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June 30, 2015. Ex Libris Alma early-adopter program launched in Israel. Ex Libris announced the launch of an early-adopter program in Israel for the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Eight top institutions of higher education are participating: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa, the College of Management—Academic Studies, IDC Herzliya, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Oranim Academic College of Education, and the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. Four of the colleges belong to the 47 member Israel College Consortium. All the early adopters will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph library management system to Alma, which they will use in combination with the Primo discovery and delivery solution to reap the benefits of an integrated, end-to-end system. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. APA Makes E-books Available through EBSCO eBooks. The American Psychological Association is making its e-books available to libraries on the EBSCO eBooks platform. The agreement with EBSCO Information Services gives libraries cost-effective access to in-demand psychology, behavioral sciences and social sciences titles. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust [EAST] launches: Large Shared Print initiative across libraries in the Northeast focuses on ensuring access to Ssholarly materials. The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust, a major new shared print initiative, launches on July 1st with important grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation. The 47 member libraries of EAST, across New England, New York and Pennsylvania, will collaborate to retain agreed upon titles in their local circulating collections as well as make them available to lend to other EAST members, thereby ensuring continued access to the scholarly record of print monographs and journals. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Gale Collaborates with Google to Channel Content and Technology Directly into Student Workflow and Classroom Learning. With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Gale collaborates with Google to channel content and technology directly into student workflow and classroom learning. With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Springer journals increase impact factors in 2014. The Journal Citation Reports 2015, released by Thomson Reuters, lists a total of 1,595 Springer journals, with 37 Springer journals joining the list for the first time. Significantly, in 2014, 82 percent of the Springer journals in the list were cited more frequently than in the previous year. Well over one half (57 percent) of Springer journals increased their impact factor in 2014 over the 2013 figure. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Koha development initiative receives international support. ByWater Solutions thanks Bohdan Šmilauer, a librarian in Prague, for his contribution to the Professional Cataloging interface development for Koha. <<more>>


June 27, 2015. Auto-Graphics, Inc expands California presence With VERSO ILS. Auto-Graphics and Rancho Mirage Public Library announce the selection and successful migration and go live of Auto-Graphics' VERSO, as the new Integrated Library System. After a competitive and thorough RFP process, Rancho Mirage Public Library, RMPL, selected Auto-Graphics as the vendor of choice with their latest iteration of ILS software. <<more>>


June 27, 2015. Vijf Amsterdamse instellingen kiezen Pure als onderzoeksinformatiesysteem. De UvA, VU, VUmc, AMC en de HvA hebben gezamenlijk gekozen voor de aanschaf van het onderzoeksinformatiesysteen Pure van Elsevier B.V. Met deze voorlopige gunning gaat de aanbestedingsprocedure de volgende fase in. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. BiblioCommons unveils new mobile-friendly catalog and more patron-friendly enhancements at ALA. BiblioCommons will debut a newly designed BiblioCore catalog at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015. The redesigned catalog features responsive design, streamlined search results, and unique enhancements to support readers’ advisory. The BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog, BiblioCore, works with all major integrated library systems and replaces the traditional patron catalog in order to encourage community engagement around a library’s collections, integrate the library’s events and online resources into the patron’s path, and promote the expertise of librarians as readers’ advisory and reference specialists to their communities. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. EBSCO Information Services and the H. W. Wilson Foundation expand efforts to build an Open Dissertations Database. EBSCO Information Services and the H.W. Wilson Foundation are expanding their partnership with the goal of making searching for electronic theses and dissertations easier and more open. In 2014, the two organizations created American Doctoral Dissertations which contains indexing from the H.W. Wilson print publication, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, 1933-1955. Under the expanded partnership, the H.W. Wilson Foundation has agreed to support the expansion of the scope of the American Doctoral Dissertations database to include records for dissertations and theses from 1955 to the present. The goal is to create a single portal for ETDs which can be added to university profiles. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. The California State University System joins the Ex Libris Alma and Primo community. Ex Libris announced that the California State University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to deliver seamless, state of the art access to print and electronic resources for students and faculty. CSU campuses are migrating from various systems including Innovative Interfaces' Millennium and Sierra, ProQuest’s 360 Link and Summon and from Ex Libris Voyager and SFX. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. Baker and Taylor announces launch of All-In-One Axis 360 Mobile App. Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. SirsiDynix and Zepheira announce new details of strategic partnership. SirsiDynix and Zepheira announce their intent to develop a product that will make libraries’ collections visible and searchable on the Web. SirsiDynix and Zepheira have been busy the past several months laying the groundwork for this exciting partnership, collaborating on a joint roadmap that will bring transformative products to library systems sooner rather than later. The Visible Library Beta Program emerged as a path to rapidly reveal library collections to the Web in an actionable form. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. EBSCO eBooks App and Viewer create best-in-class experience for readers. Two new tools from EBSCO Information Services have been created to enhance the EBSCO eBooks experience for library users. The EBSCO eBooks mobile app and the EBSCO eBooks viewer allow library users to download e-books easily, and enjoy an optimal viewing environment regardless of whether they are accessing the e-book on a mobile, tablet device or a desktop or laptop computer. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. John JG Chirapurath joins ProQuest to lead Workflow Solutions. ProQuest has named John "JG" Chirapurath as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Workflow Solutions. In this role, Mr. Chirapurath will lead strategic development of the company's technology business that focuses on empowering academic researchers with solutions that improve research outcomes, and providing librarians with transformative cloud-based workflow solutions that enable the library to deliver greater value to their institutions. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. Global demand propels ProQuest to announce Intota v2. ProQuest will debut functionality of Intota v2 at the American Libraries Association annual conference in San Francisco. Capabilities in development for Intota v2 address how users think about what they do, and enable progressive academic and research libraries to evolve in a rapidly changing knowledge economy. Intota v2 is a library services platform that will encompass management of both print and electronic resources across the entire collection lifecycle. Libraries who select Intota v1 now will have special “preview access” to Intota v2 in the Spring of next year. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. Adoption of ProQuest’s transformative library services platform demonstrates positive shift by libraries worldwide. Since the introduction of Intota last June for electronic resource management, close to 80 libraries worldwide have selected ProQuest’s cloud-based library services platform, which also includes industry-leading discovery, linking, assessment and unified intelligent workflows across the lifecycle of collections. Libraries are responding favorably to ProQuest’s phased approach to developing a transformative service that immediately solves for inadequacies in the traditional ILS. Unlike other services in the market, Intota simplifies workflows and addresses the major challenges libraries face today: collection assessment and e-resource management. With increasing pressure on budgets, libraries using Intota can focus on service to end users and deliver greater value to their institutions. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. Family history research goes beyond borders with international content in HeritageQuest Online. Later this summer, family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 – an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundations. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. Mellon Foundation Awards CLIR $1.5 Million Operating Grant. The Council on Library and Information Resources has received a 24-month, $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2015. <<more>>


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Major US Companies: 3M Library Systems Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation EBSCO Information Services Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett Infor Library and Information Solutions InfoVision Software, Inc. Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Jaywil Software Development Keystone Systems, Inc. LibLime LibLime -- PTFS 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 11439 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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