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August 18, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the National Library of Scotland has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution to help the Library better manage its collections, increase the visibility of resources, and handle the ever-growing quantity of electronic resources and print deposits.

August 17, 2017

(Insight Informatics) Insight Informatics is pleased to announce that new Melbourne based college, Global Business College of Australia, is now operating Live with the LIBERO library management software.

(ProQuest) Michael Rai has joined ProQuest as the new General Manager, Corporate Markets, overseeing the ProQuest Dialog and Pi2 products as well as sales of ProQuest content and book solutions to the company's corporate customers.

August 16, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Ex Libris campusM mobile solution and portal has powered the University of Montana’s campus app for a full year, with resounding success.

(Overdrive) OverDrive, a Rakuten Group Company announced that it has earned certification as a B Corporation. OverDrive joins thousands of companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Etsy and others to lead a global movement of using business for good. This prestigious B Corp honor acknowledges the company’s commitment to creating exceptional positive social and environmental impact.

(EBSCO Information Services) Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 EBSCO Charleston Conference scholarship. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, the scholarship grants up to $1,000 for the winner to register for the Charleston Conference, as well as other expenses related to attending the conference.

August 15, 2017

(Lyrasis) Nine months after announcing their vendor partnership to provide LYRASIS member organizations with best prices on production and patron microform and book scanners, The Crowley Company and LYRASIS have enhanced their partnership to include bound volume digitization services.

(University of Oklahoma) The University of Oklahoma Libraries-funded open educational resources initiative, the Alternative Textbook Grant, has saved OU students $1,631,935 in textbook costs to date. Now in its fourth year, the Alternative Textbook Grant was established to reduce students’ textbook costs by supporting OU faculty members in the adoption, modification or creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) – which include teaching, learning and research resources that are free of cost to use and repurpose – as well as affordable course content.

(Odilo) ODILO has been selected by the European Commission to provide their digital reading platform to European schools and universities.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies announce the hire of Eric Kuennen as its new Vice President of Professional Learning. In his role, Kuennen will lead VitalSource’s efforts to enable customers’ and partner companies’ professional learning.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced a new release of the Summon discovery service. This release helps libraries further address researcher and student needs and improve their users’ experience. Patrons will benefit from interface and system enhancements, increased opportunities for discovering content through subject-specific searches, and easy access to course reserves through search results.

(Yewno) Yewno announced that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Library has selected the Yewno Discover research application to support the interdisciplinary and explorative search needs of its campuses.

August 14, 2017

(Bibliotheca) bibliotheca unveiled its new brand and logo – the final chapter of its merger with 3M Library Systems.

(ProQuest) Now students and researchers can be immersed in the work of award-winning writers, actors and directors in action, whenever and wherever they are. BroadwayHD is one of the most important distributors of current Broadway plays and musicals – distributed exclusively to libraries via the Alexander Street™ platform.

August 10, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform to replace the institute’s Voyager integrated library system. NAIT is already using the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which will be tightly integrated with Alma to optimize the student and staff experience.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that Hammond Public Library in Indiana has chosen the Library.Solution integrated library system to provide premier automation services for its staff and patrons.

August 9, 2017

(Axiell) Axiell announced the expansion of its operations in Europe. Ann Melaerts, formerly General Manager Library Division and VP Independent business units at INFOR, joins Axiell as Vice President & Business Area Director for Axiell Public Libraries. Ann will be responsible for sales from Axiell’s solutions and services portfolio to public libraries in Europe, which includes Axiell Quria, a cloud based library services platform, and Axiell Arena, an advanced and robust online discovery portal for libraries.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce that Theresa Kidd has joined its sales team representing cataloging, digitization, microfilm, authority control, reclassification, data conversion and on-site services. Theresa will work with libraries in the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe.

August 8, 2017

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network has chosen to implement Enterprise as their new discovery solution. Enterprise will be integrated with LOUIS’s existing solution, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), and is enhanced with the addition of Syndetics Enriched Content.

(Bibliotheca) Effective immediately, bibliotheca has added HarperCollins to its growing list of audiobook publishers participating in cloudLibrary’s pay-per-use model. cloudLibrary launched the pay-per-use model in May of 2017. Since then, the program has been adopted by libraries world-wide, offering audiobooks from publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Blackstone, Disney, and Scholastic.

(PTFS Europe) CLA and Kortext, the UK’s leading Personal Learning Platform and digital textbook provider have agreed to buy the rebus:list Reading List Management System from PTFS Europe, a leading supplier of the Koha library management system and other products to the library market.

August 7, 2017

(Elsevier) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, announces SSRN, its world leading working paper repository and preprint server, today launches the Chemistry Research Network – ChemRN.

(University of Oklahoma) The University of Oklahoma Libraries has been recognized nationally as a recipient of the 2017 Campus Technology Impact Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that are making an extraordinary impact with technology on campus. OU Libraries received recognition in the category of “Education Futurists” for its Innovation @ the Edge project – a leading innovation and maker space within the Bizzell Memorial Library. OU was one of only ten institutions selected nationally from nominations across the nation and one of only two honored with the “Education Futurists” Award.

August 4, 2017

(OCLC) HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

August 3, 2017

(KOMBIT) Fælles Bibliotekssystem udvikles løbende. Se den opdaterede oversigt over indhold i release 1.8 her.

August 2, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the StreamNet Regional Library, of Portland, OR. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 60,000 plus holdings from their self supported Koha installation and is providing ongoing support and hosting services.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Ex Libris Alma will replace the Innovative Sierra library system.

(Elsevier) Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today acquired bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions' research for maximum impact. Founded by three University of California, Berkeley professors in 1999, bepress allows institutions to collect, organize, preserve and disseminate their intellectual output, including preprints, working papers, journals or specific articles, dissertations, theses, conference proceedings and a wide variety of other data.

(SirsiDynix) The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium is one of the newest members of the SirsiDynix family. Formerly a Horizon library, MVLC spent the last few years as an Open Source customer. However, in early 2017 they chose to rejoin the SirsiDynix family and become a Symphony library on the Enterprise discovery system. Merrimack Valley Library Consortium went live with Enterprise earlier this year.

August 1, 2017

(Verso Learning) Verso Learning, a professional development platform that provides K-12 teachers with high-impact strategies to promote deeper and more personalized learning, has raised $2 million in a Series A funding round, led by Ken Lowe of Australian-based Canberra Data Centers.

(ProQuest) As libraries increasingly function as “community hubs,” public librarians are prioritizing space reclamation to create collaborative spaces, maker/hackerspaces and meeting rooms. That’s according to a new ProQuest survey of public librarians about their views, plans and strategies related to space reclamation.

(EBSCO Industries) Stewart Signs and the Veterans of Foreign Wars signed a partnership agreement making the company the official licensed manufacturer of outdoor and marquee signage for the organization. Stewart Signs is part of EBSCO Sign Group, LLC, and a subsidiary of EBSCO Industries.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is pleased to announce the addition of industry-leader Joel Hahn to the Professional Services Department. Joel is a librarian and long-time SirsiDynix user. Joining an already well-seasoned department, the Professional Services Team will be enhanced with Joel’s extensive experience. He joins the team as a Consultant, offering his unique skills to help libraries accomplish specialized customizations with their SirsiDynix solutions.

July 27, 2017

(Talis) Following a formal tendering process, Southampton Solent University has selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading lists, replacing an existing Refworksbased solution.

(EBSCO Industries) S.S. Nesbitt & Co. Inc., a Southeastern insurance agency and division of EBSCO Industries Inc. (EBSCO), announced today it has appointed insurance veteran Paul Barber as president.

(Follett) Following a lengthy search process, Chicago Public Schools has selected Follett Aspen for its new student information system. CPS intends to transition to Aspen in 2019.

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

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation is pleased to announce that land County Public Library has chosen the Library.Solution integrated library system to provide premier automation services for its staff and patrons. Bland County joins the TLC family of more than 4,500 libraries worldwide.

(Elsevier) Elsevier, the information analytics company specializing in science and health, today announced PlumX Metrics from Plum Analytics are now integrated into several of its leading research products, and its journal and society partner sites.

July 26, 2017

(Overdrive) As OverDrive brings its leading digital reading platform to more K-12 schools in the United States and beyond, the digital distributor announced that it has hired an education-industry veteran. Adam Eberle, will serve as OverDrive’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Eberle will accelerate OverDrive’s global expansion and help direct the company’s overall strategy and strategic partnerships.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services LLC announces the addition of new publisher clients to their distribution network including: Calexia Press, Hodder Education, and New South Books, effective July 1. Ingram also is adding Callaway Arts & Entertainment, for which distribution begins on August 5.

July 25, 2017

(Overdrive) iCast Hebrew Audiobooks today announced that more than 700 titles out of their catalogue of 1,200 audiobook titles are now available to public libraries, schools and higher education institutions worldwide through OverDrive’s leading eBook and audiobook lending platform. Within the next few months, iCast Hebrew Audiobooks will make their full catalogue available through OverDrive. The Hebrew audiobooks collection is the first one available to schools and public libraries worldwide, and contains the best of Hebrew literature for every age and taste.

(Ingram Content Group) Macmillan Learning, a premier educational content and digital solutions company, and VitalSource Technologies, the world leader in building, enhancing and delivering digital course materials, announced a new collaboration to provide students with greater access and an improved learning experience with Macmillan Learning’s digital products.

(RedLink) RedLink announcee the latest release of Remarq which includes robust collaboration components and supports author and editorial updates as well as publisher and editor administration and analytics.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that San Diego State University Library and Information Access (SDSU) has committed to using Innovative Resource Sharing, the consortial borrowing system of choice for member libraries in the San Diego Circuit.

(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox announced that Granville County Library System successfully migrated to Evergreen within the NC Cardinal Consortium on May 18, 2017.

(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox announced that they have successfully migrated the Bangor Public Library to Evergreen within the PaILS SPARK Consortium.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Society of the Four Arts’ King Library, of Palm Beach, FL. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 70,000 plus holdings and is providing ongoing support and hosting services to them.

July 24, 2017

(Insight Informatics) Insight Informatics, a library focused management system company, announced this week that the City of South Perth Libraries, South Perth and Manning, are now operating Live on LIBERO.

July 21, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, a division of EBSCO Information Services, (EBSCO) has expanded its Library Technical Services Team, hiring Wendy Evans as Library Technical Services Specialist. In this role, Ms. Evans will advise and support libraries, as well as manage the implementation and maintenance for GOBI Library Solutions services across the United Kingdom and internationally.

(ProQuest) The ProQuest® Academic Complete ebook subscription database, the first and leading ebook subscription for libraries worldwide, is expanding access to premier ebooks from Wiley. Under a new five-year agreement, Wiley will make an additional 4,000 ebooks available via Academic Complete and its 10 single-subject subscriptions. Wiley and ProQuest have long partnered to offer researchers unlimited, multi-user access to important multidisciplinary content. By 2022, Academic Complete will carry more than 14,000 Wiley titles.

(Eduserv) BBC Monitoring has joined the OpenAthens Federation, further expanding its single-sign-on options for universities and other international organisations who wish to access BBC Monitoring’s broadcast, press and media sources in multiple languages from over 150 countries worldwide.

(Insight Informatics) LIBERO by Insight informatics continues to dominate the public library sector in New South Wales, as Yass Valley Library go Live with the latest LIBERO Cloud Management System.

(Civica) Civica recently announced the release of Spydus 10.1.5. Spydus is Civica’s integrated library management system and the release of Spydus 10.1.5 reiterates the company’s commitment towards its customers.

(Follett) Designed to provide customers with real-time insights into how their educational resources are being managed, Follett announced it is offering Destiny Analytics, a district-wide subscription solution to complement its market-leading Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Resource Manager platforms. The multi-featured reporting solution will allow administrators and educators to explore data from both platforms, including student patron records, and to discover trends and exceptions that are displayed into easy-to-understand graphs and charts.

(Yewno) Yewno announced that the Yewno Discover research application has been selected to support essential teaching, learning and research needs by the libraries of Bryan College (TN), Hillsdale College (MI), Roger Williams University (RI), and Stonehill College (MA).

July 20, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that The Broad Museum, of Santa Monica , CA. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed their Koha implementation and customization and is providing ongoing support and hosting services to them.

July 19, 2017

(Civica) Civica announced its new partnership with Lake Macquarie City Council. Civica will provide its cutting-edge Authority 7 local government software and systems to assist LMCC in running its complex and diverse business. LMCC will also deploy Spydus10, Civica’s web-based, mobile-responsive integrated library management system that will further improve customer engagement, user experience, enhance service delivery and reduce functionality gaps and process complexities.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched Vital Release 8.0 with a new fully responsive user interface that provides instant access to important repositories from any device. Vital, Innovative’s digital asset management solution, allows libraries and other institutions to create a beautiful and easy-to-use digital repository for the many unique objects in their collections.

July 17, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) GOBI Library Solutions is now an approved supplier of print and e-books for Higher Education, Further Education and Specialist Libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, through the National Joint Consortia Framework Agreement. This supply framework will last for a minimum period of two years. In addition to being awarded status as a print book provider on the framework, GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO was ranked highly against each criterion for their provision of e-books (including PDA/DDA and Publisher-Direct).

(Civica) Civica announce that the City of Canning in Western Australia is now live on Spydus10.

July 13, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that Proctor Library at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, has moved to the Sierra integrated library system (ILS) and Encore Duet discovery solution for their library management needs.

(RedLink) RedLink, providers of the Library Dashboard data analysis and visualization tool for libraries and consortia and RedLink Network for maintaining and communicating credentials with publishers, announced an exclusive representation agreement with Publisher Communication Group, an Ingenta company, for the North American region, inclusive of the US and Canada.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that the Nashville Public Library System and Metro Nashville Public Schools are now live on a joint CARL.X integrated library system. NPL migrated from Millennium by Innovative Interfaces Inc., while the Metro Nashville Schools moved to CARL.X from TLC’s Library.Solution for Schools.

(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) Birkbeck is set to investigate the workings of the academic peer review process, thanks to a $99,000 research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Peer review, the process designed to determine the validity, quality and originality of research for publication, aims to uphold the integrity of published academic work and to ensure poor quality or inaccurate works do not reach publication.

July 12, 2017

(Preservica) Digital preservation specialist, Preservica, today announced the latest version (v5.8) of its cloud-hosted and on premise Digital Preservation and Access solution.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Gloucester City Library, of Gloucester City, NJ. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 50,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing support services to them. The library’s hosting services are provided by Jersey Connect, a program in the state that provides free hosting services to libraries utilizing an open source ILS.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has joined forces with Karger Publishers to offer books from this leading medical science publisher via the OASIS platform. This partnership is the 9th formed between OASIS and a partner platform since August 2016.

July 10, 2017

(Villanova University) Version 4.0 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This major release adds a significant number of new features and enhancements and upgrades several of the components that the software depends upon.

July 7, 2017

(ProQuest) ProQuest has been ranked highly in every print and ebook category for the Joint Consortia Framework Agreement in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. These rankings come on the heels of major innovations in the ProQuest® OASIS® and Ebook Central® platforms and recognises ProQuest's ongoing commitment to advance book products and systems. The Joint Consortia Framework is one of the world's major book tenders, serving 9 major UK-based academic consortia and selecting the best suppliers to partner with the consortia's hundreds of member universities, colleges and special libraries.

(The Library Corporation) The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) has selected TLC’s CARL•X as its next integrated library system after a competitive search of the marketplace and will be taking advantage of the fully hosted service model that TLC provides. CARL’s modern, intuitive online catalog and powerful staff interfaces are the perfect choice for SCLSNJ, which circulate close to 3 million items to over 1.5 million annual visitors.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces launched the Polaris Release 5.5 with a configurable, responsive PowerPAC to provide patrons with a consistent experience using any type of device for catalog access.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works announced the promotion of Casey Cheney to Vice President of Automation Services. Casey has worked with Backstage for 14 years and has fulfilled many roles, including assistant project manager and project manager in retrospective conversion, reclassification, and cataloging. In April 2016, she transitioned to project manager for authority control processing.

July 6, 2017

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Chad Cluff to Chief Information Officer. Chad has worked at Backstage for 20 years and has fulfilled many roles, including metadata services technician, technical services developer, authority control programmer, software development and IT head, and now chief information officer.

July 5, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Barzani National Library, of Kurdistan, Iraq is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the implementation and customization of their Koha installation and is providing ongoing support and hosting services to them

July 1, 2017

(Follett) Follett next week will formally introduce a new educational tool, Collections by Destiny, that will allow customers to create new, collaborative ways for librarians, teachers, and curriculum staff to share free or purchased resources across the district, schools or between users. Collections will provide educators around-the-clock access to quickly find the resources that provide more learning opportunities and practice content for fast delivery into the classroom.

June 30, 2017

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services has acquired Book Network Int’l Limited; an international physical and digital book distributor, based in the UK. NBNi’s client service business will stand alongside Ingram’s wide range of digital, physical and print-on-demand solutions to create a premier global services offering.

June 29, 2017

(KOMBIT) Med sommeren godt i gang er det tid til at gøre status for første halvdel af 2017 og kigge frem mod de opgaver, der venter i andet halvår. Den første sommermåned i 2017 har vi i FBS blandt andet brugt på at få gjort ændringsportalen klar og på at arbejde med økonomi- og fakturaintegration. Vi har også travlt med at forberede den nye supportstruktur, som vi fortæller mere om efter sommerferien.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that West Baton Rouge Parish Library in Louisiana now benefits from strengthened workflow efficiencies and expanded functionality with a fully implemented Polaris integrated library system.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that Grand Ledge Area District Library has chosen the Library.Solution integrated library system to provide premier automation services for its staff and patrons.

June 28, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and for Bibliographic Information), or ICCU, has certified the Ex Libris Alma library services platform for use with the shared cataloging service of the Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (National Library Service), or SBN. The certification encourages collaboration between libraries, a key capability of the Alma platform.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has strengthened the Sierra integrated library system with a re-designed holdshelf architecture and increased open integration options to provide libraries with more flexibility through an open, seamless solution.

(Ex Libris) L'Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche certifica l'uso di Alma, promuovendo la collaborazione tra i membri della rete bibliotecaria

June 27, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Collingswood Public Library, of Collingswood, NJ. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library’s 70,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing support services to them. The library’s hosting services are provided by Jersey Connect, a program in the state that provides free hosting services to libraries utilizing an open source ILS.

(NISO) Members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have selected their board's leadership for the 2017-2018 term, which will begin on July 1, 2017. Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, has been elected as the new Vice Chair. Greg Suprock (Apex CoVantage), Miranda Walker (Wolters Kluwer Health), and Robert Wheeler (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) have also been elected as Board Directors.

(Overdrive) OverDrive and Penguin Random House announced the winners of the 2017 Penguin Random House Digipalooza Scholarship. Digipalooza, OverDrive’s international user group conference for partner libraries and schools from the OverDrive worldwide network, will take place August 2-4, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a conference partner at Digipalooza, Penguin Random House sponsored a scholarship program covering registration for ten Digipalooza attendees.

June 26, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council today announced The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded, as the 2017 recipient of the first annual SEE-IT Award. The SEE-IT Award recognizes outstanding achievements of authors and illustrators in youth graphic novels.

(ProQuest) Alexander Street is connecting researchers with previously unpublished historic field recordings and supporting materials in its new collection, Ethnographic Sound Archives Online. This resource enables new insights for the study of music in its cultural and social contexts with 2,000 hours of curated audio captured from field expeditions around the world, along with more than 10,000 pages of field notes, 150 hours of film footage, and thousands of photographs, all in one cross-searchable place for the first time.

June 25, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Eastern Michigan University has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform integrated with the Ex Libris Summon discovery service. The first library to implement this integrated solution, Eastern Michigan now benefits from improved resource management workflows and an optimized resource discovery experience. Alma replaces the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system while the university has retained Summon as the preferred discovery service.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is simplifying workflows for librarians with two initiatives that bring together complementary assets to enrich its OASIS search, select and order system.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Virginia’s Lynchburg College has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose the library’s electronic and print collections and to improve efficiency across the board with integrated workflows. The Ex Libris solutions will replace the Innovative Interfaces Millennium library system.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced initial winners of its inaugural EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. The grant program is awarding a total of $100,000 in grants to libraries to develop innovative technology solutions that address the challenges academic libraries face. Winning proposals came from Villanova University, which aims to develop the integration of VuFind with FOLIO, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which looks to integrate their hardware circulation module with FOLIO.

(OCLC) OCLC, the library technology and research organization that changed the way libraries work, is celebrating 50 years of innovation and collaboration with libraries around the world.On July 6, 1967, the nonprofit Ohio College Library Center was established to create a shared electronic library for Ohio colleges and universities. Frederick Kilgour, founder and first President, had a plan to build a shared, online cataloging system that would effectively merge library catalogs through a computer network and database so that libraries could work collaboratively, save time and share resources.What began 50 years ago as a regional computer system for 54 Ohio colleges has become OCLC, a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to over 16,000 libraries in 120 countries.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics today announced a novel public/private strategic partnership with Impactstory that will remove a critical barrier for researchers: limited open access (OA) to high-quality, trusted peer-reviewed content. Under the terms of the partnership, Clarivate Analytics is providing a grant to Impactstory to build on its oaDOI service, making open access content more easily discoverable, and the research workflow more efficient from discovery through publishing.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is awarding its 2017 EBSCO Solar grant to the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia and The Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Illinois. The grants will provide each library with $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grant offsets the cost of installing solar panels and allows libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

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.

(Tech Logic) Tech Logic, inventors of Automated Materials Handling for libraries, and a leading provider of both RFID and barcode-based self-checkout, announced today the release of a new, enhanced CircIT™ FLEX self-checkout user interface design. The new CircIT™ FLEX interface is available to all new and existing customer libraries on their hardware choice of standalone touchscreen kiosk, desktop kiosk, patented staff-monitored "Combo" station, and even as software for library-supplied hardware.

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.

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