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Volume 1 Number 06 (June 2022)


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Disruption in the library bibliographic services arena
Bibliographic services represent a critical component of the library information ecosystem. Since the earlies phases of library automation, many vendors and organizations have developed processes to enable libraries to create records to describe items in their collections and to share them among peer institutions to avoid redundant efforts. OCLC's WorldCat and its Cataloging and Metadata Services represent the culmination of many of efforts into a global ecosystem for bibliographic records and authority control. Though OCLC ranks as the dominant provider, other services are available and new initiatives are underway. How libraries create and share the records that describe collection items has recently erupted into controversy. Two major industry giants are now pitted against each other in a legal dispute over accusations of anti-competitive business practices and on the extent to which bibliographic records can be shared among libraries.
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OCLC sues Clarivate over MetaDoor and its use of WorldCat records
OCLC filed a lawsuit against Clarivate and its subsidiaries demanding that Ex Libris cease promoting MetaDoor in a way that causes its member libraries to violate policies and contracts related to records in WorldCat. The complaint, filed on June 13, 2022, claims that Ex Libris is prompting OCLC members to share collection data that includes WorldCat records to MetaDoor in a way that violates OCLC policies and the terms of subscription contracts. OCLC asserts that MetaDoor takes unfair advantage of its long history of building WorldCat as a near-comprehensive bibliographic database. Further, OCLC states that Ex Libris offering MetaDoor as a free service is an anticompetitive strategy that endangers its very existence. This article presents the basic statements related to the complaint without opinion or commentary.
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MetaDoor: a new bibliographic service for libraries to be offered by Ex Libris
Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, is developing a new metadata platform for libraries, branded as MetaDoor. This new platform will differ from existing bibliographic utilities. Instead of building a massive repository of bibliographic records, the service is based on indexing and artificial intelligence technologies to identify records residing in the integrated library systems or library services platforms of participating institutions that can be shared with other libraries for copy cataloging or record enhancement.
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BTCat: a new bibliographic service from Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor launched its new BTCat cataloging service at the Public Library Association conference in March 2022. BTCat offers a full-featured cataloging service including a large-scale database of bibliographic records and a sophisticated interface. Libraries can also purchase professional services for custom projects.
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The current landscape of bibliographic services for libraries
Libraries make use of bibliographic services to facilitate the process of describing materials in their collection. These services provide bibliographic records in MARC format that can be loaded or imported into the library's catalog saving considerable effort compared to creating each record anew. The vast majority of library materials acquired have been previously described. Bibliographic services bring efficiencies to the broader cataloging community, enabling catalogers to focus on previously undescribed materials or on enhancing existing records. The landscape of bibliographic services for libraries is narrow. Some of the options available in previous phases of the industry have consolidated into other organizations. New services have emerged in this arena recently, including BTCat from Baker & Taylor, and MetaDoor, a proposed new service from Ex Libris.
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Press Releases issued during June 2022

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

June 1, 2022

Lyrasis LYRASIS and The Palace Project announce the addition of OverDrive titles, transforming the landscape of eBook Access for libraries and patrons. LYRASIS, a global nonprofit committed to increasing equitable access to knowledge, and The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content and services, announced that OverDrive content will soon be available in the Palace app. This addition will bring the largest provider of library ebooks into The Palace Project platform, allowing libraries to deliver the majority of their ebooks and audiobooks from multiple vendors through a single app. [Full Announcement].

BARATZ Baratz presenta su nueva identidad corporativa. Desde el nacimiento de Baratz y la creación del Sistema Integrado de Gestión Bibliotecaria Absys han pasado algo más de tres décadas. Años por los cuales la empresa de desarrollo e implementación de software ha ido creciendo a través de diferentes etapas, equipos, soluciones y proyectos. Ahora habría que sumar un nuevo hito en la historia de Baratz al presentar públicamente su nueva identidad visual corporativa. Un rediseño que mantiene la esencia de la organización y atiende a una necesidad de adaptación visual, tecnológica y empresarial. [Full Announcement].

TIND The Folger Shakespeare Library goes live on TIND ILS. The Folger Shakespeare Library has successfully migrated from Voyager ILS to the TIND Integrated Library System. [Full Announcement].

Galecia Group LibraryCall welcomes Stephaney Cortes Alvarado. LibraryCall announced the addition of Stephaney Cortes Alvarado to its growing content development team. Cortes Alvarado will be responsible for Spanish translations and original stories. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Bedford Public Library System (VA) launches TLC.Go! Mobile App. The Library Corporation announced that Bedford Public Library System is now live with TLC.Go! — the latest mobile app solution provided by TLC. BPLS is able to offer library services via Android and iOS to its community in and around Bedford, Virginia. TLC.Go! provides a seamless connection to BPLS's integrated library system, Library.Solution. [Full Announcement].

TIND Folger Launches New Online Library Catalog - First in 25 Years. Folger Shakespeare Library has launched a new online catalog to serve scholars, authors, artists, students, teachers, Shakespeare enthusiasts, and others interested in accessing the Folger collection which includes the world's largest Shakespeare collection and one of the world's three largest collections of early English books (1475-1640) and the 6th largest collection of titles from 1641-1700. It is also a resource for librarians referring to its bibliographic data to learn more about how to catalog rare materials. The Folger's new catalog is powered by the TIND Integrated Library System. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Luxer One showcases integration with Ex Libris at the California Library Association Conference. Luxer One, the United States' leading manufacturer of package management systems and smart contactless lockers, announces that it is showcasing its integration with Ex Libris Alma cloud-based library services platform and exhibiting its locker solutions at the California Library Association Conference. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation TLC exhibiting at California Library Association Booth #111. The Library Corporation invites attendees of CLA to visit Booth #111. The annual California Library Association conference will take place June 2-4, 2022, in Sacramento, CA. TLC will demo its latest library mobile app and award-winning modern integrated library systems. Attendees can also learn more about cloud hosting and TLC's vendor-agnostic cataloging services. [Full Announcement].

Annual Reviews Nonprofit Publisher Annual Reviews acquires The Charleston Advisor. Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews has acquired The Charleston Advisor, a widely used and respected collection development tool. Founded in July 1999, The Charleston Advisor publishes detailed product reviews of proprietary and freely available web-based resources for the library market. Reviewed product types include databases, pricing tools, scholarly journals, collections. [Full Announcement].

June 2, 2022

Elsevier Oable incorporates all of Elsevier's Journals. Elsevier is establishing a pilot with Oable, the open access workflow management solution developed by Knowledge Unlatched, to simplify the librarian approval workflow for open access publishing. Oable supports libraries in managing their OA activities across publishers, including different types of commercial agreements and products. The new partnership will be piloted with select institutions with the aim of streamlining transactions and reducing the administrative burden on librarians and university officials. This means librarians for the institutions participating in the pilot will be able to manage their OA agreements and arrangements for all Elsevier journals through the Oable platform. [Full Announcement].

Lyrasis The Palace Project launches new platform and app to enable equitable econtent access. The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content and services, announced its official launch . Informed by librarians and supported by a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment from the Knight Foundation, The Palace Project is an easy-to-use platform for the management and delivery of ebooks, audiobooks and other econtent and puts libraries at the center of their communities' digital experience. The Palace Project's open-source system empowers librarians to manage collections, hosting and circulation in a single app, while protecting patron privacy and strengthening libraries' direct relationships with their patrons. The Palace App, available for iOS and Android, allows libraries to serve all their econtent—from all major vendors including OverDrive, Baker and Taylor, Bibliotheca, and Bibliolabs—to patrons in one easy-to-use interface. [Full Announcement].

Atlas Systems, Inc. The University of California San Francisco is now live with Aeon. The Archives and Special Collections at the University of California San Francisco Kalmanovitz Library is now live using Aeon to manage reader requests and staff workflows for their archives and manuscripts. Located on the Parnassus campus in San Francisco, California, the Kalmanovitz Library joins more than 100 institutions using Aeon in production. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox welcomes the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence to Koha ILS. Equinox Open Library Initiative announced the addition of the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence's Lending Library to Koha ILS, an open source integrated library system used by libraries worldwide. OCALI is part of the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. [Full Announcement].

June 3, 2022

LibLime LibLime presents The Bibliovation Library Services Platform at ALA. LibLime invites attendees of the ALA Annual Conference to one of three exclusive presentations of the Bibliovation Library Service Platform delivered by librarians from the South Central Library System. Since 2008, SCLS librarians have helped LibLime design and deploy one of the best circulation subsystems for supporting consortium use of union catalogs. [Full Announcement].

June 6, 2022

ByWater Solutions Memphis University School goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Memphis University School Joseph R. Hyde, Jr. Library Learning Center is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of 36,000 plus bibliographic records. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for North Olympic Library System. ByWater Solutions announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the North Olympic Library System in Washington. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions exhibit presentations at ALA 2022. ByWater Solutions announced the schedule for exhibit presentations at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The conference will take place from June 24–27! The event will be held at the Walter E Convention Center. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox Sponsors the 2022 Evergreen International Online Conference. Equinox Open Library Initiative supports the 2022 Evergreen International Online Conference as a Champion Level Sponsor. The theme for this year's conference is “Shaping The Future.” Equinox staff will present nine sessions throughout the conference, which takes place from June 14-16, 2022. Pre-conference presentations will take place on June 13, 2022. [Full Announcement].

June 7, 2022

Soutron Global Soutron to release client-driven update for Library and Knowledge Management, Archives, and Record Information Management. International library, archives, information, and knowledge management solutions market leader Soutron Global announces they will soon be releasing a completely reengineered, Thesaurus module. This release is the first in a series of anticipated upgrades for the cloud-based Library, Archive, Knowledge, and Record Information Management special library solutions provider. [Full Announcement].

Coherent Digital Coherent Digital acquires the Index to Current Urban Documents Database. Coherent Digital has acquired Index to Current Urban Documents from ILM Corporation. Index to Current Urban Documents contains more than 5 million pages of reports and research statistics published since 1972 by local government agencies, civic organizations, research organizations, public libraries, and metropolitan and regional planning agencies in hundreds of major North American cities. Coherent Digital will relaunch the database as Policy Commons: Cities, a new sister product to the Policy Commons database of publications from think tanks, NGOs, and IGOs. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services introduces JSTOR's Open Community Collections in EBSCO Discovery Service. EBSCO Information Services announces the availability of JSTOR Open Community Collections through EBSCO Discovery Service. EDS users will gain access to a breadth of freely accessible primary source content including artwork, photographs, publications, recordings, and other artifacts from library collections around the world, strengthening the depth and quality of their research. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier Elsevier closes Interfolio acquisition. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, and part of RELX, has closed the acquisition of Interfolio, a provider of advanced faculty information solutions for higher education, headquartered in Washington DC, US. [Full Announcement].

June 8, 2022

SAGE SAGE Publishing and the University of California announce a transformative agreement to expand reach of UC research. SAGE Publishing and the University of California announce an agreement to expand open access publishing opportunities for researchers at all 10 UC campuses. Running through 2024, the agreement will provide funding for UC researchers to make their SAGE research articles free and openly available to the world. SAGE is one of the largest publishers of UC research in the social sciences and humanities. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 22.06.00 Release. Aspen now has much more elegant support for languages and grouped works, greatly improving how patrons search for titles and formats in a specific language and how librarians build language-specific lists, browse categories, and showcases. We're also now providing integration with EBSCOhost through our Articles and Databases search. [Full Announcement].

SirsiDynix Haringey Council joins The Libraries Consortium. The London Borough of Haringey announced that it has joined The Libraries Consortium, a rapidly expanding network of public library authorities in the UK, sharing technology, stock, and expertise. By joining The Libraries Consortium, Haringey library members now gain access to nearly 8 million books. Haringey residents can access books and eStock from across the consortium. SirsiDynix is the incumbent library management service provider. [Full Announcement].

June 9, 2022

Patron Point Patron Point advances notices communications with automated reading recommendations feature. Patron Point announced that it has enhanced its library notices offerings with the addition of a reading recommendations feature. With this new development Patron Point has taken a standard operational communication method and transformed it into an engaging marketing tool that will help drive library circulation. [Full Announcement].

Literati Literati Book Fairs Help Southern California Schools Raise Funds to Support Literacy. Southern California schools were among the first in the United States to host Literati Book Fairs this past spring. In less than three months, 28 schools across Southern California hosted their first Literati Book Fair, selling over 27,000 books total with a portion of sales going directly back to each school. Literati proudly offers each school multiple profit options ranging from cash up to 50% in books. [Full Announcement].

June 10, 2022

Cambridge Information Group Cambridge Information Group acquires the Emerald Group. The Emerald Group today announced they were acquired by Cambridge Information Group (CIG). A publisher of academic journals, books, and case studies in the social sciences, Emerald has recently diversified into corporate learning through a suite of acquisitions which now form Emerald Works. Cambridge Information Group is a family-owned, mission-led investment firm with a history of long-term investments in education, information, and software companies. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Industries EBSCO Capital announces the Acquisition of Hydrolico for Bailey International. EBSCO Capital announces the acquisition of Hydrolico International for EBSCO Industries' portfolio company, Bailey International, a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of mobile hydraulic power solutions, headquartered in Knoxville, TN. Hydrolico is a Quebec-based, leading manufacturer and distributor of hydraulic equipment and components. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Wellington City Libraries (NZ) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Wellington City Libraries in Wellington, New Zealand has selected its patron engagement platform to support their ongoing mission of promoting Wellington City Libraries as a community focal point. [Full Announcement].

June 13, 2022

Evergreen Project Localization is focus of new Evergreen ILS Release. New localization customizations to improve service and efficiency are the highlights of Evergreen's new Release 3.9, the latest semi-annual software update. Notices can now be generated based on the preferred language of the cardholder. Thirty-one individuals contributed code, translations, documentations, patches, and tests to this release of Evergreen, and 22 organizations supported or contributed to the release. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Koha Community announces 22.05 Release. The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open-source library system, announced last month that the Koha 22.05 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 239 enhancements, 360 bugfixes. [Full Announcement].

Association of American Publishers Statement From Maria A. Pallante, President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, Regarding Final Copyright Decision in AAP. v Frosh. Today the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued an unequivocal, final ruling in the case of Association of American Publishers v. Brian Frosh in AAP's favor. In so ruling, the Court reiterated that the Maryland Act is unconstitutional because it “conflicts with and is preempted by the Copyright Act” and “stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purpose and objectives of Congress.” [Full Announcement].

June 14, 2022

Soutron Global Soutron to demonstrate newly reengineered library management software at BIALL (UK) and AALL (USA) legal conferences. Soutron Global announced that the company will be demonstrating their latest release at the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries conferences, the premier conferences for the law librarian professional. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group Gale and the Committee on LQBT History Announce Fellowships to support emerging LGBTQ+ Research. Gale, part of Cengage Group, and the Committee on LGBT History in conjunction with the Queer History Conference 2022, announce the sponsorship of five non-residential fellowships known as the Gale-CLGBTH Non-Residential Fellowships. Funded by Gale, each fellow receives $2,500 and access to Gale's award-winning Archives of Sexuality and Gender and Gale Digital Scholar Lab. The program's goal is to encourage emerging research in LGBTQ+ studies by allowing scholars to contribute additional insights through digital humanities methodologies. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Vox Media Networks Seeker and NowThis streaming now on Kanopy. Kanopy announced a strategic distribution agreement with Vox Media. Students and patrons of participating universities and public libraries can now stream educational series from Vox Media brands Seeker by The Verge and NowThis. With this new offering, Kanopy viewers can empower themselves and understand the science shaping our planet as well as dive into what's happening and influential in the world right now. [Full Announcement].

Lyrasis LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program meets funding goals. LYRASIS announced that the supporters of the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program have achieved the 2022 funding goals. OACIP is a community-driven framework that enables collective stakeholders to evaluate and fund open access content initiatives in a strategic way. OACIP brings together investment opportunities in one place and also provides important and consistent information about those opportunities that support informed and principled investment decisions. Using this approach, OACIP provides tailored match-making between mission-driven scholarly publishers that are seeking financial investments from entities that want to support OA publishing aligning with their mission and values. [Full Announcement].

Preservica David Clipsham joins Preservica to accelerate digital preservation research. Preservica, experts in active digital preservation archiving, announced that David Clipsham has joined the company as File Format Analyst to further strengthen its digital preservation research and innovation team, accelerating the roll-out of Preservica's automated and embedded digital preservation software. [Full Announcement].

June 15, 2022

Infobase Infobase announces investment by Northlane Capital Partners. Infobase, a leading provider of cloud-based educational solutions, integrating content, tools, and technology to foster lifelong learning and deliver interactive learning experiences, announced that it has received a majority investment from Northlane Capital Partner. The transaction includes significant continued equity participation from Centre Lane Partners and management. [Full Announcement].

OhioLINK OhioLINK consortium receives funding to modernize its shared library management system. OhioLINK announces the consortium has received funding through the Ohio Department of Higher Education for its 117 members to replace its shared Integrated Library System. An ILS is the backbone of library operations and used to manage circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging, as well as to generate the underlying data that drives library business decisions and reporting. OhioLINK will be able to leverage cooperative purchasing power and shared technical expertise using capital funds to cover the cost of the software and the migration process for its member institutions. [Full Announcement].

OCLC Three more libraries in the UK join OCLC's WorldShare Management Services community. Three more libraries based in the UK have recently selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their new library management system: Bournemouth University, Newman University, and University of Southampton. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC files suit against Clarivate and its subsidiaries, Clarivate Analytics, Ex Libris, and ProQuest. On June 13, 2022, OCLC filed suit against Clarivate PLC and its subsidiaries, Clarivate Analytics (US) LLP, Ex Libris, and ProQuest in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Claims in the suit include tortious interference with contracts and prospective business relationships and conspiracy to interfere with contracts and business relationships. We are seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions to stop Clarivate and its subsidiaries from wrongfully encouraging libraries to violate their agreements with OCLC by contributing collaboratively created records from WorldCat® to Clarivate's MetaDoor service. We are also asking the court to stop Clarivate and its subsidiaries from misappropriating records from WorldCat® to develop its MetaDoor service. [Full Announcement].

June 16, 2022

Equinox Equinox presents at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is excited to present at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Andrea Buntz Neiman and Rogan Hamby will be presenting “A Tiny Library with a Million Volumes: The Open Source Future of Resource Sharing” on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (ET). The presentation is currently scheduled at the Washington Convention Center, Room 149 A-B, and the Equinox team will be available for questions following the session and during the conference. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox welcomes Ralls County Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. Equinox Open Library Initiative announced the addition of Ralls County Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium with their adoption of Evergreen ILS, an award winning library solution used by more than 1,800 libraries worldwide. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group Gale's Political Extremism and Radicalism Series Wins 2022 SIIA CODiE Award. Gale, part of Cengage Group, is thrilled to announce that its Political Extremism and Radicalism series has been named the best Library Reference or Educational Database of 2022 as part of the annual SIIA CODiE Awards. The CODiE Awards recognize the companies producing the most innovative education technology products across the country and around the world. This marks the second consecutive year that a Gale Primary Sources archive has won a CODiE award in the best Library Reference or Educational Database category. [Full Announcement].

Galecia Group LibraryCall launches printable Story Sheets. LibraryCall helps libraries share stories with families wherever they are– over the phone, online, and now in print, with the launch of Story Sheets. Story Sheets are printable PDFs that accompany LibraryCall's audio stories, a library of librarian-curated and adapted children's recordings in English and Spanish. This new resource is available to all LibraryCall customers on-demand and at no added cost. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Patron Point appoints Brenna Hill as Library Relations Manager. Patron Point announced that Brenna Hill has joined the organization as Library Relations Manager. Hill comes to the Company with customer service, account management, and marketing experience, most recently from THE MAX Challenge where she served as Franchise Marketing Coordinator for their corporate office. There she headed the franchise sales program, presented marketing webinars, coached existing franchisees on their marketing content, and created content for all MAX Challenge franchisees including email, social media, print, and written. [Full Announcement].

NISO Announcing the NISO Board of Directors for 2022-23. The National Information Standards Organization announced the results of its recent Board elections for the term beginning July 1, 2022. Maria Stanton will transition to the role of Chair of the NISO Board, having served as Vice Chair for the past year. She is replaced as Vice Chair by Karim Boughida who will assume the role of Chair for 2023-24 next July. Mary Sauer-Games rotates to the position of Past Chair, having served as NISO Chair for 2021-22. NISO Voting Members have also elected five new Directors: Ryan Bernier; Angela Ecklund; Pattti Ginnis; Alison Mudditt; and Rhonda Ross. [Full Announcement].

EveryLibrary EveryLibrary launches Banned Book Store, Internet's most comprehensive store of banned books. EveryLibrary, the 501C4 political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries, has announced the launch of their Banned Book Store at bannedbookstore.co. The Banned Book Store is the most comprehensive store of currently banned and challenged books in the United States. Proceeds from the book store go to support the work of EveryLibrary. Every $1 raised helps secure over $1,600 in stable library funding. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Find solutions and win prizes at ALA Booth #1625. The annual American Library Association conference returns to an in-person event in Washington, DC, from June 23 – 28, 2022. The Library Corporation will exhibit and raffle great prizes at Booth #1625. TLC invites attendees to view its modern ILS options and standalone metadata services. Current users of Library.Solution and CARL.Solution can preview upcoming ILS features and the newest mobile app option. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions William James College live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the William James College Library is live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 5,000 items and over 1200 borrowers. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Cleveland University Kansas City Live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Cleveland University Kansas City Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of 13,000 items and over 1500 borrowers. [Full Announcement].

June 17, 2022

Patron Point Henderson Libraries (NV) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Henderson Libraries, in Henderson, NV has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to imagine possibilities, discover opportunities and connect with its community. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Kuwait University selects Sierra for their Central and Medical Libraries. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that Kuwait University has selected the Sierra library services platform (LSP) for their Central and Medical Libraries. Kuwait University is the state's first public institution of higher education and research, with 5,000 faculty staff and 40,000 students studying at bachelors, masters, and PhD levels. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Library Experience Starter Suite launches early access. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced the launch of the Library Experience (LX) Starter suite for early access partners. After the early access phase is complete, this ultramodern solution for patron notices will be offered to all current Polaris and Sierra customers in late Q3. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative at ALA Annual Conference 2022. Join Innovative in Washington, D.C. from June 23-28 for the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference. Innovative staff will be on hand to answer questions, to meet with your team, and to host demonstrations. Be sure to stop by The Library Marketplace and see us at Booth #2507. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate statement on OCLC lawsuit. Clarivate is disappointed to report that the OCLC has filed a lawsuit against Clarivate PLC and subsidiaries, including Ex Libris, and ProQuest in connection with our development plans to create a free and open community peer-to-peer sharing platform for metadata created and owned by libraries. We believe the lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend our position. [Full Announcement].

June 20, 2022

Private Academic Library Network of Indiana PALNI awarded an ARPA grant to launch an initiative in open bibliographic data management. The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana announced that it has received an American Rescue Plan Act grant of $225,000 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. The planning grant will enable PALNI to identify ways of expanding current infrastructure to support open bibliographic data management tools, which library staff use to manage and share collections. The project aims to significantly enhance financial sustainability and access to information, allowing libraries to further deliver on their critical role in student success. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Vega Discover launches consortia support for Polaris and Sierra. Library consortia using the Polaris or Sierra ILS now have additional features unique to consortia organizations when implementing Vega Discover as their discovery layer. Announced at IUG 2022, the first phase of Vega Discover for Consortia enables consortium members to create separate Vega Discover catalogs with unique URLs and custom branding. In addition, the central office can now set up eContent accounts for the main site and share that eContent with all members. Member libraries can also set up unique OverDrive and Hoopla accounts at the collection site level with subscription details for their patrons. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2022

Center for Research Libraries CRL Implements New Library Service Platform and Catalog. CRL is pleased to announce that it is implementing FOLIO as its new library services platform. FOLIO is a community driven, open-source platform that supports traditional library operations and positions us for greater community collaboration around knowledge management. CRL chose FOLIO because it is tightly aligned with CRL's core values of open infrastructure and responsible operations. Joining the FOLIO community creates opportunities for CRL to better serve its members and partners through active engagement in future library initiatives that build a better knowledge infrastructure. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services GOBI Library Solutions now supports e-books on the Cairn.info Platform. GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now supports e-books on the Cairn.info platform, making more than 13,000 DRM-free title-by-title social sciences and humanities French e-books available through GOBI. All titles on the Cairn.info platform offer DRM-free, unlimited simultaneous user access and are available worldwide. [Full Announcement].

NISO NISO's Recommended Practice for Video and Audio Metadata now available for public comment. The National Information Standards Organization announced that its draft Video and Audio Metadata Recommended Practice is now available for public comment through August 5, 2022. This new Recommended Practice establishes guidelines for metadata for video and audio assets including administrative metadata, semantic metadata, technical metadata, rights metadata, and accessibility metadata. [Full Announcement].

Library of Congress Librarian of Congress appoints Jennifer Meehan Director of Special Collections. Jennifer Meehan, head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University, has been named director of the Library of Congress' Special Collections Directorate effective Aug. 1. [Full Announcement].

June 22, 2022

Wiley Wiley and Italian Consortium Bibliosan sign open access agreement. Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new four-year agreement with Bibliosan, a consortium of medical research institutes and hospitals in Italy. This agreement will provide 68 institutions with access to Wiley's complete journal portfolio and enable participating researchers to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley's more than 1,600 hybrid and gold open access journals. [Full Announcement].

BARATZ La Biblioteca de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria convierte su catálogo en un opac multidispositivo. El catálogo en línea de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ha sido actualizado a la versión 2.3 de AbsysNet. Con esta actualización, además, se ha transformado el catálogo de la biblioteca en un opac multidispositivo que se adapta a todo tipo de dispositivos y pantallas gracias al módulo mOpac. Tras los trabajos de actualización, parametrización y diseño del catálogo, la biblioteca universitaria cuenta ahora con uno de los catálogos en línea más sofisticados del panorama bibliotecario español. [Full Announcement].

Coherent Digital Coherent Digital reaches major agreement with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). Over 40 CRL affiliated institutions recently agreed to become founding institutional members of Policy Commons. This level of financial commitment means that medium-size CRL institutions will receive substantial additional discounts, and Coherent unlocks complimentary access for over 70 small CRL institutions. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Electronic and digital content management for Vega Discover. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced today that select early access partners using Vega Discover can now automatically ingest bibliographic records from content vendors into their collection. This Electronic & Digital Content Management integration saves libraries time and gets materials in the hands of patrons sooner by automatically loading vendor records and the appropriate subscription details into Vega Discover. Current processes require additional time to update records—keeping highly sought-after items out of the hands of patrons for longer. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2022

Digital Public Library of America DPLA to leverage new Knight Foundation support to expand access to knowledge via the Palace Marketplace. DPLA has received a new $150,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to further DPLA's work to advance The Palace Project. This funding will allow us to expand Palace Marketplace, the only not-for-profit ebook and audiobook marketplace, as well as Palace Bookshelf, our collection of more than 11,000 open-access ebooks curated by the DPLA Curation Corps of librarians. [Full Announcement].

Auto-Graphics, Inc. Auto-Graphics announces cash dividend. Agent Information Software, the parent company of Auto-Graphics, declared a cash dividend of $0.035 per share that was approved by its Board of Directors at the annual shareholders meeting on May 25, 2022. The dividend will be paid on June 30, 2022 to all stockholders on record as of June 15, 2022. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive OverDrive to present library innovations prioritizing Access for All. At the in-person conference of our nation's libraries, digital library leader OverDrive will announce tools and services to help librarians provide “Access for All.” In response to requests from industry leaders to leverage their digital collections to reach more readers, OverDrive will present Public Access Connect and other initiatives at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Booth #933 in Washington, D.C. from June 23-28. [Full Announcement].

IGI Global IGI Global offers open access agreements and transformative options. IGI Global, a leading medium-sized international academic publisher, is now offering unique Open Access Agreements, Transformative Options, and Publish & Read Agreements that can help provide institutions with the flexibility needed to participate and promote OA publishing within their faculty. [Full Announcement].

IGI Global Auckland University of Technology enters open access agreement with IGI Global. IGI Global, a medium-sized independent academic research publisher, is proud to announce a new Open Access agreement with Auckland University of Technology. This influential university has invested in an OA fund to support their faculty and staff's research through IGI Global's Open Access Agreement option. This fully OA agreement provides coverage for Article Processing Charges that will be utilized by the university's faculty to publish their research under OA with IGI Global. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces June 2022 Community Giveback Winner. Each month, ByWater Solutions selects one library to be awarded $500. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals. The June 2022 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback is the Morristown Centennial Library in Morrisville, Vermont. The funds will be used for summer library outreach events, including pop-up storytimes at the local farmer's market, Books at the Beach, a nighttime market event, and more! [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Patron Point announces new training and instructional design manager. Patron Point announced today that Tricia Richards has joined the organization in the newly created Training and Instructional Design Manager role. Richards comes to us with a background in writing, digital media production, and learning theory. These experiences make her a strong fit for a position focused on leading software training and further developing our digital learning resources. [Full Announcement].

Baker and Taylor The Drucker Institute partners With Baker & Taylor to bring Bendable to libraries across the US. The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University and Baker & Taylor announced today that they were partnering to bring Bendable, the Institute's lifelong learning platform, to public libraries across the United States. A robust learning marketplace, Bendable allows residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily discover content that is just right for them and then acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as local, in-person learning opportunities. It is an especially valuable tool for libraries as they are being increasingly called upon to play an important role in workforce development. [Full Announcement].

June 24, 2022

Patron Point Rockford Public Library (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Rockford Public Library has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. In particular, the library has identified a priority in streamlining patron registration and card renewal and has plans to use Patron Point in support of Rockford's mission to educate, inform, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of their community. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services More than fifty libraries and library systems live on EBSCO FOLIO Library Services Platform. More than fifty universities and library systems across the globe have now adopted the full EBSCO FOLIO Library Services Platform or leveraged EBSCO FOLIO Electronic Resource Management via EBSCO FOLIO Services. The sites and systems that have adopted EBSCO FOLIO have leveraged the implementation expertise, hosting and support services available through EBSCO Information Services. While most have implemented the full LSP, libraries and systems have also moved from existing ERM tools or instituted their first-ever ERM leveraging EBSCO FOLIO. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services announces partnership with Clever. EBSCO Information Services is partnering with Clever, the most widely-used single sign-on portal for schools in the United States. This partnership serves as a solution for schools looking to streamline access to their EBSCO resources for students and teachers. Clever provides school districts with a single portal for their digital learning tools, where students and teachers have seamless access, eliminating the need to remember unique usernames and passwords for each tool. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services Announces 2022 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. EBSCO Information Services will be awarding $300,000 in grants to four libraries looking to further their sustainability goals. John D. MacArthur Campus Library at Florida Atlantic University, Florida; Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library, Wisconsin; Lincoln Library, Vermont; and Alan Batey Library and Learning Commons at Camosun College, British Columbia, Canada, will each receive an EBSCO Solar Grant to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow the libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures. [Full Announcement].

JISC Ground-breaking open research platform, Octopus, to launch. Ground-breaking publishing platform Octopus is being launched next week on 29 June and researchers are invited to attend the online event to find out more. Octopus aims to enable fast, free and fair publishing of research that is open to all and focuses on the intrinsic quality of research. It sets out to avoid researchers being tempted to ‘sell good stories' in their work, and instead rewards them for rigour and specialism. [Full Announcement].

Bibliotheca Watch your next book: Bibliotheca's new exclusive partnership brings Videobooks to public libraries. Through an exclusive partnership with the trailblazing media production company LIT Videobooks, Bibliotheca is making best-selling non-fiction books available to library patrons in a ground-breaking new video format. LIT Videobooks partners with best-selling authors and Emmy award-winning filmmakers to distill the core ideas of each book into a documentary-like video format under an hour. LIT Videobooks include interviews, live-action reenactments, animation, data visualization, and more. [Full Announcement].

University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass Amherst Libraries migrate to new Library Services Platform. The Libraries will migrate back-end system operations from the current library system (ALEPH) to FOLIO at the end of June 2022. FOLIO is a collaboration of libraries, developers, and vendors building an open source library services platform that supports traditional resource management functionality while also opening the door for innovation in an increasingly digital world. Our Five Colleges libraries will be the first consortium to fully implement FOLIO, and we are excited about the opportunities this forward-looking system will provide. [Full Announcement].

June 26, 2022

OCLC ALA Core members now have free access to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services sandbox. OCLC and ALA Core, the newest division of the American Library Association, are partnering to provide free access to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services sandbox, the test environment for the platform, that will allow Core members seeking professional development opportunities a chance to work hands-on with a cloud-based library management system. [Full Announcement].

June 27, 2022

Coherent Digital Coherent Digital launches South Asia Archive on the Coherent Commons Platform. Coherent Digital today launched South Asia Archive on its Commons platform at the American Library Association meeting. South Asia Archive is a major collection of books and journals. It contains over 4.5 million pages and is used by more than 800 academic institutions around the world. Previously offered by Taylor & Francis, the collection is now available exclusively from Coherent Digital on the Commons platform as a purchase of perpetual rights. [Full Announcement].

McGraw Hill McGraw Hill and Verizon Bring Learning to Life with Free Augmented Reality App. McGraw Hill and Verizon today announced a new mobile application to bring augmented reality learning activities to K-12 students and classrooms across the country: McGraw Hill AR. The free app leverages the immersive and interactive features of AR technology to bring academic concepts to life and give students and educators new ways to engage with educational content. [Full Announcement].

OCLC A collective responsibility to protect the unparalleled value of WorldCat. Update: On June 27, 2022, a judge in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, ruled in favor of OCLC's request for a temporary restraining order. We're pleased that this ruling will at least temporarily stop Clarivate and the other defendants from engaging in the type of conduct outlined in the Court's Order. We will continue to work in the best interests of our member libraries and the community at large to vigorously protect the work and investments we've made in WorldCat for over 50 years. [Full Announcement].

June 28, 2022

Auto-Graphics, Inc. Auto-Graphics moves to fully virtual environment. Auto-Graphics has decided to permanently close down the physical office in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Although the company still has three years left on its lease, we are actively working with the landlord to lease the premises to a new tenant and/or sublease the space. Our goal with this move to being a completely virtual company is to continue to support a wider base of talent and to foster a more balanced work-life environment. [Full Announcement].

Soutron Global Soutron to demonstrate newly reengineered library management software at the Special Libraries Association. Soutron Global announces that the company will be demonstrating their latest release at the Special Libraries Association conference, the premier conference for the special librarian and information professional. The SLA conference will be held in Charlotte, NC July 31st – August 2nd in the Charlotte Convention Center, Hall A, Level 1. Soutron can be found at booth #103. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate names world's leading journals with the 2022 Journal Citation Reports. Clarivate released the 2022 update to its annual Journal Citation Reports. The annual JCR release enables the research community to evaluate the world's high-quality academic journals using a range of indicators, descriptive data and visualizations. The reports are used extensively by academic publishers across the globe to understand the scholarly impact of their journals relative to their field and promote them to the research community.  [Full Announcement].

Solus SOLUS releases Ukrainian language support. OLUS announced the release of Ukrainian language support in The Library App and in active reseller partners Library Applications. Following the recent mass migration as a result of the tragic war in Ukraine, we received a request from Surrey County Council in the UK to add support for the Ukrainian language to The Library App. As a result, the Ukrainian language translation has been completed and added to the CMS and as with the other language packs, this is now free to add to customer Apps via the Content Management System. [Full Announcement].

Atlas Systems, Inc. Creighton University live on ILLiad with Atlas' Access Services Concierge. Creighton University is live using ILLiad for resource sharing. Located in Omaha, NE, Creighton joins nearly 1,000 institutions currently ILLiad. Creighton library staff will use ILLiad to manage all of their library's borrowing, lending, and document delivery through a single interface. Atlas assisted with the implementation and installation of ILLiad for Creighton and OCLC will continue to provide hosting and support. Creighton University has selected Atlas' Concierge Services to continue working to automate processes with ILLiad. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Central Arkansas Library System and The Ferguson Library launch Vega Promote. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that Central Arkansas Library System and The Ferguson Library have launched Vega Promote. Vega Promote is the marketing automation module of the Vega Library Experience suite, a cloud-based platform, that allows library staff to easily communicate and manage a full range of materials, programs, and services. Vega Promote keeps community members and patrons informed through targeted and relevant communications, keeping promotion tied tightly to other library solutions and thus eliminating the need for libraries to use a patchwork approach to digital marketing and communications. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Solano County Library, Benicia Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library select Polaris and Vega LX for their consortium needs. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the consortium comprised of Solano County Library, Benicia Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library in California has selected Polaris as their ILS and Vega Discover as their discovery layer. Solano County Library, Benicia, Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library serve over a million visitors per year across their eleven locations and have been part of the Link+ family of INN-Reach libraries in California since 2017. [Full Announcement].

World Wide Web Consortium W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization. The World Wide Web Consortium is set to pursue 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The launch as a new legal entity in January 2023 preserves the core mission of the Consortium to shepherd the web by developing open standards with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community. [Full Announcement].

Naseej The National eLearning Center chooses Naseej to launch the flexible learning pathways for public, tertiary and vocational education. In line with its endeavors to enhance trust in eLearning practices, to provide lifelong equal access to eLearning, and lead sustainable innovation in eLearning to achieve trusted online learning for all, the National eLearning Center has chosen Naseej for Communication and Information Technology – the regional leader in Digital Transformation Solutions – to launch market-oriented flexible learning pathways integrated with local and international agencies. Naseej – in partnership with Coursera – will provide a two-year subscription in about 10,000 courses from Coursera and provide flexible eLearning paths and connect them to the National eLearning and Training Platform, with annual reports on users. Courses and programs will also be connected to the Saudi Classification for the Educational Levels and Specializations and the Global Skills Framework. [Full Announcement].

June 29, 2022

EBSCO Information Services Más de cincuenta bibliotecas y sistemas bibliotecarios utilizan EBSCO FOLIO. Más de cincuenta universidades y sistemas bibliotecarios alrededor del mundo han adoptado en su totalidad la Plataforma de Servicios Bibliotecarios de EBSCO FOLIO o han utilizado la Gestión de Recursos Electrónicos de EBSCO FOLIO a través de los servicios que ofrece EBSCO FOLIO. Los centros y sistemas que han incorporado EBSCO FOLIO se han beneficiado de la experiencia en la implementación, el alojamiento y los servicios de apoyo disponibles a través de EBSCO Information Services. Aunque la mayoría ha implementado el LSP completo, las bibliotecas y los sistemas también han adoptado las herramientas de ERM existentes o han instituido por primera vez su ERM aprovechando EBSCO FOLIO. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Spalding University live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Spalding University Library is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 21,000 items and over 10,000 borrowers. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for SEFLIN. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) in Florida. The four libraries that went live on Aspen Discovery are the Boynton Beach City Library, the Delray Beach Public Library, the Lake Park Public Library, and the Palm Springs Public Library. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Charlotte County Library System (FL) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Charlotte County Library System, in Port Charlotte, Florida, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to spread literacy, economic success, and creativity in its community. [Full Announcement].

Emerald Group Emerald refreshes its commitment to advancing the research impact agenda and calls for sector wide action in its new Are you in? campaign. Emerald Publishing has relaunched its ‘Impact Manifesto', pledging six commitments for change that will advance ongoing debates around academic culture, incentives, and research evaluation. [Full Announcement].

JSTOR Opening the Future program welcomes JSTOR as a hosting partner. JSTOR has joined the Opening the Future program as a hosting partner for Open Access ebooks published by Central European University Press and Liverpool University Press. These ebooks will be freely available on JSTOR, in addition to the publishers' websites and other platforms offering Open Access ebooks. Making the titles available on multiple platforms ensures that users can discover and access this scholarship through their preferred research workflows. [Full Announcement].

College of the Holy Cross. A New Online Catalog. Holy Cross Libraries have launched a new online catalog. We are now using FOLIO, an open-source library services platform developed collaboratively by libraries, developers, and vendors. FOLIO brings a modern approach to library systems and will allow the Libraries to leverage the latest technology and standards. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate statement on OCLC lawsuit (update). We would like to thank the many partners and librarians who appreciate our efforts to develop the MetaDoor platform. We will fully comply with the Temporary Restraining Order put in place by the court, although we continue to believe the lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend our position. [Full Announcement].

June 30, 2022

LIBNOVA LIBNOVA supports the X Private Archives Conference. LIBNOVA sponsors the 10th Conference of Private Archives “Archives and Wine” to be held from June 15 – 17 in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). The Private Archives Conference, which has been held in Jerez de la Frontera for the past decade, has become a national reference in the world of archive [Full Announcement].

LIBNOVA Breakthrough progress of LIBNOVA at the ARCHIVER Pilot End-Phase Event. LIBNOVA presented its innovative achievements for digital preservation at the Pilot End-Phase Event of the ARCHIVER Project held online on Monday, June 13, 2022. ARCHIVER is a unique initiative in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) that developed innovative services for Long Term Digital Preservation of scientific datasets, over a three-year pre-commercial procurement process. The work accomplished in ARCHIVER is a game-changer for the approach taken to long-term research data management both from a mindset and technological perspective. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate Top 100 New Brands Report reveals trends and hotspots in rapidly evolving global brand landscape. Clarivate released the first ever Top 100 New Brands report. The report draws on data from more than 20 million new trademark applications worldwide to identify new brands which have surged into the public sphere in the last two years. These Top 100 New Brands – likely powerful brands of their sectors in the future – have demonstrated the greatest diligence in protecting and expanding their brand footprint. The report's analysis highlights the industries that are hotbeds of brand activity and illuminates the new forms that new brands can take in the rapidly shifting global brand landscape. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Suburban Library Cooperative selects Polaris ILS and Vega LX. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Suburban Library Cooperative in Michigan has selected the Polaris ILS, Vega Discover, Vega Promote, and Vega Program. The Suburban Library Cooperative is a network of 18 public libraries in the Macomb County area of Michigan that have joined together to provide materials and services to their communities. In addition to a wide range of materials and services, from free wi-fi to scanning, the SLC offers a local history digital collection that includes information about the history of local transportation, regional history, and genealogy; and offers patrons the ability to check out a Michigan Activity Pass, which allows free access to museums, parks, cultural centers, and more. [Full Announcement].


Publication Information


PublisherLibrary Technology Newsletter is published through Library Technology Guides.
Editor and primary contributor:Marshall Breeding
ISSN:2771-5426
DUNS046086249
Date launchedJanuary 2022
Business modelopen access supported through voluntary subscription fees.