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February 23, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has been chosen as an approved content provider for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence framework. The agreement allows purchasers from libraries, health care and social care-related organizations in the National Health Service to search, order and purchase medical and healthcare-related content through GOBI, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for finding, ordering and managing e-books and print books for libraries.

(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox announced a successful migration of the Government and Heritage Library to join the NC Cardinal Consortium on our hosted Evergreen platform. On January 19th they went live on Evergreen and their collections became searchable within the consortium.

(Scannx) Scannx announced a distribution partnership with Xerox to bring Scannx-branded scanners and software to its base of resellers and end-users, effective immediately. Under this agreement, Xerox will gain rights to distribute the entire line of Scannx book-edge scanners, as well as its advanced technology for imaging and cloud-based distribution.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the Chicago Public Library has selected Polaris, joining the growing list of influential urban libraries who have become an Innovative partner. The Library will migrate from a TLC Carl.X system.

February 22, 2017

(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that Michele Kimpton will be joining its staff as Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist beginning March 1, 2017.

February 21, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Walker Art Center Library and Archives, of Minneapolis, MN. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The collections housed in the Walker’s Archives and Library department include a variety of materials concentrating on the development of the Walker Art Center, as well as focusing on the contemporary arts in the United States and around the world.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter ebooks available for purchase through the OASIS system.

(Follett) Follett has once again achieved Massachusetts School Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2.7 certification and been awarded the “Certified” Student Information System (SIS) vendor designation for its Aspen product. All vendors must be certified before they may secure contracts with Massachusetts districts.

February 20, 2017

(Tech Logic) 2017 marks the 20th anniversary for Tech Logic, the first Library sorting / automated materials handling manufacturer. Two decades later, the company remains an industry leader and innovator, a feat that Tech Logic is celebrating in a new, modern, high tech headquarters.

(OCLC) Cardiff University, one of Britain's leading research universities, will use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to analyze and inform decisions about consolidating print collections in preparation for a move to a new purpose-built library in a few years.

February 17, 2017

(OCLC) and the library of Münster University of Applied Sciences announced today that FH Münster is now live with OCLC's cloud-based WorldShare Management Service.

February 16, 2017

(Follett) Follett Corporation President and CEO Ray A. Griffith announced the appointment of George F. Coe to Chief Operating Officer for Follett Corporation and Baker and Taylor, effective March 31.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies, Ingram Content Group’s global leader in digital education content delivery, announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire Verba Software, Inc., a San Francisco-based company dedicated to using technology to support campus bookstores and help students save money on course materials.

(WT Cox Subscriptions) WT Cox Information Services announces Tim Whisenant as regional vice president – western US.

(NISO) NISO announced the formal publication of an updated version of the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2017). Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), this 1.1 revision improves a web standard that details various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with evolving resources. Such synchronization is important in the current landscape where Web-based content--not only the metadata about the content--is constantly changing.

February 15, 2017

(Talis) Following a review of their reading list service, currently provided using rebus:list, Edge Hill University have decided to adopt Talis Aspire. Edge Hill University already deliver a strong student experience and are looking to take this to the next level by streamlining library workflows. As a Talis Aspire customer, they will also be provided with 24 hour support from our dedicated customer service team alongside the Talis Aspire User Group community, ensuring the smooth transition to Talis Aspire. Edge Hill University will also enjoy expert on-going Support and access to a wide range of experience, we welcome them to the Talis Aspire community as our 74th UK customer.

(Internet Archive) The digital library, Internet Archive, is one of eight groups named semi-finalists today in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The competition seeks bold solutions to critical problems of our time.

February 14, 2017

(Follett) With the addition of key reporting capabilities and new homepage customization options, Follett’s Destiny 14.5 is giving users a more efficient, streamlined experience from start to finish. The updates encompass the company’s market-leading products for Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Resource Manager, and Destiny Discover.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Technical Intelligence Library at the Hershey Company, of Hershey, PA, is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings from InMagic last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library is also utilizing the Ebsco EDS integrated discovery plugin available with Koha, giving the team a seamless interface when searching for resources.

(Yewno) Yewno, a provider of a next generation inference engine technology targeting knowledge discovery, have appointed Franny Lee as Chief Operating Officer, Education to lead the company’s education vertical and drive growth of its research application and education market web products. With nearly two decades of experience in the sector and a proven track record of success, Lee’s expertise in education, learning technologies, publishing and intellectual property will help Yewno expand its growing focus in the education field.

February 13, 2017

(ProQuest) A collaboration between Western Sydney University and ProQuest provides digital textbooks for commencing university students through the University's library, reducing the cost of education to students and increasing access to required learning materials.

(PTFS Europe) Bradford College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Capita. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The public interface will be integrated with the EDS discovery service from EBSCO and the interface further enhanced to provide high levels of accessibility.

(Ingram Content Group) Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, a brand of Ingram Publisher Services, announces five new publishers for the Spring 2017 season: Animal Media Group LLC, Cassava Republic Press, Hoxton Mini Press, Iron Circus Comics and Transit Books. All presses began distribution with Consortium on Jan. 1, 2017, with the exception of Animal Media Group, which began Sept. 1, 2016.

(ProQuest) The Association of Library Collections & Technical Services Collection Management Section announced the recipient of the 2017 ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation. Corey Halaychik, Assistant Professor and Head of Acquisitions & Continuing Resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is recognized for his leadership in improving workflow management in both the licensing of electronic resources through the University of Tennessee master agreements program and for co-founding The Collective. The award recognizes significant and innovated contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipient receives a $2,000 award generously donated by ProQuest and a citation. The ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation will be presented on Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

February 10, 2017

(Baker and Taylor) Baker and Taylor’s PawPrints prebinds, available to both the public library and school markets, will have a new look starting next week when the books begin transitioning to the FollettBound brand. The move joins together the top prebind brands for customers in both markets.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes. The company has an email hotline ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com where these displaced researchers can arrange for access to the materials they need to continue their work.

(KOMBIT) Via Fælles Bibliotekssystem kan folkebibliotekerne fra i dag generere prædefinerede rapporter til brug for filindberetning til Danmarks Statistik.

(KOMBIT) Genereringen af rapporter til Danmarks Statistik kan gå i gang i løbet af næste uge.Tidligere i dag blev det meldt ud, at kommunerne nu kunne begynde at generere prædefinerede rapporter til brug for filindberetning til Danmarks Statistik. Det viser sig desværre, at vi var for hurtigt ude.

(OCLC) Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research, was recognized with the ALISE Service Award during the ALISE 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched Encore Release 4.6 with new options for patrons and students to find specific materials more quickly through facet selection and publication finder integration. In Encore Release 4.6, facets have been redesigned with checkboxes allowing users to select multiple terms within a facet to filter their search results. For example, it is now possible to refine topical search results to display only those matches about two or three specific places to facilitate comparative research. Additionally, users can use facets to focus on multiple formats, such as including both eBook and streaming media results while excluding electronic journals. The multiple-selection feature is available for all facets, including an expanded number of custom facets introduced with this release.

February 9, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) The Association of College and Research Libraries announced that John Walsh, director of library services at Cochise College, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Community and Junior College Libraries Section EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award.

(Credo Reference) Credo Reference, which has partnered with more than 2,500 libraries over the past 16 years to drive more effective and efficient student research activities and information skills instruction, has launched Credo Education. The new subsidiary partners with educational institutions to prepare students for continuous learning and success in the knowledge economy.

February 8, 2017

(Axiell) Axiell UK announced a major operational change to its business in the UK, which will see the merging of two of its primary business areas - the Public Library business and the Archives, special Libraries and Museums business, creating one team working collaboratively to benefit its customers.

(ProQuest) ProQuest’s latest whitepaper “Obstacles and Opportunities: Ebooks, Print and the Impact of Choice on Libraries and the Users They Serve” is now available for download. Focusing on the UK higher-education book market, the paper combines commentary from UK librarians with global data to highlight the complexities of managing book collections and the opportunities presented by evolving content types.

(Insight Informatics) The Tenterfield Star records database is now live on the Tenterfield Public Library website providing library patrons ease of access to Tenterfield Star Newspaper’s boundless records. Library visitors now have direct online access as this feature is completely accessible at home, on your mobile, tablet at the Library or anywhere there is an internet connection.

February 7, 2017

(Follett) Follett announced today it has formed a partnership with New Zealand-based Wendy Pye Publishing to provide more than 300 fiction and nonfiction print titles for K-2 classrooms. Pye’s company introduced Sunshine Classics in the USA in the 1980s, and the popular reading program has been revived with updated print options for learners and educators.

(LibLynx) Odyssey Networks, a nonprofit focusing on using media to build interfaith understanding, has selected LibLynx to provide access management for their new, institutional service.

(D-Tech International Ltd) D-Tech International announced that it is the recipient of the 2017 Modern Library Platinum Award for its ComputeIT laptop lending kiosk system and also recipient of the 2017 Modern Library Gold Award for its innovative RFID solutions. D-Tech has received both awards in LibraryWorks' third annual Modern Library Awards. The MLAs were created to recognize the top product innovations in the library industry. Products were submitted in the fall using a simple application and were then posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the library database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products in their facility were permitted to judge the products, resulting in a truly unbiased score. Each judge scored the product on a numerical basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service, etc.

(JSTOR) Knowledge Unlatched, the Open Access initiative supporting monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and JSTOR, the digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources, are partnering to study usage patterns in Open Access by cross-promoting KU titles. While KU will continue to host its titles on the OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms, it will expand the hosting of 30 Open Access titles to JSTOR. This set includes titles in History, Literature, Political Science, Anthropology, and Media & Communications—all published by leading scholarly presses and “unlatched” with the support of libraries around the world.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the John Stewart Memorial Library at Wilson College, of Chambersburg, PA. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 85,000 plus holdings from Liblime Koha last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

February 6, 2017

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced that Christine Di Bella has been hired as the new ArchivesSpace Program Manager. ArchivesSpace is an open source archives information management application and LYRASIS serves as its organizational home.

February 3, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) A new partnership between GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO (GOBI Library Solutions) and Digitalia Hispanica (Digitalia) is making thousands of Spanish-language e-books available in GOBI®, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for finding, ordering and managing e-books and print books for libraries. As a result, libraries can use the GOBI acquisitions tool to efficiently acquire Spanish-language academic e-books in minutes from within their existing GOBI workflow.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource and LearnLaunch, a Boston-based organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem, collaborate to bring new ideas and innovation to educational technology, ultimately improving a student’s learning experience. VitalSource, an industry leader in the creation and delivery of digital content, will provide support and mentoring to some of ed-tech’s most promising start ups.

February 2, 2017

(OCLC) As part of delivering on the vision of a UK national digital library, Jisc and OCLC announce a partnership to build a new shared service that will aggregate academic bibliographic data at scale, improving library collection management and resource discovery for students and researchers.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that State Library Victoria has chosen the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system to manage its digital resources and sustain them in perpetuity. Rosetta will be replacing the library’s DigiTool digital asset management system.

(EBSCO Information Services) The American Library Association is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award. The award, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association division of ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation at an annual Awards Ceremony sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services.

(Follett) Shannon McClintock Miller, a recognized and respected K-12 library leader, is the new spokesperson for Future Ready Schools Librarians and Project Connect. Miller previously served as the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for eight years, and currently is an international speaker and author of an award-winning blog.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that it was rated #1 in Customer Support and effectiveness of electronic resources for Medium Sized Public Libraries in this year’s “Perceptions 2016: An International Survey of Library Automation” conducted by Marshall Breeding. ByWater was ranked by their customers for their services supporting the Koha Open Source Integrated Library System.

January 31, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is introducing the SEE-IT Award to highlight achievements in graphic novels. SEE-IT stands for Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told. EBSCO, the provider of EBSCO eBooks, Core Collections and the NoveList suite of products, has partnered with the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council to develop the SEE-IT Award.

(LibLynx) LibLynx, an independent provider of cloud-based Identity and Access management solutions, is launching LibLynx Gateway, an online resource access management tool for libraries.

(D-Tech International Ltd) D-Tech International announced the introduction of appIT, a library app developed exclusively for patrons to use on mobile devices. The library app is the first app of its kind in the library market and has been designed and developed by D-Tech. Utilizing either barcode or RFID technology, D-Tech has developed the library app to perform multiple functions that would have been previously performed at the physical location. These features include checkout of items, checking of account status, account payments, renew items, check library locations and hours of operation, chat with a librarian and more. The app also has the capability to switch the RFID tag’s security OFF to allow full integration with all RFID implementations.

January 30, 2017

(Eduserv) OpenAthens has published a new white paper that discusses the complexities facing information professionals and publishers when ensuring the security of access and authentication processes.

January 27, 2017

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation and Marmot Library Network are pleased to announce the full integration of the CARL.X ILS with the Pika discovery layer. The partnership began in support of the groundbreaking Limitless Libraries program of the Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools as both organizations plan to migrate to the CARL.X integrated library system in the coming months. Limitless Libraries is a cooperative program between NPL and MNPS with the goal of improving school libraries, fostering resource sharing between the two institutions, and improving student access to learning materials.

January 25, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has partnered with TALKINGTECH to enhance the patron experience and deliver modern, automated communications solutions for libraries.

(Follett) Follett’s newly unveiled Resource Center is a convenient, one-stop online home for customers to learn everything they need to know about using their Follett products, help promote their use, easily find answers to their questions, and discover the wide array of content available.

(Preservica) Digital preservation specialist Preservica is the first vendor to partner with the Digital Preservation Coalition, following the launch of its new Commercial Supporter Programme. With long-term digital preservation recognised as 2017’s hottest information management issue, the new programme will enable Preservica and DPC members to work more closely together on initiatives that will benefit the digital preservation community as a whole.

January 24, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) A new agreement between EBSCO Information Services ) and Wanfang Data will give researchers access to scholarly information from China through EBSCO Discovery Service. Metadata from four Chinese databases that contain more than 35 million records of journal articles, dissertations and conference papers is now available in EDS, the world’s most-used research discovery tool.

(Follett) Follett announced it has become a premier distributor for Dremel 3D printers for the K-12 school market. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder.

(Eduserv) OpenAthens and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) have added the e-LfH Hub and its thousands of e-learning sessions to the list of OpenAthens resources, making it even easier for eligible members of the health and social care workforce to access HEE e-LfH’s e-learning.

(RedLink) RedLink, providers of the Library Dashboard data analysis and visualization tool, has announced an exclusive representation agreement with Burgundy Information Services for libraries in the regions of the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Israel and South Africa, and with USACO Corporation in Japan.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group today announced promotions and new associates to the company. Michael Bradford has been promoted to Marketing Manager, Digital Products. Dina Caplan has been promoted to Manager of Online Marketing, Content Marketing, for Ingram Book Group

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced promotions and new associates to the company. Caitlin Churchill has been appointed to the newly created position of Aerio Business Development Manager. Ed Spade Spade is now the Senior Manager of Content Acquisition, North America, for Lightning Source.

January 22, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the opening of a new data center in Toronto, Ontario as part of its ongoing focus on the Canadian market. The data center will provide best-in-class cloud-based library services that support data residency for Ex Libris customers across Canada. The new center in Toronto will allow Ex Libris customers in all Canadian provinces to comply with Canadian data privacy laws. The ultra-modern facilities comply with international standards such as ISO 27001 and SSAE16, as well as Canadian provincial regulations regarding personally identifiable information.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service to streamline both complex and basic workflows.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Temple University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service to replace an Innovative Millennium library system. Temple University chose the Ex Libris solutions as a best-in-class implementation to complement the school’s next-generation central library, due to open in the fall of 2018. There are now 35 members of the Association of Research Libraries who have opted for the Alma solution.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare announced the release of a new line-up of Library Document Station packages designed to meet the varied needs of library customers.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that a new release of the Summon discovery service will help libraries improve the user experience and will provide usage insights to support libraries’ decision-making processes. Patrons will benefit from enhanced search and ranking technologies, exposure to more relevant databases, and greater opportunities for serendipitous discovery as the result of expanded subject headings.

January 21, 2017

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces a strong series of educational programs for 2017, encompassing fourteen 90-minute webinars and six virtual conferences. All of these rich offerings are tailored to allow live viewing as well as archive use and viewing by individuals as well as groups, making them suitable for a wide variety of organizations. The 2017 programs focus on information-workforce training needs and on current and emerging issues of concern to the academic, library, and tech communities.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces a strong series of educational programs for 2017, encompassing fourteen 90-minute webinars and six virtual conferences. All of these rich offerings are tailored to allow live viewing as well as archive use and viewing by individuals as well as groups, making them suitable for a wide variety of organizations. The 2017 programs focus on information-workforce training needs and on current and emerging issues of concern to the academic, library, and tech communities.

(KOMBIT) Fra i dag kan kommunerne indberette bestandsoplysninger fra FBS til biblioteksafgift 2017.Systematic har i dag åbnet for adgang til statistikmodulet i FBS, så nu er det muligt for kommunerne at generere rapporter til bestandsindberetning til Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen til brug for biblioteksafgift 2017.Efter aftale med Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen skal bestandsindberetningen ske hurtigst muligt og senest den 3. februar.

January 20, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Washington and Lee University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery platform. The University is the eighth institution in Virginia to adopt both solutions. Replacing the Innovative Millennium library system, Alma and Primo will increase workflow efficiencies, improve analytics to support collection development and decision making, and allow Washington and Lee University to leverage the Ex Libris open API environment to provide additional services to the Washington and Lee community.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched Sierra Release 3.0 to deliver a streamlined user experience, greater operational efficiencies, and more robust integration across systems.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched Decision Center Release 1.2 with new features for tracking library activity and scheduling automated reports.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Washington State University has chosen Leganto powered by SIPX, the Ex Libris resource list solution. WSU will use this solution to manage course resource lists and deliver course materials to students at its five campus locations and to its distance learners worldwide, who study through the virtual WSU Global Campus. Integrated with the Ex Libris Alma library management system and the Primo discovery solution, the Leganto solution will enable WSU Libraries to easily meet the demand for course materials.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced a new development partnership with SOLUS UK Ltd. Founded in Glasgow, Scotland only eleven years ago, SOLUS has already made their mark in the industry as the creators of powerful library applications. In their new partnership, SirsiDynix and SOLUS will be working together to advance the development of BLUEcloud Mobile, the new SirsiDynix mobile, patron discovery application that will build upon and enhance BookMyne+. The partnership will enable SirsiDynix to deliver a functionally rich app and provide the most value possible to libraries and library users.

(Ex Libris) Grupo Sistemas Lógicos, distribuidor exclusivo de Ex Libris en América Latina, tiene el agrado de comunicar que la Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica ha iniciado el uso de la nueva interfaz de Primo de Ex Libris, con lo cual se vuelve la primera institución en América Latina en ofrecer este innovador servicio.

(OCLC) The HELIN Library Consortium, which includes seven academic libraries in the northeastern United States, is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has renewed its commitment to helping libraries "go green" by bringing back an expanded version of its EBSCO Solar grant program for 2017. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is currently soliciting grant applications to help libraries fund solar installations. EBSCO is making two $100,000 grants available to bidders that will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and install a solar array at their institution.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solution announced that they will now provide SSL certificates, acquired through Let’s Encrypt, for all our hosted partners free of charge. ByWater will acquire the certificate, and include all configured URLs for their partner’s site. They will also handle the automatic renewal of the certificate. There will be no extra charge for this service. ByWater will be bringing up all new hosted installations on a secure SSL connection and will be slowly transitioning their existing customers utilizing ByWater Hosting to SSL throughout the next several months.

January 19, 2017

(OCLC) OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education have awarded research grants for three projects to be conducted by four researchers.

(Bibliotheca) bibliotheca announces the addition of several new products to their portfolio, including the selfCheck line, electromagnetic technology and Automated Materials Handling. These new and improved products demonstrate bibliotheca’s continued leadership and commitment library innovation.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization continues its Primer Series with the publication of Understanding Metadata. This comprehensive overview of information about an item's creation, name, topic, features, and more updates NISO's 2004 advice on the subject and follows on the Research Data Management Primer published in 2015. An additional such work, Linked Data for Cultural Institutions, is forthcoming, and more guides will be published periodically.

(Demco) Demco announced the launch of Demco Software, a new division that offers mobile apps, programming resources and management tools to help 21st-century libraries better engage their communities. Demco Software unites Evanced room, event and reading program management tools with Boopsie mobile apps, integrating these solutions in one place, not offered anywhere else.

(ProQuest) Through a new addition to its Pivot service, ProQuest is further simplifying the workflow of researchers by integrating funding and publishing opportunities into one easy-to-use environment. The Papers Invited® database, a comprehensive collection of calls for papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organizers in all academic disciplines, is now available via Pivot.

(About e-Image Data) e-ImageData, the world industry leader in innovative micrographic film equipment, will showcase the ScanPro 2200 at the ALA Midwinter show, January 20-23 in Atlanta, Ga. The 2200 is the newest and lowest cost microfilm scanner available on the market. The unit provides an affordable alternative for the budget-conscious consumer with its price tag under $5,000, while still giving users access to the superior performance of the ScanPro line.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is pleased to announce the GA release of BLUEcloud Circulation. This powerful, new web-based circulation solution provides easy management features for administrative staff while taking full advantage of the BLUEcloud library services platform and the flexibility of the Symphony and Horizon policies. Most importantly, BLUEcloud Circulation joins the family of BLUEcloud products that SirsiDynix libraries receive as part of their current maintenance. BLUEcloud Circulation will be generally available with the 2017.01 release of BLUEcloud, planned for early February, 2017.

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

January 17, 2017

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

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

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

(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 VetToCEO.org 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

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