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October 13, 2015. ProQuest adds ORCID to its Dissertations and Theses database. The ProQuest Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Administrator, a popular submission and review platform, now enables dissertations and theses authors to add or create an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) when they submit their work. ORCID is a community-driven initiative that allows researchers to easily and precisely distinguish their work through the assignment of a unique identifier that's maintained in a central registry. ORCIDs will be assigned as part of the deposit process into ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global (PQDT Global), the renowned database of graduate works from the world's leading universities. <<more>>

October 13, 2015. Baku Higher Oil School of Azerbaijan selects EBSCO Discovery Service. The Baku Higher Oil School, one of the most prestigious universities in the Republic of Azerbaijan, has implemented EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO Discovery Service will play a very important role in the school’s plan, Towards Our Future, which identifies strategic directions for BHOS library development over the next three years. <<more>>

October 13, 2015. The University of Miami names Ex Libris Alma and Primo as their solutions of choice. Ex Libris announce that the University of Miami has selected Ex Libris Alma for resource management and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. The University libraries are migrating from three independent Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library systems and ProQuest’s Summon discovery service. <<more>>

October 13, 2015. Scottish consortium signs £1.5m contract with Civica to transform local libraries. Following a procurement exercise carried out by Tayside Procurement Consortium on behalf of the Scottish Consortium of Public Libraries consisting of, Angus, Perth & Kinross, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and North Ayrshire councils as well as High Life Highland, the consortium has awarded a contract worth £1.5 million for a new library management system to Civica, a market leader in software, technology and business process services. The company’s market-leading ‘Spydus’ software will help the consortium members to improve services and reduce costs. ScoPL will be joined by existing Civica Scottish customers Argyll and Bute Council, Inverclyde Council, Leisure and Culture Dundee and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture. The 10 services collectively serve over 62% of Scottish citizens. <<more>>

October 13, 2015. Information Management Team announces powerful metadata and content services for libraries. Metadata and publishing professionals Information Management Team announced a partnership with Leap Forward Library Consulting, a recognized leader in library systems innovation, to deliver metadata and content integration services to libraries and their service providers using the PraXis by IMT transformation engine. <<more>>

October 13, 2015. Learning Bird Announces Three New Hires. Learning Bird, an innovative online learning platform for grade 6-12 student success, has announced three key hires to support company growth and expansion plans, according to CEO Henry Ryan. <<more>>

October 13, 2015. Bibliotheca committed to growing Cloud Library. Bibliotheca Group to continue to outline its vision and commitment to libraries after the recent acquisition of 3M Library Systems. The acquisition brings together the existing eBook platforms of Bibliotheca and 3M in the form of opus and Cloud Library respectively. Cloud Library will now become the primary digital product from Bibliotheca. The unique features of the opus platform will be incorporated into the Cloud Library product to create an all-encompassing digital experience for library users. <<more>>

October 9, 2015. Moody's places ProQuest's ratings on review for downgrade following announced acquisition. Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) has placed ProQuest LLC's (ProQuest) ratings on review for downgrade, including the B2 corporate family rating , Ba2 First out revolver, and B2 1st lien term loan rating, following the announced acquisition of Ex Libris Group which is a global provider of library automation solutions. The review for downgrade will focus on the leverage levels and interest coverage pro-forma for the acquisition as well as the improvement in the strategic position of the combined entity. We anticipate any downgrade to be limited to one notch. <<more>>

October 8, 2015. BiblioCommons partners with Penguin Random House to expand ebook offerings. BiblioCommons announced that it has expanded its eBook offerings through a new agreement with Penguin Random House. The agreement will add over 38,000 eBook titles to those already available to libraries through the BiblioDigital eBook acquisitions platform. <<more>>

October 8, 2015. YBP and EBSCO Information Services increase collaboration with the Irish Academic Community. YBP Library Services and EBSCO Information Services will be working more closely with academic institutions in Ireland after agreeing to new contracts to supply e-books and journals. The tenders were issued and managed by Education Procurement Services over the last few months. <<more>>

October 8, 2015. Worldwide Library eBook Reading Club Kicks Off. More than 30,000 libraries and schools are participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club. Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook. For the first time, two titles will be available to borrow online 24/7 through participating libraries and schools: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley (Open Road) and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (Abrams). The free program runs October 7-21 and to get started reading, all that is needed is a library card or student ID. <<more>>

October 8, 2015. ProQuest SIPX launches three new course materials solutions that reduce costs for students and improve workflow efficiency. ProQuest SIPX, provider of the most complete digital course materials solutions in higher education, has launched three new options to support unique teaching and learning workflows: SIPX Central, SIPX Campus and SIPX for MOOCs. The SIPX innovative digital course materials solutions address a variety of copyright and costs concerns for universities. By connecting students to materials that are open access or already purchased and available to them through their university library, the SIPX solutions have saved its customers and students $3.67M to date. <<more>>

October 7, 2015. Uintah Basin Library System chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Uintah Basin Library System of Utah is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system. The Uintah Basin Library catalog is made up of three branches which include the Uintah County Library, the Roosevelt Library and the Duchesne Library. <<more>>

October 7, 2015. Axiell Gathers 150 Museum Experts at the Penn Museum. Axiell announced the opening of the North American User Conference and National History Special Interest Group at the Penn Museum. The three-day event will gather more than 150 museum experts and archivists for discussions on future strategies and upcoming developments in the cultural sector. The delegates will get insight into digitization, online engagement, museum management, data management and best practices for Axiell’s suite of collection management solutions. <<more>>

October 6, 2015. New licensing terms for Springer eBooks and journals expand online learning permissions. Springer, part of the newly formed publishing group Springer Nature, will offer customers a way to make their online educational initiatives even more attractive. A unique offer to licensed institutions will allow them to embed, at no extra charge, up to 30 specialized links to Springer eBook and journal content into any non-commercial educational platforms. These could include, for example, learning management systems, MOOC platforms or in-house platforms. The offer, called Online Learning Language, is available to institutions in most parts of the world that purchase Springer’s front list content and applies to Springer’s contemporary library of over 4.7 million articles and book chapters. <<more>>

October 6, 2015. EBSCO announces winner of the 2015 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship. Blake of the University of Michigan has won the 2015 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Blake is a Spatial and Numeric Data and German Studies Librarian at the university and will use the scholarship to attend the 35th Annual Charleston Conference in Charleston, S.C. <<more>>

October 6, 2015. A new perspective on resource management systems for libraries in Higher Education: the cloud is becoming the new normal. A briefing paper written by Ken Chad for Higher Education Library Technology contrasts the library resource management landscape now with the situation in 2008 when a Jisc/SCONUL LMS study recommended that the time was not right for libraries to purchase a new library management system. In the intervening period a new generation of 'library services platforms' (LSPs) has emerged to replace library management systems (or integrated library systems –as they are also known) and the pace of procurement has quickened. Ken Chad analyses the current landscape and looks at the strategic issues around the changing nature of library collections, shared services, workflows, analytics and the cloud. He predicts that LSPs will move to encompass additional resource silos. <<more>>

October 6, 2015. EBSCO Information Services and NoveList show commitment to BIBFRAME and Linked Data through sponsorship agreement with Zepheira. As libraries look to expose their collections to patrons who use traditional search engines, EBSCO Information Services and its NoveList division are working with Zepheira to determine how to help libraries make the transition. NoveList will sponsor The Libhub Initiative, founded by Zepheira. The goal of the initiative is to increase the visibility of libraries. <<more>>

October 6, 2015. Bibliotheca announces significant expansion. Bibliotheca nnounced that their shareholders, One Equity Partners (OEP), today completed the purchase of 3M Library Systems North American business, and entered into agreements to purchase the assets of 3M’s remaining global Library Systems business. The new Bibliotheca Group will combine the best of both worlds to help libraries captivate their communities, providing innovative library-focused solutions that connect with people at home, at the library, and on the go. <<more>>

October 6, 2015. ProQuest and Ex Libris join to accelerate innovation for libraries worldwide. ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Ex Libris Group, a leading global provider of library automation solutions. The capabilities of ProQuest and Ex Libris span expertise in print, electronic and digital content, as well as solutions for library management, discovery and research workflows. <<more>>

October 6, 2015. Zepheira Announces NoveList as newest Libhub Initiative sponsor. The Libhub Initiative, the effort founded by Zepheira to encourage the use of Linked Data to expand Library Visibility on the Web, welcomes NoveList as its latest sponsor. Through their sponsorship, NoveList takes a leadership role acknowledging the critical importance of Visibility for libraries, and shows interest in the use of technologies that support libraries wherever their customers may be. <<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 11673 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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