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July 25, 2015. INSPIRE Goes Live at Indiana State Library. Indiana State Library recently launched INSPIRE.in.gov. This new version of its online library is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service. <<more>>


July 25, 2015. John F. Helmer, founding executive director of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, to retire. 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. <<more>>


July 24, 2015. Project Connect takes action to support future-ready K-12 libraries, librarians. 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. <<more>>


July 23, 2015. Manatee County Library Public Library System (FL) selects Polaris ILS. 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. <<more>>


July 22, 2015. Springer content available across ReadCube platform. 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. <<more>>


July 22, 2015. Formerly out-of-view Collections will ecome publicly accessible. 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. <<more>>


July 22, 2015. ProQuest names Clay McDaniel as Vice President Global Marketing. 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. <<more>>


July 22, 2015. New Community Center offers a place online for library staff to share ideas about OCLC services, best practices. 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. <<more>>


July 22, 2015. Over 100 Libraries Go Live with Polaris and Sierra in June 2015. 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. <<more>>


July 22, 2015. Universidad de Leiden se Convierte en la Institución Número 500 en Seleccionar Ex Libris Alma. 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. <<more>>


July 21, 2015. Applications now being accepted for the EBSCO Charleston Scholarship. 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. <<more>>


July 20, 2015. Downey City Library (CA) selects Polaris ILS. 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. <<more>>


July 20, 2015. EnvisionWare Announces Expansion Plans. 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. <<more>>


July 20, 2015. Extensive Survey Report of over 4,000 Academic Library Users Published. 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. <<more>>


July 17, 2015. Boopsie gains traction with law libraries with two new clients. 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. <<more>>


July 16, 2015. ISO 9001:2008 certification awarded to the UK Professional Services team. 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. <<more>>


July 16, 2015. Emerald announce library and information science journals green open access trial. 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. <<more>>


July 16, 2015. NISO releases draft technical report on SUSHI Lite for public trial and comment. 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. <<more>>


July 16, 2015. PTFS to Unveil Droneware Geospatial Content Management System for unmanned aerial systems at Esri Conference. 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. <<more>>


July 16, 2015. Baker and Taylor implementation of CARL.X complete. 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. <<more>>


July 16, 2015. LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces Ellsworth Correctional Facility Selects LibLime Academic Koha. 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. <<more>>


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Library Technology Guides collects news releases from all the major companies and other organizations involved in library automation. This resource includes the full text of over 11514 press releases and is indexed to make it searchable by company, product, date, and subject. A brief summary of each news item is available.

Coverage is from about 1991 to the present. Many libraries keep only thier current press releases on their Web site, or remove those issued in the past that are not consistent with their current stragegies. In some cases, the Press Release Archive on Library Technology Guides is the only remaining record of library automation announcements.

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