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June 23, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the MnPALS consortium has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the Primo discovery and delivery solution to streamline workflows for all types of resources and to increase the discoverability of those resources by patrons and staff users of the consortium’s member institutions.

(ProQuest) Alexander Street, a ProQuest company, has added streaming access to over 200 videos from A+E Networks for college and university libraries and faculty via the Academic Video Online solution. The videos come from A+E Networks’ HISTORY, the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner.

June 22, 2017

(ProQuest) Alexander Street, a ProQuest company, is enabling researchers to go behind the scenes of the world's greatest theatre, dance, and opera performances through Performance Design Archive Online, the only international multimedia collection to cover all aspects of theatre production design.

(collectionHQ) collectionHQ, the world's leading collection performance improvement solution and SOLUS, a global library technology provider, announced a new joint initiative to support collection management in public libraries. The joint initiative surrounds the launch of SOLUS' Gizmo mobile device and the compatibility of collectionHQ Action Plans with the SOLUS Staff App. Gizmo, an Android-powered handheld tool, supports the SOLUS Staff App to allow librarians to deliver better customer service by responding to patron queries, searching the collection and placing hold requests all from the library floor. The compatibility of collectionHQ Action Plans with Gizmo via the Staff App takes that portability one step further by allowing users to carry out multiple collection management tasks simultaneously from anywhere in the library. From Gizmo, users can then update item statuses and locations directly to their Integrated Library System, saving valuable staff time.

(Overdrive) OverDrive has launched a new tool designed to bring new users to the library. Meet Libby, the innovative and fun new reading app for ebooks and audiobooks introduced worldwide on June 20. Based on the experience of 36,000 library partners and one billion digital books borrowed, OverDrive designed Libby to get library users reading quickly, anytime and anywhere, in just one tap.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the cloud-based, multi-tenant Innovative Open Library Stack (IOLS) now serves more than 150 library systems.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Nate Cothran to President. Nate has worked with Backstage for nearly 20 years, managing IT/Technical, Authority Control, and Automation Services. He is a PMP-certified leader who has helped to grow internal departments and improve efficiencies at every turn. Nate believes that customer service is paramount to client satisfaction and continually seeks to ease the client’s workload.

(ProQuest) ProQuest and Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, are helping libraries improve the research experience and expand exploration by integrating ProQuest® Syndetics Unbound with the Ex Libris Primo and Summon discovery services.

(Follett) Future Ready Librarians (FRL), formed by Future Ready Schools (FRS) a year ago, announced today a micro-credential for librarians—“Empowering Students as Creators”— has been developed and will be piloted by five U.S. school districts in the fall. As with FRL, the development of the micro-credential is a joint partnership between Follett’s Project Connect, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and Digital Promise.

(Overdrive) HarperCollins has joined the growing list of publishers working with OverDrive to add Cost-per-Circ as an additional use model for their eBooks and audiobooks. The CPC model will be available for a portion of the HarperCollins eBook and audiobook catalog, alongside the current metered access one copy/one user. OverDrive has always advocated for more and broader access for libraries and their readers. Working closely with the publishing community, libraries and school partners can mix their collections with a variety of access models starting later this year.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, launched Gale Small Business Builder, an online planning tool for individuals who are exploring the idea of entrepreneurship, actively starting a business or operating an existing enterprise.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix will be attending the ALA Annual in Chicago. This year the BLUEcloud team is pleased to premiere the Power of Libraries message from SirsiDynix. Located at booth 5016, the SirsiDynix team will be sharing free “I Believe in The Power of Libraries” buttons, which are also available through the new Power of Libraries store.

June 21, 2017

(OCLC) OCLC Sustainable Collection Services and 14 libraries from the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium have collaborated to advance a shared print book collections project, and secure 1.2 million print book holdings for formal retention.

(Follett) Follett Corporation today provided the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of publishers comprised of Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education:

(KOMBIT) Nu åbner den nye FBS-ændringsportal. Portalen skal gøre det lettere at indberette og arbejde med videreudviklingsønsker

(Talis) BI Norwegian Business School have renewed their Talis Aspire subscription for three more years. They will also partner with Talis to localise the copyright-cleared content management capability of Talis Aspire for Norway.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is combining content solutions with digitization, assessment and discovery services to help libraries transform spaces and bring more value to their users.

(OCLC) Over the past several months, 23 more libraries have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the library management system that offers more efficient back-office operations, integrated services, and a single-search discovery interface for library users.

June 20, 2017

(Ken Chad Consulting) Will academic libraries expand their remit to new kinds of learning resources? Where do learning analytics fit? What will be the impact on library technology? Will we see library systems subsumed into new Learning Services Platforms? What will be the impact of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on library provision? The new role of the library in teaching and learning outcomes. By Ken Chad & Helen Anderson. Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) briefing paper (No. 3). June 2017.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Emmaus Bible College Library, of Dubique, IA. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 150,000 plus holdings from Winnebago Spectrum and is providing ongoing support and hosting services to them.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in providing trusted insights and analytics that accelerate the pace of innovation, today announced that Julia Mair has joined the company as its Chief Marketing Officer (

(OCLC) This fall, OCLC’s WebJunction will offer a free, 10-week online training program for public library staff interested in gaining skills in Wikipedia editing and engagement in a collaborative learning environment with public library peers.

(Bibliotheca) The bibliotheca booth at the ALA Annual conference will be ready to demonstrate the solutions that help libraries reach more people in their community. Along with new and innovative designs to help refresh the inside of the library, there are solutions to help offer services after hours and expand into the community. These solutions are available for demonstration at the ALA Annual conference, June 23-26, 2017 in Chicago, IL, booth 4025.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation is excited to announce the summer release of LS2 Cataloging for the Library.Solution ILS platform. TLC’s LS2 Cataloging for Library.Solution delivers robust yet intuitive web-based tools that simplify cataloging for everyone from seasoned collections technicians to first-year library assistants using a fully responsive design.

June 19, 2017

(Tech Logic) Tech Logic is excited to announce that Nicholson Memorial Library System in Garland, Texas has selected Tech Logic to provide both Automated Materials Handling and Self-Checkout solutions. Tech Logic will provide the library system with 6 Automated Material Handling Systems, 11 FLEX Self-Checkout stations, security gates for all branch libraries and other RFID equipment.

(Axiell) Axiell, the leading vendor to public libraries in Europe and the market leader in Scandinavia, announces the expansion of its operations in Germany. Jürgen Keck, formerly with OCLC, joins Axiell as Sales Director. In his role, Jürgen will be responsible for sales to public libraries in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, Axiell Arena, an advanced and robust online portal for libraries, is now available for the German library market. The solution is adapted for BIBDIA and Axiell Quria.

(Odilo) Since 2016, ODILO, a global and innovative leader in the eBook industry, has experienced tremendous growth with their North American expansion. With 140% increase in new customers and close to a 500% increase in new publishing partners, ODILO continues to be a popular new eResource for libraries of all sizes.

(OCLC) OCLC is introducing Digby, a new mobile app that will soon be available as part of WorldShare Management Services, the cloud-based library services platform. Digby is specifically designed to increase the efficiency, accuracy and independence of student library workers. As a suite of web-based applications, WorldShare Management Services (WMS) already allows library staff to do their work wherever needed—in the library, at home or on the go. Now with the Digby app, WMS helps the library’s student workers become more productive too.

(Follett) Follett announced it is intensifying its support of K-12 school libraries and librarians by partnering with EveryLibrary, a Chicago-based political action committee dedicated to advocating for libraries and librarians at the state level. The Follett-EveryLibrary partnership will initially focus its work with school library associations in six states: Illinois, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, and Mississippi.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization seeks comments on a new draft Technical Report, Issues in Vocabulary Management. This document is one outcome from the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project, which was conducted beginning in 2013 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Bibliographic Roadmap work examined requirements for usability and adoption of advanced bibliographic exchange in a global network environment and its final report, published in April 2014, prioritized several areas of potential future work, including those included in this technical report: policies supporting vocabulary use and reuse; documentation for vocabularies; and requirements for preservation of RDF vocabularies.

(Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative) The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative welcomed two Minnesota libraries to its initiative to fund development in the Evergreen open-source Integrated Library System.

(Yewno) Yewno announced that a new release of the Yewno Discover Research Application will launch on July 1, 2017. This release adds significant user interface enhancements to the already ground-breaking functionality and research and learning benefits powered by Yewno Discover.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics today announced that it has renewed its partnership with Royal Philips through a multi-year agreement. Through this partnership, Royal Philips' Intellectual Property and Standards organization uses Derwent Innovation, helping create and protect Royal Philips' intellectual property. Derwent Innovation is the premier IP research and analytics tool based on the Derwent World Patents Index ("DWPI"). Royal Philips, and hundreds of other organizations, trust and rely on its data quality and accuracy for making important IP and innovation decisions.

June 17, 2017

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced the company is gearing-up for the annual American Library Association conference with a new brand, redesigned website, and expanded line of self-service solutions.

(KOMBIT) FBS har i løbet af foråret 2017 samarbejdet med blandt andet Serviceplatformen i KOMBIT og de forskellige leverandører om at få muliggjort integration til debitor- og fakturaløsninger.FBS har i løbet af foråret 2017 samarbejdet med blandt andet Serviceplatformen i KOMBIT og de forskellige leverandører om at få muliggjort integration til debitor- og fakturaløsninger. Opgaven har dels været at få implementeret manglende funktionalitet i integrationen og at få afhjulpet fundne fejl, dels at gennemføre et teknologisk løft på Serviceplatformen.

(Institute of Museum and Library Services) A $967,000 federal grant will allow Northwestern University Libraries and Indiana University Libraries to enhance their jointly developed audiovisual repository system, further improving the ability of archival institutions to manage and make accessible large digital collections of video and audio.

June 16, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the final implementation phase of the Republic of Ireland’s public library authorities is now live on Sierra. This project completion ensures single access for all library members to over 15 million items in 333 libraries.

(Tech Logic) Robert "Bob" Rohlf, a legend of the library profession, consultant, and co-founder of Tech Logic Corporation, has passed away. Bob's career as a librarian spanned more than forty years and included directorship and executive roles at Hennepin County Public Library (HCPL), Minneapolis Public Library, Dakota-Scott Regional Library, and The Library of Congress where he was the Administrative Director. After retiring from HCPL Bob led the Robert Rohlf Associates consulting firm utilizing numerous library experts to provide professional advice for new building projects around the world.

(Tech Logic) Sarasota County Library System selected Tech Logic to provide Automated Material Handling at the new Shannon Staub Library.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics announced its collaboration with the University of Melbourne, which is leading the ARC Training Centre for Personalized Therapeutics Technologies, a collaboration between University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Western Australia and 15 partner organizations including Clarivate.

June 15, 2017

(Preservica) Digital preservation specialist, Preservica, announced that it has achieved Amazon Web Services Education Competency status. This designation recognizes that Preservica has demonstrated technical proficiency and success building solutions that support mission-critical workloads of Higher Education, K-12 Primary/Secondary, Research and Publishing customers.

(Demco) Demco Software launched DiscoverLocal, a unique new product that uses the increasing popularity of open web searches to a library’s advantage. The new tool from Demco’s software division is the first of its kind to give libraries top ranking in local search results, driving awareness of collections and also of programs and events for both public and academic libraries. By elevating the library's presence on search results pages, DiscoverLocal increases resource usage and facilitates more focused program and event marketing.

(Ex Libris) Grupo Sistemas Lógicos, líder en automatización de bibliotecas en América Latina, tiene el agrado de informar sobre el exitoso desarrollo de las dos primeras reuniones de usuarios de Ex Libris del año, mismas que se realizaron en México y Colombia recientemente.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group today announced associate promotions and new associates to the company.

June 14, 2017

(LAC Group) LAC Group has named Jim Haggerty as vice president for the company's LibSource business unit. Haggerty has 21 years of experience with the legal industry and information services. LibSource delivers Library as a Service (LaaS) solutions for research, business intelligence and other library and information center needs.

(OCLC) OCLC Research and LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, will launch a collaborative project to explore the adoption and integration of persistent identifiers (PIDs) in European research information management (RIM) infrastructures.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has expanded its Analytics and Assessment team, hiring John McDonald as Director of Product Management. In this role, McDonald will work with libraries to provide advanced decision-making support and intelligence.

(Evergreen Project) The Evergreen open-source community will highlight some of the ways the Evergreen catalog helps users find the material they need at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago later this month.

June 13, 2017

(Ingram Content Group) Stanford University Press continues to expand their reach and impact in the academic space with Ingram Content Group's distribution network. Stanford University Press is now using CoreSource®, Ingram’s digital asset management and distribution platform, to increase their digital presence in the academic market.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solution announced that the New England Institute of Technology Library, of East Greenwich, RI. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 60,000 plus holdings from TLC and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services.

(Ex Libris) Users of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution are gathering this week at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, UK, for the eighth annual meeting of the Rosetta Advisory Group. This meeting marks 10 years since the development of the Rosetta digital asset preservation and management solution began.

(ProQuest) Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is one of a growing number of institutions offering access to University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive® database via ProQuest.

June 11, 2017

(KOMBIT) I maj måned har der blandt andet været fokus på, hvilke videreudviklingsønsker der skal stå først i køen, når funktionerne i kravspecifikationen er færdigudviklet i forbindelse med release 1.8. Derfor har der været afholdt møder i videreudviklingsudvalget, og resultatet blev en prioriteringsliste, der bliver sendt videre til vurdering i styregruppen i juni.

(Library and Information Technology Association) You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for the second edition of the successful and positively-reviewed 2014 book published by ALA, The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know. Chapter proposals are due July 15, 2017, and may be submitted via the chapter proposal form.

June 9, 2017

(Internet Archive) The MIT Press and the Internet Archive announced a partnership, with support from Arcadia, to scan, preserve, and enable libraries to lend hundreds of MIT Press books that are currently not available digitally. This partnership represents an important advance in bringing acclaimed titles across the MIT Press’ publications in science, technology, art, and architecture to a global online audience.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that Cooperative Computer Services has selected the Polaris integrated library system to serve 24 public libraries across the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. With 1.1 million bibliographic records, CCS provides access to technology support and learning to more than 800,000 patrons combined. Over 60 staff members participated in the process to select an automation solution that would increase staff mobile access and opportunities for patron engagement, while delivering an optimal patron experience across multiple devices.

June 8, 2017

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation congratulates the Nashville Public Library on being named the 2017 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year. NPL, an upcoming member of the TLC family, is being recognized for its service to their community, creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs, an increase in library usage, and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries. The competitive process that began with close to 25 entrants was narrowed down by staff members from the Library Journal and Gale, a Cengage company, as well as the previous year’s Library of the Year award recipient.

June 6, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the European Commission has signed an inter-institutional framework agreement for the supply of the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Libraries from ten European institutions and bodies will benefit from the agreement, including the libraries of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, and the European Court of Auditors.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Heath Sciences Library at New York Medical College, of Valhalla, NY. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 40,000 plus holdings from Voyager and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library’s implementation of Koha also interfaces with the Summon Discovery System that is being utilized by the library.

(Nashville Public Library) Tennessee’s Nashville Public Library has been named the 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal magazine and Gale, a Cengage company. The Library of the Year is a prestigious honor awarded to a library that demonstrates profound service to community, creativity, leadership, and innovation in developing community programs. Nashville Public Library stands out for its ability to bring stories, reading, and learning to life to educate the community–from the youngest learners through adults.

(EBSCO Information Services) The American Library Association and EBSCO Information Services are making it easier for seven librarians to attend the ALA Annual Conference after winning EBSCO-ALA scholarships. Each scholarship provides up to $1,000 to help defray the cost of travel and other expenses to the conference taking place in Chicago on June 22-27.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, one of the nation's largest non-profits serving archives, libraries and museums, is pleased to announce support for six Catalyst Fund projects valued at $135,000 to foster innovation among members and knowledge communities worldwide. A new LYRASIS program, the Catalyst Fund offers "kickstarter" funds to incubate new ideas and test creative approaches to advance objectives of member institutions. Projects were chosen by LYRASIS Leaders Circle participants based on the merit of the idea and the potential positive impact on the wider field of libraries, archives and museums.

June 2, 2017

(Talis) Aston University have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists, moving from their current system, rebus:list, in order to drive library workflows and acquisitions efficiencies.

(TIND) The Caltech Research Data Repositorywas created by Caltech and TIND, a spin-off of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The platform has now officially launched as a service for Caltech faculty, staff, students, and research collaborations.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) recently conducted a detailed assessment of authority control processing timelines. The published report is a guide to help libraries plan and execute authority control projects most realistic to their schedules and deadlines.

June 1, 2017

(PTFS Europe) Knowsley Council has chosen the Koha library management system together with the WordPress content management system to replace their existing SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe will carry out the initial implementation and provide on-going hosting and support services.

(Taylor and Francis) Taylor and Francis Group, a leading publisher of specialist, upper-level academic books and journals, has acquired colwiz, an innovative, early stage digital research services firm, as part of its ongoing investment in technology and digital capabilities that support the use and discoverability of content.

(RedLink) RedLink announced a pilot of Remarq on several IOP Publishing journals, including the Journal of Optics, the New Journal of Physics, Nanotechnology, and Biofabrication. Remarq is a new tool for the publishing community offering annotation, commenting, article sharing, and collaboration, all on the publisher’s site and utilizing the version of record.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group and OptiQly, a marketing technology and services startup that provides actionable intelligence for online retail, announced their collaboration to provide publishers quick and cost-effective insights to make real-time business decisions.

(Odilo) ODILO will provide all children in Peru with free technology due to the horrible floods that wreaked havoc there at the end of March 2017. ODILO allows for the management, distribution, consumption, auditing, and preservation of all types of digital conten.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics announced the acquisition of Publons and its leading global platform for researchers to share, discuss and receive recognition for peer review and editing of academic research. The acquisition brings together the world’s preeminent citation database and the world’s largest researcher-facing peer-review data and recognition platform.

(OCLC) OCLC has signed agreements with distinguished publishers from around the world to add metadata for high quality books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the Poplar Creek Public Library District in Illinois has selected Polaris as their integrated library system.

May 30, 2017

(LibLynx) Delta Think and LibLynx today announced a partnership to further enhance the user experience of Delta Think’s groundbreaking Open Access Data Analytics Tool.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Université Paris-Saclay consortium will deploy the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution at its 16 member institutions to increase content usage and create an optimum discovery experience for users.

(Ingram Content Group) Tennessee Book Company, an Ingram Content Group company, has acquired assets of Thrivist, LLC; a teaching and learning platform to create a single, dynamic way for teachers to access both digital and print content for their classrooms.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the San Diego Law Library, of San Diego, CA, is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s four branches, and 150,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

(Yewno) Yewno announced the launch of Yewno Unearth. Yewno Unearth is a truly unique transformational exploration tool for publishers based on AI technology. It uses an algorithmic approach to understand topics, sub-topics and concepts within any document to give an accurate and comprehensive view across any catalog of information.

May 29, 2017

(ProQuest) Matti Shem Tov, Presidente de Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, sucederá a Kurt Sanford como Director Ejectuvio de ProQuest en 2017. El éxito de ProQuest y el desarrollo de un equipo fuerte de liderazgo bajo la dirección del Sr. Sanford han preparado el escenario para que el Sr. Shem Tov continúe impulsando el crecimiento y la innovación de ProQuest, reuniendo contenido de calidad, libros y software para facilitar resultados extraordinarios para bibliotecarios, investigadores y estudiantes.

May 26, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, ProQuest company, è lieta di annunciare la progressiva realizzazione della sua roadmap BIBFRAME, progettata per permettere alle istituzioni di implementare gradualmente BIBFRAME con il minimo effetto sui flussi di lavoro. Avvalendosi di BIBFRAME, le biblioteche del futuro riusciranno a connettersi in modo omogeneo al vasto mondo delle informazioni, offrendo al tempo stesso ai propri utenti una migliore panoramica delle informazioni bibliografiche e delle collezioni della biblioteca.

(TIND) CERN spin-off TIND was selected by Millersville University of Pennsylvania to provide their cloud-based Institutional Repository (TIND IR). TIND is replacing ContentDM for management of digitized collections while also providing traditional repository capabilities for management and preservation of thesis, publications and more. The solution will be integrated with EBSCO Discovery Service.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has announced the availability of their latest round of development for the CARL product line with the release of CARL.X v9.4.2, CARL.Connect v1.4 and CARL.Connect Discovery v3.2.5.

May 25, 2017

(Preservica) Digital preservation specialist Preservica has been announced as one of 12 leading scale-ups, from over 700 applicants, selected to participate in PwC and SwiftScale’s growth programme for Spring ‘17. Over a period of 90 days, the 12 enterprise ready start-ups with proven technology are connected to decision makers from the world’s largest brands and enterprises.

(Demco) Demco Software has partnered with the R.A. Williams Library to support the educational programs and goals of the Adventist University of Health Sciences. Working closely with the Library, the leading provider of solutions for 21st-century libraries has developed a mobile app that leverages its well-known Boopsie technology and long-standing partnerships with medical content providers to extend the Library’s reach.

May 24, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals has selected the Sierra integrated library system.

May 23, 2017

(ProQuest) Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, will succeed Kurt Sanford as CEO of ProQuest in 2017. ProQuest’s success under Mr. Sanford’s direction and the development of a strong leadership team set the stage for Mr. Shem Tov to continue to drive ProQuest’s growth and innovation, bringing together the value of content, books and software to enable extraordinary outcomes for libraries, researchers and students.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Marshall County Public Library System, of Benton, KY. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 157,000 plus holdings from Follett and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to the system’s three branches and one bookmobile

(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox announced that they have successfully migrated the Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity to Evergreen within the PaILS SPARK Consortium.

(Contex) Contex launched the IQ Quattro 3600 wide format scanner. Built for precision and productivity, the IQ Quattro 3600 is ideal for scanning technical documents up to 36-inches wide and unlimited length. Contex introduced the new scanner in response to the market need for a 36-inch scanner with the unique technology found in the IQ Quattro series. The newest Contex model completes the IQ Quattro series, which now includes 24-, 36-, and 44-inch wide format scanner models. The 3600 is immediately available from distributors globally. Request a demonstration of the IQ Quattro 3600 or visit Contex online for more information.

(Ex Libris) Matti Shem Tov, Presidente de Ex Libris, una compañía de ProQuest, sucederá a Kurt Sanford como CEO de ProQuest en 2017. El éxito de ProQuest bajo la dirección de Sanford y el desarrollo de un fuerte equipo de liderazgo sentó las bases para que Shem Tov continúe impulsando el crecimiento y la innovación de ProQuest, reuniendo el valor del contenido, libros y software para lograr resultados extraordinarios para bibliotecas, investigadores y estudiantes.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics announced that the new name for its search and analytics platform, Thomson Innovation, will be Derwent Innovation. The name change supports the company's broader patent and IP commitment and its expertise in driving innovation, while paying homage to Derwent's 50-year + heritage of analyzing quality patent information.

May 22, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) Accel5, a new micro-learning solution designed to help time-strapped employees strengthen soft skills, is now available from EBSCO Corporate Solutions, a division of EBSCO Information Services. Accel5 supports continuous, self-directed learning by providing best practices from leading business authors, coaches and executives.

(Civica) Civica, provider of Australia's leading library system, Spydus, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association are announcing the findings to coincide with this year's Library and Information Week (22-28 May). The annual Civica Libraries Index is compiled in partnership with participating regional and metropolitan libraries across Australia using the Civica Spydus integrated library management system. The system was developed in Australia and is used by 2,500 libraries around the world.

May 19, 2017

(TIND) CERN spin-off TIND was selected by the University of Minnesota to provide the TIND Institutional Repository (TIND IR) for hosting their world-renowned “AgEcon Search” subject repository. TIND has now successfully migrated AgEcon Search from locally maintained DSpace software.

May 18, 2017

(Soutron Limited) Derby based Soutron have provided St Edmund Hall, a historic college within the University of Oxford with an innovative, flexible online archive solution. It is a fully cloud-based and managed system so they can showcase and provide public access to their historical collections, documents and printed materials.

(Yewno) Yewno announced that The University of Denver Libraries have selected the Yewno Discover research application to support the explorative and interdisciplinary search needs of its campus.

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced the latest release to their AGent Library Management Platform, Auto-Graphics’ Library Mobile for VERSO, continuing the company’s investment in the industry it serves. This new real-time app is tightly integrated with back-end VERSO desktop business rules, which means library circulation rules such as e-book retention, placing holds, etc. are automatically recognized and enforced, unlike third-party mobile apps, to provide a complete, integrated solution.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the launch of a new Customer Operations organization. This new organization will be under the leadership of Marina Keating, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations, and will include the current Library Success, Professional Services, Training, and Support functions. In addition, Hilary Newman is appointed to the role of Senior Vice President of the Customer Support and Customer Success functions. As part of this role, Hilary will oversee improvements in the Customer Support experience and enhancements to the Customer Supportal.

(Elsevier) Elsevier, the information analytics company specializing in science and health, today announced that it has appointed Jean P. Shipman, currently Executive Director of Knowledge Management and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah, to fill a newly created role of Vice President, Global Library Relations. Her role commences on August 7, 2017.

May 17, 2017

(Follett) Follett announced it has entered into a partnership with Unbound Concepts and its flagship platform, Artifact, which helps districts, teachers, librarians and curriculum buyers discover the best content for their students. Artifact catalogs the topics, themes, concepts, educational objectives and literary elements in content — all of which can now be found as enhanced metadata tags within Titlewave, Follett’s powerful collection development and curriculum support tool.

May 16, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solution announced that the Salinas Public Library, of Salinas, CA. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 190,000 plus holdings from Liblime Koha and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to the system’s three branches; The John Steinbeck, Cesar Chavez and El Gabilan Libraries.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Edinburgh has selected the Ex Libris Leganto course resource list solution to facilitate the creation, delivery, and use of resource lists.

(Equinox Software) Equinox announced that they have successfully migrated the Haslet Public Library to Evergreen within the North Texas Library Consortium.

(Cambridge University Press) Cambridge University Press announced the launch of a new Open Access journal, Personality Neuroscience. The journal aims to be the primary outlet for publications on the neuroscience of individual differences.

(ProQuest) Enrollment in Canadian public postsecondary institutions reached more than 2 million in 2013/2014 and continues to grow steadily. To support the needs of these researchers and students in Canada and French-speaking countries, ProQuest has launched a new Canada Ebook Subscription/Collection canadienne globale. This is the first of many local-focused offerings that ProQuest aims to launch over the next year in response to increased demand from librarians in Canada.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced a new partnership with Digital Transitions a provider of high-end camera systems for cultural heritage institutions, with a variety of hardware and software solutions designed specifically for libraries, archives, museums and other collections-holding institutions.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that Ethel K. Smith Library at Wingate University in North Carolina has selected the Sierra integrated library system.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has self-certified under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Privacy Shield Framework replaces the earlier U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework that was invalidated in October of 2015. It is intended to provide a reliable mechanism for companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the US while retaining adequate protections and safeguards and providing transparency related to the information collected. It also builds in accountability for data transfers and mechanisms for dispute resolution.

(Tech Logic) Tech Logic announces a groundbreaking software solution to turn library's weeded and donated books in to cash. The new ValueIT software allows for excess books to be scanned, sorted, priced and sold more efficiently than ever.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services announces the addition of five new publisher clients to their distribution network: Dovetail Press, PIE International, Oceanview Publishing, The TMG Firm and Ramsey Press.

May 14, 2017

(RedLink) RedLink announced a testing partnership with Canadian Science Publishing for Remarq, a new tool for publishers offering annotation, commenting, article sharing, and collaboration, all on the publisher’s site and utilizing the version of record.

May 12, 2017

(TIND) CERN spin-off TIND was selected by the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne to provide their cloud-based Digital Archive (TIND DA). The solution will be integrated with Primo Discovery Service.

(TIND) TIND, société dérivée du CERN a été choisie par la Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne pour leur fournir une solution d’archivage numérique hébergée dans le nuage (TIND DA). La solution sera intégrée avec l’outil d’exploration documentaire Primo.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris è lieta di annunciare la progressiva realizzazione della sua roadmap BIBFRAME, progettata per permettere alle istituzioni di implementare gradualmente BIBFRAME con il minimo effetto sui flussi di lavoro. Avvalendosi di BIBFRAME, le biblioteche del futuro riusciranno a connettersi in modo omogeneo al vasto mondo delle informazioni, offrendo al tempo stesso ai propri utenti una migliore panoramica delle informazioni bibliografiche e delle collezioni della biblioteca.

May 11, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Italy’s University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova) has opted to migrate to the Ex Libris Alma library management service to help meet the increasing demand for electronic resources. Integrated with the university’s Primo discovery and delivery solution, including the Primo Central Index, the Alma service will enable the library team to benefit from unified, streamlined workflows.

(OCLC) OCLC and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library are working together to make it easy for editors to link citations in Wikipedia to millions of library materials represented in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections. References and reliable sources help Wikipedia editors verify facts included in articles. They also provide additional resources that might be of interest to readers who want to delve deeper into research topics. However, adding references has not always been easy, and often required cutting and pasting or re-typing information.

May 10, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, will be adopting the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, to be used in conjunction with the Summon® discovery service. Replacing the library’s Voyager integrated library system, the combination of Summon and Alma will streamline and enhance the management of resources and increase discovery capabilities.

(EBSCO Industries) Distributor NewClients Promotional Marketing (PPAI 107225), headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, announced today that it has acquired distributor EBSCO Creative Concepts (PPAI 104781), a division of EBSCO Industries.

(ProQuest) North Carolina’s innovative consortium NC LIVE is teaming with ProQuest and Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, to expand its offering of ProQuest databases along with the renowned Summon discovery service to each of its more than 200 member libraries. This unprecedented six-year agreement with NC LIVE will both expand the digital content available to North Carolinians and make it easier to discover.

(Contex) Contex announced an update to the SD One MF wide format scanner. The market’s first wireless connected scanner now allows customers to connect a CPU with Nextimage scanning software, giving an entry-level scanner a big boost of productivity and flexibility. The updated SD One MF can provide greater speeds, editing, and processing capabilities. The scanner is now available from distributors globally. SD One MF customers who purchased in 2017 are eligible for the free update.

(Lyrasis) Michigan Publishing, the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library, and LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, are proud to announce a partnership. Michigan Publishing and LYRASIS will collaborate to provide sales and administrative support for content and services offered through the platform known as Fulcrum (fulcrum.org), currently under development at Michigan Publishing with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Both parties share a vision of creating new models in order to disseminate digital content and new forms of scholarly output to the scholarly community.

(Springer) Scientific publisher Springer is celebrating its 175th company anniversary. The foundations for today’s company were laid on 10 May 1842 when Julius Springer, at the age of 25, opened his bookstore and publishing house in Berlin. His aim was to bring current and accurate scientific findings to the wider public. The publishing house remained a family business for four generations. Now Springer is an international scientific publisher with over 50 locations worldwide, and it belongs to the publishing group Springer Nature.

May 9, 2017

(Springer) Springer Nature’s MyCopy service is now available for library users in Israel. MyCopy allows patrons of registered libraries to order a softcover copy of a Springer eBook for a flat fee of 24.99.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that it has launched a new release of the Ex Libris Summon discovery service to help libraries further address researcher and student needs and streamline operations. The release includes integration with the Ex Libris bX Recommender service and ProQuest Syndetics Unbound catalog enrichment service, as well as an enhanced integration with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform. Summon customers will now benefit from improved discoverability of open-access content and will leverage additional features to help guide patrons on their research journey.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Payson City Library, of Payson, UT. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 35,000 plus holdings from Follett and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

May 8, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that it is carrying out its BIBFRAME roadmap, designed to enable institutions to gradually implement BIBFRAME with minimal disruption to their workflows. Using BIBFRAME, libraries of the future will be able to seamlessly connect with the wider world of information while providing their users with an enhanced view of bibliographic information and library collections.

May 5, 2017

(Lyrasis) The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently awarded LYRASIS a $100,000 National Leadership Grant for Libraries award for the project "It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Models of Collaboration and Sustainability."

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that John B. Coleman Library at Prairie View A&M University has selected the Sierra library management system.

(OCLC) The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium, which comprises 17 college and university libraries in Maryland, has selected OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to analyze and inform decision-making about managing print collections among its member libraries.

(Voyager Sopris Learning) Voyager Sopris Learning is providing educators with additional opportunities to raise literacy achievement in the classroom with the introduction of two new professional development solutions: Connecting LETRS to the Classroom and Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction.

(ProQuest) ProQuest and InfoReady Corporation are enabling research administrators to save time and improve the accuracy of grant application management by integrating the functionality of the ProQuest Pivot® solution and InfoReady’s InfoReady Review platform. The combination creates one seamless workflow from funding opportunity discovery to candidate selection.

(BARATZ) La Red de Bibliotecas de Castilla-La Mancha ha anunciado la incorporación de nuevas bibliotecas a su catálogo colectivo. Un total de 17 nuevos municipios han sumado sus bibliotecas a dicho catálogo, el cual está formando por un total de 422 bibliotecas. Sin duda que Castilla-La Mancha sigue el camino marcado por la integración, cooperación y colaboración entre bibliotecas y que tan buenos resultados les está dando.

(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) The Educopia Institute and the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) have been awarded a grant worth over $681,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for OSSArcFlow, a project to investigate and support the adoption of open source tools for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). The research team will engage with 12 partner institutions to research, devise, and test various strategies for implementing three leading open source software (OSS) technologies, the BitCurator environment, ArchivesSpace, and Archivematica.

May 2, 2017

(Springer) Springer and ABES have signed a groundbreaking national license which gives access to four complete eBook collections. The agreement entitles French researchers to use one of the world´s largest scientific and technical eBook collections, available on Springer’s platform SpringerLink.

(Follett) Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products, and collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution have today announced a new joint initiative with Better World Books.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Library at Historic Hudson Valley, of Pocantico Hills, NY is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 20,000 plus holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

(Voyager Sopris Learning) When students struggle to read, every aspect of their academic life is affected. Timely intervention is the only way they can catch up to their peers. At An Achievable Dream™ Academy Middle and High School in Newport News, Va., administrators experienced this firsthand, yet discovered a solution—Voyager Sopris Learning’s award-winning literacy curriculum LANGUAGE! Live—that now has those same students meeting and exceeding grade-level reading expectations.

May 1, 2017

(Ingram Content Group) Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, an Ingram brand, announces four new publishers for the Fall 2017 season: Catalyst Press, Cinestate, Conundrum Press and Scribe Publications. All presses begin distribution with Consortium on June 1, 2017.

April 28, 2017

(OCLC) OCLC released Demystifying IT: A Framework for Shared Understanding between Archivists and IT Professionals, a follow-on report in the popular Demystifying Born Digital series designed to help archivists achieve a better understanding of how information technology professionals work so that they can be effective collaborators.

(Total Boox) Total Boox, the ebook service that offers unlimited simultaneous access while minimizing cost with payment based on actual reading, and The Oakland Public Library, a large Urban Libraries Council member located in California, are pleased to announce that the library is continuing as a customer of Total Boox following the conclusion of a pilot period.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works announced that Laura Folaumahina has been promoted to Operations Manager for Metadata Services. Laura will be working closely with Backstage’s sales team and product managers to expand and deliver a full range of services to libraries, archives, and cultural institutions. She will be extending present capabilities, while developing new solutions based on customer feedback.

April 27, 2017

(Purdue University) Purdue University announced the creation of a new public university that will further expand access to higher education. The initiative is meant to address two striking new realities: the need for postsecondary education for working adults and others unsuited to traditional campus study, and the explosive growth of online technologies as a means of delivering education to students of all types.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services announces the addition of Fodor's Travel to their list of award-winning publishers for distribution.

(KOMBIT) I april måned har vi i FBS haft travlt med at færdiggøre årsrapporten og forberede årsmødet, der blev afholdt den 20. april 2017. Desuden har der været møder i nogle af de udvalg, der skal hjælpe med at undersøge og prioritere videreudviklingsønsker. Længere nede i dette nyhedsbrev kan du læse et interview med en af de kommunale deltagere i Skoleportal-gruppen - Carsten Lolck fra Hedensted Kommune.I nyhedsbrevet kan du også læse, hvilke erfaringer med FBS man har gjort sig i Ishøj Kommune, og vi beskriver forskellen på fejl og ændringsønsker i FBS.

April 26, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, has launched Mobile Worklists Release 2.4 to give library staff increased flexibility and control when managing workflows from a mobile device. Building on the list management capabilities in Mobile Worklists, a native mobile app, the new release adds the ability to star items in a list, so users can categorize item entries based on their library’s unique workflow needs.

(Follett) Located 80 miles northeast of Wichita with a proud population of approximately 460 residents, Strong City, Kansas is renowned for its production of agriculture and cattle, and as annual host of the Flint Hills Rodeo. Now, the rural town’s elementary school will be known as the grand-prize winner of the sixth annual Follett Challenge, a contest sponsored by Follett seeking the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills in today's schools.

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced it is coming off one of its best eighteen-month growth periods due to winning contracts for statewide SHAREit resource sharing systems. With 14 states representing almost 6,000 connected libraries utilizing the hybrid (virtual/physical) SHAREit resource sharing solution, Auto-Graphics continues to be the undisputed leader in the library resource sharing category, enabling public, K-12, academic, special, and correctional libraries to easily share materials.

April 25, 2017

(Demco) Demco Software announced the publication of “Going the Extra Service Mile: The State of Reading Recommendation Services in Libraries,” the whitepaper that explores findings from their early 2017 survey of librarians across the globe. The newly launched division of Demco, Inc., which offers mobile apps, programming resources and management tools to 21st-century libraries, has made the paper available for free download here.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Content Studio 2.0 expands the EPUB 3 authoring tool’s capabilities with legacy content conversion and one-click publishing, allowing content creators to preview and publish their responsive and accessible EPUB 3 content directly into VitalSource’s award-winning Bookshelf platform, and makes updates and revisions faster and easier. VitalSource Content Studio 2.0 also embeds the WIRIS math editor, enabling authors to create complex math notation that provides full accessibility support on the Bookshelf platform.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Camden County Library System, of Voorhees, NJ, is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library system’s eight public libraries, one community college library, and 450,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library system circulates over 1 million items per year to their user base of roughly 323,000. T

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