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Tuesday Jan 27, 2015    Subscribe to Industry News Announcements via RSS

February 23, 2015. Innovative and EBSCO Information Services extend strategic partnership. Inovative and EBSCO Information Services have extended their strategic partnership to incorporate all platforms in the expanded Innovative product portfolio, including Polaris ILS, Vital, and Virtua. The partnership activities between the two companies for Innovative's Sierra Services Platform and Encore Duet will continue. <<more>>


January 27, 2015. Law Libraries at the University of Colorado and University of Georgia choose Boopsie to develop custom mobile solutions. Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, continues to expand its footprint in the legal industry with the addition of two new customers and a partnership with NELLCO, a leading consortium of law libraries. The University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Georgia School of Law–both NELLCO members–join Boopsie’s growing roster of law libraries, law firms and law schools working with Boopsie to extend library services through mobile apps. <<more>>


January 26, 2015. Ex Libris Alma and Primo are the solutions of Choice for Loyola University Chicago. Ex Libris announced Loyola University Chicago has selected Ex Libris Alma for resource management and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. Loyola University is migrating from a number of legacy systems including the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system. <<more>>


January 26, 2015. SirsiDynix to speak about BLUEcloud Campus, EDS integration at ALA Midwinter 2015. SirsiDynix has scheduled five BLUEcloud Campus presentations for ALA Midwinter 2015, where Rick Branham, SirsiDynix VP of Global Accounts & Academic Initiatives, and Carla Clark, BLUEcloud Campus Product Manager, will shed valuable light on the library service platform’s progress, including integration with EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The presentations will take place from Saturday, Jan. 31 to Monday, Feb. 2 and will last approximately one hour each. <<more>>


January 26, 2015. LYRASIS to become exclusive North American membership partner for Open Library of Humanities. LYRASIS is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership to become the exclusive membership and administrative agent for the Open Library of Humanities in North America. With a strong history of productive partnerships in the open access field, including Knowledge Unlatched, Reveal Digital, and SCOAP3, LYRASIS is at the forefront of the rapidly changing scholarly communications landscape. <<more>>


January 25, 2015. Ex Libris Alma and Primo selected by Creighton University in Nebraska. Ex Libris announced that Creighton University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution to provide unified resource management and discovery. This integrated cloud-based platform will replace several systems, including SirsiDynix Symphony and ProQuest Summon. <<more>>


January 23, 2015. LYRASIS Announces Candidates for Open Board of Trustee Positions. The LYRASIS Board of Trustees Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for open positions on the LYRASIS Board. Elected candidates will serve three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2018. The election will be held in April and is open to all designated LYRASIS member voting representatives, who will receive an email with a link to the ballot. <<more>>


January 22, 2015. EBSCO expands partnership with the American Medical Association. EBSCO Information Services and the American Medical Association are expanding their relationship in an effort to further promote visibility and adoption of the top medical journals around the world. While EBSCO has long made AMA journals available via its subscription services, EBSCO will now act as a sales agent for The JAMA Network. <<more>>


January 22, 2015. Spanish Peaks Library District goes live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime union catalog. The Spanish Peaks Library District has now joined the AspenCat LibLime union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of the Julesburg Library, CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 630,000 bibliographic records and over one million items. <<more>>


January 22, 2015. Orbis Cascade Alliance and Ex Libris Complete Implementation of a Shared Resource Management and Discovery System. The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 North American academic institutions known for innovative collaboration, and Ex Libris announce completion of a two-year effort to migrate Alliance members to a shared, next-generation library management and discovery solution. Alliance member libraries have migrated from 37 locally hosted systems comprised of four discovery and three ILS platforms to shared use of the cloud-based Alma unified resource management solution and Primo discovery solution. Working in partnership, the Alliance and Ex Libris each played critical roles in managing the complex migration of four cohorts comprised of 6-11 libraries, each cohort migrating over a six-month period. Beyond migration, the Alliance and Ex Libris worked in partnership to create a new resource sharing solution and to develop consortial functionality that will allow Alliance member libraries to build on their 20-year history of shared work. <<more>>


January 22, 2015. Shanghai Library Increases the Value of their Collections with Chinese Newspapers Collection. Shanghai Library has added ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Chinese Newspapers Collection to enhance their library offerings. Providing access to these twelve sources, which cover more than a century of content, the Chinese Newspapers Collection will complement their other resources through a digital environment that enables precision search and creative exploration, to simplify the research experience for the patrons of Shanghai Library. <<more>>


January 22, 2015. Washington D.C. K-12 School District Selects Follett’s Aspen Student Information System. District of Columbia Public Schools has selected Follett and its Aspen solution. Follett’s Aspen SIS will help the 47,000-student district capture, report, manage and analyze its student data, support enrollment, scheduling and behavior, and help track student attendance and prevent truancy. Comprised of 111 elementary and secondary schools and learning centers located in Washington, D.C., DCPS introduced Aspen into its elementary schools this year and plans to implement the solution districtwide this summer. <<more>>


January 22, 2015. Crowley’s Zeutschel Scanners receive Gold, Silver in 2015 inaugural Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks. The Crowley Company, a worldwide leader in digital and analog scanning and capture solutions and services, is pleased to announce it has received gold and silver awards from the LibraryWorks, Inc. 2015 inaugural Modern Library Awards (MLA’s.) The MLA’s were created to recognize the top products in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products were submitted in the fall via a simple application and were then posted to a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic and special libraries. Only customers who had experience with these products in their facilities were permitted to judge the products, lending toward an unbiased score. <<more>>


January 22, 2015. Global Open Knowledgebase receives additional Mellon funding to pioneer community-sourced management of digital content for education and research. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $333,000 to North Carolina State University to support the second phase of the development of the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb), an open source project that promises to significantly enhance how libraries manage their electronic journals and books. <<more>>


January 21, 2015. TLC providing SocialFlow media publishing service to library marketplace. The Library Corporation has joined forces with SocialFlow to become its exclusive provider to libraries. SocialFlow is the leading social network distribution and optimization platform in the United States, providing a service that analyzes a customer’s real-time conversational data within their social streams and automatically delivers relevant social media content to the right audience at the right time for maximum engagement. SocialFlow can optimize the social media presence of any library regardless of its automation system, and TLC is the only library vendor to offer such a service. <<more>>


January 21, 2015. Public Libraries Get a Boost with Targeted Marketing and Data Analysis from Gale. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has added three new applications to Analytics On Demand, the first affordable big data analytics solution for public libraries. The new apps, Marketing Action (for Patrons and Non-Patrons) and Branch Insights, help libraries deploy targeted direct marketing programs to current and prospective library users, as well as better understand how existing patrons are interacting with individual branches across a system. <<more>>


January 21, 2015. Biblionix Receives Platinum Modern Library Award from LibraryWorks, Inc.. Biblionix, a leading provider of automation solely for public libraries, today announced that its Apollo integrated library system (ILS) has received a Platinum award from the to LibraryWorks, Inc. in its inaugural Modern Library Awards. LibraryWorks created these awards to recognize the top products in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Candidate products were sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians. <<more>>


January 20, 2015. University of Haifa selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Haifa’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is the first early adopter in Israel of the Alma library management solution. Haifa University will be replacing the Aleph integrated library system. Alma will be integrated with the University Library’s Primo discovery and delivery solution—for which the library developed a Hebrew interface in cooperation with Ex Libris. <<more>>


January 20, 2015. ProQuest Digitizes the Early 20th Century’s Most Influential British Magazines. ProQuest is improving outcomes for researchers of British politics, news, culture and society by boosting the availability of digital primary sources from the first half of the 20th century. Its new British Periodicals Collection III digitizes the archives of the most important magazines of the period – all highly influential in their mix of news, politics, art, photography, literature and satire – and extends the scope of the popular British Periodicals program. The collection enriches context-based exploration of important attitudes, events and movements, such as empire and decolonization, first-wave feminism, and consumer society. British Periodicals Collection III is part of ProQuest’s massive global digitization program that’s rescuing rare, important and fragile print works and making their contents available to researchers. <<more>>


January 20, 2015. New grants awarded to OCLC strengthen continuing education and professional development for U.S. information workers. OCLC has received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to advance and sustain professional development and continuing education for information workers across the United States. The grants will support continued work of the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums to produce strategies for effective staff learning programs, and will identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration among archives, library and museum organizations. <<more>>


January 19, 2015. The Max Planck Society and De Gruyter sign an agreement to share bibliographical references. The Max Planck Society, which runs a large number of research institutes throughout Germany and beyond, and academic publisher De Gruyter have reached an agreement to share bibliographical data. Under the agreement De Gruyter will provide the Max Planck Society with bibliographical records for all of its past and future publications on language and linguistics. For its part, the Max Planck Society will incorporate these records into Glottolog, an open access database of the world's languages which contains a comprehensive bibliography. A link will be provided within each reference on Glottolog to the publication’s page on De Gruyter Online, De Gruyter’s integrated platform. <<more>>


Full Automation News Report

Major US Companies: 3M Library Systems Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems, Inc. ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation CyberTools for Libraries Deep Web Technologies, Inc. EBSCO Information Services Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett Software Company 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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