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June 27, 2017

(Overdrive) OverDrive and Penguin Random House announced the winners of the 2017 Penguin Random House Digipalooza Scholarship. Digipalooza, OverDrive’s international user group conference for partner libraries and schools from the OverDrive worldwide network, will take place August 2-4, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a conference partner at Digipalooza, Penguin Random House sponsored a scholarship program covering registration for ten Digipalooza attendees.

(NISO) Members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have selected their board's leadership for the 2017-2018 term, which will begin on July 1, 2017. Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected as the new Vice Chair. Greg Suprock (Apex CoVantage), Miranda Walker (Wolters Kluwer Health), and Robert Wheeler (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) have also been elected as Board Directors.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Collingswood Public Library, of Collingswood, NJ. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 70,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing support services to them. The library’s hosting services are provided by Jersey Connect, a program in the state that provides free hosting services to libraries utilizing an open source ILS.

June 26, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council today announced The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded, as the 2017 recipient of the first annual SEE-IT Award. The SEE-IT Award recognizes outstanding achievements of authors and illustrators in youth graphic novels.

June 25, 2017

(ProQuest) ProQuest is simplifying workflows for librarians with two initiatives that bring together complementary assets to enrich its OASIS search, select and order system.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Virginia’s Lynchburg College has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose the library’s electronic and print collections and to improve efficiency across the board with integrated workflows. The Ex Libris solutions will replace the Innovative Interfaces Millennium library system.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced initial winners of its inaugural EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. The grant program is awarding a total of $100,000 in grants to libraries to develop innovative technology solutions that address the challenges academic libraries face. Winning proposals came from Villanova University, which aims to develop the integration of VuFind with FOLIO, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which looks to integrate their hardware circulation module with FOLIO.

(OCLC) OCLC, the library technology and research organization that changed the way libraries work, is celebrating 50 years of innovation and collaboration with libraries around the world.On July 6, 1967, the nonprofit Ohio College Library Center was established to create a shared electronic library for Ohio colleges and universities. Frederick Kilgour, founder and first President, had a plan to build a shared, online cataloging system that would effectively merge library catalogs through a computer network and database so that libraries could work collaboratively, save time and share resources.What began 50 years ago as a regional computer system for 54 Ohio colleges has become OCLC, a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to over 16,000 libraries in 120 countries.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Eastern Michigan University has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform integrated with the Ex Libris Summon discovery service. The first library to implement this integrated solution, Eastern Michigan now benefits from improved resource management workflows and an optimized resource discovery experience. Alma replaces the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system while the university has retained Summon as the preferred discovery service.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is awarding its 2017 EBSCO Solar grant to the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia and The Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Illinois. The grants will provide each library with $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grant offsets the cost of installing solar panels and allows libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics today announced a novel public/private strategic partnership with Impactstory that will remove a critical barrier for researchers: limited open access (OA) to high-quality, trusted peer-reviewed content. Under the terms of the partnership, Clarivate Analytics is providing a grant to Impactstory to build on its oaDOI service, making open access content more easily discoverable, and the research workflow more efficient from discovery through publishing.

June 23, 2017

(ProQuest) Alexander Street, a ProQuest company, has added streaming access to over 200 videos from A+E Networks for college and university libraries and faculty via the Academic Video Online solution. The videos come from A+E Networks’ HISTORY, the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the MnPALS consortium has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the Primo discovery and delivery solution to streamline workflows for all types of resources and to increase the discoverability of those resources by patrons and staff users of the consortium’s member institutions.

June 22, 2017

(ProQuest) Alexander Street, a ProQuest company, is enabling researchers to go behind the scenes of the world's greatest theatre, dance, and opera performances through Performance Design Archive Online, the only international multimedia collection to cover all aspects of theatre production design.

(ProQuest) ProQuest and Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, are helping libraries improve the research experience and expand exploration by integrating ProQuest® Syndetics Unbound with the Ex Libris Primo and Summon discovery services.

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