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April 29, 2016

(OCLC) The Northern Territory Library, a major public research institution in Australia, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as the management system for more than 50 libraries in the region.

(Equinox) Equinox announced that NC Cardinal , one of the largest Evergreen Consortia, now has two new members. Iredell County Public Library and Henderson County Public Library were recently migrated to Evergreen. These two additions bring NC Cardinal’s total library count to 143.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar que la Universidad de Cambridge ha elegido el servicio de gestión de recursos de Ex Libris Alma® y el sistema de descubrimiento Primo para ayudar a modernizar la gestión de bibliotecas y mejorar la experiencia de búsqueda para sus estudiantes, profesores e investigadores.

April 28, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the 400th customer of the Ex Libris Alma cloud-based resource management solution, Cardiff Metropolitan University, has gone live. Building on the solution’s unparalleled success, Ex Libris is now focusing on developing new services to address the next level of library needs and practices.

(Boopsie) Boopsie, Inc. continues to add to the over 4,000 library locations worldwide that rely on its custom-branded mobile apps to quickly acquire new users and increase circulation. The leading platform-as-a-service provider today announced that Lovington Public Library will replace its current ILS app with an affordable, easy to deploy and maintain Boopsie app that will enable 24/7 remote library access on patrons’ devices of choice.

(Follett) Follett announced it is realigning its domestic sales and customer service organizations to better support customers’ needs and to ensure schools and districts have dedicated representatives with direct expertise in the products and services they use. Follett sales team is doubling in numbers, and will provide better service through more frequent and personal customer contact. Further, Follett is creating newly specialized sales and customer service teams for Library/Classroom Content, New/Used Textbooks, Technology/Enterprise Solutions, and Private/Parochial. Library customers will once again have a dedicated customer service representative with intimate knowledge of each districts' needs.

April 27, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Cambridge has chosen the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to help modernize library management and improve the search experience for students, instructors, and researchers.

April 26, 2016

(Contex) Following an extensive customer survey, Contex released two new products to completely transform the wide format scanning market. Aimed at the professional scanning market, ScanStationPro provides an incredible scanning experience while also being capable of an amazing 626 full size wide format scans per hour. Our research shows that the end-to-end scanning process is 30 percent quicker with ScanStationPro compared to any other large format scanner in the market.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the incorporation of Ulrich’s periodical data into the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and SFX link resolver. Ulrich’s, ProQuest’s leading source of authoritative bibliographic information, significantly enriches Primo discovery and SFX services. Ulrich’s contains comprehensive information about more than 390,000 print, electronic, and microform serials of all types from around the world. The data delivers unbiased, in-depth details about publications and provider packages in more than 950 subject areas and 200 languages. Continuously updated, the data includes bibliographic information and access points of value to researchers and librarians, such as ISSN, title, publisher name, peer-review status, online availability, A&I coverage, subject area, language of text, and URLs for journals and publishers.

(ProQuest) ProQuest announces the launch of nine regional databases of locally published scholarly journals across all major disciplines. With over 3,000 academic titles across the nine databases, published by scholarly organizations and societies, educational institutions, and academic presses, each collection represents hundreds of the most authoritative scholarly publishing in that geographic area.

(Follett) Featuring an innovative and successful STEM program that teaches 21st-century learning skills in a unique way, Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School, located on Alaska’s Eielson Air Force Base, is the grand-prize winner of the fifth annual Follett Challenge.

April 25, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Keystone Library Network has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. The Pennsylvania-based consortium of 18 academic and research libraries will be upgrading from the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system to the cloud-based, multitenant environment of Alma and the completely redesigned Primo user interface.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services, the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide has deployed Avi Networks on OpenStack to create a highly-automated private cloud and cutting-edge software-defined data center.

(Villanova University) Version 3.0 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This major release brings VuFind up to date with important PHP and Solr developments while also adding several new features and offering a straightforward upgrade path from the 2.x series of releases.

(Harvard University) The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a major grant to the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab to further develop its Perma.cc tool to combat link rot. The IMLS grant awards over $700,000 to the Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab, in cooperation with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and more than 130 partner libraries, to sustainably scale Perma.cc to combat link rot in all scholarly fields.

(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Stanford a $1.5 million grant to support library initiatives that develop and advance the use of linked open data. Stanford Libraries will coordinate a team representing Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress and Princeton to upgrade the current infrastructure libraries use to create, store, and share bibliographic data.

April 23, 2016

(ProQuest) ProQuest Ebook Central, an innovative ebook platform, was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards for Best Scholarly Research Information Solution, which recognizes the "research information solution that provides high quality content and meets rigorous standards for the academic and scientific researchers and professionals." Finalists represent the information industry's best products, technologies, and services in the software, content and business technology.

(Preservica) The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association names Preservica “Venture or Growth Company Team of the Year 2016” for the Midlands Region

(Preservica) Preservica, a world leader in digital preservation, has announced the latest release (v5.6) of its Digital Preservation and Access software. The new features build on Preservica’s active post-ingest file format migration and storage management to give libraries, museums, archives and businesses new levels of control and flexibility over how they manage, arrange, migrate, share and store their valuable digital content overtime - as needs, demands and technologies change.

(Interleaf Technology) As part of a rationalisation of IT services, Glenstal Abbey Monastery Library has contracted with Interleaf Technology to take over the support and hosting of its Koha system.

April 22, 2016

(Sabinet) Sabinet successfully rolled out the OCLC WorldShare Management Services to the University of Pretoria – the second academic university in Africa to adopt this system. WMS is a complete, cloud-based library management system that offers all the applications needed to manage a library: acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, licence management, reports and a single-search discovery interface for end users. WMS's discovery interface, WorldCat Discovery, enables UP's university community to search the library's entire collection, as well as materials held by libraries worldwide, with a single search.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that following an EU-wide tender, the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg’s Library and Information System (BIS) and the Oldenburg Regional Library (Landesbibliothek Oldenburg) have signed agreements to license the Ex Libris Alma resource management service. This service will replace the libraries’ URICA integrated library system.

April 20, 2016

(Civica) A new multilingual library smartphone app for Fairfield City Council has been launched today, to help non-English speaking residents in Western Sydney. The Fairfield app is the first in Australia to be deployed on the Civica Spydus platform, which is used to manage collections and services in thousands of libraries around the world. Civica is a local market leader in specialist software and business process services that helps organisations to transform the way they work.

(The Library Corporation) Three more prestigious libraries recently joined thousands of other library locations worldwide that use The Library Corporation’s Library.Solution integrated library system.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the prominent Melbourne-based RMIT University has opted for the Leganto reading list solution and has joined the Leganto early adopter program.

April 19, 2016

(Interleaf Technology) Interleaf Technology was approached to make a contribution to the library and we agreed to sponsor a Koha Library Management System installation for the London Irish Centre Library.The library was officially launched on Monday 18th April 2016.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announce the University of Reading has recently purchased SirsiDynix’s fully-hosted BLUEcloud Campus library management system to support its 24/7 library service delivery. The University of Reading is a globally-ranked, research-intensive university. Over the summer of 2016, SirsiDynix will migrate the Symphony system to its enterprise-class ISO 27001 certified UK data centre, completing the transition to a supplier-hosted solution.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announce that the more than 30 students enrolled in ‘Information Technology’ class at the Emporia State University, will be using Koha through the Klassmates program.

(EBSCO Information Services) Digital magazine archives from EBSCO Information Services are now available for five renowned Time Inc. brands. These include the complete, extensive and searchable digital versions of the Fortune, Life, People, Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine Archives.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Montana has selected the Ex Libris campusM mobile campus solution to disseminate information and provide services to the campus community through a high-quality user experience. UM will benefit from the standards and best practices already built into the platform, avoiding the burden of building an app from scratch. The campusM solution will be in the hands of UM students, faculty, and administrative staff by fall of this year.

April 18, 2016

(KOMBIT) Som den tredje kommune i landet bruger Tårnby Kommune nu Fælles Bibliotekssystem på deres biblioteker.

(Follett) Follett Corporation today announced it has acquired Baker & Taylor, LLC, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide. With combined sales of $3.6 billion, the two businesses will offer librarians, patrons, educators and students unprecedented access to the best curated physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place in the community.

(Zepheira) Zepheira announced that Jay Jordan has agreed to formally serve as an Advisor to the company. Jordan’s record of bringing together business, product, technology, and cultural heritage organizations on a global stage makes him an invaluable resource for guidance as Zepheira pursues its goal of helping libraries create greater relevance through Web Visibility.

April 16, 2016

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

April 15, 2016

(Digital Public Library of America) In May 2015, the International Rights Statements Working Group released two white papers with our recommendations for establishing standardized rights statements for describing copyright and reuse status of digital cultural heritage materials, and the enabling technical infrastructure for those statements. After working for nearly a year to implement the recommendations of the white papers, the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana are proud to announce the launch of RightsStatements.org.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is enabling automated updates from ORCID to scholar profiles in its popular Pivot research solution. Now, citations added or updated in a scholar’s ORCID profile will cascade near real time and seamlessly into their Pivot profile.

(Boopsie) Boopsie, Inc. broadened its reach into new strategic international markets with the addition of Abu Dhabi University, the internationally recognized academic institution focused on applied research that drives economic and social development in the region. This week, the leading platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide announced that the customized app it created in partnership with Abu Dhabi University is now live.

April 14, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Librisd to announced that Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Leganto reading-list solution and join the Leganto early adopter program. Leganto is a cloud-based, end-to-end solution that interoperates with an institutional environment and facilitates active, engaging collaboration between instructors, students, and librarians for the creation, management, use, and evaluation of reading lists.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announce the release of Mentor 2.0, the new learning management system for the SirsiDynix Support Center. Mentor 2.0 includes an intuitive new user-interface as well as simplified access to educational resources.

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics, Inc., a leading provider of tools, technologies, and software developed to power libraries, and South Dakota State Library, proudly announce the selection of Auto-Graphics’ SHAREit™, as the statewide resource sharing system.

April 13, 2016

(Softlink International) Findings from the 2015 Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey are now available.

April 12, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Joint Bank-Fund Library, based in Washington DC, has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution and the Primo discovery solution, replacing the Library’s previous SirsiDynix library system.

(KOMBIT) Den 14. og 15. april 2016 mødes medlemmerne af Danmarks Biblioteksforening i Horsens til Det Bibliotekspolitiske Topmøde 2016. KOMBIT vil være til stede repræsenteret ved projektleder for Fælles Bibliotekssystem Jesper Munch Jespersen og forretningsudvikler Steen Pedersen.

(Overdrive) OverDrive, the industry-leading platform for eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video to libraries and schools, continues to expand internationally as new channel partners launch in Germany, China, Denmark, the Middle East, Japan and South America. With the addition of 500 publishers such as Grupo Planeta, Bastei Entertainment, ACT and Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press to its growing catalog of more than 5,000 publishers, OverDrive now offers content in 50 languages to channel partners in 59 countries. OverDrive continues to grow its global footprint and expand and diversify its catalog of more than three million in-copyright digital titles, including enhanced eBooks using industry standard EPUB3, HTML5, synchronized MP3 audio that can be read on all mobile devices without installing an app.

(EBSCO Information Services) The University of Helsinki is the first university in Finland to use altmetrics provided by Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company, to gain greater insight into the research output of its scholars. Departments in several different disciplines are using PlumX Dashboard to monitor and quantify the digital footprint of its research, and in the process, are seeing how the instant feedback these metrics offer can be useful alongside standard academic citations when analyzing how its research is being used.

(SirsiDynix) The results in 2015 edition of his annual Perceptions survey showed solid gains in customer satisfaction from SirsiDynix customers. The survey emphasized SirsiDynix’s year-over-year improvements in customer satisfaction, with responses from a variety of library types.

(Evergreen Project) Per the Evergreen Project's Event Code of Conduct https://evergreenils.org/codeofconduct Evergreen event organizers are dedicated to providing a harassmentfree experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. It is now important to reemphasize that commitment.

(Gale Group) Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is kicking off National Library Week and National Volunteer Week with a program to help provide early literacy resources and funds to support the education of children affected by the Flint water crisis. Gale is donating one year of free access to Miss Humblebee’s Academy to the Flint Public Library, and partnering with the United Way of Genesee County to raise money for the Flint community.

(EBSCO Information Services) LearningExpress, an EBSCO company and leading provider of standardized test preparation, announced that PrepSTEP was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best College and Career Readiness Solution category. PrepSTEP was named as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories.

(Sage) SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent and academic publishers announced the purchase of the full journal portfolio of academic journals publisher, IP Publishing Ltd. IP Publishing Ltd is an independent company specializing in the publication of referred academic and professional journals within the humanities and social sciences.

April 11, 2016

(Talis) Talis announced a technology collaboration with VitalSource to extend Talis Aspire’s acquisition and content features. The relationship also provides UK universities with a simple and scalable means to acquire and deliver core e-textbooks directly into courses for students.

April 10, 2016

(Civica) Civica Library Solutions, a market leader in specialist software and outsourcing that help organisations to transform the way they work, is delighted to announce the City of Albany as a the latest Spydus10 customer in Western Australia. The City of Albany libraries are expected to go live mid-year on a Spydus10 solution comprising library management, personalised patron discovery, digital asset management and archival functionality.

April 9, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix and Mackin Education Resources are pleased to announce the completed integration of Mackin digital content into eResource Central (eRC), significantly expanding the range of eResources available to SirsiDynix school libraries. Mackin, a leader in providing schools around the globe with quality educational resources, has provided library and classroom services for grades PK-12 for over 32 years. Mackin's collection of more than 350,000 digital titles will contribute to enhancing education worldwide.

(ProQuest) Across the UK, use of ProQuest’s flagship Early English Books Online (EEBO) and House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) is steadily increasing, according to a new joint study conducted by the Oxford Internet Institute on behalf of ProQuest and Jisc.

April 7, 2016

(ProQuest) As part of its continuing commitment to support Open Educational Resources, ProQuest is making OER content more discoverable and visible to instructors through SIPX and Summon. OpenSUNY OER textbooks are now indexed and available in Summon, and soon the full catalogue of OpenStax OER content will be as well -- and connected into SIPX’s course materials technology. As a result, improved visibility of these open resources in campus Learning Management System environments will make adoption easier for instructors.

(The Library Corporation) Loudoun County Public Library in Virginia implemented The Library Corporation’s CARL.X integrated library system, debuting TLC’s modern, intuitive online catalog and open and powerful staff interfaces on March 29.

(Copyright Clearance Center) Copyright Clearance Center now enables publishers to offer physical reprints and ePrints to their authors directly through its RightsLink platform via a partnership with Sheridan, a leading provider of print, publishing services and technology solutions. The platform can support author reprints for any article the publisher chooses to make available.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the availability of the next major version of Polaris. Polaris Release 5.1 is part of the fastest release train in the history of Polaris, delivering five product releases over the course of eighteen months. Polaris Release 5.1 introduces new developments that will present greater opportunities for staff and patron discovery, including Leap circulation enhancements, resource sharing integration, and improved search suggestions and reporting filters.

April 6, 2016

(Overdrive) As the nation’s public librarians meet at the 2016 Public Library Association Conference this week, industry-leading eBook and audiobook provider OverDrive will present 2016 Digital Library Trends. Public libraries’ digital catalogs are on pace for another record-breaking year for lending digital titles. Based on the activities of 50 top circulating public libraries for Q1 (Jan. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016), eBook, audiobook and digital magazine checkouts through OverDrive are on track to grow 30-40 percent for 2016 over the record levels achieved for 2015.

(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons announced BiblioWeb as part of the best in class digital experience platform for public libraries. Originally launched as BiblioCMS, the name was determined to be too limiting, as it did not convey the full range of features available with the product. Newly rebranded as BiblioWeb, the offering provides much more than a traditional content management system and features library-specific workflows far more robust than what is available in traditional CMS options such as WordPress or Drupal.

(ProQuest) Universities can now offer access to the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s renowned Inspec database via the ProQuest platform. Created by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Inspec is one of the world’s most definitive sources of specialized scientific and technical literature, containing more than 16 million abstracts and indexing records. This content continues to be available to corporate researchers via ProQuest Dialog. University researchers can now access Inspec through the ProQuest platform, which enables it to be cross-searched with hundreds of other databases.

(Eduserv) OpenAthens and Third Iron have announced a strategic reseller partnership to enhance user-experience by providing a broad visual browsing search experience through BrowZine with integrated authentication through OpenAthens. The reseller partnership stems from the companies already having a set of common customers, therefore combining these two successful technologies will ensure an enhanced and seamless experience for their end-users.

April 5, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries and Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges have selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery platform as the top-ranked solutions for Scottish higher and further education libraries. After an extensive evaluation process, which included comprehensive live demonstrations and detailed product comparisons, SCURL selected Ex Libris as the top-ranked provider and Ex Libris products as the solutions of choice for next-generation libraries.

(Boopsie) EBSCO Information Services and Boopsie have extended their mobile technology partnership to integrate Flipster, EBSCO's digital magazine solution, into the Boopsie mobile platform. Flipster is a one-stop-shop for digital magazines and allows patrons to browse the latest issues of the most sought after magazines, courtesy of their library. The integration between Flipster and Boopsie enables libraries to provide mobile access to library users to all the content and features of Flipster, via their library-branded Boopsie apps, creating seamless access to their favorite magazines anywhere, anytime via their mobile devices.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced today that Shawn Morin, president and chief operating officer, has been named chief executive officer and president, effective immediately. John R. Ingram will continue to be active as chairman of the company.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced that David Tuttle has joined as Sales Consultant for the Northwest Region.

April 4, 2016

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare announced the release of a new RFID system designed to provide a more cost-effective market solution without sacrificing quality or performance. The ProLine RFID System provides libraries with a complete RFID solution priced 40 percent below historical prices. The System bundles EnvisionWare’s best-in-class RFID and self checkout software with quality, reliable gates and self checkout hardware. The package also includes inventory and monitoring software and customizable rollout materials to make it easier for libraries to implement RFID.

April 1, 2016

(OCLC) OCLC and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, signed a new long-term partnership agreement today for metadata management and discovery services that will increase the visibility of Dutch public libraries’ collections. Under the new agreement, library metadata workflows will be moved to WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive network of data about library collections, and the WorldShare technology platform. WorldCat Discovery Services will also be integrated in the Dutch national infrastructure to increase the visibility of public library collections.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced that it has completed the transaction to purchase Perseus’ distribution businesses. Ingram has acquired Perseus' four distinct publisher services brands: Publisher Group West, Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, Perseus Distribution Services and Legato, along with Constellation, Perseus’ digital asset management and distribution service.

(Solutions inLibro inc.) L'entreprise Solutions inLibro inc. lance son service novateur de gestion de bibliothèque en infonuagique EspaceBiblio.com pour les bibliothèques et centres de documentations de petite et moyenne taille. EspaceBiblio.com est une plateforme infonuagique de gestion de bibliothèque accessible sur tout ordinateur et appareils mobiles (téléphones intelligents et tablettes) connectés à Internet.

(Overdrive) Digital content use in schools is no longer a new frontier, with more than 80 percent of schools and districts now using some form of digital content in the classroom. The use of digital content -- including eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks -- is a growing part of the curriculum in the classroom.

(Bibliotheca) Committed to helping the library industry grow, Bibliotheca will be showcasing several new and innovative solutions at the PLA Conference, April 6-8 in Denver, Colorado. Adding to their wide portfolio of products are new ideas for libraries to connect with and captivate their communities.

(Ithaka) ITHAKA, the not-for-profit leader in advancing and preserving knowledge worldwide, announced that Piotr Adamczyk will join the organization as Director of Image Content and Museum Partnerships.

March 31, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that Colorado State University has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution, also from Ex Libris. A member of the Association of Research Libraries, CSU will be migrating from Innovative Interfaces Millennium and the VuFind library resource portal.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is supporting libraries specializing in Asian Studies or interested in building their Chinese-language collection with carefully selected scholarly titles from renowned Chinese publishers and university presses – all available for perpetual access. Until now, acquiring a comprehensive, high quality collection of Chinese-language titles has been time-consuming and difficult for librarians. Now, ProQuest simplifies the acquisition process for librarians and improves the research experience for students, researchers, and faculty.

March 30, 2016

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has created a product development strategy that enables libraries to remain engaged in the digital world by transforming library business processes. To align with staff workflows and patron needs, Innovative concentrated on mobile solutions and libraries are experiencing significant value with Mobile Worklists for staff performance, MyLibrary! for patron engagement, and Leap for flexible, intuitive workflows. This strategy challenges the traditional manner in which libraries operate, as well as how library professionals support their communities.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has created a product development strategy that enables libraries to remain engaged in the digital world by transforming library business processes. To align with staff workflows and patron needs, Innovative concentrated on mobile solutions and libraries are experiencing significant value with Mobile Worklists for staff performance, MyLibrary! for patron engagement, and Leap for flexible, intuitive workflows. This strategy challenges the traditional manner in which libraries operate, as well as how library professionals support their communities.

(ProQuest) Continuing to meet the need for online accessibility and discoverability of historical collection, Jisc, who provide digital solutions to UK’s research and education institutions, has purchased a second collection of 50 titles from ProQuest's Periodicals Archive Online resource on behalf of all UK universities, colleges and research councils.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced its participation in Developers Day at the Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) May 2016 Annual Meeting. The first of its kind at ELUNA Annual Meetings, Developers Day will be devoted to technical presentations by customer developers and Ex Libris development managers. The primary purpose of Developers Day is to enable institutional developers to meet, share their expertise, and collaborate on projects. Furthermore, the day gives customer developers an opportunity to discuss their projects with Ex Libris development managers, thus increasing awareness of the work being done by both sides.

(ProQuest) Key titles from renowned publisher Simon & Schuster are now available for the first time to the academic library market as ebooks through ProQuest’s MyiLibrary® platform. More than 1,200 titles in subject areas such as business, psychology, history, social sciences, political sciences and literature will provide libraries with more options to serve students, faculty, and researchers.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies Inc., part of Ingram Content Group, has received an unprecedented achievement of 100 percent compliance with the industry-wide tests for accessibility on its Windows and iOS Bookshelf® clients. All VitalSource readers received 100 percent on visual adjustments, and the company has committed to 100 percent coverage on all tests, for all clients this summer. With its long-held commitment to accessibility, the company is the first in its industry to reach this level of conformance with the EPUBtest.org evaluation of reading system accessibility. VitalSource’s reading system serves both K12 and higher education.

March 29, 2016

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that Eleven libraries in South Dakota have joined together to create the Black Hills Library Consortium.

March 28, 2016

(Zepheira) Qatar National Library has signed with Zepheira to transform its collection catalog into linked data format and share it broadly on the Web. QNL is the first library in the Middle East and North Africa region to bring its collections to the Web with Linked Data technologies developed by Zepheira.

(EBSCO Information Services) Three communities are recipients of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky was the first place recipient; the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library entered jointly and took second place; third place went to Cranston Public Library in Rhode Island.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix welcomed the venerable Universidad de San Marcos to the family of SirsiDynix customers. Universidad de San Marcos recently selected a local install of SirsiDynix Symphony, as well as several BLUEcloud products, after a competitive bid among the industry’s top vendors. The bid successfully concluded with a multi-year contract awarded to SirsiDynix. San Marcos is expected to go live in July.

(OCLC) Rebecca Bryant, PhD, will join OCLC Research as a Senior Program Officer in June. In this position, Rebecca will lead and develop areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management, contributing to our thematic focus on Research Collections and Support.

March 27, 2016

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix extends a warm thank you to its customer community and to Marshall Breeding for the feedback received in the annual Perceptions survey. The vibrant SirsiDynix customer-base provided strong input in the 2015 survey. Of all ILS’s surveyed, SirsiDynix Symphony received the most responses. A total 459 customers reported on their Symphony system—37% more than the next ILS. The strong response is indicative of a customer community that is actively engaged with BLUEcloud—both the vision and its delivered products. A major component of this vision is built on open dialogues and responsiveness to our customers. SirsiDynix has implemented collaborative channels for customers to be involved in developing new tools, such as the Strategic Partner Program (SPP). SirsiDynix considers its customer partners and feedback, such as the Marshall Breeding Survey, to be vitally important to guiding the company vision and product development. Customer involvement has greatly influenced SirsiDynix development and decision-making. The widespread improvement in customer satisfaction, reflected in the results of the 2015 Perceptions survey, is largely a result of customer contributions.

March 25, 2016

(Evergreen Project) The Evergreen open-source software community announced the release of version 2.10 of the Evergreen software. Evergreen 2.10 features many improvements to patron privacy and security.

March 24, 2016

(OCLC) The Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums has selected participants to form a learning cohort that will strengthen connections across sectors by attending three major sector conferences and engaging in virtual activities together throughout 2016.

March 23, 2016

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that since its roll out six months ago, 20 library schools are now using the Koha Klassmates program nationwide. The Koha Klassmates program is dedicated to providing free hosted Koha installations for library schools in the US for the purposes of teaching and learning about integrated library systems and open source.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is providing support to research projects across the US with data from its Dissertations and Theses Global database. Through a new program, ProQuest assists researchers on their projects by pulling content from the database that will add significant insights to the project.

(PTFS) Progressive Technology Federal Systems announced that, working under contract with the U.S. Government Publishing Office and using Amazon Web Service, it has completed transitioning GPO’s Integrated Library System public websites to the cloud. As GPO continues to embrace digital technological innovation, this move supports the White House’s Federal Cloud First policy that encourages agencies to take advantage of cloud computing opportunities.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix welcome Henan University to the family of SirsiDynix customers. As part of the five-year agreement, Henan University will implement Symphony, a next generation LSP, as well as Enterprise/Portfolio, and MobileCirc to serve the Library’s over 60,000 students and staff members. The system will support the University consortium structure and facilitate future expansion and regional cooperation.

March 22, 2016

(Xunta de Galicia) A Xunta de Galicia pon en marcha o carné único da Rede de Bibliotecas Públicas de Galicia grazas á implantación dun novo sistema integrado de xestión bibliotecaria de catálogo único, promovida pola Axencia para a Modernización Tecnolóxica de Galicia (Amtega) e pola Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria.

(EBSCO Information Services) Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company, is providing an integrated experience to help researchers find grant opportunities to fund their research. PlumX Funding Opportunities helps researchers search for available grants, and when used with the PlumX Suite, allows them to analyze the grant opportunities within the context of the impact of their current research.

March 21, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Montana’s Treasure State Academic Information & Library Services (TRAILS) consortium has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution. The 16 member consortium of academic libraries decided to adopt Alma as a common, shared platform across the state following an earlier adoption of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution by the University of Montana, Montana State University, and the Outreach Montana: Networked Information group.

(Gale Group) Gale released the first part of Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program that brings together the largest collection of primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The archives meet a growing interest for content to support research in these disciplines, and represents the diverse content of the Gale Primary Sources program.

(Zepheira) Zepheira announced having transformed and published the catalog of Barrington Area Library, in Barrington, Illinois. Barrington Area Library is the first in Illinois to work with Zepheira to convert its MARC Catalog to Linked Data, and publish those resources to the Web. Barrington is the largest geographic library district in the state of Illinois, covering 72 square miles. Many potential library users live at quite a distance from either the main library or branch, and taking full advantage of all available technologies is key to reaching potential patrons while also supporting existing customers. The library’s collections include thousands of downloadable e-books and audiobooks, as well as streaming movies – library materials customers can borrow without needing to visit in person.

(SirsiDynix) The SirsiDynix family of BLUEcloud products will be expanding in 2016 with the addition of BLUEcloud Circulation. BLUEcloud Circulation offers a powerful new web-based circulation solution that features easy management for administrative staff while taking full advantage of the BLUEcloud library services platform and the flexibility of the Symphony and Horizon policies. BLUEcloud Circulation modernizes and simplifies circulation workflows, ensuring that library staff can serve end-users with unprecedented ease. Best of all, BLUEcloud Circulation joins the family of BLUEcloud products that SirsiDynix libraries will receive as part of their current maintenance.

(Overdrive) OverDrive announced that Steve Rosato has joined the team as an International Business Development Executive to accelerate OverDrive’s global expansion. For the past 18 years, Steve was a leading diplomat for the book and publishing industry with BookExpo America. Rosato was instrumental in the success of the BEA Global Market Forum program with China and Poland and in the recent trade mission to Cuba.

(Infor Library and Information Solutions) Niagara Falls Public Library in Ontario, Canada recently launched Infor’s Iguana integrated website and discovery portal.

March 19, 2016

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Nunavut Public Library Services, made up of 11 community libraries spread across Nunavut’s three regions: Kitikmeot, Kivalliq, and Qikiqtani, is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

March 17, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of New England, in New South Wales, Australia, has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma replaces the Innovative Interfaces Virtua integrated library system.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the completed SaaS migration and go-live of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network. LOUIS, a statewide consortium of public and private academic libraries, has hosted their SirsiDynix Symphony ILS since 2001. In June 2015, LOUIS made the decision to host its Symphony ILS and BLUEcloud products on SirsiDynix SaaS. The migration process was completed in late January, and all 35 Symphony sites of the LOUIS consortium are now live. This project also included a conversion from Informix ISAM database structures running on IBM’s AIX to an Oracle database management system with Unicode encoding, running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Unicode support allows importing, cataloging, searching, and displaying of data containing non-Latin characters.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has begun beta testing the Innovative Knowledge Base Release 1.0 to integrate higher quality content and better coverage of library data in one location. Built on the Innovative Open Library Stack, the Innovative Knowledge Base serves as the single source of catalog data; integrating holdings and managed resources across entire library systems, in real-time. Using modern day indexing, the Innovative Knowledge Base includes full bibliographic descriptive data for eBooks, eJournals, print resources and corresponding metadata for license and order data, archival and digital objects, and course and reading lists. Additionally, it provides the foundation for all electronic resource management (ERM) workflows, delivers automatic bi-directional updates and synchronization, and offers a reimagined staff experience.

(Lyrasis) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a grant of $50,000 to LYRASIS, a leading member-based non-profit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, to facilitate planning with eight partner organizations to design a program to build capacity and improve emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations.

March 16, 2016

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the kickoff of IUG2016, the 24th Innovative Users Group (IUG) conference held in San Francisco.

(EBSCO Information Services) Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. will now offer its R2 Digital Library through YBP Library Services’ GOBI acquisition platform. This partnership provides thousands of top health sciences e-books from Rittenhouse to the academic libraries served by GOBI. Once purchased through GOBI, the e-books are available instantly.

(Gale Group) Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, announced the expansion and rebranding of its digital archive program. The new Gale Primary Sources program will increase both product volume and multicultural content to support new disciplines and research needs in the areas of digital humanities and text and data mining.

(Ex Libris) Grupo Sistemas Lógicos, líder en la provisión de soluciones de automatización de bibliotecas en América Latina, se complace en anunciar que la Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas de El Colegio de México ha iniciado la implementación de ALMA de Ex Libris para los servicios de gestión de recursos de próxima generación el cual se integrará con su sistema de descubrimiento Primo que se encuentra en funcionamiento desde el año pasado. Al proporcionar servicios de vanguardia y una experiencia de descubrimiento avanzada para los usuarios, estos sistemas estrechamente integrados ayudarán a la recientemente ampliada Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas (BDCV) a cumplir con los objetivos de enseñanza e investigación de El Colegio de México.

(OCLC) Münster University of Applied Sciences (The Fachhochschule Münster) is the first academic institution in Germany to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

(OCLC) A new version of FirstSearch will deliver the full-featured searching of Worldcat valued by FirstSearch users today. A new version of FirstSearch will deliver the full-featured searching of Worldcat valued by FirstSearch users today.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, today announced the debut of Innovative Linked Data, a new service that will help transform library visibility on the Semantic Web.

(Zepheira) Nearly a year after welcoming Innovative Interfaces to the Libhub Initiative, Zepheira announced a new joint partnership at the Innovative Users Group Conference (IUG 2016) in San Francisco, which promises to streamline the adoption of Linked Data in Innovative's Library Customers.

March 15, 2016

(Interleaf Technology) As part of a plan to deliver an improved experience for staff and students using the library and information service, Griffith College has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Alice system. Interleaf Technology has been contracted to implement the Koha system, migrate the data and provide on-going support services.

(ProQuest) After months of intensive testing with library beta partners and researchers from around the world, ProQuest launched ProQuest Ebook Central. With the widest selection of content, the most flexibility, and backed with the market’s most sophisticated administrative engine, Ebook Central enables libraries to significantly improve users’ ebook research outcomes and boost the productivity of their staff.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has delivered a new service pack update for Millennium users. The Millennium Release 2014 SP2 updates span all the major modules in the system, including acquisitions, administration, cataloging, circulation, Create Lists, serials, and WebPAC, as well as electronic resource management features.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced Polaris library partners now have a direct connection for the Polaris to INN-Reach resource sharing system. Currently in beta testing, Innovative will offer the same level of integration INN-Reach currently offers Sierra and Millennium users to those on Polaris, through the use of Direct to INN-Reach APIs. This will eliminate the need for a Direct Consortia Borrowing (DCB) broker system and will create a seamless experience within Polaris.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is anticipating a new addition to the BLUEcloud LSP. Coming later this year, BLUEcloud Acquisitions will join the collection of next-generation software of the BLUEcloud LSP. BLUEcloud Acquisitions will provide a solution for concentrated control over all steps of the acquisitions process. BLUEcloud Acquisitions is a cloud-based acquisitions system for both Symphony and Horizon that delivers centralized and localized purchasing, budgeting, collection development, receipt handling, invoice handling, and exception handling with optimized consortia workflows for large library systems.

(Overdrive) OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, wants all kids to become great readers. To promote reading, encourage digital learning and support literacy goals, OverDrive is partnering with award-winning publishers like Dawn Publications, Lerner Publishing Group, Britannica Digital Learning and ABDO. OverDrive’s K-5 QuickStart offers young readers a premium collection of 200 eBooks, including Read-Alongs such as the Summer Camp Science Mystery Series, The Mallory Series and Noisy Bug Sing-Along, picture books and other engaging titles. These eBooks are instantly available with simultaneous access for every K-5 student in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, continues to transform library workflows and patron experiences by releasing cloud-based solutions built on the Innovative Open Library Stack (IOLS).

March 14, 2016

(Boopsie) Boopsie expanded its footprint to include the medical library market with the addition of new customer A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU). Boopsie’s partnerships with the industry’s top medical content providers paired with their innovative technology will connect ATSU medical students with the highest quality resources via native mobile apps with a user-friendly interface.

(EBSCO Information Services) Two software-as-a-service components from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will play a significant role in the creation of a national sociology research portal in Germany. The portal’s search index will be built on EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), and researchers will use PlumX™ Dashboards to track the impact of their sociology research via real-time analytics.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, continues to transform library workflows and patron experiences by releasing cloud-based solutions built on the Innovative Open Library Stack. Innovative launched an evolutionary approach to product development in 2015, with the Innovative Open Library Stack serving as the backbone of all next-generation cloud solutions. A robust, shared services cloud platform, the IOLS allows for the cost-effective sharing and management of resources in a seamless, safe, and secure manner. By supporting the shift to web-based services, libraries are able to keep pace with technology advancements and dramatically improve the library experience for users and staff.

(Infor Library and Information Solutions) Dorval Library in Dorval, Quebec, Canada has launched Infor’s Iguana Library App for Android, iOS and Windows. Dorval is a bilingual community on the island of Montreal. As a people-oriented City, Dorval meets the needs and expectations of its residents with a complete range of services and activities as well as an outstanding quality of life.

March 11, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that nominations for the 2016 Azriel Morag Award for Innovation are now being accepted. The late Azriel Morag, founder and first CEO of Ex Libris, believed in experimentation, daring, and the power of individuals to make a difference. This award carries on his legacy. The Azriel Morag Award for Innovation is presented to an individual who demonstrates exceptional innovation and initiative during the two years leading up to the date of the nomination. The winner’s accomplishments and the institution that the winner is affiliated with will be publicized globally.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, has released MyLibrary! Release 1.1, a patron-facing mobile application that allows users to access their library’s resources right from their mobile device.

March 10, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Royal Melbourne Hospital Health Sciences Library, which also serves the Royal Women’s Hospital, has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and SFX OpenURL link resolver to replace the library’s EBSCO Discovery Service.

March 9, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa is live with the Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. SNS di Pisa will benefit from the recently added support in Alma for the UNIMARC cataloguing format.

(Axiell) Axiell announced that the University of Melbourne has selected EMu, one of Axiell’s suite of enterprise collection management solutions. With EMu the Faculty of Arts will be able to integrate current and future teaching and learning possibilities with the University’s existing collections management frameworks, enabling greater synergies and collaboration. The project is seen as a new avenue for development and communication about collections-based research, teaching and learning.

March 7, 2016

(OCLC) The Northern Territory Library is one step closer to an exciting new library management system, which will provide customers with a simpler and smarter library experience. Director, Northern Territory Library Patrick Gregory said the contract was awarded to OCLC, a global non-profit library cooperative, to supply the new system, a product called Worldshare.

(Follett) A first-ever finalist from the state of Alaska highlighted today’s video announcement of the three semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice Awards in the Follett Challenge. Sponsored by Follett, the fifth annual Follett Challenge will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.

(Talis) Wordery and Talis are partnering to enable universities to give their students an alternative and cost-effective option to purchase textbooks. Wordery.com is one of the fastest growing online bookshops, offering over 10 million titles. They offer highly competitive prices, and importantly for students, cost savings through worldwide free delivery on all books with no minimum purchase required.

(Civica) Civica Library Solutions, a market leader in specialist software and outsourcing that help organisations to transform the way they work, has announced the successful go-lives of three new customers in Australia. In consecutive weeks in February, Fairfield City, Penrith City, both in NSW and City of Armadale in Western Australia, all migrated from their legacy systems to Spydus10 Civica’s latest web-based system comprising library management, personalised patron discovery, digital asset management and archival functionality.

March 3, 2016

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and Capita are working together to make customers' workflow more efficient. Following customer testing, Electronic Data Interchange invoicing using the EDIFACT standard is now available to EBSCO customers who use Capita's Alto Library Management System.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solution will be exhibiting across the country this April.

(Ingram Content Group) The Perseus Books Group and Ingram Content Group today announced that the two companies have entered into a binding agreement to sell Perseus’ client services business to Ingram.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the latest version of Mobile Worklists is now available for download in the Apple App Store. Building upon the success of Innovative’s first native, cloud-based product, Mobile Worklists Release 2.0 offers greater functionality for developing and sending lists, while strengthening the patron experience. The native mobile app eliminates repetitive material handling with the ability to create, manage and track lists of materials, scan barcodes using the mobile device camera, and share lists to and from the Sierra Library Services Platform in real time.

March 2, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University Library of Mannheim has gone live with the Alma cloud-based resource management solution. The library chose to add Alma to its existing Primo® implementation to make resource management and analysis easier and faster.

March 1, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Abertay University in Dundee has selected its Alma library management, Primo discovery and delivery, and Leganto reading list solutions to enhance the teaching and learning experience at the university. Library staff at Abertay had been using multiple systems, including spreadsheets, to manage resources. This was leading to duplicated effort and issues with data coverage. In addition, e-book subscription titles were not catalogued and were therefore not discoverable via OPAC. The library team wanted to have everything discoverable with one tool to help students to find everything that was available, and thereby increase satisfaction with their service.

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

(Wolper Subscription Services) After 25+ years at the helm, building her company to many multiples of its original size and earning both local and national awards for leadership, customer service and technological excellence, Susan Wolper of Wolper Information Services is stepping aside.

(Backstage Library Works) In a recent pilot project with Drexel University, Backstage Library Works developed a unique service that solves the challenge of deconstructing MeSH authorities. Backstage’s innovative program is designed to follow the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) practices for faceted headings, allowing libraries that participate in Backstage’s service to update medical subject headings consistent with NLM’s recently modified CATFILE and SERFILE databases.

(Gale Group) Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.

(Follett) Follett announced it has begun selling ThinkCERCA, an award-winning online literacy platform that empowers teachers to personalize critical reading, writing and thinking instruction. ThinkCERCA includes curriculum for grades 4-12 across English language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. The CERCA framework, the core of the ThinkCERCA platform, provides consistent language and tools for teaching literacy and critical writing across the curriculum. ThinkCERCA is designed to bolster academic achievement and readiness for common state and college-readiness assessments, such as the ACT and SAT, in as few as six weeks.

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