November 21, 2014. Buy It Now available for HIP and e-Library users. SirsiDynix announced that Buy It Now is now available for all HIP and e-Library users. These users will now be able to buy books, movies, and more from outside retailers through their library’s website or OPAC. As part of SirsiDynix’s Community Funded Services, a portion of each Buy It Now purchase will be returned to the library, increasing revenue for libraries while providing increased buying options for patrons. <<more>>
November 20, 2014. Backstage launches new Cataloging Preparation Service. Librarians seeking a cost-effective method of preparing materials for Backstage cataloging have a new service at their disposal. Backstage’s metadata and on-site services groups have joined forces to develop a program that provides on-site preparation of items for cataloging and, if desired, physical processing. The new service allows Backstage to send support staff into the library to prepare materials for cataloging in the most expeditious, cost-effective manner possible. Items can also be packed for transport to Backstage for physical processing. Technicians follow the library’s material handling policies as outlined in a project profile. With Backstage’s new cataloging preparation service, library staff are freed from hands-on involvement, allowing them more time for library activities and meeting the needs of their patrons. <<more>>
November 20, 2014. ProQuest creates the first complete, digital trove of executive orders and presidential proclamations. ProQuest is enabling researchers to access a critical missing piece for understanding historic events with a first-ever complete, digital collection of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. When complete, the collection will encompass more than 79,000 executive orders, proclamations, directives and policy statements by American presidents from Washington to Obama, bringing together disparate content and making it easy to discover and work with. ProQuest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations is part of and can be searched along with ProQuest’s renowned and growing collection of U.S. government content, assembled within a technology architecture that improves research outcomes. <<more>>
November 20, 2014. Pines and Plains Libraries goes live on CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog. The Pines and Plains Libraries, formerly known as the Elbert County Library District is now live on the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of Pines and Plains Libraries, CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has nearly 600,000 bibliographic records and over one million items. <<more>>
November 20, 2014. Arabic e-books from Al Manhal to be available for purchase via the EBSCO eBooks platform. EBSCO Information Services and Al Manhal have extended their partnership to add Al Manhal’s diverse collection of e-books to EBSCO’s collection. Al Manhal’s extensive e-book collection will now be distributed worldwide via the EBSCO eBooks platform. A considerable expansion of Al Manhal’s global reach, this new step will put its content onto the digital shelves of nearly all libraries worldwide. The announcement represents a major extension of the companies’ partnership and will increase EBSCO’s offering while greatly expanding global discovery of Al Manhal content. <<more>>
November 20, 2014. Kuali Financial System Project Board votes to engage with KualiCo. The Kuali Foundation recently concluded Kuali Days 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the announcement that the Kuali Financial System Project Board has voted to engage with KualiCo for product development leadership. KualiCo is a new company that delivers cloud-based software for higher education. KFS is a modular, open source suite of financial <<more>>
November 20, 2014. lynda.com Receives SIP2 Certification with TLC’s CARL.X. The Library Corporation announced today that the lyndaLibrary suite of online learning resources from lynda.com is now SIP2-certified for the CARL•X Integrated Library System. CARL•X libraries that have purchased a subscription to lyndaLibrary’s comprehensive collection of web-based training courses will now be able to offer their communities a full and seamless integration experience. Library patrons can link to the vast array of educational videos directly through CARL.X’s LS2 PAC online catalog in the comfort of their own home, or anywhere with an internet connection. <<more>>
November 19, 2014. Ex Libris releases Version 9.1 of Voyager. Ex Libris announced the release of version 9.1 of the Voyager integrated library system. Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for librarians that will enable them to dedicate more of their time to user needs. <<more>>
November 19, 2014. Innovative News: 25 libraries go live on the Polaris ILS and the Sierra Library Services Platform in six-week period. Innovative announced today that 25 libraries have gone live with the Polaris ILS or the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent six-week period. This group of academic and public libraries span Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Scandinavia. <<more>>
November 18, 2014. Cengage Learning names New Chief Financial Officer. John Leahy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, to lead the Company’s financial management team. Based in Boston, John will lead all financial activity for Cengage Learning and will report to the Chief Executive Officer Michael Hansen as part of the Executive Team, effective December 1st. <<more>>
November 17, 2014. Largest public Library in Australasia upgrades to Sierra. Innovative announced that Auckland Libraries (New Zealand) will upgrade to the Sierra Library Services Platform from Innovative's Millennium ILS. With over 470,000 registered card holders and 55 branches, it is the largest public library system in Australasia. Auckland Libraries holds 3.5 million items with an annual circulation of 17 million. <<more>>
November 17, 2014. Gale leads to advance academic research by offering content for data mining and textual analysis. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will make available content from its Gale Digital Collections to academic researchers for data mining and textual analysis purposes. Data mining and textual analysis – the process by which text or datasets are crawled by software that recognizes entities, relationships and action – helps researchers draw new conclusions among disparate data and is emerging as an important area of scholarly research. <<more>>
November 17, 2014. AMPress, Diversion Publishing and Inkshares join Ingram Publisher Services. Ingram Publisher Services, an Ingram Content Group company, announced the addition of publishers AMPress, Diversion Publishing and Inkshares to its growing list of clients. <<more>>
November 17, 2014. BLUEcloud Cataloging now available for SirsiDynix Customers. SirsiDynix announced today that BLUEcloud Cataloging is now available. Designed to easily accommodate new media and technology, BLUEcloud Cataloging increases staff efficiency and expedites the process of enhancing bibliographic data. <<more>>
November 17, 2014. EBSCO/PEMSoft Presents National Award to Dr. Charles Macias. Charles Macias MD, MPH, FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics of Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital, has won the first EBSCO/PEMSoft award for “Outstanding Technological Innovations in Pediatric Emergency Care.” Dr. Ron Dieckmann, PEMSoft Chief Medical Officer, presented Dr. Macias with the award during the proceedings of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Diego. <<more>>
November 14, 2014. RLUK and OCLC partner for shared collection management and visibility goals. OCLC and Research Libraries UK, a consortium of the largest research organisations in the UK and Ireland, today announced an expanded partnership that will help RLUK achieve key strategic objectives for shared collection management and resource discovery. <<more>>
November 14, 2014. Blackpool and The Fylde College choose the Koha library management system and rebus:list for reading list management. Blackpool and The Fylde College has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing SirsiDynix Horizon solution. The college is also the first further education institution to choose Rebus:list for its reading list management. PTFS Europe will implement both products and provide on-going hosting and support services. <<more>>
November 14, 2014. Follett School Solutions’ President Tom Schenck elected to SIIA Education Division’s Board of Directors. Follett School Solutions’ President Tom Schenck has been elected to the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Education Division Board of Directors. SIIA is theprincipal trade association for the software and digital industries, responsible for driving the future of edtech policy. <<more>>
November 14, 2014. Auto-Graphics' SHAREit selected to provide the next interlibrary loan platform for Access PA. Auto-Graphics' SHAREit has been selected to provide the next Interlibrary loan platform for Access PA, one of the largest ILL implementations in North America that serves over 2600 public, school, academic, and special libraries across Pennsylvania. After a comprehensive RFP process, Auto-Graphics’ SHAREit was selected because it meets the needs indicated to HSLC by the Pennsylvania library community at trainings, forums, conference events, and through the many years of providing technical support. In upgrading to the SHAREit ILL platform, HSLC’s objectives for Access PA will be met by providing a more modern and feature-rich interface for end users with greater search functionality, a flexible and efficient ILL system, and a more accurate and authoritative database that will enhance statewide ILL services. <<more>>
November 13, 2014. ProQuest Meets Discovery Expectations for the Library System of the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. With a wide range of content available, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras was in search of an easy to use solution that would improve access and discovery of their library collections. After evaluating discovery tools for nearly two years, the library system of UPRRP selected and launched an integrated solution from ProQuest - the Summon service, 360 Link and Syndetic Solutions, to deliver an unprecedented research experience for their library patrons. <<more>>
November 13, 2014. Soutron selected by The Egypt Exploration Society. International library transformation company Soutron Global announces that The Egypt Exploration Society has selected Soutron as their long-term library management solution provider. <<more>>
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 EOS International 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 Polaris Library Systems ProQuest SirsiDynix Softlink International Soutron Global Surpass Software The Library Corporation VTLS, Inc.
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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 10836 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.
We are always looking for press releases to add to this collection. If you have access to material--in either electronic form or hard copy--please contact the editor, Marshall Breeding.