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April 24, 2015. Scholastic To Sell Educational Technology Business To Houghton Mifflin Harcourt For $575 Million To Focus On Global Core Children's Books And Supplemental Education Businesses. Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Educational Technology and Services ("EdTech") business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company ("HMH") (NASDAQ: HMHC) for $575 million in cash. EdTech had $249 million in revenues and $40 million in operating income in the 2014 fiscal year ended May 31, 2014. Revenues were $175 million and operating income was $17 million for the first nine months of the current fiscal year ending May 31, 2015. Scholastic expects net proceeds from the sale, after taxes, transaction fees, and other expenses, of approximately $360 - $370 million. <<more>>

April 23, 2015. Boopsie achieves major milestones with 3 million mobile app downloads to date and 400,000 unique app users per month. Boopsie announced that it has reached 3 major milestones in Q1 2014. The company, which white labels its native mobile app platform to more than 4,000 library sites of all kinds, worldwide, has been downloaded over 3 million times, has achieved a sustained rate of 400,000 unique mobile app users per month and its users have performed over 750 Million queries to library databases using its platform. <<more>>

April 23, 2015. collectionHQ and 3M Announce Partnership. collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution and 3M, the global leader in library innovation, are pleased to announce their eagerly-anticipated partnership which will offer 3M Cloud Library subscribers the ability to load their circulation data into collectionHQ’s ebook module. <<more>>

April 23, 2015. Gale supports public libraries with new Digital Early Literacy Resource. Supporting public libraries’ life-long learning initiatives, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is pleased to announce Miss Humblebee's Academy, a new early literacy product that will assist the library’s youngest learners in building foundational literacy skills. Partnering with Miss Humblebee LLC., Gale has co-developed a robust product tailored specifically to the public library user, which includes the assessment tools libraries need to measure their impact on early literacy development in their communities. Studies show that participating in quality early learning can boost children’s educational attainment and earnings later in life, underscoring the importance for public libraries to provide resources that serve this young audience. <<more>>

April 23, 2015. Auto-Graphics' SHAREit selected by Access PA and Health Sciences Libraries Consortium (HSLC). Auto-Graphics and HSLC, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, announce the selection of Auto-Graphics' SHAREit, as the statewide resource sharing system. After a competitive RFP process including resource sharing and interlibrary loan vendors throughout the nation, Auto-Graphics was selected by HSLC to provide the next Interlibrary loan platform for Access PA, one of the oldest ILL implementations in North America. Auto-Graphics’ SHAREit was selected because it meets the needs indicated to HSLC by the Pennsylvania librarians. <<more>>

April 22, 2015. University of the Sunshine Coast Selects Ex Libris Cloud Solutions. Ex Libris announced that the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia has selected the Ex Libris Alma next-generation resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace a number of systems, including the Virtua integrated library system and the EBSCO discovery service. <<more>>

April 22, 2015. John Cabot University in Rome selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services. John Cabot University, an American university located in the heart of Rome, is the first in Italy to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. <<more>>

April 22, 2015. La Veta School District goes live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog. La Veta School District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of the La Veta School District, the CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 700,000 bibliographic records describing over one million attached item records. The La Veta School District staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application. <<more>>

April 22, 2015. 2015 Koha North American Users Group conference. Registration is now open for the 2015 Koha North American Users Group conference, August 5-8, in Erie, PA. <<more>>

April 22, 2015. SOAS Library Implements Kuali Open Library Environment. SOAS Library has adopted the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) as its new library management system. As the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, SOAS Library has chosen Kuali OLE to manage its information and resources, including its renowned special collections. SOAS Library is the third library in the world to adopt the new system following Lehigh University and the University of Chicago. <<more>>

April 21, 2015. The University of Sheffield selects Ex Libris Rosetta. Ex Libris announced that the University of Sheffield in the UK has selected the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. Rosetta will ensure the sustainable preservation of the digitised objects created by the University Library’s Special Collections Department and the National Fairground Archive—a unique collection of videos, texts, audio files, and pictures about the culture and history of travelling fairs and entertainment—as well as the University’s large collection of born-digital material which includes scholarly research data, administrative records, and departmental publications. <<more>>

April 21, 2015. Neftex (Halliburton-Landmark) selects Soutron Global to better meet library client’s needs. Soutron Global announces that industry leader Neftex (Halliburton-Landmark), one of the largest geoscience consultancies in the world that delivers sequence stratigraphic products and consultancy, has converted to Soutron. <<more>>

April 21, 2015. EBSCO Information Services Offers the YBP Core Titles Collections. EBSCO Information Services is introducing 10 new EBSCO eBooks Featured Collections designed to give academic libraries a simple way to add important titles to their collections. The YBP U.S. Core Titles Collections and the YBP U.K. Core Titles Collections are each comprised of five subject-related collections of EBSCO eBooks found in the YBP Core Titles. <<more>>

April 21, 2015. Blue Mountains joins Saugeen. The Blue Mountains Public Library is now live on Koha as part of the Saugeen Consortium. Blue Mountains is located in Thornbury, Ontario. Saugeen Library System chose Equinox to host and manage their Koha services last year. Blue Mountains is the sixth library to join Saugeen. <<more>>

April 21, 2015. Hillwood Estate Library chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens Library in Washington, DC is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS. <<more>>

April 20, 2015. Durham University Library and Heritage collections now searchable through Ex Libris Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Durham University Library and Heritage Collections have gone live with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. <<more>>

April 20, 2015. Civica’s Annual Technology Roadshow showcases the best of Scandinavian and Australian Library practices. Civica has kicked off its Annual Technology Roadshow, bringing to Australian and New Zealand library audiences Mr Kari Lämsä from the Helsinki City Library, and Mr Michael Byrne from the City of Maribyrnong in Melbourne. The Roadshow also featured the official launch of Civica’s latest integrated library solution, Spydus10. <<more>>

April 20, 2015. SirsiDynix furthers work with EBSCO on BLUEcloud integrations. SirsiDynix is furthering its work with EBSCO Information Services, a leader in library workflows, in integrating EBSCO tools and services with BLUEcloud products. This partnership between industry leaders has already resulted in a tight integration with SirsiDynix’s Enterprise discovery tool and EBSCO Discovery Services search results. <<more>>

April 17, 2015. Sheffield Hallam University is the latest academic library to Adopt Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest teaching universities in the UK, has chosen the Alma next-generation unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Providing a fully integrated cloud-based platform, Alma and Primo will replace the Library’s previous Innovative Millennium and ProQuest Summon systems. <<more>>

April 16, 2015. LibLime to Exhibit at Computers in Libraries. LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be holding a Technology Luncheon and Listening Session at the upcoming Computers in Libraries scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. LibLime will be exhibiting in Booth 414. <<more>>

April 16, 2015. The Second Annual Azriel Morag Award for Innovation is Open for Nominations. Ex Libris announced that the 2015 Azriel Morag award for innovation is now open, and nominations from Ex Libris customers are invited. 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 will carry on his legacy. The Azriel Morag award for innovation is presented to a librarian who demonstrates exceptional innovation and initiative during the two years leading up to the date of nomination. The winner’s accomplishments and the institution that the winner is associated with will be publicized globally. <<more>>

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Major US Companies: 3M Library Systems Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation CyberTools for Libraries Deep Web Technologies, Inc. EBSCO Information Services Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett Gateway Software Corporation Infor Library and Information Solutions InfoVision Software, Inc. Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Jaywil Software Development Keystone Systems, Inc. LibLime LibLime -- PTFS Library Resource Management Systems, Inc. LibraryWorld Lucidea Mandarin Library Automation Media Flex, Inc. MondoIn OCLC ProQuest SirsiDynix Softlink International Soutron Global Surpass Software The Library Corporation

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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 11225 press releases and is indexed to make it searchable by company, product, date, and subject. A brief summary of each news item is available.

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