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January 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

January 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

January 16, 2017

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

January 15, 2017

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

January 13, 2017

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

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

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

January 12, 2017

(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox Software, Inc., the premiere support and service provider for the Evergreen Integrated Library System , became Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. , a nonprofit corporation serving libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. This change comes after several years of consideration, evaluation of community needs, planning, and preparation. The change allows Equinox to better serve its customers and communities by broadening its mission of bringing more open source technologyto a wide array of institutions dedicated to serving the public good.

(ProQuest) One fast, comprehensive search now encompasses content in the ProQuest platform and Alexander Street’s popular Academic Video Online, connecting researchers seamlessly to documentaries, training videos, journal articles, news, dissertations, primary sources, ebooks and more in one place. Subscribers to the ProQuest platform and Academic Video Online can now offer their users a more powerful user experience and better contextual and serendipitous discovery.

January 11, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has been awarded Bronze in the 2016 Brandon Hall Group Awards for Best Advance in Performance Support Technology. EBSCO won the coveted award due to the effective combination of its powerful search platform, EBSCO Discovery Service and its robust organizational learning solution, Leadership and Management Learning Center. EBSCO Discovery Service is an enterprise research platform that helps employees connect with the most relevant information for their search. EDS also provides managers with ample leadership and management resources as well as authoritative articles from peer-reviewed journals. Leadership and Management Learning Center is a turnkey solution that provides best practices content from industry thought leaders.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation is pleased to announce that CARL.Connect has received a gold award in LibraryWorks’ third annual Modern Library Awards (MLA’s) for its Mobile Discovery platform. Setting itself apart with its ability to connect users with library services and engage with the social-local-mobile (SoLoMo) movement, CARL•Connect Discovery Mobile meets the needs of a growing “always on, always in touch” population. Released in 2016, CARL•Connect Discovery Mobile was designed with a sleek, responsive platform that dynamically directs users to a mobile version of the online catalog on any smartphone. It also provides a host of preeminent features that allow for a more local and personalized experience. Some of these include geolocation services, opt-in and notification, mobile app offerings, personalized reading recommendations, and access to a Digital Library Card.

(Biblionix) Biblionix, a leading provider of automation solely for public libraries, today announced that its Apollo ILS/LSP has again received the Product of the Year award in LibraryWorks’ Modern Library Awards. LibraryWorks created the MLAs to recognize the top products in the library industry in a truly unbiased format.

(EBSCO Information Services) The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a program designed to recognize elite products and services in the library market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems. 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.

(Crowley Company) The Crowley Company announced that for the third year running the firm has garnered several prestigious awards from the LibraryWorks, Inc. annual Modern Library Awards (MLA) program, which begin in 2015. The awards will be presented January 21st at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, is pleased to announce it has received a platinum award in the third 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.

(Follett) Follett announced it has opened a new office in Dubai, further committing its support of international schools in the United Arab Emirates, Middle East and North Africa regions.

January 10, 2017

(Overdrive) The trend in digital reading continued its uninterrupted growth in 2016 as a record number of readers turned to their local library and school to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks. According to OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, readers borrowed 196 million digital books, an increase of 21 percent over 2015. Of the 678 million visits to library and school websites, readers borrowed more eBooks (+16%) and audiobooks (+34%) from their local and school libraries digital catalog compared to last year.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies LLC today announced the addition of Jennifer Solomon as its Director of Market Development. Tim Ridgway has been named Senior Marketing Manager for VitalSource

(ProQuest) Michigan State University is one of a growing number of institutions using video testimonies from genocide survivors to inspire learning and new research insights across multiple academic disciplines. The University is providing its students, faculty and researchers with access to University of Southern California Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive, the world’s largest collection of eyewitness accounts from genocide witnesses and survivors, available through ProQuest.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, the longest serving non-profit for archives, libraries and museums in the United States, announces the opening of its new Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst fund will award up to $100k to fund innovative ideas and kick start new programs of interest to LYRASIS member institutions. The Catalyst Fund offers LYRASIS members the opportunity to fund a new project, idea or program by applying for a financial award. Applications will be reviewed by the LYRASIS Leaders Circle, a new tier of LYRASIS membership open to all libraries, archives and museums. Recipients will present the results of their projects at the LYRASIS Member Summit in October.

January 9, 2017

(KOMBIT) I slutningen af januar vil det blive muligt for kommunerne at lave dataudtræk fra Fælles Bibliotekssystem (FBS). Fristerne for indberetning af data bliver derfor udsat.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that the Universitat Politècnica de València, a customer of Ex Libris Aleph since 2000, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to help the library meet its strategic goals of improving the library’s efficiency, modernizing services, and transforming physical spaces to enhance the research experience at the University.

January 6, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians $1,500 scholarships to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 20-24 in Atlanta. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on Sunday, January 22.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, announced the availability of the final modules in the series Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library. Now available are Sciences, History and Geography, which features historical monographs covering medicine, sciences, geography and more; as well as Literature, Grammar, Language, Catalogues and Periodicals, which features fiction, poetry, grammatical and linguistic works, catalogues, and periodicals.

January 5, 2017

(Follett) As the exclusive worldwide distributor for International Baccalaureate (IB) publishing products, Follett announced today it has added new content from IB and a wealth of new curriculum content support from an array of other respected providers. The new IB content, plus a variety of additional resources hand-picked by Follett’s educational experts, are available to purchase on Titlewave, Follett’s online search and ordering tool.

(ProQuest) A recent ProQuest survey of over 200 librarians from university, community college, high school and public libraries collected this insight and delved deeper into what librarians are doing to drive development of information literacy.

January 4, 2017

(Gale Group) Gale has launched Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990. The timely archive includes records from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics covered are intensely relevant to today’s curriculum and current debates at both national and local levels.

(Archimed) La Bibliothèque royale de Belgique est la bibliothèque scientifique nationale de l’État belge. Elle confie aujourd’hui à Archimed la gestion de l’intégralité de ses collections, numériques et non numériques.

(OhioLINK) Ohio University, in partnership with OhioLINK, has received a $46,207 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for a pilot project geared toward the next generation of mass print storage. This pilot project will use data analysis to identify, select and preserve unique print materials from Ohio’s Southeast Regional Depository (SEORD) to relocate approximately 40,000 unique and uncommonly held print monographs.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announce the recent hire of Laney McGlohon as Technical Lead for ArchivesSpace.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of integrated library systems (ILS) that empowers libraries globally, expands the library’s ability to connect and engage mobile users with the launch of MyLibrary! Release 2.0.Originally launched as a native iOS app, MyLibrary! Release 2.0 now offers the same app functionality for Android devices. By extending the application to a second operating system, MyLibrary! allows libraries to reach a wider audience with real-time interactions, creating a stronger patron experience. For London Public Library (LPL) in Ontario, Canada, this release offers new opportunities for community engagement.

January 3, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) VFW Post 1093 and announced today that EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will be the lead sponsor for the upcoming Vetrepreneurship Training Program. EBSCO's sponsorship will fund the start-up cash awards which will be awarded to the top three business plans.

(Rakuten Kobo) The book retailers in the tolino alliance have a new technology partner. Rakuten Kobo Inc. from Canada, one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading service providers, will acquire the tolino technology platform from Deutsche Telekom at the end of January 2017 to become the new technology partner of the tolino alliance. The corresponding contracts have been signed. The founding book retail partners of the tolino alliance – Hugendubel, Thalia and Weltbild – are delighted to welcome Kobo as their new partner. It means that two of the leading providers in the global market for digital reading will be working closely together in future. The transaction is still pending approval from the German Federal Cartel Office.

December 29, 2016

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Library at The South Bay Historical Railroad Society, of Santa Clara, CA. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 4,000 plus holdings earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. Th

December 22, 2016

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Library at the Mercy College of Health Sciences, of Des Moines, Iowa is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings from Library.Solution earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

December 21, 2016

(KOMBIT) Den 15. december 2016 afholdt styregruppen for FBS sit andet styregruppemøde. Et vigtigt punkt på dagsordenen denne gang var blandt andet, hvordan man bedst muligt får inddraget alle brugergrupper i arbejdet med videreudvikling af FBS. For at nuancere denne drøftelse havde styregruppen inviteret Birgitte Reindel som er formand for Pædagogisk Læringscenterforening.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the selection of the BLUEcloud Campus Library Services Platform by three UK universities in partnership. Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent will share a Unified Library Management System (ULMS) that will improve the student experience and support collaborative working. Following a vigorous joint selection process, the partners have chosen SirsiDynix to realise their shared ULMS vision that will support effective, efficient and sustainable student-centred services.

(Preservica) Preservica announced its digital preservation platform has been selected to be part of the framework for the pilot phase of the Jisc Research Data Shared Service (RDSS) for UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The new shared service, that will integrate the offerings of a number of providers, will allow UK universities and other HEIs to easily deposit data for publication, discovery, safe storage, and long term archiving and preservation. The ultimate aim is to ensure the long-term accessibility of valuable research data, allowing it to be re-used and shared amongst universities.

December 20, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand, has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma replaces the university library’s Voyager integrated library system.

(RedLink) RedLink has recently announced the launch of several new offerings: RedLink Network and Library Dashboard.

December 19, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Beijing Normal University has opted for the Ex Libris Alma library management service. The University has been using the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system since 2000, when it became the first university in China to adopt the system.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris gibt bekannt, dass sich die Harvard Library als Teil ihrer Strategie zur Förderung von Forschung, Lehre und Lernen für den Bibliotheksmanagementdienst Ex Libris Alma entschieden hat. Die Harvard University hat sich als zweite Ivy-League-Hochschule und 33. Mitglied der Association of Research Libraries für die Alma-Lösung entschieden. Die größte wissenschaftliche Bibliothek der Welt, die Harvard Library, ist ein wichtiger Partner für die intellektuellen und akademischen Bestrebungen von Lehrenden und Studierenden.

(Preservica) Oxfordshire based, UK tech business Preservica is changing the way companies and organisations world-wide safeguard digital information. Having secured £3 million in growth funding from Mobeus Equity Partners, the company plans to accelerate the uptake of its digital preservation software which is already in use at over 100 large and small corporate and public sector organisations, including BT, HSBC, Transport for London, the Associated Press, Yale University, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and 16 US State Archives.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces launched Polaris Release 5.2 to enhance the patron discovery experience and offer new, more efficient workflows for staff.

December 15, 2016

(PTFS Europe) City College Plymouth has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the Softlink Liberty Library Management System. Koha will efficiently manage the College library’s valuable collections and deliver an improved service to both student and staff users alike. PTFS Europe will implement the Koha system and provide on-going hosting and support services.Koha Library Management System

(Equinox Software) The partnership between Equinox and Bibliomation continues to grow as Burnham Library was successfully migrated to Evergreen in mid-November. Burnham is a single branch library located in Bridgewater, Connecticut. Burnham serves just over 1,100 patrons with over 31,000 holdings. This migration follows Milford Library’s successful migration in September.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that The Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County of Anniston, Alabama is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services will be adding two new resources, BIOSIS Previews and Zoological Record, to the EBSCOhost platform. EBSCO and Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, have expanded their partnership to make these two resources available via EBSCOhost, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world.

(Ingram Content Group) On December 14, Ingram Content Group hosted clients and friends to celebrate the opening of their new office near Bryant Park in New York City. Ingram’s acquisition of Perseus' distribution businesses

(The Library Corporation) TLC shared news that Jane Hill, former Manager of Wellington City Libraries Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui in New Zealand, has been named acting Chief Operating Officer of Wellington City Council.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris gibt das Software-Release von Ex Libris Alma Mobile bekannt. Mit der neuen App können Bibliothekare auch unterwegs einfach und schnell mit Alma arbeiten.

December 14, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Harvard Library has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service as part of the Library’s strategy to support research, teaching, and learning. Harvard University is the second Ivy League school and the 33rd member of the Association of Research Libraries to opt for the Alma solution. The largest academic library in the world, Harvard Library is a key partner for scholars and students in their intellectual and academic endeavors.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que Harvard ha elegido el servicio de gestión de bibliotecas Alma de Ex Libris como parte de la estrategia de la Biblioteca para apoyar la investigación, la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. La Universidad de Harvard es la segunda escuela de la Ivy League y la 33ª de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de Investigación (ARL) que ha seleccionado la solución Alma. La Biblioteca de Harvard, es un socio clave para profesores, investigadores y estudiantes para sus actividades académicas e intelectuales.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group Applauds Binc for 20 Years of Service to Booksellers and Families in Need Over the past 20 years, Book Industry Charitable Foundation has provided over $6 million in support to more than 7,000 booksellers and their families. What started as a way to support their colleagues during natural disasters evolved into a nation-wide non-profit helping all booksellers during times of need.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Bedford Public Library, of Bedford, Texas is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 100,000 plus holdings from Millennium earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, has added hundreds of new educational videos to its most popular K-12 resources, including Kids InfoBits, Research In Context and Science In Context. Working with partner Visual Learning Systems, Gale has incorporated videos covering concepts essential to STEM learning, such as energy, genetics and the Earth.

December 13, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the release of Ex Libris Alma Mobile. The new app enables librarians to work with the Alma service quickly and easily while on the go. Alma Mobile provides Pick Up From Shelf functionality, significantly enhancing librarians’ productivity by allowing them to take the Alma service to the stacks. In addition, librarians can use their mobile device’s built-in camera to scan in items directly from the app.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, has launched Gale Interactive: Chemistry and Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy for the academic market. Through innovative technology, these new digital resources combine Gale’s curriculum-aligned research content with interactive 3D models from partner VIVED to help students understand science topics.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced recent promotions at the company.

December 12, 2016

(HighWire Press) Scholarly publishing company HighWire Press today announced its acquisition of Semantico, a privately held provider of technology and services for the scholarly publishing market. This acquisition will bring HighWire an increased capacity for technological innovation; a strong team that further expands its already broad publishing expertise; and a powerful combination of best-of-breed products that leverage industry best practices.

December 9, 2016

(Association of College and Research Libraries) The Association of College and Research Libraries Framework Advisory Board announced the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox. The Sandbox is an openly accessible platform and repository for librarians and their educational partners to discover, share, collect and use ongoing work related to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in practice and professional development. The Sandbox is a dynamic resource whose content is created by contributors engaged in the Framework.

December 8, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the South Dakota Board of Regents has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery platform for use across South Dakota’s higher education system. The Board of Regents selected these solutions to cover all areas of library management, with a particular focus on handling electronic resources.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has been named an honoree of a 2017 CSO50 Award from IDG's CSO. This prestigious award salutes 50 select organizations whose security initiatives contribute to outstanding business value and thought leadership. CSO is a renowned source of news, analysis and research on a broad range of security and risk-management topics.

December 7, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that ACT Health, the body responsible for health services in the Australian Capital Territory, has chosen to implement the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution at the Canberra Hospital library to provide medical information for doctors, nurses, and allied health clinicians. These solutions will replace the library’s Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system.

(ProQuest) Hartford Public Library has teamed with ProQuest to offer a more dynamic and engaging patron experience with Syndetics Unbound, a catalog enrichment service that combines two best-of-breed technologies: the Syndetic Solutions service and the LibraryThing for Libraries system.

(Springer) Springer now offers its Springer Book Archives in smaller year set packages. The new SBA packages are divided up into eras, and make it easier for libraries to purchase individual subject collections according to their own needs and current budget situation. The three year sets – Vintage (1840-1989), Modern (1990-1999) and Millennium (2000-2004) – provide greater purchasing flexibility, thus providing an accessible e-resource for libraries and organizations worldwide.

December 6, 2016

(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America is delighted to announce that it has received a generous $150,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to extend its work around curated sets of primary source materials for the classroom. For the last two years, with funding from the Whiting Foundation, DPLA has built Primary Source Sets with a diverse group of educators in K-12 and higher ed.

(Total Boox) Croatia has just made history by becoming the first country in the world turned into a Free Reading Zone, i.e., an open virtual library accessible to all people free of charge regardless of their location inside the country. This includes not only Croatian citizens but millions of tourists from around the world who visit the country each year. All people inside the country’s borders may download a free reading app, called Croatia Reads, which recognizes their whereabouts via IP address. The app is powered by Total Boox, an ebook service known to publishers and librarians for its revolutionary model which makes ebooks instantly available—with no restrictions—while paying publishers for reading and affording readers a seamless and uninterrupted reading experience.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group today announced a promotion and three new associates to the company.

(OCLC) Radboud University, a research university in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

December 5, 2016

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Flower Mound Public Library, of Flower Mound, Texas is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 100,000 plus holdings from Polaris earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

(HathiTrust) HathiTrust today announces the release of a significantly expanded open dataset, the HathiTrust Research Center Extracted Features Dataset, Version 1.0. This dataset provides researchers with open access to data extracted from the full text of the HathiTrust Digital Library at an unprecedented scale.

December 1, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the introduction of Ex Libris Leganto powered by SIPX, designed for the unique needs of colleges and universities in North America. The capabilities of the two leading products in the resource list market, Ex Libris Leganto and SIPX, have been combined to create an integrated, end-to-end course resource list solution. With Leganto powered by SIPX, students and schools save money, schools improve teaching and learning processes, and libraries maximize the use of their collections.

(Eduserv) OpenAthens has delivered the first phase of OpenAthens Access, its new software as a service product for service providers. The new dashboard unifies two previously separate systems for easier resource set up and quicker membership to federations.

(Interleaf Technology) St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing Heritage system. Interleaf Technology has been contracted to implement the Koha system and to provide on-going support services.

(OCLC) Fifteen small U.S. public libraries have been selected to participate in the ‘Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces’ project led by OCLC in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). The libraries, chosen from 106 completed applications, are located in 12 different states and serve communities ranging in size from 1,000 to 21,000 people.

(Credo Reference) Credo announced it is contributing features and enhancements to the open edX initiative, the leading nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. EdX offers interactive online courses and MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s best universities and institutions.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has been chosen as a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) framework content provider, which will allow purchasers from UK National Health Service organizations to search, select and order titles from the OASIS® system. OASIS offers the broadest book database in the industry and powerful search tools to help locate titles quickly and efficiently.

November 29, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen (hbz) has chosen the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution to serve the consortium’s member institutions. Every one of the more than 40 hbz member institutions from North Rhine-Westphalia will be able to deposit digital collections and research data in the central Rosetta system and use Rosetta to manage and preserve these assets. The hbz consortium's efforts in the field of digital preservation are supported by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the E.K. Shaheen Library at Glen Oaks Community College, located in Centreville, MI. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 30,000 plus holdings from Symphony earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

(Backstage Library Works) On behalf of the Center for Research Libraries and its Middle East Materials Project, Backstage Library Works ) recently microfilmed 10 years of the Palestinian newspaper, al-Hadaf (The Target). The Arabic-language newspaper began weekly publication in 1969. Three leading institutions, New York University, University of Texas at Austin, and Yale University contributed a total of 56 newspaper volumes dating 1979 to 1989. Extracting a continuous run from the three sources required complex interfiling, collation and reel breaking. Backstage teams microfilmed a total of 24,849 pages, producing 24 reels of preservation quality microfilm.

(EBSCO Information Services) American Doctoral Dissertations, a free database made available by EBSCO Information Services, OhioLINK, H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, now offers greater coverage of 20th century research and access to full text. The enhanced American Doctoral Dissertations, includes more than 172,000 theses and dissertations in total, including 80,000 new citations for theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present and a link to full text, when available, is included.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris gibt bekannt, dass sich das Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen (hbz) als Digital-Asset-Management- und Langzeitarchivierungslösung für seine Mitgliederinstitutionen für Ex Libris Rosetta entschieden hat. Somit werden künftig mehr als 40 Mitgliedsinstitutionen des hbz in Nordrhein-Westfalen ihre digitalen Bestände und Forschungsdaten im zentralen Rosetta-System ablegen und mit Rosetta verwalten und bewahren können. Die Bemühungen des hbz im Bereich der digitalen Langzeitarchivierung werden vom Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (MIWF) unterstützt.

November 28, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Italy’s University of Bergamo has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service to help the University Library meet its strategy of developing innovative services that will enhance the teaching, learning, and research experience at the University.

(PTFS Europe) Buckinghamshire New University rolls out Rebus:list 2.0, PTFS Europe’s reading list management system. Rebus:list has always offered libraries an effective alternative when choosing a reading list management system. This major new release incorporates the latest technology and standards, such as a responsive screen, FRBR and CSL support, custom report generator, RESTful API and LTI VLE integration.

November 26, 2016

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

November 25, 2016

(Springer) Springer Nature will open its digital resources to two Italian universities affected by the earthquakes of this past August and October. In addition to the journal titles to which they already subscribe, Università degli Studi di Camerino and Università degli Studi di Macerata will gain access to all Springer and Nature journals until the end of June 2017. All researchers, teaching staff and students at the two universities will benefit from the offer.

November 23, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Haifa’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is the first university library in Israel to go live with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Alma replaced the Aleph integrated library system and is integrated with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution.

November 22, 2016

( Koha, the world's first fully web based and open source integrated library system has now been released as version 16.11. This release will include over 240 enhancements as well as 360 bug fixes. Koha 16.11 builds on the system's already robust functionality and adds many architecture improvements to make the impressive speed of this fully web based system even faster.

November 21, 2016

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce that five publishers are now supplying metadata that conforms to phase two of the recommended practice, KBART: Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (NISO RP-9-2014). Conformance with KBART indicates that the format and content of data supplied by these publishers observe practical recommendations for timely exchange between content providers and knowledge base vendors.

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