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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].

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].

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 24, 2020

Springer Nature. Springer Nature announces gold open access options for Nature journals from January 2021. Springer Nature announced that German authors would be able to publish their primary research open access in Nature and the Nature research journals, thanks to a ground-breaking agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library. Whilst highly effective in transitioning articles to open access, transformative agreements like this can be complicated and take time to put in place. In recognition of this, Springer Nature today announces that authors seeking to publish OA in Nature and the Nature research journals will no longer have to wait. [Full Announcement].

Morris Automated Information Network. MAIN Libraries launch next generation mobile app for member libraries. Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN), a northern New Jersey shared services consortium of public libraries to introduce the SOLUS mobile Library App to its network of 49 libraries across Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties, effective November 23, 2020. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris UNC Charlotte joins the Ex Libris Rapido early adopter program to transform library services. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the University of North Carolina Charlotte has joined the early adopter program of the Ex Libris Rapido resource sharing solution. As a founding member of the Rapido early adopter program, UNC Charlotte's J. Murrey Atkins Library will help shape the way in which the Rapido solution evolves and interoperates with the library ecosystem. Through its participation in the program, the university will gain an even greater understanding of how to maximize its investments in those systems. [Full Announcement].

NISO Applications Now Invited for the NISO Plus 2021 Scholarship Program!. NISO announced that, with the generous support of Digital Science, they are now inviting applications for our NISO Plus 2021 scholarship program. Building on the success of our experience with the first cohort of NISO Plus scholarship winners, we will again be encouraging successful applicants to engage fully with NISO and our community — not just at the NISO Plus conference, but also throughout the year. [Full Announcement].

November 23, 2020

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services partners with Guidelines International Network (GIN) to develop GIN Library and Registry of Guidelines. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has partnered with the Guidelines International Network (GIN) to launch the GIN Library and Registry of Guidelines. The library, which includes approximately 3,000 guidelines developed or endorsed by GIN members, is freely available to medical researchers across the globe. [Full Announcement].

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

PTFS Europe The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has recently selected Koha open source LMS for their new library system. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining chose Koha for its new library management system earlier this year with PTFS Europe providing implementation, on-going hosting and support services. [Full Announcement].

November 21, 2020

EnvisionWare EnvisionWares 24-hour library opens for service as The Vending Library branch at the Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center. Indian River County Library System in Florida officially announced the grand opening of their new Vending Library branch location. The Vending Library, EnvisionWare's 24-Hour Library solution, is open to community members at the County's IRC Intergenerational Recreation Center (IG Center). [Full Announcement].

Follett Follett Book eFairs enhance shipping options to include students homes. Follett Book eFairs continue to grow in popularity due to their streamlined setup and the ease with which coordinators can carry them out. Yet another convenient feature was added today when Follett announced it will ship online book fair orders directly to students' homes. Online book fair coordinators can now choose to have books shipped to either the school or students' home -- a convenience that Britten Follett knows will be met with applause from educators as well as elementary and middle school students and their families. [Full Announcement].

November 20, 2020

Patron Point Tinley Park Public Library (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced today that Tinley Park Public Library of Illinois has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing effor [Full Announcement].

November 19, 2020

OCLC REALM project releases results from latest tests of coronavirus on five common building materials. The REALM project has released results from the sixth round of tests conducted in a Battelle laboratory that determined how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can remain active on five materials commonly used in furnishings, exhibits, and equipment found in museums, libraries, and archives. The tests examined architectural glass, marble, countertop laminate, brass, and powder-coated steel. Samples of each material were inoculated with active virus, allowed to dry, and then placed in an environmentally controlled chamber with no outside light or air. Results show that after two days, SARS-CoV-2 virus was no longer detectable on the brass and marble. After six days, virus was not detected on the glass, laminate, and powder-coated steel. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest ProQuest integrates ebook data with Talis Aspire, simplifying reading list workflows. ProQuest has collaborated with Talis, a SAGE Publishing Company, to integrate ProQuest Ebook Central platform pricing and holdings data into Talis Aspire, a tool used by libraries to create and manage resource lists to support university curriculum. Using Talis Aspire, faculty can create reading lists for their courses and send these lists to the library for review and purchase. Now, when a requested book is available through the ProQuest Ebook Central platform, Talis Aspire will display prices, available access models and information on what the library already owns, avoiding duplication. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier. Aries Systems and Digital Commons partner to offer Editorial Manager to Digital Commons premier journals. Aries Systems Corporation, a leading technology workflow solutions provider to the scholarly publishing community, and Digital Commons, a leading platform for open access publishing and institutional repositories, are pleased to announce their partnership supporting the growth of Diamond Open Access (OA) journals across the globe. [Full Announcement].

SPIE. SPIE announces partnership with global open-knowledge platform The Lens. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is pleased to announce a partnership with the global open-knowledge platform, The Lens, a robust and comprehensive resource of linked datasets of scholarly and patent works run by Cambia, a long-established global social enterprise. Under the agreement, all scholarly citation and patent citation data for SPIE publications curated by The Lens will be integrated into the SPIE Digital Library and available to readers. The SPIE Digital Library, the world's largest collection of optics and photonics applied research, comprises more than 500,000 publications which cover topical areas ranging from biomedical optics and neuroscience, to physics and astronomy-related technology. [Full Announcement].

November 18, 2020

NISO NISO voting members approve work to update Journal Article Versions (JAV). The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced today that their Voting Members have approved a new work item to update the 2008 Recommended Practice, NISO RP-8-2008, Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group. A NISO Working Group is being set up, and work is expected to begin in early 2021. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group. Gale Enhances Miss Humblebee’s Academy to Improve User Experience and Deliver Better Learning Outcomes. To help schools, parents and caregivers meet the needs of their early learners and further empower their learning journey toward school readiness, Gale, a Cengage company has made major enhancements to Miss Humblebee's Academy, its award-winning interactive online learning solution for children ages three to six. [Full Announcement].

November 17, 2020

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services announces collaboration with PowerSchool to enhance Stacks Portals. EBSCO Information Services announces new collaboration with PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions, to facilitate easy access and inclusion in course programming for teachers and students via EBSCOed powered by Stacks. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Oded Scharfstein to Succeed Bar Veinstein as Ex Libris President. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Oded Scharfstein will succeed Bar Veinstein as president of Ex Libris. Mr. Veinstein will continue leading Ex Libris until January 2021, and going forward, will serve on the company's advisory board. [Full Announcement].

Follett Follett Adapts SIS to Help Districts During Distance Learning. As the COVID-19 pandemic calls upon many schools and districts to continue distance learning, Follett has responded to educators' needs by adding new convenient features to its student information system, which serves more than two million students throughout the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].

Portage. CARL Portage Funds Scholars Portal Dataverse to Acquire Repository Storage for Canadian Research Data. Scholars Portal Dataverse, hosted at the University of Toronto Libraries, and CARL Portage are pleased to announce the acquisition of over 275 TB of storage to provide Canadian libraries with increased storage capacity for research data. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC, Washington State University are creating digital stewardship training courses for tribal libraries, archives, museums, and small public libraries. OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, is creating a series of 10 free online courses for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums, and small public libraries on digital stewardship and community-centered curation of cultural collections. These on-demand courses, adapted from the successful Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program developed at Washington State University, are scheduled to launch in early 2022. OCLC and WSU are partnering on this project with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2020

ProQuest McGraw Hill now provides digital textbooks to academic libraries on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform. Learning science company McGraw Hill has begun making its widely used digital textbooks available for sale and distribution to U.S. academic libraries through Ebook Central, the eBook platform from EdTech leader ProQuest, a leading partner to academic libraries in the U.S. and globally. [Full Announcement].

Kanopy Kanopy study shows collection diversity in streaming video is very important to libraries. A primary mission shared by both academic and public libraries is to meet the streaming video needs of students and patrons for diverse and inclusive content such as African American Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Women's Studies, Disabilities Studies and more. Preliminary results of a Kanopy survey of more than 960 librarians, publicly available January 2021, show that 94% of academic and 86% of public libraries say Collection Diversity is “very important” to “important.” Yet only 26% and 29% respectively say they are fully meeting their users' needs for such content. [Full Announcement].

NISO Margaret Sraku-Lartey Confirmed as Second NISO Plus 2021 Keynote. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced that Margaret Sraku-Lartey, Principal Librarian at CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG), will be a keynote speaker at the next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually on February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

November 13, 2020

Patron Point Comsewogue Public Library (NY) signs with Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Comsewogue Public Library of New York has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

Auto-Graphics, Inc. Agent Information Software (AIFS) publishes 2020 Third Quarter Financials. The parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc. (A-G), Agent Information Software (AIFS) released their earnings for the third quarter of 2020, ending September 30, 2020. AIFS' sub-company Auto-Graphics, Inc., is an industry-leading provider of library automation software. A-G was the first to provide Cloud-based library resource sharing solutions. [Full Announcement].

November 12, 2020

ProQuest University of Johannesburg joins ProQuest Dissertations and Theses publishing program. The University of Johannesburg has joined the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses publishing program and will now contribute its graduate students' dissertations and theses to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database, the leading source of emerging research from universities around the world. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Southern Cross University launches Ex Libris Esploro Researcher Profiles. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Australia's Southern Cross University (SCU) has launched its online Researcher Profiles, powered by the Ex Libris Esploro™ research information management solution. The Researcher Profiles pages are part of SCU's Esploro-based Research Portal, which showcases research carried out at Southern Cross University and provides access to scholarly outputs. [Full Announcement].

November 11, 2020

BARATZ El catálogo «Inventario de cine español conservado» reúne los títulos que custodian los archivos fílmicos de España. fotoquímicos custodiados en dieciséis archivos fílmicos de España.Filmoteca Española ha presentado el «Inventario de cine español conservado». Esta herramienta que reúne la información de las películas custodiadas en los diferentes archivos repartidos a lo largo de la geografía española está desarrollada por Baratz. Actualmente se han inventariado un total de 5.863 títulos y 30.643 materiales fotoquímicos aunque, como reconocen desde el proyecto, será necesario seguir nutriendo el catálogo de materiales a través de una actualización constante del mismo. [Full Announcement].

BARATZ El catálogo «Inventario de cine español conservado» reúne los títulos que custodian los archivos fílmicos de España. fotoquímicos custodiados en dieciséis archivos fílmicos de España.Filmoteca Española ha presentado el «Inventario de cine español conservado». Esta herramienta que reúne la información de las películas custodiadas en los diferentes archivos repartidos a lo largo de la geografía española está desarrollada por Baratz. Actualmente se han inventariado un total de 5.863 títulos y 30.643 materiales fotoquímicos aunque, como reconocen desde el proyecto, será necesario seguir nutriendo el catálogo de materiales a través de una actualización constante del mismo. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate divests Techstreet, its standards management business, to a new for-profit subsidiary of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a globally recognized, trusted source of standards used around the world, announced today that the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers, a new for-profit subsidiary of ASME, has acquired Techstreet. [Full Announcement].

Softlink International Softlink Information Centres releases Liberty v5 Build 8.040. Softlink Information Centres, a leading supplier of library and research management systems is pleased to announce the release of Liberty v5 Build 8.040. The latest release includes some features eagerly anticipated by our Liberty customers in libraries and knowledge centres across the globe. [Full Announcement].

November 10, 2020

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services and AT-CRIS partner to offer FOLIO implementation services for libraries in Germany. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and AT-CRIS GmbH (AT-CRIS) are partnering to support libraries looking to implement the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP). EBSCO and AT-CRIS will provide reliable implementation, hosting and support services to libraries in Germany. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Free collection of simultaneous use Spanish-Language ebooks and audiobooks now available for schools. OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools worldwide, introduced a new way to help schools meet increased demand for digital content. To supplement remote and hybrid learning for Spanish-language readers, OverDrive Education donated 100 Spanish-language titles for young readers to over 38,000 schools around the world. This bundle includes high-interest Spanish-language ebook, audiobook and Read-Along titles with unlimited access for students of participating schools through September 30, 2021. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy Beyond the Branch Walls: Building Your Library through Community Outreach. Building a Community Outreach program is a way to fulfill the mission of your library while meeting the new rules of operating in a pandemic. In a time when many members of the community feel isolated, Community Outreach can serve as a method to create lasting connections with the library and among cardholders. It can also serve as a way to keep your library front of mind for cardholders. One thing is for certain, the need remains high, and so the impact of any outreach will return strong dividends for everyone. [Full Announcement].

November 9, 2020

OCLC Anja Smit, Shirley Chiu-wing Wong take seats on OCLC Board of Trustees. Anja Smit, University Librarian at Utrecht University in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Shirley Chiu-wing Wong, University Librarian at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board's regular November meeting. Both were elected by OCLC Global Council to serve four-year terms on the board. [Full Announcement].

November 7, 2020

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative development partners launch Vega Discover: launch marks the start of compelling new discovery experiences for library patrons. Innovative, a ProQuest company announced that three public library partners in the Innovative Vega Development Partner program have launched Vega as their discovery tool. The partners are: The Ferguson Library in Connecticut, MidPointe Library System in Ohio, and Jefferson County Library Cooperative in Alabama. [Full Announcement].

November 6, 2020

Insight Informatics The Filderstadt Public Library in Germany upgrades to latest LIBERO Version (V6.4). The Filderstadt Public Library is a long-standing customer of LIBERO since 2005. For many years, the library received its support through the former German distributor; however, since the restructuring at the beginning of this year, Filderstadt, along with all other German clients, now receives direct support from the LIBERO team. The library team worked with the LIBERO team to upgrade the server and migrate to the latest version of LIBERO. [Full Announcement].

Insight Informatics Die Stadtbibliothek Filderstadt aktualisiert auf die neueste LIBERO-Version (V6.4). Brisbane, Australien – Die Stadtbibliothek Filderstadt ist ein langjähriger Kunde von LIBERO seit 2005. Über viele Jahre erhielt die Bibliothek ihren Support durch den ehemaligen deutschen Vertriebshändler; seit der Umstrukturierung Anfang diesen Jahres wird Filderstadt nun, wie alle deutschen Kunden, vom LIBERO-Team direkt betreut, welches gemeinsam mit dem Team der Bibliothek das Server-Upgrade und den Umstieg auf die neueste Version von LIBERO umgesetzt hat. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Boone County Public Library (KY) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Boone County Public Library of Burlington, Kentucky has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

November 5, 2020

SirsiDynix Public Libraries Victoria welcomes new libraries to its consortia. Public Libraries Victoria announced the addition of three new libraries to its consortia, including Wyndham City Libraries, Moonee Valley Libraries, and Hobsons Bay Libraries. PLV now has a total of 26 libraries and hopes to see others join later in the year. [Full Announcement].

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

November 4, 2020

Ex Libris Ex Libris and Kinokuniya join forces to deliver campusM mobile app and web portal for higher-ed institutions in Japan. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced a strategic partnership agreement with Kinokuniya Company Ltd. to promote the Ex Libris campusM mobile app and web portal for institutions of higher education across Japan. As a leading supplier of research and educational resources for academic institutions in Japan, Kinokuniya has been a ProQuest partner for over 40 years, and is now the official Ex Libris campusM partner in Japan. [Full Announcement].

November 3, 2020

ProQuest Federal Trade Commission closes its review of ProQuest’s acquisition of Innovative Interfaces. ProQuest announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has closed its review of Ex Libris' acquisition of Innovative. Innovative is now part of the ProQuest corporate family. Operationally, Innovative will run independently as a ProQuest entity and peer company to Ex Libris. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest Underline Science announces new appointments to Board of Directors. Underline Science, the premier virtual conference venue for events in science, medicine and academia, announced that it has appointed Robert VanHees, President and Chief Financial Officer of ProQuest, and Rafael Sidi, formerly SVP at ProQuest and General Manager of the ProQuest Information Solutions business unit, to its board of directors. [Full Announcement].

Virginia Tech University. Tyler Walters elected to Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors. University Libraries at Virginia Tech Dean Tyler Walters was elected to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 2020-21 Board of Directors during its Fall 2020 Association Meeting. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Washington and Jefferson College goes live on FOLIO with ByWater Solutions support. ByWater Solution announced that the Washington & Jefferson College's Clark Family Library in Washington, Pennsylvania is now live on FOLIO. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 100,000 plus holdings from the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS this summer 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].

Coherent Digital. World's largest resource for public policy launches today. Coherent Digital launched Policy Commons, a new resource to help researchers, educators, students, and policymakers benefit from the work of top policy experts, publishers, nonpartisan think tanks, IGOs, and NGOs. Policy Commons is a discovery service, an aggregation of premium content, a social network, a hosting service, a curation service, an alert service, a repository to save at-risk content, an impact analytics service, and a suite of tools to enrich content. These services are built around a specially commissioned organization directory with over 16,000 records. Membership is free to end-users, and much of the content is open. [Full Announcement].

OCLC Québec universities now using OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services to share, search BCI library collections. Québec university libraries that are grouped together within the library Subcommittee of the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) are now managing, sharing and searching their collections through a single union catalog built on OCLC's WorldShare Management Services library services platform. [Full Announcement].

OCLC Les universités du Québec utilisent maintenant les Services de gestion WorldShare d’OCLC pour le partage et la recherche des collections de leurs bibliothèques. Les bibliothèques universitaires du Québec regroupées au sein du sous-comité des bibliothèques du Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI) gèrent, partagent et dorénavant donnent accès à leurs collections par le biais d'un catalogue collectif hébergé sur la plateforme de services de gestion de bibliothèques WorldShare d'OCLC. [Full Announcement].

October 30, 2020

Lyrasis LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce Copyright Advisory Board Members. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are pleased to announce the members of the Advisory Board for the newly formed Virtual Copyright Education Center. As previously announced, LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are joining forces to pilot the new program which will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. [Full Announcement].

Evergreen Project Evergreen Release Adds Curbside Pickup, Course Reserves. The largest new Evergreen release in years provides important new functionality for all types of libraries, including new curbside pickup and course materials modules. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho (LCEI) is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy welcomes three new libraries to the Savannah platform. OrangeBoy announced the addition of the Ada Community Library, the Butte County Library and the Taneyhills Community Library to its Savannah® user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].

October 29, 2020

BARATZ AbsysNet se enriquece con los contenidos sociales de Babelio para mejorar las recomendaciones de libros. Baratz llega a un acuerdo de colaboración con Babelio para enriquecer los catálogos de las bibliotecas con contenidos sociales y recomendaciones literarias. Babelio es el primer servicio de contenidos sociales para bibliotecas y cuenta con decenas de miles de reseñas y calificaciones de libros. La modularidad y flexibilidad del diseño de AbsysNet, combinadas con la concepción del servicio de Babelio en forma de widget, permiten una rápida y sencilla instalación. La Red de Bibliotecas de Canarias (BICA) ha sido la primera gran red de bibliotecas en España en implementar este servicio. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris University of the Cumberlands selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions to support rapid growth. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that University of the Cumberlands has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo for search and discovery. [Full Announcement].

NISO Cory Doctorow to Keynote at NISO Plus 2021!. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that the well-known science fiction author, activist, and journalist, Cory Doctorow, will be a keynote at their next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually, February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

TIND TIND appoints industry leader Kari Paulson as COO. TIND, a spin off from CERN specializing in library software solutions, today announced that industry leader Kari Paulson has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer and member of the board. [Full Announcement].

Galecia Group. Announcing: Library Dial-A-Story Services from LibraryCall. LibraryCall is a new cloud telephone application developed by The Galecia Group for their library customers. LibraryCall allows librarians to easily set up telephone-based services for their patrons, such as Library Dial-A-Story services, community calendars, and resource hotlines that give callers up-to-the-minute information on local community services. [Full Announcement].

Voyager Sopris Learning. Voyager Sopris Learning Launches Reading Rangers, Offers Free Trial. Voyager Sopris Learning, a division of Cambium Learning Group, Inc., announced the launch of Reading Rangers, a web-based reading program designed to strengthen K-5 students' foundational skills with the help of engaging experiences and fun adventures. It can be used in any learning environment — in-person, remotely or a hybrid. [Full Announcement].

October 28, 2020

EBSCO Information Services Michigan State University begins transition to the FOLIO library services platform. Michigan State University will be transitioning to the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) and plans to fully implement FOLIO in 2021. Michigan State will be utilizing EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) for EBSCO FOLIO implementation and hosting services and will also leverage EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and OpenAthens. EBSCO FOLIO Services consist of a highly-trained, experienced team to assist with efficient and well-planned implementations and seamless service support, as well as sophisticated technology and trained engineers for hosting. [Full Announcement].

OhioLINK. Chancellor Gardner appoints Pawlowski as OhioLINK executive director. Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner has named Amy Pawlowski executive director of OhioLINK, Ohio's academic library consortium, effective immediately. Pawlowski joined OhioLINK in 2013 as deputy director for operations and e-licensing. She has served in an interim capacity since February. [Full Announcement].

Follett Baker & Taylor returns as full-service vendor to academic libraries. Baker & Taylor, the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment, announced it is once again a full-service vendor to academic libraries. A Follett company, Baker & Taylor will be serving academic libraries worldwide with the widest range of library products and services to institutions, as well as the most comprehensive range and deepest inventory of books, movies, and music for colleges and universities. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Swanton Public Library joins VOKAL with Koha support from ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions announced that VOKAL (Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries) has added Swanton Public Library to its consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS. [Full Announcement].

October 27, 2020

Gale Group. Gale Case Studies launches to help higher education instructors bring social justice issues to the forefront of course curriculum. Gale, a Cengage company, is helping college and university instructors develop and strengthen students' critical thinking skills around contemporary social justice issues using historical content. Gale Case Studies, a new online instructional tool launched by the company today, provides faculty with teaching resources to help students critically analyze culturally relevant social justice issues through the lens of primary sources on topics such as LGBTQ+, race, political extremism and public health concerns. This new resource promotes the student growth of transferable, 21st century skills through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters the use of primary sources to interrogate social issues and develop inferences for the future. Read the Gale blog about why Gale Case Studies was created. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Five top UK Universities join Ex Libris RapidILL Community to accelerate delivery of materials in remote learning environments. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that five prominent UK universities—Imperial College London, UCL, the University of Liverpool, the University of Manchester, and the University of St Andrews—have decided to join the growing RapidILL community in the United Kingdom, giving their library users quick and easy access to materials via the cloud-based Ex Libris RapidILL interlibrary loan system. After integrating the system into their library workflows, the universities will benefit from the delivery of requested resources within 24 hours, thus providing patrons with maximum resource accessibility. [Full Announcement].

Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press to join with Cambridge Assessment. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries. The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The need for an integrated approach has been accelerated by the rapid uptake of digital education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments. [Full Announcement].

Yewno Yewno to supply Artificial Intelligence capabilities to Citi Global Data Insights and Citi Research. Yewno announced that it will be providing AI based information analysis capabilities to Citi. Using Yewno's patented knowledge graph, Citi will be able to extract signals from unstructured text, which is currently a challenging and time-consuming task. Citi will use Yewno's AI solutions in its Citi Global Data Insights unit, the data science team within Global Insights at Citigroup, and in its independent Citi Research unit. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Now Live on CARL.X: OWLSnet Consortia implemented new Iitegrated library system 100% virtually. The newest library system to implement TLC's CARL.X integrated library software is the Outagamie Waupaca Library System's shared automation network (OWLSnet). This library system, which went live on August 17, 2020, is a public library consortium consisting of 29 libraries with 49 locations that stretch across two library systems in northeast Wisconsin. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. New research on public library usage during pandemic. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the presentation of new research on how people in the U.S. are using their public libraries. The research report, titled “Centuries of Resilience: Public Libraries Still Crucial During COVID-19,” presents how people have used public libraries in 2019 and 2020. The data includes how usage changed after most libraries closed their doors in March of this year and have since been slowly reopening. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate IncoPat Has Joined Clarivate. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, announced that Beijing Incopat Co., Ltd (IncoPat) has joined Clarivate. By combining strengths, Clarivate and IncoPat will be able to provide a more comprehensive suite of intellectual property solutions to customers in China and worldwide, covering the entire innovation and IP lifecycle – from scientific and academic research to IP portfolio management and protection. [Full Announcement].

October 26, 2020

ProQuest Free Resource for Students, Educators and Patrons Chronicles the Struggles and Triumphs of Black Americans. EdTech leader ProQuest announced the launch of the Black Freedom Struggle website – a curated selection of primary sources for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Developed with input from Black history scholars and advisors, this resource is freely available on the web and to libraries for anyone studying U.S. Black history. [Full Announcement].

October 25, 2020

JSTOR. Expanded access to JSTOR and Artstor extended through June 2021. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt higher education, ITHAKA is extending the JSTOR and Artstor expanded access program through June 30, 2021 to help institutions in their shift to remote teaching. [Full Announcement].

October 24, 2020

Turnitin. Turnitin and ExamSoft: assessing with integrity at every stage of the education journey. Turnitin announced the acquisition of ExamSoft, a scalable assessment platform that helps institutions and certification and licensure programs protect exam integrity and streamline the process of assessment. In coming together, Turnitin and ExamSoft become a single destination for upholding integrity throughout a student's entire educational journey, from book reports and problem sets to doctoral theses and professional licensure. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC supports libraries, researchers, educators and students with open access content through WorldCat. OCLC is supporting libraries, researchers, educators and students with high-quality open access content that is discoverable and freely accessible through WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat.org. [Full Announcement].

October 23, 2020

ProQuest Underline Science announces investment from ProQuest. Underline Science , the premier virtual conference venue for events in science, medicine and academia, announces a significant investment from ProQuest, a global leader in educational technology. The investment from ProQuest will enable Underline to extend the reach of its video platform for scientific and scholarly conferences, redoubling the impact of this knowledge, and providing opportunities to accelerate scientific discovery. [Full Announcement].

October 22, 2020

Wiley, Inc.. Thought Leaders Advocate for Open Research. John Wiley and Sons Inc., a leader in research and education, today introduced its Open Science Ambassador Program. The program acknowledges and supports Chinese thought leaders around the world who embrace open science principles and encourage a free exchange of ideas and collaboration within their communities. [Full Announcement].

October 21, 2020

PTFS Europe Cumbria County Council goes live with the Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe. Cumbria County Council selected Koha for its new library management system, replacing a previous SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe has provided a comprehensive range of implementation and support services and the Council is pleased to announce that the system is now live. The Council looks forward to delivering an improved service to its customers and the library service particularly values the capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution. [Full Announcement].

Turnitin. Turnitin acquires ExamSoft, a leading assessment platform. Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions, has acquired ExamSoft, a software-based assessment platform, from Spectrum Equity. ExamSoft empowers educational institutions and certification and licensure programs to protect exam integrity, streamline assessment processes, and improve learning outcomes. [Full Announcement].

October 20, 2020

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

Springer Nature. German institutions to benefit from first Transformative Agreement for Nature. Springer Nature and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have agreed an approach that will deliver the first ever transformative agreement (TA) for Nature and Nature-branded journals. Building on the nationwide Projekt DEAL agreement concluded last January for Springer Nature journals, the commercial framework agreed with MPDL will now be offered to German institutions, in time for a January 2021 start. The transformative agreement, which will run for four years, enables authors affiliated with participating institutions to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and Nature-branded research journals immediately open access at no cost to them. Participating institutions will also gain read access to the complete Nature portfolio, including Nature Review titles and all forthcoming Nature-branded journals. [Full Announcement].

SirsiDynix Inglewood 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 for Inglewood Public Library. [Full Announcement].

October 19, 2020

ProQuest Panel will tackle challenges around global health, social justice and COVID-19. Is it possible to fight infectious disease like COVID-19 – and create a more just world in the process? The founders of Partners In Health, a nonprofit social justice organization with deep experience in treating infectious disease outbreaks globally, will tackle this question – and more – in a free virtual event hosted by EdTech leader ProQuest and documentary curator FILM PLATFORM. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Burlöv Libraries chooses Quria to promote digital inclusion. Burlöv Libraries chooses Axiell's cloud-based library services platform, Quria, to make library workflows more efficient and to improve user experience for both library staff and users. The library service will also utilise Axiell's Arena discovery tool, as part of a digital-first plan to adapt operations and physical library spaces to better support and engage users. [Full Announcement].

October 16, 2020

Yewno Yewno Discover Integrates with Ex Libris Primo to Enhance Resource Exploration. Yewno announced that their Yewno Discover platform integrates into the Ex Libris Primo discovery service to provide mutual users with unparalleled access to knowledge discovery. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Okanagan Regional Library (BC) chooses Patron Point to drive branch-level email communications. Patron Point announced that Okanagan Regional Library of British Columbia has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the Library was Patron Point's ability to support branch level communications to each of its 31 branches. [Full Announcement].

Insight Informatics The Deutsche Bundesbank utilises LIBERO for managing their library resources. The central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany trusts LIBERO as their library management system partner and has been doing so since 1999. [Full Announcement].

Insight Informatics Die Deutsche Bundesbank verwendet LIBERO zum Verwalten ihrer Bibliotheksbestände. Die Deutsche Bundesbank schenkt LIBERO seit 1999 ihr Vertrauen als Partner für ihr Bibliotheksmanagementsystem. [Full Announcement].

OCLC K. Wayne Smith, former President and CEO of OCLC, dies at 82. Dr. K. Wayne Smith, former President and CEO of OCLC, has died at the age of 82. Smith led OCLC from 1989–1998, a period of enormous growth. He came to OCLC after a distinguished career in government, education, and business [Full Announcement].

Internet Archive. Detroit college library reopens online with help from Internet Archive. The collection of Detroit-based Marygrove College Library, comprising more than 70,000 books and journals, starts a new life online with the support of Internet Archive. [Full Announcement].

October 15, 2020

Ex Libris Ex Libris adds Leganto and Esploro to FedRAMP authorization to operate from the United States government. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company announced that the Ex Libris Leganto course resource list solution and Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution are now included in the United States Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and, under the sponsorship of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, have been added to the Ex Libris Authorization to Operate. [Full Announcement].

Springshare Springshare celebrates Pickup Manager launch for integrated contactless pickups. Springshare launched Pickup Manager, a new LibApps tool designed to help libraries improve workflows around the pickup of library holds. Pickup Manager combines Springhare's scheduling and communication features with integrated library systems (ILS) holds functionality. The end result is an affordable and user-friendly pickup management platform. [Full Announcement].

Kanopy A+E Networks and Kanopy sign digital content. A+E Networks and Kanopy, the streaming platform available through partnered public and academic libraries, announced today a digital library content agreement. Further enhancing Kanopy's educational value with select docuseries from A+E Networks' content divisions, including HISTORY and A&E, the deal provides users in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand with access to acclaimed documentaries and historical specials. [Full Announcement].

October 14, 2020

OCLC REALM project releases results from latest tests of coronavirus on leather, summary of research. The REALM project has released results from the latest round of scientific tests to determine how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can remain on materials found in archives, libraries and museums, along with a summary of published research to help inform these institutions as they reopen to the public. New lab test findings from Battelle show that the infectious virus survived through eight days on both natural leather and synthetic leather fabrics. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Newport News Public Library implements Library.Solution. Newport News Public Library recently joined The Library Corporation family by implementing Library.Solution integrated library system software. Located in Newport News, VA, this 5-location library system has a mission to “connect, inspire, enrich and empower,” which they have continued to do in the middle of a global pandemic. [Full Announcement].

SirsiDynix Essex and Thurrock join a Framework for the Future: The Libraries Consortium. SirsiDynix announced that Essex County Council and Thurrock Council have joined The Libraries Consortium (formerly The London Libraries Consortium), taking TLC's reach beyond London and the home counties. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC signs agreements with publishers and other content providers worldwide. OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers and other content providers around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases, and other learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery. [Full Announcement].

October 13, 2020

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative offers new Mobile App for public libraries. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the release of its new Innovative Mobile product, which puts the power of Sierra and Polaris into patrons' hands worldwide. [Full Announcement].

Internet Archive. Internet Archive Joins Project ReShare. The Internet Archive is the newest library to join Project ReShare, a group of organizations coming together to develop an open source resource sharing platform for libraries. [Full Announcement].

October 12, 2020

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services Partners with Three Institutions to Develop Analytics Platform. EBSCO Information Services will partner with University of Denver, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chalmers University of Technology to develop a next-generation analytics platform. The platform will combine and streamline data sets from library and campus systems, allowing library staff to demonstrate a library's impact while making informed decisions on collections and services. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox migrates Brookfield Public Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. Equinox welcomes Brookfield Public Library to the Evergreen ILS with their successful migration to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Brookfield Public Library's move will support 1,116 patrons and encompass a total of 2,1307 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. Remote training was also provided by Equinox. [Full Announcement].

October 9, 2020

Patron Point West Vancouver Memorial Library (BC) selects Patron Point to boost email communication performance. Patron Point announced that West Vancouver Memorial Library of British Columbia has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the Library was Patron Point's ability to improve its email marketing performance. [Full Announcement].

October 8, 2020

ERC Scientific Council. ERC Scientific Council calls for open access plans to respect researcher's needs. The ERC Scientific Council has decided to withdraw as a supporter of cOAlition S. In doing so, the ERC Scientific Council wishes to pay closer attention to a number of aspects whose importance has been rather underestimated. Most prominent among them are researchers' needs, especially those of young researchers who represent the future of European science and innovation. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services Italy’s National Central Library of Florence (BNCF) now live with FOLIO library services platform. The National Central Library of Florence is the first national public library to have launched FOLIO. BNCF is using FOLIO for the management of users and circulation operations as well as for some pre-cataloging activities. The implementation project, led by @Cult, included the creation of a new website, the renewal of the OPAC and FOLIO hosting services from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). [Full Announcement].

Max Planck Society. Royal Society enters new transformative agreement with Max Planck Society. The Royal Society has signed a pilot agreement with Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) to enable open access publishing across the entire Royal Society journal portfolio, at no cost to authors of the Max Planck Society. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Library.Solution 5.6.1 is here. The Library Corporation's latest major update to Library.Solution was recently released and customers are already complimenting the enhancements and new features found within version 5.6.1 of the Library Management System. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative Hosts Inaugural Public Library Leadership Council Event. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software kicked off a new group, the new Public Library Leadership Council, with an inaugural meeting held virtually on October 7 and 8. The mission of the PLLC is to exchange ideas for the advancement and future of public libraries across the world. [Full Announcement].

October 6, 2020

Ex Libris WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business goes live with Ex Libris Leganto, providing easy access to course materials. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business has gone live with the Ex Libris Leganto course materials service. The university opted to move to the Leganto service as part of WU's digitization strategy, which calls for developing new forms of teaching and increasing support for distance learning. With the Leganto rollout, the library was ready to make the transition. [Full Announcement].

Springer Nature. Springer Nature extends digital flexibility in its new eBook offers. Springer Nature is providing libraries and research institutions with a broader range of choice in how they purchase and access digital book content. Its new eBook solutions will provide librarians in academic and corporate institutions with a range of flexible options to meet individual needs and budgets. In a pioneering move, Springer Nature launched its eBook Collections in 2006, and the publisher is continuously expanding this portfolio. It is currently available for 21 academic disciplines in English language. Using this experience and expertise, Springer Nature has now launched a wider variety of purchasing options for eBooks across its well-established imprints, such as Springer, Palgrave and Apress. [Full Announcement].

October 5, 2020

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services releases Serials Price Projection Report for 2021. The 2021 Serials Price Projection Report from EBSCO Information Services is now available. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic medical libraries are expected to be (before any currency impact) in the range of two to three percent for individual titles and one to three percent for e-journal packages. This year presents new budget challenges as librarians are now preparing for another wave of cuts prompted by the economic contraction tied to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Librarians are increasingly being forced to consider even more fundamental changes to their purchasing and operating strategies given accelerating funding pressures and are implementing a variety of tactics to bridge the declining budget. As e-journal packages continue to have the most significant impact on the disposition of libraries' budgets, they are the natural target to downsize or cancel. Though the COVID-19 pandemic increased the need and desire for Open Research and Open Access, the economic fallout from the pandemic is making progress difficult and slow. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Kansas Wesleyan University Memorial Library goes live on Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Kansas Wesleyan University Memorial Library in Salina, Kansas is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

Aries Systems. Aries Systems to offer new repository API for flexible vendor integrations. Aries Systems Corporation, a leading technology workflow solutions supplier to the scholarly publishing community, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new Editorial Manager API for repositories. This application will be developed as a “generic” API, enabling flexible integration opportunities for independent repositories. Aries is among the first to create a universal API that is widely available for third parties to access and code to. [Full Announcement].

October 4, 2020

JISC. Publications Router is integrated with Haplo. Publications Router, the service from Jisc that adds research articles automatically to repositories, is now fully interoperable with Haplo Repository, an open-source repository and research information management system. This means that the Router service is now available to you if your institution uses Haplo and is a Jisc member. [Full Announcement].