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November 30, 2015

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the National Library of New Zealand has adopted the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, with its Primo Central index of scholarly e-resources. As a result the National Library will deploy a fully integrated platform to manage and expose its vast collections of electronic, print, and digital resources. Primo will also be integrated with the National Library’s installation of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation system, enabling future generations to access the rich digital heritage of New Zealand.

(Open Preservation Foundation) The National Library of Portugal (Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal) joins the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) as its latest affiliate member.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix customers across the globe are increasingly implementing BLUEcloud Products for use in their libraries. BLUEcloud products offer libraries next-generation management technology and discovery tools. The process of upgrading to BLUEcloud is straightforward, requiring no migration and no conversion; this simplicity has contributed to robust adoption of BLUEcloud products.

(OCLC) University of Sheffield is the first institution in the UK to select OCLC Sustainable Collection Services, the analysis tools and services that will help the University Library make more informed decisions about managing its print resources.

November 27, 2015

(Overdrive) Rakuten Kobo announced a change of leadership. President Michael Tamblyn will become Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Takahito (Taka) Aiki, who will remain involved in the company as Chairman, effective January 1, 2016.

November 24, 2015

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group is reminding prospective startups for the 1440 Winter Session 2016 that the deadline for applications is November 30, 2015. The accelerator program, 1440, is named for the year Johannes Gutenberg perfected his printing press technology.

(Boopsie) Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, today reported the impressive effect that integration of its Digital Comics and Graphic Novels subscription can have on circulation and usage of the resources that are popular with readers of all ages.

(SirsiDynix) The University of Reading has signed a multiyear agreement to expand its license for Symphony to its Malaysia campus. From April to October, Library staff worked with SirsiDynix consultants to plan the project and configure the system. The Malaysia Campus went live in mid-October. The University of Reading has been a SirsiDynix customer since 1997, using products like the Enterprise discovery tool to help students find and use library materials. With this license expansion, the Malaysia campus will likewise use SirsiDynix Enterprise as its online catalog.

November 23, 2015

(Gale Group) Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced the first module of Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library, the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-20th century Arabic printed books. Module One, which includes a wealth of content on Islamic literature, law and other religious items, is part of Gale’s ongoing Arabic digitization program offering the world’s most important Arabic collections to researchers, instructors and students.

November 20, 2015

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the more than 30 students enrolled in four classes at Red River College are using Koha through the Klassmates program.

November 19, 2015

(PTFS Europe) Deep Web Technologies and PTFS Europe have partnered to provide the Explorit Everywhere! federated search solution to European libraries and organisations. Explorit Everywhere! comprehensively and quickly searches all subscription resources, library catalogs and public websites for relevant information, increasing research efficiency.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Keele University is replacing its Innovative Interfaces Millennium and Encore systems with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

(Sage) SAGE is delighted to announce that SAGE Knowledge, an expansive social science digital library for students, researchers, and faculty, is now live on a new platform for use on all devices and featuring multiple content types. Originally launched in 2012, SAGE Knowledge currently hosts more than 6,100 titles and videos, with a range of SAGE eBook and eReference content including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and now streaming video with SAGE Video.

(Follett) Follett and New Dimension Media announced a partnership for Follett to exclusively distribute NDM's CCC! Streaming Media to K-12 schools across the United States and Canada. CCC! Streaming Media's comprehensive video collection is licensed for use in the classroom and provides essential tools to embed video into the curriculum including teacher support material, student connection activities and assessments.

November 18, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest SIPX, provider of the most complete digital course materials solutions in higher education, saving students and universities more than $3.67M to date, has launched new capabilities that make creating and sharing digital course materials easier.

(OCLC) West Virginia University Libraries, which serves more than 31,000 students and comprises five libraries and the WVU Press, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

(RMG Consultants, Inc.) RMG once again announces a roundup of leading executives to discuss the obligations, opportunities, and challenges of the global library industry -- guided by this year’s theme -- “What’s Important?"

(Bibliotheca) The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s launched a $275 million building program in 2008, which includes bringing eight new and two expanded branches to the Atlanta metro area. Each new branch is equipped with Bibliotheca self-service kiosks and automated materials handling systems, freeing up time for staff to spend more time with patrons, who love the quick and easy self-service experience.

(Learning Bird) Learning Bird announced today a significant update to its award-winning learning platform. The latest release of Learning Bird is designed to further empower teachers in offering differentiated instruction in their classroom by allowing them to easily assign specific lessons to individual students or groups of students. Teachers can upload their class lists into the platform and can then selectively assign individual lessons or playlists of lessons for students to complete. Teachers can even set due dates for lesson assignments and can check back any time to see which students have completed the assignments and whether they found the assignment helpful or not.

(Follett) Follett has launched Students’ Choice, a monthly list developed by compiling regularly generated, real-circulation statistics straight from school libraries. Unlike other lists, the information compiled through Follett Destiny Library Manager provides educators with regularly updated and reliable year-long trends based on what students are checking out of their school libraries.

November 17, 2015

(Ex Libris) Il Gruppo Ex Libris annunciare che la Rete Bibliotecaria Austriaca ha deciso di adottare la soluzione per la gestione delle risorse Ex Libris Alma. Tra i 14 membri della Rete, impegnati nella prima fase di implementazione, possiamo menzionare la Biblioteca Nazionale Austriaca, l'Università di Graz, l'Università della Tecnologia di Vienna, l'Università di Innsbruck, l'Università di Vienna e l'Università di Economia e Commercio di Vienna.

(ProQuest) A new API enables select content from the powerful ProQuest Dialog information service to be integrated into organizational workflow tools – such as intranets, analysis and visualization programs, and SharePoint sites. The API gives researchers the ability to retrieve and manipulate select content from leading biomedical, engineering, news and trade, and patents databases in a format that works best for them.

November 16, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) Wuhan University, located in Wuhan, Hubei, China, has opted to replace Primo Central with EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services to provide a more powerful user experience through broader content and greater functionality. Wuhan University is also ranked as the number1 academy per the 2015/2016 ranking studies done by Research Center for China Science Evaluation and Network of Science and Education Evaluation in China, on the discipline of Library and Information Science as well as Archives Management.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has expanded its database of British Periodicals with the launch of Collection IV. British Periodicals is a unique, transformative resource charting contemporary comment on the interests, attitudes, and events across three centuries of British history, politics and culture. From the 17th through the 20th centuries the collections enable users to search in depth across a vast array of material, which would previously have been inaccessible to them.

(LibLime) The Ellsworth Correctional Facility Library has gone live on LibLime Academic Koha 4.12. The experienced Library staff at the Correctional Facility worked closely with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully migrate bibliographic, item, authority, patron and transactional data to LibLime Academic Koha from their legacy commercial system.

(Civica) Civica Library Solutions announced the latest partnership with Bibliotheca to bring Cloud Library e-content to libraries across Australia and New Zealand.

(OCLC) Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola Notre Dame Library, officially took her seat on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the Board’s November meeting. She was elected to the Board by OCLC Global Council in April 2015.

November 13, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest has teamed with Jisc to create a custom ebooks collection that provides key texts for Further Education Institutions across the UK. The move expands the relationship between ProQuest and Jisc that already provides access to more than 400 ebooks to more than 400 colleges across the UK. The new special collection of 73 titles has been created using content from such publishers as Hodder Education, Bloomsbury, Taylor & Francis, and Pearson, and focuses on core subjects on the syllabus for A Level, BTEC and NVQ students.

November 12, 2015

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Ex Libris Alma library management service is live in operation at Dresden University of Applied Sciences.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is opening new paths to the study of American Indians and the American West during the pivotal, often calamitous,19th and 20th centuries by digitizing key 20th century records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Major Council Meetings of American Indian Tribes, together with other rich primary source collections from the U.S. National Archives and the Chicago History Museum that focus on the 19th Century. In total, 36 new collections in American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971 join the expansive content in ProQuest® History Vault, a resource designed specifically to improve research outcomes.

(Kuali Foundation) The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center and the Common Library Network have joined the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) community and the Kuali Foundation as development partners. The hbz and GVB are two German library services network providers that collectively provide services to over 300 academic and research libraries.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced the successful implementation of the Sierra Item Status API at Robbins Library in Arlington, Massachusetts. The integration between Sierra and RFID technology from D-Tech International USA allows patrons to check in, check out, and renew RFID-tagged items with Innovative’s Express Lane self-check. Robbins Library patrons can also process items from other members of the Minuteman Library Network in the same transaction as local books and media.

(The Library Corporation) Product enhancements announced at The Library Corporation’s annual users conference are opening up new cataloging and workflow possibilities for libraries using TLC’s Library.Solution and CARL.X automation systems.

November 11, 2015

(Boopsie) Boopsie continued positive results from its latest customer satisfaction review. The survey, which is automatically sent to all customers who submitted a request to Boopsie’s help desk, received a 35% response rate along with detailed responses from over 120 leading libraries. According to this survey, Boopsie’s library customers are 98% satisfied with the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider’s customer support, with many reviews highlighting consistently fast response time.

(Civica) Civica Library Solutions continues to partner with leading local and international e-content providers to provide a seamless library experience for users. The latest partner in Civica’s API integration programme is Wheelers Books and their ePlatform solution for libraries.

(Thomson Reuters) Thomson Reuters announced that it is exploring strategic options for its Intellectual Property and Science business. With leading products and solutions such as Web of Science, Thomson CompuMark, Thomson Innovation, MarkMonitor, Thomson Reuters Cortellis and Thomson IP Manager, the Intellectual Property and Science business provides its customers with comprehensive intellectual property and scientific information, decision support tools and services supporting the innovation lifecycle for governments, academia and corporations.

November 10, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest has won the Best Interface award in The Charleston Advisors Annual Readers’ Choice Award in recognition of its newly-enhanced ProQuest® platform. Now in its fifteenth consecutive year, the awards identify and honor the best digital products of interest to libraries.The newly-enhanced platform was launched in August this year following deep analysis of researcher behaviours on the platform, including extensive testing with users and librarians, beta testing with a variety of customer development partners, and large scale A/B testing.

(Follett) When K-12 educators have questions, more and more are turning to Follett Community for answers. An online gathering place where teachers, administrators and librarians can share knowledge and engage in discussions on a wide range of topics, Follett Community provides members a space to share ideas, solutions, and collaborate with other K-12 learning professionals.

(Axiell) Museums are focusing audience engagement strategies on digitisation of the collection, social media and informative websites to deliver public value and educational opportunities, according to new research conducted by Axiell, the leading provider of collections management software for archives, libraries and museums. The survey, carried out in cooperation with Museums and the Web, focused on 71 senior leaders, strategy consultants, curators and employees from museums worldwide, also shows many are using smartphones and tablets to engage visitors and provide educational opportunities.

(Odilo) ODILO, a leading eBook provider in Europe and Latin America, has partnered with Electronic Information Solutions, Philippine's leading provider of library automation, information management, copy cataloging, library security systems, and subscriptions to eJournals and eBooks.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions welcomes Jessica Zairo as ByWater’s newest Koha Educator. Jessica will join the ByWater team assisting partners with and educating partners on their Koha Open Source ILS.

November 9, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) Libraries using Kuali OLE and GOBI from YBP Library Services will be able to use a new functionality that will streamline the acquisitions process. The OLE GobiAPI will allow the real-time transfer of bibliographic and order details for all print and electronic orders placed via the GOBI platform.

(OCLC) OCLC Research has published a new compilation, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn, which represents more than a decade of collaborative work studying the information-seeking behaviors of library users.

(3M Library Systems) 3M today announced that it has completed the sale of assets for the majority of its remaining global Library Systems business outside of North America to a fund advised by One Equity Partners Capital Advisors. 3M announced earlier that it had completed the sale of assets of its North American Library Systems business to OEP.

November 6, 2015

(Open Preservation Foundation) Joachim Jung has been named Executive Director for the Open Preservation Foundation. Joachim will take up the post on December 1, 2015 and will lead OPF in its mission to sustain technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage.

(Bibliotheca) Following the previous news relating to the purchase of the assets of 3M’s Library Systems North American business, bibliotheca announced that their shareholders, One Equity Partners, concluded the purchase of the assets for the majority of 3M’s Library Systems remaining International business. OEP will now combine bibliotheca and the former 3M Library Systems business units into a single organization and will commence plans to transition all into a single bibliotheca brand. The new bibliotheca group is committed to continued investment in products and staff and will continue to expand into new regions with innovation-led products.

November 5, 2015

(Civica) Civica Library Solutions, a market leader in specialist software and outsourcing that help organisations to transform the way they work, announced a partnership with Australian based RFID supplier, FE Technologies, to bring new levels of RFID and LMS integration to customers.

(Gale Group) Putting research technology directly into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded the integration of Google Apps for Education – Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more – into its most-popular product lines. Researchers can seamlessly log into many of their school or library’s Gale resources with their Google Account credentials and easily save, share, and download content (including bookmarks and their personal highlights and notes) using Gmail, Drive, and Docs. In December, the new Google Classroom share button will be integrated with these resources, allowing educators to seamlessly link third party content, including Gale content, to classroom assignments.

(Gale Group) The California State Library and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a statewide pilot program to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates at more than 30 libraries across California. The program is funded by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is aimed at helping as many Californians as possible earn a high school diploma online. Currently, more than 4.5 million California adults age 25 and over lack a high school diploma.

(OAPEN Foundation) OAPEN and Knowledge Unlatched announced that Google Scholar is now able to index Open Access books hosted by OAPEN.

(ProQuest) ProQuest and global healthcare knowledge provider BMJ have announced a multi-year agreement that will enable BMJ’s complete collection of highly influential medical journals to be added to ProQuest collections.

November 4, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) ACI Information Group’s research database, the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, has been added to EBSCO Discovery Service. In partnership with EBSCO Information Services, researchers at libraries that have implemented EDS can now discover scholarly blogs in their search results with direct links to the ACI Scholarly Blog Index website to review authors’ credentials and social media footprints.

(ProQuest) In collaboration with libraries and publishers around the world, ProQuest will pilot a new ebook acquisition model called “Access-to-Own,” the latest in a series of flexible access models offered by the industry-leading information solutions provider. Access-to-Own facilitates title ownership by applying budget dollars spent on rentals to perpetual purchases. The model, which utilizes Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA), addresses short-term loan (STL) pricing concerns and provides access to more front list content than may be available with short-term loans, and results in more content ownership.

(Overdrive) OverDrive recently launched a preview of the new OverDrive platform to a small group of library partners. The preview gives users the option to see the new design and functionality of what will soon be their digital library experience. We’ve invited users to give early feedback about the new site as we continue to develop the best experience for readers.

November 3, 2015

(Axiell) Axiell UK has launched Spark, a flexible and highly secure cloud solution for UK customers, enabling library team members or volunteers to easily access the Axiell Library Management System from internet connected PCs, tablets or smartphone.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Bath is to replace its SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system with the Ex Libris Alma library management service. At the same time, the University is adopting the Leganto reading-list solution from Ex Libris.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Bath is to replace its SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system with the Ex Libris Alma library management service. At the same time, the University is adopting the Leganto reading-list solution from Ex Libris.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services introduces Fuente Académica Plus, a non-English, full-text resource that includes a comprehensive collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Fuente Academica Plus provides a significantly larger collection of content than other non-English scholarly resources available online.

November 2, 2015

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Shanghai Library has adopted the Ex Libris Rosetta digital management and preservation solution, joining over 100 institutions worldwide that have chosen Rosetta.

(Follett) Follett continues to expand its market-leading Destiny solution to be an open agnostic discovery tool for print and digital content that supports PreK-12 classroom and curriculum needs. Another major step in that direction was announced today when Follett unveiled new product integrations with OverDrive and Mackin Educational Resources.

(Springer) Springer Nature will collaborate with ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) to provide the work of book authors, chapter authors and book editors with digital identifiers, ensuring the recognition of their work. These identifiers can be linked to the researcher's contributions to enhance scientific discovery and collaboration within the research community. Springer is the first publisher to implement the ORCID identifier in the book workflow process, ultimately providing authors with a digital identifier that distinguishes them from every other researcher. Books from Palgrave Macmillan, which are currently being integrated into SpringerLink, will also be able to use ORCID iDs.

(Follett) Follett School Solutions is the new, exclusive worldwide distributor for International Baccalaureate publishing products, formerly available at the IB’s online store.

October 31, 2015

(LibLime) The Third Annual LibLime User’s Group Meeting will take place the week of November 9th in Washington, DC. Agenda topics will include presentations of Bibliovation, a sneak preview of the new reporting module, a cataloging seminar from customers using the new cataloging module, a preview of the integration with EBSCO’s EDS API & Index Data’s Master Key, and a discussion about 2016 development projects. The Meeting will be available to remote customers via online teleconferencing programs. Individuals who have not yet registered to attend in person or via teleconference should contact Vicki Teal Lovely.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced the rollout of a new program dedicated to providing free hosted Koha installations for library schools nationwide for the purposes of teaching and learning about integrated library systems and open source. The program, Koha Klassmates, made a very big impact on its first day by attracting over 20 library school inquiries via the Klassmates website. Koha Klassmates is one of the many new learning initiative being rolled out by ByWater between now and the beginning of 2016.

October 29, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has developed a Web-based resource to help dietitians and nutritionists provide optimal nutritional care to patients at the point of care. Nutrition Reference Center™ offers the latest evidence-based information on nutrition in an easy-to-use online format. This meets a vital need of patient care both inside and outside of a medical facility and also provides the opportunity for continuing education for its users.

(Follett) The $200,000 Follett Challenge returns for a fifth year and again will highlight and reward the most innovative K-12 programs that teach 21st-century skills to students. The 2016 contest launches Monday, November 2, 2015.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Williams College Libraries has selected Ex Libris Alma for resource management and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. The Libraries will be replacing its Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system and adopting its first discovery solution.

(Civica) Civica continues to be a preferred library systems provider for Western Australian public libraries, with the City of Rockingham announcing that it will migrate from its existing system to Spydus10, Civica’s market-leading library and community solution comprising library management, personalised patron discovery, digital asset management and archival functionality. The solution will also include direct integration with Rockingham Council’s finance systems, also provided by Civica.

(Boopsie) More than 12 million patrons of Auckland Libraries -- the largest library group in Australasia – can now access the libraries’ resources which include more than 100 databases and over 3.5 million items such as physical books, ebooks, and e-audio books, anytime, anywhere from any mobile device. Auckland Libraries today announced the availability of its new customized Auckland Libraries-branded mobile app developed in partnership with Boopsie Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide.

October 28, 2015

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Elftman Memorial Library of Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system. The College is located in Palos Verdes CA. and has also utilized ByWater’s implementation services

October 27, 2015

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of New England in Australia has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service to replace a number of library systems, including Innovative Interfaces Virtua and ProQuest Summon.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Austrian Library Network has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution. Among the 14 member libraries that are participating in the first implementation phase are the Austrian National Library, the University of Graz, Vienna University of Technology, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Vienna, and Vienna University of Economics and Business.

October 26, 2015

(Springer) Springer Nature announces the launch of an interactive Related Content service on the SpringerLink platform. The service will make it faster and easier for researchers to discover relevant scientific content and is powered by UNSILO, a Semantic Discovery Engine that captures trending ideas and novel scientific concepts as they emerge. The new interactive Related Content service allows users to filter similar Springer documents by concepts they are interested in. Users can also visually explore documents that describe similar concepts using the new interactive Relationship Map.

(Civica) Civica Library Solutions announced Fairfield City Council as a the latest Spydus10 customer in New South Wales. Fairfield has signed a five-year agreement to deliver Spydus10, Civica’s latest web-based system comprising library management, personalised patron discovery, digital asset management and archival functionality.

October 25, 2015

(Insight Informatics) In a digital era where being responsive – and all its implications – is at an all-time high, Insight Informatics’s flagship library management platform, LIBERO, is taking no prisoners in the race for mobile supremacy.

(Insight Informatics) In a digital era where being responsive – and all its implications – is at an all-time high, Insight Informatics’s flagship library management platform, LIBERO, is taking no prisoners in the race for mobile supremacy.

October 22, 2015

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Ralph D. Winter Library of Olivet University in San Francisco, CA. is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

(Soutron Limited) Derby based Soutron have developed a Combined Library and Archive Management Solution for the Wiener Library who host the most extensive collection of archives from the Holocaust and Nazi era in the UK.

(Springer) Starting today, researchers in the UK will be able to publish their articles open access in over 1,600 Springer hybrid journals without cost barriers or administrative barriers. The Springer Compact agreement is a pilot that combines open access publishing and subscription access in one annual fee and will run from October 2015 until December 2018.

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(ProQuest) ProQuest SIPX, provider of the most complete digital course materials solutions in higher education, has signed a three-year deal with Arizona State University, the largest public university in the U.S. with over 90,000 students. ASU will integrate the SIPX Central service—a scalable, self-service configuration that enables anyone at the school to set up course readings—into the campus’ Blackboard learning management system. The technology is unique, sophisticated, yet user-friendly and helps get more library resources and open access content into the hands of instructors. The service will reduce the cost of course materials for students and simplify sharing of the course readings between instructors and students.

(Follett) Follett Corporation, a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, districts and college campuses for more than 140 years, announced the appointment of Nader Qaimari to lead its preK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, effective immediately.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Alma library management service, Primo discovery and delivery solution, and Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. The university libraries will be migrating from various systems, including the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system and the Ex Libris Voyager ILS

October 21, 2015

(Springer) Springer and the Max Planck Digital Library in Germany have signed an agreement which allows Max Planck researchers to publish their papers open access in more than 1,600 Springer subscription journals and access to over 2,000 Springer journals in total. The Springer Compact agreement, made for the first time with a large single research institution, combines reading and open access publishing in one payment scheme. A pilot in nature, its aim is to gain experience to help prepare a framework for a sustainable model of open access publishing and access to Springer’s subscription journals.

October 20, 2015

(OCLC) The Universidad Complutense de Madrid, one of the world’s oldest universities, has agreed to add more than 2 million records to WorldCat, the world’s largest collection of library data, effectively opening its valuable collections to researchers and readers around the world who share an interest in Hispanic culture.

(OCLC) Mintek Library has decided to adopt Web technology and move towards offering a more online library service to Mintek, a global leader in mineral and metallurgical innovation.

(EBSCO Information Services) In response to the urgent need for schools to improve the college and career readiness among students, EBSCO Information Services is introducing PrepSTEP, an online learning platform that helps students build the skills that can shape their futures, in school and beyond.

(The Library Corporation) TLC announced the latest phase of their CARL.Connect development with the introduction of CARL•Connect Reports, which will be released in 2016. Key to this functionality is the groundbreaking CARL•Connect Reports Concierge that boasts a Live Chat feature where library staff at a Director level can seek information at the time of their reporting needs, using an online chat interface that exists within the CARL•Connect Reports environment.

October 19, 2015

(Boopsie) Boopsie released details about their new mobile app offering designed specifically for small and rural libraries. The Express feature set empowers libraries to deliver excellent service in their communities by reaching patrons on the smartphones and tablets they use every day. The new feature set creates a highly engaging digital experience optimized for mobile users.

(Odilo) ODILO has been awarded a contract with the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, to bring digital content to the entire network of public libraries in Spain. Over 15 million library card holders will benefit and enjoy digital content through eBiblio, powered by OdiloTK, a complete digital asset lending and management end-user platform.

(Ingram Content Group) Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Instantly, her books surged in popularity, prompting publishers with a few units on hand to provide quick and innovative distribution solutions for the unexpected spike in orders.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Denver has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. With its multiple libraries and extensive collections, the university was keen to establish a shared catalog powered by a unified management system. The University of Denver will be migrating from various systems including Innovative Interfaces Sierra, and ProQuest 360 Link and Summon.

October 16, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest está ampliando su alcance a los clientes en todo el mundo con el despliegue de su siguiente portal en idioma local. La última novedad en esta iniciativa es para los países de habla hispana de América Latina y viene pisando los talones del lanzamiento del portal en portugués el mes pasado.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que la U.S. National Library of Medicine (Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina - NLM) ha decidido adoptar la solución de descubrimiento Primo de Ex Libris. Un grupo de trabajo de la NLM evaluó diversas opciones y finalmente seleccionó Primo, principalmente debido a su avanzada tecnología, a su extenso plan de desarrollo, y a su activa comunidad de clientes. Primo reemplazará el sistema WebVoyage Classic, también de Ex Libris, conocido como LocatorPlus, para la búsqueda dentro de las colecciones de la Biblioteca.

(EBSCO Information Services) E-books from Al Manhal are now available in GOBI, the primary tool for the discovery and acquisition of digital and print monographic content from YBP Library Services. This allows libraries to acquire e-books from the leading Arabic language e-book provider from the same source they acquire many of their other print books and e-books.

(Zepheira) Zepheira has successfully relaunched its Open Source Linked Data transformation and editing tools. The tools, Linksmith and Scribe, now provide better internal and external linking of library assets, improved scalability, and linkability.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works announced the appointment of Eric Larson as vice president of digital services. Mr. Larson will be working closely with Backstage clients, taking the lead in extending present digitization capabilities and helping to develop new solutions for libraries.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Lantana Public Library of Lantana, Florida is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

(LibLime) LibLime, a division of PTFS, and WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) announce the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation Francis X. McDermott Library has gone live on LibLime Academic Koha 5.12..

October 15, 2015

(Contex) Contex announced the success of the SD One, the market’s first wide format scanner designed for desktop convenience. Released in February, the SD One has significantly exceeded U.S sales expectations, affirming the company’s decision to enter the convenience scanning market. The SD One is the only professional-grade wide format scanner made specifically for capturing oversized engineering and construction drawings. The scanner has been adopted by new and existing customers worldwide, with the greatest concentration in the U.S. The company reports that out of all the U.S. installations of the SD One scanner, not a single call was made for technical assistance -- a testament to its efficient design and ease of use.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the U.S. National Library of Medicine has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. An NLM working group evaluated a number of options and ultimately selected Primo, primarily because of its advanced technology, extensive road map, and active customer communities. The Primo solution will replace Ex Libris WebVoyage Classic, known as LocatorPlus, which enables NLM users to search the Library’s collections.

October 14, 2015

(Ingram Content Group) Publishers can reach readers around the world and easily build a comprehensive global distribution strategy with Ingram Content Group’s newest Global Connect relationships in China, India and Italy through Lightning Source Inc.

(Overdrive) OverDrive announced global expansion with institutional buyers now in more than 50 countries. To meet increasing global demand in libraries and schools, OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, announced that it has added 300,000 digital titles from more than 100 top publishers such as Faber and Faber, Simon and Schuster UK, Penguin Random House Spain, Planeta, Random House Germany, China International Book Trading Corporation, Bookwire, Litres Global Russia and W.W. Norton.

October 13, 2015

(ProQuest) The ProQuest Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Administrator, a popular submission and review platform, now enables dissertations and theses authors to add or create an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) when they submit their work. ORCID is a community-driven initiative that allows researchers to easily and precisely distinguish their work through the assignment of a unique identifier that's maintained in a central registry. ORCIDs will be assigned as part of the deposit process into ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT Global), the renowned database of graduate works from the world's leading universities.

(EBSCO Information Services) The Baku Higher Oil School, one of the most prestigious universities in the Republic of Azerbaijan, has implemented EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO Discovery Service will play a very important role in the school’s plan, Towards Our Future, which identifies strategic directions for BHOS library development over the next three years.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that the University of Miami has selected Ex Libris Alma for resource management and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. The University libraries are migrating from three independent Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library systems and ProQuest’s Summon discovery service.

(Civica) Following a procurement exercise carried out by Tayside Procurement Consortium on behalf of the Scottish Consortium of Public Libraries consisting of, Angus, Perth & Kinross, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and North Ayrshire councils as well as High Life Highland, the consortium has awarded a contract worth £1.5 million for a new library management system to Civica, a market leader in software, technology and business process services. The company’s market-leading ‘Spydus’ software will help the consortium members to improve services and reduce costs. ScoPL will be joined by existing Civica Scottish customers Argyll and Bute Council, Inverclyde Council, Leisure and Culture Dundee and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture. The 10 services collectively serve over 62% of Scottish citizens.

(Information Management Team) Metadata and publishing professionals Information Management Team announced a partnership with Leap Forward Library Consulting, a recognized leader in library systems innovation, to deliver metadata and content integration services to libraries and their service providers using the PraXis by IMT transformation engine.

(Learning Bird) Learning Bird, an innovative online learning platform for grade 6-12 student success, has announced three key hires to support company growth and expansion plans, according to CEO Henry Ryan.

(Bibliotheca) Bibliotheca Group to continue to outline its vision and commitment to libraries after the recent acquisition of 3M Library Systems. The acquisition brings together the existing eBook platforms of Bibliotheca and 3M in the form of opus and Cloud Library respectively. Cloud Library will now become the primary digital product from Bibliotheca. The unique features of the opus platform will be incorporated into the Cloud Library product to create an all-encompassing digital experience for library users.

October 9, 2015

(Moody’s Corporation) Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) has placed ProQuest LLC's (ProQuest) ratings on review for downgrade, including the B2 corporate family rating , Ba2 First out revolver, and B2 1st lien term loan rating, following the announced acquisition of Ex Libris Group which is a global provider of library automation solutions. The review for downgrade will focus on the leverage levels and interest coverage pro-forma for the acquisition as well as the improvement in the strategic position of the combined entity. We anticipate any downgrade to be limited to one notch.

October 8, 2015

(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons announced that it has expanded its eBook offerings through a new agreement with Penguin Random House. The agreement will add over 38,000 eBook titles to those already available to libraries through the BiblioDigital eBook acquisitions platform.

(EBSCO Information Services) YBP Library Services and EBSCO Information Services will be working more closely with academic institutions in Ireland after agreeing to new contracts to supply e-books and journals. The tenders were issued and managed by Education Procurement Services over the last few months.

(Overdrive) More than 30,000 libraries and schools are participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club. Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. For the first time, two titles will be available to borrow online 24/7 through participating libraries and schools: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley (Open Road) and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Abrams). The free program runs October 7-21 and to get started reading, all that is needed is a library card or student ID.

(ProQuest) ProQuest SIPX, provider of the most complete digital course materials solutions in higher education, has launched three new options to support unique teaching and learning workflows: SIPX Central, SIPX Campus and SIPX for MOOCs. The SIPX innovative digital course materials solutions address a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. By connecting students to materials that are open access or already purchased and available to them through their university library, the SIPX solutions have saved its customers and students $3.67M to date.

(3M Library Systems) 3M announced that it has completed the sale of assets of its North American Library Systems business to One Equity Partners Capital Advisors. 3M also announced that it has entered into agreements for OEP to purchase the assets of its remaining global Library Systems business.The business posted global sales over the last 12 months of approximately $100 million.

October 7, 2015

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Uintah Basin Library System of Utah is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system. The Uintah Basin Library catalog is made up of three branches which include the Uintah County Library, the Roosevelt Library and the Duchesne Library.

(Axiell) Axiell announced the opening of the North American User Conference and National History Special Interest Group at the Penn Museum. The three-day event will gather more than 150 museum experts and archivists for discussions on future strategies and upcoming developments in the cultural sector. The delegates will get insight into digitization, online engagement, museum management, data management and best practices for Axiell’s suite of collection management solutions.

October 6, 2015

(Springer) Springer, part of the newly formed publishing group Springer Nature, will offer customers a way to make their online educational initiatives even more attractive. A unique offer to licensed institutions will allow them to embed, at no extra charge, up to 30 specialized links to Springer eBook and journal content into any non-commercial educational platforms. These could include, for example, learning management systems, MOOC platforms or in-house platforms. The offer, called Online Learning Language, is available to institutions in most parts of the world that purchase Springer’s front list content and applies to Springer’s contemporary library of over 4.7 million articles and book chapters.

(EBSCO Information Services) Blake of the University of Michigan has won the 2015 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Blake is a Spatial and Numeric Data and German Studies Librarian at the university and will use the scholarship to attend the 35th Annual Charleston Conference in Charleston, S.C.

(Ken Chad Consulting) A briefing paper written by Ken Chad for Higher Education Library Technology contrasts the library resource management landscape now with the situation in 2008 when a Jisc/SCONUL LMS study recommended that the time was not right for libraries to purchase a new library management system. In the intervening period a new generation of 'library services platforms' (LSPs) has emerged to replace library management systems (or integrated library systems –as they are also known) and the pace of procurement has quickened. Ken Chad analyses the current landscape and looks at the strategic issues around the changing nature of library collections, shared services, workflows, analytics and the cloud. He predicts that LSPs will move to encompass additional resource silos.

(EBSCO Information Services) As libraries look to expose their collections to patrons who use traditional search engines, EBSCO Information Services and its NoveList division are working with Zepheira to determine how to help libraries make the transition. NoveList will sponsor The Libhub Initiative, founded by Zepheira. The goal of the initiative is to increase the visibility of libraries.

(Bibliotheca) Bibliotheca nnounced that their shareholders, One Equity Partners (OEP), today completed the purchase of 3M Library Systems North American business, and entered into agreements to purchase the assets of 3M’s remaining global Library Systems business. The new Bibliotheca Group will combine the best of both worlds to help libraries captivate their communities, providing innovative library-focused solutions that connect with people at home, at the library, and on the go.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Ex Libris Group, a leading global provider of library automation solutions. The capabilities of ProQuest and Ex Libris span expertise in print, electronic and digital content, as well as solutions for library management, discovery and research workflows.

(Zepheira) The Libhub Initiative, the effort founded by Zepheira to encourage the use of Linked Data to expand Library Visibility on the Web, welcomes NoveList as its latest sponsor. Through their sponsorship, NoveList takes a leadership role acknowledging the critical importance of Visibility for libraries, and shows interest in the use of technologies that support libraries wherever their customers may be.

(Eduserv) OpenAthens Redirector provides one-step access to subscription and other paid-for content by seamlessly requesting credentials when patrons are off-network and directly serving the content when they are in IP range. The proxy-like syntax eases the burden of link management for librarians and provides a seamless experience for users, who are increasingly demanding off-site and mobile access.

(ProQuest) ProQuest, proveedora de soluciones de información, fundamental para la investigación mundial, firmó un acuerdo para adquirir Ex Libris Group, proveedora líder global de soluciones de automatización para bibliotecas. Las capacidades de ProQuest y Ex Libris cubren habilidades en forma impresa, electrónica y los contenidos digitales, así como soluciones para la gestión de la biblioteca, el descubrimiento y los flujos de trabajo de investigación.

(One Equity Partners) Funds advised by OEP Capital Advisors have closed on the acquisition of assets of the North American Library Systems business of 3M. OEP also announced that it has entered into agreements with 3M to purchase the assets of its remaining global Library Systems business.

October 5, 2015

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that sixteen (16) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in August and September of 2015. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.

(Follett) Follett announced a new offering – Managed Services – directed at administrators and designed to help districts eliminate both routine and seasonal tasks involved in managing resources, ultimately saving significant time, money and space.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that bill, hold, and historical data are now available with the 2015.09 release of BLUEcloud Analytics, its premiere reporting tool for libraries. With this release, users of BLUEcloud Analytics can generate powerful reports on all non-serials and non-acquisitions data.

(OCLC) William (Bill) J. Rozek has been named OCLC Chief Financial Officer. Rozek comes to OCLC most recently from the Mars Agency, a marketing organization in Southfield, Michigan, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for ProQuest Information and Learning, a global publisher and information provider serving library, education, government and corporate markets, and Budco, Inc., a fulfillment services organization in Highland Park, Michigan.

October 4, 2015

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced the addition of Humanoids to its publisher client list.

(LibLime) LibLime, a Division of PTFS, has been selected by an agency within the Department of Defense as the winning vendor to implement the Bibliovation Library Services Platform to manage their bibliographic and digital technical collections. LibLime will provide implementation, data recovery and support services to the agency library. LibLime and PTFS specialists will work closely with government staff to replace their legacy commercial bibliographic cataloging system.

(Book Industry Communications) In a move that should be applauded by the industry, BIC and leading RFID and LMS suppliers from around the UK have been working over the last three years on a communication framework to replace the now dated Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP)2 protocol. LCF is a modern framework, based on web protocols, that builds on the foundations that SIP2 laid in the early years. The framework continues support for all existing communications, but supplements the basics with a range of calls that not only allows self-service systems to communicate more efficiently with the LMS, but opens up bi-directional communication to a range of other devices – such as handheld inventory devices.

(Axiell) Axiell announced that the Macao museum has purchased Adlib, one of Axiell’s suite of enterprise collection management solutions. A popular attraction in the region, the Macao Museum has a vision to preserve and promote the unique cultural heritage and identity of Macao with its fusion of Chinese and Western cultures. The Adlib solution will be leveraged to manage the Museum’s collection and, through Adlib’s enterprise support, will also enable the many specialized museums in the Macao region to manage their collections in a cost-efficient way.

October 3, 2015

(Infor Library and Information Solutions) Infor Libraries today announced that Coventry City Council Libraries has deployed its V-smart library management system to help provide an enhanced service for customers and drive efficiencies. V-smart also equips the library with a platform to help deliver additional efficiencies in the future, including the potential to open discussions on shared services.

October 2, 2015

(Oxford University Press) The Global Academic Division of Oxford University Press announced that it has entered into an agreement with Silverchair Information Systems to migrate its extensive portfolio of journals and many of its online products to a new publishing platform powered by Silverchair’s SCM technology.

(OCLC) OCLC printed its last library catalog cards today, officially closing the book on what was once a familiar resource for generations of information seekers who now use computer catalogs and online search engines to access library collections around the world. This final print run marked the end of a service that has steadily decreased over the past few decades as libraries have moved their catalogs online.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions welcomed the Lansing Community Library to the Northeast Kansas Library System. The Lansing Community Library joined the NExpress Shared Regional Catalog, with the addition of over 35,000 items. The library is the fiftieth library site to join NExpress, which contains over one million items and services over 160,000 patrons in northeast Kansas.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that Loudoun County Public Library in Virginia has selected CARL.X to meet their ILS needs, and will take advantage of CARL’s Software as a Service solution.

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