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Volume 1 Number 02 (February 2022)

Guidepost: Library Strategies in a Consolidated Industry
The ongoing consolidation of the vendors that provide products and services has brought incredible change to the business landscape. Large-scale businesses involved in multiple business sectors are now a dominant force in the library technology industry. While these large businesses have resources to develop sophisticated products and services, concerns arise relative to possible product alignment or bundling strategies and price increases. The lack of FTC intervention in the recent mergers suggests that these events have not crossed the regulatory threshold of anti-competitiveness. From the library perspective, however, the consolidated companies wield massive economic clout and the choices within any given product category have narrowed. Libraries have never been passive in their relations with the vendor community. The current environment, however, means that libraries must be even more strategic in their technology investments.
ProQuest merges into Clarivate: an update on business integration
The acquisition of ProQuest by Clarivate rattled the library industry, in a bold move that further deepens consolidation. This $5.3 billion transaction brings ProQuest under the umbrella of Clarivate, a major force in the scholarly communications and intellectual property business sectors. Though not a primary publisher, Clarivate offers key content and analytics products including Web of Science, ScholarOne, Publons, InCites analytics, and Endnote. Clarivate competes with Elsevier and Digital Science as a workflow and analytics provider in the scholarly communications business ecosystem. By acquiring ProQuest, Clarivate extends its product strategy to include core library technologies as well as a major portfolio of database and content products. This acquisition moves ProQuest into the ranks of publicly traded companies. The merger was pitched to investors as saving $100 million in operational expenses across the two companies. Libraries naturally have an interest in seeing how these savings are accomplished.
Soutron Global merges Businesses
Soutron Global, a company that specializes in technology products and services for corporate, law, and other special libraries, entered into a new business arrangement. This transaction combined two related companies, Soutron Limited, based in the United Kingdom and Soutron Global, based in the United States. Bloom Equity Partners gains majority ownership of the company through a new investment. Soutron Global founder Tony Saadat will hold a minority ownership stake in the combined company which he will lead as Chief Executive Officer.

Press Releases issued during February 2022

The following news announcements were issued during February 2022 by the vendors covered by Library Technology Guides. (Current news)

February 2, 2022

Patron Point St. Joe County Public Library (IN) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that St. Joe County Public Library, in South Bend, Indiana, has selected its patron engagement platform to support their ongoing mission of connecting members of their diverse community to learning, resources, culture and each other. [Full Announcement].

Preservica Libraries Tasmania selects Preservica to safeguard records. Preservica, a global leader in Active Digital Preservation software, has partnered with Libraries Tasmania in a multi-year contract to accept, preserve, and store digital government and non-government records as archives. Preservica worked with local partner Document Management Tasmania on the formal tender and procurement process. The digital preservation service will be hosted on AWS Asia Pacific region. [Full Announcement].

LibLime LibLime welcomes six new libraries to Bibliovation 7.2. LibLime welcomed six new library customers in late 2021 to the Bibliovation 7.2 Library Services Platform. These six public libraries are all using Bibliovation to provide collection maintenance and dissemination for their print and digital collections. Three libraries are located in Spain with facilities in Lisbon, Madrid, and Valencia; two libraries are located in Italy with facilities in Naples and Gaeta; and one is in Souda Bay on the island of Crete. Each of the libraries received several implementation services from LibLime in late 2021 including system configuration, data migration, and staff training. Now that each site is live on Bibliovation 7.2, LibLime is offering each site award-winning hosting services as well. The library staffs are now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. [Full Announcement].

Follett Higher Education Follett Corporation, the parent of Follett Higher Education, acquired by private investor group. Follett Corporation announced the sale of its corporate entity as well as Follett Higher Education, the company's collegiate retail and Follett ACCESS business, to a group of private investors led by Jefferson River Capital LLC. a private investment company controlled by the James family. [Full Announcement].

February 3, 2022

ByWater Solutions Yolo County Law Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Yolo County Law Library in Woodland, California is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of 14,000 plus bibliographic records from Symphony ILS with SirsiDynix. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services and HealthStream launch Healthcare Insights and Innovations Council. EBSCO Information Services and HealthStream have created the Healthcare Insights and Innovations Council, a group of 250 thought leaders, clinicians, academics, and experts, to capture and share insights on issues, opportunities and trends in the healthcare industry. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services Veterinary Source now available from EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO Information Services released a new full-text resource designed to meet the needs of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, assistants, and students of veterinary science. Veterinary Source covers all aspects of animal health care including access to research from around the world on the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury in animals. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate completes restatement of prior financial statements; Comments on 2022 financial outlook. Clarivate plc (NYSE: CLVT), a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, today announced that it filed amendments to its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and Form 10-Q's for the quarters ended March 31, June 30, and September 30, 2021. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier Reaxys to enhance chemistry patents with patent provenance for greater competitive intelligence insights. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, announced its market leading position in chemistry patent coverage and the extension of its collaboration with LexisNexis PatentSight. In March 2021, Elsevier launched its initiative to strengthen the existing patent coverage in Reaxys. The content expansion resulted in a 15-fold increase in patent coverage and ensures pharma and chemical companies and their researchers do not miss key competitive intelligence insights. [Full Announcement].

February 4, 2022

Elsevier NERL and Elsevier continue agreement and develop open access pilot. NERL, a consortium representing some of America's leading research institutions, and Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, have established a new three-year agreement. The deal provides 13 of the NERL member institutions with ScienceDirect access and pilots retroactive open access for participating institutions' authors. In 2021, a project team of NERL and Elsevier representatives established the agreement terms to ensure continued access to Elsevier's journals and support the NERL core values of transparency, sustainability, equity, reproducibility, and flexibility. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Jericho Public Library (NY) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Jericho Public Library of Jericho, New York, is launching Patron Point as its patron engagement platform to support the Library's commitment to remaining in the forefront of providing excellence in educational, informational, cultural and recreational enrichment. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation A perfect Fit: Winter Park Library, TLC, and Tech Logic team up for prestigious building project. The Library Corporation and Tech Logic congratulate Winter Park Library on the completion of their distinguished new building, designed by the renowned architect, Sir David Adjaye. The two vendors served as a single systems integrator for the library's project, providing the foundational CARL.Solution integrated library system and Tech Logic's suite of automation solutions. The building project has been nominated for the ArchDaily 2022 Building of the Year Awards. [Full Announcement].

BiblioCommons 2021 Year in Review. As we look back at the past year, we recognize more than ever before how incredible public libraries are and how critical they are in bringing communities together. Unlike 2020, 2021 was the first full year where all nations around the globe faced COVID-19 challenges every single day of the year. While the new “normal” was different for everyone, we've seen unprecedented levels of communication, collaboration, and resourcefulness at a large scale across nations and in smaller circles across communities and neighborhoods. With strength and resilience, public libraries demonstrated their agility in serving their patrons and communities. [Full Announcement].

February 7, 2022

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services releases FSTA with Full Text. EBSCO Information Services released FSTA with Full Text. This new resource provides access to full text for the leading food and nutrition science database. FSTA with Full Text includes food-focused scientific content across a host of related fields including biotechnology, food safety, omics technologies, pet foods, sport science and sustainability. FSTA with Full Text is produced in collaboration with the expert team at IFIS, the producers of FSTA. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Public libraries and colleges offer award-winning novel during US-wide Digital Book Club. Over 16,000 public libraries and colleges across the United States are participating in the latest award-winning Together We Read: US digital book club. From February 7 to 21, U.S. public library patrons and students of participating colleges can enjoy author Kirstin Valdez Quade's 2021 First Novel Prize-winning book, The Five Wounds, as an ebook and audiobook. Readers can access the digital book for free with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby reading app, and then participate in an online discussion. [Full Announcement].

PTFS Europe Newcastle City Libraries partners with PTFS Europe to give customers better access to books and e-content. Newcastle City Libraries launched the new Library Engagement Platform, Aspen, to provide the people of Newcastle with better access to books and electronic content. This pioneering, open-source discovery software is the first new platform of its type in years and is supported and hosted by PTFS Europe. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate announces $1 Billion share repurchase program. Clarivate announced that its Board of Directors has approved the purchase of up to $1.0 billion of the Company's ordinary shares through open-market purchases, to be executed through December 31, 2023. The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $1.3125 per share on its 5.25% Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Shares, payable in cash on March 1, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2022. [Full Announcement].

February 8, 2022

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Clinical Decisions Resource DynaMed named 2022 Best in KLAS for Clinical Decision Support. DynaMed, an EBSCO Clinical Decisions resource, is named the top performing point-of-care clinical reference tool in the 2022 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report. KLAS, a research firm that specializes in monitoring and reporting the performance of health care vendors, found that DynaMed is ranked the number one clinical decision support point-of-care reference tool among health care organizations. This is the second consecutive year that DynaMed is ranked the number one clinical decision support point-of-care reference tool, and the fourth year the tool has been included in the Best in KLAS: Software and Services Report. [Full Announcement].

Open Library Foundation The Open Library Foundation Names First Open Source Project to its Project Incubation Program. The Open Library Foundation has invited the Library Data Platform (LDP) to be the first open source project to participate in its Project Incubation Program. The program is designed to support early-stage open source projects and communities that are developing the balanced and robust mix of technology, governance, resourcing and community engagement required to be self-sustaining. [Full Announcement].

NISO Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) Formalized as ANSI/NISO Standard. The National Information Standards Organization announces its publication of the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) as an ANSI/NISO standard, Z39.104-2022. The taxonomy, which was originally developed in 2014, describes 14 roles that represent the typical range of contributors to scientific scholarly outputs, and that can be used to enable recognition and facilitate transparency to the myriad contributions to research in our increasingly networked scholarly ecosystem. CRediT is already in use by more than 50 organizations, a majority of which are scholarly publishers, collectively representing thousands of journals. [Full Announcement].

February 9, 2022

Softlink Information Centres The House of Commons Library Chooses Softlink IC's illumin. Softlink Information Centres announced that the House of Commons Library recently selected illumin as their customer requests and enquiries management system. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 22.02.00 Release. ByWater Solutions announce the Aspen Discovery 22.02 release, including many search enhancements, improvements to all of ILS integrations with a focus on Evergreen. Aspen LiDA includes groundwork to make it available to individual libraries and consortia, allowing them to create their own branded app specific to their library. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Blount County Public Library (TN) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Blount County Public Library in Maryville, TN, has selected its patron engagement platform to support their mission to empower residents to think, act and aspire by providing opportunities to connect to their community, participate in lifelong learning, and explore the world at large. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Ex Libris campusM Mobile App and Web Portal Now Live at The University of Southern Mississippi. Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, announce that The University of Southern Mississippi has gone live with the Ex Libris campusM mobile app and web portal. [Full Announcement].

Draft2Digital Draft2Digital to acquire Smashwords, creating self-publishing juggernaut. Draft2Digital, LLC and Smashwords, Inc., two pioneers in ebook self-publishing, today announced that Draft2Digital will acquire Smashwords. The acquisition unites the industry's two most innovative and author-friendly publishing platforms into one, enabling the new Draft2Digital to drive even greater success for authors, publishers, and sales partners. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Thousand Oaks Library joins Vega Engagement Development Partner Program. Innovative, part of Clarivate and leading global provider of library software, announced today that Thousand Oaks Library has joined the Vega Development Partner program. [Full Announcement].

February 10, 2022

NISO NISO Publishes E-Book Metadata Recommended Practice. NISO Recommended Practice, E-Book Bibliographic Metadata Requirements in the Sale, Publication, Discovery, Delivery, and Preservation Supply Chain (NISO RP-29-2022) has been published. This document, prepared by the E-Book Metadata Working Group and approved by the NISO Information Creation & Curation Topic Committee, incorporates feedback received from publishers, retailers, libraries, service providers, preservation agencies, and others who are using e-book metadata. [Full Announcement].

PTFS Europe Sefton Libraries partners with PTFS Europe to give customers better access to books and e-content. he people of Sefton have immediate access to a wealth of information using brand new technology as Sefton Libraries launched the new Library Engagement Platform, Aspen today. Aspen provides the people of Sefton with better access to books and electronic content. This pioneering, open-source discovery software is the first new platform of its type in years and is supported and hosted by PTFS Europe. [Full Announcement].

MOBIUS MOBIUS migrates Sampson-Clinton Public Library System to NC Cardinal Consortium. MOBIUS announced that the Sampson-Clinton Public Library System migrated and went live as a member of the NC Cardinal consortium, which utilizes the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS), on December 9, 2021. [Full Announcement].

February 11, 2022

Patron Point Bossier Parish Libraries (LA) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Bossier Parish Libraries of Bossier City, LA, has selected its patron engagement platform to bolster its vision to support the changing needs of Bossier Parish by being a safe and inviting haven for all, fostering education and literacy, encouraging personal growth, inspiring curiosity and building connections that strengthen its community. [Full Announcement].

Unique Management Services Calvert Library Strengthens Suite of Unique Services. Calvert library has added Chat and Phone support by Unique, supplementing their existing Gentle Nudge and Print Notification subscriptions. The Washington D.C. area library has been a longtime Unique partner library, harnessing the power of Unique's proven services for over 20 years. [Full Announcement].

February 14, 2022

ProQuest ProQuest Black Studies combines newspapers, archival collections and journals in a single, browsable destination. EdTech leader ProQuest, part of Clarivate, today announced the launch of ProQuest Black Studies, a browsable collection of curated sources on the history and lives of Black Americans, for use in classrooms and research. This new resource covers several centuries of history, from the colonial era to recent times. At launch, it includes 10 major historical Black newspapers, 120 archival collections and 120 full-text journals, video, and faculty essays all centered on Black studies. It is available as a subscription for academic libraries on the ProQuest platform. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier Cassyni and Elsevier partner to launch next-generation seminar series for journals. Cassyni, the virtual and hybrid academic seminar platform, has partnered with the publisher Elsevier to launch seminar series across their portfolio of physics journals. Seminars will be associated with recent journal papers, selected by editors as being particularly innovative and impactful. Launch journals include Journal of Computational Physics and Computer Physics Communications. [Full Announcement].

Wiley BTAA and Wiley announce open access publishing pilot. The Big Ten Academic Alliance announced an agreement with global research and education leader Wiley for a one-year contract extension with an open access option, as a pilot in collective action toward the Big Collection. The agreement enables researchers at 13 participating flagship universities and 17 affiliated campuses to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley's hybrid open access journals, for an estimated more than 2,700 open access articles in 2022. [Full Announcement].

Third Iron Third Iron integrates Retraction Watch data. Third Iron, LLC, a leading information technology company developing innovative services for libraries, publishers, and their users, announced the integration of article retraction data provided by Retraction Watch into their LibKey and BrowZine services. Users of BrowZine and LibKey are informed of an article's retracted status when they view it in BrowZine, when they find it in library services like databases and discovery platforms, or when the article is found searching open websites like PubMed and Wikipedia. [Full Announcement].

California Digital Library UC Davis Library and California Digital Library launch project to explore expanded lending of digitized books. Digitized books have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for university libraries and scholars, the first 18 months of the pandemic threw their value into sharp relief. As campuses across the country closed, many libraries began offering expanded access to digital versions of the print books in their collections as an emergency measure, driving ebook use to new heights and unexpectedly launching a large-scale experiment in online scholarship. [Full Announcement].

February 15, 2022

Kortext Kortext secures former Pearson President of Global Online Learning and Pearson UK as newest Board advisor. Kortext announced that Rod Bristow has joined the UK's no.1 student learning content and engagement platform provider as an advisor to the Kortext Board. [Full Announcement].

American Library Association ALA names Jim Neal Honorary Member. The American Library Associatio Council elected former ALA President and Treasurer Jim Neal to honorary membership in the association, the ALA's highest honor, during the virtual 2022 Library Learning Experience. Honorary membership is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship. [Full Announcement].

February 16, 2022

Clarivate Clarivate Opens Applications for the Eugene Garfield Award for Innovation in Citation Analysis 2022. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, today opened applications for The Eugene Garfield Award, which recognizes early-career scientists working on innovative approaches in citation analysis. The award was launched in 2017 and has an unrestricted prize of $25,000. As a part of the company's mission to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity, this year Clarivate is actively seeking submissions from researchers in emerging nations and especially from African, Middle Eastern, and Southeast and Western Asian countries. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point OC Public Libraries (CA) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced OC Public Libraries (OCPL), in Santa Ana, California, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to empower and enrich their communities. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO introduces EBSCO Essentials a new starting point for users to search EBSCO content and connect to their libraries. EBSCO Information Services has created a way for any user to search EBSCO content even before they authenticate to their libraries and institutions. EBSCO Essentials is a way to reach more users –– users who typically begin their research on the open web. The site also introduces EBSCO resources to searchers who may not realize the depth and breadth of content available from the libraries and other institutions with which they are affiliated. EBSCO Essentials is similar to traditional library guest access and allows users to search EBSCO resources and gain access to full-text materials available via Open Access, while also being able to create personal accounts to save searches. The site is designed to help users who are conducting research online find better results by making it easier for those users to affiliate with and authenticate into libraries and institutions. Once users find EBSCO results, they will be able to affiliate with their institutions and authenticate. Once authenticated, users will be able to access additional full-text content provided by their libraries –– showcasing the value of libraries and prompting an increase in library usage. With new features and functionality to better assist users in finding and affiliating with their library, EBSCO Essentials is a streamlined way for end users to more easily discover and utilize the tremendous resources available through their libraries. [Full Announcement].

February 17, 2022

Solus SOLUS offers consortia-friendly app within an app mobile option. SOLUS announced the growing deployment of consortia “templates”, essentially an app-within-an-app, for member libraries within a consortium. A unique-to-the-SOLUS-mobile app is its ability to support consortium subscriptions, and then allow member libraries to have their own template, akin to an app-within-an-app. These templates then link to the master subscription – but at a fraction of the price of another stand-alone subscription. [Full Announcement].

February 18, 2022

Softlink Information Centres Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea goes live with Liberty Integrated Library Management System. Softlink Information Centres announced the Ombudsman Commission of Papua New Guinea is now live with Liberty as their Integrated Library Management System. The commission is focused on the delivery of good governance and quality leadership. The decision to install a world-class ILMS such as Liberty, supported by Softlink IC, reflects their commitment to sharing knowledge and information across the public sector. [Full Announcement].

TIND Charlotte Mecklenburg Library selects TIND Digital Archive. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has selected TIND DA, migrating more than 15,000 historical images from a locally developed DAM solution. TIND DA will also be home to forthcoming digitization projects, including the digitization of the local newspaper. Excellent user experience and powerful metadata editing tools are mentioned among the key reasons for selecting TIND DA. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point SEO (OH) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that the SEO (Serving Every Ohioan) Consortium has selected its patron engagement platform to support its member libraries' communication efforts to their patrons. [Full Announcement].

OCLC Complutense University of Madrid extends partnership with OCLC. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, one of the oldest universities in the world and among the top universities in Spain, is extending its partnership and commitment to OCLC's shared platform and services. The university uses OCLC's WorldShare Management Services and is also using Tipasa, the cloud-based interlibrary loan management system. [Full Announcement].

February 21, 2022

Equinox Equinox Announces 2022 CORAL Online Summit. Equinox Open Library Initiative is excited to announce that the 2022 CORAL Online Summit will be held on May 18, 2022. This free event is open to current users of CORAL and everyone interested in learning about the CORAL open source electronic management system. The CORAL Online Summit offers the opportunity to make connections, share experiences, and discuss best practices with the CORAL community. Presenters will cover topics related to how CORAL is used in public, academic, and special libraries. Registration is now open: Proposals for short talks (10-20 minutes) are being accepted now through March 7, 2022 [Full Announcement].

February 22, 2022

ByWater Solutions Norwood Schools join CLiC and chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that CLiC has added Norwood Elementary and High School in Norwood, Colorado to their consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS and Aspen Discovery for their catalog. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions at Tennessee Library Association 2022 Annual Conference. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the team will be heading to the 2022 Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference from Tuesday, April 12 - Thursday, April 14, 2022 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, TN. [Full Announcement].

Lyrasis Celebrating 7 Years of Service, LYRASIS CEO to Transition at End of June 2022. Following seven years of service, Robert Miller, the Chief Executive Officer of LYRASIS, a leading non-profit member organization serving and supporting libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations globally, will be leaving the organization as of June 30, 2022. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Axiell's Film Archive Collections Management software chosen by Eye Filmmuseum. Axiell, the world's leading software and services provider for the cultural sector, announces that Eye Filmmuseum has chosen Axiell's collections management platform, Axiell Collections, to manage their vast collection to the international EN 15907 film archive standard. The Archive has also chosen two integrated Axiell Collections add-on products to deepen their use of the system. Axiell Move will be used to handle object movements across their storage facility which holds over 250,000 film cans and 600,000 other objects. Axiell's Collections Online offering will be used to create an intranet that facilitates internal search and reading requests for their 32,000 film books. [Full Announcement].

February 23, 2022

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to be Acquired by Veritas Capital. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with certain affiliates of Veritas Capital, a leading private investment firm, for the acquisition of the Company. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, HMH shareholders will be entitled to receive $21 in cash per share through a tender offer. The per share purchase price represents a 36% premium to the Company's unaffected share price as of January 13, 2022 and implies an equity value of approximately $2.8 billion. [Full Announcement].

OCLC Jisc and OCLC agreement to provide libraries with improved access to cataloguing services and records. Jisc and OCLC have signed an agreement meaning academic and specialist libraries across the UK will have better access to fit-for-purpose catalogue records and an enhanced ability to share and reuse bibliographic metadata. Building on the aims of Plan M to streamline the metadata marketplace in the UK, this transitional agreement, which runs until July 2022, will allow subscribing libraries to access OCLC WorldCat cataloguing services - a comprehensive database of information about library services. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Milwaukee County Federated Library System (WI) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that the Milwaukee County Federated Library System, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission of providing collaborative leadership, advocacy, and support for its member libraries. MCFLS brings high-quality resources and services to empower the capabilities and capacities of the public libraries of Milwaukee County, with the purpose of delivering responsive and innovative library services to all county residents. [Full Announcement].

JISC The Jisc/OCLC National Metadata Agreement. Jisc and OCLC have signed an agreement that means academic and specialist libraries across the UK will have better access to fit-for-purpose catalogue records, and an enhanced ability to share and reuse bibliographic metadata. Building on the aims of Plan M and the recommendations coming out of the ‘Remodelling the Library Data Marketplace‘ consultancy work, this agreement will allow subscribing libraries to access OCLC WorldCat cataloguing services, and will enable all users of the Jisc Library Hub Cataloguing service to download full OCLC records. It also increases the global visibility of subscribing libraries by enabling catalogue data to be shared with WorldCat. [Full Announcement].

Follett Higher Education The Brandr Group, Follett team up to bring player apparel and jersey sales to schools across the country. The Brandr Group, the leading group licensing agency in Name, Image and Likeness in college athletics, and Follett, the largest campus store operator in North America, announced a partnership that will bring apparel and jersey sales to schools with players who have opted in to TBG's group licensing programs across the country. A Product Example from Villanova can be found here. [Full Announcement].

February 24, 2022

Book Industry Communications BIC announces date for BIC Standard Subject Categories scheme end of life. Book Industry Communication announced its plan to make obsolete the outdated BIC Standard Subject Categories scheme (BSSC) by the end of February 2024, as it scales up efforts to encourage the UK book industry to fully adopt Thema (the international, multi-lingual subject category scheme for the global book trade) in its place. [Full Announcement].

Follett Follett Destiny Resource Manager enhanced with new 1:1 device user features. Follett School Solutions, which has been partnering with K-12 school districts to manage their assets for more than 15 years, has announced new features and capabilities within its resource management platform Follett Destiny Resource Manager. The enhancements will meet up-to-the-minute user needs, especially in response to the significant increase in 1:1 device users. [Full Announcement].

OCLC Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection (OpArt). Art libraries play a vital role in supporting art scholarship, but COVID-19 impacts have strained budgets and sustainability challenges are more acute than ever. To respond to these challenges and build institutional sustainability, art libraries will look to innovative partnerships and collaborations as one way forward. Understanding the opportunities, challenges, and potential strategies for cooperation between art, academic, and independent research libraries can help identify new collaborative models to support the continued availability of the art research collective collection. Operationalizing the Art Research Collective Collection (OpArt), an OCLC Research project, will help art libraries identify potential collaborative models to address shared sustainability barriers and consider practically what institutions will need to make these models operational. [Full Announcement].

LibLime LibLime premiers Bibliovation 7.2 at PLA 2022. LibLime will be premiering the newest functions and features inBibliovation 7.2 at the upcoming PLA 2022 Annual Conference. PLA 2022 will be held in Portland, ORand LibLime will be presenting in Booth 1053. The conference exhibits arena will be open Wednesday,March 23 to Friday, March 25 at the Oregon Convention Center. All conference attendees areencouraged to visit LibLime at Booth 1053 to see how visual searching using MARC-cataloged datadisplays using map interfaces integrated into the Discovery Layer. [Full Announcement].

ePRINTit USA ePRINTit USA acquires cloud printing solution PrinterOn from HP, Inc.. ePRINTit USA LLC., a global provider of SaaS cloud printing services announced it has acquired through a technology licensing agreement the international leader and pioneering cloud printing solution PrinterOn, owned by HP Inc. [Full Announcement].

Unique Management Services Mount Laurel adds MessageBee to Existing Services. Mount Laurel Library of southern New Jersey has added MessageBee to their existing Material Recovery services. The single-location library was recently named as the busiest municipal library in south Jersey and has been a Unique client library for over two decades. [Full Announcement].

February 25, 2022 collaborates with the University of Helsinki to enhance the research discovery operations of students, researchers and librarians.., a world leading developer of AI tools for scientific research, is moving into its fourth year of collaboration with the University of Helsinki to provide AI powered tools for an effective literature discovery & review process. The University of Helsinki started a pilot collaboration with on April 1st 2018 to test the core tools that enable searching, filtering and result list analysis. After successful evaluation, the university agreed on a continued license to foster AI literacy among students and support their research needs with the state-of-the-art technology. Thus, the Helsinki University Library acts as an innovation hub that attracts a lot of students and patrons who want to stay ahead of the curve with the AI-power research techniques. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Princeton Public Library (NJ) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Princeton Public Library, Princeton, New Jersey, has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's mission and vision to engage, inspire, educate and unite everyone in their diverse community. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Latest CARL.Solution release advances search and Discovery. The Library Corporation announced the latest release of the CARL.Solution integrated library system. Among the variety of new features and customer-driven development made in this recent release is a distinct crowd favorite: enhanced searching infrastructure of the online catalog for more relevant results of titles containing special characters, alphanumerics, and compound punctuation — both in the traditional display and in the Grouped Title display. [Full Announcement].

February 28, 2022

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Partners Awarded 2021 Texas Municipal Library Directors Association Award. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open-Source library technology support, announced that several Texas Partners were awarded the 2021 Texas Municipal Library Directors Association Award. Congratulations to the following Libraries who have been awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Libraries. [Full Announcement].

University of Wisconsin -- Madison. New facility will preserve irreplaceable library resources. UW–Madison has secured funding for a $33 million state-of-the-art shelving facility that provides the environmental controls needed to preserve its library collections. The facility, featuring preservation-level environmental conditions, will be the first for UW–Madison. It will expand the current shelving space that is nearing capacity and enable UW–Madison Libraries to preserve some of the state's most critical research materials that are part of its rare and distinctive collections. Relocation of these resources will also free up space for more modernized teaching, learning and research spaces on campus. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Vega LX data handling undergoes SOC2 examination. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Vega Library Experience (LX) platform has undergone a Service Organization Controls (SOC2) Type 1 examination of the way Vega LX handles and transmits data. Vega LX is a cloud-based platform that allows library staff to easily communicate and manage the full range of materials, programs, and services available to their community. This certification means that the methods Vega LX uses for transmitting data have been examined and meet standards set by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), which ensure organizations manage customer data properly and securely. The examination was conducted by an independent CPA firm, Schellman & Company, LLC. [Full Announcement].

LIBNOVA Preserving (digital) memory forever? LIBNOVA in the media. The newspaper El Mundo, one of the most important newspapers in Spain, has published a report on digital preservation in its Economic News pages in which echoes the work and experience of LIBNOVA. [Full Announcement].

Digital Science The University of São Paulo (USP) adopts Dimensions Analytics. The University of São Paulo, the largest and leading research academic university in Latin America and the Caribbean is rolling out university-wide access to Dimensions Analytics. [Full Announcement].

Publication Information

PublisherLibrary Technology Newsletter is published through Library Technology Guides.
Editor and primary contributor:Marshall Breeding
Date launchedJanuary 2022
Business modelopen access supported through voluntary subscription fees.