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January 18, 2017

(Follett) A new collaboration between Follett Higher Education Group and VitalSource Technologies is making it easier for college students to access their digital learning materials. By integrating systems, Follett, the nation's largest campus retailer, and VitalSource, Ingram Content Group's educational technology division, are eliminating the need for passcodes to access VitalSource content via Follett's BryteWave digital textbook reader. Students simply log in to their learning management system and click a link for instant access to their needed materials.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and Stacks Inc are now accepting applications for the inaugural Stacks Public Library Website Makeover Award. One winner will receive a free three-year library website makeover as well as up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Entries must be received by April 3, 2017.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is pleased to announce the GA release of BLUEcloud eRM, the SirsiDynix electronic resource management solution. BLUEcloud eRM is the premier solution to managing the lifecycle of electronic resources, from trial and acquisition to licensing and implementation. BLUEcloud eRM is available to libraries through SirsiDynix’s SaaS hosted environment as an add-on service.Electronic content continues to grow in popularity among all types of libraries. BLUEcloud eRM supports the modern need for libraries to supply, track, and support electronic content. Building on the open-source electronic resource management system CORAL, BLUEcloud eRM streamlines staff workflows, tracks contractual terms, and captures COUNTER statistics from disparate vendors for analysis. SirsiDynix’s SaaS hosting provides supplemental support for BLUEcloud libraries by alleviating in-house need to maintain infrastructure.

(Overdrive) OverDrive announced today that 30 standalone public library systems and 19 library consortia in the U.S. and two other countries have set a new record for lending more than one million digital books in 2016. These 49 systems each achieved significant year over year circulation growth, and together surpassed the 32 systems that accomplished the feat in 2015.

January 17, 2017

(OCLC) OCLC has agreed to acquire Relais International, a leading interlibrary loan solution provider based in Ottawa, Canada, to significantly increase resource sharing options and capabilities for both Relais customers and OCLC member libraries and groups worldwide.

(OCLC) OCLC introduces Tipasa, the first cloud-based interlibrary loan management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions for individual libraries. The new Tipasa system is built on the OCLC WorldShare technology platform and takes advantage of the world’s largest resource sharing network.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Alicia Sell to Vice President, Digitization Services. Sell has been with Backstage since 2011 serving as Account Manager for the Mid-Atlantic United States, and Europe. Her vision, wealth of experience in preservation, and her commitment to clients will be utilized in the expansion of client-centric services. Sell will also represent Backstage at conferences and speaking engagements.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que la Universitat Politècnica de València, usuario de Aleph desde 2000, ha elegido el servicio de gestión de recursos Alma y la solución de descubrimiento y entrega de Primo para ayudar a la biblioteca a alcanzar sus objetivos estratégicos de optimizar la eficiencia de la biblioteca, modernizar los servicios y transformar espacios físicos para mejorar la experiencia de investigación en la Universidad.

(ProQuest) Scholars of literature have multiple options for accessing the Modern Language Association International Bibliography database, but only ProQuest’s delivery of the essential tool through its newly redesigned literature platform has been named to Choice’s selection of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016.

January 16, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Tsinghua University in Beijing has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service to replace the university’s Innovative Millennium integrated library system. Tsinghua University was ranked as the top university in China by QS World University Rankings®.

January 15, 2017

(RMG Consultants, Inc.) Will FOLIO’s Open Source Applications Architecture Inspire a Catch-Up and Go-Ahead, Across-the-Library-Industry Automation Era with Improved Interoperability among Companies, Systems, and Services; Easy, Simple, and Satisfying Library User Experiences with Content Discovery and Delivery; and New Solutions, Services, and Apps from Libraries, Consortia, Open Library Communities, Companies, and Entrepreneurs?

January 13, 2017

(Civica) Civica announced that The Western Suburbs Library Group, comprising the City of Nedlands, City of Subiaco, Town of Claremont, and The Grove library in Perth, Western Australia, has replaced its legacy software system with Civica’s Spydus10, the industry’s leading fully automated web-based information management solution for academic, government, public and corporate libraries.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interface announced three products have been named recipients of LibraryWorks’ third annual Modern Library Awards

(Odilo) ODILO reports an increased interest in the different lending models they offer, especially with their innovative Pay-per-Use, also known as pay-per-checkout. In 2016, ODILO experienced a 140% increase in new customers, with most of them taking advantage of the affordable PpU model and ODILO's extensive foreign language content.

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