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August 28, 2015

(Boopsie) Boopsie announced it has signed Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, a multi-service language school for active and reserve components, foreign military students, and civilian personnel working in the federal government and various law enforcement agencies. DLIFLC’s decision to collaborate with Boopsie to support their transition to digital resources demonstrates that the leading mobile platform-as-a-services provider for libraries worldwide is gaining traction in the military library market.

(Civica) Civica Library Solutions, a leader in specialist systems and business process services that help organisations to transform the way they work, continues to grow its customer base with Penrith City Libraries becoming the latest library service to choose Civica and Spydus10.

(Ingram Content Group) John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., today announced the election of two new Directors of the privately held company. Ingram Industries’ businesses include Ingram Content Group and Ingram Marine Group.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced today that Burlington County Library System (BCLS) in New Jersey has selected the Polaris ILS and Polaris Leap, a browser-based tool that offers key public services workflows in the stacks or outside the library. BCLS holds over 750,000 volumes and conducts over 2 million circulation transactions each year. The Library is migrating from a Horizon® system provided by SirsiDynix.

August 27, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, announced today that the Arkansas State Library has selected LearningExpress Library™ and Computer Skills Center digital platforms to address the increasing need for workplace skills improvement, and to help all Arkansas residents achieve their academic, career and personal goals.

August 26, 2015

(Axiell) Axiell has formed a unique partnership with SOLUS, which will bring enhanced mobile benefits to Axiell library customers and will provide library patrons with a state of the art, platform-independent mobile library app.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced the addition of three new publisher clients: Pajama Press, Rocky Nook and Dalkey Archive Press. "We are pleased to welcome Dalkey Archive, Rocky Nook and Pajama Press to our growing distribution business. Each of these clients brings something special to our retail and library customers,” said Mark Ouimet, vice president and general manager, Ingram Publisher Services.

(NISO) NISO will host a two–day meeting to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on October 5 & 6, 2015 on The Future of Library Discovery. In February 2015, NISO published a white paper commissioned from library consultant Marshall Breeding by NISO's Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee. The in-person meeting will be an extension of the white paper with a series of presenters and panels offering an overview of the current resource discovery environment. Attendees will then participate in several conversations that will examine possibilities regarding how these technologies, methodologies, and products might be able to adapt to changes in the evolving information landscape in scholarly communications and to take advantage of new technologies, metadata models, or linking environments to better accomplish the needs of libraries to provide access to resources.

August 25, 2015

(Credo Reference) Credo announced that Ian Singer will join the company as its Chief Content Officer. Mr. Singer, who most recently served as Vice President, Group Publisher for Media Source Inc., will oversee Credo's publisher relations activities and content acquisition strategy.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Singapore Management University has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace the Innovative Millennium integrated library system and EBSCO Discovery Service.

August 24, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com) introduced an enhanced platform interface that makes it easier for users to complete their research tasks. Driven by deep analysis of researcher behaviors on the ProQuest platform, extensive testing with users and librarians, beta testing with a variety of customer development partners, and large scale A/B testing, the enhancements make discovery and access of ProQuest’s rich, diverse content more intuitive and effective.

August 21, 2015

(PTFS) Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc. (PTFS), a provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions, will demonstrate a Multi-INT change detection service at the 2015 Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Worldwide Conference (DoDIIS). The new service enables clients to correlate change on the earth’s surface with other geospatial and textual information, as well as social media feeds, to gain a comprehensive understanding about the change.

(LibLime) The Las Animas – Bent County Library District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Library and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to AspenCat union catalog.

(LibLime) The Hutchinson Memorial Library in Randolph, Wisconsin will soon participate in the South Central Library System (SCLS) LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. Hutchinson Memorial Library staff will work with the SCLS ILS Support Team members and LibLime Project Management to migrate bibliographic, item and patron data from their legacy ILS system. Hutchinson staff will enjoy autonomy within the LibLime Koha union catalog, as LibLime Koha includes support for local ownership of patron records, local ownership of items records linked to communal bibliographic records and OPAC group searching for pre-designated collections. Hutchinson library patrons will also benefit from other functionality in the software sponsored by SCLS. With the addition of Hutchinson, there will be over 3.7 million records in the SCLS LibLime Koha union catalog.

August 20, 2015

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Hilary Newman, Innovative’s VP of Global Partnerships and Customer Engagement, has won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Information. This annual award is presented to graduates for outstanding accomplishment in the field of library and information studies and contributions to the College of Information. A graduate of the College of Information with a Masters in Library Science, Ms. Newman has applied this knowledge at Innovative since 1995.

August 19, 2015

(Open Preservation Foundation) Preservica has over a decade of expertise in digital preservation, investing in many research initiatives as well as being a well-respected member of several international collaborations with academia, archives, libraries and corporations. Today, Preservica’s on-premise and cloud hosted digital preservation and access solutions are used by leading institutions and organisations around the world.

(Civica) Following the official celebrations for Singapore’s 50 years of independence, Civica is delighted to announce the winners of the nationwide schools’ digital story competition, and the annual Tales of S creative writing competition. This year, to commemorate SG50, both competitions encouraged students to pay tribute to Singapore and the contributions by ordinary citizens in the growth and success of the country over the past 50 years.

(OCLC) OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2016. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

August 17, 2015

(Follett) Follett announced today it is partnering with early childhood education expert Dr. Susan B. Neuman to become the exclusive distributor of World of Words (WOW), a new, research-based, shared book reading program for children at the PreK-1 grade levels. Developed by Dr. Neuman, who established the Early Reading First Program and Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, WOW helps build vocabulary and comprehension.

(Ex Libris) Sistemas Lógicos Chile, empresa líder de automatización de bibliotecas en el Cono Sur, tiene el agrado de anunciar la reciente contratación del sistema de futura generación Alma de Ex Libris por la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez de Chile.

August 14, 2015

(FreePint) The results of the recent FreePint survey on use of ebooks in corporate settings demonstrate that ebook adoption is increasing dramatically in enterprises after many years of lagging. FreePint is an international analyst group that supports organisational investments in information and supports organisations' information strategy by providing unique and practical content, community and consulting on information sources, technology and value.

August 13, 2015

(Follett) Follett unveiled Lightbox, a fully interactive, multi-dimensional interface for PreK-12 teachers looking to improve student engagement, comprehension, vocabulary and literacy development. Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, Lightbox supports instructors with varied approaches to teaching topics, while its built-in tools create an engaging, student-centered learning experience for even the most disengaged students.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that the second set of REST APIs for the Sierra Library Services Platform is now in general release. As with the initial API release, Sierra API Release 2.0 provides access to Sierra data and metadata, allowing libraries and commercial partners to create seamless integrations and applications that benefit library patrons and staff. The new release provides transactional APIs for managing holds and patron accounts. In addition, Release 2.0 expands data access to include branch information and authority records. Interactive and reference documentation for this release is available on the recently-launched Innovative developer sandbox at http://sandbox.iii.com/docs.

August 12, 2015

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has acquired select eBook and technology assets of MeeGenius — an eBook subscription service for children aged up to eight years old. The acquisition marks the Company's latest investment in high-quality digital content for parents and young learners and supports its ongoing strategic focus on the direct-to-consumer market.

August 11, 2015

(ProQuest) ProQuest has marked another milestone in ease of access to its rich research content. The full text of its scholarly content – including journals and working papers – is now indexed in Google Scholar, enabling Google Scholar users to seamlessly discover and access their library’s ProQuest collections. Efficiency and productivity for both ProQuest and Google Scholar users is improved, while libraries benefit from increased usage for their subscribed collections.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced the EDI certification of its CARL.X ILS with one of the fastest growing book distributors in the United States, Children’s Plus, Inc.. As a result of this integration project, CARL customers will have a new option for purchasing thousands of juvenile and young adult titles using the Electronic Data Interchange industry standard, to order materials from CPI.

August 10, 2015

(Insight Informatics) Insight Informatics, the largest Australian owned Library Management software development company supplying enterprise level Public Library Management Systems around the world; is pleased to announce that it has been appointed to the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) Preferred Vendor Panel for the Provision of Library Management Systems.

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that it is enhancing patron text message delivery and offering a new Gabbie messaging option for its Apollo ILS (Integrated Library System). Gabbie is an exciting and fun new way for Apollo customers to engage and serve their patrons.

August 8, 2015

(LibLime) The Fowler Public Library has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Library and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to AspenCat union catalog.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) SkyRiver, Innovative's cataloging utility product, now makes available over 3.5 million records from the British Library. This rich metadata, known as the British National Bibliography, reflects the publishing activity of the UK and Ireland and includes print and electronic publications. With this new content, the SkyRiver database now exceeds 60 million full, unique records.

August 6, 2015

(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress announces the availability in its Linked Data Service (LC LDS) of the LC Demographic Group Terms vocabulary, which the Library is developing in consultation with the ALA ALCTS Subject Access Committee. The demographic terms can be accessed as one composite list or through 12 lists representing various demographic categories, such as age groups and occupational groups. Individual members of the lists may be searched via key word.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Alexander Mitchell Public Library in South Dakota has selected the Polaris ILS and Leap, a browser-based tool that offers key public services workflows in the stacks or outside the library. AMPL library holds nearly 100,000 items and has 230,000 circulation transactions each year. The Polaris ILS will replace an Aleph system provided by Ex Libris.

(HBCU Library Alliance) The Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Library Alliance announces two newly elected members and one newly re-appointed member of the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors. Rinalda L. Farrar, Ph.D. and Judith Rogers, MLIS are newly elected board members, and Monika Rhue, MLIS was elected to serve a second term. Elections were held in June for all members in good standing of the HBCU Library Alliance, and elected members serve 3-year appointments.

August 5, 2015

(Bibliotheca) Bibliotheca has recently hired two new Business Development Managers - Amber Thompson, who will be working with libraries in the Northeast region of the United States, and Doug Potts, who will be working with libraries in the Northwest.

(Follett) Barrington Community Unit 220 School District in northwest Illinois faced a dilemma familiar to many pre-K12 districts: It was poised to begin the initial phases of a 1:1 transformation but knew it first must have an effective and efficient software system in place to track and manage all of the digital devices it was distributing.

August 4, 2015

(Axiell) Axiell, the number one supplier of collections management technology globally, is pleased to announce that the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montréal has selected Adlib as its collections management software.

(WT Cox Subscriptions) WT Cox Information Services partners with Recorded Books, a large independent provider of digital content, to provide schools K-12 with digital subscriptions through Zinio for Libraries.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Minnesota-based Bridge Consortium, consisting of St. Olaf College and Carleton College, has selected Ex Libris Alma® for resource management and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. The Bridge Consortium is migrating from an Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that, in the first half of 2015, over 600 libraries selected Innovative library systems, which include the Sierra Library Services Platform and the Polaris ILS. These selections show the growing excitement around Innovative’s Open Library vision for libraries, known as the Open Library Experience.

(Deep Web Technologies) Deep Web Technologies announced a major upgrade to Explorit Everywhere! next-generation search technology. Explorit Everywhere! searches internal, subscription and public Deep Web sources simultaneously for relevant results, helping organizations improve their research efficiency and ultimately driving down research costs.

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced integration between its Apollo cloud-based ILS and Michigan’s MeLCat ILL system. This integration provides for new efficiencies for staff and an increased service level for patrons. The key was the implementation of NCIP, but Biblionix went above and beyond by adding additional shortcuts.

August 3, 2015

(Biblionix) Biblionix, the major 2015 award winner for library automation systems, today announced that nine (9) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in June and July of 2015. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.

(Civica) Civica announced that it has been appointed to the WA Local Government Association Preferred Supply Panel for the Provision of Library Management Systems. This appointment coincides with the release of Spydus10, Civica’s web-based integrated libraries, archives, digital assets system with a personalised discovery OPAC.

(EBSCO Information Services) Plum Analytics introduces the PlumX Suite to ensure that the exact needs of the people and organizations that interact with research are met. The set of five products from Plum Analytics, an EBSCO Company, includes specific offerings that categorize and analyze research metrics for those that fund, perform, support or publish research.

August 2, 2015

(OCLC) Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Senior Research Scientist, has been elected President-elect of the Association for Information Science and Technology for the 2016 administrative year, and President for 2017.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) The Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County has selected the Polaris ILS and will migrate from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix. The MLC consists of nine community libraries in St. Louis County, Missouri, offering over 700,000 volumes to its community.

July 31, 2015

(Springer) Springer Nature and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group have agreed that, effective immediately, the Stuttgart-based publishing house J.B. Metzler will become part of Springer Nature. The acquisition follows the recent combination of the majority of Macmillan Science and Education (owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group) with Springer Science+Business Media, to form the new publishing group, Springer Nature. Holtzbrinck holds a 53 percent share in Springer Nature. J.B. Metzler, which was previously part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, will continue to be based in Stuttgart and will retain the J.B. Metzler brand.

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.

(The Library Corporation) The TLC family of libraries continues to grow with the recent addition of customers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mercersburg Academy, Venango County Libraries, and Ohio County Public Library are all migrating to The Library Corporation’s Library.Solution integrated library system.

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.

(American Library Association) The American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, "Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors." The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users, is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to work together to develop effective privacy protection policies and procedures for eBook lending and the delivery of digital content to library patrons. The document was developed by the IFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional ALA committees, interest groups, and roundtables with an interest in privacy.

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.

(LibLime) The Genoa-Hugo School District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The School District and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to AspenCat union catalog.

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

(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

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