August 18, 2022
ITHAKA invests in open-annotation leader Hypothesis. ITHAKA is investing in the leading open annotation service Hypothesis. Hypothesis -- developed with funding from the Sloan, Mellon and other foundations -- allows users to make private, semi-private, or public annotations on any webpage, PDF, or document. This $2.5 million investment—made to Anno, the public-benefit corporation that is home to Hypothesis—furthers ITHAKA's mission to expand access to knowledge and education by supporting a key component of open higher education infrastructure: interoperable teaching and learning tools that positively impact student learning outcomes. [Full Announcement].
August 17, 2022
UC Berkeley Library and Internet Archive co-directing project to help text data mining researchers navigate cross-border legal and ethical issues. The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded nearly $50,000 to UC Berkeley Library and Internet Archive to study legal and ethical issues in cross-border text data mining. The funding was made possible through NEH's Digital Humanities Advancement Grant program. [Full Announcement].
Santa Monica Public Library (CA) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Santa Monica Public Library in Santa Monica, California, has chosen our patron engagement platform to support its mission to provide resources, services, and a place to encourage the community to Read, Connect, Relax and Learn. [Full Announcement].
Rochester City School District selects Library.Solution for Schools. Rochester City School District has selected The Library Corporation for its new library software. As an alternative to Follett Destiny, TLC will provide Library.Solution for Schools to the district. RCSD was able to leverage its membership in the New York State DREAM Consortium to choose TLC as the preferred vendor. The library management system will be live in the school libraries at the end of August 2022. [Full Announcement].
August 15, 2022
Altadena Library District (CA) adopts Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Altadena Library District in Altadena, California, has adopted our patron engagement platform to support its mission to bring people and ideas together. [Full Announcement].
Equinox welcomes Visual Art Library to Koha ILS. Equinox Open Library Initiative welcomed the Visual Art Library of New London, Connecticut to the Koha ILS open source community. [Full Announcement].
Director Kemper welcomes 11 new members to the National Museum and Library Services board. Crosby Kemper, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services is pleased to welcome 11 new members of the National Museum and Library Services Board. [Full Announcement].
August 11, 2022
EBSCO Information Services and Ex Libris integrate serials subscription renewal process between EBSCONET Subscription Management and Alma. EBSCO Information Services and Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, have partnered to support libraries by integrating the serials subscription renewal process between EBSCONET Subscription Management and Alma, the library services platform from Ex Libris. The development work between EBSCONET and Alma significantly improves internal workflows for mutual customers by reducing the need to update multiple systems. [Full Announcement].
Tools 4 Reading Unveils New Early Literacy Products for 2022-23. Tools 4 Reading introduced new solutions for early learners for classroom teachers and parents. The early learning offerings, available for fall, include: Talk 2 Learn and Venture Town. [Full Announcement].
BBC partnership brings iconic shows and kids programming to Bibliotheca. biblio+, Bibliotheca's streaming video service, announced today a partnership with the BBC that will bring thousands of hours of top British television and film to the platform for unlimited viewing by library patrons [Full Announcement].
Follett, top publishers collaborate to benefit schools, educators, students. Six years after being established, the Premier Partner Program from Follett School Solutions continues to flourish as it gives select publishers a rare opportunity to help build their brand and deliver the best content to schools. [Full Announcement].
University of Phoenix provides Lean Library as student resource to enhance research capability. University of Phoenix has partnered with Lean Library, part of Technology from SAGE to provide students with enhanced research capability and access through a simple browser extension. Students can utilize this exciting new research tool for a more convenient experience and easy location of research materials along their academic journey, saving students time and money. [Full Announcement].
Thompson Street Capital Partners completes growth investment in Silverchair. Thompson Street Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in St. Louis, announced a growth investment in Silverchair, the leading independent content management, product enablement, and digital transformation platform for association, society, and independent publishers. BrightTower, an investment banking and M&A advisory services firm, served as exclusive financial advisor to Silverchair. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate declares dividend on mandatory convertible preferred shares. Clarivate announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $1.3125 per share on its 5.25% Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Shares, payable in cash on September 1, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 15, 2022. [Full Announcement].
August 10, 2022
Innovative libraries join the Vega LX Community. Five additional libraries have decided to implement Vega Discover as their ILS discovery layer: Ocean County Library, Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library, New Canaan Library, and Clinton-Macomb Public Library. [Full Announcement].
Davenport Public Library (IA) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Davenport Public Library in Davenport, Iowa has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to connect a diverse community to resources that inform, enrich, educate, and entertain. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces the Addition of New badges in our Aspen Discovery 22.08 Release. The latest release of Aspen Discovery offers patrons an easy way to identify new items added to their library's collection! Libraries will now have the option to automatically display a “New” badge that will display on covers for anything added to the catalog in the last week. [Full Announcement].
August 9, 2022
The Crowley Company expands document scanning capabilities. The Crowley Company has expanded its physical footprint with the addition of a dedicated digital document scanning facility to its corporate campus. The secure, state-of-the-art studio is specific to high-volume, guideline-compliant paper record and large-format document scanning. Running double shifts since its opening, the operation adds 30% to Crowley's current scanning operation square footage and provides for document box and pallet staging, a record preparation production line and multiple scan and quality control stations. [Full Announcement].
August 8, 2022
Clarivate selected by Singapore's National Library Board to play a part in building libraries of the future. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has been selected by The National Library Board of Singapore to provide library software solutions from Innovative, part of Clarivate, to support NLB's Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025. The Polaris Integrated Library System and Vega Discover applications from Innovative will be used by NLB as automation solutions for its library staff and patrons across Singapore. These solutions will help to improve the library experience for staff and patrons, whether in the library or online. [Full Announcement].
August 6, 2022
Surrey Libraries (BC) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Surrey Libraries, in Surrey, British Columbia, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to connect people, spark curiosity, and inspire learning. [Full Announcement].
CyberTools to close busines. It is with the deepest respect for our clients that we share notice of our situation. Due to unforeseen circumstances CyberTools will no longer accept new clients and we encourage current clients to seek another solution. We will honor all current agreements. [Full Announcement].
August 5, 2022
ByWater Solutions Welcomes Catrina Berka. ByWater Solutions announced that Catrina Berka joined the ByWater Solutions Education team. [Full Announcement].
August 4, 2022
OpenAthens announces dedicated customer support team in Singapore. Single sign-on provider OpenAthens announced the recruitment of new support team members based in Singapore. The move comes as a direct result of an upsurge in demand for remote access to research materials in the Asia-Pacific region. [Full Announcement].
AIP Publishing and 67 Bricks launch series of experiments in new partnership agreement. AIP Publishing and 67 Bricks are pleased to announce their partnership to engage in a series of data-driven experiments around best practices in the field of scholarly publishing. These experiments are grounded in data exploration and will tackle an array of subject areas, from operational improvements to customer experience enhancements to potential new product development. [Full Announcement].
Libki reaches the development milestone of regular monthly releases with ByWater Solutions support. Starting in August 2022 the Libki Project will reach a new milestone in its development. It will adopt a rigorous monthly release schedule with the latest stable version released on the first Monday of every month. We're excited that the project is growing in popularity and maturing to meet the needs of our partners and libraries around the world. A monthly release schedule ensures users get the newest features and bug fixes on a routine basis. [Full Announcement].
University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is live on Koha with ByWater Solutions support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 50,000 bibliographic records. [Full Announcement].
Haslet Public Library joins MetroShare and chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen Discovery Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Haslet Public Library in Haslet, Texas has joined MetroShare Libraries to use ByWater Solutions for their support of Koha and Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions at Wyoming Library Association Annual Conference 2022. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the team will be heading to the 2022 Wyoming Library Association Annual Conference from September 28-30 at the Clarion Inn in Casper, Wyoming. [Full Announcement].
Aspen Discovery community crows with a new vendor announcing support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Aspen Discovery Community is growing. Equinox Open Library Initiative will now provide support for Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].
August 3, 2022
Gale and the Bodleian Libraries continue to support Asia-Pacific research on digital humanities with second year of fellowships. To increase access to digital humanities tools and support emerging research and collaboration amongst scholars, Gale, part of Cengage Group, and Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, announce the recipients of the second cohort of the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships. Gale will fund the research of two scholars for three months. The fellowship seeks to support the scholars' research into a DH-related topic at the University of Oxford, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship of the Bodleian Libraries. To help foster emerging scholarship in the Asia-Pacific region, the fellows have access to the Bodleian Libraries' resources including Gale Primary Sources as well as Gale Digital Scholar Lab which provides fellows with invaluable text and data mining tools to advance their work through DH methods. [Full Announcement].
CAVAL becomes the first in Australia to implement FOLIO as its new Library Management Platform. CAVAL will be the first in Australia to implement FOLIO - Future of Libraries is Open – as its new Library Management Platform hosted by Index Data. CAVAL's previous Library Management System had served it well in the last 20 years, however, the changing times and its new strategic direction called for a fresh outlook. [Full Announcement].
Beaufort County Library System (SC) adopts Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Beaufort County Library System in Beaufort, South Carolina, has adopted a patron engagement platform to support its mission to serve and support the community for learning, leisure, and life. [Full Announcement].
King's College joins Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation (PALCI). The Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation welcomed King's College, a Catholic liberal arts college located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to the consortium's membership of 71 academic and research libraries. By joining, King's students and faculty will gain access to PALCI's well-known EZBorrow resource sharing service, which allows PALCI libraries to efficiently share their physical collections. In addition, the King's College Library community will benefit from extensive savings and access to group-purchased online library collections through PALCI's strategic collaborative initiatives. [Full Announcement].
New Shelf Talkers in Libby App allow library to customize patron experience. To help libraries better connect with their community of readers, OverDrive created the shelf talkers feature in the Libby library reading app. This feature provides a new space for each library to showcase their curatorial expertise and knowledge through personal notes to patrons within the Libby app. Shelf talkers in Libby allow librarians to connect with readers by recommending titles, providing interesting facts about a title or author, showing curators' personalities and adding more library-specific flavor to their Libby collection. [Full Announcement].
August 2, 2022
NISO awarded IMLS grant for collaborative collections lifecycle project. The National Information Standards Organization, the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation, and Lehigh University Libraries, along with 27 other partner organizations, have been awarded a National Leadership Grant for Libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a Collaborative Collections Lifecycle Project. The CCLP will create a suite of best practices, improve standards, and prototype middleware infrastructure for the development and management of cooperative collections development. It aims to enable the efficient acquisition of collections and the sharing of those collections, along with related services, by developing a framework that libraries and consortia can use to share expertise, data, and collections to efficiently steward limited resources in serving library patrons. [Full Announcement].
August 1, 2022
Patron Point announces technical partnership with ESS. Patron Point announced a technical partnership with ESS that brings together the power of our world-leading library marketing automation capabilities and the data stored in ESS Library Management Cloud platforms. [Full Announcement].
Copyright Online Recordation System opens for public use. Culminating over two years of software development and extensive user-experience testing, the Library of Congress and the United States Copyright Office have opened the new Copyright Recordation System of the Enterprise Copyright System, a new technology platform, for use by the general public. [Full Announcement].
Colgate University Libraries donates to expanding government document microfiche collection. From 1970 to 2004, Colgate University amassed as many as 1.5 million microfiche cards with documents from the U.S. federal government. In July, the Internet Archive arranged for the twelve cabinets of microfiche, each in excess of 600 pounds, to be loaded onto pallets and shipped to the Internet Archive for preservation and digitization. Materials include Census data, documents from the Department of Education, Congressional testimony, CIA documents, and foreign news translated into English. [Full Announcement].
July 29, 2022
Library of Congress appoints leaders to advance digital-forward strategy for discovery and preservation of collections. The Library of Congress today announced the appointment of two digital transformation leaders to direct acquisition, discovery, use and preservation of the Library's collections. Kate Zwaard has been appointed associate librarian for Discovery and Preservation Services. A strategic leader with 20 years of experience in government and libraries, Zwaard will lead more than 600 employees responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, preservation and discovery of Library collections. Trevor Owens has been appointed as the director of digital services, one of three directorates in the new Discovery and Preservation Services unit led by Zwaard. With nearly 100 employees, Digital Services is responsible for the Library's digital collections, digitization, discovery and metadata management services. This includes internationally recognized web archiving and crowdsourcing programs. [Full Announcement].
Springer Nature expands AI-driven digital editing services to books authors and editors for free. Springer Nature has today announced a new pilot with American Journal Experts (AJE)* which will see its AI-driven editing services being made freely available to book authors and editors. It will enable authors to have their manuscripts improved by grammatical errors being corrected as well as improving phrasing and word choice. The service will allow them to spend less time preparing their work for publication and have more time doing the research that drives society forwards. [Full Announcement].
Central Arkansas Library System sends first Vega Promote patron email. The team at the Central Arkansas Library System it the first Innovative library to use Vega Promote to email their patrons. The initial message was about their screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! [Full Announcement].
Evanston Public Library (IL) adopts Patron Point. Patron Point announced today that Evanston Public Library, in Evanston, Illinois, has adopted its patron engagement platform to support its mission to be the heart of its diverse community by promoting the development of independent, self-confident, and literate citizens, and providing equitable access to cultural, intellectual, technological, and information resources. [Full Announcement].
Evergreen Users Gather Online for 2022 Conference. The Evergreen International Conference 2022 drew 225 attendees for three days of presentations and discussions online in June. The conference featured two tracks with 31 sessions and was preceded by a day of in-depth pre-conference sessions. A virtual exhibit hall was also included. The average attendee participated in over nine sessions. [Full Announcement].
July 28, 2022
ByWater Solutions joins SEFLIN for 2022 SEFLIN Regional Conference. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they will be a sponsor at the 2022 SEFLIN Regional Conference: Libraries in Communities. The event will be held at the Kovens Conference Center in North Miami on Thursday, July, 28th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST. [Full Announcement].
IMLS announces $21 million investment in U.S. library and archive initiatives. The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 71 awards totaling $21,189,566 to support libraries and archives across the country. The FY 2022 awards were made through National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The awarded grants search on the IMLS website contains a complete list of grantees and project descriptions. [Full Announcement].
July 27, 2022
Sloan Foundation funds new office to support open source activities. Helen and Henry Posner, Jr. Dean of the University Libraries Keith Webster has received a grant of $650,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to establish the Carnegie Mellon University Open Source Program Office (OSPO). In addition to establishing a central resource for open source activity across campus, the OSPO will explore the ecosystem of software around a new core facility and government R&D. [Full Announcement].
Tyler Public Library (TX) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Tyler Public Library, in Tyler, Texas, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to meet its patrons' needs for information, education, and recreation through access to library resources. [Full Announcement].
Introducing Page 1+: The new resource search tool from College Libraries Ontario, in partnership with Ontario Colleges Library Service. College Libraries Ontario announced the official launch of Page 1+, the innovative new search tool for industry-relevant resources. The Page 1+ consortium includes 20 Ontario college libraries that will use Page 1+. [Full Announcement].
TLC provides back-to-school support for its K-12 district libraries. While school librarians prepare for students to return, TLC helps with a seamless transition. The library software company provides a team within its Client Services division devoted to school success. Some of the larger districts have their own dedicated representative for year-round support. TLC will support the Hawaii Department of Education with back-to-school software training. [Full Announcement].
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now available through Talis Aspire. E-book offerings available in GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO are now visible in Talis Aspire for all e-suppliers with whom the customer has an active relationship via GOBI. The offerings displayed in Talis from GOBI will include the access model, whether the model is DRM-free, the customer-specific estimated net price and offerings previously purchased through GOBI. [Full Announcement].
The University at Buffalo Libraries joins OCLC Research Library Partnership. The OCLC Research Library Partnership announced the University at Buffalo Libraries, State University of New York as a Partner. As a regional premier academic research library system, the University at Buffalo Libraries support and enrich the three traditional pillars of the public higher education mission—research, education, and service. [Full Announcement].
Springer Nature and University of California announce first Nature open access agreement in the Americas. Building on the success of their 2020 landmark agreement, Springer Nature and the University of California announce that UC authors will now have the option to publish their research open access (OA) in the prestigious Nature titles. Through an extension of the 2020 deal, UC researchers will receive financial support toward open access publishing costs when publishing in the Nature portfolio, in addition to the titles covered in the original agreement. In 2021, this shared funding model resulted in a three-fold increase in UC open access articles in Springer Nature's portfolio of over 2,200 hybrid journals and over 500 Springer Nature fully OA journals. UC researchers published over 1,300 OA articles in Springer Nature journals in 2021, up from 400 in 2020. UC is now on track for an even greater number of open access articles to be published in 2022 and beyond. [Full Announcement].
IGI Global to convert full journal collection to Gold open access. IGI Global will be converting the remainder of their hybrid/subscription-based journal collection to gold Open Access beginning January 1st, 2023. IGI Global's full collection will contain 175 gold OA journals and one platinum OA journal. Each journal can be accessed directly through their respective webpages and can be easily integrated into libraries' discovery systems. [Full Announcement].
July 26, 2022
Clarivate announces changes to the 2023 Journal Citation Reports. Clarivate announced that in the 2023 release of the Journal Citation Reports, all Web of Science Core Collection journals will receive a Journal Impact Factor. This means expanding the JIF from Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Science Citation Index to include journals from the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the multidisciplinary Emerging Sources Citation Index. [Full Announcement].
The Palace Project to provide Ebook and Audiobook service to 10 libraries in diverse US Communities. LYRASIS, a global nonprofit committed to increasing equitable access to knowledge, and The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content, are pleased to announce a new pilot initiative to expand digital access to a group of 10 diverse libraries. The libraries are located across the US and the unincorporated US territory of American Samoa. [Full Announcement].
World's best new public library found. In Missoula, Montana, environmental awareness go hand in hand with local culture and digital innovation, and Missoula Public Library has now been named Public Library of the Year 2022. [Full Announcement].
Warren County Library Launches TLC.Go! Mobile App. Warren County Library is now live with TLC.Go! — the latest mobile app solution provided by TLC. Residents of Warren County, New Jersey, are now able to access library resources via Android and iOS. WCL borrowers can also check out materials directly from their smartphones. TLC.Go! has seamless compatibility with the library's Library.Solution integrated library system. [Full Announcement].
Sunapee Schools join Abbott Library and choose ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen Discovery Support.. ByWater Solutions announced that the Sunapee Elementary and Sunapee Middle/High School joined Abbott Library and chose ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen Discovery Support. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions Announces June 2022 Community Giveback Winner. Each month, ByWater Solutions selects one library to be awarded $500. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals. The June 2022 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Morristown Centennial Library in Morrisville, Vermont. Centennial Library in Morrisville, Vermont. The funds will be used for summer library outreach events, including pop-up storytimes at the local farmer's market, Books at the Beach, a nighttime market event, and more. [Full Announcement].
July 25, 2022
Australian authors out on top for a second year running in annual library borrowing data. More than half the library books we borrowed in 2022 were penned by Australian authors, continuing an upward trend seen over the past three years. The past twelve months also saw a large increase in E-Loans, suggesting that digital library books, which increased in popularity during the pandemic will continue to be a permanent feature of our literary diet. [Full Announcement].
Ponca City Library (OK) now using Library.Solution. Ponca City Library is now using Library.Solution as its integrated library system from The Library Corporation. TLC completed the migration services from the Book Systems ILS for the single-site library. Before its year with Book Systems, the library had used Polaris software for many years. This Oklahoma library is also the first new TLC customer to launch TLC.Go! simultaneously, following its release late last year. [Full Announcement].
IGI Global and ResearchGate sign agreement for open access content syndication. IGI Global has signed an agreement with ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, to establish a partnership for Open Access content syndication. This agreement will see the addition of all of IGI Global's OA content to ResearchGate's platform of millions of researchers worldwide. [Full Announcement].
July 23, 2022
Dorset Village Public Library and Winhall Memorial Library join Catamount and choose ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen Discovery Support.. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Dorset Village Public Library and Winhall Memorial Library, both in Vermont, have joined the Catamount Library Network to use ByWater Solutions for their support of Koha and Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].
St. Joseph's Academy on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 1,000 bibliographic and item records. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces Salina Public Library is live on the Aspen LiDA App. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Salina Public Library in Kansas is live on Aspen LiDA. The Salina Public Library is ByWater Solution's first library to go live on library-branded LiDA. [Full Announcement].
July 22, 2022
Matteson Area Public Library District (IL) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Matteson Area Public Library District in Matteson, Illinois, has chosen its patron engagement platform to support its mission to enable discovery, engage the imagination, inspire innovation, and connect with the community. [Full Announcement].
Jisc and OCLC unable to continue agreement on National Metadata Sharing for 2022/23. Libraries who use OCLC records in their catalogues will be aware that Jisc and OCLC entered into a Transitional National Metadata Agreement covering the period August 1st 2021 – July 31st 2022. Following a lengthy national consultation, this Agreement remodeled the charging structure for OCLC services, and enabled all UK HE libraries to access full OCLC records through Jisc Library Hub Cataloguing. Whilst the Transitional Agreement has been successful in providing a more consistent and sustainable pricing model for future use, and take up has been good, Jisc and OCLC have been unable to agree post-transitional terms for a longer-term agreement. This means that as of August 1st 2022, libraries will be unable to subscribe to the WorldCat Cataloguing and Metadata subscription using the Jisc Licence Subscriptions Manager platform. Eligible libraries who wish to subscribe (or Authorised libraries re-subscribe) to OCLC cataloguing services will need to talk directly to OCLC. [Full Announcement].
New Case Study: New Haven Public Schools Partnership with TLC. The Library Corporation published its latest case study on New Haven Public Schools. NHPS migrated to TLC's library management system, Library.Solution for Schools, to start the 2021-22 school year. They anticipate a seamless transition into the next academic year and beyond. This case study details how migrating to a new library system is a process, but its continued success is a partnership. [Full Announcement].
PLOS and OA Switchboard announce partnership. The Public Library of Science and the OA Switchboard announced a partnership that will enable PLOS to better manage its Open Access publishing agreements with institutions, while also providing greater transparency and metadata to our stakeholders, including consortia, libraries and funders. [Full Announcement].
July 21, 2022
Softlink IC launches free library app, use it to grow your library. Softlink IC has just launched a fantastic tool to help you promote your library … for free. Visit sharemylibrary.app to create your own custom QR code and image for your library catalog. Usethis to allow easy access to your library catalog and promote your library. With just one scan from asmartphone, your library users can connect to your library and engage! [Full Announcement].
Softlink IC 2022 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference wrap up. Softlink Information Centers attended the 2022 AALL conference from 16 – 19 July. The conference was a great opportunity to show Softlink products, integrated library management system Liberty and research management system, illumin. [Full Announcement].
IMLS releases 2020 data on American public libraries. The Institute of Museum and Library Services released the latest data from its 2020 Public Libraries Survey. The Public Libraries Survey examines key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. Explore the FY 2020 data and documentation. [Full Announcement].
July 20, 2022
Softlink Information Centers Virtual Open Day Opens Minds. Softlink Information Centers held a successful Virtual Open Day on 15 June 2022. The team at Softlink IC ran sessions across three time zones where registered participants were able to view engaging and informative sessions such as; How to stay alert with Current Awareness in Liberty?, How illumin can shine a light on your valuable research management?, What Liberty's smart serials can do to your catalog? and more. [Full Announcement].
The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario selects Soutron, replacing Inmagic from Lucidea. International library, archives, information, and knowledge management solutions market leader Soutron Global announces the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is upgrading to Soutron, replacing Inmagic from Lucidea. FSRA is an independent regulatory agency created to improve consumer protections in Ontario. The Head Office is in Toronto. [Full Announcement].
Talis Elevate: Looking back over the last academic year. As we start to approach the summer, we would like to celebrate all the wonderful things academics and students have been doing using Talis Elevate this academic year – and look back on the product development Talis made to improve and enhance the academic and student experience when using Talis Elevate. [Full Announcement].
BioWorld by Clarivate explores the concept of extending human lifespan in new report. BioWorld published by Clarivate announced the release of a new report, Extending the Human Lifespan, which examines the science around extending our time on earth alongside our quality of life. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the latest science, the key biological drivers that can be targeted pharmacologically and the companies developing these potential “Fountain of Youth” candidate drugs. [Full Announcement].
Shanghai University acquires Gale Scholar to support digital humanities growth. Shanghai University has acquired Gale Scholar from Gale, part of Cengage Group, opening up new possibilities for research and study using the expansive content and powerful search technologies of Gale Primary Sources. The resources are available to nearly 58,000 students across the university's three campuses. The university also purchased Gale Digital Scholar Lab (the Lab) as it looks to advance in the growing field of digital humanities. The Lab makes digital humanities methods available to students and researchers, enabling them to analyze and interpret large amounts of data, fostering 21st-century skills they can use post-graduation. Shanghai University joins the list of distinguished universities in China to implement Gale Scholar. [Full Announcement].
Herrick District Library (MI) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Herrick District Library, in Holland, Michigan, has chosen its patron engagement platform to support its mission to empower their community to connect, discover, and create. [Full Announcement].
Follett partner recognized with prestigious Microsoft award. Fujitsu, Follett School Solutions' longtime partner in Canada, this week formally receives the prestigious Microsoft Education Partner of the Year award for 2022. For nearly 10 years, Follett and Fujitsu have partnered to deliver the innovative Aspen Student Information System to provinces and school districts in Canada. Follett is the developer of Follett Aspen SIS, while Fujitsu provides the SaaS implementation and ongoing support services. [Full Announcement].
July 19, 2022
FEV Tutor announces strategic acquisition by Alpine Investors. FEV Tutor, the K-12 market leading research and evidence-based online tutoring platform, announced its partnership with Alpine Investors, a people-driven private equity firm that is a Certified B Corporation committed to building enduring businesses. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. [Full Announcement].
July 18, 2022
VuFind 8.1 Released. Version 8.1 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This adds several new features and integrations along with fixes to minor bugs and improvements to translations, compatibility and accessibility. [Full Announcement].
Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, is now live with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, is now live with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its new library services platform. Simplified workflows for staff and fast, easy access to information in all formats for students and faculty were cited among the reasons for the move to WMS. [Full Announcement].
IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto 2022. This Manifesto proclaims UNESCO's belief in the public library as a living force for education, culture, inclusion and information, as an essential agent for sustainable development, and for individual fulfilment of peace and spiritual welfare through the minds of all individuals. UNESCO therefore encourages national and local governments to support and actively engage in the development of public libraries. [Full Announcement].
July 15, 2022
BiblioCon '22 registration is open to all public libraries. BiblioCon, the Online Public Library Conference hosted by BiblioCommons is back this year with incredible new speakers and insightful sessions that cover various topics about the digital library experience. Like last year, this year's event will be held virtually to enable audiences from far and wide to attend. Registration is complimentary to ensure that BiblioCon is welcoming and accessible to anyone working at a public library. Conference attendees can join public library staff, industry leaders, and BiblioTeam experts on August 24 and 25. [Full Announcement].
North Logan City Library goes live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions announced that the North Logan City Library in Utah is now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater migrated over 52,000 bib records and 59,000 item records. [Full Announcement].
Indian Prairie Public Library (IL) joins Patron Point community.. Patron Point announced that Indian Prairie Public Library, in Darien, Illinois, has chosen its patron engagement platform to support its mission of enriching peoples' lives by providing opportunities to explore, connect, and be inspired. Indian Prairie Public Library states that exceptional service is their passion. They want patrons to know that they are caring and friendly, that they listen to the needs and interests of each individual, and that they welcome their community by staying committed to making everyone's library experience enjoyable. [Full Announcement].
July 14, 2022
Elsevier launches global collaboration to understand the impact of the pandemic on confidence in scientific research. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, announced the launch of a global collaboration that will include new, independent research led by Economist Impact. The initiative aims to assess the drivers of confidence in research, examine how researchers have experienced the increased public attention on science during the pandemic, and the implications this has had on the academic research community. It is also looking at changes in the ways in which researchers communicate their findings. A main focus of the initiative will be a landmark global survey conducted by Economist Impact, experts in helping to identify critical and actionable insights of 3,000 researchers across Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. [Full Announcement].
DPLA announces creation of Digital Equity Project Community of Practice. DPLA announced $850,000 in new funding from the Mellon Foundation to support our efforts to advance racial justice in American archives. This funding will enable DPLA to launch a Digital Equity Project to provide support for underrepresented, under-resourced archives and expand DPLA's capacity for supporting and partnering with diverse archival projects. [Full Announcement].
July 13, 2022
Auto-Graphics announces implementation of OAI-PMH. Auto-Graphic announced the implementation of Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting with its digital collections management software, MONTAGE. By participating in the OAI-PMH, MONTAGE can now serve as a data provider to ensure libraries' metadata can easily be discovered by researchers and institutions around the world. [Full Announcement].
Public libraries offer riveting USA Today Bestseller for worldwide digital book club. Booklovers around the globe can dive into a suspenseful USA Today bestselling novel during Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club. From July 13-27, more than a hundred thousand readers around the globe will enjoy Audrey Blake's historical fiction The Girl in His Shadow from their public library. Library card holders from participating libraries can borrow the ebook and audiobook for free without waiting on the Libby app. [Full Announcement].
Huntington City-Township Public Library (IN) adopts Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Huntington City-Township Public Library in Huntington, Indiana, has adopted our engagement platform to support its mission to provide outstanding library services to its patrons. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Catamount Library Network. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the Catamount Library Network in Vermont. [Full Announcement].
Des Moines Public Library goes live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Des Moines Public Library in Iowa is now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater migrated over 200,000 bib records and 400,000 item records. [Full Announcement].
Crosstown High live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Crosstown High Library in Tennessee is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 2,000 bib records and over 2,400 item records. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces Aspen Discovery 22.07.00 Release. This month we're releasing Browse Category enhancements for both Aspen Discovery and LiDA. Aspen Discovery also gets additional options for the new EBSCOhost integration and LiDA will now allow patrons to bulk-manage holds. We added a few more features to the EBSCOhost integration we released last month. Libraries can configure when each of their EBSCO databases is searched, where those search results display, and you can upload default covers per database for the Explore More bar. [Full Announcement].
July 12, 2022
Springshare partners with PowerNotes to bring LibChat into the research process. Springshare and PowerNotes announced that the LibChat library chat is now seamlessly integrated with PowerNotes, a tool designed specifically to manage the entire academic research process from discovery through writing. With this integration, PowerNotes users can launch a live LibChat experience, powered by Springshare's LibAnswers platform, right from their PowerNotes browser plugin or the PowerNotes project outline screen. When students are working on a research project or writing a paper, assistance from a librarian is now just a click away. [Full Announcement].
July 11, 2022
Technology from SAGE acquires reading, authoring, and collaboration tool Sciwheel. Technology from SAGE, a division of SAGE Publishing, has acquired Sciwheel, an award-winning tool providing library patrons with an easy way to discover, read, annotate, write, and share research. Founded by Vitek Tracz, the entrepreneur behind the Current Opinion journals, Current Drugs, F1000 and BioMed Central, Sciwheel was created to go beyond traditional reference management by assisting students and researchers throughout the entire writing process. Sciwheel will be integrated with Technology from SAGE's Lean Library, to create a comprehensive academic workflow tool. [Full Announcement].
Dialogue becomes division of Hachette UK as Sharmaine Lovegrove steps up to the board. Hachette UK has announced that Dialogue Books, which was founded by Sharmaine Lovegrove in 2017 as an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, is to become a standalone division of Hachette UK. Publisher Lovegrove will be promoted to Managing Director and join the Hachette UK Board. [Full Announcement].
IPLC launches new resource sharing software. Beginning in the summer of 2022, the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC), a partnership of 13 academic research libraries, will launch ReShare Returnables, a new resource sharing software offering enhanced inter-library open sharing capabilities. IPLC has contracted with Index Data, a library software developer and service provider, to implement ReShare Returnables as part of its commitment to advancing library resource sharing systems. ReShare Returnables is the premier product of Project ReShare, a community of libraries, consortia, software developers, and open source advocates. Project ReShare is modeling mutual investment in open collaboration intended to break down the barriers and silos associated with commercial platforms and replace them with an inclusive, community-owned ecosystem. [Full Announcement].
IGI Global Signs the Declaration on Research Assessment. IGI Global, a medium sized independent academic publisher based in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA has signed the Declaration on Research Assessment. The worldwide initiative aims to implement practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and across all scholarly disciplines. [Full Announcement].
FOLIO rolls out to the Five College Libraries Consortium. UMass Amherst Libraries and the Five College Consortium announce the adoption of FOLIO, an open-source library services platform, which will begin operation throughout the Five College Libraries later this month. UMass Amherst librarians, along with our Five College partners, are among the first set of early adopters—and adapters. The Five College Consortium worked with EBSCO, one of the largest providers of digital library content in the world, to develop and beta test the implementation and hosting services for FOLIO. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate announces retirement of Chief Executive Officer Jerre Stead and appointment of Jonathan Gear as new CEO. Clarivate announced that Jerre Stead, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring from his CEO role effective September 1, 2022, but will continue as Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors. During Mr. Stead's tenure as Clarivate CEO, the company has nearly tripled in size both in revenue and colleague population, delivered strong cash flow, completed multiple strategic acquisitions, and aligned into a customer- and colleague-centric enterprise. The board of directors has selected Jonathan Gear to succeed Mr. Stead. Mr. Gear is joining Clarivate as CEO-elect and a member of the board of directors on July 11, 2022. Mr. Gear will become Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2022, at which time Mr. Stead will become Non-Executive Chair. [Full Announcement].
July 8, 2022
Wiley rolls out open access solution Oable to first 34 customers. Wiley announced its continued investment in Oable by making the innovative open access workflow management solution available to 34 customers. Oable was developed by Knowledge Unlatched, which Wiley acquired in 2021 to advance both organizations' shared commitment to make open access simple and easy for librarians, researchers, and publishers. [Full Announcement].
Internet Archive seeks summary judgment in federal lawsuit filed By publishing companies. The Internet Archive has asked a federal judge to rule in its favor and end a radical lawsuit, filed by four major publishing companies, that aims to criminalize library lending. The Internet Archive, headquartered in San Francisco, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library which preserves and provides access to cultural artifacts of all kinds in electronic form. The motion for summary judgment, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Durie Tangri LLP, explains that the Archive's Controlled Digital Lending program is a lawful fair use that preserves traditional library lending in the digital world. The brief explains how the Internet Archive is advancing the purposes of copyright law by furthering public access to knowledge and facilitating the creation of new creative and scholarly works. The Internet Archive's digital lending hasn't cost the publishers one penny in revenues; in fact, concrete evidence shows that the Archive's digital lending does not and will not harm the market for books. [Full Announcement].
Spartanburg County Public Libraries (SC) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Spartanburg County Public Libraries, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has chosen its patron engagement platform to support its vision of being Spartanburg County's leading provider of information, entertainment, and exploration. [Full Announcement].
Publishers seek summary judgment against Internet Archive for blatant scanning and distribution of literary works on industrial scale. Member companies of the Association of American Publishers filed a motion for summary judgment in the copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive, first filed on June 1, 2020 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Following two years of litigation, the motion for summary judgement establishes a clear record showing that both the law and the facts of the case are undisputedly in the publishers' favor. The filings show that IA's illegal mass scanning, public display, and distribution of literary works are in direct contravention of the Copyright Act and in direct competition with lawfully licensed markets for both library and consumer eBooks. IA offers its unauthorized copies to the public at large through a global-facing enterprise coined “Open Library” and, previously, through a service dubbed the “National Emergency Library.” The defendant's activities are part of a larger commercial enterprise that not only provides access to books but also adds to its bottom line. Between 2011 and 2020, IA made approximately $30 million from libraries for scanning books in their collections. [Full Announcement].
Odilo levanta 60M€ de inversión para llevar sus soluciones de archivo y biblioteca a todas las instituciones. Odilo, scaleup conocida globalmente como el Netflix/Spotify de la educación, anunció el cierre de su ronda de financiación por un valor de 60 millones de euros, liderada por la firma de growth capital, Bregal Milestone. Esta ronda es la mayor conseguida por una compañía del sector de educación tecnológica que, entre sus productos, también ofrece soluciones de bibliotecas, archivo y preservación digital en la historia de España y de Europa. Odilo detectó que, pese a la importante inversión realizada por las instituciones en soluciones de tecnología, las necesidades reales de la administración no quedaban del todo cubiertas. Es habitual encontrar en una misma administración diferentes plataformas que, incluso tienen funcionalidades similares, pero que no se comunican entre sí; o aplicaciones totalmente desfasadas, que no avanzan al ritmo al que lo hacen las tecnologías. [Full Announcement].
July 7, 2022
ARL joins Fair-Use Amicus Brief in Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith. In the case of Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Lynn Goldsmith and Lynn Goldsmith, Ltd., the Association of Research Libraries has joined associations representing libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage organizations in an amicus brief in support of neither party. The case concerns a photograph of the musician Prince that Lynn Goldsmith licensed to Vanity Fair for Andy Warhol's use as a reference work to create an original print. Years later, Goldsmith sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for copyright infringement after learning that Warhol created and distributed 15 additional prints based on Goldsmith's photograph; the additional prints are the subject of the lawsuit. The district court found in favor of the Warhol Foundation on fair-use grounds; the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision, holding that the Warhol prints were not transformative. [Full Announcement].
Chris Porter named CEO of Software for Follett School Solutions. Follett School Solutions announced Chris Porter, who brings more than 20 years of experience leading education technology businesses, has been appointed CEO of Follett School Solutions, Software. He succeeds Paul Ilse, who will remain involved with Follett School Solutions as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Porter most recently served as CEO of Apex Learning, where he guided the digital education company through unprecedented growth during his tenure. Previously, he served in executive leadership positions for PowerSchool LLC, Pearson and Apple. [Full Announcement].
Equinox announces support for Aspen Discovery. Equinox Open Library Initiative announced support for Aspen Discovery, an open source discovery layer which unites e-resources, catalog records, and third party databases within a single search. Aspen Discovery is user-friendly for staff and patrons alike and brings together all formats and titles in the search results, including resources from across the library's print and electronic collections and licensed content from OverDrive, Hoopla, and more. A mobile app for iOS and Android devices, LiDA, is also available for use with Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].
Mt Holyoke College. Summer Migration to FOLIO. Yesterday afternoon the Five Colleges Libraries completed the review of our new library services platform implementation, and officially accepted our new FOLIO environment. We are pleased to announce that backend systems operations and staff work are now underway in FOLIO. [Full Announcement].
July 6, 2022
MOBIUS migrates North of Boston Library Exchange. MOBIUS announced that the North of Boston Library Exchange, which utilizes the Evergreen ILS, successfully migrated and went live on its MOBIUS Open Source Solutions hosting service on April 18, 2022. Previously, NOBLE was a self-hosted Evergreen instance. MOBIUS performed data migration services and also provides data hosting and server support to NOBLE. [Full Announcement].
Soutron Global releases Soutron Version 4.1.7 for library and knowledge management, archives, and record information management. Soutron Global announced the immediate availability of Soutron version 4.1.7 featuring a completely reengineered Thesaurus module (Authority Control in the USA). Since the injection of funds from growth equity investor Bloom Equity Partners, the R&D team at Soutron has been working on updating the user interface to accommodate the increase in digitization projects being undertaken by special libraries. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate to exclusively provide citation data to the Australian Research Council for Excellence in Research Australia 2023. Clarivate has been selected to provide citation data for the Excellence in Research for Australia 2023, the country's national university research evaluation framework. In doing so, Clarivate will help the Australian Research Council to identify research excellence by discipline, across the entire Australian university research sector. [Full Announcement].
Listen Up! LibraryCall enhances StoryWalks with audio option. LibraryCall introduced SoundTrack, a new service that allows libraries, museums, and galleries to offer a low-cost audio component to existing self-paced exhibits, including popular library StoryWalks. [Full Announcement].
News conference on major development in big publishers' legal attack on libraries and digital lending. The Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library which preserves and provides access to cultural artifacts of all kinds in electronic form, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation will host a video news conference this Friday, July 8 to discuss a significant new development in a federal lawsuit filed against the library in 2020 by four major publishers. [Full Announcement].
July 5, 2022
London Borough of Haringey joins The Libraries Consortium. SirsiDynix is delighted to announce that the London Borough of Haringey is the latest member to join The Libraries Consortium, a rapidly expanding network of public library authorities in the UK, sharing technology, stock and expertise. [Full Announcement].
July 1, 2022
Coherent Digital expands presence into India. Coherent Digital, publisher of South Asia Archive, today announced the expansion of their presence in India with the appointment of Shashank Singh as Sales Director, South Asia. The appointment signals Coherent's commitment to South Asia through an investment in local personnel to serve universities, government departments, research centres, and other customer sites in the region. [Full Announcement].
DCA and Koios release new library website survey. As part of their continuing efforts to help libraries thrive online, DCA and Koios.co have released a new survey for librarians designed to shed some light on how library websites are perceived and used. The survey includes questions on discoverability, purpose, and utility and asks how successful librarians think their websites are at supporting the library mission. [Full Announcement].
Library Futures releases policy statement and draft ebook legislative language: Mitigating the Library eBook Conundrum Through Legislative Action in the States. Library Futures announced that it has launched a policy statement on eBooks. Current eBook licensing practices are eradicating the central mission of libraries, with grave repercussions for equity and access to the world's knowledge. The root of the issue is that while libraries buy print books in order to lend them to patrons, they can't actually buy eBooks. Instead, they license the content from publishers. This means that publishers can set whatever terms they want in eBook licenses to libraries—or refuse to license them at all. [Full Announcement].
Elsevier's acquisition of Interfolio: risks and responses. Elsevier recently completed its planned acquisition of Interfolio, the leader in a rapidly emerging category of products known as Faculty Information Systems. This deal exemplifies many of the worrying trends described in SPARC's ongoing market analyses over the past four years. In addition to increasing consolidation and presenting new threats to competition, this acquisition highlights the conflicts of interest that can be created when a single entity both publishes and assesses research—and also owns the leading platform through which that assessment takes place. SPARC will be closely following this acquisition's overall effects. We recommend that libraries and academic institutions watch for specific negative impacts that may surface in individual interactions with Elsevier and document these where possible. Documenting institutions' experience may reduce the risk of these negative effects and help encourage regulators to act on any instances of anticompetitive behavior or consumer harm. [Full Announcement].
Grayslake Area Public Library (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Grayslake Area Public Library, in Grayslake, Illinois, has chosen its patron engagement platform to support its mission of connecting the people of Northern Illinois with stories, ideas, and information in order to educate and enrich lives. [Full Announcement].
June 30, 2022
LIBNOVA supports the X Private Archives Conference. LIBNOVA sponsors the 10th Conference of Private Archives “Archives and Wine” to be held from June 15 – 17 in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). The Private Archives Conference, which has been held in Jerez de la Frontera for the past decade, has become a national reference in the world of archive [Full Announcement].
Breakthrough progress of LIBNOVA at the ARCHIVER Pilot End-Phase Event. LIBNOVA presented its innovative achievements for digital preservation at the Pilot End-Phase Event of the ARCHIVER Project held online on Monday, June 13, 2022. ARCHIVER is a unique initiative in the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) that developed innovative services for Long Term Digital Preservation of scientific datasets, over a three-year pre-commercial procurement process. The work accomplished in ARCHIVER is a game-changer for the approach taken to long-term research data management both from a mindset and technological perspective. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate Top 100 New Brands Report reveals trends and hotspots in rapidly evolving global brand landscape. Clarivate released the first ever Top 100 New Brands report. The report draws on data from more than 20 million new trademark applications worldwide to identify new brands which have surged into the public sphere in the last two years. These Top 100 New Brands – likely powerful brands of their sectors in the future – have demonstrated the greatest diligence in protecting and expanding their brand footprint. The report's analysis highlights the industries that are hotbeds of brand activity and illuminates the new forms that new brands can take in the rapidly shifting global brand landscape. [Full Announcement].
Suburban Library Cooperative selects Polaris ILS and Vega LX. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Suburban Library Cooperative in Michigan has selected the Polaris ILS, Vega Discover, Vega Promote, and Vega Program. The Suburban Library Cooperative is a network of 18 public libraries in the Macomb County area of Michigan that have joined together to provide materials and services to their communities. In addition to a wide range of materials and services, from free wi-fi to scanning, the SLC offers a local history digital collection that includes information about the history of local transportation, regional history, and genealogy; and offers patrons the ability to check out a Michigan Activity Pass, which allows free access to museums, parks, cultural centers, and more. [Full Announcement].
June 29, 2022
Más de cincuenta bibliotecas y sistemas bibliotecarios utilizan EBSCO FOLIO. Más de cincuenta universidades y sistemas bibliotecarios alrededor del mundo han adoptado en su totalidad la Plataforma de Servicios Bibliotecarios de EBSCO FOLIO o han utilizado la Gestión de Recursos Electrónicos de EBSCO FOLIO a través de los servicios que ofrece EBSCO FOLIO. Los centros y sistemas que han incorporado EBSCO FOLIO se han beneficiado de la experiencia en la implementación, el alojamiento y los servicios de apoyo disponibles a través de EBSCO Information Services. Aunque la mayoría ha implementado el LSP completo, las bibliotecas y los sistemas también han adoptado las herramientas de ERM existentes o han instituido por primera vez su ERM aprovechando EBSCO FOLIO. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate statement on OCLC lawsuit (update). We would like to thank the many partners and librarians who appreciate our efforts to develop the MetaDoor platform. We will fully comply with the Temporary Restraining Order put in place by the court, although we continue to believe the lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend our position. [Full Announcement].
Spalding University live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Spalding University Library is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 21,000 items and over 10,000 borrowers. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for SEFLIN. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) in Florida. The four libraries that went live on Aspen Discovery are the Boynton Beach City Library, the Delray Beach Public Library, the Lake Park Public Library, and the Palm Springs Public Library. [Full Announcement].
Charlotte County Library System (FL) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Charlotte County Library System, in Port Charlotte, Florida, has selected its patron engagement platform to support its mission to spread literacy, economic success, and creativity in its community. [Full Announcement].
Emerald refreshes its commitment to advancing the research impact agenda and calls for sector wide action in its new Â‘Are you in?' campaign. Emerald Publishing has relaunched its ‘Impact Manifesto', pledging six commitments for change that will advance ongoing debates around academic culture, incentives, and research evaluation. [Full Announcement].
Opening the Future program welcomes JSTOR as a hosting partner. JSTOR has joined the Opening the Future program as a hosting partner for Open Access ebooks published by Central European University Press and Liverpool University Press. These ebooks will be freely available on JSTOR, in addition to the publishers' websites and other platforms offering Open Access ebooks. Making the titles available on multiple platforms ensures that users can discover and access this scholarship through their preferred research workflows. [Full Announcement].
College of the Holy Cross. A New Online Catalog. Holy Cross Libraries have launched a new online catalog. We are now using FOLIO, an open-source library services platform developed collaboratively by libraries, developers, and vendors. FOLIO brings a modern approach to library systems and will allow the Libraries to leverage the latest technology and standards. [Full Announcement].
June 28, 2022
Auto-Graphics moves to fully virtual environment. Auto-Graphics has decided to permanently close down the physical office in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Although the company still has three years left on its lease, we are actively working with the landlord to lease the premises to a new tenant and/or sublease the space. Our goal with this move to being a completely virtual company is to continue to support a wider base of talent and to foster a more balanced work-life environment. [Full Announcement].
Soutron to demonstrate newly reengineered library management software at the Special Libraries Association. Soutron Global announces that the company will be demonstrating their latest release at the Special Libraries Association conference, the premier conference for the special librarian and information professional. The SLA conference will be held in Charlotte, NC July 31st – August 2nd in the Charlotte Convention Center, Hall A, Level 1. Soutron can be found at booth #103. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate names world's leading journals with the 2022 Journal Citation Reports. Clarivate released the 2022 update to its annual Journal Citation Reports. The annual JCR release enables the research community to evaluate the world's high-quality academic journals using a range of indicators, descriptive data and visualizations. The reports are used extensively by academic publishers across the globe to understand the scholarly impact of their journals relative to their field and promote them to the research community. [Full Announcement].
SOLUS releases Ukrainian language support. OLUS announced the release of Ukrainian language support in The Library App and in active reseller partners Library Applications. Following the recent mass migration as a result of the tragic war in Ukraine, we received a request from Surrey County Council in the UK to add support for the Ukrainian language to The Library App. As a result, the Ukrainian language translation has been completed and added to the CMS and as with the other language packs, this is now free to add to customer Apps via the Content Management System. [Full Announcement].
Creighton University live on ILLiad with Atlas' Access Services Concierge. Creighton University is live using ILLiad for resource sharing. Located in Omaha, NE, Creighton joins nearly 1,000 institutions currently ILLiad. Creighton library staff will use ILLiad to manage all of their library's borrowing, lending, and document delivery through a single interface. Atlas assisted with the implementation and installation of ILLiad for Creighton and OCLC will continue to provide hosting and support. Creighton University has selected Atlas' Concierge Services to continue working to automate processes with ILLiad. [Full Announcement].
Central Arkansas Library System and The Ferguson Library launch Vega Promote. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that Central Arkansas Library System and The Ferguson Library have launched Vega Promote. Vega Promote is the marketing automation module of the Vega Library Experience suite, a cloud-based platform, that allows library staff to easily communicate and manage a full range of materials, programs, and services. Vega Promote keeps community members and patrons informed through targeted and relevant communications, keeping promotion tied tightly to other library solutions and thus eliminating the need for libraries to use a patchwork approach to digital marketing and communications. [Full Announcement].
Solano County Library, Benicia Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library select Polaris and Vega LX for their consortium needs. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the consortium comprised of Solano County Library, Benicia Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library in California has selected Polaris as their ILS and Vega Discover as their discovery layer. Solano County Library, Benicia, Public Library, and St. Helena Public Library serve over a million visitors per year across their eleven locations and have been part of the Link+ family of INN-Reach libraries in California since 2017. [Full Announcement].
W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization. The World Wide Web Consortium is set to pursue 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The launch as a new legal entity in January 2023 preserves the core mission of the Consortium to shepherd the web by developing open standards with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community. [Full Announcement].
The National eLearning Center chooses Naseej to launch the flexible learning pathways for public, tertiary and vocational education. In line with its endeavors to enhance trust in eLearning practices, to provide lifelong equal access to eLearning, and lead sustainable innovation in eLearning to achieve trusted online learning for all, the National eLearning Center has chosen Naseej for Communication and Information Technology – the regional leader in Digital Transformation Solutions – to launch market-oriented flexible learning pathways integrated with local and international agencies. Naseej – in partnership with Coursera – will provide a two-year subscription in about 10,000 courses from Coursera and provide flexible eLearning paths and connect them to the National eLearning and Training Platform, with annual reports on users. Courses and programs will also be connected to the Saudi Classification for the Educational Levels and Specializations and the Global Skills Framework. [Full Announcement].
June 27, 2022
Coherent Digital launches South Asia Archive on the Coherent Commons Platform. Coherent Digital today launched South Asia Archive on its Commons platform at the American Library Association meeting. South Asia Archive is a major collection of books and journals. It contains over 4.5 million pages and is used by more than 800 academic institutions around the world. Previously offered by Taylor & Francis, the collection is now available exclusively from Coherent Digital on the Commons platform as a purchase of perpetual rights. [Full Announcement].
McGraw Hill and Verizon Bring Learning to Life with Free Augmented Reality App. McGraw Hill and Verizon today announced a new mobile application to bring augmented reality learning activities to K-12 students and classrooms across the country: McGraw Hill AR. The free app leverages the immersive and interactive features of AR technology to bring academic concepts to life and give students and educators new ways to engage with educational content. [Full Announcement].
A collective responsibility to protect the unparalleled value of WorldCat. Update: On June 27, 2022, a judge in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, ruled in favor of OCLC's request for a temporary restraining order. We're pleased that this ruling will at least temporarily stop Clarivate and the other defendants from engaging in the type of conduct outlined in the Court's Order. We will continue to work in the best interests of our member libraries and the community at large to vigorously protect the work and investments we've made in WorldCat for over 50 years. [Full Announcement].
June 26, 2022
ALA Core members now have free access to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services sandbox. OCLC and ALA Core, the newest division of the American Library Association, are partnering to provide free access to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services sandbox, the test environment for the platform, that will allow Core members seeking professional development opportunities a chance to work hands-on with a cloud-based library management system. [Full Announcement].
June 24, 2022
Rockford Public Library (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Rockford Public Library has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. In particular, the library has identified a priority in streamlining patron registration and card renewal and has plans to use Patron Point in support of Rockford's mission to educate, inform, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of their community. [Full Announcement].
More than fifty libraries and library systems live on EBSCO FOLIO Library Services Platform. More than fifty universities and library systems across the globe have now adopted the full EBSCO FOLIO Library Services Platform or leveraged EBSCO FOLIO Electronic Resource Management via EBSCO FOLIO Services. The sites and systems that have adopted EBSCO FOLIO have leveraged the implementation expertise, hosting and support services available through EBSCO Information Services. While most have implemented the full LSP, libraries and systems have also moved from existing ERM tools or instituted their first-ever ERM leveraging EBSCO FOLIO. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services announces partnership with Clever. EBSCO Information Services is partnering with Clever, the most widely-used single sign-on portal for schools in the United States. This partnership serves as a solution for schools looking to streamline access to their EBSCO resources for students and teachers. Clever provides school districts with a single portal for their digital learning tools, where students and teachers have seamless access, eliminating the need to remember unique usernames and passwords for each tool. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services Announces 2022 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. EBSCO Information Services will be awarding $300,000 in grants to four libraries looking to further their sustainability goals. John D. MacArthur Campus Library at Florida Atlantic University, Florida; Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library, Wisconsin; Lincoln Library, Vermont; and Alan Batey Library and Learning Commons at Camosun College, British Columbia, Canada, will each receive an EBSCO Solar Grant to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow the libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures. [Full Announcement].
Ground-breaking open research platform, Octopus, to launch. Ground-breaking publishing platform Octopus is being launched next week on 29 June and researchers are invited to attend the online event to find out more. Octopus aims to enable fast, free and fair publishing of research that is open to all and focuses on the intrinsic quality of research. It sets out to avoid researchers being tempted to ‘sell good stories' in their work, and instead rewards them for rigour and specialism. [Full Announcement].
UMass Amherst Libraries migrate to new Library Services Platform. The Libraries will migrate back-end system operations from the current library system (ALEPH) to FOLIO at the end of June 2022. FOLIO is a collaboration of libraries, developers, and vendors building an open source library services platform that supports traditional resource management functionality while also opening the door for innovation in an increasingly digital world. Our Five Colleges libraries will be the first consortium to fully implement FOLIO, and we are excited about the opportunities this forward-looking system will provide. [Full Announcement].
Watch your next book: Bibliotheca's new exclusive partnership brings Videobooks to public libraries. Through an exclusive partnership with the trailblazing media production company LIT Videobooks, Bibliotheca is making best-selling non-fiction books available to library patrons in a ground-breaking new video format. LIT Videobooks partners with best-selling authors and Emmy award-winning filmmakers to distill the core ideas of each book into a documentary-like video format under an hour. LIT Videobooks include interviews, live-action reenactments, animation, data visualization, and more. [Full Announcement].
June 23, 2022
DPLA to leverage new Knight Foundation support to expand access to knowledge via the Palace Marketplace. DPLA has received a new $150,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to further DPLA's work to advance The Palace Project. This funding will allow us to expand Palace Marketplace, the only not-for-profit ebook and audiobook marketplace, as well as Palace Bookshelf, our collection of more than 11,000 open-access ebooks curated by the DPLA Curation Corps of librarians. [Full Announcement].
Auto-Graphics announces cash dividend. Agent Information Software, the parent company of Auto-Graphics, declared a cash dividend of $0.035 per share that was approved by its Board of Directors at the annual shareholders meeting on May 25, 2022. The dividend will be paid on June 30, 2022 to all stockholders on record as of June 15, 2022. [Full Announcement].
OverDrive to present library innovations prioritizing Access for All. At the in-person conference of our nation's libraries, digital library leader OverDrive will announce tools and services to help librarians provide “Access for All.” In response to requests from industry leaders to leverage their digital collections to reach more readers, OverDrive will present Public Access Connect and other initiatives at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Booth #933 in Washington, D.C. from June 23-28. [Full Announcement].
IGI Global offers open access agreements and transformative options. IGI Global, a leading medium-sized international academic publisher, is now offering unique Open Access Agreements, Transformative Options, and Publish & Read Agreements that can help provide institutions with the flexibility needed to participate and promote OA publishing within their faculty. [Full Announcement].
Auckland University of Technology enters open access agreement with IGI Global. IGI Global, a medium-sized independent academic research publisher, is proud to announce a new Open Access agreement with Auckland University of Technology. This influential university has invested in an OA fund to support their faculty and staff's research through IGI Global's Open Access Agreement option. This fully OA agreement provides coverage for Article Processing Charges that will be utilized by the university's faculty to publish their research under OA with IGI Global. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces June 2022 Community Giveback Winner. Each month, ByWater Solutions selects one library to be awarded $500. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals. The June 2022 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback is the Morristown Centennial Library in Morrisville, Vermont. The funds will be used for summer library outreach events, including pop-up storytimes at the local farmer's market, Books at the Beach, a nighttime market event, and more! [Full Announcement].
Patron Point announces new training and instructional design manager. Patron Point announced today that Tricia Richards has joined the organization in the newly created Training and Instructional Design Manager role. Richards comes to us with a background in writing, digital media production, and learning theory. These experiences make her a strong fit for a position focused on leading software training and further developing our digital learning resources. [Full Announcement].
The Drucker Institute partners With Baker & Taylor to bring Bendable to libraries across the US. The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University and Baker & Taylor announced today that they were partnering to bring Bendable, the Institute's lifelong learning platform, to public libraries across the United States. A robust learning marketplace, Bendable allows residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily discover content that is just right for them and then acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as local, in-person learning opportunities. It is an especially valuable tool for libraries as they are being increasingly called upon to play an important role in workforce development. [Full Announcement].
June 22, 2022
Wiley and Italian Consortium Bibliosan sign open access agreement. Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new four-year agreement with Bibliosan, a consortium of medical research institutes and hospitals in Italy. This agreement will provide 68 institutions with access to Wiley's complete journal portfolio and enable participating researchers to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley's more than 1,600 hybrid and gold open access journals. [Full Announcement].
La Biblioteca de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria convierte su catÃ¡logo en un opac multidispositivo. El catálogo en línea de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ha sido actualizado a la versión 2.3 de AbsysNet. Con esta actualización, además, se ha transformado el catálogo de la biblioteca en un opac multidispositivo que se adapta a todo tipo de dispositivos y pantallas gracias al módulo mOpac. Tras los trabajos de actualización, parametrización y diseño del catálogo, la biblioteca universitaria cuenta ahora con uno de los catálogos en línea más sofisticados del panorama bibliotecario español. [Full Announcement].
Coherent Digital reaches major agreement with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). Over 40 CRL affiliated institutions recently agreed to become founding institutional members of Policy Commons. This level of financial commitment means that medium-size CRL institutions will receive substantial additional discounts, and Coherent unlocks complimentary access for over 70 small CRL institutions. [Full Announcement].
Electronic and digital content management for Vega Discover. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced today that select early access partners using Vega Discover can now automatically ingest bibliographic records from content vendors into their collection. This Electronic & Digital Content Management integration saves libraries time and gets materials in the hands of patrons sooner by automatically loading vendor records and the appropriate subscription details into Vega Discover. Current processes require additional time to update records—keeping highly sought-after items out of the hands of patrons for longer. [Full Announcement].
June 21, 2022
CRL Implements New Library Service Platform and Catalog. CRL is pleased to announce that it is implementing FOLIO as its new library services platform. FOLIO is a community driven, open-source platform that supports traditional library operations and positions us for greater community collaboration around knowledge management. CRL chose FOLIO because it is tightly aligned with CRL's core values of open infrastructure and responsible operations. Joining the FOLIO community creates opportunities for CRL to better serve its members and partners through active engagement in future library initiatives that build a better knowledge infrastructure. [Full Announcement].
GOBI Library Solutions now supports e-books on the Cairn.info Platform. GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now supports e-books on the Cairn.info platform, making more than 13,000 DRM-free title-by-title social sciences and humanities French e-books available through GOBI. All titles on the Cairn.info platform offer DRM-free, unlimited simultaneous user access and are available worldwide. [Full Announcement].
NISO's Recommended Practice for Video and Audio Metadata now available for public comment. The National Information Standards Organization announced that its draft Video and Audio Metadata Recommended Practice is now available for public comment through August 5, 2022. This new Recommended Practice establishes guidelines for metadata for video and audio assets including administrative metadata, semantic metadata, technical metadata, rights metadata, and accessibility metadata. [Full Announcement].
Librarian of Congress appoints Jennifer Meehan Director of Special Collections. Jennifer Meehan, head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University, has been named director of the Library of Congress' Special Collections Directorate effective Aug. 1. [Full Announcement].
June 20, 2022
PALNI awarded an ARPA grant to launch an initiative in open bibliographic data management. The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana announced that it has received an American Rescue Plan Act grant of $225,000 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. The planning grant will enable PALNI to identify ways of expanding current infrastructure to support open bibliographic data management tools, which library staff use to manage and share collections. The project aims to significantly enhance financial sustainability and access to information, allowing libraries to further deliver on their critical role in student success. [Full Announcement].
Vega Discover launches consortia support for Polaris and Sierra. Library consortia using the Polaris or Sierra ILS now have additional features unique to consortia organizations when implementing Vega Discover as their discovery layer. Announced at IUG 2022, the first phase of Vega Discover for Consortia enables consortium members to create separate Vega Discover catalogs with unique URLs and custom branding. In addition, the central office can now set up eContent accounts for the main site and share that eContent with all members. Member libraries can also set up unique OverDrive and Hoopla accounts at the collection site level with subscription details for their patrons. [Full Announcement].