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December 7, 2016

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

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

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

December 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

December 5, 2016

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

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

December 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

November 28, 2016

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

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

November 26, 2016

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

November 25, 2016

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

November 23, 2016

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

November 22, 2016

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

November 21, 2016

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

November 17, 2016

(Overdrive) Meet the new OverDrive, the fastest and easiest way to reading happiness from the library. Libraries around the world now have a new integrated website and app to deliver more eBooks and audiobooks to their readers. The OverDrive service, used by over 90 percent of public libraries in the U.S., has been updated with dozens of innovative features including enhanced security to attract new users to the library. The ease-of-use simplifies the borrowing process and enhances discoverability so readers don’t leave empty-handed. OverDrive provides librarians powerful curation tools to customize collections and reach new areas of their community.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Eastern Michigan University is adopting the Ex Libris Alma library management service to replace the university library’s Voyager integrated library system, which EMU has been using for nearly 20 years. EMU, which runs the ProQuest Summon discovery service, will be the first institution to integrate Summon and Alma. In addition, having collaborated with ProQuest as an Intota development partner, EMU will continue to advise Ex Libris on the incorporation of Intota features into the Alma service.

(Voyager Sopris Learning) Voyager Sopris Learning®, a provider of evidence-based preK–12 instructional solutions and professional services, has donated $40,000 of early learning classroom curriculum and books to the Louisiana Department of Education to aid child care centers in the Baton Rouge area impacted by the historic flooding.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that more than 2,000 customers have chosen SaaS to host their data and SirsiDynix software. SirsiDynix SaaS is a service that relieves libraries from the task of maintaining a local server while providing flexible and dependable service along with rigorous security measures. Local IT departments and the global library community in general are increasingly mandating secure and reliable hosting.

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced unprecedented integration opportunities for all customers’ websites. These opportunities for the Apollo Library Services Platform enhance security, add pizzazz, and increase user access to resources.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que Eastern Michigan University está adoptando el servicio de administración de bibliotecas Ex Libris Alma® para reemplazar el sistema integrado de bibliotecas Voyager que la EMU viene utilizando desde hace casi 20 años. EMU, que utiliza el servicio de descubrimiento ProQuest Summon, será la primera institución en integrar Summon y Alma. Además, después de haber colaborado con ProQuest como socio de desarrollo de Intota, la EMU continuará asesorando a Ex Libris sobre la incorporación de características de Intota en el sistema Alma.

(Equinox Software) Equinos announced that SPARK is growing again! Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania migrated to Evergreen in early November. They join Eastern Monroe to form the Monroe County Libraries. SPARK is managed by Pennsylvania Integrated Library System and has been using Evergreen since 2011.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, today announced the publication of its annual Highly Cited Researchers. The list is a citation analysis identifying scientists – as determined by their fellow researchers – whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Wessels Library at Newberry College, of Newberry, South Carolina is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 75,000 plus holdings from Symphony earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. T

(SirsiDynix) ITC Systems and SirsiDynix are partnering to deliver cash-based and cashless payment solutions centered around the need in Libraries to provide self-serve pay for copies and prints or fines and fees.

November 16, 2016

(Evanced Solutions, Inc.) Evanced, the market-leading creator of web-enabled library services, has released a new case study that highlights how their summer reading program management tool Wandoo Reader is flexible enough to support libraries of all sizes. While some of the largest library systems in the country also use the tool to offer a consistent reading program across their large footprints, this case study focuses on how Louisville (OH) Public Library leverages Wandoo Reader to engage its tight-knit community

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation’s annual users’ conference, TLCU 2016, united TLC customers from around the world Oct. 16-19 at the Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz. Nearly 170 attendees from TLC libraries from as far away as New Zealand gathered with staff from TLC’s Inwood and Denver offices for three days of product education, training, and updates.

(University of California) The UCI Libraries have released an innovative online discovery tool for its Artists’ Books Collection which allows searchers to visualize connections between works in ways not possible with a traditional library catalog. The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) funded project, “Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists’ Books,” allowed the Libraries’ to create procedures for enhancing description and access to 41 digitized items from the collection housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. The graphical interface shows connections between materials used, techniques applied, and publication locations while providing multiple digital views of each piece of unique sculptural art.

(Axiell) Axiell announced Axiell Collections, a new application which provides web-based access to their collections management systems. This new solution has been developed to ensure that museums and archives globally can more rapidly enrich their collections information with existing internal resources and new crowd-sourcing techniques, to move beyond technology barriers and bring cultural and natural heritage to life. Axiell Collections enables museums and archives to access their collections data anytime, anywhere, through a web browser on tablets, laptops and Macs.

November 15, 2016

(OCLC) Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian for Ryerson University, and Jacques Malschaert, Director of Bibliotheekservice Fryslân, officially took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board’s November meeting. Both were elected to the Board of Trustees by OCLC Global Council in April 2016.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that the first six adopters of a national Welsh library system have gone live on Symphony. In autumn of 2015, the Welsh Government announced a major step forward in their momentous project to unite the country on a single library system. Following a competitive tender process, the Welsh Government chose SirsiDynix to support its public library services. Recently, the first six local authorities in North Wales completed the implementation of the shared SaaS-supported system and are now live. The launch of the Wales system highlights the increasing momentum SirsiDynix is experiencing in the UK.

(Ingram Content Group) Michael Hale, Vice President of Sales, VitalSource Technologies Inc., announced the addition of Mike Sugarman as Director of Platform Sales.

(KOMBIT) På baggrund af ønsker og behov i kommunerne har KOMBIT udarbejdet nogle materialer, som skal hjælpe kommunerne i forbindelse med implementeringen af Fælles Bibliotekssystem.På baggrund af ønsker og behov i kommunerne har KOMBIT udarbejdet tre dokumenter, som skal hjælpe kommunerne i forbindelse med implementeringen af Fælles Bibliotekssystem. Desuden kan du nedenfor finde informationer til kommunerne om opgradering af DDELibra og datavask.

(OhioLINK) To contribute to statewide efforts on college affordability, OhioLINK will be joining the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network, a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.

(Soutron Global) International library transformation company Soutron Global has announced a special webinar for Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Soutron Global President and CEO, Tony Saadat, will interview Guy St. Clair, President and Consulting Specialist at SMR International about knowledge services, the topic of St. Clair’s new book, Knowledge Services: A Strategic Framework for the 21st Century Organization.

(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America announce that Michael Della Bitta has been named Director of Technology.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Atlantic City Free Public Library, of Atlantic City, NJ. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 70,000 plus holdings from Millennium earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha 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.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare announced that Licking County Library has opened the first 24-Hour Library location in Ohio. The 24-Hour Library opened in partnership with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) to provide 24 Hour Public Library Service in the Licking Heights School District. This location will enhance public library service in an area without a close branch, offering a collection of 340 items including books, DVD’s and audiobooks. The 24-Hour Library also offers digital e-books, holds pick-up and returns, and serves as a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

November 14, 2016

(Axiell) Axiell announced that the library consortium for Ostrobothnia has chosen to continue to use library management solution, Axiell Aurora, for the coming three years. A new consortia, with 22 different sized municipalities in the regions of South Ostrobothnia, Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia, will be formed in early December. The name of the new library consortium will be announced on December 1st. This will be one of Finland's largest library consortias, with Seinäjoki Provincial Library as the central hub.

(KOMBIT) Fælles Bibliotekssystem udvikles løbende. Se den opdaterede oversigt over indhold i kommende releases her. Fælles Bibliotekssystem udvikles løbende og indholdet i de to kommende releases - Release 1.5 og 1.6 - ligger nu fast. I forhold til tidligere udmeldinger er der enkelte ændringer og forskyldninger. Det skyldes blandt andet, at vi har været nødt til at fremskynde nogle specifikke ændringer – herunder ændringer af hensyn til sikkerhed.

November 10, 2016

(EBSCO Information Services) Researchers now have an additional way to see the impact of their work in clinical practice by tracking when their research is cited in clinical practice guidelines. Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company, has expanded its Clinical Citations metrics in its PlumX Suite to include clinical practice guidelines indexed in PubMed.

November 8, 2016

(OCLC) The National Central Library of Rome has loaded nearly 2 million records into WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, to increase visibility of these Italian collections around the world.

(Gale Group) The State of Florida has expanded its partnership with Gale, a Cengage company, to offer accredited online private high school diplomas and career certificates to 28 public library systems across Florida. The Career Online High School program is brought to residents by the State of Florida and is administered by Smart Horizons Career Online Education through a partnership with Gale. First launched in 2015 as a pilot program with 11 public library systems, 17 additional library systems will now make COHS available. According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 1.2 million working residents of Florida aged 25 to 44 years of age, or 12.1% of the state’s working-age population, lack high school diplomas.

November 7, 2016

(OCLC) The University of Gloucestershire has selected WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its new library management system.

(Follett) Project Connect, formed by Follett to advocate for librarians to serve as leaders in their district and schools, will be debuting a set of professional development online courses this month. Designed for school and district librarians, these courses give librarians tangible skills needed in a future-ready world and help promote innovative models of school libraries.

November 5, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that it is increasing its investment in the Czech, Hungarian, and Romanian markets. Having reached agreements with its local partners—Charles University, MULTIDATA Praha, and Ex-Lh—the company will now be playing a direct role with the markets in these areas.

November 4, 2016

(KOMBIT) Fælles Bibliotekssystem (FBS) vil i november 2016 foretage nogle rettelser, som skal styrke sikkerheden i løsningen. Ændringen indebærer en skærpelse af kravene til den adgangskode brugerne benytter for at få adgang til løsningen. Desuden bliver der indført en begrænsning på, hvor mange gange man kan forsøge at logge på løsningen med forkerte logon-oplysninger.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Library and Learning Commons at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

November 3, 2016

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is partnering with Bauer Media Australia to provide high quality digital versions of the most popular magazines in Australia and New Zealand through Flipster, the next-generation digital magazine solution. This will allow library patrons an easy way to access to their favorite magazines.

(Credo Reference) Credo and Arkansas State University are embarking on a partnership to bring information literacy resources and instruction to regional Arkansas high school students in support of their college readiness.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced the recent hire of Jonathan Green. Green will join the LYRASIS team as Repository Developer in the Technology Services Division. In this role, he will focus on the LYRASIS Islandora Hosting program and developing long-term opportunities to serve the LYRASIS community of members and users with the open source Islandora digital repository framework.

November 1, 2016

(ProQuest) With the addition of the World Scientific platform, customers may choose from more than 6,000 titles from the largest international scientific publisher in the Asia-Pacific region.

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

(Talis) De Montfort University have partnered with Talis and five major textbook publishers, including SAGE Publications and Wiley, to embed core textbooks directly into courses, through Talis Aspire, to enhance the student experience.

(ProQuest) The momentum continues as ProQuest joins forces with yet another publisher group – Taylor and Francis – to provide libraries with more choices for purchasing ebooks though OASIS.

(Lyrasis) The Crowley Company, a worldwide provider of production- and patron-level analog and digital scanning equipment and services, announced that the company has entered into a vendor partnership with LYRASIS.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is pleased to welcome the South West Consortium to the family of BLUEcloud libraries. The South West Consortium is a new partnership of 11 Western Australia local governments, creating a “one card” library system for its participating libraries. The consortium is the first of its kind in Western Australia; prior to this merger all local governments operated independently and each would individually negotiate the supply of a library management system. As part of their unification, the South West Consortium selected SirsiDynix Symphony to support their large public system. The Consortium opted to supplement their ILS with a number of BLUEcloud products including, BLUEcloud Analytics, eResource Central, BLUEcloud Visibility, Enterprise, Portfolio and MobileCirc.

October 28, 2016

(ProQuest) A newly released ProQuest survey of more than 600 libraries found that 82 percent of academic libraries consider space reclamation a priority or believe it will be in the near future. More than a third have prioritized repurposing space for more than five years.

October 27, 2016

(EBSCO Information Services) Two organizations dedicated to evidence-based healthcare are joining forces to ensure that healthcare professionals can make decisions based on the best available evidence. The partnership between EBSCO Health and McMaster University’s Health Information Research Unit brings together two of the most established services that provide systematic literature surveillance to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare.

(EBSCO Information Services) The web-based, open source Integrated Library System Evergreen will be continuing to develop software that meets the needs of libraries thanks in part to a grant from EBSCO Information Services. The grant to the Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC) is intended to finance new developments of popular catalog features for thousands of libraries using Evergreen.

(Civica) New research has shown us that our local library must be ready to embrace changing community needs. An in-depth survey into the value of libraries as public spaces undertaken by Civica and the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG), found a very strong belief that libraries of the future will become community support centres. In many cases they will need to open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(University of Texas) The University of Texas Libraries has taken the first step to institute an open access policy for staff at The University of Texas at Austin. A modest plan to induce Libraries staff to deposit articles and conference papers into Texas ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository, was recently approved by Provost Maurie McInnis.

(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the opening of an Ex Libris data center in Beijing, the fifth such center established by Ex Libris worldwide. The decision to set up a Chinese data center results from the rapid growth in the number of Ex Libris customers and prospective customers in the Asia Pacific region.

(Credo Reference) Credo has launched “Issue Briefs,” designed for students performing research on a wide range of current topics. Each week, Credo will unveil three to four new Issue Briefs, which illuminate all sides of today’s top issues featuring unbiased reporting.

(Axiell) Allmänheten och vetenskapen kommer att få mycket bättre tillgång till våra samlingar när vi fått vår nya lösning på plats. Och tanken svindlar när man tänker på vad det kan betyda, nationellt och globalt. Det säger Wilhelm Lagercrantz, digital utvecklingsstrateg på Statens Historiska museer. Där påbörjas nu arbetet med att implementera den avancerade lösning för att hantera Historiska museets omfattande samling och göra den tillgänglig digitalt, som man köpt från det svenska it-bolaget Axiell.

October 25, 2016

(OCLC) OCLC GmbH announced that Sebastian Müller has joined the organization as its new Sales Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He takes over the role previously held by Andreas Schmidt, who became General Manager in July.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the alpha release of BLUEcloud Acquisitions. BLUEcloud Acquisitions is the SirsiDynix solution that revolutionizes the collection development and acquisitions process. SirsiDynix released the BLUEcloud Acquisitions alpha release to development partner SAPLN, the South Australian Public Library Network. SAPLN has been closely involved in the development of BLUEcloud Acquisitions since its inception.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Sweden’s Jönköping University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to help the library improve services and create new ones that will enhance the teaching, learning and research experience at the University.

(Follett) All K-12 schools/districts, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply. Submissions are open to all K-12 educators and Parent Teacher Organizations. Entrants must complete an online application and upload a three- to five-minute video describing their program that teaches 21st century skills to students. Judges are looking for applications best illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff.

(Zepheira) Zepheira announces a partnership with the Library of Michigan and Midwest Collaborative for Library Services to transform the Michigan eLibrary catalog’s bibliographic data into Linked Data for broader incorporation into the Web. Michigan is the first State library to bring a large scale set of library catalog data to the Web with Linked Data technologies developed by Zepheira, namely the Library.Link Network.

October 23, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Swedish Library Consortium has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management platform and Primo discovery solution. Consortium members Linnaeus University, the University of Borås and Örebro University will benefit from the openness of the Alma and Primo solutions to streamline resource management workflows, improve discoverability and enhance the teaching and learning experience.

October 21, 2016

(Ingram Content Group) The annual Frankfurt Book Fair is traditionally deal-making time for the publishing industry. This year is no exception. Leading the announced deal roster: Ingram Academic Services has inked multi-year agreements with Stanford University Press and University of Ottawa Press for print and digital sales and distribution.

October 20, 2016

(Follett) Follett School Solutions continues to support the importance of school librarians in students educational careers with a matching funds sponsorship of American Association of School Librarians’ Every Student Succeeds Act implementation workshops. Presented nationwide through collaboration with AASL state affiliates, the workshops highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be included in state and local plans.

(ProQuest) ProQuest’s comprehensive collection of Early English Books Online now includes even more exceptional works from the dawn of printing in England from 1473 to 1700, enabling thousands of rare, delicate resources to be accessible online to researchers around the world. With EEBO’s September 2016 release, scholars can now explore an additional 631 scanned image titles acquired from 27 unique archives, bringing the total to nearly 132,000 titles.

(Ingram Content Group) In the face of rising tuition, a generation of “digital-native” students have headed off to university with high expectations for the state of technology in their learning. To gauge the level of satisfaction in the digital programmes – specifically eTextbook programmes – offered by universities in the United Kingdom, VitalSource enlisted Shift Media to conduct a survey of 866 students from 131 higher education institutions. The survey assesses student engagement with eTextbooks and identifies institutional practices and student behaviours that correlate with high levels of student satisfaction.

(Talis) Talis, the leading provider of course resource management solutions and the most widely used solution for course reading lists, are announcing new capabilities in Talis Aspire to support the institutional acquisition and delivery of core eTextbooks directly into courses for students.

(Axiell) Axiell, the leading vendor to archives, libraries and museums worldwide, as well as the leading Vital Records systems provider in Australasia and Canada, Tuesday announces the acquisition of a business division of Gold Systems, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based company. The acquisition further strengthens Axiell’s position in the market for Vital Records, which comprises software systems to help authorities manage births, deaths, marriages and more. By adding Gold Systems’ Vital Records customers, including Washington, D.C., the innovative Vita product and two authorities in the Vital Records field, Steve Gold and Jeff Greenland, Axiell has significantly strengthened its presence in the field.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works recently completed a pair of scanning projects for the Library of Congress. Over the course of 18 months, they digitized 808,000 archival documents and bound book images on-site at the Library, plus 236,500 transmissive images at Backstage’s preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Digitizing rare and fragile collections on location at libraries provides curators an alternative to the extra handling involved with shipping.

(OCLC) OCLC has completed a year-long renovation to its headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, a project to not only repair the 35-year-old structure but also to purposefully update the environment to support a vibrant, innovative space for staff and member libraries. The newly renovated headquarters includes structural repairs, a refurbished atrium and entrance, updates to an auditorium, new presentation capabilities, videoconference rooms, new kitchen and cafeteria, and new gathering places and work spaces. Pivotal to the design is the addition of a broad, cantilevered stairway in the atrium that connects staff members throughout the building.

(OCLC) OCLC, the global library cooperative, today announced that Murdoch University Library, in Perth, Western Australia, has selected OCLC’s Sustainable Collection Services to analyse its print monograph collections. Murdoch will use the web-based SCS GreenGlass decision-support application to undertake a large-scale review of its print collections, seeking to integrate data on usage and holdings in other libraries into its decisions to retain, relocate or deselect resources.

October 17, 2016

(Oslo Public Library) Oslo Public Library - launched their new library management platform on the 12th of October after a 24 month development period. Core library functions, such as circulation, patron management, automation and messaging is managed by Koha, the open source web-based ILS managed by the Koha foundation. The online catalog search interface, patron self-service tools, and cataloguing are all developed in house in joint development between OPLs staff and external consultants.

(Copyright Clearance Center) Copyright Clearance Center, creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, announces the launch of RightFind Music, a search and file management website designed to help customers find, download and manage music from APM Music’s collection of more than 500,000 tracks licensed for use in presentations and video.

(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant for $750,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support BitCurator NLP, a project that will develop software and protocols for the application of natural language processing (NLP) methods to born-digital library, archives and museum (LAM) collections. The new tools created by the two-year project will enable professionals at LAMs to more effectively and efficiently curate digital materials, and ultimately make collections more accessible to individuals searching for information or documents.

(Springer) Springer Nature announced that it has rolled out its free content sharing initiative, now named SharedIt, to all of the Springer Nature-owned portfolio and over one thousand additional co-owned and partner-owned journals. This now encompasses over 2,300 journals and enables authors and subscribers to post links to free-to-read versions of primary research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories, websites, scholarly collaborative networks and via emails. It follows a successful trial and roll out of the initiative for research articles in Nature-branded journals which has resulted in over 2.2 million additional article views since its launch in December 2014.

October 14, 2016

(PTFS Europe) London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art has chosen the Koha library management system to assist with its library service provision. PTFS Europe will carry out a full range of implementation services and will provide on-going hosting and support services.

(Council on Library and Information Resources) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.

(OCLC) The academic and research libraries of the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) meet today in Boston to celebrate the largest shared print monograph initiative to date. The institutional members of EAST have committed to retain over 6 million print monographs for an initial period of 15 years. These items represent scholarly content that might otherwise have been discarded as these libraries reconfigure and reclaim space to meet the needs of today’s research and teaching institutions.

(TIND Technologies) CERN spin-off TIND is now an an official member of DataCite thereby enabling seamless DOI creation for TIND’s partners and customers.

October 13, 2016

(Talis) YBP Library Services, a division of EBSCO Information Services , has partnered with Talis to bring more choice, and increased efficiencies, for course reading list driven library acquisitions and collection development. This partnership makes the integration between YBP and Talis Aspire, already in use at many Australasian universities, available now to our shared customers in the UK. Customers who use Talis Aspire workflows and data to inform their acquisitions strategy can now seamlessly, and at scale, acquire the right content in the right format, directly from YBP.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of integrated library systems (ILS) that empowers libraries globally, has launched Sierra Release 2.4 with significant new capabilities across multiple functional areas.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has named Janet Hogan as a leader of its Global Human Resources organization.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange, Inc of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

October 12, 2016

(Springer) Springer Nature has merged the major reference programs from Palgrave Macmillan and Springer to form a complementary, comprehensive Major Reference Works (MRW) program. The expanded MRW portfolio includes high-profile trade and academic references from all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, humanities, business and economics. It gives access to a world-class collection of content, published in over 500 individual reference works.

October 11, 2016

(ProQuest) ProQuest is launching Syndetics Unbound, a new catalog enrichment service that combines and reimagines two best-of-breed technologies, the Syndetic Solutions service and the LibraryThing for Libraries system. By allowing libraries to easily embed rich information and guided discovery directly into their existing catalogs, Syndetics Unbound helps transform the traditional online catalog into a dynamic, attractive showcase. Patrons get a modern, convenient experience that includes expansive coverage of global books and media.

(Talis) The University of Hertfordshire have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services. The online reading lists system will improve student experience through seamless access to resource lists and resources. Talis Aspire will be integrated with the KOHA library management system and Summon discovery tool from Proquest.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced the availability of CARL.X v9.3 and CARL.Connect Discovery, formerly LS2 PAC for CARL.X, v3.2. Notably, CARL.X v9.3 has added features that continue to improve customer service interactions between library staff and their communities.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System, a state agency serving libraries in northern and western Illinois, are working together to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates at public libraries across the state. Through an innovative program, Career Online High School, Illinois adults in select communities who have a library card can participate in the program. Almost 1.5 million Illinois adults, or 11% of the population, do not have a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

(Axiell) Axiell announced its acquisition of BiBer GmbH, a full service provider to public libraries in Germany and Switzerland, offering Bibliothekssystems BIBDIA, an advanced hosting and library logistics solution. The acquisition extends Axiell’s presence in Germany and adds 160 customers with 230 branches to the 3,000 Scandinavian and UK library institutions that already use an Axiell solution.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix welcome Santa Clara County Library District back to the family of Horizon libraries. Formerly a long-time Horizon library, SCCLD, is returning to Horizon after a 1 year interim adoption of another ILS. In addition to returning to their former ILS, the California public library system plans to adopt a number of SirsiDynix solutions, including BLUEcloud Analytics, eResource Central, MobileCirc, and BLUEcloud Visibility.

October 10, 2016

(Eduserv) OpenAthens has announced that ASTM International, the Pennsylvania, USA-based publisher of international standards, manuals, scholarly publications and e-learning courses has joined the OpenAthens access management federation. This move provides straightforward and secure access to ASTM International’s wide library of over 12,000 standards and related products, trusted globally by individuals and organizations in dozens of industry sectors from medical equipment and procedures through to materials manufacturing, petrochemical, and construction.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Central Queensland University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to support library services at the more than 20 university locations, which serve over 35,000 students. The solutions will replace Virtua from Innovative and EBSCO Discovery Service.

(Helmsley Charitable Trust) ORCID has been awarded further funding by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. This 18-month, $1.84M award follows our initial $3M award from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. It allows us to leverage the progress we have made engaging the community and increasing ORCID adoption and use over the last 18 months, and also to ensure that our technical offering scales appropriately as we grow.

(Demco) Public libraries can now offer patrons access to BrainHQ, the only brain fitness program with exercises shown in studies to improve cognition and to broadly generalize to real world activities. BrainHQ, developed by neuroscientists at Posit Science, includes more than two dozen brain-training exercises and is accessible to patrons via subscribing public libraries’ websites, in order to offer training wherever patrons are – be it at the library, at home or on the go using the BrainHQ app.

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