July 28, 2021
Okanagan College becomes first Talis Aspire site on FOLIO Library Services Platform. Talis, a SAGE Publishing Company extends its congratulations to the library team at Okanagan College, upon their successful transition from Voyager ILS to the FOLIO Library Services Platform. This transition also places Okanagan College as the first FOLIO site in Canada, and the first institution integrating Talis Aspire with FOLIO globally. Okanagan College is leveraging the FOLIO platform using EBSCO FOLIO from EBSCO Information Services for hosting and service support. [Full Announcement].
Ex Libris campusM Attendance Technology captures over six million attendance check-ins globally, supporting remote student engagement. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Attendance feature of the Ex Libris campusM mobile app and web portal has thus far captured over six million student check-ins globally. The campusM Attendance feature enables students to check in to classes through their institution's campusM mobile app or desktop portal. Personalized push notifications from the mobile app remind students of an upcoming class and display their attendance record through an intuitive dashboard. [Full Announcement].
Gale Partners with ASECS to provide its North American members access to Eighteenth-Century Collections Online. Gale, a Cengage company, has partnered with the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the world's largest organization of eighteenth-century scholars, to provide its North American members[i] with access to Gale's Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO). Now ASECS members have access to the most comprehensive online historical archive on the eighteenth-century, enabling scholarship, enhanced teaching and advanced study of the era. [Full Announcement].
Internet Archive Joins IDS Project for Interlibrary Loan. The Internet Archive announced it has joined the The Information Delivery Services Project, a mutually supportive resource-sharing cooperative whose 120 members include public and private academic libraries from across the country. As a member of the IDS Project, the Internet Archive expands its ability to support libraries and library patrons by providing access to two million monographs and three thousand periodicals in its physical collections available for non-returnable interlibrary loan fulfillment. [Full Announcement].
Volaris Group acquires EnvisionWare. Volaris Group, announced that it has acquired EnvisionWare, a provider of technology solutions for public libraries. EnvisionWare is based in Atlanta, Georgia U.S. [Full Announcement].
Cornell University is Now Live on the FOLIO Library Services Platform with EBSCO FOLIO. Cornell University Library, a founding member of the FOLIO project, has become the largest research institution to adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform with hosting and service support from EBSCO Information Services' EBSCO FOLIO. EBSCO supported the migration from Cornell's existing integrated library system (ILS) and will continue to provide hosting and service support to Cornell University Library. [Full Announcement].
July 27, 2021
Brandeis University goes live with the Ex Libris Rapido resource sharing platform. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Brandeis University has gone live with the Ex Libris Rapido resource sharing platform. A member of the Boston Library Consortium and a participant in the Rapido early adopter program, Brandeis decided to move from its old broker-based system to the Rapido platform to take resource sharing to the next level. With the new system, Brandeis can fulfill requests more quickly and lower costs significantly. [Full Announcement].
University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame launches platform for online access to library, museum holdings. The Hesburgh Libraries and the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame have launched Marble (Museums, Archives, Rare Books and Libraries Exploration) -- an online teaching and research platform designed to make distinctive cultural heritage collections from across the University accessible through a single portal. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions partners with Theke Solutions and iii to launch INN-Reach integration with Koha. ByWater Solutions announced that the Koha Open Source ILS now has integration with INN-Reach, a resource-sharing tool from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ByWater Solutions partnered with Theke Solutions and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. to develop the integration between the two platforms. [Full Announcement].
July 26, 2021
Wenzhou-Kean University is first in Mainland China to adopt the Ex Libris RapidILL resource sharing platform. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Wenzhou-Kean University has selected the Ex Libris RapidILL resource sharing platform to enhance the institution's interlibrary loan activities and better serve the needs of its community. WKU is the first university in mainland China to adopt the RapidILL solution. The university will be joining the global RapidILL community, which consists of more than 500 worldwide institutions. [Full Announcement].
July 24, 2021
Middle Country Public Library Launches Vega Discover. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, congratulates Middle Country Public Library on their launch of Vega Discover, Innovative's new, modern discovery solution. [Full Announcement].
July 23, 2021
ByWater Solutions announces support of Koha for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for Koha ILS for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York. Bywater Solutions completed the transition of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine's 3,300+ item records from Sierra to Koha and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions hosts Open Source Live: Koha Bugsquashing Bonanza. Join the ByWater team and Koha community members for a live event to help the Koha community squash some bugs. We are hosting this event on Tuesday, August 10th at 11am EST- pop in at anytime to join us during this two hour event. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions Joins SEFLIN for 2021 SEFLIN Regional Conference. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that team members will be at the Virtual 2021 SEFLIN Regional Conference Whose Library Is It Anyway: Improvisation in Improbable Times conference. The event will be held virtually on Thursday, July 29, 2021. [Full Announcement].
July 22, 2021
Epic. BYJU’S accelerates its plans to build the world’s largest learning brand with $500M acquisition of Leading U.S.-based kids digital reading platform Epic. Backed by General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Naspers, Silver Lake, Tiger Global and other notable investors, BYJU'S, the global leader in personalized online learning with 100 million students on its platform, today announced a $500M acquisition of Epic, the world's leading digital reading platform for kids 12 and under. [Full Announcement].
July 21, 2021
Lean Library partners with Ex Libris to bring Primo and Summon discovery further into the patron workflow. Lean Library, a SAGE Publishing company, announced its partnership with Ex Libris, a ProQuest company and the provider of the Ex Libris Primo® and Summon® library discovery services. The Lean Library–Ex Libris collaboration enables users to query their library's Primo or Summon service from wherever they start their search online, on sites such as Google, Google Scholar or Wikipedia. For example, when a patron is using Google Scholar to search for content, the Lean Library browser extension enables them to surface relevant results from their library's instance of Primo or Summon, directly alongside the Google Scholar results. [Full Announcement].
Amigos Library Services joins CloudSource OA pilot program. SirsiDynix has partnered with Amigos Library Services to offer member libraries pilot access to CloudSource OA, a new content platform from SirsiDynix that delivers vetted, quality open access (OA) articles, eTextbooks, and eBooks in an intuitive way to library patrons. The CloudSource OA package also includes BLUEcloud Course Lists, which facilitates library collaboration with faculty on affordable learning initiatives that emphasize library licensed and open materials. With seamless learning management system integration, it meets users where they are and ensures easy access to library collections at the point of need. [Full Announcement].
Andy Serkis returns to narrate The Lord of the Rings audiobooks to be published by RBmedia in North America. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced a new audiobook edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Lord of the Rings” series, read by BAFTA-winning actor, director, and author Andy Serkis. [Full Announcement].
Digital Science partners with OntoChem GmbH to better support Life Sciences industry R&D. Digital Science, a technology company serving stakeholders across the research ecosystem, is pleased to announce a new partnership with OntoChem GmbH. The partnership allows OntoChem and Digital Science to join forces for mutual clients, particularly in the Life Sciences industry, through OntoChem's powerful semantic indexing capabilities. [Full Announcement].
July 20, 2021
Magzter, Inc. Partners with WT Cox to provide thousands of domestic and International digital magazines and newspapers to library patrons within the U.S. via the Magzter and Edzter digital platforms. Magzter, Inc. announces its partnership with WT Cox Information Services to provide thousands of North American and International digital magazines and newspapers to US library patrons via the Magzter and Edzter platforms. The Magzter library program allows Public library patrons to check out and read thousands of popular domestic and international magazines and newspapers in digital format, when libraries participate in this new program. Libraries are welcoming this solution as it enables the patrons to read the magazines and newspapers on any device. [Full Announcement].
Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah to present keynote at OverDrive Digipalooza ‘21. OverDrive, the leading digital book and media supplier to libraries and schools, announced that Sourcebooks Founder, Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah will present the day 2 keynote at Digipalooza '21, August 3-5, 2021. A three half-day virtual event this year, Digipalooza is the leading conference for public, school, academic and corporate librarians sharing best practices for serving communities of readers with digital books and media. [Full Announcement].
South Central Library System (WI) deploys Solus Library App. Solus announced that after an industry market-wide search, the South Central Library System has selected – and deployed the Solus mobile Library App. SCLS is one of Wisconsin's largest public library systems serving 49 member libraries through its consortial ILS and in turn serving 440,000 registered patrons. [Full Announcement].
Three U.S. Government Libraries Go Live Using Bibliovation 7.0. Three federal government libraries with a shared mission – one in Texas and two in Florida — have gone live using the Bibliovation 7.0 Library Services Platform. These three libraries will be using Bibliovation 7.0 to manage physical and electronic resources as they serve their respective communities. The migration for all three libraries took place during the spring and all three went live this summer. All three of the library staffs are now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution. The users of the three libraries are accessing their collections and related resources using the Bibliovation Discovery Layer. [Full Announcement].
July 16, 2021
University of Suffolk now using OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services. The University of Suffolk is now live with OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their new library services platform, a move that will improve workflows and make it possible for staff to make more data-driven management decisions. [Full Announcement].
Ajax Public Library (ON) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Ajax Public Library of Ajax, Ontario has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's marketing initiatives for increasing community engagement and promoting awareness of services and programs offered by the library. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions at Colorado Association of Libraries 2021 Annual Conference. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that team members will be at CALCON 2021, Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) Annual Conference. The event will take place in Westminister, Colorado at the Westin from September 9-11. [Full Announcement].
July 15, 2021
SAGE enters three-year partnership with Universal Write Publications to publish African- and Black-centered titles. SAGE Publishing and Universal Write Publications LLC (UWP) signed an agreement for SAGE to sponsor nine titles to support the growth of UWP, a Black-owned social science publishing company. Through the publication and promotion of academic books and articles, UWP represents voices of the Academic Diaspora to broaden worldviews through research that uses interdisciplinary theories with an emphasis on African- and Black-centered scholarship. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services releases Art Magazine collection archive. An extensive, searchable digital archive of three essential art magazines, The Magazine ANTIQUES, ARTnews and Art in America is now available through EBSCO Information Services. Art Magazine Collection Archive is a valuable resource that offers a broad view of contemporary art, visual art and fine arts. The archive enables libraries to expand its special collections and support art research. [Full Announcement].
STM’s Peer Review Taxonomy to be formalized as an ANSI/NISO standard. The National Information Standards Organization and STM, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers announced the formation of a new NISO Working Group to formalize the Peer Review Taxonomy as an ANSI/NISO standard, following approval of the project by NISO Voting Members late last month. NISO invites volunteers to join the soon-to-be-formed Working Group, which will be merged with the existing STM Working Group. [Full Announcement].
North America’s largest library consortium selects the Solus Library App. Solus announced that the Illinois Heartland Library System automation group SHARE selected the Solus mobile Library App, based on recommendations from the SHARE Executive Council, E-Resources Committee, Finance & Policy Committee, and SHARE members. [Full Announcement].
OverDrive completes acquisition of Kanopy. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kanopy, a leading video streaming service for public and academic libraries. [Full Announcement].
The EveryLibrary Institute acquires NationDigital.io. NationDigital.io is now a Social Enterprise venture of the EveryLibrary Institute, NFP, a non-partisan library-focused 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the future of libraries and literacy across the globe. [Full Announcement].
PrairieCat Consortium joins Vega Engagement Development Partner Program. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced that PrairieCat, a consortium with an integrated library automation system shared by 137 libraries, has joined the Vega Engagement Development Partner program to help shape the Vega Library Experience suite. [Full Announcement].
July 14, 2021
NISO Announces Publication of Updated Standard on Criteria for Indexes (ANSI/NISO Z39.4). The National Information Standards Organization announced the publication of its updated ANSI/NISO Z39.4, Criteria for Indexes, incorporating feedback from the public comment period earlier this year. It replaces the original ANSI/NISO Z39.4 standard (Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices), last updated in 1984, and is an updated and expanded version of NISO's Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices. [Full Announcement].
July 13, 2021
DORA receives $1.2M grant from Arcadia to accelerate research assessment reform. The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, an initiative that operates under the sponsorship of the American Society for Cell Biology, has been awarded a 3-year, $1.2M grant from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The generous funding will support Tools to Advance Research Assessment (TARA), a project to facilitate the development of new policies and practices for academic career assessment. The grant for Project TARA will help DORA to identify, understand, and make visible the criteria and standards universities use to make hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. This information will be used to create resources and practical guidance on the reform of research assessment for academic and scholarly institutions. [Full Announcement].
Alaine Behler Joins Preservica as VP of Marketing for North America. Preservica announced Alaine Behler as VP of Marketing for North America, with responsibilities including go-to-market (GTM) strategies and Demand Generation for the North American region. This role expands the leadership team to increase the focus to the North American Market, building on momentum created by a 400% growth in users over a three-month span following the launch of our freemium/PLG offering. [Full Announcement].
National Library signs historic agreement with Internet Archive. Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library has reached an historic agreement with Internet Archive. All books left at the end of the Overseas Published Collections (OPC) review process will be donated to Internet Archive, so they can digitise and preserve them, ensuring future access for New Zealanders. [Full Announcement].
University of Pennsylvania Libraries becomes 250th institution to select Ex Libris Leganto solution. Ex Libris, a ProQuest companyd,announce that the University of Pennsylvania Libraries has signed an agreement to implement the Ex Libris Leganto course resource list solution. Penn's library system is the 250th institution to select the Leganto solution, which puts libraries at the forefront of teaching and learning. The Penn Libraries anticipates that the Leganto tool will provide easy access to library materials for students who are attending classes in person or online. [Full Announcement].
July 12, 2021
ProQuest offers entire Rolling Stone digital archive. Researchers can now access 50 years of the culture-defining journalism in Rolling Stone – digitally. The archive of one of the most legendary and influential consumer magazines in history is now available and easily accessible online for the first time to academic institutions and libraries globally through ProQuest. [Full Announcement].
The FOLIO Community names new picks for Product Council and Technical Council. The results are in for the FOLIO Product Council and the Technical Council. Eleven community members were named to each council and will serve two-year terms. The makeup of the councils represents institutions around the world, library service providers and developers involved in the FOLIO community. The Product Council is charged with guiding the functional development and managing the scope of the platform. The Technical Council will be responsible for maintaining technical policies and best practices as well as the platform infrastructure and operational stability. [Full Announcement].
OCLC named among Best Places to Work in IT. OCLC, the library technology and research organization, has been named among the prestigious IDG's Insider Pro and Computerworld 2021 Best Places to Work in IT. This is the 12th time OCLC has been selected as one of Computerworld's top workplaces for information technology professionals. This recognition is part of the IT publication's selection of the top 100 Best Places to Work in IT survey. OCLC placed at number 9 on the 2021 list in the Small Organization rankings. [Full Announcement].
July 9, 2021
Lansing Public Library (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Lansing Public Library of Lansing, Illinois, has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic plan for increasing community engagement and promoting awareness of services and programs offered by the library. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions Partners with KnowledgeWare Technologies to Provide Support for Aspen Discovery. ByWater Solutions announced that KnowledgeWare Technologies is now providing support for Aspen Discovery. ByWater Solutions is working with KnowledgeWare (http://kwareict.com/en) who is based in Saudi Arabia, to bring Aspen to the Middle East. KnowledgeWare has done extensive work on the Arabic translation and right justification development efforts within Aspen and ByWater will be providing assistance and consultation in partnership with them on several projects they have secured within the region. [Full Announcement].
July 8, 2021
NISO Announces Publication of Updated Journal Article Tag Suite—Version 1.3. The National Information Standards Organization published the latest update to the JATS: Journal Article Tag Suite standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2021), Version 1.3. JATS provides a common XML format in which publishers and archives can exchange journal content—both articles (text and graphics) and non-article material such as letters, editorials, and book and product reviews. The Tag Suite is the complete set of elements and attributes described in the standard. Along with these descriptions, the standard includes three implementations of the suite, called Tag Sets, which are intended to provide models for archiving, publishing, and authoring journal article content. [Full Announcement].
Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY releasing films now available for educational streaming on Kanopy. Kanopy has partnered with ARRAY Releasing to offer a selection of independent films created by storytellers of color and women of all kinds to academic and public libraries worldwide. Founded by the award-winning writer, producer and director Ava DuVernay, ARRAY Releasing aims to represent varied voices and images in cinema. [Full Announcement].
July 7, 2021
Ex Libris launches Library Mobile App to empower librarians and connect patrons with the library. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the launch of its new Library Mobile app for libraries. A companion to the Ex Libris campusM university app, Library Mobile is designed to simplify communication between libraries and patrons and to provide easy smartphone access to library resources. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 21.08.00 Release. Aspen Discovery 21.08 has lots of new features that will help patrons, especially power users, to be more efficient. It also includes numerous changes to make administration easier. Finally, there are some back end changes to enable future performance enhancements and new indexing functionality. [Full Announcement].
Leading patent data platform IFI CLAIMS joins Digital Science. Digital Science, a technology company serving stakeholders across the research ecosystem, announced that it has fully acquired IFI CLAIMS, a leading international platform for patent and innovation data. Digital Science originally invested in IFI CLAIMS in 2017 as part of its aim to diversify the search and analytics landscape by bringing together awarded grants data, publication and citation data with patent data to allow better contextualisation of research - from funding through publication to translation and impact. IFI CLAIMS provides 137 million patents to Dimensions and is the data source behind the patent facet in the Altmetric donut. This next phase of Digital Science's relationship with IFI CLAIMS is a natural step that allows more coherent integration of IFI CLAIMS technology and team into Digital Science's ecosystem. [Full Announcement].
BiblioCommons welcomes new library partners in the second quarter of 2021. BiblioCommons formed new partnerships with public libraries across the United States and Canada in the second quarter of the year. The BiblioCommons team is excited at the opportunity to work with new consortia and public libraries of all sizes in urban, suburban, and rural areas across North America. [Full Announcement].
July 6, 2021
Baker & Taylor to unveil Diversity Analysis tool. Baker & Taylor, the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment, announced it will offer an analysis solution for libraries to help them discover, manage, and report on diversity-related topics. Backed by collectionHQ's powerful technology, Baker & Taylor's Diversity Analysis will offer insight and identify opportunities by analyzing a library's collection against industry-accepted diversity subjects. [Full Announcement].
July 2, 2021
Library is Open Podcast with Mark Noble. ByWater Solutions announced its newest session of The Library is Open Podcast! This session features an interview with Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Team Lead at ByWater Solutions. Mark and Jessie talk about the future of open-source discovery, the global community and what's on the roadmap for Aspen Discovery in this episode. [Full Announcement].
Ajax Public Library increases circulation and holds with Aspen Discovery - A Case Study. With three branches to serve the entire community, the Library offers over 500 annual programs and events including workshops, training, book clubs, film screenings and information sessions for toddlers, kids, teens, adults and seniors. With a catalogue collection of over 150,000 items, including books, periodicals, music and movies, the library provides a substantive inventory of both print and digital assets for readers of all skill-sets and ages. Appointed by Ajax Town Council, the Ajax Public Library is governed by a nine member board, including eight citizens and one Councillor. [Full Announcement].
July 1, 2021
New Museums for Digital Learning site for K-12 educators launches. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new online resource center featuring dynamic digital museum content for K-12 educators searchable by subject and grade. Teachers across the country can now find resources that feature engaging activities from a growing number of museums all aligned with national education standards. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services and Harmony Technology Offer FOLIO Implementation Services for Libraries in Morocco. EBSCO Information Services and Harmony Technology have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform. EBSCO FOLIO and Harmony Technology will work together to provide reliable local hosting and support services in the Middle East and North Africa region. [Full Announcement].
Las Vegas Clark-County Library District. Dan Rather's What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel Available Free to All Nevada Residents, Sponsored by Las Vegas-Clark County Library District & Macmillan. In an innovative eBook partnership between public libraries and book publishers, Las Vegas Clark-County Library District and Macmillan announced the availability, to all Nevada residents, the newly released Dan Rather eBook What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel. In this illustrated adaptation of Rather's bestselling collection of essays, legendary news anchor provides a voice of reason and explores what it means to be a true patriot. [Full Announcement].
June 30, 2021
Baratz refuerza su posición al formar parte de Total Specific Solutions en España. El 9 de junio de 2021 se completó la adquisición de Baratz por parte de la empresa Total Specific Solutions (TSS). Esta adquisición tiene como principal objetivo el fortalecimiento de Baratz en el sector de las bibliotecas, así como la mejora en el desarrollo e innovación del SIGB AbsysNet. De este modo, el conocimiento tecnológico y sectorial acumulado en más de tres décadas por Baratz se une a la experiencia en el desarrollo de negocios y productos que TSS proporciona. [Full Announcement].
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry selects Ex Libris Esploro to demonstrate impact of research and expand partnerships. Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has chosen the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution to transform the way in which ESF presents its research to the world. ESF will use the Esploro solution to capture scholars' output and data, showcase the college's research, and measure its research performance through analytics and benchmarks. [Full Announcement].
Top German Research University joins ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Collection. One of the leading research universities in Germany is including its graduate works in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database, the leading source of emerging research from universities around the world. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions partners with PTFS Europe to extend support of Aspen Discovery to the UK. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are partnering with PTFS Europe, who will be providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system in the UK. PTFS Europe provides a full range of services needed to implement, host, and support Open Source products. [Full Announcement].
LIBNOVA working on a €4.8M digital preservation research project. LIBNOVA is collaborating with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on an EU-funded research project to build a digital preservation solution for research datasets at Petabyte scale. All the research information produced at the European and worldwide level is at risk of being lost if not preserved. Research results must be safeguarded for the future, and that is precisely what digital preservation ensures. Preserving millions of documents that have been the basis for a huge amount of research requires having the most advanced technological instruments. [Full Announcement].
June 29, 2021
Renowned digital humanities researchers begin computing cultural heritage in the cloud. Three renowned researchers in digital humanities and computer science are joining forces with the Library of Congress on three inaugural Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud projects, exploring how biblical quotations, photographic styles and “fuzzy searches” reveal more about the collections in the world's largest Library than first meets the eye. [Full Announcement].
Springer Nature introduces trans inclusive name change policy. Springer Nature has today announced the launch of its inclusive author name change policy (1), which will enable transgender authors and those authors at risk (2) to retroactively update their name on the version of record (VOR) and associated metadata in all Springer Nature journals, books and conference proceedings. [Full Announcement].
Four libraries share EBSCO Information Services' 2021 EBSCO Solar Grant. EBSCO Information Services has selected its four 2021 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. Hazel Park District Library in Hazel Park, Michigan; Medford Public Library in Medford, Massachusetts; College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin; and the Virgin Islands Montessori School in St, Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, will each receive an EBSCO Solar Grant to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow the libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures. [Full Announcement].
MIT and Harvard agree to transfer edX to ed-tech firm 2U. MIT and Harvard University have announced a major transition for edX, the nonprofit organization they launched in 2012 to provide an open online platform for university courses: edX's assets are to be acquired by the publicly-traded education technology company 2U, and reorganized as a public benefit company under the 2U umbrella. [Full Announcement].
Evergreen Users gather online for 2021 Conference. The Evergreen International Conference 2021 drew 326 attendees for three days of presentations and discussions online in late May. The conference featured two tracks with 31 sessions and was preceded by a day of in-depth pre-conference sessions. A virtual exhibit hall was also included. The average time spent by a conference attendee at the main conference was 20.5 hours, showing very high engagement in the topics. The conference's keynote address was by Becky Yoose, the founder of and Library Data Privacy Consultant for LDH Consulting Services. [Full Announcement].
Towards access for all: Introducing The Palace Project. Yesterday we shared the news that we and our partners at LYRASIS have created The Palace Project to develop and scale a robust suite of content, services, and tools for the delivery of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to benefit public libraries and patrons. The Palace Project is made possible by a generous $5 million award by Knight Foundation. [Full Announcement].
June 28, 2021
Ithaca College Is the first institution in the United States to go live with the Ex Libris Rapido resource sharing platform. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Ithaca College is the first institution in the United States to go live with the Ex Libris Rapido resource sharing platform. The College decided to move to the new platform earlier this year and will be using it to conduct resource sharing with partner libraries. [Full Announcement].
World’s Largest Digital Book Club’s next title The Quiet Girl now available in public libraries. Public libraries around the globe are connecting their communities of readers together during the next Big Library Read, the world's largest digital book club. From June 28-July 12, readers can solve a compelling mystery in S.F. Kosa's debut thriller, The Quiet Girl, ebook from their public library. Big Library Read is available in over 20,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During past programs, readers have participated in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of Libby. [Full Announcement].
New digital platform empowers public libraries and patrons, boosts equitable access to knowledge. A powerful partnership of industry leaders announced The Palace Project, a transformational, library-centered platform for digital content and services. The Palace Project, with a $5 million investment by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for LYRASIS, and in strategic partnership with Digital Public Library of America, will develop and scale a robust suite of content, services, and tools for the delivery of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to benefit public libraries and patrons. The Palace Project builds on a collaboration between DPLA and LYRASIS over the last several years and uses the Library Simplified platform, an opensource code base originally designed and developed by the New York Public Library. [Full Announcement].
Every public school student (in Delaware) now has digital access to books. With schools facing the challenge of unfinished learning due to the pandemic, the Delaware Department of Education is providing access to online books to every K-12 student in the state. Students can use their school credentials to read required and recreational digital books in the OverDrive Education Sora student reading app. Students also now have seamless access to age-appropriate popular ebooks and audiobooks from the Delaware Libraries' OverDrive digital collection. [Full Announcement].
June 25, 2021
Libraries in Germany and Switzerland join OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services community. Several libraries in Germany and Switzerland have recently selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their new library services platform. These libraries include Franklin University Switzerland, Brandenburg University of Police, Kühne Logistics University, and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig [Full Announcement].
BCCLS Library Consortium joins Vega Engagement Development Partner Program. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced today that the BCCLS library consortium in New Jersey has joined Innovative's Vega Engagement Development Partner program. [Full Announcement].
June 24, 2021
Digital library collections serve more readers at lower cost. OverDrive annually reports on the growth of circulation as public libraries enable more readers to discover and borrow digital books from their lending collections. During the 12 months from March 2020 through February 2021 this growth trend continued, as digital circulation surged when libraries closed their doors due to COVID-19. To understand the impact of this growth on library budgets, OverDrive reported that record-breaking patron demand combined with high librarian engagement resulted in decreased overall cost per checkout, enabling more readers to be served at a lower cost. [Full Announcement].
Orion Township Public Library Joins Vega Community. Innovative, a ProQuest company, announced that Orion Township Public Library has joined the Early Access partner program for Vega Discover, Innovative's new, modern discovery solution. [Full Announcement].
Library of Congress Announces Copyright Public Modernization Committee. The Library of Congress announced today the membership of the new Copyright Public Modernization Committee (CPMC), which is being convened to enhance communication and provide a public forum for the technology-related aspects of the U.S. Copyright Office's modernization initiative. The first CPMC meeting will be hosted by the Library on July 22, 2021. [Full Announcement].
BiblioEmail is now Included with BiblioWeb as part of a digital experience platform. Connecting patrons to programs and services provided by public libraries is a fundamental goal of all libraries and their stakeholders. The most effective way for libraries to connect to users is via a holistic digital experience that includes engaging content, dynamic events listings, and relevant email communications. To that end, the team at BiblioCommons is pleased to share that BiblioEmail, the email marketing tool that was released in February of 2021, is now included with BiblioWeb, the most robust content management system and webpage builder for public libraries. [Full Announcement].
Boston Public Library. Boston Public Schools and Boston Public Library collaborate to increase student access to library resources. Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Boston Public Library (BPL) today announced a new Student ID Project initiative, which allows students to use their current BPS ID cards to obtain a pre-registered BPL library card, granting them access to all of the services offered by BPL at its 26 locations. BPL is also working with Boston Compact and METCO to offer participation in this program to all other schools serving Boston students, including public charter, parochial and METCO. [Full Announcement].
June 23, 2021
AGent Information Software (AIFS) announces Cash Dividend. Agent Information Software announced that on May 19, 2021, its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend to its shareholders.A dividend of $0.035 per common share will be paid on June 30, 2021, to all record shareholders as of the close of business on June 17, 2021. [Full Announcement].
Gale unveils new archive on Far-Right Groups in America. Gale, a Cengage company, has released the second installment of its Political Extremism and Radicalism series. Political Extremism and Radicalism: Far-Right Groups in America examines the history of radical right movements in the U.S. from 1850-2010s. Available on the Gale Primary Sources platform, this rare, never-before-digitized collection expands upon the first installment, with a particular focus on white supremacist and nationalist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan Nations. Now scholars and researchers can analyze the rhetoric, ideology and evolution of fringe, right-wing groups to better understand their impact on today's mainstream politics as well as broader society. Read Gale's blog about this new archive. [Full Announcement].
Mindscape Commons shortlisted for ALPSP’s Innovation in Publishing award. Mindscape Commons, the world's most comprehensive source of immersive and interactive video content in mental health, has been shortlisted for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2021. The award is given to any new product, development, service, or project that is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. Applicants are asked to demonstrate excellence in originality, innovation, value to the community, utility, and long-term viability. [Full Announcement].
Equinox Open Library Initiative presents Developing Open Source Tools To Support Libraries during COVID-19 at the 2021 ALA Annual Conference. Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to present the poster “Developing Open Source Tools To Support Libraries During COVID-19” at the 2021 American Library Association Annual Conference, June 23-29, 2021. The poster describes the programs, workflows, and software that Equinox designed to provide support to libraries and library staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Equinox team members Lisa Carlucci, Galen Charlton, Sally Fortin, Angela Kilsdonk, Andrea Buntz Neiman, and Mike Rylander contributed to the poster, with audio description by Sally Fortin. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces support of Koha for Santa Fe Public Library. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for the Koha ILS for Santa Fe Public Library in New Mexico! Santa Fe Public Library also went live on Aspen Discovery in January 2021. [Full Announcement].
Springshare: LibCal Floor Mapping Is Here. Springshare announced the launch of LibCal's mapping module, a new tool that visually engages and informs library patrons. Its features include interactive floor maps for seat and space booking and event browsing, as well as directional event and appointment location sharing available to all platform users. [Full Announcement].
June 22, 2021
Middle Country Public Library Chooses Vega Discover. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced that Middle County Public Library in New York has selected Vega Discover, Innovative's new, modern discovery solution. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces support of Koha for Motlow State Community College. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for Koha ILS for Motlow State Community College in Tennessee. Bywater Solutions completed the transition of Motlow State Community College's 69,000+ items from Alma to Koha and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].
The New York Public Library and LYRASIS announce next steps in national e-book collaboration. The New York Public Library and LYRASIS have announced that, following a two-year collaboration to empower public libraries around the country to gain control over their e-book delivery platforms, they will be expanding their efforts on delivering a library driven library empowered ebook platform, pursuing two different opportunities towards the same goal. [Full Announcement].
CrossRef. DOAJ and Crossref sign agreement to remove barriers to scholarly publishing for all. The future of global open access publishing received a boost with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Directory of Open Access Journals and Crossref. The MOU formalizes an already strong partnership between the two organisations and furthers their shared pursuit of an open scholarly communications ecosystem that is inclusive of emerging publishing communities. [Full Announcement].
Community Webs joins the Digital Public Library of America. Internet Archive's Community Webs program is announced a partnership with the Digital Public Library of America to ingest metadata from the over 700 publicly available Community Webs web archive collections into DPLA. These collections include thousands of archived websites and millions of individual web-published resources that document local history and underrepresented groups. The Internet Archive has been a DPLA content provider since 2015, primarily contributing content from our many print digitizing partnerships. Community Webs will also join DPLA as a member and we are excited for this opportunity to add hyperlocal born-digital and web collections from public libraries nationwide into DPLA's national portal to cultural heritage collections. [Full Announcement].
June 21, 2021
Victoria Public Library (TX) launches Patron Point.. Patron Point announced that Victoria Public Library of Victoria, Texas, has launched its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic plan for promoting programs and services, and supporting the objective for increasing participation and use of the library's resources. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services apoyará el intercambio de recursos y el desarrollo del Préstamo Digital Controlado en FOLIO. EBSCO Information Services está aumentando su compromiso de desarrollo con el Préstamo Digital Controlado y el intercambio de recursos en la Plataforma de Servicios Bibliotecarios FOLIO. En colaboración con Knowledge Integration, EBSCO avanzará en el desarrollo de estas soluciones para las bibliotecas de todo el mundo. [Full Announcement].
June 19, 2021
Search with EBSCO Discovery Service using RightFind. Market-leading content discovery and award-winning content management have been combined in a single platform with CCC's partnership with EBSCO Information Services. [Full Announcement].
June 18, 2021
Renewal of Academic Information System After 36 Years New Catalog Information Service Corresponding to Digital Resources to Be Introduced from 2022. National Institute of Informatics (NII; Director General: Dr. KITSUREGAWA Masaru, Tokyo, Japan) has begun reconstruction of NACSIS-CAT/ILL, a catalog information service used by more than 1,300 institutions, mainly university libraries. [Full Announcement].
Kinokuniya Company. NII and Kinokuniya to build a New NACSIS-CAT/ILL System for Digitization of Academic Resources and Provision of World Class Service. Kinokuniya Company was appointed to undertake the project commissioned by National Institute of Informatics Provision of Catalog Information Service and Electronic Resource Management System. NACSIS-CAT/ILL, the catalog information service operated by NII, is currently used by more than 1,300 institutions, mainly university libraries, as a union catalog database comprehensively covering Japanese academic resources. Through the reconstruction and enhancement of NACSIS-CAT/ILL by the cooperation of domestic and international system vendors, Kinokuniya contributes to establishing the academic research infrastructure in Japan which willadvance the digitization of academic resources and the provision of world class service. [Full Announcement].
Solus mobile Library App now integrated with the Bibliovation Library Services Platform. Solus announced that its mobile Library App product fully integrates with the Bibliovation Library Services Platform. This includes its Content Management System, unique consortium support, patron self-service via both barcode and RFID tagged collections, advanced Click & Collect curbside pickup functionality and support for 24 languages. [Full Announcement].
Concordia University Texas (CTX) Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that Concordia University Texas Library in Austin, TX is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 43,500 plus bibs from Voyager and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].
Worcester State University Library joins HELM and ByWater Solutions' Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts), an association of Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education has added Worcester State University Library to their HELM catalog. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 130,000 plus holdings from Horizon and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].
June 17, 2021
Japan’s National Institute of Informatics paves the way for Japanese libraries of the future with Ex Libris Alma services. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform has been selected by the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan, an interuniversity institute that promotes research in information-related areas. The decision was based on strategies defined in the 2019 Vision on Future Scholarly Information Systems, prepared by Japan's Future Scholarly Information Systems Committee under the auspices of the Council for Promoting Collaboration between University Libraries and the National Institute of Informatics. [Full Announcement].
OCLC to provide new national cataloging platform for libraries in Japan. The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan has selected OCLC to replace NII's current library metadata infrastructure. OCLC will provide a cataloging environment for more than 1,300 libraries in Japan with a union catalog that replaces the existing system, NACSIS-CAT/ILL.The NACSIS-CAT/ILL, launched in 1985, has been widely used among Japanese university libraries and other institutions, bringing together 13 million bibliographic records and 147 million holdings records. A versatile metadata platform developed by OCLC will serve as the foundation for the new NACSIS-CAT/ILL system. [Full Announcement].
The Erzabtei St. Peter goes live on Koha with Admin Kuhn. Admin Kuhn, a Swiss Koha support company, announced today that the Erzabtei St. Peter in Salzburg, Austria, is now live on Koha. Admin Kuhn completed the transition of the library's 166'000 holdings from Aleph in collaboration with the Ordensgemeinschaften Österreich in Vienna. [Full Announcement].
RBmedia Audiobooks Dominate 2021 Pulitzer Prize Awards. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, announced that its audiobooks represent three-quarters of the titles awarded the prestigious 2021 Pulitzer Prize for books. “Franchise” by Marcia Chatelain won the 2021 Pulitzer for History, “The Dead are Arising” by Les Payne and Tamara Payne won for Biography, and “Wilmington's Lie” by David Zucchino won for General Nonfiction. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services releases the EBSCO eBooks Open Access Monograph Collection. EBSCO Information Services is releasing a new e-book collection containing thousands of high-quality open access (OA) e-books from the world's most trusted university presses and scholarly publishers. The EBSCO eBooks Open Access Monograph Collection is DRM-free and available at no cost on the EBSCOhost platform and easily discoverable via EBSCO Discovery Service. [Full Announcement].
Announcing The NISO Board Of Directors For 2021-22. The National Information Standards Organization announced the results of its recent Board elections for the term beginning July 1, 2021. Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC, Inc, will transition to the role of Chair of the NISO Board, having served as Vice Chair for the past year. She is replaced as Vice Chair by Maria Stanton, Director of Production, Atla, who will assume the role of Chair for 2022-23 next July. Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc, rotates to the position of Past Chair, having served as NISO Chair for 2020-21. In addition, Wayne Strickland, Acting Associate Director for the Office of Program Management, NTIS will be appointed Treasurer as of July 1. [Full Announcement].
The New York Public Library receives $12.5 million grant from Arcadia Fund for open access project. The New York Public Library has received a $12.5 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Library Trustee Peter Baldwin, towards a significant investment in the Library's digital transformation. The grant will support the Library's efforts to improve patrons' ability to discover, request, and access in digital format, a copy of almost any book through its online platform. Since 2013, Arcadia has awarded $19 million to the NYPL for projects that provide open access to research and scholarly materials. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions partners with Patron Point to integrate library marketing within Koha. ByWater Solutions announced that the Koha Open Source ILS now has integration with Patron Point, the leading community engagement platform for public libraries. This partnership opens the Koha Community to drive their digital marketing and their community engagement. Patron Point works to connect Koha to a wide range of third-party services such as eBook platforms, databases, events, and many others. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services lanza la colección de monografías de acceso abierto de EBSCO eBooks. EBSCO Information Services lanza una nueva colección de libros electrónicos que contiene miles de libros electrónicos de acceso abierto de alta calidad de las editoriales universitarias y académicas más confiables del mundo. La colección de monografías de acceso abierto de EBSCO eBooks DRM-Free y está disponible sin coste alguno en la plataforma EBSCOhost® y se puede encontrar fácilmente a través de EBSCO Discovery Service. [Full Announcement].
June 16, 2021
Clarivate report demonstrates that nations or institutions with diverse research priorities respond more comprehensively to unprecedented scientific challenges. Clarivate released a new Global Research Report which examines the ability of nations and institutions to respond to unexpected challenges or opportunities in science, medicine, technology and social sciences based on the diversity of their research activities and expertise. [Full Announcement].
McGraw Hill. Platinum Equity to acquire McGraw Hill from Apollo Funds for $4.5 Billion. Platinum Equity announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire McGraw Hill, a global leader in educational content and digital platforms, from funds (the "Apollo Funds") managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Apollo") for a purchase price of approximately $4.5 billion. [Full Announcement].
TIND appoints librarian and digital software expert Andrew French as VP Product Management. TIND, a spin off from CERN specializing in library software solutions, today announced that it is continuing to expand its team with the appointment of Andrew French as VP Product Management. French brings more than a decade of library technology and archive experience since graduating from the Simmons College Library and Information Science & Archives Management Program. [Full Announcement].
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Expands AI Offering to Students and Researchers. The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan today announces that they will be providing their students with access to Yewno|Edge, a web-based investment research platform powered by artificial intelligence. The Yewno|Edge platform is an institutional grade tool that solves the information overload problem faced by modern investment researchers. Monitoring fundamental and alternative data sources – from news to patents to court filings, it uncovers connections between companies, events, and trends faster than humanly possible. It is like having a team of analysts at your fingertips. [Full Announcement].
June 15, 2021
LibraryCall StoryTime Commons supports summer reading themes. LibraryCall Dial-A-Story customers benefit from having access to our Storytime Commons which now includes stories that match the CSLP and iRead Summer Reading themes. [Full Announcement].
La Red de Bibliotecas de Canarias estrena la nueva interfaz de AbsysNet en su catálogo colectivo. Visualmente más atractivo y funcional que su predecesor, el nuevo catálogo de la Red de Bibliotecas de Canarias es, además, responsive, lo que hace que el mismo opac sea válido para cualquier pantalla y dispositivo. Gracias a la tecnología responsive design el catálogo en línea de las bibliotecas pasa a ser multidispositivo, lo que hace que haya una mejora sustancial en la utilización de una única interfaz para el catálogo online de las bibliotecas desde móviles, tabletas o pantallas convencionales. [Full Announcement].
Bridgerton star to voice RBmedia Audiobook from award-winning writer Tina Andrews. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced its audiobook production of “Charlotte Sophia: Myth, Madness and the Moor”—written by award-winning writer Tina Andrews and narrated by “Bridgerton” actress Adjoa Andoh. Produced by Recorded Books, RBmedia's flagship publishing brand, the audiobook releases June 24, 2021. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services to support resource sharing and development of controlled Ddgital lending in FOLIO. EBSCO Information Services is increasing its development commitment to Controlled Digital Lending and resource sharing on the FOLIO Library Services Platform. Collaborating with Knowledge Integration (K-Int), EBSCO will advance the development of these solutions for libraries worldwide. [Full Announcement].
Esploro and Pivot-RP solutions integrate to deliver extensive research information management capabilities. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the integration of the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution and the Ex Libris Pivot-RP research funding solution. The integration enables research offices and faculty leaders to facilitate researchers' access to global funding opportunities, enrich researcher profiles by capitalizing on the Pivot-RP database of previously awarded grants, and link publications to the grants that supported the research. [Full Announcement].
LYRASIS announces acquisition of BiblioLabs. LYRASIS, a global non-profit serving libraries, archives, museums and research communities, announces the acquisition of BiblioLabs, LLC., a Charleston, SC-based library technology firm. The acquisition unites two organizations on the leading edge of library software and support services and transitions BiblioLabs from a mission-aligned for-profit firm into the mission-driven non-profit model of LYRASIS. The acquisition is complete effective June 15, 2021 and was funded through cash purchase and charitable contribution by the owners of BiblioLabs. [Full Announcement].
Equinox Open Library Initiative launches SubjectsPlus content management software. Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the launch of SubjectsPlus, a user-friendly, open source, content management system for sharing information. From subject guides, research guides, course materials, and course reserves, to classroom and curriculum content, digital and multimedia resources, online learning centers, and library websites, SubjectsPlus may be designed to support the information needs of your audience. SubjectsPlus provides tools to create information-rich resources, organize curated content around a topic, and to easily develop and manage an online home for your library's web content. Use SubjectsPlus to create a digital bulletin board for library programs or summer reading materials, to advertise campus events, author signings, or community meetings, or to centralize content for library book clubs, committees, or volunteers. [Full Announcement].
Leander Public Library and TLC’s Library.Solution: Reunited And It Feels So Good. The Library Corporation continues its busy 2021 schedule with the reimplementation of Library.Solution for Leander Public Library in Leander, Texas. Currently a customer of TLC's AMH and RFID company Tech Logic, LPL will be rejoining the full TLC family again. This will be Leander's first use of Library.Solution since 2011. [Full Announcement].
June 14, 2021
Medaille College Returns to the TLC Family. Students are not the only ones returning home this summer, as Medaille College returns to The Library Corporation for the first time since 2008. Medaille College recently implemented Library.Solution, TLC's 100 percent web-based Library Management System. [Full Announcement].
ChiliPAC is now available also on Evergreen Catalogs. ChiliPAC, provided by ChiliFresh Enterprises, Inc., is now available also on Evergreen online catalogs thus making it one of the world's most wide-spread organic reader advisory platforms. With this, ChiliPAC is available on the four most commonly used library platforms for Public and Academic libraries in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe: Polaris, Encore, Enterprise and Evergreen. [Full Announcement].
June 11, 2021
The Senckenberg Natural History Collections in Dresden opt for LIBERO Cloud to meet the ever-changing technological environment. The Senckenberg Natural History Collections in Dresden were the first German libraries to switch to LIBERO's fully managed premium cloud service. The advantages offered by LIBERO Cloud were crucial for the institute and helped significantly to drive the decision to move to a cloud-hosted environment. [Full Announcement].
Die Senckenberg Naturhistorischen Sammlungen in Dresden vertrauen auf LIBERO Cloud, um dem technologischen Wandel besser gerecht zu werden. Die Senckenberg Naturhistorischen Sammlungen in Dresden waren die ersten deutschen Bibliotheken, die auf LIBEROs voll verwalteten Premium-Cloud-Service umgestiegen sind. Die Vorteile, die die LIBERO Cloud bietet, waren für das Institut ausschlaggebend und trugen maßgeblich zu der Entscheidung bei, in eine Cloud-gehostete Umgebung zu wechseln. [Full Announcement].
Palatine Public Library District (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Palatine Public Library District of Palatine, Illinois has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's current 3 year strategic plan and initiatives for increasing community engagement. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions Partners with koha-US to raise money for the Koha Community. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that their partnership with koha-US raised over $1,800.00 for the Koha Community. 69 Community members participated in the month-long challenge logging over 2,140 miles for the month of May. [Full Announcement].
OurResearch. Open Science nonprofit OurResearch receives $4.5M grant from Arcadia Fund. OurResearch, a nonprofit seeking to speed the global adoption of Open Science, announced that it had been awarded a new 3-year, $4.5M (USD) grant from the UK-based Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The grant, which follows an 2018 award for $850,000, will help expand two existing open-source software projects, as well as support the launch of two new ones: [Full Announcement].
June 10, 2021
AGent Information Software (AIFS) Publishes 2021 First Quarter Financials. AGent Information Software, the parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc. (A-G), released first quarter 2021 financials. AIFS reported a net income of $120,398, a $40,000 increase from the same period in 2020. Continued growth of the recurring revenue base resulted in an increase from 2020 to $1,290,874. This growth is entirely in the company's library division, as it has terminated their publishing business to focus on their library sector. AIFS reported EPS of $0.03 on weighted average shares outstanding of 4,484,577. Cash flow continued to be strong into the first quarter of 2021. [Full Announcement].
Ex Libris Rapido platform goes live with first four customers. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the first four implementations of the Rapido resource sharing platform have now gone live. The development of the Rapido platform began in late 2019, when Ex Libris teamed up with a group of early adopters and development partners in the United States, Europe, and Australia. This collaboration afforded Ex Libris an opportunity to hear customers' voices and create a solution tailored to the needs of resource-sharing institutions. [Full Announcement].
June 9, 2021
Clarivate announces proposed offerings of Ordinary Shares and Convertible Preferred Shares. Clarivate announced that it has commenced concurrent proposed offerings of $750 million of ordinary shares, alongside which certain existing shareholders intend to offer $250 million of ordinary shares (the "Ordinary Share Offering"), and $1.25 billion of Series A Mandatory Convertible preferred shares. Neither the completion of the Ordinary Share Offering nor the Convertible Preferred Share Offering is contingent upon completion of the other. The Offerings are both subject to market and other conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when either Offering may be completed, if at all, or as to the actual size or terms of either Offering. Clarivate intends to use the net proceeds from the Offerings to finance a portion of the purchase price for its pending acquisition of ProQuest, announced on May 17, 2021. None of the Offerings is conditioned on consummation of the ProQuest acquisition. If the ProQuest acquisition is not consummated, Clarivate intends to use the net proceeds received by it from the Offerings for general corporate purposes. [Full Announcement].
Sutherland Shire Council Libraries first in Australia to select Vega Library Experience (LX) Suite. Innovative announced that Sutherland Shire Council's libraries are the first library system in Australia to select Vega Discover with Vega Connect, and join the Discover Early Access partner program. Sutherland Shire Council operates eight libraries, serving a community of approximately 230,000 people in the south of Sydney, New South Wales. [Full Announcement].
DynaMed Decisions now available in the Epic App Orchard. DynaMed Decisions, a HIPAA-compliant clinical decision support solution from EBSCO Information Services, is now available in the Epic App Orchard marketplace. The inclusion makes it easy for Epic users to access the solution as part of their clinical workflow and provide personalized patient care. [Full Announcement].
Ex Libris Esploro is set to deliver a complete picture of research projects and activities. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the expansion of the Esploro research information management solution. The addition of new scholarly information entities for research projects and activities to Esploro will allow a more comprehensive picture of institutional research work and outcomes. [Full Announcement].
OverDrive to acquire video streaming service Kanopy. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, announced today that it is acquiring Kanopy, a leading video streaming service for public and academic libraries. The acquisition of Kanopy will bring one of the industry's most-acclaimed video catalogs to the OverDrive platform to better serve public and academic libraries around the world. Kanopy provides academic institutions and public libraries with an award-winning catalog of over 30,000 highly curated films. Kanopy is used by millions of students and library patrons and is available on all major web, mobile and TV platforms. [Full Announcement].
Koha Community Announces 21.05 Release. The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open-source library system, announced last month that the Koha 21.05 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 248 enhancements, 449 bugfixes. [Full Announcement].
L Squared Capital Partners announces pending sale of Kanopy to OverDrive. OverDrive, a leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced today that it is acquiring Kanopy, the leading video streaming service for public and academic libraries, from L Squared Capital Partners. The acquisition of Kanopy will bring one of the industry's most-acclaimed video catalogs to the OverDrive platform to better serve public and academic libraries around the world. Kanopy provides academic institutions and public libraries with an award-winning catalog of over 30,000 highly curated films that inspire, educate and entertain. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions' Partners Sponsor Development in Koha 21.05 Release. We are so thankful for all our partners that have sponsored developments in the Koha Community 21.05 release. [Full Announcement].
June 7, 2021
Capilano University joins the growing Talis Aspire community in North America. Capilano University has selected Talis Aspire as their Resource List Management Solution, in order to better support faculty and library relationships, particularly with copyright auditing and management. Resource lists offer them greater insight into how to meet student resource needs and deliver an improved student experience. [Full Announcement].
Dubuque County Library District goes live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, the Dubuque County Library District in Dubuque, Iowa are now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha with ByWater Support. Bywater Solutions completed the transition of the library's records from self-hosted TLC to Koha and Aspen and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Round Rock Public Library. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Round Rock Public Library in Round Rock, Texas. Aspen was added to Round Rock's already existing Koha ILS that ByWater Solutions has supported since 2016! We are so happy to expand our partnership with Round Rock and their amazing team. [Full Announcement].
CORAL Online Summit to be Hosted by Equinox Open Library Initiative. Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to announce the upcoming CORAL Online Summit on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The free event is an opportunity for current and prospective users of the CORAL electronic resources management system to learn about CORAL and hear about best practices from CORAL community members. [Full Announcement].
June 6, 2021
ByWater Solutions announces Aspen Discovery 21.07.00 Release. Aspen Discovery 21.07 has something for everyone: we've made permissions more granular for large consortia; we've made browse categories and collection spotlights easier to update and manage for librarians; we've updated the display of similar titles and titles within a series to be more appealing for patrons; and we've given patrons the ability to easily see when they last checked out a title while browsing the catalog. [Full Announcement].
June 4, 2021
Siskiyou County Public Library (CA) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Siskiyou County Public Library of Yreka, California, has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts and engagement with their community. [Full Announcement].
The Library Corporation Implements First Library•Solution Version 5.x in the Philippines. Earlier this month, Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) upgraded their Library.Solution library management software to version 5.6.3, part of the next-generation 5.x series. ADDU is the first library in the Philippines using Library.Solution Version 5.x as their Library Management System. [Full Announcement].
June 3, 2021
Arts Council England. A Single Digital Presence for libraries. Arts Council England announced a further £3.4 million investment in the Single Digital Presence platform. That is the concept behind the Single Digital Presence (SDP) for libraries, which, together with the British Library, we've been working on for quite some time now. As we enter a new phase in bringing this vision to life, we are announcing a further £3.4 million to be invested in its development. Through this investment, we'll be able to cover the costs of building the technical architecture needed to create the platform, including software development, live testing with a range of library authorities and establishing the technical protocols – all of which will enable as many web presences as possible to plug in to this national portal. [Full Announcement].
June 2, 2021
Medical research from Karolinska Institutet now available in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global Collection. The Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has joined the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses publishing program and will now contribute its PhD theses to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, the leading global source of emerging research from universities around the world. [Full Announcement].
Smart Harvesting AI is now available for all Ex Libris Esploro customers. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that customers of the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution can now use the Esploro Smart Harvesting AI capabilities. With this technology, institutions automatically capture the research output of affiliated scholars and enrich the metadata associated with the output. As a result, Esploro customers can easily expand their research information hub, keep it up to date, and improve the discoverability of research publications while significantly reducing the administrative burden on researchers and librarians. [Full Announcement].
Torrance Public Library selects Polaris, Vega Discover, and Innovative Mobile. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced that Torrance Public Library in Torrance, California selected Polaris, Vega Discover, and Innovative Mobile as the next solution for its library staff and patrons. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions Announces Discover Webinar Series. Are you looking for a more flexible and affordable ILS? Are you interested in all the buzz surrounding discovery layers? Then, we have solutions for you! Attend any or all of the upcoming webinars with ByWater Solutions to learn more about Koha ILS and/or Aspen Discovery. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions welcomes Morgan Daigneault to the Aspen Discovery Team. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open-Source library technology support, announced today that Morgan Daigneault has joined Aspen Discovery, ByWater Solutions Team as an Aspen Implementation Specialist. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions to Present at ALA Annual Virtual Conference 2021. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they will be presenting at the 2021 American Libraries Association (ALA) Virtual Conference on June 22, 2021. ByWater Solutions at American Library Association 2021 Virtual Conference [Full Announcement].
Chegg. Chegg announces Uversity: a creator community for educators. Chegg announced Uversity: a platform for educators and faculty to share their education content with millions of learners on Chegg to help support their studies and enhance learner outcomes. The content will augment and enhance Chegg's existing Chegg Study service that already contains 59 million step-by-step solutions. [Full Announcement].
June 1, 2021
More than two million Alma Analytics reports were run in March 2021. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that users of the Ex Libris Alma library services platform have set a new record: more than two million Alma Analytics reports were run in March 2021. The number of reports that are run is expected to continue at this level or even increase in the coming months. [Full Announcement].
American Library Association. ALA Joint Digital Content Working Group paper calls for improved access, licensing models, pricing to serve readers. "The Need for Change: A Position Paper on E-Lending by the ALA Joint Digital Content Working Group" examines digital lending in public, academic, and K-12 school libraries. The paper notes current and long-standing challenges in digital content lending and the issues that complicate acquisition of, user access to, and preservation of digital information. [Full Announcement].