September 18, 2014. Active Venture Partners backs Odilo. Odilo, a company offering a comprehensive suite of products for lending digital content, has received a €2.2m investment from Active Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that targets entrepreneurial teams driving digital start-ups. ACTIVE was chosen by Telefonica to launch the first fund of the Amerigo network, a fund of funds with €300m under management. <<more>>
September 18, 2014. Innovative Brings Solutions to Middle East and Arabian Peninsula Customers. Innovative announced that five libraries in the Middle East and the Arabian peninsula have selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. The new contracts were completed through Naseej, the exclusive provider of Sierra and related Innovative products and a leading knowledge solutions provider in the Arab world. The new Sierra libraries include Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Emirates College for Advanced Education, Institute for Applied Technology (part of Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Training), University of Sharjah, and American University of Cairo. Holy Spirit University of Kaslik is migrating from a Berytos library management system and the remaining four are upgrading from Innovative's Millennium ILS. <<more>>
September 16, 2014. Kate Lawrence named Vice President of User Research at EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO Information Services has named Kate Lawrence Vice President, User Research. Lawrence leads the User Research Team and the research activities that enable EBSCO to gain user insight and improve the customer experience across the portfolio of EBSCO products. <<more>>
September 16, 2014. Four Polaris ILS Systems go live in four-week period. Innovative announced that in the past four weeks, four libraries have gone live on Polaris ILS, including Irving Public Library (Irving, TX), Urbandale Public Library (Urbandale, IA), Pleasant Hill Public Library (Pleasant Hill, IA), and Moorpark City Library (Moorpark, CA) <<more>>
September 16, 2014. ProQuest Establishes Key Ebooks Partnership with Leading Irish Booksellers. ProQuest Ebooks has partnered with O’Mahony’s, Irish booksellers and library suppliers, to deliver key content from leading publishers to institutions across Ireland and the UK. <<more>>
September 16, 2014. The Community Zone Advisory Group introduces guidelines for the Ex Libris Alma Community Catalog. Ex Libris announced that the international group of renowned library experts who advise Ex Libris on the Alma Community Zone has completed the guidelines and policies underlying the Alma Community Catalog. The advisory group analyzed the needs and objectives of Alma users, best practices in metadata, and ways to facilitate collaboration, so as to develop the most appropriate policies for the open and shared Alma community catalog. <<more>>
September 15, 2014. Aston University implements Rebus:list from PTFS Europe. Aston University implements Rebus:list – the reading list management system from PTFS Europe. Rebus:list offers a significant advance in cost effective management of the entire workflow involved in the delivery and presentation of reading lists. With an elegant user interface, a comprehensive web services API and a contemporary software architecture, Rebus:list delivers truly seamless integration with any library, eDiscovery service, VLE and back office system. Rebus:list offers libraries a real alternative when choosing a new reading list management system. <<more>>
September 15, 2014. Utah State University Opts for EBSCO Discovery Service via Innovative’s Encore Duet. EBSCO Discovery Service via Encore Duet has been selected by Utah State University as its discovery solution to help the library consolidate its diverse resources. The service will also make resources more readily available to library users through an intuitive interface. The university adopted Innovative's Encore discovery solution several years ago and when the new partnership between Innovative and EBSCO Information Services was announced, they were intrigued by the possibilities offered by the integration of EDS via Encore Duet. <<more>>
September 15, 2014. Utah State University Selects Encore Duet. Utah State University has selected Encore Duet as its discovery solution to help the library consolidate its diverse resources. The service will also make resources more readily available to library users through an intuitive interface. The University adopted Innovative's Encore discovery solution several years ago; and, when the new partnership between Innovative and EBSCO Information Services was announced, they were intrigued by the possibilities offered by the integration of EDS content with the Encore Duet interface. <<more>>
September 14, 2014. Metropolitan Library System Implements CARL.X. The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma City, introduced the CARL.X ILS live to their community and staff on September 2nd. MLS selected TLC’s CARL.X for their library automation needs after previously using a system that had been developed in-house. <<more>>
September 12, 2014. Recorded Books, Wavesound, and Civica Announce Zinio Integration with Spydus 9. Civica announce the partnership with Recorded Books to streamline the delivery process for Zinio magazines, the world's largest digital newsstand which offers full magazines with color pictures, intuitive navigation, and interactive audio and video. <<more>>
September 12, 2014. Forbes Announces Agreement With EBSCO To Digitize All Content From 1917 To 2000. Forbes announced an agreement with EBSCO Information Services to create Forbes Digital Archive, a digital archive of the entire Forbes backfile with content from 1917 to 2000. <<more>>
September 11, 2014. San Francisco University High School Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the San Francisco University High School Library is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system. <<more>>
September 11, 2014. IMLS Awards $9.2 Million to Improve Library Services in the U.S.. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced grants for 51 library projects, totaling $9,291,441, that will advance library and archives practice by addressing challenges in the field and by testing and evaluating innovations. <<more>>
September 11, 2014. Paul Sybrowsky, Co-Founder of Dynix, Inc., Dies at Age 70. SirsiDynix acknowledges the passing of Paul K. Sybrowsky, co-founder of Dynix, Inc., on Sept. 10, 2014, after battling prolonged illness. Although Paul was known for his undeniable business sense, he will be remember even more as a loving father, husband, and friend. <<more>>
September 11, 2014. Introducing the I Love My Library Card: Dual-use Library/Debit Card. SirsiDynix announced the launch of the "I Love My Library" card, a fully functional library card that doubles as a Visa debit card. Designed to benefit both libraries and their patrons, the ground-breaking card was created by SirsiDynix in partnership with Visa and Card Limited. Illinois' Lansing Public Library and Mississippi's Lamar County Library System launched the card on Aug. 15, with Maryland's Frederick County Public Libraries most recently launching the card on Sept. 5. <<more>>
September 8, 2014. SEALS Consortium in South Africa Selects EBSCO Discovery Service via Innovative’s Encore Duet. Member Libraries in the SEALS Consortium, located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, have selected EBSCO Discovery Service via Innovative’s Encore Duet. The SEALS Consortium includes Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University and Rhodes University. <<more>>
September 8, 2014. Springer US turns 50 years old. Springer Science+Business Media today celebrates 50 years of operations in the United States. While the founding of the company dates back to 1842 in Berlin, it was not until the mid-20th century that Springer had an official US branch of operations. The motivations behind the expansion to North America in 1964 were the same as those that fuel Springer’s activities today – scientific progress. <<more>>
September 8, 2014. ORCID and Plum Analytics work together to maximize information available about scholarly activities. Researchers can now easily connect with their scholarly activities and contribution while also tracking the metrics from their work by using the combination of Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) and PlumX, from Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company. The integration of the two services allows all of the metrics from the public work associated with a particular ORCID identifier to be collected when the identifier is added to a PlumX profile. <<more>>
September 5, 2014. Nyhedsbrev fra Fælles Bibliotekssystem. Hermed seneste nyt fra KOMBIT om Fælles Bibliotekssystem. Projektet er fortsat i fremdrift i det nu fuldt bemandede udviklingsprojekt, og i projektet har vi intensiveret forberedelsen af ibrugtagningen af den nye løsning. <<more>>
September 5, 2014. Music and Theatre Library of Sweden Selects Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that the Music and Theatre Library of Sweden has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. Its unique holdings include 120,000 books, 378,000 pieces of sheet music, 40,000 theater scripts, and 30,000 special collection items. The Library will migrate from a Mikro Marc system provided by Bibliotekenes IT Center Ltd. <<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 10556 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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