartphone ownership has led to a demand for library services to expand onto mobile platforms. This trend extends beyond wealthy households as the Census Bureau reports that 80.9% of those living below poverty level have cell phones.
(Baker and Taylor) Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and Unbound Concepts, creator of the Artifact platform announced today that artifacts are now live in Title Source 360, Baker & Taylor's premier collection development and ordering platform.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has opted to implement the Ex Libris Alma library management platform and combine it with the library’s Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. The School joins a growing global community of Ex Libris customers that are now able to optimize library processes and integrate them with other institutional systems to expand library support for teaching, learning, and research.
September 27, 2016
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO has hired Catherine Reid as Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Reid brings 15 years of experience in developing and executing talent management strategies and managing complex human resource operations to EBSCO. She will be responsible for HR strategy and service delivery. Reid was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources for Thomson Reuters, where she was responsible for more than 1,200 employees in 40 different countries.
(FOLIO) The first FOLIO code is now available. FOLIO, which stands for the Future of Libraries is Open, is a community project to develop an open source library services platform. This first release of the base FOLIO code is a critical milestone to have reached since its announcement in June opening up the code to community review and comment.
(OCLC) OCLC and Internet Archive announced the results of a year-long cooperative effort to ensure the future sustainability of purl.org. The organizations have worked together to build a new sustainable service hosted by Internet Archive that will manage persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for purl.org, purl.com, purl.info and purl.net.
(Credo Reference) Credo, the industry leader for information literacy, critical thinking, and research solutions, announced today it has introduced new content for its InfoLit Modules, as well as a dramatically upgraded platform that enables instructional customization. Credo’s InfoLit Modules – a mix of videos, tutorials, and assessments – are a library of ready-to-use instructional assets to support librarians in teaching information literacy and research skills.
(Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum) A new library management system which will promote collaboration between cross-sector libraries in Wales was celebrated at an event in the National Assembly.
(Cengage Learning) Tyton Partners, the leading provider of investment banking and strategy consulting services to the global knowledge sector, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Advanced Instructional Systems, Inc. d/b/a WebAssign, a Raleigh-based company specializing in digital instructional and courseware technology, by Cengage Learning. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
September 26, 2016
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris released version 5.1 of the Rosetta digital management and preservation system. The new version was created in collaboration with the Rosetta User Group and reflects the needs and priorities of the growing Rosetta customer community.
(Villanova University) Version 3.1 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This minor release adds a significant number of new features and enhancements while maintaining compatibility with version 3.0, released earlier in the year.
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the release of Horizon 7.5.4. The latest Horizon update provides new, powerful capabilities to a long-standing, dependable solution, helping Horizon libraries provide the Best Library User Experience for both library staff and end users. SirsiDynix is dedicated to providing libraries with progressive and continually-advancing solutions.
September 24, 2016
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group today announced three new associates to the company: Kurt Hettler, Rachel Bressler, and Peter Antone.
September 23, 2016
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation is pleased to welcome two more school systems to the growing list of Library.Solution users. Muncie Community Schools of Indiana and Notre Dame School of Bethleham, Pa., recently entrusted the operations of their school libraries to TLC’s integrated library system.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation is pleased to welcome two more school systems to the growing list of Library.Solution users. Muncie Community Schools of Indiana and Notre Dame School of Bethleham, Pa., recently entrusted the operations of their school libraries to TLC’s integrated library system.
September 22, 2016
(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization has published NISO RP-25-2016, Outputs of the NISO Alternative Assessment Project. This recommended practice on altmetrics, an expansion of the tools available for measuring the scholarly impact of research in the knowledge environment, was developed by working groups that were part of NISO's Altmetrics Initiative, a project funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The document outlines altmetrics definitions and use cases, alternative outputs in scholarly communications, data metrics, and persistent identifiers in scholarly communications. This guidance was necessary because, before the project began, scholars had long expressed dissatisfaction with traditional measures of success, such as the Impact Factor, but needed standards relating to other viable assessment methods.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the H.N. Pullar Library at the Textile Museum of Canada of Toronto, Canada, is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.
(EBSCO Information Services) Libraries can now change the look and feel of their websites instantly with the release of Stacks, a hosted, turnkey web content management system designed specifically for libraries. Stacks is available through EBSCO Information Services, empowering libraries to engage their patrons anytime, anywhere.
(Ingram Content Group) Even as students are growing more disappointed with the state of technology in their classrooms, digital textbooks are proving to be an outlier as a trusted learning tool, according to a recent survey of 500 college students conducted by Wakefield Research for VitalSource. Even as nearly one-in-five are not happy with the technology in their classrooms and almost three-quarters of students do not believe an increase in available classroom technology would improve their grades, they overwhelmingly believe they would have more success with interactive textbooks.
September 21, 2016
(Preservica) The University of Manchester’s digital collection of rare books, medieval manuscripts, maps, and historic archives, including 4500-year old clay tablets and contemporary email correspondence, is moving to Preservica, a digital preservation and access solution hosted on the AWS cloud, to ensure it is accessible and future-proofed indefinitely
(ProQuest) ProQuest is teaming with Oxford University Press to make thousands of ebooks available on University Press Scholarship Online platform via the OASIS system. A groundbreaking online library, UPSO grants access to more than 20,000 monographs in subjects covering almost every area of academia. With an ever-growing family of publishers – including Oxford University Press, University of Chicago Press, Stanford University Press and Edinburgh University Press – contributing their outstanding scholarly lists to the platform, UPSO library is an essential resource, built around high-quality, peer-reviewed academic books. This agreement expands the rich selection of ebook platforms already represented via the OASIS system.
(Baker and Taylor) collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution has today announced the release of its new Dashboard that enables users to monitor the progress of collection management tasks and identify changes in circulation and turnover over time.
(EBSCO Information Services) The American Library Association and EBSCO Information Services are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. The scholarship allows more librarians to take advantage of the opportunities for continuing education, meetings and interactions with colleagues at the meeting, which will take place from Jan. 20 – 24, 2017.
September 19, 2016
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Simon Fraser University, located in British Columbia, Canada, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery platform. These solutions will replace SFU’s Millennium system from Innovative, which has been in place for over 20 years, and will enable the library to introduce more efficient workflows.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and Mackin have partnered to make EBSCO eBooks available to order on the Mackin.com ecommerce site. The collaboration between EBSCO and Mackin, a leading provider of high-quality library and classroom materials to librarians and educators in K-12 schools, gives MackinVIA customers the opportunity to choose from a wide range of relevant EBSCO eBooks titles from within their preferred acquisition platform. MackinVIA, the free digital resource management system, is used by over 9 million students and has recently won the Best of Show Award at ISTE 2016 for the second year in a row.
(OCLC) More than 120 library professionals from around the world are meeting at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio, to offer best practices and discuss their experiences with WorldShare Management Services, the cloud based cooperative library management system.
(Follett) Nader Qaimari, who leads Follett’s PreK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, is one of five panelists selected to explore the relationship between educators and education providers at the 2016 EdNET Conference later this month in Dallas.
(PTFS Europe) The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has gone live with Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing SirsiDynix Symphony solution. The team at PTFS Europe have implemented Koha and are providing on-going hosting and support services.
September 15, 2016
(PTFS Europe) Historic Environment Scotland has chosen Koha as its new library management system to manage the library’s valuable resources. PTFS Europe has implemented the Koha system and is providing on-going hosting and support services.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solution welcomed the Paola Free Library to the Northeast Kansas Library System. The Paola Free Library joined the NExpress Shared Regional Catalog, adding of over 30,000 items to the union catalog. The library is the 52nd library site to join NExpress, which contains over one million items and services over 160,000 patrons in northeast Kansas. Prior to migrating to Koha, Paola Free Library was utilizing the Atriuum ILS.
(EBSCO Information Services) A partnership between Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company and ACI Information Group will give PlumX Suite users access to metrics collected from the world’s only scholarly blog service. Scholarly blogs are increasingly part of the public discourse around research, and this partnership will allow researchers, librarians and funding organizations to see who is interacting with a piece of research and what they are saying in ACI’s collection of more than one million scholarly blog posts.
September 14, 2016
(Odilo) Odilo anunció una nueva alianza estratégica con Axiell un partner estratégico que nos ayudará a seguir uniendo esfuerzos para poder proporcionar a todas las bibliotecas del mundo el acceso a los contenidos digitales.
(Equinox Software) Bibliomation has partnered with Equinox on many occasions over the years. Equinox is pleased to announce the completion of a project with the Connecticut-based organization. Milford Public Library was successfully migrated to Evergreen in late August. This was a joint effort between Equinox and Bibliomation .
(Boopsie) Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, today released a case study that explores how users responded when The Ferguson Library cancelled their mobile app with plans to replace it with a mobile-friendly library website.
September 13, 2016
(EBSCO Information Services) Students need to have the skills to be effective learners and team members in order to be successful in school and in the workplace. LearningExpress, an EBSCO Company, helps students develop the non-academic skills and habits that are essential for college and career success with the newly added College Success Skills Center in PrepSTEP.
(ProQuest) ProQuest has been chosen over 30 other information and technology providers by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science to support and enhance scholarship by supplying dissertations and theses to 50 Russian institutions.
(Lyrasis) The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, a nonprofit paper conservation facility, and LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, are proud to announce a partnership. The collaboration aims to strengthen an alliance between complementary organizations and increase access to vital services for their constituents. Each institution will offer reciprocal workshop and webinar discounts to the other’s members. The organizations will also engage in combined consulting offerings for cultural heritage organizations. In addition, LYRASIS members will receive a discount on conservation treatment services at CCAHA.
(OCLC) OCLC announced the appointment of Rachel Frick as Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership. Frick will lead the program of OCLC Research that undertakes significant, innovative, collective action to benefit scholars and researchers. In this role, she will direct a team of program officers who are widely recognized for their efforts to advance innovation, learning, and connecting libraries to the future.
(New York Public Library) Open eBooks users will now be able to log in using Clever, a secure educational login platform, making it even easier for educators to help children take advantage of this program, and increase access to a wider network of students. Nearly 25,000 schools currently using Clever are eligible for Open eBooks, which is available to formal and informal educators serving children in need. Clever will also make it possible for any district to sign up for its services at no cost in order to use Open eBooks.
(Equinox Software) Equinox is happy to announce that yet another library has successfully migrated to Virginia Evergreen. Halifax County South Boston Public Library System is the ninth library system to join Virginia Evergreen which boasts close to thirty branches in total.
September 12, 2016
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is pleased to announce the go-live of the Odilo connector for eResource Central. This new connector makes more than one million Odilo titles available to subscribing libraries and their patrons. The addition of the Odilo platform contributes a considerable expansion of the content and options available to BLUEcloud libraries via eResource Central and stands as a further realization of the SirsiDynix best-of-breed mission to make the most and best resources available to libraries.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Ex Libris Leganto course resource list solution. Tens of thousands of instructors, students, and librarians are using the collaborative, cloud based solution, and other customers are joining the Leganto community at a rapid pace.
(Eduserv) OpenAthens and Knowledge E announce the signing of a new strategic partnership that will bring single sign-on access to essential academic and professional information resources to a wider range of organisations throughout the Middle East.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services continues to provide support in advocating open source and open access. EBSCO has agreed to provide additional financial support to Koha, the world’s first full-featured, free open source Integrated Library System (ILS) that is used worldwide by more than 15,000 libraries of all types.
September 9, 2016
(EBSCO Information Services) According to the 2017 Serials Price Projection Report from EBSCO Information Services, the overall effective publisher price increases for academic/medical libraries are expected to be the range of 5 to 6 percent (before currency impact). EBSCO bases the information in the Serials Price Projection Report on surveys of a wide range of publishers and reviews of historical serials pricing data to assist information professionals as they make budgeting decisions for renewals season.
(Open Library Foundation) The Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects. The foundation provides the infrastructure for librarians, developers, designers, service providers, and vendors to collaborate with innovative open source technologies and develop transformative solutions for libraries.
September 8, 2016
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the New York Law School’s Mendik Library, of New York, NY. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings from Millennium earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.
(Ex Libris) The Penn Libraries and Ex Libris announce that the Ex Libris Alma library management solution has been selected to serve the Penn Libraries’ unified resource management needs. The Penn Libraries is the 31st member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to opt for the Alma service, establishing it as a leader among library systems being adopted within ARL. With its comprehensive functionality, maturity, and openness, Alma will enable the Penn Libraries to continue to work with open-source discovery and adopt more optimal workflows.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services introduced the Ultimate editions to meet the increasing demands of scholarly research. The collection includes five multi-discipline databases, each offering an extensive amount of full text that brings a global perspective to research in each discipline. The Ultimate editions create the ultimate research experience by providing an unparalleled amount of peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including journals indexed in leading citation indexes. The five databases each include a vast array of international coverage, as well as valuable video content from the Associated Press.
(Odilo) ODILO provides customized eBook solutions for consortia, regional networks, and state-wide library agencies so they can manage their own eContent marketplace and easily share titles among member libraries. Groups of any size can harness the collective buying power of a group while successfully meeting individual library and patron needs. OdiloConsortia is a single shared platform that provides greater cooperation and collaboration between libraries through resource sharing. OdiloFlex allows individual libraries (who are using the same platform shared by the consortia) to purchase popular titles or additional copies exclusively for their patrons. OdiloJoin is a network of Odilo digital libraries linked together to share any type of eContent, and patrons have priority access to content purchased by their home library.
(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works announced that Jocelyn Dunlop has joined its sales team representing cataloging, digitization, microfilm, authority control, reclassification, data conversion and on-site services. Jocelyn will work with libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming as well as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, is proud to announce the launch of the Innovative Knowledge Base Release 1.0 for an accurate view of entitlements and comprehensive management of library content lifecycles.
September 7, 2016
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that the University of Mary Washington has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has been certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and the WBENC-administered U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. The dual certifications give TLC the unique ability to compete for exclusive business opportunities provided by WBENC corporate members and government agencies.
(Boopsie) Boopsie has partnered with Southern Ontario Library Service to offer a mobile solution to member libraries. SOLS members interested in offering users a single convenient access point to their library’s resources anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device can now receive a discount on library-branded native apps through this new partnership with Boopsie.
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix and Relais International announced a partnership to deliver automated and streamlined ILL solutions to BLUEcloud libraries. This partnership marks another step forward in the SirsiDynix mission to connect libraries with best-of-breed resources. Through this new partnership, SirsiDynix BLUEcloud libraries will have access to best-of-breed ILL solutions powered by Relais.
(Eduserv) The OpenAthens Federation grows with today’s addition of the publications division of the American Chemical Society. This new partnership provides ACS members and subscribers with a streamlined path to the ACS’ world-leading suite of 50 journals, and hundreds of eBooks, along with additional transparency around usage data for institutions.
September 6, 2016
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix reported continued growth in the second quarter of 2016. The multi-year trend of robust SirsiDynix growth continues through the spring by the addition of more than 40 libraries and consistent BLUEcloud product adoption. The growth in BLUEcloud adoptions is another important step forward in the SirsiDynix mission to bring the Best Library User Experience to libraries worldwide and to push the industry toward more intuitive, state-of-the-art technology.
(Copyright Clearance Center) Copyright Clearance Center announced that its award-winning academic solution Get It Now will be offered to the libraries of Spanish higher education institutions through the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos.
(DuraSpace) In collaboration with the University of California at San Diego's Chronopolis service, DuraSpace is pleased to announce the availability of the DuraCloud Enterprise Chronopolis subscription plan.
(KOMBIT) Valget til den nye styregruppe for Fællesskabet FBS – Fælles Bibliotekssystem – er nu afgjort. 75 ud af i alt 95 stemmeberettigede kommuner valgte at bruge deres stemme.Fælles Bibliotekssystem - FBS - er en løsning, der indeholder oplysninger om blandt andet lånere, lån og reservationer på skole- og folkebiblioteker. Bag Fælles Bibliotekssystem står et fællesskab bestående af 95 kommuner samt det Danske Bibliotek i Sydslesvig.
(OCLC) OCLC announced that University College London has selected OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to analyse over 2 million print monographs across 19 library sites and inform decisions about relegation, retention and potential shared print collection management. UCL will use the web-based SCS GreenGlass decision-support application to analyse their own print collections and those held in other libraries. UCL will also include its owned e-books in the project, enabling GreenGlass to identify print books that are also held as e-books, adding a format dimension to the analysis. The data will then be used to formulate strategies around retention, storage and possible collaborative collection management initiatives.
(Copyright Clearance Center) Copyright Clearance Center, una empresa tecnológica de gestión de derechos y licencias de contenidos, ha anunciado que su solución académica Get It Now se ofrecerá a las bibliotecas de las instituciones de educación superior españolas a través del Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos.
September 2, 2016
(ProQuest) ProQuest has joined forces with Wiley to make ebooks on the Wiley Online Library platform available for purchase via OASIS.
September 1, 2016
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that it has passed the mark of 500 live Alma institutions with the implementation of Alma in the Renouvaud network in Switzerland. The dynamic Renouvaud library network serves the entire canton of Vaud, which includes over 100 libraries. Its strategic and financial management is under the direction of the University Library of Lausanne (Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire – BCU Lausanne).
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Briscoe Library at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is enhancing its audiobook experience with a new design and additional features that provide an improved listening experience for libraries. EBSCO Audiobooks now offers a new audiobook app for listening on the go, an expanded collection of titles, improved delivery systems and a new, easy-to-use design.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que ha superado la marca de 500 instituciones usando Alma en vivo con la reciente implementación en la red Renouvaud en Suiza. La dinámica red de bibliotecas Renouvaud atiende a toda la región de Vaud, que incluye más de 100 bibliotecas. Su gestión estratégica y financiera está bajo la dirección de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Lausana (Bibliothèque cantonale et Universitaire - BCU Lausanne
August 31, 2016
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Australia’s Charles Darwin University has opted for a library services platform consisting of the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery platform. These two solutions will be replacing Intota and SirsiDynix Symphony systems.
(Overdrive) OverDrive announced an agreement with Simon & Schuster’s Pimsleur Language Programs to be its exclusive international (outside the U.S.) digital wholesaler to public and school libraries and non-exclusively to U.S. public libraries and corporate libraries worldwide. The Pimsleur Language Program offers 50 languages for English speakers and has proven expertise in English as a Second Language with programs in 14 languages. Learners spend just 30 minutes a day for 30 days to achieve intermediate-level proficiency and can learn Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and more. The Pimsleur Method allows users to effectively learn a language the way native speakers do by integrating vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation into everyday conversations.
August 30, 2016
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham has selected the Ex Libris campusM Enterprise platform to provide UAB students, faculty, and staff with easy access to key systems, such as the university’s Banner ERP solution, library services, and class schedules. By leveraging the university’s authentication services, the campusM app will deliver an experience personalized for each user, displaying relevant services and information on any device.
(Creekside Digital) Joan DaShiell joins Creekside Digital as Director of Digital Services.
(Backstage Library Works) As library collections around the world continue to reflect a diverse community of users, Backstage Library Works is meeting the challenge in providing highly-descriptive bibliographic metadata adapted to best serve the needs of libraries and their patrons. Backstage works with materials in any format to provide rich catalog records for academic, public, and special libraries.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that the Solano Partner Libraries and St. Helena (SPLASH) Consortium have extended their CARL.X contract for an additional five years. The libraries of SPLASH have been a longstanding member of the TLC family beginning with their implementation of the CARL•Solution legacy system in 1992. They completed an upgrade to the CARL.X ILS in 2012.
August 26, 2016
(NISO) Voting Members of the National Information Standards Organization have approved a new project to modernize library-vendor technical interoperability to improve the access of digital library content and electronic books. Building upon a set of API Requirements developed by Queens Library, a new NISO Working Group will create a foundational API set that the library community can build on. This set will fulfill an array of user and library needs, including quicker response times, flexible item discovery and delivery options, improved resource availability, and more seamless integration of electronic and physical resources.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, builds international momentum with two more partners selecting the Vital digital asset management solution.
(Odilo) ODILO announces their partnership Axiell, the leading supplier of IT systems and services to public libraries in the UK, Ireland, and the Nordic countries. The partnership will enable libraries to easily access and manage digital content, integrate a mix of content sources, and quickly distribute high-quality content to patrons.
(ProQuest) ProQuest enriched its book offerings with new print and ebook titles and with advancements that simplify access to content. In addition to launching its innovative Access-to-Own acquisition model on the Ebook Central platform, the company has debuted new ebook subscriptions, an online ebook catalog and expanded acquisition options for both print and electronic titles on the OASIS platform – all designed to improve librarian workflows.
(TIND Technologies) Kathy McCarthy has joined CERN spin-off TIND as Vice President of Partnership Development, effective September 1st, 2016. Previously employed at Innovative Interfaces as Business Director for California, McCarthy brings nearly eight years of library automation industry knowledge and customer relationship management experience. McCarthy is TIND’s first full-time U.S. hire.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that The Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School, of Lakeville, CT is now live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support. ByWater Solutions had completed the migration of the Libraries’ more than 70,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library.
August 24, 2016
(Bibliotheca) bibliotheca announced a new partnership with Living Language, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for exclusive distribution of digital language learning courses into public libraries.
(Axiell) Axiell announce a partnership with Odilo, one of the leading digital content providers for libraries. The partnership will enable libraries to easily access and manage digital content, integrate a mix of content sources and quickly distribute high-quality content to patrons.