April 27, 2017
(Purdue University) Purdue University announced the creation of a new public university that will further expand access to higher education. The initiative is meant to address two striking new realities: the need for postsecondary education for working adults and others unsuited to traditional campus study, and the explosive growth of online technologies as a means of delivering education to students of all types.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Publisher Services announces the addition of Fodor's Travel to their list of award-winning publishers for distribution.
(KOMBIT) I april måned har vi i FBS haft travlt med at færdiggøre årsrapporten og forberede årsmødet, der blev afholdt den 20. april 2017. Desuden har der været møder i nogle af de udvalg, der skal hjælpe med at undersøge og prioritere videreudviklingsønsker. Længere nede i dette nyhedsbrev kan du læse et interview med en af de kommunale deltagere i Skoleportal-gruppen - Carsten Lolck fra Hedensted Kommune.I nyhedsbrevet kan du også læse, hvilke erfaringer med FBS man har gjort sig i Ishøj Kommune, og vi beskriver forskellen på fejl og ændringsønsker i FBS.
April 26, 2017
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, has launched Mobile Worklists Release 2.4 to give library staff increased flexibility and control when managing workflows from a mobile device. Building on the list management capabilities in Mobile Worklists, a native mobile app, the new release adds the ability to star items in a list, so users can categorize item entries based on their library’s unique workflow needs.
(Follett) Located 80 miles northeast of Wichita with a proud population of approximately 460 residents, Strong City, Kansas is renowned for its production of agriculture and cattle, and as annual host of the Flint Hills Rodeo. Now, the rural town’s elementary school will be known as the grand-prize winner of the sixth annual Follett Challenge, a contest sponsored by Follett seeking the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills in today's schools.
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced it is coming off one of its best eighteen-month growth periods due to winning contracts for statewide SHAREit resource sharing systems. With 14 states representing almost 6,000 connected libraries utilizing the hybrid (virtual/physical) SHAREit resource sharing solution, Auto-Graphics continues to be the undisputed leader in the library resource sharing category, enabling public, K-12, academic, special, and correctional libraries to easily share materials.
April 25, 2017
(Demco) Demco Software announced the publication of “Going the Extra Service Mile: The State of Reading Recommendation Services in Libraries,” the whitepaper that explores findings from their early 2017 survey of librarians across the globe. The newly launched division of Demco, Inc., which offers mobile apps, programming resources and management tools to 21st-century libraries, has made the paper available for free download here.
(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Content Studio 2.0 expands the EPUB 3 authoring tool’s capabilities with legacy content conversion and one-click publishing, allowing content creators to preview and publish their responsive and accessible EPUB 3 content directly into VitalSource’s award-winning Bookshelf platform, and makes updates and revisions faster and easier. VitalSource Content Studio 2.0 also embeds the WIRIS math editor, enabling authors to create complex math notation that provides full accessibility support on the Bookshelf platform.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Camden County Library System, of Voorhees, NJ, is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library system’s eight public libraries, one community college library, and 450,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library system circulates over 1 million items per year to their user base of roughly 323,000. T
April 24, 2017
(Springer) Springer is partnering with Federica Weblearning, which is an academic platform devoted to innovation, experimentation and the dissemination of multimedia distance learning. The collaboration allows authors and lecturers several options of preparing both a textbook and a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on a particular topic. This initiative allows Springer to further strengthen its expertise in textbook publishing, and offer its authors and customers an enhanced pedagogical experience.
(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization announced the release of a draft version of NISO Z39.102-201x, STS: Standards Tag Suite, for public comment. STS provides a common XML format that standards developers, publishers, and distributors can use to publish and exchange full-text content and metadata of standards. It is expected that this "standard for standards" will be published in the fall as an XML document marked up in the STS standard after comments on the draft version are addressed and it is approved by NISO Voting Members and by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute.
(Talis) Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists.
(KOMBIT) Integration mellem Fælles Bibliotekssystem (FBS) og økonomi- og debitorsystemerne skal gøre det muligt at overføre fordringer fra FBS til kommunens debitor- og økonomisystem.
(Equinox) Equinox announced that they have successfully migrated the Federated Library System of Bedford County to Evergreen within the PaILS SPARK Consortium.
April 21, 2017
(Total Boox) Total Boox, the next evolution in ebook services—maximizing use with unlimited simultaneous access while minimizing cost with payment based on actual reading—and the Tocker Foundation, a non-profit supporting the work of small libraries in Texas, are pleased to announce the continuation of their groundbreaking pilot, which makes Total Boox’s collection of nearly 100,000 quality ebooks available to 20 small and rural libraries across the state of Texas.
April 20, 2017
(ProQuest) The addition of Volume III: Judaism expands Alexander Street’s renowned Twentieth Century Religious Thought Library to encompass, at completion, 100,000 pages documenting the evolution of Judaism from the 1890s to the 2010s. Many of the documents have never been published before.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced an associate promotion in Tennessee, as well as a new associate to the company in New York.
(Open Preservation Foundation) Open Preservation Foundation and the PDF Association announced that the new release of veraPDF is available. veraPDF 1.4 has a new GUI wizard for creating custom policy files. Significant performance optimisations have been made to the greenfield PDF parser.
April 19, 2017
(Preservica) Digital preservation specialist Preservica today announced the appointment of Paul Allman to the board as CFO.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Health, a division of EBSCO Information Services and the creator of DynaMed Plus, has entered into a licensing arrangement with Dartmouth College and the founders of the Option Grid™ Collaborative to advance evidence-based shared decision making. With this new collaboration, EBSCO Health will combine methodologies utilized at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) at the Geisel School of Medicine with EBSCO Health’s expertise in evidence-based medicine to develop a multitude of new patient decision aids to be distributed under the Option Grid trademark.
(Follett) Follett, in partnership with Northern Illinois University, will host a literacy conference event that features an impressive array of award-winning authors and is designed to give K-12 educators access to hands-on professional development. Titled “ReadingCon: Collaborating for Literacy.”
(Ex Libris) Sistemas Lógicos Chile S.A, empresa líder de automatización de bibliotecas en el Cono Sur, tiene el agrado de anunciar la entrada en producción del sistema de futura generación Alma y la actualización de la herramienta de Descubrimiento a Primo TC, ambas de Ex Libris, en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
April 18, 2017
(PTFS Europe) Richmond, The American International University has chosen Koha for its new library management system to replace an existing solution from ExLibris. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit, MI, is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 60,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing Koha hosting and support services to them.
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) The parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc., Agent Information Software (AIFS) is publishing the 2016 audited earnings for Auto-Graphics, Inc., an Industry-leading library management software provider and the first to provide Web-based library resource management solutions to library consortia.
(OCLC) The NATO Defense College in Rome has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new library management system.
April 17, 2017
(Follett) Follett and Lumen Learning announced a partnership to lower costs and improve student success through the use of academic content and courseware based entirely on open educational resources (OER). Follett will offer Lumen Learning's OER solutions to more than 1,200 colleges and universities where Follett manages course materials delivery. Given Follett's ongoing mission to improve access and affordability for students, Follett has invested in Lumen Learning to help fund future growth and expansion of OER courseware.
April 16, 2017
(Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative) MassLNC is pleased to announce that Evergreen Indiana is the newest collaborator in the MassLNC Evergreen Development Initiative.
April 14, 2017
(OCLC) Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has entered into an agreement with OCLC to use OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform and move its National Union Catalogue to WorldCat. These moves are designed to make Canada's documentary heritage more widely accessible and available to library users in Canada and around the world.
April 13, 2017
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the Public Libraries of Erie County (PLEC) selected the Polaris integrated library system for collective use with its 12-location, seven-member library consortium in Pennsylvania.
(ProQuest) ProQuest and China Academic Library Information System, a consortium of Chinese higher education libraries, have expanded their long-standing collaboration and are now enabling unprecedented, global access to more than 270,000 dissertation abstracts from China’s premier universities. The records, captured in English, are available in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global Database, allowing 3,000 universities around the world to discover graduate research from institutions in China. The collaboration advances global research by making a more complete picture of scholarship discoverable. It also enables Chinese universities to disseminate their students’ work outside of their country.
(Marmot Library Network) Marmot Library Network announced that Santa Fe Public Library is now live on the Pika discovery layer.
April 12, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) Emerald Publishing is pleased to have partnered with EBSCO Information Services on developing the new database, EDS Emerald Insight which will enhance the discovery of Emerald content within EBSCO Discovery Service.
April 11, 2017
(Demco) Demco confirmed that Ravi Singh has joined its executive leadership team. The San Diego-based technologist will serve as Executive Director of Demco Software and Technology, leading Demco’s software division. Demco Software provides industry leading mobile apps, programming resources and management tools to 21st-century libraries and other educational institutions.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Library at Blake Austin College, of Vacaville, CA. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group has been working with Microsoft to build inventory for the initial launch of the new books category in the Windows Store. CoreSource, Ingram’s digital asset management and distribution platform, is already delivering content from over 750 publishers to the Windows Store.
(ProQuest) Documents, including with wartime telegrams, orders, battle reports from subordinates and correspondence (including personal letters to his wife) comprise the Robert E. Lee Papers, curated in a new addition to ProQuest History Vault: Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army.
April 10, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), along with the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery platform.
(Talis) London Business School have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services.
(RedLink) RedLink, RedLink Network, and INASP announced the initial steps of a developing partnership designed to help make usage tools and credentials management available for INASP members. As a first step, the Zimbabwe University Librarians Consortium (ZULC) will be joining RedLink Network and adopting RedLink’s Library Dashboard. The partnership is designed to provide access to these services to the full membership of INASP libraries.
April 7, 2017
(HighWire Press) HighWire Press and Hypothesis announce a partnership which adds open annotation capability to over 3,000 journals, books, reference works, and proceedings published on HighWire's JCore platform.
(KOMBIT) I marts måned har vi i FBS haft meget fokus på at forbedre driften af FBS, og det ser heldigvis ud til, at anstrengelserne har båret frugt, og at udfordringerne med performance er ved at være løst. Det kan du læse om længere nede i dette nyhedsbrev, hvor vi også fortæller om det ekstraordinære styregruppemøde i Fællesskabet FBS, der blev afholdt den 24. marts, hvor det blandt andet blev besluttet at justere borgerprisen for FBS.
(PTFS Europe) Loughborough University has chosen the open source Koha library management system and CORAL electronic resource management system to replace its existing Aleph library management solution. PTFS Europe will implement Koha and CORAL and provide on-going hosting and support services. The project also involves further enhancing the integration between Koha and CORAL in a move towards a cost effective unified platform for the management of all library resources.
April 6, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Université libre de Bruxelles will be implementing the Ex Libris Alma library management service, Primo discovery and delivery solution, and Leganto course reading list solution to assist the university libraries in meeting the needs of students and teaching staff, increasing efficiencies, and tightly integrating library systems with campus teaching and learning applications.
(Ingram Content Group) Open educational resources have gained popularity over the past decade to provide students with affordable course materials that are easily customizable to meet the needs of individual instructors. However, these learning materials are often lacking in key attributes such as reliable distribution, easy integration and detailed analytics that are common to the more established types of course materials.
(Follett) Future Ready Schools this week announced a series of free regional events to support educators planning to implement personalized learning strategies for their students. This student-centered approach tailors instruction to students’ unique strengths and needs while engaging them in challenging, standards-based academic content.
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Vermont Department of Libraries selected Auto‐Graphics to provide a new integrated library system and a resource sharing system, giving library patrons the ability to search across all participating libraries in the state.
April 5, 2017
(BiblioCommons) As of January 2017, BiblioCommons has partnered with Bullfrog Power to enable a green online presence for public libraries, and to support the supply of green energy. By choosing to power our BiblioCore and BiblioWeb production servers with 100% green electricity, BiblioCommons is taking a step to reduce its carbon-emission footprint, and those of its partner libraries.
April 4, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of California, Santa Barbara has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose the library’s increasingly diverse collections and to deliver a streamlined user experience.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the McMaster University Library System in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has selected the Sierra integrated library system and Encore Duet discovery solution.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that Brown County Public Library has chosen the Library•Solution® integrated library system to provide premier automation services for its staff and patrons.
April 3, 2017
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the kickoff of IUG 2017, the 25th Innovative Users Group conference held in National Harbor, Maryland, marking a significant quarter-century milestone for experience in library partnership.
(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies, Ingram Content Group’s global leader in digital education content delivery, has acquired Verba Software, Inc., a San Francisco-based company dedicated to using technology to support campus stores and help students save money on course materials.
(Ex Libris) Ex Librisannounced that the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) library has selected the Ex Libris Summon® Service to increase the accessibility of the Institute’s unique electronic and print resources. Along with the Ex Libris 360 Link and 360 Core solutions, the Summon discovery system will be integrated with the library’s Liberty Library Management catalog and will enable the library to provide a single entry point to its entire collection.
March 31, 2017
(Cambridge University Press) Cambridge University Press has today announced the launch of a new author services website for 2017, in partnership with world-leading author services company American Journal Experts. The site will offer language editing for prospective authors who are writing in English as a second language. Authors will be able to purchase services and submit their manuscripts for editing within the site. Editing services from experts in the author’s field of study will then be delivered by AJE, using their rigorous paper matching and quality control procedures.
(BARATZ) Viendo la creciente implantación de este servicio de reserva de recursos en las bibliotecas, desde Baratz hemos pensado que era necesario ofrecer una herramienta que permitiese planificar y optimizar el uso de esos recursos (normalmente escasos) garantizando la disponibilidad en días y horas determinados. De esta necesidad nació el nuevo módulo de reserva y préstamo programado de recursos incluido en la nueva versión de AbsysNet 2.2.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced it has achieved the International Organization for Standardization certification for information security management systems. ISO 27001 is the best known certification for ISMS standards and is internationally recognized as a top tier certification. The scope of Innovative’s certification covers the ISMS supporting the hosted and cloud infrastructure managed by Innovative’s Cloud Operations team. For Innovative, that means the company’s information security practices and hosted services have been certified.
March 30, 2017
(OCLC) The University of Central Asia, a private, not-for-profit university whose central administrative office is located in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. The move will significantly increase the speed of its cataloguing workflows and allow the library to rapidly expose their recently acquired collections to their users.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, or CSIC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service to strengthen the Council’s support for Spain’s scientific research endeavors. Alma will be integrated with CSIC’s implementation of the Ex Libris Primo®discovery and delivery solution.
(OCLC) A new OCLC Research report, A Tour of the Research Data Management Service Space, provides an overview of the RDM service space and sets the stage for further exploration of RDM at four universities around the world.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the Eastern Shore Regional Library in Maryland has selected Polaris as the Integrated Library System for a new ILS consortium. The newly-created Eastern Shore Library Consortium, made up of eight county library systems, confirms Polaris as the library solution of choice for 18 out of the 24 library systems in Maryland.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas,CSIC, ha seleccionado la plataforma de servicios Alma de Ex Libris para fortalecer su apoyo a las iniciativas de investigación científica. Alma se integrará con la implantación de la solución de descubrimiento y entrega Primo de Ex Libris del CSIC.
(ProQuest) ProQuest is collaborating with Asian Studies scholars, librarians and Chinese-language publishers to offer a selection of Chinese- language ebooks, enabling libraries to provide resources demanded by researchers. The growing collection spans thousands of titles available on the Ebook Central®, ebrary® and EBL platforms. The platforms’ multi-language interfaces accommodate readers of traditional and simplified Chinese, and other languages.
(Odilo) ODILO, the Spanish startup tech company which allows management, distribution, consumption, auditing, and preservation of all types of digital content (eBooks, audio, video, images, documents, etc.), has been selected as the content and technology supplier for the Plan Ceibal in Uruguay (South America). This new project with ODILO provides students with free digital content and improves technical literacy, reading skills, and access to education.
March 29, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the National University of Ireland Galway has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution as a unified platform for delivering the university’s library services strategy.
(ProQuest) To preserve and promote its world-class research, the University of Manchester has signed a two-year Digital Archiving and Access Program agreement with ProQuest. In the first year alone, ProQuest will digitize thousands of theses, improving worldwide access and preserving them for generations of researchers.
March 28, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has welcomed Holley Dumble as Vice President over-seeing universities, TAFEs, hospitals, corporations, government, state libraries, public libraries and schools in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia and Fiji. Ms. Dumble will lead teams in these regions, and bring her experience to further enhance the value that EBSCO brings to customers in the territory.
(EBSCO Information Services) The Fairmont City Library Center, part of Mississippi Valley Library District in Illinois, was named the recipient of the 2017 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. Catawba County Library in North Carolina was awarded second place and Kansas City Public Library in Missouri took third place. The LibraryAware Community Award recognizes cities and towns and their libraries, or library systems that have demonstrated their ability to make the community aware of what the library can do for them.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM has chosen the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. With the combined platform, the university anticipates increasing integration with other campus and library systems, improving the discovery experience for users, and creating innovative new services. Alma and Primo will replace IULM University’s existing Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system and EBSCO Discovery Service.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris and the Copyright Licensing Agency announced that the integration of the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Ex Libris Leganto reading list solution with the Digital Content Store—CLA’s coursepack management tool—has been greatly enhanced. The DCS is a rights, technology, and content platform for higher education institutions.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group today announced promotions and new associates to the company. Lisa Tomasello has joined Ingram as the Director of Mass Merchandisers Sales. Jillian Lyn Farley has joined Ingram as Manager for Trade Shows & Events at Ingram Content Group .Mark Hunt has been named a Senior National Sales Manager for Lightning Source. Katie Edwards has been promoted to Client Manager for Ingram Publisher Services. Sanford Hernandez was promoted to Manager, Specialty Retail for Ingram Publisher Services.
March 27, 2017
(Library and Archives Canada) Library and Archives Canada has entered into a contractual agreement with OCLC, an international non-profit library co-operative. Effective March 23, 2017, this agreement will allow LAC to offer the Canadian library community world-class services to display the richness of Canada's documentary heritage.
March 25, 2017
(OCLC) OCLC Research is pleased to announce that Chela Scott Weber will join the division as Practitioner Researcher-in-Residence. In this position, Chela will investigate and shape the OCLC research agenda, focusing on the areas of challenge and opportunity for special collections, archives, and distinctive collections with research and academic libraries.
March 24, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have reached an expanded distribution agreement allowing EBSCO to sell AAAS journals, including Science, via the AAAS platform. The arrangement will also allow libraries to purchase Science through Flipster®, EBSCO's digital newsstand.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched Innovative Knowledge Base Release 1.1 with access to additional title-level metadata and new features for consortia to manage coverage across member libraries.
March 22, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library selected the Ex Libris solutions as an integrated, best-in-class implementation to meet patron expectations and take the library into the future. Alma and Primo will replace Atkins’ existing OCLC® WorldShare Management Services platform.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced the addition of two new executives to its leadership team. Kelly Arnold joins the company as Chief Legal Offficer and Deanna Steele joins as Chief Information Technology Officer.
March 21, 2017
(Civica) New research by Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information and collection management solutions through its market leading Spydus portfolio, reveals that Chinese language books and media are the most popular library resources in Australia that cater to members who consume media in languages other than English. Just under 750,000 Chinese language loans were processed last year. Interestingly, the data also showed that just under 50 languages and dialects are available to borrow in public library collections across Australia.
(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, has launched a new archive on women’s studies that explores the many contributions of women throughout history. Part of the growing Gale Primary Sources program, the Women’s Studies Archive represents Gale's focus on publishing material that supports diversity studies and provides historical context around current topics.
(ProQuest) ProQuest is teaming with Rittenhouse Book Distributors so libraries can order ebooks from the R2 Digital platform via the OASIS system. This partnership brings to eight the number of partner platforms to join OASIS over the past year.
March 20, 2017
(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox announced that Bladen County Public Library System successfully migrated to Evergreen within the NC Cardinal Consortium on March 17th 2017.
March 17, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris ha il piacere di annunciare che l’Università di Mannheim, membro del consorzio Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ), è la prima università tedesca connessa all'Area Comune dei Dati Bibliografici (CBDZ). La CBDZ nasce da una collaborazione tra BSZ e due altri importanti consorzi tedeschi—Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG) e Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz). Il servizio di gestione delle risorse Ex Libris Alma® e, in particolare, le funzionalità avanzate della Network Zone di Alma, fungono da infrastruttura tecnologica per la CBDZ.
March 16, 2017
(Ingram Content Group) Building on its considerable and sustained global presence, and as part of the ongoing expansion of its international team, VitalSource Technologies LLC has hired John Donovan as Managing Director, leading the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.
(Civica) Public libraries are increasingly looking to reaffirm their crucial role within the community by offering activities and services that will help community members improve their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills. This week, some great examples of STEAM focused activities and services are going to be showcased at “STEAM into Sydney”. This event is part of the IFLA International Federation of Library Associations) Public Libraries Section’s Mid Term meeting, which is taking place in Australia for the first time, and is supported by Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information and collection management solutions.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and MOTOR Information Systems (MOTOR), the world’s premier supplier of automotive data for over 100 years, have partnered to offer AutoMate, a reference database that provides accurate, authoritative and up-to-date auto service and repair information. Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate delivers trusted, reliable information on more than 38,000 domestic and imported cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs, making it a valuable resource for vehicle owners, auto service companies and auto enthusiasts.
March 15, 2017
(Overdrive) Grab your aprons and rolling pins because Big Library Read, the first global digital Book Club through libraries, is back starting March 16. This time, you’re heading to the kitchen. Called “one of the best cookbooks of 2016” by NPR, Oprah.com and others, Art of the Pie (Countryman Press) is the featured eBook in the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Millions of readers from around the world will have access, at the same time, to this “Pie-Baking Bible” from Kate McDermott through participating public libraries’ digital catalogs. More than 20,000 libraries in 28 countries will participate.
(PTFS Europe) The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked third in the world for performing arts education, has chosen Koha for its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Capita. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The Royal Conservatoire has also selected Explorit Everywhere! to provide a single search for electronic resources. Koha Library Management System
(Lyrasis) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a $2,500,000 grant to LYRASIS, a leading member-based non-profit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, to implement a project with nine partner organizations that will strengthen emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations.
(Preservica) The halls of the Curtis Institute of Music are certainly alive with the sound of gifted young performers, but these days Curtis is putting digital preservation top of the agenda to ensure that their art will be available on-demand and preserved indefinitely. Preservica’s Cloud hosted digital preservation and access software has been chosen by Curtis’s digital repository team to provide streaming and long-term preservation of student recordings and digitized versions of hundreds of shelves of CDs, cassette tapes, and DVDs, some of which are now starting to decay. In addition, Curtis will preserve reels of films and videotape which are quickly becoming obsolete as the equipment to play them becomes rare. Without the right digital preservation technology, these recordings are at risk of being lost forever.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announces the launch of a newsletter, Little Infinite, focused on highlighting poetry’s hottest titles, excerpts, publisher profiles and all things poetic.
(Ex Libris) Sistemas Lógicos Chile, empresa líder de automatización de bibliotecas en el Cono Sur, tiene el agrado de anunciar la entrada en producción del sistema Alma de Ex Libris en la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC). Gracias a la excelente experiencia en el uso de diversos productos de Ex Libris, iniciando por la adopción de Aleph en el año 2008, y continuando con Primo en 2011, la UPC decidió seleccionar Alma como su plataforma de próxima generación, tomando además en consideración que es un producto capaz de facilitar los cambios tecnológicos que se requieren en la gestión de su importante sistema de bibliotecas.
March 14, 2017
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Conway Public Library of Conway, NH is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 40,000 plus holdings from TLC last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them
(Ingram Content Group) Publishers now have a simple tool to create and distribute interactive content, thanks to a new collaboration between Gutenberg Technology Inc., an industry-leading, cloud-based tools creator for educational content, and VitalSource Technologies LLC, an Ingram Content Group company and leading educational technology provider.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Mannheim, a member of the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) consortium, has become the first university in Germany to be connected to the Common Bibliographic Data Zone (CBDZ). The CBDZ is a collaboration between BSZ and two other major German consortia—Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG) and Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz). The Ex Libris Alma resource management service, and particularly the advanced Alma Network Zone capabilities, serves as the CBDZ’s technology infrastructure.
(Koios) Chattanooga Public Library has partnered with library software startup Koios to make their materials visible in Google search results. CPL is one of the first libraries to implement Libre, Koios’ search optimization platform for libraries.
(Crowley Company) The Crowley Company owner and president, Christopher Crowley, announces the formal release of Crowley’s first self-manufactured flatbed scanner, the A3+-sized Overhead Document Scanner. The scanner boasts a 16.5 x 23.4 inch scanning bed and is ideal for quick, accurate digitization of bound and loose materials. It will be first available to Crowley’s worldwide network of resellers and then to the general public.
(ProQuest) ProQuest is working with Jisc to enable UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to build strong, user-centered research collections that better support their research focus areas and budgets.
(Follett) Haese Mathematics textbooks – a popular and rigorous series of math books for International Baccalaureate (IB) students around the world – are now available for purchase through Follett, the exclusive distributor of content and merchandise from the IB.
March 13, 2017
(Tech Logic) Tech Logic continues the tradition of recognizing outstanding librarians with the People First Award and requests your nominations for outstanding library staff members. As with the first award, the 2017 People First Award will be presented at ALA 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
(Ex Libris) Ex ha il piacere di annunciare che l’Università del Lancashire Centrale implementerà il servizio per la gestione della biblioteca Ex Libris Alma associandolo alla soluzione per il discovery e il delivery Ex Libris Primo, al fine di soddisfare le esigenze e le aspettative della crescente comunità di utenti nativi digitali della biblioteca.
(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress is making available for public use the following BIBFRAME 2.0 components. They are the result of work the Library is carrying out for a new Pilot for the input of BIBFRAME 2.0 data. To create the environment for that Pilot, the Library is converting the whole Library of Congress bibliographic file to BIBFRAME (model and vocabulary). This means developing BIBFRAME Work and Instance descriptions from the MARC Bibliographic records, bringing together and linking Work and Instance descriptions, and integrating them with Work descriptions converted from title and name/title MARC Authority records. This development has resulted in the following BIBFRAME 2.0 components and tools that we now share with the community for others to carry out development and investigations of the linked data environment using the BIBFRAME 2.0 Vocabulary.
March 11, 2017
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphic announce the implementation success the State of Indiana Library has had with SHAREit, the #1 library resource management solution available in North America. Looking to greatly expand resource sharing and reduce the amount of time spent managing borrowing and lending activities among public libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries within the State of Indiana, in 2016 the Indiana State Library entered into a competitive RFP process for a state-of-the-art interlibrary loan resource sharing system.
(OCLC) OCLC has appointed Monika Sengul-Jones as Wikipedian-in-Residence for Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, a project led by OCLC’s WebJunction program. Sengul-Jones will work with WebJunction to design and deliver an online training program that will introduce U.S. public librarians to the innerworkings of Wikipedia this fall. The training will enable librarians to edit Wikipedia, guide patrons in its use and lead local Wikipedia-based community engagement programs with confidence. In her role, Sengul-Jones will also foster connections between public librarians and Wikipedia’s volunteer editor community.
(Yewno) Yewno, a new technology powering knowledge discovery, announced that it has ingested its 100 millionth content asset. Yewno enhances human learning and understanding by extracting and connecting concepts from vast volumes of content and data. The content within Yewno’s education product Discover covers a broad range of academically relevant subject fields and formats including scholarly and trade journal and book content, Open Access and Open Educational Resources, quality web sources and data sets, and institutional repositories.
(Atmire) Atmire migrated Curtin's institutional repository espace from Digitool to DSpace 5. Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university with Australia’s third largest international student population.
(Springer) Springer Nature is giving a boost to researchers with the launch of its new Springer Nature SciGraph. The new Linked Open Data platform aggregates data sources from Springer Nature and cooperating partners, making it easier to analyze information related to Springer Nature publications. With the implementation of Springer Nature SciGraph, Springer Nature strengthens its role in connecting people with the most relevant and important information so that more can be learned and discovered. Following SharedIt and Recommended, Springer Nature SciGraph is now the third in a series of industry-pioneering initiatives launched by Springer Nature in the past six months.
(EBSCO Information Services) Libraries looking to build their e-book collection can rely on EBSCO eBooks from EBSCO Information Services to provide the most e-book options and the best integrated platform user experience possible. EBSCO has continued its commitment to libraries to continually grow their selection of best-selling, front list and award winning e-book titles by reaching the one million e-book mark — and has no intention of slowing down.
(Pennsylvania Integrated Library System) Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, a consortium of Evergreen libraries, grew in 2016 adding the 8-member Blair County Library System (including the Altoona Area Public Library), the Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna, PA, and the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, PA.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Central Lancashire will be implementing the Ex Libris Alma library management service combined with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to meet the needs and expectations of the library’s increasingly digital-native community of users.
March 9, 2017
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that the Monroe County Library System in Rochester, NY has chosen to continue their partnership with TLC by selecting the CARL integrated library system. With this decision, MCLS will remain a valued member of the TLC family that includes thousands of other libraries worldwide using their premium services.
(EBSCO Information Services) Information Services welcomed Holley Dumble as Vice President of Sales for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Ms. Dumble will lead the sales teams in Australia and New Zealand and bring her experience as a sales leader to further expand EBSCO’s presence in the territory.
March 8, 2017
(ProQuest) ProQuest has joined forces with Gridlogics to provide intellectual property searchers with the industry’s most comprehensive set of search, workflow, analytics and visualization tools. Using a single interface, ProQuest Dialog users can search the world’s largest collection of prior art along with 33 full-text patent authorities, 69 bibliographic authorities, and three patent families.
(The Library Corporation) Maitland Public Library in Florida has chosen the Library.Solution integrated library system to provide state-of-the-art service to staff and borrowers. Going live on April 1, Maitland will also be one of the first libraries to implement TLC's next-generation cataloging solution, LS2 Cataloging.
(Odilo) ODILO, a global leader in the eBook industry, is expanding services to help libraries save money and take control of their digital content. Along with existing investors Active Venture Partners, Inveready, and Telefonica, Kibo Ventures and JME Venture Capital recently joined in to raise an additional €6 million for ODILO. The investment aims to strengthen operations in North America, open new markets, and accelerate technological developments.
March 7, 2017
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Free Public Library of Audubon, of Audubon, NJ is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 30,000 plus holdings from Follett last 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.
March 6, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that after 19 years on a legacy library management system, the University of Limerick is now using the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution. In addition, the university is currently in the implementation stages of the Ex Libris Leganto course reading list solution, which is scheduled to go live in the third quarter of 2017.
March 4, 2017
(Biblionix) Biblionix, the major award winner for library automation systems, today announced that twenty-eight (28) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in from August of 2016 through February of 2017. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.
(KOMBIT) Velkommen til februar måneds nyhedsbrev fra FBS. Måneden har desværre budt på en del driftsproblemer, som KOMBIT og Systematic har arbejdet på højtryk for at fjerne både på kort og lang sigt.
March 3, 2017
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced that ACCESSPA, a hybrid (virtual and union) catalog containing the collections of thousands of Pennsylvania public, K12, academic and special libraries, reported a 30% increase over their old fulfillment rate and reduced MARC record duplication by 62% in just the first year after switching to Auto-Graphics’ SHAREit, an interlibrary loan and consortial borrowing solution.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is introducing the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. The grant program will award $100,000 in grants to libraries to develop innovative technology solutions that address the challenges academic libraries face.
March 2, 2017
(Follett) Follett announced it is the exclusive United States distributor of The Day USA, an online daily news service providing high-interest articles for K-12 schools, along with teacher resources to support information literacy. The Day USA may be a new product to the U.S., but it has been a successful product since 2011 in the United Kingdom.
March 1, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management platform. The Alma service is integrated with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which POSTECH has been using for several years.
(Insight Informatics) Local Buy, a leader in the provision of procurement services for Councils and Local Government, and LIBERO by Insight Informatics, global Library Management Solutions provider, are pleased to announce LIBERO by Insight Informatics appointment as a preferred/prequalified supplier of Library Management Systems & Services to Queensland Councils and Government Authorities. This arrangement established by Local Buy enables Councils and Local Government authorities to purchase a diverse range of goods and services from Local Buy suppliers without tendering.
(Follett) With representation from schools spanning the country, organizers of the Follett Challenge today announced via video the 2017 competition’s three Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners. Sponsored by Follett, the sixth annual Follett Challenge – an advocacy program that rewards groundbreaking educational programs – will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has added SocialFlow to TLC’s U.S. Government Services Administration schedule contract that makes SocialFlow’s social media content-distribution tool pre-approved for federal purchasing. The GSA contract gives federal entities access to the same powerful platform currently used by the largest media companies and most prestigious libraries in the world.
(PTFS Europe) Glasgow Colleges Library Group, which consists of City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College, has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solutions from SirsiDynix. Part of the project includes further enhancing the consortial capabilities of Koha. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services.
February 28, 2017
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Bowling Library at Judson College, of Marion, Alabama is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 60,000 plus holdings from Voyager last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Arizona Universities Library Consortium has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service, along with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery platform and bX scholarly recommender service, to make scholarly resources more readily available to the consortium’s student and faculty users.
(ProQuest) Robert VanHees has joined ProQuest as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s financial functions, including financial operations, accounting, procurement, treasury, taxation and investor relations.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the selection of Amazon Web Services as its cloud infrastructure provider. Innovative’s solutions are available globally for all Innovative library partners, and provide services from AWS locations in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia.
February 27, 2017
(Tech Logic) Tech Logic introduced the CircIT FLEX, a freestanding library services center and self-checkout. The product, using Tech Logic's patented CircIT software, allows for patrons to check out items on their own, allowing library staff more time to accomplish more pressing issues.