July 30, 2015
(ProQuest) Since launching earlier this year, the Access to Research initiative has grown quickly to include the majority of local authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means that researchers, students and members of the public across the UK can now access more than 10 million of the world's leading online academic papers covering a wide range of disciplines, including health and biological sciences, technology, history, medicine and social sciences, just by walking through the door of their local library. So far, over 14,500 individual users have utilized the service.
July 29, 2015
(Springer) Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, has received the second Tsinghua University Press – Springer Nano Research Award. The award ceremony took place at the 2015 Sino-US Nano Forum, held from June 25-28 in Wuhan, China. Shuai Yan, Director of Journal Publishing of Tsinghua University Press, and Lu Ye, Managing Director and Editorial Director of Springer China, presented the award certification to the scientist. Hongjie Dai, Editor-in-Chief of Nano Research, and Xiaogang Peng and Xiangfeng Duan, both Associate Editors of Nano Research, jointly presented Alivisatos with the award medal.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that it has signed an agreement with WILS, a non-profit membership organization in Wisconsin that facilitates cost-effective and time-saving collaborations statewide. This new partnership makes SkyRiver, Innovative’s cataloging utility that enables staff to process new materials more quickly and accurately than ever before, more readily available to WILS’ library members.
(Capita) Capita’s software services business has been selected by National College of Ireland to deliver its library management system, following a competitive procurement process.
July 25, 2015
(EBSCO Information Services) Indiana State Library recently launched INSPIRE.in.gov. This new version of its online library is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service.
(Orbis Cascade Alliance) The Orbis Cascade Alliance announced on July 16 that John F. Helmer, executive director of the Alliance, will retire from his position in March 2016. Helmer has been a part of the Alliance since its beginning in 1993 when it was a grant-funded initiative among five Oregon public universities to create a union catalog. He was part of the team that wrote the founding grant, and then he proceeded to hire staff, oversee system implementation and launch the consortium.
July 24, 2015
(Follett) Project Connect has announced new initiatives designed to support the cause of future-ready libraries and librarians, all with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning in a dynamic digital world. The organization’s Library Leadership Committee held its first round of think-tank sessions at the ISTE ’15 Conference in Philadelphia, where the team developed plans to advocate for school library programs through the promotion of innovative and progressive models in use around the country.
July 23, 2015
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Manatee County Library Public Library System in Florida has selected the Polaris ILS. Winner of the 2013 Florida Library Association Library Innovation Award, MCLPLS circulates over 3 million items a year and holds nearly 500,000 items. They will migrate from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.
July 22, 2015
(Springer) Springer has signed an agreement with the publishing technology company ReadCube to enhance and increase the discoverability of its journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings via ReadCube’s web, desktop and mobile applications.
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) With $2.2 million in support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with Artstor, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is offering 42 liberal arts colleges and universities the opportunity to join its Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research. The Consortium intends to improve teaching and learning, enhance faculty and student/faculty research, and streamline administrative capabilities through a uniform digital system of cataloging research material collections.
(ProQuest) Clay McDaniel joined ProQuest as Vice President Global Marketing. In this role, Mr. McDaniel will oversee the teams responsible for the company’s comprehensive integrated go-to-market strategies, including product and field marketing, corporate communications, brand, and marketing operations.
(OCLC) The new OCLC Community Center offers a place for library staff to connect online, share best practices, stay up to date on new product releases and contribute ideas to improve OCLC services. Community Center is now available to users of WorldCat Discovery Services, WorldShare Management Services (WMS), WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldShare Collection Manager, WorldShare Record Manager and WorldShare License Manager at www.oclc.org/community/. More OCLC services will be added to the Community Center in the future.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced today that over 100 libraries went live on the Sierra Library Services Platform or the Polaris ILS just in the month of June. The 15 library systems include academic and public institutions in Australia, Europe, North America, and South Africa.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris Group anunció que la Universidad de Leiden ha seleccionado el servicio de gestión de recursos unificado Ex Libris Alma. La elección de la Universidad se basa en el enfoque integral de Alma, que ayudará a mejorar los servicios de la biblioteca, así como la automatización y racionalización de las operaciones para todos recursos y flujos de trabajo.
July 21, 2015
(EBSCO Information Services) Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship to attend the Charleston Conference through a grant sponsored by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship awards up to $1000 for conference registration and other expenses related to attending the conference.
July 20, 2015
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Downey City Library (CA) has selected the Polaris ILS. Along with this selection, the Library will be installing Polaris Leap, the new responsive Web client that provides key public services workflows to library staff through a browser. The Library holds over 130,000 items and will be migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.
(EnvisionWare) Jodi Bellinger will be joining EnvisionWare on August 3rd as Director of Strategic Projects. Jodi comes to EnvisionWare from Innovative Interfaces Inc. where she most recently served as Vice President, Customer Support. In this role, Jodi was responsible for global customer service, overseeing support for 9,500 libraries in 66 countries worldwide. Prior to Innovative, Jodi was Vice President of Customer Operations at Polaris Library Systems.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced the publication of survey results from over 4,000 library users at seven academic libraries in the UK. “We Love the Library, but We Live on the Web” - Findings around how academic library users view online resources and services (2015) reports on how online users interact with library-related services and what the key challenges are for libraries to meet these expectations.
July 17, 2015
(Boopsie) Boopsie has expanded its footprint in the law library market. The company announced it has signed two new law library clients: Best Best and Krieger and The Law Society of Upper Canada. These two libraries join Boopsie’s growing customer base of law libraries, which includes prestigious institutions like the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Georgia School of Law.
July 16, 2015
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix UK Professional Services Team is now ISO 9001:2008 certified through The British Assessment Bureau. This certification has been given for achieving the standard required for the delivery of software and services to our customers.
(Emerald Group) Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice, today announces the launch of its Green Open Access, Zero Embargo trial, applicable for all mandated articles submitted to the company’s Library and Information Science and selected Information and Knowledge Management journals.
(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking trial users and comments on the draft technical report, SUSHI-Lite: Deploying SUSHI as a lightweight protocol for exchanging usage via web services, NISO TR-06-201X. This technical report proposes and describes a method of exchanging COUNTER statistics ranging from usage for a single article to a complete COUNTER report, using commonly used approaches to web services. The SUSHI-Lite technical report does not replace the SUSHI standard but rather supplements it with an alternative approach for requesting and exchanging usage.
(PTFS) Progressive Technology Federal Systems introduced Droneware, a Geospatial Content Management System (GeoCMS) for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Droneware facilitates the storage, discovery and dissemination of virtually any type of sensor data captured by a UAS or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
(The Library Corporation) Baker and Taylor has completed the second phase of its migration to CARL.X with the company’s Customized Library Services group implementing TLC’s next generation ILS last month. With this upgrade, CLS will join Baker & Taylor’s Corporate Cataloging Services group who have been enjoying the expanded cataloging capabilities of the CARL.X system since December 2014.
(LibLime) LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces that the Ellsworth Correctional Facility has contracted with LibLime to provide implementation, support and hosting services for LibLime Academic Koha.
(Follett) As part of its introduction of the Follett Classroom Libraries new product line, Follett today announced it would be partnering with The Classroom Library Company (CLC), a St. Louis-based distributor and publisher of educational media correlated to state and national standards. The announcement coincides with the start of the annual International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference, where both companies will be exhibiting.
(EBSCO Information Services) The Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra/Coimbra Hospital and University Centre in Portugal is the first hospital in southern Europe to implement PlumX, a research metrics tool from Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company. CHUC is using PlumX to measure and analyze the impact of its medical research, with emphasis on the online activity associated with articles published by its researchers. CHUC is confident that PlumX metrics will serve to enhance the hospital’s credibility as a research institution on an international level.
(Backstage Library Works) Recognized by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging as an independent contributor to Name Authority Cooperative Program, Backstage Library Work joins a global effort in building the Library of Congress Name Authority File by contributing authority records for personal, corporate, and geographic names as well as uniform titles. NACO is a component of the PCC, which, through its member programs shapes the future of cataloging, reduces cataloging costs and expands access to library collections.
July 15, 2015
(Recorded Books) Recorded Books Inc., a leading provider of unabridged audiobooks and digital content to the library, school, and retail markets, announced today that it is has completed its acquisition of audiobook publisher Tantor Media, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Tantor marks the second acquisition for Recorded Books in 2014, following its acquisition of HighBridge Company in April. Recorded Books now boasts a catalog of over 22,000 unabridged audiobooks, making it one of the industry’s largest. Wasserstein & Co., LP acquired Recorded Books in early 2014.
(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that it has re-configured 16 NebraskAccess database resources for all 46 Nebraska customers of its Apollo system. Nothing was required of the library staff. Apollo patrons in Nebraska can access any of the resources with a click by just logging into their library account; no additional login is required. Plus, blocked patrons are denied access. This helps patrons get faster, easier access and prevents abuse of the resources by ineligible patrons.
(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that overnight, it migrated all of its 106 Iowa customers of its Apollo system to the new Bridges: Iowa’s eLibrary OverDrive consortium. Previously the libraries were in either the WILBOR or NEIBORS consortium. Bridges combines the two. It is provided through the State Library of Iowa.
July 14, 2015
(KOMBIT A/S) Selvom sommerferien selvfølgelig påvirker aktivitetsniveauet, arbejder vi på højtryk for at blive klar både fra centralt hold og ude i de nævnte kommuner. Blandt de ting vi arbejder på lige nu, kan nævnes arbejde med testkonverteringskørsler og færdiggørelse af integrationer til eksterne kommunikationsparter.Dette arbejde har budt på nogen udfordringer og gør det fortsat. Vi forventer dog at kunne løse problemerne, og at løsningen vil kunne tages i brug på de udmeldte datoer. Den planlagte dato for ibrugtagning i Horsens Kommune er den 31. august 2015. Umiddelbart efter følger Aabenraa.
(EBSCO Information Services) Wikipedia healthcare editors will now have free access to the cross-platform, evidence-based clinical reference solution, DynaMed Plus™. Wikipedia is collaborating EBSCO Health, the creators of DynaMed Plus, to help enhance healthcare entries on the popular Internet encyclopedia.
(The Library Corporation) An information session on social media marketing was the most attended vendor-hosted session at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibits in San Francisco. “Effective Library Marketing with Social Media,” sponsored by the ALA’s Exhibits Round Table (ERT) and hosted by The Library Corporation, attracted 375 attendees to a room in the Moscone Conference Center that had been set for an anticipated audience of 250.
(SirsiDynix) The success story of the Somerset-led LibrariesWest Consortium continues today with the announcement that two more local authorities have joined its ranks. The Borough of Poole and Dorset County Council library authorities have become part of the consortium, alongside those of Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol City, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils. The first task of the expanded LibrariesWest Consortium has been to award a contract for the supply of a Library Management System to leading system supplier SirsiDynix, which should ’go live’ during Spring 2016.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced the launch of its new accelerator program, 1440, named for the year Johannes Gutenberg perfected his printing press technology. Built on the belief that publishing innovation has the power to change the world, 1440 aims to find and accelerate startups creating the next breakthrough innovations in the publishing industry.
(KualiCo) Kent State University has selected Kuali Research as its new grant and contract management solution. Kuali and Kent State will now start the first full migration from the legacy MIT Coeus to the new Kuali Research in the cloud. The SaaS solution automates the full lifecycle of sponsored grant and research projects, empowering Kent State’s team to easily create, enhance and submit insightful, data-driven proposals, as well as manage awards and ensure compliance.
July 13, 2015
(EBSCO Information Services) Elsevier announced that content from Knovel, an engineering decision-support solution, is discoverable through the EBSCO Discovery Service. The integration allows mutual customers to combine answers from high quality engineering references within a unified search platform, as well as directly access Knovel subscription content via the EDS platform.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University System of Georgia -- with its 31 member institutions -- has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to create a new shared library system.
(CHORUS: Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) CHORUS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ORCID to support discoverability in scholarly communications.
(TIND Technologies) CERN spin-off TIND Technologies was selected by the California Institute of Technology to provide their cloud-based library management system based on CERN open source technology. The solution will be integrated with EBSCO’s Discovery Service.
July 9, 2015
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha support, will be exhibiting at the AALL annual conference in Philadelphia from July 18th to the 21st.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution, and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma will replace a number of systems currently in use in each of their member libraries, including Innovative Millennium, SirsiDynix Symphony, Spydus, and Ex Libris Voyager.
(LibLime) LibLime and WALDO welcome the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation to the LibLime Academic Koha development group. The Cathedral Seminary has selected LibLime Academic Koha to replace its legacy ILS because of the advanced functionality of the features designed and deployed by the WALDO Development Group, as well as, the cost savings in annual support, maintenance, and hosting. LibLime will provide its professional implementation services to the Cathedral Seminary, including project management, data migration, system configuration, and functional & administrative training.
July 8, 2015
(SirsiDynix) Thomson Reuters announced an integrated e-library management solution that combines the power of Thomson Reuters ProView, the leading professional eReader platform, with SirsiDynix eResource Central, the leading e-content distribution and management system.
(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that its Apollo system has an automatic update capability for the Access Pennsylvania database. Access PA is a union catalog that includes the holdings of all different types of libraries across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
July 7, 2015
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Gold Coast City Libraries selected a complete suite of library technology solutions from the company, including the Sierra Library Services Platform, Encore Discovery, and Vital digital asset management system. In a recent year, GCCL users borrowed 6.5 million items from a collection of a million physical items and nearly 100,000 digital titles. GCCL is migrating from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix.
(ProQuest) Warren Wilson College selected the Summon service from ProQuest. Designed to boost discovery and information literacy, the addition of the service will ensure access to the content available at their library. Providing the easiest search experience with the most relevant results, Summon helps to reinforce the library’s pivotal role in meaningful research at Warren Wilson College.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Leiden University has selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service. The University’s choice was based on the comprehensive approach of Alma, which will help improve library services as well as automating and streamlining operations for all types of workflows and resources.
(Soutron Global) Soutron Global announced that Maskwacis Cultural College has selected Soutron for their indigenous collection development and librarian training program. Maskwacis is an Indigenous People’s Cultural College based in Alberta, Canada. The college bases their philosophy, process and functioning on the values, wisdom, teachings and beliefs of the Plains Cree Culture.
(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare announced a advancement for libraries using RFID technology. EnvisionWare’s new RFID Tablet Tag is designed to enable libraries to circulate mobile devices securely, including iPads, Androids, and other tablets, as well as e-readers.The Tablet Tag works like a traditional RFID tag used in books and other print materials and can be used for both security and circulation. According to EnvisionWare, the performance is comparable to their standard RFID book tag, which is reported to be approximately 20 percent more effective in read distance and performance than other tags in the library market.
July 6, 2015
(Interleaf Technology) As part of a plan to deliver an improved experience for researchers using the historic Dun’s library and to free up valuable IT resources, the RCPI has chosen Interleaf Technology to assume responsibility for the hosting and support of their Koha system managing Dun’s Library.
(Open Preservation Foundation) Artefactual Systems is the lead developer of three open-source software tools, Archivematica for digital preservation, AtoM for archival description and online access, and Binder for digital repository management.
July 2, 2015
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Sistema per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale (service for the promotion of cultural heritage, or SVPC) in Switzerland has chosen the Primo discovery and delivery solution for a portal that will provide access to all of the Canton of Ticino’s extensive cultural and scientific resources. Shared by 80 libraries, the first stage of the Primo-powered catalog will enable users to discover and access more than a million scientific and cultural heritage items. The portal project, named Sàmara, is supported by the Ticino’s Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (Dipartimento dell’educazione, della cultura e dello sport).
(Overdrive) According to OverDrive, the leading eBook platform for libraries and schools, Monday, June 29, 2015 saw a new single-day milestone of 500,535 digital titles borrowed. In addition to the titles borrowed during that day, readers also placed more than 195,000 titles on “hold” by adding themselves to a wait list.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that initial implementation of the Republic of Ireland’s public library authorities are now live with the Sierra Library Services Platform. Six of the 30 authorities - Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, South Dublin, and Wexford - serve approximately 35% of the total population of Ireland through more than 80 branch libraries and mobile libraries.
(LibLime) Eastwick College and LibLime have partnered to provide Eastwick College students with easier access to databases, e-journals and other Eastwick College content, by integrating LibLime’s Discovery Solution. The partnership between Eastwick and Liblime allows Eastwick College students and faculty to take advantage of the benefits of easier access to Eastwick College’s entire suite of electronic resources.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Ofer Mosseri, a highly experienced high-tech manager, will be joining Ex Libris as a corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, effective July 4, 2015.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris ed EBSCO Information Systems collaborano per favorire l'ottimizzazione nei flussi di lavoro delle acquisizioni di periodici ed e-book e garantire un'eccezionale esperienza utente per i clienti delle due società attraverso un sistema di linking migliorato
July 1, 2015
(EBSCO Industries) EBSCO Industries, headquartered atop Oak Mountain off Highway 280, is a privately held company committed to progress and growth.
June 30, 2015
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the launch of an early-adopter program in Israel for the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Eight top institutions of higher education are participating: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa, the College of Management—Academic Studies, IDC Herzliya, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Oranim Academic College of Education, and the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. Four of the colleges belong to the 47 member Israel College Consortium. All the early adopters will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph library management system to Alma, which they will use in combination with the Primo discovery and delivery solution to reap the benefits of an integrated, end-to-end system.
(EBSCO Information Services) The American Psychological Association is making its e-books available to libraries on the EBSCO eBooks platform. The agreement with EBSCO Information Services gives libraries cost-effective access to in-demand psychology, behavioral sciences and social sciences titles.
(Eastern Academic Scholars Trust) The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust, a major new shared print initiative, launches on July 1st with important grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation. The 47 member libraries of EAST, across New England, New York and Pennsylvania, will collaborate to retain agreed upon titles in their local circulating collections as well as make them available to lend to other EAST members, thereby ensuring continued access to the scholarly record of print monographs and journals.
(Gale Group) With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning.
(Springer) The Journal Citation Reports 2015, released by Thomson Reuters, lists a total of 1,595 Springer journals, with 37 Springer journals joining the list for the first time. Significantly, in 2014, 82 percent of the Springer journals in the list were cited more frequently than in the previous year. Well over one half (57 percent) of Springer journals increased their impact factor in 2014 over the 2013 figure.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions thanks Bohdan Šmilauer, a librarian in Prague, for his contribution to the Professional Cataloging interface development for Koha.
(Library and Information Technology Association) The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Levine as the Executive Director of the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the ALA, effective August 3, 2015. Ms. Levine has been at the American Library Association since 2006 as the Strategy Guide in ALA’s Information Technology and Telecommunications Services area, charged with providing vision and leadership regarding emerging technologies, development of services, and integration of those services into association and library environments.
(Wiley, Inc.) Wiley announced their partnership with London- based data repository organization, Figshare. To support authors who wish to openly share their data, Wiley have embarked on this partnership with Figshare to integrate data sharing within existing journal workflows and article publication.
(Interleaf Technology) The Respond! College has chosen the Koha open source library management system to automate its library service. Interleaf Technology has been contracted to implement the Koha system and to provide on-going support services.
(National Information Standards Organization) The membership of the National Information Standards Organization has elected new leadership for the 2015-2016 term that begins on July 1, 2015. Mike Teets, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance & Architecture at OCLC, who was elected last year and has served as Vice Chair during the current term, will become Chair of NISO for the 2015-16 term. B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors.
June 27, 2015
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics and Rancho Mirage Public Library announce the selection and successful migration and go live of Auto-Graphics' VERSO, as the new Integrated Library System. After a competitive and thorough RFP process, Rancho Mirage Public Library, RMPL, selected Auto-Graphics as the vendor of choice with their latest iteration of ILS software.
(Elsevier) De UvA, VU, VUmc, AMC en de HvA hebben gezamenlijk gekozen voor de aanschaf van het onderzoeksinformatiesysteen Pure van Elsevier B.V. Met deze voorlopige gunning gaat de aanbestedingsprocedure de volgende fase in.
June 26, 2015
(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons will debut a newly designed BiblioCore catalog at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015. The redesigned catalog features responsive design, streamlined search results, and unique enhancements to support readers’ advisory. The BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog, BiblioCore, works with all major integrated library systems and replaces the traditional patron catalog in order to encourage community engagement around a library’s collections, integrate the library’s events and online resources into the patron’s path, and promote the expertise of librarians as readers’ advisory and reference specialists to their communities.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and the H.W. Wilson Foundation are expanding their partnership with the goal of making searching for electronic theses and dissertations easier and more open. In 2014, the two organizations created American Doctoral Dissertations which contains indexing from the H.W. Wilson print publication, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, 1933-1955. Under the expanded partnership, the H.W. Wilson Foundation has agreed to support the expansion of the scope of the American Doctoral Dissertations database to include records for dissertations and theses from 1955 to the present. The goal is to create a single portal for ETDs which can be added to university profiles.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the California State University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to deliver seamless, state of the art access to print and electronic resources for students and faculty. CSU campuses are migrating from various systems including Innovative Interfaces' Millennium and Sierra, ProQuest’s 360 Link and Summon and from Ex Libris Voyager and SFX.
(Baker and Taylor) Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix and Zepheira announce their intent to develop a product that will make libraries’ collections visible and searchable on the Web. SirsiDynix and Zepheira have been busy the past several months laying the groundwork for this exciting partnership, collaborating on a joint roadmap that will bring transformative products to library systems sooner rather than later. The Visible Library Beta Program emerged as a path to rapidly reveal library collections to the Web in an actionable form.
(EBSCO Information Services) Two new tools from EBSCO Information Services have been created to enhance the EBSCO eBooks experience for library users. The EBSCO eBooks mobile app and the EBSCO eBooks viewer allow library users to download e-books easily, and enjoy an optimal viewing environment regardless of whether they are accessing the e-book on a mobile, tablet device or a desktop or laptop computer.
(ProQuest) ProQuest has named John "JG" Chirapurath as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Workflow Solutions. In this role, Mr. Chirapurath will lead strategic development of the company's technology business that focuses on empowering academic researchers with solutions that improve research outcomes, and providing librarians with transformative cloud-based workflow solutions that enable the library to deliver greater value to their institutions.
(ProQuest) ProQuest will debut functionality of Intota v2 at the American Libraries Association annual conference in San Francisco. Capabilities in development for Intota v2 address how users think about what they do, and enable progressive academic and research libraries to evolve in a rapidly changing knowledge economy. Intota v2 is a library services platform that will encompass management of both print and electronic resources across the entire collection lifecycle. Libraries who select Intota v1 now will have special “preview access” to Intota v2 in the Spring of next year.
(ProQuest) Since the introduction of Intota last June for electronic resource management, close to 80 libraries worldwide have selected ProQuest’s cloud-based library services platform, which also includes industry-leading discovery, linking, assessment and unified intelligent workflows across the lifecycle of collections. Libraries are responding favorably to ProQuest’s phased approach to developing a transformative service that immediately solves for inadequacies in the traditional ILS. Unlike other services in the market, Intota simplifies workflows and addresses the major challenges libraries face today: collection assessment and e-resource management. With increasing pressure on budgets, libraries using Intota can focus on service to end users and deliver greater value to their institutions.
(ProQuest) Later this summer, family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries.
(Knight Foundation) The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 – an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundations. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection.
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Council on Library and Information Resources has received a 24-month, $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2015.
(National Information Standards Organization) The Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division of the American Library Association has published a new book edited by Todd A. Carpenter, the Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment explores the process of developing information standards, the value of standards for libraries, publishing and the intermediaries that serve both communities. The book is published by ALCTS Publishing and is available in both print and electronic-book format. Carpenter, Nettie Lagace, NISO's Associate Director for Programs, and Cynthia Hodgson, recently retired NISO Editor, all contributed chapters to this publication.
(Unglue.it) Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.
(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content, which provides guidance on the best way to manage the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in understanding what has been delivered and received.
(ProQuest) ProQuest supports the National Information Standards Organization and ProQuest leaders such as Steven Guttman, Senior Director of Product Management, have long standing participation in efforts including the Open Discovery Initiative Standing Committee to help the library industry improve the research and discovery experience.
(BiblioCommons) Many leading public libraries are seeing new opportunities to create fully integrated, engaging websites that attract and retain patrons online with the new BiblioCommons website management platform. BiblioCMS enables libraries to provide a truly integrated online patron experience, delivered through a shared, software-as-a-service platform.
(Tech Logic) Please join special guests Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and President of Tech Logic Corporation, Gary Kirk, as they present our first annual People First Award to Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Pennsylvania Avenue Branch in Baltimore at ALA San Francisco. The award will be presented on Friday, June 26, at 5:15 p.m., at the Moscone Center during the event’s opening general session from 4-5:30 p.m., in the Esplanade Ballroom. The Enoch Pratt Free Library was chosen to receive this very special award after demonstrating exemplary leadership during several days of riots, which were concentrated at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenues.
June 25, 2015
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris and EBSCO Information Systems announced an agreement to streamline libraries’ acquisition processes and optimize the experience of library patrons who are using Ex Libris solutions to access full-text content hosted on the EBSCOhost platform. The two companies have committed to expanding their collaboration to other areas as well. According to the agreement, all print and electronic book and journal orders placed via an EBSCO online collection-development or ordering system will be automatically updated in the Ex Libris Alma library management service through EBSCO’s use of the Alma Real Time Acquisition application programming interface. This first phase of the integration will streamline and further automate the acquisition process for libraries. In addition, EBSCO is making its proprietary linking technology available to Ex Libris to improve the accuracy of links from Ex Libris solutions to full text articles hosted on the EBSCOhost platform.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that over 600 library systems have now selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. This group includes academic and public libraries in the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, and the UK. When initially released, Library Journal called the rapid adoption of Sierra 'unprecedented' and the strong adoption of this new LSP continues into 2015.
(LibraryThing) LibraryThing announced the debut of TinyCat, a new online catalog for small libraries. TinyCat provides a powerful, simple, and inexpensive online catalog for so-called “tiny” libraries, with up to 10,000 titles.
(Boopsie) Boopsie released a case study focused on its partnership with San Diego County Library to expand the library system’s reach and engagement with its community. Boopsie worked with the Library to create a custom branded app that enables mobile catalog searches and access to library services.
(OCLC) Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has selected WorldShare Management Services to manage its library resources.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University have adopted the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. Rosetta will enable the libraries to manage and preserve their digital collections, including born-digital objects such as web sites and research data, in perpetuity. With Rosetta, the three institutions will be able to implement the solution together and work off one infrastructure, providing end-to-end digital asset management and preservation for the vast array of assets in all of their libraries.
(Overdrive) OverDrive will present the Future of eBook Lending. To help librarians meet the growing demand for digital content in all popular formats, OverDrive will release its roadmap for a completely reengineered platform, including web, app and mobile services through the use of improved technology and APIs.
(Baker and Taylor) Baker and Taylor announced that its Evidence-based Selection Planning service, which is supported by collectionHQ’s data analytics platform, will be made available for all U.S. public libraries following a successful pilot program.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation is poised to release CARL.Connect 1.3 later this month, which will further enhance the library patron and staff experience.
(Gale Group) an Francisco Public Library today announced it is offering residents the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates through Career Online High School, a groundbreaking program brought to public libraries by Gale. Currently, more than 30,000 San Francisco adults age 25 and over lack a high school degree or equivalent. San Francisco Public Library joins several other innovative libraries throughout California to offer the program, including Los Angeles Public Library, Sacramento Public Library and San Diego Public Library.
(Follett) Findaway and Follett School Solutions today announced Follett is the exclusive PreK-12 distributor of Playaway Launchpad, the pre-loaded and secure children’s learning tablet designed specifically for circulation. Introduced by Findaway in March 2015, Playaway Launchpad delivers high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. It provides schools with a secure tablet that serves the PreK-12 market and directly addresses the common pain points of retail tablets.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Malaysia Institute for Research in Youth Development has selected Virtua. A national research center under the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the library has approximately 2,000 items in its collection and this is its first library-automation system.
June 24, 2015
(Userful) Userful Corporation, an industry leader in centralized display software, will be showcasing new applications for their complete virtualization solution for libraries at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference 2015. The integrated software is a centralized, cloud-managed solution that drastically reduces library costs when deploying large numbers of screens for applications such as public computers, video walls, staff workstations, touch-screen kiosks, digital signage, and more.
(ProQuest) ProQuest continues to innovate the ebook research and management experience with the launch of the beta program for its eagerly anticipated new ebook platform. ProQuest Ebook Central ™ integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL - Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians.
(ProQuest) Through its robust partnerships with university presses, ProQuest has launched an inventive new option that helps libraries quickly build comprehensive e-book collections in one of the most valued content areas in academic libraries. ProQuest’s new University Press Ebook Subscription offers the most authoritative university press content from one convenient source. The new collection is an example of ProQuest’s commitment to enable libraries’ to build diverse, digital collections that stay ahead of the needs and expectations of students, faculty and scholars.
(JISC) ORCID – a researcher identifier solution which enables a wide range of improvements to the scholarly communications ecosystem – will now be offered to UK higher education institutions through a national consortium arrangement operated by Jisc, a UK charity which promotes the use of technology within education and research. The agreement, negotiated by Jisc Collections, will enable universities to benefit from reduced ORCID membership costs and enhanced technical support. This should accelerate adoption and provide a smoother path to ORCID integration for UK universities. It will ultimately help to transform the management, re-use, and efficiency of the UK research output by improving the integration of research systems and processes, and enhancing data quality.
(Civica) Civica is pleased to announce the release of our Event Management system, a fully featured web-based event management solution featuring integration with the Spydus integrated library management system. The first release of Event Management contains key functions in planning and executing library events, including online registration and payment, progress tracking and reporting, event marketing, and post-event feedback. In addition, Event Management interfaces with the Spydus membership database, and for non-library members gives them the opportunity to sign up as part of the event registration process.
(Evergreen Project) The Evergreen community will be hosting booth 3345 at ALA San Francisco on June 25th through 30th. Evergreen is open source library software that is used in more than 1,300 libraries around the world.
(Ex Libris) In the cooperative spirit of the National Information Standards Organization, Ex Libris publicly declared its support of the Open Discovery Initiative and conformance with ODI’s recommended practice for pre-indexed “web-scale” discovery services. The ODI Working Group’s main objective is to promote transparency in content discovery and to improve the collaboration between discovery-index stakeholders.
(Open Discovery Initiative) In the cooperative spirit of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), four leading academic content providers -- Credo; Gale, a part of Cengage Learning; IEEE; and SAGE – today, publically disclose their support of the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI). In NISO's Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (RP-19-2014), content providers are encouraged to take specific measures to declare their conformance with ODI's recommended practice for pre-indexed "web-scale" discovery services, with the goal of increasing open communication and collaboration.
(PTFS) Progressive Technology Federal Systems, provider of Knowvation, an Enterprise Content Management System suite, announced that its Knowvation GS geospatial application is available as a listing in Amazon Web Services Marketplace. AWS Marketplace enables customers to compare options, read reviews, and quickly find and deploy software. Visitors to AWS Marketplace can use 1-Click deployment to launch Knowvation GS which is available for consumption on an hourly basis.
(Ex Libris) Die Ex Libris, ein global führender Anbieter von Automatisierungslösungen für Bibliotheken, gibt mit Freude die erweiterte Zusammenarbeit mit Elsevier, einem weltweit führenden Anbieter von wissenschaftlichen, technischen und medizinischen Informationsprodukten und -leistungen bekannt. Dank der Zusammenarbeit erhalten die Anwender der Bibliotheksmanagementlösung Ex Libris Alma und des OpenURL-Linkresolvers SFX ebenso wie die Nutzer des Elsevier-Service ScienceDirect die Gelegenheit, von einem vollständig automatisierten Workflow zu profitieren, der den Volltextzugriff der Bibliothek für Fachzeitschriften und Bücher stets auf dem aktuellen Stand hält.
(Gale Group) Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is partnering with Skillsoft to offer online workforce training courses to help public libraries sharpen the skills of today’s workforce and those entering the workforce, and support local economic development. During the most recent economic downturn, more than 30 million people reported using library computers for employment or career information, making the public library a perfect venue for education, upskilling and career development resources.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced a new service which simplifies a library’s publication of Linked Data records dramatically, reducing the time and effort for libraries to reveal their collections to the Web and contribute learning to the LibHub Initiative. The new Output Data for Libhub Service extracts library records from the database of any Innovative ILS or Service Platform (Sierra, Polaris ILS, Virtua, or Millennium) and formats them for transformation to Linked Data vocabularies including BIBFRAME and schema.org to ultimately publish and find on the Web. The new service, which is available as a one-time full database output with optional monthly updates, removes any barriers of staffing or time and makes it easier for libraries to take part in the Linked Data initiative. Library records are output in MARC/XML for sending to Zepheira. Zepheira transforms the records to BIBFRAME and publishes them to the Web, where their presence and formatting makes them accessible to search engines. Search results can then bring the user directly into the originating catalog, at the record level.
(BiblioCommons) Columbus Metropolitan Library, one of the highest rated public libraries in the United States, has partnered with BiblioCommons for an enhanced catalog and discovery layer that will work in conjunction with the Polaris Integrated Library System.
(Ex Libris) Il Gruppo Ex Libris, leader mondiale nei servizi di automazione per la biblioteca, ha il piacere di annunciare una collaborazione estesa con Elsevier, primario fornitore internazionale di prodotti e servizi di informazione scientifica, tecnica e medica. La collaborazione permetterà sia ai clienti della soluzione per la gestione della biblioteca Ex Libris Alma® e del link resolver OpenURL SFX, sia ai clienti di Elsevier ScienceDirect di trarre vantaggio da un flusso di lavoro completamente automatizzato che manterrà aggiornati i livelli di accesso ai full text della biblioteca, per i periodici e per i libri.
(Crowley Company) The Crowley Company is bringing its most popular library scanners to this week’s 2015 ALA Annual Conference, along with a brand new image hosting system and Zeutschel’s 3D book viewer. Established in 1876, the American Library Association (ALA) is dedicated to the advancement of library and information services and to providing information and resources to librarians and library patrons.
(EBSCO Information Services) Since our beginnings nearly 70 years ago, EBSCO has been a service organization and conduit between libraries and information providers. This has evolved immensely through the years, but the presence of EBSCO at the center of interconnectivity among those in the library industry has not changed. In fact, anyone would be hard-pressed to name a single ILS vendor, content provider or publisher with which EBSCO does not partner in some way. When YBP joined the EBSCO family, we gained partnerships with the very few remaining companies where partnerships didn’t previously exist.
June 23, 2015
(ProQuest) ProQuest aims to improve outcomes of research on 20th century events and the people who made them happen by expanding its visionary ProQuest History Vault collection of digitized primary sources. Three new modules provide online access to hard-to-find original documents chronicling the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century (Federal Government Records supplement); the New Deal and World War II (President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies); and critical intelligence efforts during wartime from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961). History Vault is part of ProQuest’s expansive digitization program that enables students and scholars to explore history as it happened and from diverse, often personal vantage points.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the metadata of e journals, dissertations, conference papers, and gazetteers hosted by Wanfang Data will be indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources. As a result, this extensive content from Wanfang Data will be easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service.
(Credo Reference) Credo announced its conformance with, and endorsement of, the recommendations of the National Information Standards Organization’s Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), making Credo the first reference content provider to do so. Credo’s compliance demonstrates the company’s advocacy for the unique, valuable role that reference plays in research, as well as its commitment to supporting industry standards and best practices in delivering innovative products and services to libraries and their users.
(LibLime) LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be participating in the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. The conference exhibit hall will be open June 26-29 in San Francisco, CA. All conference attendees are encouraged to visit LibLime at booth #2209.
(ByWater Solutions) EBSCO Information Services and ByWater Solutions partnered earlier this year to provide more choices for their joint customers. ByWater Solutions is the leading US provider of Koha support and implementation services to libraries. Working with ByWater, libraries that use the Koha ILS can readily adopt EBSCO Discovery Service as their discovery service and front-end of choice.
(Gale Group) Providing students, faculty and researchers a unique glimpse into the often hidden aspects of humankind’s conquest of the skies, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today launched Evolution of Flight, 1784-1991, a new digital archive in its Smithsonian Collections Online series. The archive brings together images, diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, government documents and other primary source materials – many of which have only been available by special request – to provide the “story behind the story” of humankind’s desire to fly.
(Boopsie) Boopsie announced the newest addition to its mobile platform: “Top 20 Books,” a data-driven carousel of book titles that are currently trending as the most popular with the over 3 million users of Boopsie’s mobile app platform.
June 22, 2015
(Odilo) ODILO USA anuncia el lanzamiento de OdiloPlace, su marketplace de contenidos digitales para préstamo con los títulos de la mayoría de los grandes grupos editoriales, incluyendo los contenidos digitales de ABDO, Atlantic Publishing, Book View Cafe, Diversion Books, Encyclopedia Britannica, Enslow Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers, Little Pickle Press , Macmillan, Open Road Media, Prologue, Simon & Schuster, Rowman & Littlefield, Untreed Reads Publishing, Xist Publishing, y muchos otros. Nadine Billard, Responsable de Contenidos de ODILO en Estados Unidos asegura que en las próximas semanas se irán incorporando el resto de grandes grupos editoriales, así como otras editoriales grandes, medianas, pequeñas e independientes. Todos estos contenidos estarán, en su mayoría, disponibles para bibliotecas de todo el mundo y se ofrecerán además contenidos en francés, alemán e italiano.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services’ symposium, titled “2015 Open Day,” was held on June 18, at the College des Bernardins in Paris, France. It brought together librarians from various academic and corporate institutions to gain a better knowledge of EBSCO’s discovery solution, EBSCO Discovery Service as well as EBSCO’s online resources including EBSCO eBooks, PlumX and research databases.
(Gale Group) Evolving to meet researchers where they begin their searching, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is supporting discovery by working with Google to index millions of documents in Google Scholar, and expanding the amount of content indexed by major library discovery services. In addition, Gale is promoting transparency in discovery through compliance with industry information standards to improve results for researchers and libraries.
(OCLC) OCLC has been named among Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT. It is the 10th consecutive year OCLC has been selected as one of the top workplaces for information technology professionals.
June 21, 2015
(Civica) Civica Library Solutions, a leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations to transform the way they work, announced that the City of Boroondara Library Service in Victoria, Australia, will continue using the Spydus integrated library management system as a managed service.
June 20, 2015
(Boopsie) Recorded Books has partnered with Boopsie to utilize Boopsie’s new AccessILS platform in order to quickly scale sales and deployment of iVerse Media’s digital catalog of comics and graphic novels and integrate with libraries’ existing Integrated Library Systems. Under the terms of the agreement, iVerse Media and Recorded Books will leverage the AccessILS API to distribute Comics Plus: Library Edition, a collection of more than 10,000 titles to public libraries worldwide. Libraries also have the option of offering Comics Plus: Library Edition via a desktop browser and a library-branded mobile app.
(Boopsie) Through an exclusive partnership, Recorded Books and iVerse Media will offer libraries and their patrons access to a selection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels and manga titles both inside the library and remotely.
June 19, 2015
(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons announced a new partnership with the San Diego Public Library to implement BiblioCore, the integrated public library catalog that promotes social discovery and connects large urban and suburban libraries worldwide.
(3M Library Systems) Most book-lovers don’t care whether they get content via print, eBook or eAudio--they just want to enjoy it; and libraries want to make it easy. 3M Library Systems is always working to make the connections between print and digital collections more seamless. Now, the company is unveiling a new integration between the 3M SelfCheck QuickConnect Interface and the 3M Cloud Library that will offer a new, easy way for patrons discover and borrow digital content.
(OCLC) OCLC’s work to help increase the visibility of library collections on the Web through the creation of library linked data—moving from a web of documents to a web of data—is described in a new book, Library Linked Data in the Cloud: OCLC’s Experiments with New Models of Resource Description.
(Odilo) La empresa española Odilo acaba de anunciar acuerdos de distribución con los grupos editoriales Penguin Random House y Hachette con lo que junto a los acuerdos que ya tenía con Harper Collins, Macmillan y Simon&Schuster entre otros, agrupa en su tienda de contenido digital para bibliotecas los contenidos de los mayores grupos editoriales para poder ofrecerlos a bibliotecas de todo el mundo.
June 18, 2015
(Ex Libris) Elsevier announced an expanded collaboration with Ex Libris. The collaboration will enable mutual customers of Elsevier's ScienceDirect and the Ex Libris Alma library management solution and SFX OpenURL link resolver, to benefit from a fully automated workflow that will keep the library full text access levels up to date for both journals and books. Using the ScienceDirect Admin Tool, librarians will trigger the automated feed through a one-time activation process. The library's entitlements will then be continuously updated in the Ex Libris knowledge base that underlies Alma and SFX.
(ProQuest) As Americans once again scrutinize elements of the Patriot Act, the National Security Archive and its publishing partner ProQuest are providing new avenues for research on government spying. The Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) has expanded to include CIA Covert Operations II: The Year of Intelligence, 1975, a collection of 1,000 declassified documents that reveal the inner-workings of America’s spy agencies during a season of intense public inquiry. With this collection, DNSA becomes available on the ProQuest platform, enabling all DNSA documents to be cross-searched with the diverse content that students and faculty require to fully explore their area of research, such as newspaper archives, working papers, journal articles, ebooks, and other unique primary sources.
(e-Libro) e-Libro fortifies its position as the leading Spanish language ebook provider with the addition of 10,000 new titles to e-Libro Premium from esteemed Spanish language publishers including Puvill and Fondo Cultura Economica. These newly added titles join thousands of others available through flexible access models including subscription, Perpetual Access and DDA on both the ebrary and EBSCO platforms. e-Libro Premium now includes over 80,000 scholarly documents including more than 30,000 ebooks. Additionally, e-Libro has launched a new ebook subscription in Religion and Philosophy.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and Masaryk University Press have collaborated to offer more than 80 Czech titles via EBSCO eBooks. The titles from Masaryk University Press will provide libraries with more multidisciplinary Czech titles representing a wide range of fields – including social science, historiography, linguistics and literary science, archaeology, genetics and many others – from highly specialized scientific publications to significant books aimed at the general public.
(Odilo) ODILO's global reach and rapid expansion in the United States continues to attract publishers from around the world. Just six months after launching their innovative eBook lending library, ODILO now offers digital content from all of the leading publishers, including frontlist and backlist titles, along with pre-orders. With the addition of Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster, ODILO customers can easily choose from over 200,000 bestselling and popular titles, from over 550 publishers, in order to meet the needs and demands of their library patrons. Competitive pricing allows ODILO customers to use their savings for other essential library needs.
June 17, 2015
(Total Boox) Total Boox, a revolutionary ebook service for libraries, and Califa, the largest library network in California, are pleased to announce a groundbreaking agreement, which will make Total Boox’s collection of over 40,000 ebooks available to 32 libraries in California, including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Santa Clara Public Libraries.
June 16, 2015
(SirsiDynix) LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, a statewide consortium of public and private academic libraries, has selected SirsiDynix SaaS to host its Symphony Integrated Library System and BLUEcloud products. This decision will impact the 34 LOUIS members that use Symphony, and will bring each 99.95% uptime, advanced security, automatic upgrades, and more.
(LibLime) Walsh School District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Walsh School District staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application.
(The Library Corporation) Dallas Independent School District is utilizing social media to engage and communicate with its community, and it relies on the SocialFlow media management service to ensure that messages are shared in optimal fashion.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO y Escire han anunciado un acuerdo de colaboración para fortalecer la interoperabilidad entre las plataformas Koha ILS y EDS EBSCO Discovery Service en México.Escire es una empresa mexicana cuyos objetivos han sido la promoción e implementación de plataformas de software libre para la gestión de la información y el conocimiento en bibliotecas e instituciones de México y América Latina. Desde hace más de 3 años, Escire ha dedicado a un equipo multidisciplinario de bibliotecarios, profesionales de la información e ingenieros en el desarrollo y posicionamiento de Koha en diversos tipos de bibliotecas de la región.
(PTFS) Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc, a provider of Enterprise Content Management solutions, has upgraded and rebranded ArchivalWare, its flagship product line, as Knowvation. PTFS will demonstrate the enhanced Knowvation ECM offering and the roles it can play in Activity-Based Intelligence at GEOINT 2015.
June 15, 2015
(ProQuest) ProQuest names Samuel Dodson, an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia, the recipient of the 2015 Roger K. Summit Scholarship. For more than 20 years this prestigious scholarship of US$5,000, named in honor of Dialog founder Roger K. Summit, a pioneer in developing online information retrieval services, has been given to a promising graduate student in library and information sciences. Mr. Dodson was presented the award June 14 at the Special Libraries Association's annual conference in Boston.
(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare announced the release of Library Document Station version 3X. The Library Document Station is the first full-service document station designed for public libraries.
(Civica) Civica Library Solutions announced that the Melbourne Library Service in Victoria, Australia, has selected the Spydus10 integrated library management system to replace their existing library solution.
June 12, 2015
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Southern Vermont College Library in Bennington, VT is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS.
(LibLime) LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be participating in the 2015 Special Library Association (SLA) Annual Conference. The conference exhibit hall will be open June 14-16 in Boston, Massachusetts. All conference attendees are encouraged to visit LibLime.
(SirsiDynix) EOS International announced the planned integration of EOS.Web and SirsiDynix’ eResource Central, which will allow EOS users to download eBooks, eJournals, and more straight from their catalog.EOS libraries that use eRC will be able to bring all of their content providers together into a single interface, allowing patrons to download eResources away from third-party interfaces and within the EOS.Web catalog they’re familiar with. This unified eResource experience streamlines administration and will give patrons the benefit of discovering digital resources alongside physical content in their search results.
(Total Boox) As its library outreach continues, with millions of patrons now enjoying access to Total Boox in library systems across the United States, the pay-as-you-read metered ebook service is pleased to announce it has recently reached agreements with the world’s most respected travel publishers: Lonely Planet, Berlitz, and Insight Guides. Participating libraries can now give their patrons instant access to hundreds of travel guides to every corner of the globe.
June 11, 2015
(Boopsie) Many library users throughout Ohio can now enjoy on-demand access to ebooks, databases and other trusted library resources via a library-branded mobile app on all major device types provided by Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide. Today Boopsie announced that Cuyahoga Falls Library and Lane Public Libraries will join the 25 other OHIONET libraries currently using Boopsie’s platform to develop a customized mobile app so more community members can enjoy library services on the go.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries - NorthEast (TBRL-NE), consisting of the libraries of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Northeast State Community College (NeSCC), is the 200th customer worldwide to implement the Ex Libris Alma library management service.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris se complace en anunciar que las bibliotecas de la Junta de Regentes de Tennessee del Noreste, que consiste de las Bibliotecas de la Universidad Estatal del Este de Tennessee y del Colegio Comunitario Estatal del Noreste, se han convertido en el cliente número 200 en todo el mundo que ha implementado el servicio de gestión de bibliotecas Ex Libris Alma.
(Follett) Follett Corporation and Nebraska Book Company announced that Follett has purchased Neebo, Nebraska Book Company's retail store division. The agreement adds more than 200 complementary campus retail stores to Follett's portfolio, making Follett the operator of more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across North America. For Nebraska Book Company, the agreement underscores its full commitment of resources to providing textbooks, strategic services and technology products to independent college retailers nationwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Follett has acquired Nebraska Book Company's on-campus and off-campus stores, including correlating assets and inventory owned or leased by Neebo.
June 10, 2015
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix’s SaaS solution was certified for compliance with the ISO 27001 security standard. SirsiDynix is now one of the only vendors in the industry to become certified to this rigorous standard. Published by the International Organization for Standardization, the ISO 27001 standard is used by many governments worldwide to indicate that security is properly implemented throughout an organization. Compliance with ISO 27001 ensures that senior management is aware of security and involved with assessing risks, and that the organization continuously improves its information security management system.
(Zepheira) Zepheira provides better Web visibility to libraries through Linked Data, and now offers a new program for academic libraries to reveal their resources and collections to the Web. The program builds on the successful Libhub Initiative Early Adopter Public Library Program launch with its Founding 12 Partners.
(Boopsie) Boopsie continues to enhance its user-friendly mobile apps with Ratings and Reviews, the newest addition to its mobile platform. Along with accessing high quality resources on the user-friendly Boopsie app interface, users can now leave a 1-5 star rating and review for any title in their library’s catalog. Reviews can be posted anonymously or through an alias. Users are also able to view ratings and reviews made by other users through their libraries’ Boopsie apps. This feature will leverage Boopsie’s network of 400,000 unique app users per month to increase individual library’s engagement with users.
(Library of Congress) James H. Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress and renowned scholar of Russia, today announced that he will retire from the position of Librarian effective January 1, 2016. Billington informed President Barack Obama and called congressional leadership to share his plans. The vacancy will be filled by presidential nomination, with confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
(Library of Congress) The PREMIS Editorial Committee announced the availability of PREMIS version 3.0. This is a major new version with a revised data model, enhancing the ability to express information about software and hardware environments and intellectual entities.
(OCLC) Scion, the New Zealand Crown Research Institute that specializes in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product and other biomaterial sectors, has selected WorldShare Management Services to manage its library resources.
(Ex Libris) Die Ex Libris, ein global führender Anbieter von Automatisierungslösungen für Bibliotheken, gibt bekannt, dass sich die Bibliotheks, -Daten und Supportdienstleister Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ), Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG) und Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz) hinsichtlich der technologischen Infrastruktur ihrer neuen Common Bibliographic Data Zone (CBDZ) für den Ressourcenmanagementservice Alma® entschieden haben. Die CBDZ wird auf den fortschrittlichen Funktionen der Alma Network Zone basieren.
June 9, 2015
(EBSCO Information Services) ToxPlanet announced that it has acquired Expert Publishing from EBSCO Information Services. The deal adds the premier provider of up-to-date, decision support chemical information for the global product stewardship, toxicology and chemical safety communities to ToxPlanet’s line of solutions.
(LibLime) Springfield Schools has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Springfield Schools staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application.
(Open Preservation Foundation) The Open Preservation Foundation has introduced a new membership model to make participation more accessible to all organisations with a commitment to ensuring long term access to digital content. Alongside the new membership model, OPF has also established a software supporter model to ensure the sustainability and future development of open source software tools in its stewardship.
(Axiell) Maria Wasing has been appointed chief marketing officer at Axiell Group. With her extensive expertise in technology and marketing, as well as a profound commitment to what technology can achieve for Axiell’s customers, who in turn can provide their customers with an improved experience, Wasing is a valuable addition to the management team.
(Axiell) Maria Wasing blir ny kommunikations- och marknadschef på Axiell Group. Med henne har bolaget fått en person med betydande kunskaper i teknik och marknadsföring, och ett brinnande engagemang i vad tekniken kan åstadkomma för Axiells kunder, som därmed kan ge sina kunder en bättre upplevelse.
(Axiell) Axiell ALM's Adlib solution has, in competition with 19 other companies, again been chosen to digitally organize enormous numbers of cultural objects and make them easily accessible. This time, it is Danska Kulturstyrelsen, the Danish Agency for Culture, which has recently signed an agreement with Axiell.
(OCLC) OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and other subject areas to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.
(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received $96,000 from the Whiting Foundation to begin creating resources for users in K-12 and higher education. The grant will allow DPLA to develop and share primary source sets built on the foundation of national educational standards and under the guidance of a diverse group of education experts. DPLA will also refine tools for creating user-generated content so that students and teachers can curate their own resources as part of the learning process.
June 8, 2015
(EBSCO Information Services) Kkottongnae University in Korea has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to help integrate resources in the library and simplify the research process for students. Kkottongnae University’s mission is to be a new model for social welfare education and it was important for the university to find a discovery solution that would support its mission and help the students specific research needs.
(Lucidea) Lucidea will participate in this year's SLA Conference and INFO-EXPO on June 14th through 16th in Boston, M.A. The SLA annual conference provides special librarians and other information professionals with world class development sessions and a look at the latest in library and knowledge management trends and technology.
(Gale Group) Ferguson Municipal Public Library of Ferguson, MO has been named the 2015 Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. The small suburban library rose above the chaos and stepped up to provide sanctuary and resources for all in a community in crisis, and remained steadfast to that call over months of duress. The library leadership’s modest “it’s what we do” stance resonated worldwide through social media and news coverage. It placed libraries in the center of the solution, and created a model for other libraries in communities experiencing strife.
June 5, 2015
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Leicester has chosen the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution to streamline business processes and workflows. The University has also selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to maximize the discoverability of resources while improving the user experience and user satisfaction. These solutions will replace Leicester’s SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system and ProQuest Summon discovery software.
(Kuali Foundation) The Kuali Open Library Environment project is pleased to announce the hiring of Heather Beery as the new OLE Project Manager. Heather replaces Patty Mescher, who is retiring after 8 years with Kuali and 2 years as OLE’s Project Manager.
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics and La Porte County Public Library, announce the selection of Auto-Graphics' VERSO, as the new Integrated Library System.
June 4, 2015
(EBSCO Information Services) The University of Florida (UF) has agreed to partner with YBP Library Services for YBP's integrated digital and print discovery and fulfillment services. YBP will serve as a key vendor for academic content for the University and will provide acquisition and collection development to UF via its GOBI interface. GOBI provides access to more than 12 million titles, including more than 1 million digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers.
(OCLC) SAE International announces that its technical papers and journal articles now are available through the OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. Users will be able to discover the metadata on WorldCat.org and libraries will be able to configure the content in OCLC's subscription-based services, WorldCat Local and WorldCat Discovery.
June 3, 2015
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ), the Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG), and the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz) consortia have selected the Alma resource management service as the technology infrastructure for their new Common Bibliographic Data Zone, which will be based on the advanced Alma Network Zone capabilities.
(3M Library Systems) The QuickConnect Interface gives libraries tools to increase circulation, promote events, and enhance the user experience—all with a sleek interface that helps users do more with fewer steps. Available in more than 50 languages, including French Canadian, the interface streamlines the self-checkout process, helps libraries easily promote their events, and also drives reader discovery and circulation with a Recommended Reads feature.
(Odilo) In 2014, Untreed Reads posthumously published Her Wild Oats, written by the late Kathi Kamen Goldmark, and edited and promoted by her husband, Sam Barry. ODILO proud to host Untreed Reads and Sam Barry in their booth on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 3 p.m., during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association in San Francisco.
June 2, 2015
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions welcomed Jesse Weaver as a full time Development Specialist. Jesse will join the ByWater team in assisting partners with their Koha Open Source ILS.
(ProQuest) The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), working in partnership with and on behalf of Health Education England, have signed a three year national license with ProQuest to provide access to a variety of core healthcare databases. This agreement will enable all NHS staff and eligible healthcare students across England to have access to over 5,000 full text scholarly and professional journals, videos and dissertations within the Hospital Collections portfolio for the next three years.
(Scottish Library and Information Council) The first national strategy for Scotland’s public libraries has been published today and sets out a vision for strengthening the role of libraries in communities and responding positively to the digital and information age.
(Codero Hosting) Codero Hosting, a leading provider of on-demand hybrid cloud hosting services, announced that BLM Acquisition Corp., a consortium of 32 regional telecom and broadband providers, has completed the acquisition of all of the company’s outstanding equity from majority owner Catalyst Investors and other shareholders. The acquisition includes a significant investment by BLM to fuel Codero’s next phase of growth, which will include development and launch of new products and services that leverage the company’s existing data center facilities, expansion of the company’s sales channel, and growth of the its footprint across the U.S. and the world. Emil Sayegh will remain as president and CEO of Codero, and will become Chairman of the Board of Directors of the new organization. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
June 1, 2015
(ProQuest) ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Coutts’ expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well. They are being added to ProQuest’s Books unit, which encompasses the widest selection of ebooks supporting research and a rapidly evolving technology framework for discovery, access and management of book content. ProQuest’s vision is to combine these collective strengths, creating an integrated workflow for print and digital content that will save librarians time and provide a superior book experience for end users.
(Ex Libris) Users of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution are gathering this week at KU Leuven in Belgium for the sixth annual meeting of the Rosetta Advisory Group.
(Biblionix) Biblionix, the major 2015 award winner for automation systems, today announced that six (6) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in May 2015. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.