Library Technology Newsletter
Features, News and Analysis
A monthly publication of Library Technology Guides
Guidepost: The Ongoing Struggle to Defend Privacy in Libraries
Libraries uphold a strong professional ethic regarding the privacy of the individuals making use of their collections and services. The library must strive to be a safe haven where individuals can access information of any sort without the fear of reprisals. In contrast, most commercial destinations do not necessarily offer such privacy protection. Protecting user privacy adds layers of complications for libraries, both in terms of technology as well as policies and procedures.
OverDrive launches Patron Engagement Tools
OverDrive, a major provider of digital media services for libraries, has launched OverDrive Hub, a set of tools designed to provide new channels of communication with library patrons, along with additional analytics to measure use and engagement.
EBSCO Information Services Launches New Search Service
EBSCO launched a new search service designed as a starting point for research, emphasizing convenient access to open access materials. EBSCO Essentials is available to anyone regardless of affiliation. It provides a search tool for the general public that guides them to the full text of authoritative resources published as open access. The service also serves as a channel toward library-provided resources. Search results also list citations for resources restricted to subscribers. To gain access to these restricted resources, visitors can search for and connect through their library, using their library-assigned sign-in credentials.
Follett to develop tools in response to new legislation targeting K-12 Schools
Censorship of books in school and public libraries as well as demands by parent groups and new rounds of proposed and enacted legislation have caused considerable concern in the library community. The Library Bill of Rightsopens new tab articulates the basic practices and values that have been adopted by the American Library Association. Recent events present incredible challenges to libraries and to library workers as they strive to serve their communities according to well established professional values but must comply with new laws or face severe consequences. Follett School Solutionsopens new tab which offers the Destinyopens new tab library management system, is responding to requests from its library customers in states which have recently passed legislation requiring multiple forms of parental notification. These new laws require that school library and media centers implement ways for parents to be notified when their children borrow items or that block a student's ability to check out specified materials at their parent's request. These laws impose criminal or civil penalties to libraries or other district personnel that do not comply with the requirements of these laws.
Epilogue: Parental control module for Follett Destiny
The news of the planned parental control features that Follett School Solutions was considering for its Destiny library management system generated considerable controversy in the library community. Although these features were directly requested from libraries concerned with the new laws, the privacy issues loomed large. The intent of much of the new legislation presents a challenging environment for libraries. The requested controls, however, run contrary to library privacy policies and values and in most cases exceeded the specific legal requirements. Rather than go forward with these new modules, Follett stated that it will speak with those affected customers over the coming months to better understand their concerns without changing the privacy protections inherent to Destiny.
The following news announcements were issued during March 2022 by the vendors covered by Library Technology Guides. (Current news)
March 1, 2022
Waterstones. Waterstones to acquire Blackwell's. Waterstones announced that today funds advised by Elliott Advisors Limited have acquired Blackwell's, an iconic academic and specialist bookseller in the UK. This follows the acquisition of the Foyles bookshops in September 2018. [Full Announcement].
University of Electro-Communications adopts Ex Libris Alma Library Services and Primo Discovery Service to enhance access to academic resources. Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, announced that Japan's University of Electro-Communications (UEC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery solution to upgrade the university's library system. UEC is the first national university in Japan to adopt the Alma platform. [Full Announcement].
March 2, 2022
Innovative Mobile brings the power of Vega Discover to the in-app experience. Innovative, part of Clarivate and a leading global provider of library software, today announced a new release of Innovative Mobile, which includes integration with Vega Discover for a unified patron experience. Library users can now find the Vega Discover features they enjoy and expect from their online library catalog, such as work-level roll ups, within the Innovative Mobile app, giving them a seamless library experience across devices and apps. Innovative Mobile is a full-featured patron app for libraries, available on iOS and Android devices. [Full Announcement].
Shaping The Future at Evergreen Conference in June. The 2022 Evergreen International Online Conference will be held June 13 - 16, offering three days of presentations and discussions for users of the Evergreen system and those interested in finding out more about the software and its community. Registration is now open, with the early bird discount ending on April 18. Shaping the Future is the theme for this year's conference, fitting since librarians using Evergreen design and produce the open source system for the library community. [Full Announcement].
Quipu Group and TLC launch new Ecard Integration for Library.Solution customers. Quipu Group LLC, a library technology company, has partnered with The Library Corporation, a leading supplier of integrated library systems and services, to develop new patron registration and update APIs. TLC's newly created Library•Solution APIs support seamless integration with Quipu Group's eCARD online registration services, providing verified online card registration for Library.Solution customers. [Full Announcement].
LibraryCall wins National Modern Library Award. The Galecia Group announced it has received a platinum award from LibraryWorks' eighth annual Modern Library Awards for its LibraryCall project. LibraryCall helps libraries provide cost-effective phone and text-based services to libraries. LibraryCall's affordable services are designed to help libraries reach more people and address the challenges many communities faced even before the pandemic– limited access to library spaces and resources, unreliable Internet, and inadequate funding. [Full Announcement].
Boise Public Library (ID) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Boise Public Library, in Boise, Idaho, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its commitment to providing a world class experience for all members of their community. [Full Announcement].
March 3, 2022
Iris.ai and CORE cooperate to build AI Chemist. CORE and Iris.ai are extremely pleased to announce the initiation of a new research collaboration funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Discovering scientific insights about a specific topic is challenging, particularly in an area like chemistry which is one of the top-five most published fields with over 11 million publications and 307,000 patents. The team at Iris.ai have spent the last 5 years building an award-winning AI engine for scientific text understanding. Their patented algorithms for identifying text similarity, extracting tabular data and creating domain-specific entity representations mean they are world leaders in this domain. [Full Announcement].
More than 530 Springer Nature Journals now integrated with Research Square's In Review Service. Research Square's innovative In Review service has expanded to include more than 500 Springer Nature journal titles. The milestone was surpassed this week after 48 additional Springer Nature journals were integrated into the service. Authors submitting their papers to more than 530 participating Springer Nature journals benefit from sharing their research upon submission, while also increasing transparency in the peer-review process. [Full Announcement].
March 4, 2022
Arkansas State Library selects Auto-Graphics' SHAREit for resource sharing. Arkansas State Library awarded Auto-Graphics, Inc. a two-year contract for a new integrated resource sharing system and secure hybrid union catalog. Through their SHAREit product, which was the first Web-based library resource management solution in the industry, Auto-Graphics will build, host, and maintain a secure hybrid union catalog and library system-neutral resource sharing system for the state of Arkansas. The new system will allow users to search across all participating library systems in the state and request library materials using an unmediated request. [Full Announcement].
March 7, 2022
ByWater Solutions at Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2022. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that team members will be at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Fort Worth April 25-28, 2022. The annual conference will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center. [Full Announcement].
MOBIUS migrates Nantahala Regional Library to NC Cardinal Consortium. MOBIUS announced that the Nantahala Regional Library successfully migrated and went live as a member of the NC Cardinal consortium, which utilizes the Evergreen Integrated Library System, on February 24, 2022. MOBIUS performed data migration services to the Evergreen ILS as part of its MOBIUS Open Source Solutions service. MOBIUS also provides data hosting and support to the NC Cardinal consortium. [Full Announcement].
The Law Library of the Los Angeles County Counsel selects Soutron replacing EOS.Web to enhance Library Services. Soutron Global announces that the Law Library of the Los Angeles County Council has upgraded to the Soutron Library Management System from EOS.Web to serve their clients more effectively and efficiently. Part of the Executive Office of LA County, the department's law librarians maintain the collection at the Office's main library in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, in addition to three additional libraries at the World Trade Center, Dependency, and Transportation Division's locations. [Full Announcement].
Trinidad State Junior College joins CLiC and chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) has added Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado to their consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS and Aspen Discovery for their catalog. ByWater completed the transition of 43,955 records and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].
Law Library Association of St. Louis live on Koha with ByWater Solutions support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Law Library Association of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of 638 plus bibliographic records and 171 borrowers. [Full Announcement].
March 8, 2022
Libraries can now offer online users automated, personalized tours with Vega Guide for Discover from Innovative, part of Clarivate. Innovative, part of Clarivate and a leading global provider of library software, today announced the launch of Vega Guide for Discover, an additional solution available to Vega Discover libraries, to drive better patron engagement with the online catalog through customizable content and interactive tours. [Full Announcement].
Equinox announces support for VuFind. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader providing open source technologies for libraries, now offers service and support for VuFind, an open source discovery system developed and maintained by Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library. VuFind welcomes library users with an inviting, user-friendly interface and supports discovery across the entirety of library collections. VuFind's content integration delivers quick and comprehensive search results, including print and digital collections, archival collections, ebooks, research databases, and more. VuFind was built for libraries by libraries to provide a modern, accessible, open source discovery platform. VuFind is also fully customizable. [Full Announcement].
Introducing outdoor holds pickup with integrated Library Information Distribution Platform. Bibliotheca has released the new remoteLocker outdoor solution for library holds pickup and returns. Engineered with anti-corrosion steel and wiring, the new weatherproof book lockers combine the best outdoor locker hardware with Bibliotheca's Library Information Distribution Platform, uniFi+, which allows the screen to act as a digital billboard to promote library events and services. They feature lighted weatherproof awnings, an IP54 rating, and can operate in temperatures -20°F – 120°F, allowing libraries to provide patrons with access to library materials and communications in virtually any environment. [Full Announcement].
Die Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden führt als erste Bibliothek der Schweiz die Ex Libris Library Mobile App ein. Ex Libris, Part of Clarivate, freut sich bekannt zu geben, dass die Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden und ihr aus 21 weiteren Bibliotheken bestehender Bibliotheksverbund die Ex Libris Library Mobile App, powered by campusM, als ihre Bibliotheks-App ausgewählt hat. Die Kantonsbibliothek und der Bibliotheksverbund werden diese neue mobile Anwendung nutzen, um die Bindung der Nutzer:innen an die Bibliothek zu erhöhen und Zugang zu kuratierten Inhalten, Veranstaltungsinformationen, Blitzumfragen und Push-Benachrichtigungen zu bieten, die exakt auf die Interessen und spezifischen Bedürfnisse der Nutzer:innen zugeschnitten sind. Die Library Mobile App personalisiert Inhalte und zeigt aktuelle und relevante Bibliotheksinformationen auf. [Full Announcement].
Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden first library in Switzerland to adopt Ex Libris Library Mobile App. Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, announced that Switzerland's Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden and its educational network of more than 20 Grison libraries have chosen the Ex Libris Library Mobile app, powered by the campusM solution as its library smartphone solution. [Full Announcement].
Appalachian College Association libraries select OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. Twenty-seven libraries that are part of the Appalachian College Association have selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their new library services platform. The move is intended to meet current and future needs of the consortium that brings together these libraries spanning five states to collaborate and share resources. [Full Announcement].
Sora app's new curated bundles of digital comics save schools time and money. In response to educators' need for more digital content to engage students, OverDrive Education now offers popular digital comic books to schools around the world via the Sora student reading app. Schools can purchase age-appropriate and cost-effective curated bundles totaling more than 1,500 digital comic books. These titles include simultaneous use rights so all students can access titles for their age group instantly. Sora is the leading student reading app available in more than 53,000 schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].
March 9, 2022
meemoo joins the Open Preservation Foundation. The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) is pleased to welcome meemoo as our newest member. meemoo is a non-profit organisation that, with help from the Flemish Government, is committed to supporting the digital archive operations of cultural, media and government organisations. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces Aspen Discovery 22.03.00 Release. ByWater Solutions announces Aspen Discovery 22.03.00 Release, which continues work on Aspen Discovery's companion app, Aspen LiDA. The goal is to continue to increase the functionality within the app to include the most popular features available in Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].
Parsons Public Library Joins SEKLS with Koha Support from ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Parsons Public Library joined SEKLS with Koha support from ByWater Solutions. [Full Announcement].
Francisco Partners announces sale of Discovery Education. Discovery Education, a global edtech company whose digital learning software platform supports educators and improves student achievement, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Clearlake Capital Group. Upon closing of the transaction, Clearlake will become the majority shareholder while Francisco Partners will retain a minority equity stake. Scott Kinney, CEO of Discovery Education, will continue to lead the Company supported by the existing management team. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. [Full Announcement].
March 10, 2022
IMarEST selects TIND IR and TIND DA. The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has selected the TIND Institutional Repository and TIND Digital Archive. IMarEST will utilize the TIND platform to provide web-based repository access for its global membership to over 130 years published research across disciplines of marine engineering, science and technology. In addition, it will publish new content to TIND created by its membership for wider audiences and public benefit. [Full Announcement].
Wiley and OhioLINK Sign Agreement to Publish More Open Access Research. Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new two-year agreement with OhioLINK, a statewide academic library consortium for the State of Ohio in the U.S. This agreement builds on an open access pilot both institutions completed in 2020, and furthers their joint commitment to making more peer-reviewed research available to readers across the globe.OhioLINK member institutions currently enjoy access to all of Wiley's journals. The upgraded Wiley agreement grants researchers the additional ability to publish eligible articles as open access in Wiley's portfolio of more than 1,400 hybrid journals. Publishing benefits for OhioLINK authors begin in March 2022 and continue through the end of 2023. [Full Announcement].
Bibliotheca highlights sustainability, ecosystem, and virtual library at PLA 2022. Bibliotheca is bringing a host of new experiences to this year's Public Library Association Conference in Portland, OR March 23-25. After a two-year conference hiatus, Bibliotheca is coming back better than ever with a new booth featuring the entire ecosystem of Bibliotheca products, including the brand-new remoteLocker outdoor, biblio+ unlimited streaming entertainment service, and uniFi+ a digital library information distribution platform, as well as an immersive virtual library experience that makes it easier than ever to imagine what a library can be. [Full Announcement].
Longport Public Library Now Live on TLC.Go! Mobile App. The Library Corporation announced that Longport Public Library is now live with TLC.Go!, the latest mobile app solution provided by TLC in partnership with Solus UK Ltd. The Longport community of New Jersey is now able to access their library services via Android and iOS. TLC.Go! is seamlessly compatible with Longport Public Library's integrated library system, Library.Solution from TLC. [Full Announcement].
March 11, 2022
Clarivate to cease all commercial activity in Russia. Clarivate respects and supports the rule of international law and joins the global community in condemning Russia's attack on Ukraine. Given the continued aggression against Ukraine by Russian forces, Clarivate has made the decision to close its office in Russia effective immediately and we will work to cease commercial activity in Russia in the coming weeks. Clarivate will work closely with our customers to manage the impact of our actions to their business and provide them more information as our process moves forward. [Full Announcement].
Frederick County Public Libraries (MD) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Frederick County Public Libraries of Frederick, Maryland, has selected Patron Point as its patron engagement platform to support the library's goal for increasing access, connection and awareness in its community as part of the current strategic plan. [Full Announcement].
Now using Library.Solution: Organization of Watauga Libraries join TLC. The Library Corporation welcomes the Organization of Watauga Libraries with the recent implementation of Library.Solution. TLC completed the migration services from the SirsiDynix integrated library system for the multi-library organization. [Full Announcement].
TLC exhibiting at PLA Booth #1711. From March 23 to March 25, 2022, The Library Corporation invites PLA conference attendees to visit Booth #1711. TLC will showcase their modern integrated library systems: Library.Solution and CARL.Solution. Other offerings will include the TLC•Cloud Services hosting platform via Oracle, web-based reporting via IBM Cognos, and new TLC.Go! library mobile app option via Solus UK Ltd. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services' Oliver Pesch is Awarded NISO Fellow Award. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) Chief Product Strategist Oliver Pesch received the NISO Fellow Award. Oliver was selected by the NISO Board of Directors in recognition of his lifetime of achievement and engagement in standards and development. He was recognized based on his work in the areas of electronic resource management, improving electronic access to content at nearly every institution and at most electronic publishers. [Full Announcement].
March 15, 2022
New pilot open access agreement between the University of California and Wiley. The University of California announced that as of March 15, corresponding authors at all ten UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who publish open access articles in Wiley journals will receive a 15 percent discount on the open access fee as part of a new pilot agreement UC has negotiated with the publisher. [Full Announcement].
University of California and Wiley Partner to Publish More Open Access Research. The University of California and Wiley announced an innovative one-year open access agreement pilot for 2022 that will make more of the University's research available to read and share worldwide. The agreement brings together UC, which generates nearly 10 percent of all U.S. research output, and Wiley, which publishes nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, to advance a sustainable transition to open access. [Full Announcement].
International law firm Clark Hill selects Soutron to help simplify library operations, replacing legacy system EOS.Web from SirsiDynix. International library, archives, information, and knowledge management solutions market leader Soutron Global announces that the law firm Clark Hill has selected the Soutron library management system to help manage their accelerated move to digital materials and to simplify their library operations. The firm moved from EOS.Web, a legacy library product from SirsiDynix. [Full Announcement].
Harvard Library endorses new action plan for Diamond Open Access. Harvard Library is pleased to be among the first university libraries to endorse the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access published last week. Some open access journals cover their expenses through author-side fees called article processing charges, which function as barriers to authors who cannot find funding. Diamond OA journals do not charge APCs, and are as open on the author side as they are the reader side. Because they exclude no authors on economic grounds, they are an essential part of a more inclusive and equitable system of scholarly communication. [Full Announcement].
Equinox presents at Camp ER&L: Electronic Resources and Libraries 2022 Virtual Conference. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is pleased to present at this year's Camp ER&L, the Electronic Resources and Libraries 2022 Virtual Conference, which runs from March 14, 2022 to March 17, 2022. Lisa Carlucci, Angela Kilsdonk, and John Yorio will be presenting “CORAL ERM for Public & Academic Libraries: Low Risk, High Reward,” featuring CORAL ERM, the open source electronic resource management system used by libraries worldwide. [Full Announcement].
FIR e. V. at RWTH Aachen University implements Koha with support from Admin Kuhn. The library of the Forschungsinstitut für Rationalisierung e. V. an der RWTH Aachen goes live on Koha with Admin Kuhn. [Admin Kuhn] Admin Kuhn, a Swiss Koha support company, announced today that the library of the Forschungsinstitut für Rationalisierung e. V. an der RWTH Aachen, Germany, is now live on Koha! Admin Kuhn completed the transition of the library's 62'700 holdings from Allegro-C as well as authority data for persons, corporations and subjects. [Full Announcement].
March 16, 2022
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District winner of Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has been selected to receive the 2022 ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award. The award, sponsored by the American Library Association and Information Today annually recognizes innovative planning, application, or development of focused patron support relating to information technology in libraries and is given to an individual library or library consortium, group, or support organization. [Full Announcement].
OverDrive announces new communication services to empower libraries. OverDrive announced new custom outreach tools, data reporting dashboards and catalog management services to empower librarians to reach and engage patrons more efficiently. The “OverDrive Hub” will extend the market-leading suite of tools already serving the world's libraries from OverDrive Marketplace and the Libby app with the introduction of Newsroom and The Loop. These tools will be released in phases, with the first to come later this year. [Full Announcement].
March 17, 2022
Springshare Joins IMS Global and its LTI Alliance. Springshare announced that it has joined IMS Global, the worldwide non-profit collaborative dedicated to edtech interoperability, innovation, and learning impact. Springshare's newest iteration of the LTI module supports the LTI 1.3 protocol, which contains additional security features. Joining IMS Global and adhering to its specific standards will allow Springshare customers to move through the integration process quickly and smoothly. [Full Announcement].
Wyoming Libraries launch new statewide advocacy program. The Wyoming Library Association, EveryLibrary, and the EveryLibrary Institute are pleased to announce a new advocacy partnership program to benefit libraries across Wyoming. The partnership is focused on building new and more positive visibility for libraries in communities, schools, and campuses in every corner of Wyoming. The partnership program will include the development of a public-facing digital advocacy and outreach campaign, training and support for library leaders on communications and partnerships, and new systems of support for association policy and funding priorities. [Full Announcement].
March 18, 2022
Lexington Public Library (KY) to launch Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Lexington Public Library, in Lexington, Kentucky, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to connect people, inspire ideas and transform lives and will launch the service later this year. [Full Announcement].
March 21, 2022
Frederiksberg Public Library has become the 10th Danish Public Library to adapt IMMS. Lyngsoe Systems announced that Frederiksberg Public Library has become the 10th Danish Public Library to adapt IMMS [Full Announcement].
EnvisionWare announces an extensive line of new self-service solutions to debut at PLA. EnvisionWare announced that the company will unveil and advanced line-up of new and newly released hardware and software at the PLA conference in Portland. [Full Announcement].
March 22, 2022
Soutron Discovery improves document delivery with Reprints Desk integration. Soutron Global announced that their global search Discovery solution has been integrated with Reprints Desk to provide one-click access to scientific papers. The Soutron Discovery platform provides access to multiple document databases from a single search, eliminating the need to sign on to each database individually, providing a one-stop search portal. Users of Discovery save time and effort in their quests to find relevant, authoritative information that drives value and innovation for their organizations. Now, with Reprints Desk integration, if access to the full text of a document is not available locally due to internal policies or by design, but is available from an outside vendor, a link to that outside resource is displayed and the user can then request access from that resource by initiating a document delivery request. [Full Announcement].
Innovative expands Patron Engagement offering with Digital Marketing and Event Management Solutions. Innovative, part of Clarivate announced the expansion of the Vega Library Experience platform for better patron engagement through Vega Promote for digital marketing and Vega Program for event and room management. Both have been designed specifically for public libraries, with input from librarians. Vega LX is a cloud-based suite of solutions that works to create more personalized interactions between libraries and their patrons. [Full Announcement].
New agreements in the US advance Cambridge's open access publishing goals. Transformative agreements with both the NERL and OhioLINK library consortia will support researchers at dozens more US universities and higher education institutions to publish their findings open access in Cambridge journals. [Full Announcement].
Atlas announces release of ILLiad v9.2. Atlas Systems announced the release of ILLiad version 9.2. This major version release includes support for Integrated SAML Setup with Single Sign-On Support, Chromium/Edge Enhancements, DOCLINE Script Updates, OCLC Web Service Updates, CCC API Updates, ILLiad API Enhancements, and more. [Full Announcement].
March 23, 2022
Iris.ai launches the Researcher Workspace: AI powered tool suite improving research document processing for R&D. Iris.ai, developer of AI tools for processing scientific research, launches a new platform – the Researcher Workspace. The purpose of this comprehensive suite of tools is to help researchers in industry and academia, librarians and students follow their own research process. Modules include a visual content based search, analysis of document sets, extracting and systematizing data points, automatically writing summaries of multiple documents – and very powerful filters based on context descriptions, the machine's analysis, or specific data points or entities. [Full Announcement].
Research Libraries UK becomes a supporter of the Technician Commitment. Research Libraries UK is delighted to announce its support of the Technician Commitment, a university and research institution initiative which aims to ensure visibility, recognition, career development, and sustainability for technicians working in higher education and research in all disciplines. [Full Announcement].
Stewarding ex-CASRAI assets for the future: A joint statement from CODATA, euroCRIS, and NISO. CODATA, euroCRIS, and NISO are pleased to confirm arrangements for the future of selected key resources from the former CASRAI organisation. CASRAI as an organisation has ceased to exist. Before the organisation was closed down, CODATA, euroCRIS, and NISO were each approached to steward selected CASRAI resources of value to the research data, research information and information standards communities. [Full Announcement].
Sustainable Libraries initiative releases updated Road Map to Sustainability mobile app with support from OCLC. With support from OCLC, the Sustainable Libraries Initiative has released an updated, mobile app version of their ‘Road Map to Sustainability' for Android and iOS users. This mobile app is a portable, interactive version of their award-winning ‘Roadmap to Sustainability' that has been recognized by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions through their “Green Library” award. This was the first project from a library in the United States to receive such a distinction. The Sustainable Libraries Initiative's ‘Road Map to Sustainability' is a guided journal to help library leaders envision how their organization can use the concepts of triple bottom line sustainability to inspire change within their library and become leaders in their community. [Full Announcement].
LibraryCall partners with Tolteca Press. LibraryCall announced, as part of its ongoing effort to reflect and honor the diversity of all children and families, a new partnership with San Diego-based publisher Tolteca Press. Tolteca Press is dedicated to preserving and teaching the cultural heritage of Chicano-Mexicano communities of the Southwestern region of the U.S. [Full Announcement].
Axiell's EMu Collections Management Software chosen by second University of Arizona division. Axiell, the world's leading software and services provider for the cultural sector, today announces the expansion of its EMu Collections Management System within the University of Arizona. The Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum joins Arizona State Museum as a fellow EMu user within the University of Arizona. EMu has gained international acclaim with natural history institutions for it's flexible and comprehensive management of multidisciplinary collections. The adoption of EMu will further establish the Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum as a world class institution focused on digital innovation to power mineral and gem education and outreach. [Full Announcement].
March 24, 2022
Jisc response to the Elsevier open access agreement. UK universities have reached a three-year agreement with Elsevier providing both unlimited open access publishing and access to paywalled journal articles for a significant reduction on current institutional spend. [Full Announcement].
St. Louis County Library. St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library launch shared catalog. St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library have launched a shared integrated library system, providing library cardholders access to nearly 5 million items. [Full Announcement].
March 25, 2022
Project COUNTER releases new media library in partnership with Cadmore Media. Project COUNTER has a new multimedia website designed to help users navigate their educational resources. Whether new to COUNTER and looking for introductory materials or an experienced user looking for help with a specific question, the user journeys are a guide through getting started, journals and ebooks, platform and databases, and strategy. There is also a user journey designed specifically for content providers seeking to ensure COUNTER compliance. [Full Announcement].
IOP Publishing strikes a new unlimited open access agreement with Max Planck Society. IOP Publishing has established a new, unlimited, transformative open access agreement with the Max Planck Society, taking an important step forward in the transition of its journals to open access. The three-year agreement, which brings significant advances on their previous agreement, lifts all limitations for Max Planck authors, enabling them to publish all of their articles accepted for publication in IOPP's full portfolio of 18 fully OA journals and 56 hybrid OA titles openly, with no author-facing APCs. [Full Announcement].
Lora M. Robins Library goes live on Bibliovation 7.2. The Lora M. Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has migrated to the Bibliovation 7.2 Library Services Platform. The Library is now using Bibliovation to provide collection maintenance and library services for their gardening, botany, horticulture, and landscaping collections. The Library is now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution hosted by LibLime in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. [Full Announcement].
Censored Authors Speak: A round table discussion about book banning in America hosted by nonprofit EveryLibrary on April 6th. Book banning efforts are on the rise in America. Across the country, school and community libraries are facing challenges to books about sexual and racial identity. To address this issue, EveryLibrary will host a roundtable discussion on April 6. The title of the discussion is: Censored Authors Speak: A round table discussion about book banning in America. [Full Announcement].
March 28, 2022
Clarivate commits to #StandWithUkraine with launch of Resource Center for Displaced Researchers . Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, launched a package of valuable Clarivate resources of software tools, information and insights to support displaced researchers from Ukraine. The resource center also contains news and content to help raise the profile, knowledge and understanding of Ukraine across the world. The launch of these resources follows the statement made by Clarivate, that it will cease all commercial activities in Russia, issued March 11. [Full Announcement].
March 29, 2022
Gale Primary Sources release new archives dedicated to underrepresented histories. Gale, part of Cengage Group, is supporting academic initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion with the release of six new archives on the Gale Primary Sources platform. These archives explore the stories of LGBTQ+ communities worldwide, women, Native Americans and other underrepresented communities. Gale Primary Sources provide librarians, students and scholars with historical context on controversial issues from a wide range of perspectives underscoring how the past has shaped today's political and civil rights movements across the globe. [Full Announcement].
March 30, 2022
Clarivate launches new report on the research profile of central Europe. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, today launches a new Global Research Report from the Institute for Scientific Information which outlines the research landscape of eleven countries across Central Europe -- identifying rapidly maturing research networks. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions at 2022 Florida Library Association 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 Florida Library Association Annual Conference from May 23-25 to "Reset and Reconnect" with library partners, colleagues, and friends at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Florida. [Full Announcement].
March 31, 2022
Questionmark chooses Naseej as partner in MENA and GCC. As part of its ongoing efforts to provide top-quality testing and assessment services and technologies that will enable institutions and individuals to achieve their goals and objectives, Questionmark has chosen to partner with Naseej for Communication and Information Technology – the regional leader in knowledge management solutions and services – in the Middle East, GCC and North Africa. Under the agreement, Naseej has the right to distribute and sell Questionmark's solutions to regional clients. [Full Announcement].
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|Editor and primary contributor:||Marshall Breeding|
|Date launched||January 2022|
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