December 7, 2016
(ProQuest) Hartford Public Library has teamed with ProQuest to offer a more dynamic and engaging patron experience with Syndetics Unbound, a catalog enrichment service that combines two best-of-breed technologies: the Syndetic Solutions service and the LibraryThing for Libraries system.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that ACT Health, the body responsible for health services in the Australian Capital Territory, has chosen to implement the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution at the Canberra Hospital library to provide medical information for doctors, nurses, and allied health clinicians. These solutions will replace the library’s Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system.
(Springer) Springer now offers its Springer Book Archives in smaller year set packages. The new SBA packages are divided up into eras, and make it easier for libraries to purchase individual subject collections according to their own needs and current budget situation. The three year sets – Vintage (1840-1989), Modern (1990-1999) and Millennium (2000-2004) – provide greater purchasing flexibility, thus providing an accessible e-resource for libraries and organizations worldwide.
December 6, 2016
(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America is delighted to announce that it has received a generous $150,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to extend its work around curated sets of primary source materials for the classroom. For the last two years, with funding from the Whiting Foundation, DPLA has built Primary Source Sets with a diverse group of educators in K-12 and higher ed.
(Total Boox) Croatia has just made history by becoming the first country in the world turned into a Free Reading Zone, i.e., an open virtual library accessible to all people free of charge regardless of their location inside the country. This includes not only Croatian citizens but millions of tourists from around the world who visit the country each year. All people inside the country’s borders may download a free reading app, called Croatia Reads, which recognizes their whereabouts via IP address. The app is powered by Total Boox, an ebook service known to publishers and librarians for its revolutionary model which makes ebooks instantly available—with no restrictions—while paying publishers for reading and affording readers a seamless and uninterrupted reading experience.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group today announced a promotion and three new associates to the company.
(OCLC) Radboud University, a research university in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.
December 5, 2016
(HathiTrust) HathiTrust today announces the release of a significantly expanded open dataset, the HathiTrust Research Center Extracted Features Dataset, Version 1.0. This dataset provides researchers with open access to data extracted from the full text of the HathiTrust Digital Library at an unprecedented scale.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Flower Mound Public Library, of Flower Mound, Texas is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 100,000 plus holdings from Polaris earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.
December 1, 2016
(Eduserv) OpenAthens has delivered the first phase of OpenAthens Access, its new software as a service product for service providers. The new dashboard unifies two previously separate systems for easier resource set up and quicker membership to federations.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the introduction of Ex Libris Leganto powered by SIPX, designed for the unique needs of colleges and universities in North America. The capabilities of the two leading products in the resource list market, Ex Libris Leganto and SIPX, have been combined to create an integrated, end-to-end course resource list solution. With Leganto powered by SIPX, students and schools save money, schools improve teaching and learning processes, and libraries maximize the use of their collections.
(Credo Reference) Credo announced it is contributing features and enhancements to the open edX initiative, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. EdX offers interactive online courses and MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s best universities and institutions.
(Interleaf Technology) St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Heritage system. Interleaf Technology has been contracted to implement the Koha system and to provide on-going support services.
(OCLC) Fifteen small U.S. public libraries have been selected to participate in the ‘Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces’ project led by OCLC in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). The libraries, chosen from 106 completed applications, are located in 12 different states and serve communities ranging in size from 1,000 to 21,000 people.
(ProQuest) ProQuest has been chosen as a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) framework content provider, which will allow purchasers from UK National Health Service organizations to search, select and order titles from the OASIS® system. OASIS offers the broadest book database in the industry and powerful search tools to help locate titles quickly and efficiently.