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October 27, 2020

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is helping college and university instructors develop and strengthen students' critical thinking skills around contemporary social justice issues using historical content. Gale Case Studies, a new online instructional tool launched by the company today, provides faculty with teaching resources to help students critically analyze culturally relevant social justice issues through the lens of primary sources on topics such as LGBTQ+, race, political extremism and public health concerns. This new resource promotes the student growth of transferable, 21st century skills through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters the use of primary sources to interrogate social issues and develop inferences for the future. Read the Gale blog about why Gale Case Studies was created.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that five prominent UK universities—Imperial College London, UCL, the University of Liverpool, the University of Manchester, and the University of St Andrews—have decided to join the growing RapidILL community in the United Kingdom, giving their library users quick and easy access to materials via the cloud-based Ex Libris RapidILL interlibrary loan system. After integrating the system into their library workflows, the universities will benefit from the delivery of requested resources within 24 hours, thus providing patrons with maximum resource accessibility.

(Cambridge University Press) Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries. The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The need for an integrated approach has been accelerated by the rapid uptake of digital education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments.

(Yewno) Yewno announced that it will be providing AI based information analysis capabilities to Citi. Using Yewno's patented knowledge graph, Citi will be able to extract signals from unstructured text, which is currently a challenging and time-consuming task. Citi will use Yewno's AI solutions in its Citi Global Data Insights unit, the data science team within Global Insights at Citigroup, and in its independent Citi Research unit.

(The Library Corporation) The newest library system to implement TLC's CARL.X integrated library software is the Outagamie Waupaca Library System's shared automation network (OWLSnet). This library system, which went live on August 17, 2020, is a public library consortium consisting of 29 libraries with 49 locations that stretch across two library systems in northeast Wisconsin.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the presentation of new research on how people in the U.S. are using their public libraries. The research report, titled “Centuries of Resilience: Public Libraries Still Crucial During COVID-19,” presents how people have used public libraries in 2019 and 2020. The data includes how usage changed after most libraries closed their doors in March of this year and have since been slowly reopening.

October 26, 2020

(ProQuest) EdTech leader ProQuest announced the launch of the Black Freedom Struggle website – a curated selection of primary sources for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Developed with input from Black history scholars and advisors, this resource is freely available on the web and to libraries for anyone studying U.S. Black history.

October 25, 2020

(JSTOR) As the COVID-19 crisis continues to disrupt higher education, ITHAKA is extending the JSTOR and Artstor expanded access program through June 30, 2021 to help institutions in their shift to remote teaching.

October 24, 2020

(Turnitin) Turnitin announced the acquisition of ExamSoft, a scalable assessment platform that helps institutions and certification and licensure programs protect exam integrity and streamline the process of assessment. In coming together, Turnitin and ExamSoft become a single destination for upholding integrity throughout a student's entire educational journey, from book reports and problem sets to doctoral theses and professional licensure.

(OCLC) OCLC is supporting libraries, researchers, educators and students with high-quality open access content that is discoverable and freely accessible through WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat.org.

October 23, 2020

(ProQuest) Underline Science , the premier virtual conference venue for events in science, medicine and academia, announces a significant investment from ProQuest, a global leader in educational technology. The investment from ProQuest will enable Underline to extend the reach of its video platform for scientific and scholarly conferences, redoubling the impact of this knowledge, and providing opportunities to accelerate scientific discovery.

October 22, 2020

(Wiley, Inc.) John Wiley and Sons Inc., a leader in research and education, today introduced its Open Science Ambassador Program. The program acknowledges and supports Chinese thought leaders around the world who embrace open science principles and encourage a free exchange of ideas and collaboration within their communities.

October 21, 2020

(PTFS Europe) Cumbria County Council selected Koha for its new library management system, replacing a previous SirsiDynix solution. PTFS Europe has provided a comprehensive range of implementation and support services and the Council is pleased to announce that the system is now live. The Council looks forward to delivering an improved service to its customers and the library service particularly values the capabilities and efficiencies offered by the new open source solution.

(Turnitin) Turnitin, a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions, has acquired ExamSoft, a software-based assessment platform, from Spectrum Equity. ExamSoft empowers educational institutions and certification and licensure programs to protect exam integrity, streamline assessment processes, and improve learning outcomes.

October 20, 2020

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Grapevine Public Library in Texas is now live on Koha.

(Springer Nature) Springer Nature and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have agreed an approach that will deliver the first ever transformative agreement (TA) for Nature and Nature-branded journals. Building on the nationwide Projekt DEAL agreement concluded last January for Springer Nature journals, the commercial framework agreed with MPDL will now be offered to German institutions, in time for a January 2021 start. The transformative agreement, which will run for four years, enables authors affiliated with participating institutions to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and Nature-branded research journals immediately open access at no cost to them. Participating institutions will also gain read access to the complete Nature portfolio, including Nature Review titles and all forthcoming Nature-branded journals.

(SirsiDynix) Inglewood Public Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner. Believing in the power libraries have to uplift and enrich their communities, SirsiDynix is honored to provide services and support for Inglewood Public Library.

October 19, 2020

(ProQuest) Is it possible to fight infectious disease like COVID-19 – and create a more just world in the process? The founders of Partners In Health, a nonprofit social justice organization with deep experience in treating infectious disease outbreaks globally, will tackle this question – and more – in a free virtual event hosted by EdTech leader ProQuest and documentary curator FILM PLATFORM.

(Axiell) Burlöv Libraries chooses Axiell's cloud-based library services platform, Quria, to make library workflows more efficient and to improve user experience for both library staff and users. The library service will also utilise Axiell's Arena discovery tool, as part of a digital-first plan to adapt operations and physical library spaces to better support and engage users.

October 16, 2020

(Yewno) Yewno announced that their Yewno Discover platform integrates into the Ex Libris Primo discovery service to provide mutual users with unparalleled access to knowledge discovery.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Okanagan Regional Library of British Columbia has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the Library was Patron Point's ability to support branch level communications to each of its 31 branches.

(Insight Informatics) The central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany trusts LIBERO as their library management system partner and has been doing so since 1999.

(Insight Informatics) Die Deutsche Bundesbank schenkt LIBERO seit 1999 ihr Vertrauen als Partner für ihr Bibliotheksmanagementsystem.

(OCLC) Dr. K. Wayne Smith, former President and CEO of OCLC, has died at the age of 82. Smith led OCLC from 1989–1998, a period of enormous growth. He came to OCLC after a distinguished career in government, education, and business

(Internet Archive) The collection of Detroit-based Marygrove College Library, comprising more than 70,000 books and journals, starts a new life online with the support of Internet Archive.

October 15, 2020

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company announced that the Ex Libris Leganto course resource list solution and Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution are now included in the United States Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and, under the sponsorship of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, have been added to the Ex Libris Authorization to Operate.

(Springshare) Springshare launched Pickup Manager, a new LibApps tool designed to help libraries improve workflows around the pickup of library holds. Pickup Manager combines Springhare's scheduling and communication features with integrated library systems (ILS) holds functionality. The end result is an affordable and user-friendly pickup management platform.

(Kanopy) A+E Networks and Kanopy, the streaming platform available through partnered public and academic libraries, announced today a digital library content agreement. Further enhancing Kanopy's educational value with select docuseries from A+E Networks' content divisions, including HISTORY and A&E, the deal provides users in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand with access to acclaimed documentaries and historical specials.

October 14, 2020

(OCLC) The REALM project has released results from the latest round of scientific tests to determine how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 can remain on materials found in archives, libraries and museums, along with a summary of published research to help inform these institutions as they reopen to the public. New lab test findings from Battelle show that the infectious virus survived through eight days on both natural leather and synthetic leather fabrics.

(The Library Corporation) Newport News Public Library recently joined The Library Corporation family by implementing Library.Solution integrated library system software. Located in Newport News, VA, this 5-location library system has a mission to “connect, inspire, enrich and empower,” which they have continued to do in the middle of a global pandemic.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that Essex County Council and Thurrock Council have joined The Libraries Consortium (formerly The London Libraries Consortium), taking TLC's reach beyond London and the home counties.

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

October 13, 2020

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the release of its new Innovative Mobile product, which puts the power of Sierra and Polaris into patrons' hands worldwide.

(Internet Archive) The Internet Archive is the newest library to join Project ReShare, a group of organizations coming together to develop an open source resource sharing platform for libraries.

October 12, 2020

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services will partner with University of Denver, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chalmers University of Technology to develop a next-generation analytics platform. The platform will combine and streamline data sets from library and campus systems, allowing library staff to demonstrate a library's impact while making informed decisions on collections and services.

(Equinox) Equinox welcomes Brookfield Public Library to the Evergreen ILS with their successful migration to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Brookfield Public Library's move will support 1,116 patrons and encompass a total of 2,1307 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. Remote training was also provided by Equinox.

October 9, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that West Vancouver Memorial Library of British Columbia has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the Library was Patron Point's ability to improve its email marketing performance.

October 8, 2020

(ERC Scientific Council) The ERC Scientific Council has decided to withdraw as a supporter of cOAlition S. In doing so, the ERC Scientific Council wishes to pay closer attention to a number of aspects whose importance has been rather underestimated. Most prominent among them are researchers' needs, especially those of young researchers who represent the future of European science and innovation.

(EBSCO Information Services) The National Central Library of Florence is the first national public library to have launched FOLIO. BNCF is using FOLIO for the management of users and circulation operations as well as for some pre-cataloging activities. The implementation project, led by @Cult, included the creation of a new website, the renewal of the OPAC and FOLIO hosting services from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO).

(Max Planck Society) The Royal Society has signed a pilot agreement with Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) to enable open access publishing across the entire Royal Society journal portfolio, at no cost to authors of the Max Planck Society.

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation's latest major update to Library.Solution was recently released and customers are already complimenting the enhancements and new features found within version 5.6.1 of the Library Management System.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software kicked off a new group, the new Public Library Leadership Council, with an inaugural meeting held virtually on October 7 and 8. The mission of the PLLC is to exchange ideas for the advancement and future of public libraries across the world.

October 6, 2020

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business has gone live with the Ex Libris Leganto course materials service. The university opted to move to the Leganto service as part of WU's digitization strategy, which calls for developing new forms of teaching and increasing support for distance learning. With the Leganto rollout, the library was ready to make the transition.

(Springer Nature) Springer Nature is providing libraries and research institutions with a broader range of choice in how they purchase and access digital book content. Its new eBook solutions will provide librarians in academic and corporate institutions with a range of flexible options to meet individual needs and budgets. In a pioneering move, Springer Nature launched its eBook Collections in 2006, and the publisher is continuously expanding this portfolio. It is currently available for 21 academic disciplines in English language. Using this experience and expertise, Springer Nature has now launched a wider variety of purchasing options for eBooks across its well-established imprints, such as Springer, Palgrave and Apress.

October 5, 2020

(EBSCO Information Services) The 2021 Serials Price Projection Report from EBSCO Information Services is now available. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic medical libraries are expected to be (before any currency impact) in the range of two to three percent for individual titles and one to three percent for e-journal packages. This year presents new budget challenges as librarians are now preparing for another wave of cuts prompted by the economic contraction tied to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Librarians are increasingly being forced to consider even more fundamental changes to their purchasing and operating strategies given accelerating funding pressures and are implementing a variety of tactics to bridge the declining budget. As e-journal packages continue to have the most significant impact on the disposition of libraries' budgets, they are the natural target to downsize or cancel. Though the COVID-19 pandemic increased the need and desire for Open Research and Open Access, the economic fallout from the pandemic is making progress difficult and slow.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Kansas Wesleyan University Memorial Library in Salina, Kansas is now live on Koha.

(Aries Systems) Aries Systems Corporation, a leading technology workflow solutions supplier to the scholarly publishing community, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new Editorial Manager API for repositories. This application will be developed as a “generic” API, enabling flexible integration opportunities for independent repositories. Aries is among the first to create a universal API that is widely available for third parties to access and code to.

October 4, 2020

(JISC) Publications Router, the service from Jisc that adds research articles automatically to repositories, is now fully interoperable with Haplo Repository, an open-source repository and research information management system. This means that the Router service is now available to you if your institution uses Haplo and is a Jisc member.

October 2, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced today that New Castle-Henry County Public Library of Indiana has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the Library was Patron Point's ability to support the Library's goals of targeting patrons by age demographics for improved newsletter segmentation and providing tools to create engagement marketing programs.

(Coherent Digital) Coherent Digital launched Mindscape Commons, the first database of virtual-reality experiences for libraries. Mindscape Commons details nearly 200 immersive and interactive experiences in social work, counseling, and psychology from over 100 colleges and 60 commercial organizations. With 100 experiences exclusive to this resource, it's designed specifically by faculty and mental health clinicians to be immersive and interactive.

October 1, 2020

(EBSCO Information Services) The Five Colleges Consortium, as part of its FOLIO beta partnership with EBSCO Information Services, has become the first consortium to implement FOLIO Electronic Resources Management. This is the first step in a full FOLIO implementation in 2021. The consortium includes Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries in South Africa have selected the Ex Libris Leganto® course reading list solution and have begun the rollout of Leganto to academic staff. Leganto is integrated with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery tool.

(Lyngsoe Systems) Lyngsoe Systems announced that the Libraries of Malmö have become the first institution in Sweden to select Lyngsoe Systems' Intelligent Material Management System. The Libraries will integrate IMMS with their Sierra Library Management System from Innovative Interfaces Inc., a ProQuest Company.

(Coherent Digital) Coherent Digital launched Mindscape Commons, the first database of virtual-reality experiences for education and research in mental health.

September 30, 2020

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Salina Public Library in Kansas is now live on Koha and Aspen Discovery.

(Follett) Shannon McClintock Miller knows first-hand the time she and her teacher-librarian peers can spend searching for standards-aligned resources and high-quality content – time that could better be spent with students. Created by teachers for teachers, Follett is introducing Follett Tags, unique curriculum tags designed to help teachers and librarians quickly find the best quality educational materials relevant to instruction.

(ByWater Solutions) Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.13 release is available. This major release includes 1 new feature, 31 improvements, and 4 minor changes.

(Association of American Publishers) The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced that its Directors have unanimously elected Brian Napack as Chairman of the Board, effective September 25, 2020. Mr. Napack, President and CEO of John Wiley & Sons, has been AAP's Vice Chairman since the beginning of the year, and a Board member since 2017.

(Solus) Solus UK announced it has acquired the Boopsie mobile app and customer base from Demco, Inc. All Boopsie customers will be migrated to the latest Solus Library App at no additional cost to their existing subscription.

September 29, 2020

(Digital Science) Digital Science has partnered with Google Cloud to remove barriers to data access, analysis and visualization for organizations across the research and innovation ecosystem. With its new integration, the Dimensions database is now available to be analyzed on BigQuery, Google Cloud's serverless, highly scalable and secure multi-cloud data warehouse.

September 28, 2020

(PTFS Europe) PTFS Europe announced that we have retained our position to supply the Koha library management system and other solutions via the latest Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 12 framework which went live on 28 September 2020. As well as being able to buy library software and support services directly from PTFS Europe, customers have the choice of buying the same services in partnership with Bramble Hub on the framework.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida is now live on FOLIO.

(Talis) The University of Sussex has purchased Talis Elevate for the Foundation Year programme in order to grow the online learning community and to deepen student engagement with their academic study.

September 24, 2020

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the company has achieved certification for ISO 27701:2019, an international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the only organization in the library software industry to do so. ISO 27701:2019 provides a code of practice for maintaining the privacy of data in a privacy information management system (PIMS). This standard establishes privacy requirements, helps organizations manage risks related to personally identifiable information (PII), and outlines a comprehensive set of operational controls that can be mapped to various regulations.

(Overdrive) With a record number of students going back to school online, educators are urgently turning to digital books in place of print for their established curriculum. In response to this need, OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools worldwide, today announced support for several major curriculum systems. This means that schools can provide instant access to assigned titles as ebooks and audiobooks for in-class and distance learning for all students. More than 35,000 schools have shifted to OverDrive Education for digital books as the company has significantly expanded its catalog to include grade-leveled class sets aligned to teaching units. To supply both required and recommended ebooks and audiobooks for the classroom, the company is collaborating with a variety of the most popular curriculum developers including EL Education, StudyForge and Schoolwide.

(BARATZ) Este uso ha generado algunos casos de controversia en este asunto al utilizar desde el mundo bibliotecario un servicio que, en opinión de muchas pequeñas y medianas librerías, incita al consumo en una plataforma que está haciendo mucho daño a su sector. Pero lejos de ser algo malintencionado o movido por intereses comerciales, ha sido una utilización por necesidad. Por suerte, y desde hace solamente unos meses, las bibliotecas y redes de bibliotecas pueden elegir también utilizar las portadas presentes en Todos tus libros, un proyecto de CEGAL, lo que aumenta las opciones en las imágenes de las cubiertas, con similares características. El requisito es el mismo que tiene Amazon en cuanto a la generación de tráfico hacia la web todostuslibros.com, lo cual es algo bastante razonable por el aprovechamiento de recursos.

September 23, 2020

(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons announced the launch of the all-new BiblioApps for Android. Unlike other apps for public libraries, BiblioApps is designed in the context of the full patron experience. BiblioApps broadens and deepens patron engagement with the public library by providing an exceptional, personalized, modern mobile experience that is now available for both iOS and Android platforms.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced today that Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana has implemented EnvisionWare's eCommerce Services™ for patrons and staff, and has upgraded their self-service checkout solutions. Shreve, which has 21 locations throughout Louisiana, had implemented RFID and self-service checkout a few years ago at their full-time branches with EnvisionWare's software. The Library was interested in expanding these self-service capabilities to include eCommerce.

(Gale Group) With mental health issues and racial injustices on the rise, Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the Charleston County School District (CCSD) provide its students and school staff with authoritative digital resources to support social and emotional learning (SEL) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The district is using professional learning and student collections on Gale eBooks to help educators and learners strengthen their understanding and provide guidance for mental health and racial equity to create more supportive and inclusive learning environments.

September 22, 2020

(IOP Publishing) IOP Publishing is revolutionising peer review learning with the launch of the world's first peer review certification programme dedicated to the physical sciences. ‘Peer review excellence: IOP training and certification' will give early career researchers the ability to review with confidence, increasing trust and standardising the quality of the process. Peer review excellence: IOP training and certification, which launches this week to coincide with Peer Review Week, is completely free and offers a blend of digital learning with the opportunity to review a manuscript in real time, under the tutelage of experienced editors and reviewers of IOPP journals.

(Axiell) Axiell, the world's leading software and services provider for the cultural sector, announces the acquisition of CultureConnect, an award-winning technology company headquartered in New York City that empowers cultural institutions to easily create beautiful and dynamic digital experiences that broaden audience engagement onsite and online.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Barcelona has selected the Ex Libris campusM mobile app and web portal for the university community to use. With campusM in operation, the University aims to embrace mobile communication and connect with users via their mobile devices. The objective is to bring together –in a single application– various important functions including the ability to send notifications to different user groups, generate group loyalty through the use of the app and create another form of communication between the University and the students. The app integrates key institutional systems.

(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) In a first for IFLA, the 2021 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) will be held online, as part of an accelerated drive to develop a new, more inclusive format for the most international event in the library calendar. The 2021 Congress will take place virtually, with the welcome support of the Dutch National Committee.

(OCLC) OCLC and LIBER announced today the launch of a discussion series on Open Science through webinars and discussion groups from 24 September-5 November. The series, based on the LIBER Open Science Roadmap, will help guide research libraries in envisioning the support infrastructure for Open Science (OS) and their role at local, national, and global levels.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida is now live on FOLIO.

September 21, 2020

(Evergreen Project) The Evergreen community is proud to announce that the ninth annual Evergreen Hack-A-Way will be conducted entirely online using the Hopin (hopin.to) platform. More robust than a simple meeting platform, Hopin allows for participant-driven events that are both pre-planned and that allow attendees to create their own sessions on the fly. Traditionally the Hack-A-Way has been held in-person. The current COVID-19 situation has presented the community with an opportunity.

(Biblionix) The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library invites residents to explore the new and improved online library catalog

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) The parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc., Agent Information Software released their earnings for the second quarter of 2020, ending June 30, 2020. Auto-Graphics, Inc., is an industry-leading provider of library automation software. A-G was the first to provide Cloud-based library resource sharing solutions.

September 18, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced today that The Indianapolis Public Library has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts.

(OCLC) Bucks County Free Library, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is the first consortium to sign on to implement OCLC Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries.

September 17, 2020

(ProQuest) Librarians can now acquire titles from a collection of more than 19,000 sought-after Brill ebooks through the OASIS and Rialto marketplaces.

(Virginia Tech University) Representatives from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, William and Mary, and James Madison University will soon be in contract negotiations with Elsevier, the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scholarly publisher. Working as a group, they will be discussing the unsustainable cost of accessing Elsevier's academic journals and options to make their public universities' research more accessible to the public that paid for it.

September 16, 2020

(University of Texas) The University of Texas System has joined the Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA) to rethink how university libraries collectively can improve access to faculty research and to push for changes to the costly subscription models offered by publishers of academic journals. A total of 41 institutions in Texas have now joined the Coalition – including the 14 UT institutions – making it the largest and most diverse consortia of its kind and giving it significant negotiating power.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the selection and launch of the Ex Libris campusM mobile platform by the University of Hong Kong Libraries. The first in Hong Kong to adopt the platform, HKUL has already rolled out its new mobile app and web portal which is built on the campusM platform.

(Softlink International) Softlink Information Centres is thrilled to be attending the CIL and IL Connect 2020.

(Springshare) Springshare announced Pickup Manager - a new LibApps tool designed to help libraries improve workflows around the pickup of library holds. The Pickup Manager combines Springhare's scheduling and communication features and fully integrates them with the integrated library systems holds functionality. The end result is an affordable and user-friendly pickup management platform.

September 15, 2020

(Springer Nature) month marks 20 years since Palgrave Macmillan revived the Palgrave name, continuing a long tradition of publishing the leading thinkers in the humanities, social sciences and business. Today, Palgrave Macmillan publishes more than 2,200 books and 50 journals every year and is the leading imprint in Springer Nature's humanities and social science portfolio.Building on an illustrious list of publications across its more than 175 year Macmillan heritage — including The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Keynes's The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Palgrave's Golden Treasury, The Statesman's Yearbook and The British General Election series — Palgrave Macmillan publishes books, journals and major reference works across a wide spectrum of disciplines, with a focus on promoting interdisciplinarity.

(SirsiDynix) Pasadena Public Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner. Believing in the power libraries have to uplift and enrich their communities, SirsiDynix is honored to provide services and support for Pasadena Public Library.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) (São Paulo State University) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform to unify the management of its physical and electronic library collections and provide seamless access to the digital collection, an aggregate of more than three million items. For the 34 member libraries, the Alma platform will replace the Ex Libris Aleph system, which has served the institution for more than two decades. Unesp is the first Brazilian university to implement Alma cloud services.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Cedarburg Public Library (WI) has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the Library was Patron Point's ability to move the Library's email program beyond monthly newsletters.

(Follett) California's Ed Tech Joint Powers Authority has contracted with Follett to provide streamlined procurement of Follett Aspen Student Information System (SIS). Ed Tech JPA provides all California educational agencies with the opportunity to leverage competitively-priced digital technology contracts, while saving time and ensuring that data privacy and public procurement laws are followed.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announces that its CEO, Robert Miller, has been named one of the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020” by The CEO Publication, a unique print and digital platform featuring industry experts who have created ripples across various areas of expertise. Miller is featured in the September 4, 2020 issue of The CEO Publication listing the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020″ who are transforming their fields with unique solutions.

September 14, 2020

(Overdrive) Readers nationwide are actively borrowing and discussing the next Libraries Transform Book Pick, the annual digital reading event that makes a featured ebook immediately available for free from public libraries. From September 14th to 28th, booklovers across the U.S. can borrow – without waitlists or holds – an ebook copy of the ambitious and masterfully wrought saga Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma. With the award-winning Libby app and a valid library card, readers can download and read the ebook, then discuss via social media.

(ProQuest) As Californians begin a school year like no other, access to authoritative databases for teaching and learning is critical. Through the California K-12 Online Content Project, managed by the California State Library, all public school districts and charter schools in the state get unlimited access to a wealth of ProQuest and other resources for the duration of the 2020-21 school year. These resources – made available since 2018 through schools – will also now be available through public libraries across the state.

(OCLC) CapiraCurbside, a web based, mobile friendly platform curbside library reservation platform, will help facilitate the reopening at 50 locations of the Los Angeles Public Library. LAPL is among the latest libraries to sign on to use the curbside platform. Since its launch on June 1, CapiraCurbside has added over 300 individual library customers, with more than 250,000 reservations created in its first two months of operation.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries' Copyright Advisory Services are joining forces to pilot a new Virtual Copyright Education Center. This pilot will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. An initial copyright course will be made free of charge and distributed publicly. Advanced classes will be distributed through LYRASIS Learning, the LYRASIS online continuing education platform for libraries and knowledge professionals worldwide. The pilot will include business planning with the goal of developing a sustainable service model and will be the first pilot delivered through the new Research and Innovation division of LYRASIS.

(ORCID) ORCID announced the appointment of Chris Shillum as its new Executive Director. Shillum follows ORCID's founding Executive Director, Dr. Laurel Haak, who left the organization in June to direct her energy and skills to establishing her company, Mighty Red Barn, that supports start-ups in building information-sharing tools and platforms. ORCID selected Shillum after an extensive global search led by Perrett Laver and a team of ORCID Board members. ORCID Board Chair Linda O'Brien coordinated the search.

(Bibliotheca) bibliotheca recently introduced open+ count and open+ reserve, solutions designed to help libraries monitor and control building occupancy and alleviate user anxiety, while ensuring access to critical library materials and services.

(Bibliotheca) The bibliotheca team continually partners with libraries to ensure the cloudLibrary app does all it can to create an integrated, exciting, and helpful experience for all users. We're excited to share updates to the new cloudLibrary Cirrus eBook reader that takes digital reading to the next level.

September 11, 2020

(Ontario College Libraries) College Libraries Ontario (CLO) and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) are pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a new Library Management System for 19 Ontario college libraries as part of their Collaborative Library Services Platform (CLSP) Project. The RFP was released by OCLS on behalf of the 19 Ontario colleges participating in this initiative, using the Cambrian College Public Purchasing Portal. Please note that all questions and enquiries regarding this opportunity should be routed through this portal.

(AIP Publishing) AIP Publishing, a leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences, is pleased to announce a multi-year Read and Publish agreement with IReL, the Irish e-resources licensing consortium for leading higher education institutions in Ireland.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that NHAIS (New Hampshire Automated Information System) has added Weeks Memorial Library to its New Hampshire Union Public Access Catalog. They will be using Koha for their ILS.

September 10, 2020

(Equinox) Equinox announced the successful migration of the Saint Peter School District to Evergreen ILS as part of the Traverse de Sioux Library Cooperative in Mankato, Minnesota.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that NHAIS (New Hampshire Automated Information System) has added Stowell Free Library to its New Hampshire Union Public Access Catalog. They will be using Koha for their ILS.

(ByWater Solutions) Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.12 release is available. This major release includes 1 new feature, 72 improvements, and 2 minor changes.

September 9, 2020

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced today that the Colorado State Library is merging SWIFT, a statewide resource sharing initiative, into the Prospector INN-Reach system managed by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries. The project will add approximately 150 libraries to Prospector, creating a state-wide resource sharing network for Colorado libraries.

(Springer Nature) Springer Nature and ResearchGate have agreed to move forward with a long-term content syndication partnership starting in Q4 of 2020. This cooperation expands the scope of a two-phase pilot, which began in 2019 and has been evaluated in a white paper. The partnership will enable content delivery of the version-of-record (VoR) articles directly to ResearchGate publication pages. Entitled users will be able to download and read the VoR of articles published in Springer journals from the past five years, and all Nature-branded research journals from the past three years, on ResearchGate; new articles will be made available on a daily basis as they are published. Non-entitled users will be able to access an enhanced abstract of the article on ResearchGate, which includes metadata, abstract, figures and captions and the full first page. By combining Springer Nature's expertise in publishing high-quality research with ResearchGate's online platform for millions of scientists, both organisations aim to deliver an enhanced and seamless experience for the communities they serve.

September 8, 2020

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company,announced that the Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC) (Consortium of University Services in Catalonia) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to promote excellence in teaching, learning, and research and to facilitate the implementation of blended and virtual learning. CSUC serves 10 universities as well as the National Library of Catalonia (BC) and is integrated with the University Union Catalogue of Catalonia (CCUC).

(Equinox) Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2021 Equinox Open Source Grant. Libraries, archives, museums, and other eligible educational, cultural, and information organizations are encouraged to apply. The grant application period opens on September 8, 2020 and closes on November 1, 2020. Two grantees will be selected. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by December 20, 2020.

(KOMBIT) I KOMBIT ser vi frem til et kommende halvår, hvor det forhåbentlig igen bliver muligt for os at komme ud og møde jer medarbejdere på bibliotekerne. Blandt andet vil vi deltage på bibliotekernes netværksmøder - uanset om de bliver fysiske eller virtuelle.

September 7, 2020

(PTFS Europe) The Royal Academy of Music has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous SirsiDynix Symphony solution. PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services.

September 4, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Quincy Public Library (IL) has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the Library was Patron Point's ability to offer unique preference selections including options such as general services, digital resources, and local history.

September 3, 2020

(OCLC) Scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is still detectable after six days on four common library materials when they are stacked, which is a significantly longer attenuation period than had been detected on similar materials when they were not stacked.

(Evergreen Project) Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the availability of Curbside Pickup for libraries using Evergreen ILS. The latest feature was designed and developed by Equinox team members Sally Fortin, Andrea Buntz Neiman, Galen Charlton, and Mike Rylander. Development funding was provided by the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), which oversees SPARK, an Evergreen consortium in the state of Pennsylvania.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of its annual study on the challenges that academic researchers face, the priorities of research office leaders, and key opportunities for research offices and libraries to support scholarship at institutions of higher education.

September 2, 2020

(Lyrasis) The Performing Arts Readiness project (PAR) has released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). This free document is Phase I of a new, improved online readiness planning tool. As arts and cultural organizations prepare for and undertake safe re-opening steps, the PRR can be a critical element for the safety and security of visitors, artists and crew, staff and volunteers, as well as an organization's physical assets, during COVID-19 and beyond.

(Softlink International) Softlink Information Centres, a leading supplier of library and research management systems always seeks to gain ever deeper knowledge of the libraries sector. We do that by asking those at the coalface. They are our trusted, primary source. Our #gotknowledge2020 survey was another way for us to learn more. In return, we will share our findings with everyone.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content services for galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAMs), and research communities, and Skilltype, a software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyze, grow and share expertise, today announce a new partnership for professional development and talent management in the global GLAM sector.

September 1, 2020

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, today announced the launch of Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep, a new innovative online career assessment platform for libraries – powered by Peterson's® – that gives patrons access to career development tools. Now libraries can provide job seekers with career planning and guidance resources to explore new paths that align with their interests and skills to achieve their professional goals in today's job market. Read Gale's blog about the new platform.

(Index Data) Spokane Public Library announced that it has chosen to partner with Index Data to help the Library adopt FOLIO. The Library aims to go live on FOLIO in the first half of 2021.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology, announced today that they are providing Aspen Discovery support and hosting services to over 250 library sites. Partly due to the system's increased adoption by library consortia, ByWater has quickly added over 250 sites to their support and hosting platform since late 2019.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that Ian Walls, FOLIO Implementation Lead, has been appointed to the FOLIO Product Council. The FOLIO Product Council will act on behalf of the Open Library Environment (OLE) Community and FOLIO partners to express and champion priorities in the development of the FOLIO Library Service Platform and ensure the relevance and cohesiveness of the FOLIO project.

August 31, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point has announced a collaboration with ReThinking Libraries that enhances the marketing services available to libraries. ReThinking Libraries has strengthened their capabilities in the area of marketing in response to the deepening need in the library community. The collaboration with Patron Point is designed to provide further, in-depth strategic marketing planning services and help clients take advantage of some of the more sophisticated capabilities of the Patron Point platform and identify how best to apply its wide range of functionality to support a library's strategic initiatives.

(Equinox) Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to announce the successful migrations of four new libraries to Evergreen ILS. In the first quarter of 2020, Keller Public Library of Dexter, Missouri joined the Missouri Evergreen Consortium (MEC), following Barry Lawrence Regional Library and Montgomery City Public Library who both joined the consortium in late 2019. Other libraries that celebrated Evergreen migrations in the first part of the year include Wilmington Public Library of Clinton County, Ohio as part of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries and West Lincoln Public Library in Ontario, Canada as part of the Libraries in Niagara Consortium.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced today that Suffolk Cooperative Library System in New York has joined six other public libraries in the Innovative Development Partner program for Vega, a new patron engagement and discovery solution for public libraries. The Development Partner program advances Innovative's products through advisory discussions, usability testing, and beta testing. The public libraries participating for Vega represent millions of patrons and a combined annual circulation of over 10 million.

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