April 24, 2018
(Talis) The University of Gloucestershire have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading lists service and copyright management system. This decision was made as part of their wider digital strategy which will also include teaching and learning technologies such as Moodle.
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced the latest release of the industry’s easiest to use and most affordable digital collection solution, MONTAGEdc V2.2. MONTAGEdc clients local to the Auto-Graphics’ California headquarters include Chaffey College and the City of Ontario Library.
(1science) 1science announced the general availability of its innovative analytics and discovery platform 1findr. From the get-go, 1findr has aimed to include all articles published in peer-reviewed journals, in all fields of research, in all languages and from every country. With both the free and the institutional editions offering twice as many open access articles as the leading competitor, 1findr is a giant leap in convenience, affordability and accessibility.
(Equinox) Equinox announced the successful migration of the Whitehall Township Public Library to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System SPARK Consortium.
(Xercode) Xercode recibe el premio TIC Galicia a “Mejor desarrollo de Software Libre” por su trabajo de implantación de Koha ILS en la Rede de Bibliotecas Públicas de Galicia.
April 23, 2018
(Insight Informatics) Insight Informatics announced that recently amalgamated Council, Canterbury-Bankstown, has gone live with, LIBERO.
(ProQuest) Sixty years’ worth of content from The Korea Times is now available through ProQuest, thanks to a new partnership with the newspaper’s publisher. Using the ProQuest platform, users can browse, read cover-to-cover, or search full digitized issues of the paper – including images – from 1956 to 2016. The oldest and most influential English-language newspaper in Korea, The Korea Times is globally recognized for its coverage of international business, economic and financial news, as well as perspectives on regional issues and events. On the ProQuest platform, researchers can quickly find The Korea Times content they need with features like hit highlighting, searchable PDFs, full-image downloads, and more.
(OCLC) Oxford Brookes University, one of the UK's leading universities, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services (WMS) as its new library services platform. Oxford Brookes University occupies a strong position in UK higher education. As part of its ongoing strategy, Oxford Brookes is committed to delivering infrastructure and services focused on supporting the quality and effectiveness of learning, teaching and research and enhancing the overall experience of students. The acquisition of WMS is an important element of this strategic theme.
April 21, 2018
(PTFS Europe) Nottingham College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solutions from OCLC and IS Oxford. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The public interface will be integrated with the EDS discovery service from EBSCO and the interface further enhanced to provide high levels of accessibility.
April 20, 2018
(ResearchGate) In a cooperation agreement announced today, three publishers and ResearchGate will work together on the sharing of articles on the scholarly collaboration platform in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers. The agreement ultimately involves publishers who want to help and support content sharing and believe that working with ResearchGate, the largest professional network for scientists and academics, is one of the important means to achieving this.
(ResearchGate) This agreement is the result of several years of talks about working together to further facilitate the sharing of journal articles in a way that protects the rights of authors and publishers.
April 19, 2018
(Digital Science) Research industry technology company Digital Science has announced the recipients of its Blockchain Catalyst Grant. This one-off grant was made available to any project implementing Blockchain in a scholarly or scientific context, especially those that addressed the dissemination of research.
(Insight Informatics) LIBERO’s online, video eLearning resource is the perfect way to complement LIBERO’s existing training and support capabilities.
(OCLC) Bethel College, in Mishawaka, Indiana, and Saint Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, Indiana, have joined the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), and are now part of the OCLC WorldShare Management Services community.
(ProQuest) ProQuest and the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, a technological university in Valencia, Spain, have announced a partnership that equips the university’s library with the same business and technology resources as 4,000 companies and government institutions worldwide – helping prepare students for academic and professional success.
April 18, 2018
(Sage) SAGE Publishing announced the acquisition of Global Village Publishing (GVPi), a software and services provider specializing in the delivery of customized digital publishing solutions.
April 17, 2018
(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, has made it easier for students and educators to discover and access Gale digital resources from within their learning management system (LMS). Gale has achieved conformance certification for Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) 1.0 and Deep Linking from IMS Global Learning Consortium. Now educators can seamlessly integrate their library’s Gale content into learning management systems that support LTI and Deep Linking such as Schoology, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and others. This provides easy access to Gale resources from one platform through single sign-on, streamlining workflow to meet classroom instruction needs, foster student engagement and support textbook affordability initiatives. View a list of Gale’s LTI-compliant and Deep Linking certified products.
(Third Chapter Partners) Patron Point is announcing today that the Waterloo Public Library of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada has selected its patron relationship management system.
April 16, 2018
(Insight Informatics) LIBERO was showcased at GESS, (Global Educational Supplied and Solutions), Dubai as an internationally recognised Library Management Solution.
April 13, 2018
(Insight Informatics) Mid North Coast Co-operative Library Service has gone Live with LIBERO Cloud and have been successful with their aim of being stress free now that Insight is looking after their system maintenance and that they have a dependable support network.
(Lucidea) Lucidea reports that Argus, the collections management software used by forward-thinking museum professionals, will be represented at this year’s MW (Museums and the Web) Conference on April 18th through 21st at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
April 12, 2018
(EBSCO Information Services) A new relationship between EBSCO Information Services and Infoestratégica Latina is designed to ensure that libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform will be able to rely on hosting and services support. The agreement secures Infoestrategica’s pledge to provide FOLIO application and support services backed by EBSCO hosting technology and data services.
(ProQuest) Novice researchers now have a better way to begin a research project and quickly find reliable information to support their themes and ideas. The easy-to-use eLibrary online resource has a new look and feel that helps K-12 and other students start and successfully complete assignments.
(ProQuest) Researchers at higher education institutions in Turkey have gained access to full-text dissertations and theses from around the globe, thanks to a partnership between ProQuest and TÜBİTAK ULAKBIM, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
(Library and Information Technology Association) Emily Morton-Owens, Assistant University Librarian for Digital Library Development and Systems at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, has been elected the 2019-20 LITA president. She will serve as vice-president during 2018-19 and will assume the presidency in July 2019.
(Talis) Leeds Trinity University have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading listsservice and copyright management. With Talis Aspire, Leeds Trinity University Library aims to standardise their approach to reading lists. In achieving this they will provide an improved student experience and better access to resources. They will also streamline library workflows, with better capability to manage library acquisitions and improved reporting functionality.
April 11, 2018
(Gothenburg University) Göteborg University Library announced that they are using Koha as an integrated library system. The library’s adaptation of Koha’s included a wide range of development in areas such as Elasticsearch, libris import, edifact orders, loan card registration forms, custom-designed front-end folders, as well as, interface customization and integration with surrounding systems such as discovery, remote lending, printing systems, group room booking, and public computers. The Primo Discovery System is integrated through a proprietary order application, where borrowers make their orders via links in the Primo hitlists.
(NISO) The Architecture Committee of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published its 2018 update of the NISO Strategic Directions document which will be used by its leadership groups, the NISO Topic Committees, to direct the future development portfolios of standards and recommended practices. The three NISO Topic Committees -- Information Creation & Curation, Information Discovery & Interchange, and Information Policy & Analysis-- produced a list of general trends and themes in their respective areas of work, noting these information issues affecting libraries, publishers, system vendors and other members of the information distribution community. The document describes the inter-relations between these community stakeholders and, in some cases, potential overlaps in committee work. The NISO Topic Committees are using the updated 2018Strategic Directions document to prioritize potential future activities where NISO should be engaged in developing new standards and recommended practices.
(Open Preservation Foundation) The Open Preservation Foundation is pleased to welcome the International Atomic Energy Agency Archives and Records Management Section as our latest affiliate member. The International Atomic Energy Agency Archives and Records Management Section manages the Agency’s institutional memory and preserves the official records documenting its programme activities and its historical material in a variety of media. It maintains the availability and authenticity of IAEA records, providing for continuity and enabling accountability while ensuring confidentiality.
April 10, 2018
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of California Hastings College of the Law has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to replace the Innovative Sierra integrated library system and the Innovative Encore discovery layer.
(Gale Group) Gale has made it easier for academic researchers to access its scholarly content anytime, anywhere. Through a new partnership with Google Scholar, Gale has integrated Google’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access into its Academic OneFile periodical database, ensuring users seamlessly experience uninterrupted access to its authoritative content, from any off-campus location or device. CASA is an enhanced authentication service that builds upon Google Scholar's Subscriber Links service. Without CASA, Subscriber Links in Google Scholar search results are based on IP authentication. This is great for on-campus research, but falls short for remote access, becoming a frustrating experience for users. With CASA integration, remote researchers have the same Subscriber Links and unrestricted access to Gale content as on-campus researchers, from anywhere in the world.
(Ingenta) Ingenta Connect announces the integration this week of Google Scholar’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) service Google Scholar’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access is a new service which expands on Google’s subscriber Links programme. It enables researchers to access full text PDFs from journals to which their institution has subscribed, even when they are working remotely, and not using a university IP address.
(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource, the leading Inclusive Access provider for higher education institutions nationwide, is collaborating with McGraw-Hill Education to make powerful digital course materials more affordable for college students. The new agreement between the two companies will ensure McGraw-Hill Education’s adaptive, digital courseware, including McGraw-Hill Connect, is available to hundreds of thousands of U.S. students through VitalSource’s "Inclusive Access" delivery method, which provides students with all required course materials seamlessly on the first day of class at affordable prices.
(National Endowment for the Humanities) The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the humanities in the United States, announced seven grants, totaling more than $1 million, to convert important out-of-print humanities texts into freely available ebooks.
(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics announced the strategic acquisition of AI-technology startup Kopernio, to create the definitive publisher-neutral platform for research workflow and analysis for scientific researchers, publishers and institutions worldwide. Kopernio’s vision is to legally provide one-click access to millions of journal articles and academic research papers across the globe, dramatically improving and facilitating access to scientific knowledge.
(Yewno) Yewno announced that Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan will be joining top universities and libraries across seven countries by adopting Yewno’s cutting edge knowledge discovery technology. Vita-Salute San Raffaele will be adopting both the Yewno Discover and Yewno Biomedical products, which aid researchers in knowledge discovery of scholarly materials and biomedical research respectively.
April 9, 2018
(EBSCO Information Services) OpenDissertations.org, the project from EBSCO Information Services and BiblioLabs, has gone live. More than 800,000 Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) are now available for public search and discovery, with more than one million expected by June.
(National Endowment for the Humanities) The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $18.6 million in grants for 199 humanities projects across the country. These grants will provide digital access to the personal papers of Helen Keller and enable the creation of a new permanent exhibition at the Delta Blues Museum on the history and influence of this quintessential American musical genre.
(Posit Science) As National Libraries Week kicks off, Posit Science announced that BrainHQ, its cloud-based brain exercise and assessment platform, is now available at hundreds of public and military libraries—at no charge to library patrons.
(Axiell) Axiell announced that Mediathek Lahr will be the first public library service in Germany to use its new cloud-based, digital-first platform, Axiell Quria. The customer, which currently uses the BIBDIA LMS, will pilot the new system and will also implement Axiell Arena for patron engagement. With Axiell Quriaâ, the customer will benefit from a platform which makes daily work routines more efficient, which completely revamps how staff are guided by workflows and how search is done in the catalogue, and which removes all barriers between physical and digital assets.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading global provider of library automation software, today announced four academic institutions have switched to Sierra as their Integrated Library System (ILS) over competitor alternatives. Throughout the United States, the new Innovative library partners include: City Colleges of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, Texas, and Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. All four Sierra adopters previously used an Ex Libris ILS.
(King County Library System) Any King County Library System cardholder will be able to create electronic circuits, make a robot, learn to code, craft with a 3-D pen, mix up a beat for a song, or learn other new technical or creative skills at the new Bellevue Library ideaX Makerspace starting Saturday, April 14.
April 6, 2018
(System Wide Automated Network) Nineteen libraries in the Cook, DuPage, and Kane county area will be joining the Illinois library consortium, System Wide Automated Network, commonly referred to as SWAN Library Services. These libraries are currently part of two existing library consortia, Library Integrated Network Consortium and Multitype Automation Group in Cooperation and will migrate into SWAN’s current 78-member library consortium on May 1, 2018.
April 5, 2018
(Preservica) Preservica has announced three new cloud-hosted active digital preservation and access solutions that build on the success of its Cloud Edition and redefine the affordability of preservation storage allowing customers to grow their archives with confidence.
(Elsevier) Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has launched Mendeley Data, a new, cloud-based platform designed to help universities and researchers manage, share and showcase their research data. With Mendeley Data, researchers can safely record and share research data while improving its reuse via publication, while universities can showcase institutional outputs and improve their collaboration rate.
April 4, 2018
(Digital Science) Research industry technology company Digital Science has awarded the first Catalyst Grant of 2018 to a team from Romania aiming to accelerate the research process through their Artificial Intelligence Platform Sci.ai.
(Follett) Follett announced Follett Book Fairs, which launched regionally at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, will expand into Texas, effective August 2018. Nader Qaimari, Follett School Solutions’ president, made the announcement at the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas, and said Follett Book Fairs will begin with PreK-8 schools in the Houston and Dallas areas.
(Lucidea) Lucidea confirms that Argus, the collections management software used by forward-thinking museum professionals, will be represented at this year’s CMA Conference on April 9th through 12th at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.
(Preservica) The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the US, has chosen Preservica’s AWS cloud-hosted active digital preservation platform to future-proof its vital corporate records and institutional memory.
(Zift Solutions) Zift Solutions, the Enterprise Channel Management leader, announced today that James Tallman has joined its Board of Directors as an independent director.
(ProQuest) ProQuest’s guided research and learning resources, reference solutions and ebooks will be available this fall to California’s 6.2 million school children in the state’s 10,000 K12 schools. ProQuest is one of three companies selected as part of California’s new statewide digital educational resources program, which is designed to provide anytime-anywhere access to high-quality authoritative content to educators, students and staff in K12 schools. Encyclopedia Britannica and TeachingBooks.net are the two other selections.
(Yewno) Yewno announced the close of the of the DoYewno? High School Research Competition, which celebrated the launch of Yewno Create, a platform that gives K-12 students the ability to research, write, collaborate on and publish research articles.
April 3, 2018
(Follett) A new advisory board has been formed by Follett to help K-12 school libraries make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more student friendly, bookstore-like layout based on genres. The Genrefication Advisory Board, comprised of nearly 20 national and international librarians and media specialists, will meet for the first time this week at the 2018 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Dallas to help establish a set of genre standards.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the State University of New York has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to be used by 61 libraries of the university system. The next-generation Alma platform will replace the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system, while the Primo solution will be implemented in place of the various discovery layers that have been in use up to now, including the EBSCO Discovery Service.
(Overdrive) No money required, all you need is a library card. From April 2-16, thousands of readers worldwide will have access to borrow, read, and discuss Jennifer McGaha's debut memoir Flat Broke with Two Goats with no waitlists, or holds. During the two week period, readers can borrow the eBook or audiobook by visiting their library's digital collection or by downloading the Libby app. More than 19,000 libraries are set to participate in the world’s largest global digital book club.
April 2, 2018
(Equinox) Equinox announced the successful migration of the Potter-Tioga Library System to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.
March 30, 2018
(Lucidea) Lucidea’s latest developments to their leading library automation, knowledge management and collections management solutions are very powerful indeed. They are purpose-built and client-influenced, with enhancements their clients are eagerly anticipating.
March 29, 2018
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the United Kingdom’s University of Wolverhampton has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, Primo discovery and delivery solution, and Leganto course reading list solution. The university library will be migrating from the Capita Alto library management system and integrating the Leganto solution with Wolverhampton’s virtual learning environment and student portal to improve pathways to course readings.
March 28, 2018
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Japan’s Keio University and Waseda University have chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the universities’ libraries. The Alma platform will replace the Innovative Millennium integrated library system used by Waseda and the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system at Keio University.
(Talis) York St John University have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading lists service.
(Yewno) Yewno announced the introduction of free and open US Federal Government documents into its Discover platform for universities and libraries. Within this platform, users will be able to explore millions of federal documents at the conceptual level.
March 27, 2018
(Follett) A full-day workshop just prior to the ISTE 2018 Conference in Chicago will explore how K-12 librarian leaders can lead, teach, and support the Future Ready goals of their schools and districts, develop an action plan for their library programs, and delve into the challenges and best practices surrounding empowering Future Ready Librarians.
(ProQuest) ProQuest has teamed with Cambridge University Press to provide libraries access to the Cambridge Core platform and content via the ProQuest OASIS platform. Over 30,000 ebook titles across 36 subject areas from Cambridge University Press and other publishers become available through the OASIS® selection and purchase system beginning 27th March 2018. Cambridge Core content and platform were developed with extensive user testing and input from more than 10,000 researchers, librarians and authors to ensure support of research and learning goals.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Cayuse, a leader in research administration software for universities, hospitals, and research organizations, has signed an agreement to be the Ex Libris North American reseller of the Ex Libris Pivot funding and collaboration solution.
(Equinox) Equinox announced that Perry Memorial Library in Vance County, North Carolina successfully migrated to Evergreen within NC Cardinal Consortium (NC Cardinal).
March 23, 2018
(KOMBIT) Den varslede strejke fra den 4. april 2018 kan påvirke FBS, da det vil betyde, at UNI-Login bliver lukket ned.Undervisningsministeriet har meddelt, at de er udtaget til konflikt og derfor vil være omfattet af en eventuel strejke fra onsdag den 4. april 2018 og efterfølgende en eventuel lockout fra tirsdag den 10. april 2018.
(Preservica) University of the Arts London has selected active digital preservation specialist Preservica to future-proof its unique art and design collections.
March 22, 2018
(EBSCO Information Services) The GALILEO consortium is making the research experience easier for their library users by implementing federated single sign-on access, enabling end users to sign-on once into any resource from the site or within Discovery. GALILEO has entered into a five-year agreement with EBSCO Information Services and OpenAthens providing single sign-on software that allows the end user to move from resource to resource without re-entering their credentials. The software delivers all of GALILEO’s library resources to its 10 million users by simply having them sign in via a single login.
(BiblioCommons) Eight years after its initial launch, BiblioCommons announced the upcoming release of version 3.0 of its BiblioWeb website-building and content-publishing platform.
(BiblioCommons) For years the library community has been dreaming of a FRBRized catalog. After many iterations and a year of live beta testing, BiblioCommons has realized this dream by launching Grouped Search for libraries using the BiblioCore catalog across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
(Yewno) Yewno announced that the Bavarian State Library will offer researchers the option of performing research in either English or German using the Yewno Discover platform.
March 21, 2018
(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is making it easier for new entrepreneurs and existing business owners to find and access their library’s key business and legal resources. Gale Small Business Builder now provides integrated access to Small Business Resource Center, DemographicsNow and Gale LegalForms. Libraries that subscribe to one or more of these products now have access to additional business and legal content through Gale Small Business Builder, giving their patrons a direct path to the resources and tools they need within their business planning workflow.
(Third Chapter Partners) Patron Point announed a significant expansion to its Proven Programs offerings. From the original set of four, the expansion includes nine new programs in three broad categories including: Core (patron lifecycle): Welcome, Renew, Anniversary, Engage, Restore, and Rising Adult; Preference (programs driven by patron preferences): Promote, News, Read, and Hot Authors; and Growth (attracting new users): Attract, Refer, and Social. Libraries can mix and match programs to affordably achieve their marketing goals.
(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is taking instruction and student engagement to the next level. Video and curriculum-aligned classroom tools have been integrated into selected eBooks on the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) platform. Now teachers can incorporate content from these eBooks---text, video, classroom activities and more---into their lesson plans, creating a more effective and engaging learning experience for students, while meeting curriculum standards.
(RedLink) RedLink announced that Rockefeller University Press is the latest publisher to offer Remarq, a tool for the research and education communities offering collaboration, annotation, commenting, article sharing, and editorial tools, all on the publisher’s site and utilizing the version of record. Remarq launched earlier this week on the Journal of Cell Biology, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, and the Journal of General Physiology.
(OCLC) The Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, in partnership with OCLC, released the report, From Awareness to Funding: Voter Perceptions and Support of Public Libraries in 2018. The research updates OCLC’s seminal 2008 study that explored voter perceptions, use, and attitudes toward public libraries, librarians, and library funding.
(EBSCO Information Services) GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCOhas partnered with Capita to offer a fully integrated and automated acquisitions workflow solution. The new partnership provides academic libraries using the Capita Library Management System with seamless access to GOBI®, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for finding, ordering and managing e-books and print books for libraries.
March 20, 2018
(Civica) Rapid advancements in technology and changing customer needs have ensured that Civica’s cutting-edge integrated library management system, Spydus, is on top of the latest technology trends to continuously improve service delivery outcomes. Jeremy Langley, Product Manager, Libraries, shares his technology vision for library management.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has partnered with Mackin Educational Resources, merging MackinVIA eRe ource platform services with TLC’s Library.Solution ILS. Released on March 8th, the integration of MackinVIA and Library•Solution’s Public Access Catalog begins a partnership that unifies MackinVIA's capabilities with TLC’s customer base.
(Overdrive) While some thought digital was going to signal the decline of libraries, it has instead strengthened library systems and positioned them as a hub for innovation, education and a place of reading happiness beyond the bookshelves. After surpassing one million digital book checkouts in 2007 and 100 million in 2012, leading digital reading platform OverDrive today proudly announces another remarkable milestone – libraries around the world have reached one billion digital book checkouts.
(Ex Libris) Sistemas Lógicos Chile, distribuidor exclusivo de Ex Libris en Chile, una compañía de Proquest, tiene el agrado de anunciar que el Sistema de Bibliotecas de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) ha puesto a disposición, en la Zona Comunitaria de Alma, su base de datos de registros de autoridad en español. Esta base de datos, la primera de este tipo en la Zona Comunitaria, contiene más de 518.000 registros de autoridad de materias, autores personales, corporativos, geográficos, series y títulos, basados en los registros de la LC Subject Headings y otros tesauros como MESH, DECS, AGROVOC, entre otros. Este vocabulario controlado beneficiará principalmente al staff y a los usuarios de las instituciones de habla hispana y es un aporte al trabajo colaborativo entre los miembros de la comunidad de usuarios de Alma.
March 19, 2018
(LibraryThing) LibraryThing, creator of the social site LibraryThing.com and a leading provider of software for libraries, has acquired the mobile app Litsy.
(OCLC) OCLC has introduced Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries. A proven solution used by more than 75 percent of public libraries in the Netherlands, Wise is engineered to elevate library experiences, the experiences of the people who use the library and the dedicated staff who engage with the community.
(Equinox) Equinox is pleased to announce that Thorold Public Library in Thorold, Ontario successfully migrated to Evergreen under the Sequoia agreement with the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative.
March 15, 2018
(Overdrive) The Zhejiang Library, together with OverDrive, the world’s leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the launch of its digital library collection with a large catalog of eBooks and audiobooks. Based in Hangzhou, a world-class technology hub and home to e-commerce giant Alibaba, this provincial library is the seventh library in China – including Capital Library in Beijing, Shanghai Library, and Shenzhen Library – to join OverDrive’s worldwide network of 40,000 libraries and schools.
(MOBIUS) The MOBIUS Consortium announced that the Mountain View Public Library, (MO), went live as a member of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Library is the 36th member to go live on the system and migrated from a standalone TLC Integrated Library System.
(Lucidea) Lucidea’s archives collections management applications, CuadraSTAR Knowledge Center for Archives (SKCA) and Eloquent Archives, will be represented at this year’s Midwest Archives Conference in Chicago, IL.
(Bibliotheca) bibliotheca announces the North American launch of its open library solution, open+. open+ is a comprehensive solution that provides more convenient access for users, more flexibility for library staff and more opportunities for libraries to make an impact within their communities. Using the open+ solution, libraries can control building access, security, and automation through one efficient central management hub. Seamlessly integrating with existing ILS and library solutions, open+ allows libraries to easily configure open hours, monitor library activity, control audio announcements and more.
March 14, 2018
(OCLC) The University of the Basque Country, the public research institution in the Basque Country of Spain, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library services platform.
(Preservica) The Sainsbury Archive, which charts the growth and history of one of the UK’s largest supermarkets, has chosen Preservica’s AWS cloud-hosted digital preservation platform to actively preserve invaluable digital assets relating to the company’s operations. These currently date from the opening of the very first store in Drury Lane, London in 1869, and the Archive also plans to use Preservica to safeguard exclusively born-digital records in the future.
March 13, 2018
(Ingram Content Group) De Gruyter, a leading international academic publishing house for over 260 years, has expanded its global presence in the United States and Australia by tapping into print on demand services from Lightning Source LLC, a leading print-on-demand company that is part of Ingram Content Group.
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a research and development grant to the Internet Archive to address the critical need to preserve the “long tail” of open access scholarly communications. The project, Ensuring the Persistent Access of Long Tail Open Access Journal Literature, builds on prototype work identifying at-risk content held in web archives by using data provided by identifier services and registries. Furthermore, the project expands on work acquiring missing open access articles via customized web harvesting, improving discovery and access to this materials from within extant web archives, and developing machine learning approaches, training sets, and cost models for advancing and scaling this project’s work.
March 12, 2018
(Rosemont Shared Print Alliance) The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust, which includes 60 academic and research institutions with a mission to secure and provide access to the scholarly record, has joined the Rosemont Shared Print Alliance, a partnership of regional shared programs focused on collaborative print journal archiving.
(EBSCO Information Services) NoveList, a division of EBSCO Information Services, announces the retirement of NoveList Co-Founders Duncan Smith and Roger Rohweder. During their tenure with NoveList, Smith and Rohweder have helped empower librarians and connect communities through the readers’ advisory solution. Danielle Borasky has accepted the position of Vice President and will take on leadership of NoveList.
(bepress) Bepress and SSRN are pleased to announce a joint pilot to explore integration between their two platforms. The four-month pilot launches today with the participation of Columbia Law School’s Arthur W. Diamond Law Library and University of Georgia School of Law’s Library. Both bepress and SSRN are eager to explore potential solutions to the obstacles that professional schools and their libraries face in promoting their open access scholarship. The initial pilot offers one possible model for demonstrating the increased reach of legal scholarship when work is available through an open access repository as well as a specialized network of peers, by simplifying population of and aggregating research impact from both platforms.
March 8, 2018
(OCLC) Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences and the Public Library Wiener Neustadt are the first libraries in Austria to go live with OCLC’s cloud-based WorldShare Management Services.
March 7, 2018
(Digital Science) Digital Science and Katalysis announced the launch of a pilot project to test blockchain technologies to support the peer review process. They are joined in this pilot project by founding partner Springer Nature.
March 6, 2018
(Civica) Civica, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of critical software applications, digital solutions and managed services that help transform the way organisations work, is pleased to announce the award of a multimillion-dollar contract from the National Library Board of Singapore to supply the Spydus library management solution and associated services for four years with an option to extend to eight years.
March 5, 2018
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services continues its commitment to providing libraries and their patrons with access to high-quality e-book content by making more than 70,000 EBSCO eBooks Digital Rights Management free. The DRM-free initiative reinforces EBSCO’s commitment to working with publishers to increase e-book options for libraries.
(ProQuest) Libraries who choose the Academic Complete subscription, ProQuest’s flagship ebook resource trusted by libraries worldwide, can now provide an enhanced user experience for their patrons in the Ebook Central platform, thanks to a new integration with the Syndetics Unbound service.
(OhioLINK) OhioLINK announced that more than 50,000 new materials from the Ohio Digital Network are now discoverable in Digital Public Library of America. Led by the State Library of Ohio and in partnership with OhioLINK, the Ohio Public Library Information Network, and the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Digital Network builds on strong digital collection efforts across the state, including extensive digital collections at OhioLINK member institutions, Ohio Memory, and the Ohio Digitization Hubs project.
(KOMBIT) I denne måned kan vi præsentere resultaterne fra den brugerundersøgelse, som rigtig mange hjalp os ved at svare på i januar. Vi fortæller også om kommende ændringer i FBS og om programmet for årsmødet i april. FBS årsmøde de
March 1, 2018
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the Michigan Shared System Alliance has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the Alliance’s members. The Alma platform will replace the Innovative Sierra integrated library system at five of the member institutions.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar el éxito de la implantación de la plataforma de servicios de biblioteca Ex Libris Alma y la solución de descubrimiento Primo en la Universidad de Cambridge. Las soluciones Alma y Primo serán una parte integral de los servicios en las múltiples bibliotecas de Cambridge.
(Follett) The Grand Prize winner of the 2018 Follett Challenge will be selected from among an elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska; a middle school in the Bronx, N.Y.; and a high school in Durham, N.C. In an online announcement today, organizers of the Follett Challenge unveiled the seventh annual competition’s three diverse Semifinalists, as well as the 10 People’s Choice winners.
(EBSCO Information Services) Libraries and institutions that subscribe to the LearningExpress platforms from EBSCO Information Services can now offer users and patrons faster, streamlined access to content with an updated LearningExpress platform. The release features an improved user experience and enables simultaneous access to multiple LearningExpress products using one login email address.
(Insight Informatics) Recently, MNC agreed to move to LIBERO’s hosted solution, LIBERO Cloud, and will move forward with peace of mind that industry experts will take care of its library resources.
February 28, 2018
(Systematic Group) The search is again on for the "Public Library of the Year”. The award is presented to the best new public library anywhere in the world in terms of focus on community needs, local culture and digital development.The world’s best new public library for 2018 will soon be selected by presentation of the annual international “Public Library of the Year” award.
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced the release of a new Guidebook as the culmination of the "It Takes a Village: Open Source Software Sustainability" project. The Guidebook is designed to serve as a practical reference source to help open source software (OSS) programs serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations plan for long-term sustainability. This sustainability effort includes ensuring that commitment and resources will be available at levels sufficient for the software to remain viable and effective as long as needed. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services - Grant LG-73-17-0005-17; LYRASIS appreciates their support.
February 27, 2018
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Health, the leading provider of evidence-based clinical resource tools including DynaMed Plus and Dynamic Health, announced the addition of Diane Hanson to the team at Dynamic Health. Hanson, who brings extensive experience in executive leadership, quality patient care as well as product strategy and management, will serve as the editor-in-chief of the nursing and allied health resource.
(Yewno) Yewno announced that it has added German and Chinese language documents to its Discover platform. Yewno’s Discover platform harnesses hundreds of millions of semantic connections and conceptual links from millions of scholarly articles, books, and databases across all academic fields. This empowers students and researchers to navigate intuitively across concepts, relationships, and disciplines, learning from resources that might have otherwise been overlooked. This not only enhances understanding and creates more impactful work, but also saves time while ensuring comprehensive coverage. The multilingual Discover platform offers users the ability to conduct their research in any one of the languages offered: English, German and Chinese, or any combination of those three languages. German and Chinese content published on the platform is in the original language, not a translation, and is acquired directly from publishers and high quality Open Access sources. This ensures accuracy and integrity of the original content, as well as original language point-of view.
February 26, 2018
(Insight Informatics) Insight Informatics announced that its LIBERO Cloud library solution will host the library collection for Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training (Tranby), and provide a digital repository for its unique archive collection.
(Civica) Bridging the gap between online and physical experiences is a key challenge for libraries, reveals the latest Civica Changing LandscapeTM Report: the intrinsic value of libraries as public spaces – Physical-digital, communicating the new normal. The report was developed by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Civica, a market leader in business-critical software, digital solutions and managed services for organisations around the world helping transform the way they work.