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January 22, 2021

Patron Point Brazoria County Library System (TX) launches with Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Brazoria County Library System of Angleton, Texas has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Axiell launches the Quria Library Directors’ Forum. In the spirit of learning and collaboration, we have launched a Quria Library Directors' Forum. Library Directors in the Quria Community are invited to join the community and partake in discussions about strategies and trends in the sector. The forum will also provide a place to share experiences using Quria, collaborate on strategic product development, and receive product updates from Axiell. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive New choice report studies academic collection development, reveals shift to ebooks. As digital books become more essential in colleges and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic librarians are adopting the ebook format at a vastly accelerated rate. To better understand ebook collection development in academic libraries, Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), conducted a research study to shine a much-needed light on the ways academic libraries are responding to the increased demand for digital content. Highlights include data showing that ebooks are an established part of academic library collections, many academic librarians' overarching acquisition model favors ebooks over print and both libraries and patrons have fully integrated ebooks into their workflows and practices. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Washington State Law Library goes live on Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Washington State Law Library is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries 51,000 plus bibs from Sierra and is providing ongoing support services for Koha. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Aspen Discovery Announces 21.01.00 Release. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 21.01.00 release, the first release of 2021, is now available. [Full Announcement].

January 21, 2021

Recorded Books. RBmedias Bridgerton Audiobooks give fans a glimpse into what's next. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced a surge in downloads for its longtime bestselling Bridgerton series audiobooks following the hit Netflix adaptation. Produced by Recorded Books®, RBmedia's flagship publishing brand, Julia Quinn's historical romance series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the Bridgerton children. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services Spain's University of Zaragoza adopts the FOLIO library services platform. University of Zaragoza is the first library in Spain to choose FOLIO as its Library Services Platform with hosting services from EBSCO Information Services. The implementation project will be led by IBAI-SCANBIT Technology and Services who has partnered with EBSCO for library implementation in Spain and will be completed in the spring of 2021. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services La Universidad de Zaragoza en España adopta la Plataforma de Servicios de la Biblioteca FOLIO. La Universidad de Zaragoza es la primera biblioteca de España que ha elegido a como su Plataforma de Servicios Bibliotecarios con los servicios de alojamiento de EBSCO Information Service. El proyecto de implementación será liderado por IBAI-SCANBIT que se ha asociado con EBSCO para la implementación de bibliotecas en España. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Four Innovative solutions win recognition in 2021 Modern Library Awards. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading provider of library software, has received platinum awards for three products – Innovative Resource Sharing (INN-Reach), Mobile Worklists, and MyLibrary! – and a gold award for Polaris Leap from LibraryWorks' seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). The MLAs are awarded to the top products and services in the industry, according to criteria including functionality, value, and customer service. This year, product submissions were sent to more than 80,000 librarians for scoring. [Full Announcement].

January 20, 2021

Ex Libris Technische Universität Berlin becomes first university in Germany to opt for Ex Libris Leganto course reading list tool. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Technische Universität (TU) Berlin has selected the Leganto course reading list solution to facilitate new methods of teaching and to increase support for distance learning. For a number of years, the university's library has been using the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Tightly integrated with the library services platform, the Leganto solution will help promote close collaboration between the library staff and teachers. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Axiell and Piction partner to offer digital asset ecosystem for museum and archive collections. Axiell, the leading vendor globally for collections management software, announces a collaboration with Piction, an innovative technology company delivering a market leading cloud based Digital Asset Management solution to the cultural sector. This ground-breaking partnership enables museums, libraries, archives and other cultural organizations to manage and serve media and metadata seamlessly, ensuring the digital assets in the collection can be effectively shared within the institution and beyond. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services announces submissions open for the 2021 EBSCO Solar Grant. Submissions are now open for the 2021 EBSCO Solar grant program from EBSCO Information Services. For the fifth year, EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2021 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $200,000 in grants available. [Full Announcement].

Index Data ConnectNY Selects Index Data as Service Provider for ReShare. ConnectNY, a consortium of independent academic institutions in New York State, and Index Data, a software and services company specializing in creating innovative tools for libraries, are pleased to announce that CNY has selected Index Data as the service provider for ReShare. [Full Announcement].

HighWire Press. HighWire Partners with Rievent to Embed CME Learning Content within Journal Articles. Scholarly publishing technology provider, HighWire, announced it has extended its partnership with learning software provider Rievent to deliver an enhanced CME experience directly within journal articles. Rievent Connect makes it easy to seamlessly embed continuing medical education (CME) content alongside your existing platform or website, rather than redirecting users to a separate application. Through third-party integration with Rievent Connect, HighWire customers can now benefit from in-line course content embedded directly into the related articles. [Full Announcement].

January 19, 2021

Patron Point ProQuest, Patron Point launch new reading recommendation service for public libraries.. EdTech leader ProQuest has joined Patron Point, a library marketing automation partner, to build Patron Point Recommends – a new reading recommendation service that helps public libraries market content to their patrons, increasing engagement and usage. [Full Announcement].

Soutron Global Soutron Global refreshes COVID-19 financial support package for 2021 with PRP. International library transformation company Soutron Global announces details of an extended support package for information professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following its successful and well received COVID-19 Financial Support Package of 2020, Soutron Global unveils its refined program for 2021, the Pandemic Recovery Program (PRP). [Full Announcement].

Kanopy Pandemic leads to a significant increase in streaming video usage that is expected to continue, study shows. As more people stayed at home during 2020 due to the pandemic, they were streaming a lot more videos for reasons beyond just entertainment. This trend is expected to continue over the next three years, prompting many public libraries to transition their budgets from DVDs to streaming and prepare for changes and challenges. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation TLC wins dual Modern Library Award honors. The Library Corporation has added to its impressive list of accomplishments yet again, earning multiple 2021 Modern Library Awards. TLC not only received a Gold Level Award for CARL.Connect Discovery but also the highly distinguished “Service of the Year” Award for TLC.Cloud Services. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Only customers with experience using these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Oxelösunds library chooses Quria to streamline operations. Oxelösunds Library chooses Axiell's cloud-based platform, Quria, and discovery tool, Axiell Arena, to streamline work for library staff, leaving more time to assist borrowers and visitors. With this user-friendly and modern library system, Oxelösund will be better positioned to support its 11,900 inhabitants with more flexible library operations and automated processes. [Full Announcement].

Mitinet Library Services. Mitinet Library Services Receives Gold Award in 2021 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks. Mitinet Library Services, a leader in metadata management, is pleased to announce it has received a gold award in LibraryWorks' seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.) The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

January 15, 2021

Patron Point Patron Point receives Platinum Award in 2021 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks. Patron Point is delighted to announce it has received a Platinum award in LibraryWorks' seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.) The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the Fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Danville Public Library (IL) launches Patron Point.. ron Point announced today that Danville Public Library of Illinois has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

January 14, 2021

ProQuest A message from Matti Shem Tov, ProQuest CEO. As we start a new year, I would like to take a moment to thank our customers worldwide, reflect on the year we just ended, and look ahead to 2021 and beyond. [Full Announcement].

MARCIVE, Inc.. Home MARCIVE Receives Platinum Honor in the 2021 Modern Library Awards 2021 MLA Awards MARCIVE’s Authorities Processing and RDA Conversion Services Are Distinguished as Platinum by the 2021 Modern Library Awards. MARCIVE, a trusted provider of MARC bibliographic services, is pleased to announce that two of their innovative services have received the platinum distinction in LibraryWorks' seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). Each year, the MLAs recognize the top products and services in the library industry through a peer-reviewed judging process. Librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries who have experience using the products/services in their facilities are permitted to judge. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Putting its digital strategy into action, the University of Stirling chooses Ex Libris campusM Mobile App and Web Portal. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Scotland's University of Stirling has selected the Ex Libris campusM mobile app and web portal as part of the university's digital strategy. Implemented at educational institutions around the world, the campusM platform provides university communities with easy, on-the-go access to personalized services and constantly changing information. [Full Announcement].

PTFS Europe College of Optometrists chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe. The College of Optometrists has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous IS Oxford Heritage solution. PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services. [Full Announcement].

Crowley Company. Crowley Company Honored with Four 2021 Platinum Modern Library Awards. The Crowley Compan, a worldwide leader in digitization scanning solutions and services with offices in Frederick, Maryland, San Dimas, California and Basingstoke, UK, is pleased to announce that the firm has been honored with LibraryWorks' Modern Library (MLA) awards for the seventh consecutive year. Since the award programs' inception in 2015, Crowley has amassed 22 total awards, this year earning four Platinum distinctions, the highest honor offered. [Full Announcement].

Xercode. 30 bibliotecas más se suman al sistema unificado de gestión de la Red de Bibliotecas Públicas de Galicia. Un total de 30 nuevas bibliotecas se suman a la implantación de Koha, a través de xelibrary, el sistema de gestión integrado para bibliotecas de Xercode que ya utiliza desde hace tiempo la Rede de Bibliotecas Públicas de Galicia. Con esta nueva incorporación, ya son más de 130 las bibliotecas que han unificado su sistema de gestión con Koha. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Sacramento County Public Law Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Sacramento County Public Law Library is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC’s Capira mobile library services recognized with 2021 Modern Library Awards. OCLC's CapiraMobile and CapiraCurbside—mobile library services that offer flexibility, choice, and convenience for libraries and their users—have been recognized with LibraryWorks' 2021 Modern Library Awards. [Full Announcement].

January 13, 2021

Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure. New open access platform for mathematics launched online. With its funding decision in 2019, the Joint Science Conference of the Federal Government and the Länder had paved the way for zbMATH Open. Now it is done: In an elaborate work process, the information service was transformed into an open access platform. This means that much of the data can be used freely for research purposes and for linking to other non-commercial services. [Full Announcement].

Kanopy Pandemic leads to a significant increase in streaming video usage that is expected to continue, study shows. As more people stayed at home during 2020 due to the pandemic, they were streaming a lot more videos for reasons beyond just entertainment. This trend is expected to continue over the next three years, prompting many public libraries to transition their budgets from DVDs to streaming and prepare for changes and challenges. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Saint Vincent College goes live on FOLIO with ByWater Solutions Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania is now live on FOLIO. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 195,000 plus records from Millennium this winter and is providing ongoing support services to the library. As part of their partnership with ByWater, EBSCO Information Services will be providing hosting services along with complimentary products to ensure a complete and well managed FOLIO instance. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 2021

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services Launches EBSCOed. EBSCO Information Services announces the availability of EBSCOed powered by Stacks, a web-based content management system that makes it easy for schools to aggregate and streamline access to their digital resources in an interoperable, personalized experience. Developed in partnership with Publishers' Warehouse, the central source for textbooks in Alabama, EBSCOed serves as a single, easy-to-use online access point to approved educational resources across the state or within a school district's community. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest Introducing ProQuest One Business: supporting business students on the path to academic and professional success. ProQuest announced the launch of a new solution designed to support the unique teaching and learning needs of business faculty and students: ProQuest One Business. Developed in collaboration with faculty, students and business librarians, ProQuest One Business delivers a mix of practical and theoretical content in an interface that helps students build the research skills they'll need for success in their courses and careers. A business-focused user experience guides students to content for their most common assignments – including SWOT analyses, case studies and industry reports. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Over 100 Public Libraries Exceed 1 Million Digital Book Checkouts in 2020. A record 102 public library systems from around the world empowered readers to borrow over 1 million ebooks and audiobooks from their digital collections in 2020. This represents the most systems ever to reach this milestone through OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform. Contributing factors include increased digital book usage due to the pandemic, elevated interest in social justice titles and BIPOC authors and strong circulation growth for children's and young adult titles because of remote learning. [Full Announcement].

January 11, 2021

The Library Corporation TLCs Family of Customers is growing in Indiana. The Library Corporation'continues to expand its family of customers in Indiana with the recent Library.Solution implementation at Plymouth Public Library. [Full Announcement].

2CQR. Important news from 2CQR. Lyngsoe Systems has acquired 2CQR and PV SUPA [Full Announcement].

NISO Four Additional Publishers Adopt NISO’s KBART Guidelines. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce that four more publishers have recently started supplying metadata that conforms to the NISO recommended practice, KBART: Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (NISO RP-9-2014). A total of 62 publishers have now achieved KBAR compliance since the recommended practice was originally published in 2010. [Full Announcement].

January 10, 2021

Community College League of California. Community College League of California reaches agreement with ExLibris to sustain the Library Services Platform. The Community College League of California announced a new three-year agreement with ExLibris for the Library Services Platform (LSP), providing a smooth transition to sustain the effort this fiscal year. The LSP Program is a California Community Colleges systemwide project that recently implemented a shared library software solution for 110 participating colleges. Students can now utilize a single search for physical library materials, library database subscriptions, e-books and Open Educational Resource (OER) materials. [Full Announcement].

January 8, 2021

ProQuest New Theses and Dissertations Dashboard helps universities grow and showcase research. A new electronic theses and dissertations dashboard can help administrators and librarians gather valuable data on their university's research output – and it's now available free to all universities who disseminate their dissertations and theses with ProQuest. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point O’Fallon Public Library (IL) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that O'Fallon Public Library of Illinois has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy Welcomes the Porter County Public Library System to the Savannah Platform. OangeBoy announced the addition of the Porter County Public Library System to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy Welcomes the Keene Memorial Library to the Savannah Platform. OrangeBoy announced the addition of the Keene Memorial Library to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. Located in Fremont, NE, the Keene Memorial Library expands OrangeBoy's footprint in the Midwest and Great Plains region. [Full Announcement].

January 7, 2021

Lyngsoe Systems Lyngsoe Systems to acquire P.V. Supa Group. Lyngsoe Systems A/S Library Business Unit has signed an agreement to acquire Finnish-based P.V. Supa and its related companies in UK (2CQR) and US (P.V. Supa Inc.). [Full Announcement].

Overdrive 33% growth for digital books from public libraries and schools in 2020 sets records. Librarians and educators achieved record levels of digital book circulation in 2020. Readers worldwide borrowed 430 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in the past 12 months, a 33% increase over 2019. This significant growth was influenced by the pandemic, social justice and remote learning. Data was reported by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for 65,000 libraries and schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Santa Fe Public Library. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for the Aspen Discovery Open Source system for Santa Fe Public Library in New Mexico! [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions KOHA ILS Koha Community Announces 20.11 Release. The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open-source library system, announced last month that the Koha 20.11 release is available. This major release includes 9 new features, 354 enhancements, 412 bugfixes. [Full Announcement].

January 6, 2021

Kanopy Kanopy Announces new partnership with Participant to further promote Public access to social impact entertainment. Kanopy announced today a digital content partnership with Participant, the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change. Available to Kanopy users since December, the content agreement offers a selection of Participant's content to participating public library card holders. [Full Announcement].

January 5, 2021

Wiley, Inc.. Wiley acquires Hindawi. John Wiley & Sons announced the acquisition of Hindawi Limited, an innovator in open access publishing and one of the world's fastest growing scientific research publishers, for a total purchase price of $298 million. The acquisition of Hindawi significantly increases Wiley's position as a global leader in research by adding quality, scale and growth to the company's open access publishing program. [Full Announcement].

December 30, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons welcomes new library partners during the Fourth Quarter of 2020. BiblioCommons announced that new libraries have come onboard as partners during the fourth quarter of 2020. The new partner libraries include Lakeland Library Cooperative, Hayward Public Library, OWLSnet Library Consortium, Margate City Public Library, Delaware County District Library, and Oakland Public Library. [Full Announcement].

December 29, 2020

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Polaris Community Welcomes Five More Libraries to Innovative. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, is pleased to celebrate the libraries that joined the Polaris family in 2020. The following libraries selected the Polaris ILS or went live with Polaris:Nassau County Library Association, Florida, PLUS Library Consortium, Ohio, Lincoln Public Library, CaliforniaClearview Library District, Colorado, Livingston Parish Library, Louisiana [Full Announcement].

December 23, 2020

ByWater Solutions Aspen Discovery announces 20.18.00 Release and Notes. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.18.00 release is available. This release includes 1 new functionality and 13 other updates to the Aspen Discovery system. [Full Announcement].

December 21, 2020

Axiell Library consortium Norra Bohusläns Biblioteksförbund (NBBF) chooses Quria. Norra Bohusläns Biblioteksförbund chooses Axiell's cloud-based platform Quria and Axiell Arena, providing the libraries' staff and users with a modern, flexible solution. As a library consortium, NBBF's goal is to manage all of their resources in one platform and to provide the digital service that visitors and borrowers expect from libraries today. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy welcomes the Joplin Public Library to the Savannah platform. OrangeBoy is proud to announce the addition of the Joplin Public Library to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions DeSoto Public Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the DeSoto Public Library in Texas is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Enfield Public Library goes live on Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Enfield Public Library in New Hampshire is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

December 18, 2020

The Library Corporation Bremen Public Library joins the TLC family. The Library Corporation announced that, in spite of the hurdles and challenges COVID-19 continues to present to the library industry in 2020, TLC's family of customers continues to grow and thrive. The most recent library to join the TLC family is Bremen Public Library. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Santa Clara County Law Library goes live on Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Santa Clara County Law Library is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

December 17, 2020

Equinox Equinox migrates Port Colborne Public Library to the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative. Equinox welcomed the Port Colborne Public Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) in Canada. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox migrates Welland Public Library to the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative. Equinox welcomed the Welland Public Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (LiNC) in Canada. [Full Announcement].

Preservica. Preservica announces new free-forever digital preservation solution. Preservica announcedPreservica Starter, a brand new set of FREE (forever) and low-cost (from $199 per month) digital preservation solutions, making it easy and affordable for institutions of all sizes to preserve, curate and share digital content online in minutes. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Aspen Discovery announces 20.17.00 Release. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.17.00 release is available. This minor release includes 12 updates to the Aspen Discovery system. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy Welcomes the North Canton Public Library to the Savannah Platform. OrangeBoy announced the addition of the North Canton Public Library to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].

December 16, 2020

Library of Congress. Library of Congress appoints new Chief of Research and Reference Services. The Library of Congress has appointed Dennis Clark as chief of Research and Reference Services. Clark brings more than 22 years' experience as an administrator and librarian to the Library, where he will lead public research services, onsite and online user engagement and the development of the majority of the 30 million items in the Library's General Collections. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest The Royal College of Art joins ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Publishing Program. The London-based Royal College of Art has joined the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses publishing program and will now contribute its graduate students' dissertations and theses to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database, the leading global source of emerging research from universities around the world. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest Netherlands’ Wageningen University and Research joins ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Publishing Program. Wageningen University and Research has become the first Dutch university to join the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses publishing program and will now include its PhD theses to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database, the leading global source of emerging research from universities around the world. [Full Announcement].

December 15, 2020

Ex Libris Health Careers International (HCI) opts for Ex Libris Alma library services and Primo discovery solution. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Health Careers International (HCI) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Health Careers International is an Australian-based company that provides healthcare education and training programs for students who plan careers as healthcare professionals around the world. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive OverDrive Education Announces Top Ebooks, Audiobooks Downloaded by Students from K-12 Schools In 2020. With K-12 students accessing digital books more than ever due to remote learning, OverDrive Education announced the most-read ebooks and audiobooks worldwide in 2020. Data is based on usage of ebooks and audiobooks from 38,000 schools in 71 countries. OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for schools, reported tens of millions of digital books were borrowed and read on the Sora student reading app, nearly triple the total in 2019. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Bremen Public Library Joins the TLC Family. The Library Corporation announced that, in spite of the hurdles and challenges COVID-19 continues to present to the library industry in 2020, TLC's family of customers continues to grow and thrive. The most recent library to join the TLC family is Bremen Public Library. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative announces Vega Discover Release. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software announced today that Vega Discover is now in general release. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy Remembering 2020, and Looking Forward to 2021. As we look back at 2020, the OrangeBoy team extends our deepest sympathies to each member of our community impacted personally or professionally by the ongoing pandemic. As 2020 comes to an end, the challenges we faced this year are not. We continue to offer our support and guidance to all of our partner libraries that are delivering critical services to communities across the world. [Full Announcement].

December 14, 2020

NISO NISO’s updated draft standard on Criteria for Indexes now open for public comment. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced today that the Z39.4 Criteria for Indexes Working Group has released its draft standard for public comment. It replaces the original ANSI/NISO Z39.4 standard (Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices) and is an updated and expanded version of NISO's Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices (a technical report, TR02-1997). [Full Announcement].

Capita Agreement to sell Education Software Solutions. Capita plc announces that it has agreed to sell its Education Software Solutions business to Tiger UK Bidco Limited, a newly formed company established by funds advised by Montagu Private Equity (‘Montagu'), in a deal that values ESS at up to £400m. [Full Announcement].

ParentPay Montagu Private Equity to acquire Capita’s ESS business and invest in ParentPay Group, ESS to become part of ParentPay group, subject to approval. Montagu Private Equity, a leading European private equity firm, announced it has agreed to acquire the Education Software Solutions business (“ESS”) of Capita plc and has also agreed to invest in ParentPay Group (“ParentPay”), a leading provider of education technology. Following successful completion of both investments, ESS will become part of the ParentPay Group. [Full Announcement].

December 12, 2020

King County Library System. Urban Libraries Council honors KCLS with 2020 Innovation Award. The Urban Libraries Council named the King County Library System one of 10 Top Innovators today during the virtual 2020 Innovations Celebration. The annual Innovations award program recognizes and raises the visibility of cutting-edge programs, strategies, tools, techniques and ideas from ULC's member library systems across the U.S. and Canada. [Full Announcement].

December 11, 2020

Mitinet Library Services. Libraries achieve unlimited discoverability with complete Integrated Library Systems. Mitinet Library Services, a leader in metadata management and developer of the multi-award winning BestMARC, and COMPanion Corporation, a pioneer in educational software and developer of Alexandria Integrated Library System (ILS), are excited to announce a powerful integration within Alexandria. [Full Announcement].

TIND Materials Technology Institute selects TIND IR and TIND DA. The Materials Technology Institute has selected the TIND Institutional Repository and TIND Digital Archive. MTI is migrating from an existing repository provided by Global Village Publishing, a Sage Publishing product. MTI will utilize the TIND platform to provide web-based repository access to over four decades of not-for-profit research and resources to its member companies and engineers. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Sioux City Public Library (IA) enhances marketing with Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Sioux City Public Library of Iowa has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls to Install Pathogen-fighting UV Lighting for Vernon Area Public Library. Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings, is committed to equipping buildings with indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions to create spaces that put people at ease. Johnson Controls has helped customers across the globe, including the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire, IL, identify strategies to create healthier air in buildings, including the use of ultraviolet (UV) lighting solutions to kill viral organisms. [Full Announcement].

BiblioCommons BiblioCon ’21 is online and open to all public library staff. BiblioCommons announced the launch of registration for BiblioCon ‘21, BiblioCommons' bi-ennial public library conference. This year's all virtual event will bring together public libraries and BiblioCommons team members for interactive sessions, networking events, and more. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy welcomes the Kendallville Public Library to the Savannah platform. OrangeBoy announced the addition of the Kendallville Public Library to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].

December 10, 2020

Virginia Tech University. Grant awarded to University Libraries to study curation of interdisciplinary data and collaborative research. University Libraries in collaboration with libraries at Indiana University and the University of Colorado Boulder have been awarded a 2-year, $378,046 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant under the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. Together these university libraries will address the challenge of curating data produced during interdisciplinary and highly collaborative research. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest New TDM Data Visualization interface supports research at all levels. Text and data mining is now accessible to all researchers – even those without coding experience – thanks to a new visualization interface in ProQuest TDM Studio. The new interface enables TDM to extend beyond pure research and into teaching and learning by enabling students to explore large datasets. [Full Announcement].

Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press joins Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA). Oxford University Press announced that it will join the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA), a collaboration between publishers, infrastructure organisations, librarians, and researchers to promote the open availability of abstracts. Through joining I4OA OUP commits to making the abstracts of our scholarly publications available in an open and machine-accessible way. By making abstracts widely available, I4OA aims to boost the discoverability of scholarly research and increase its impact. It brings abstracts together in a common format in a searchable cross-disciplinary database, providing opportunities for analysis via text mining, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services announces Clinical Decisions brand. EBSCO Information Services announced Clinical Decisions as the new brand for its growing suite of health care solutions focused on improving patient-centered outcomes. EBSCO is a leading provider of clinical decision support, shared decision making, and medical research solutions, helping to improve patient care by providing health care professionals with clinical evidence at the point of care. Bringing clinical resources and services together under the Clinical Decisions brand emphasizes the company's focus on enhancing patient care through standardized and consistent application of evidence-based methodologies. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox migrates Grimsby Public Library to Libraries in Niagara Cooperative Cooperative. Equinox is pleased to welcome the Grimsby Public Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative. [Full Announcement].

December 9, 2020

KOMBIT. Københavns Kommune har ibrugtaget ØiR Debitor. Efter et succesfuldt testforløb har Københavns Kommune netop sat ØiR Debitor i drift på Fælles Bibliotekssystem (FBS). Som den første kommune i Danmark ibrugtog Københavns Kommune den 1. december ØiR debitorintegrationen i forbindelse med brugen af Fælles Bibliotekssystem (FBS). Konkret betyder det, at Københavns Kommune nu kan afsende fordringer automatisk fra FBS til kommunens debitorsystem (KMD OPUS). [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services A national library discovery service for the NHS in England: Health Education England (HEE) partners with EBSCO Information Services. HEE is committed to enabling all NHS staff and learners to freely access library and knowledge services, so that they can use the best available knowledge and evidence to deliver excellent healthcare. We can now announce that HEE will be working with EBSCO Information Services to provide a national gateway to high-quality knowledge resources and the trusted expertise of local library and knowledge services staff. Using EBSCO's Discovery Service customisable solution, NHS staff and learners will get fast, easy access to the information they need. [Full Announcement].

BARATZ Las bibliotecas del Gobierno Vasco se integran en la Red de Lectura Pública de Euskadi. La Red de Bibliotecas Departamentales del Gobierno Vasco se ha integrado en la Red de Lectura Pública de Euskadi (RLPE). Gracias a dicha integración, las personas usuarias de la RLPE podrán consultar más de 150.000 nuevos títulos al incluirse todos los catálogos bibliográficos pertenecientes a las bibliotecas del Gobierno Vasco. De esta manera se enriquece sustancialmente la temática y calidad de los fondos bibliográficos a los que podrá acceder la ciudadanía vasca, según informa el Gobierno Vasco en su página web. [Full Announcement].

NISO CRKN and NISO Announce Canadian Consortium Agreement. The Canadian Research Knowledge Network and the National Information Standards Organization announced a consortium agreement to provide NISO Library Standards Alliance membership to all CRKN institutional members, as well as associate members participating in CRKN's content licensing program. [Full Announcement].

OCLC National College of Art and Design now live with OCLCs WorldShare Management Services. The National College of Art and Design, based in Dublin, Ireland, is now using OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their library services platform to support their objectives of enhancing student experience and improving staff workflows. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. New York Public Library Joins Innovative in Developing New Vega Platform. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced that The New York Public Library has joined the Development Partner Program for Vega, a new patron engagement and discovery solution for public libraries. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Southern Teller County Public Library Joins CLiC and Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) has added Southern Teller Public Library District, Colorado to their consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS and Aspen Discovery for their catalog. [Full Announcement].

December 8, 2020

Ex Libris University of Waikato Launches Ex Libris campusM Mobile App to Boost Communication and Collaboration among Students and Staff. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the University of Waikato, located in Hamilton, New Zealand, has launched its WaikatoUni mobile app based on the Ex Libris campusM platform. [Full Announcement].

SirsiDynix Carver County Public Library selects SirsiDynix as Their ILS Vendor. Inglewood Public Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner. Believing in the power libraries have to uplift and enrich their communities, SirsiDynix is honored to provide services and support to Carver County Public Library. [Full Announcement].

MOBIUS. MOBIUS Migrates Onslow County Library to NC Cardinal Consortium. MOBIUS announced that the Onslow County Public Library successfully migrated and went live as a member of the NC Cardinal Consortium, which utilizes the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS), on November 12, 2020. [Full Announcement].

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. Introducing Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Institution Archives have merged to become Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. Through this new partnership, the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives houses nearly 3 million library volumes in subjects ranging from art to zoology and 44,000 cubic feet of archival materials chronicling the growth and development of the Smithsonian throughout its history. The organization will better serve the growing needs of the global research, curatorial, library, archival and academic communities. [Full Announcement].

December 7, 2020

The Library Corporation TLC completes milestone migration to TLC.Cloud Services. The Library Corporation has completed its fifth customer migration to its latest cloud hosting model: TLC.Cloud Services. Five distinctive library systems from around the country and internationally have partnered with TLC to successfully migrate their integrated library systems into the new cloud platform, with more customers scheduled for migrations later this year and beyond. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy announces recipients of 2020 Public Library Opie Award. OrangeBoy, Inc., a leading consultancy for public libraries and provider of Savannah, the Community Engagement Platform built exclusively for libraries, announced today the eight public libraries selected as recipients of the 2020 Opie Award. Winners were selected from across the United States and Canada by an independent board of library leaders who evaluated proposals submitted by applicants outlining inspiring or innovative ideas designed to further support the communities served by each library. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services Libraries turn to NoveList's LibraryAware to communicate with patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. LibraryAware, from NoveList, a division of EBSCO Information Services, is becoming a must-have marketing tool given the unique needs of libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic. These unique needs have led to unprecedented interest in LibraryAware as library staff are leveraging its 10,000+ ready-to-use templates, allowing staff to communicate with patrons and increase awareness of virtual programming, reopening, pick up plans, changes in hours, and more. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Benbrook Public Library goes live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Benbrook Public Library in Texas is now live on Koha and Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Aspen Discovery 20.16.00 release available. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.16.00 release is available. This major release includes 2 new functionalities and 17 updates to the Aspen Discovery system. [Full Announcement].

December 4, 2020

Patron Point Jackson County Library Service (OR) joins Patron Point user community. Patron Point announced that Jackson County Library Services of Oregon has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

SirsiDynix SirsiDynix BLUEcloud Mobile enhancements now include patron self-service and click and collect. To allow for safer, contactless circulation in response to the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to the libraries, SirsiDynix announced enhancements to the BLUEcloud Mobile application with Patron Self-Service and Click & Collect. The new optional workflows allow patrons to use their mobile devices to check books in and out with barcodes and RFID systems. This functionality is supported by vendors such as 3M, Bibliotheca, PV Supa, FE, Envisionware, and D-Tech. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation eBiblioFile now serves former RBdigital customers enhanced data. With the recent acquisition of RBdigital by OverDrive, TLC announced that all former RBdigital customers are now eligible to utilize eBiblioFile, an on-demand MARC record service for eBooks and other downloadable titles. This service has been available to OverDrive customers as well as cloudLibrary™ by bibliotheca customers. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox migrates Neosho-Newton County Library to Missouri Evergreen Consortium. Equinox welcomed the Neosho-Newton County Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. Neosho-Newton County Library's move will support 19,152 patrons and encompass a total of 65,791 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. Evergreen training was also provided by Equinox. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions names Jessie Zairo Director of Library Sales and Outreach. ByWater Solutions announced the promotion of Jessie Zairo to Director of Library Sales and Outreach. Jessie started with ByWater Solutions in November 2015 as a Koha Educator, welcoming and training new partner libraries. Since 2018, Jessie has been the Marketing & Outreach Coordinator. Jessie has been essential in expanding the ByWater presence in the open-source community through initiatives like The Library is Open Podcast, Monday Minutes, and presenting at numerous conferences throughout the country. [Full Announcement].

December 3, 2020

Patron Point Patron Point expands support organization with Conner appointment. Patron Point announced the appointment of Kellie Conner who joins the company's support organization as Implementation Manager. Previous to joining Patron Point, Conner was Product Owner at Innovative Interfaces where she was responsible for product management of the Polaris ILS. Previous to that role, Conner was Manager, Customer Support at Polaris Library Systems. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Nashville Public Library. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Discovery Open Source system for Nashville Public Library in Tennessee. [Full Announcement].

FOLIO. FOLIO launches Honeysuckle Release. The FOLIO Open Source Community has issued its latest named release as the platform continues to add features and functionality to the library services platform. The Honeysuckle Release includes platform updates and integration improvements in addition to user experience improvements and accessibility features. [Full Announcement].

December 2, 2020

Lyngsoe Systems Colin Carter joins LyngsoeSystems as IMMS Business Director. Business Unit Director Henrik Kjeldgaard announced that Colin Carter joined Lyngsoe Systems in the Library Business Unit – specifically the IMMS team. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Alphacrucis College enhances teaching and research capabilities for students and faculty with Ex Libris Alma library platform and Primo discovery solution. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Alphacrucis College has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform along with the Ex Libris Primo discovery solution to streamline the management of library resources and research materials. These systems will replace multiple products. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive OverDrive significantly expands magazine catalog for libraries worldwide, supplied by ZINIO. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, is now offering more popular digital magazines than ever before. As a result of the company's acquisition of RBdigital earlier this year, over 3,000 in-demand magazines supplied by ZINIO are now available through the OverDrive platform in the Libby app. All magazines are available in unlimited simultaneous use for public, academic and corporate libraries. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group. Shandong University joins the ranks of prestigious universities in China to acquire Gale Scholar. Shandong University is the latest university in China to acquire Gale Scholar, from Gale, a Cengage company, empowering its researchers to make fresh discoveries through digital access to millions of pages from Gale Primary Sources. Gale Scholar offers institutions access to core collections in Gale Primary Sources totaling more than 170 million digitized pages from the vaults of world renowned libraries, covering over 500 years of international history. [Full Announcement].

NISO Heather Joseph Named As NISO's 2021 Miles Conrad Awardee. The National Information Standards Organization announced that Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will be the recipient of the 2021 Miles Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the information community. [Full Announcement].

Ingram Content Group. Publica announces agreement with Ingram Content Groups CoreSource Plus. Publica, the fast-evolving content commerce network, announced a new collaboration with Ingram Content Group, bringing millions of books from hundreds of publishers into the network by integrating CoreSource Plus, Ingram's digital asset management and distribution platform. [Full Announcement].

December 1, 2020

NISO Zeynep Tufekci Announced as Closing Keynote for NISO Plus 2021. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that respected scholar and writer, Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, will be the closing keynote at the next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually, February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Gettysburg College signs up for Ex Libris Rapido Early Adopter Program to modernize patrons' resource Sharing Experience. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Gettysburg College's Musselman Library has elected to become an early adopter of the Ex Libris Rapido™ resource sharing solution, becoming part of the growing Rapido community. [Full Announcement].

BiblioCommons Appointment of a new General Manager for BiblioCommons. BiblioCommons is pleased to announce that Sebastien Lopes has been appointed General Manager of BiblioCommons as of December 1, 2020. Sebastien Lopes will be replacing Matt Goddard, who will be transitioning to a sister company under the Volaris Group of companies. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Vancouver Art Gallery chooses Axiell Collections to manage diverse visual arts collection. Axiell, the world's leading software and services provider for the cultural sector, announces that Vancouver Art Gallery has chosen its collections management platform, Axiell Collections, to manage their collection of over 12,500 art works. Vancouver Art Gallery's collection is the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia, featuring historical and contemporary art by Canadian and international artists. Special attention is given to the accomplishments of Indigenous artists, as well as to those of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy Welcomes the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library to the Savannah Platform. OrangeBoy is proud to announce the addition of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].

November 30, 2020

Biblionix Biblionix fee reductions and COVID-19. Biblionix's subscription model is helping libraries with COVID-19 related budget challenges. If usage of the Apollo ILS is lower, normal company policy is to reduce fees at renewal time to match the actual usage over the previous 12 months. This is counter to common behavior of other vendors; locking-in prices for years, and in some cases applying automatic yearly increases. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy Welcomes the Kingston Frontenac Public Library to the Savannah Platform. [Full Announcement].

November 27, 2020

Patron Point Bayport-Blue Point Public Library (NY) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Bayport-Blue Point Public Library of New York has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

November 26, 2020

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons releases new enhanced discovery and online browsing. With public library buildings across North America closed or restricting access, connecting patrons with the library's collections online has never been more critical. BiblioCommons has released new functionality in the BiblioCore catalog that creates an enhanced online browsing experience facilitating endless routes for patrons to discover what to read, watch or listen to next — even when they can't physically browse the shelves at the library. [Full Announcement].

November 25, 2020

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Ajax Public Library. ByWater Solutions, a forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Ajax Public Library in Canada is now live on Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].