August 6, 2020
(Preservica) Preservica, the market leader in cloud-hosted active digital preservation, has been selected by the University of Nottingham Libraries to safeguard and aid the open discovery of its unique and diverse range of academic, business and cultural digital collections.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and IGNITE Online are partnering to support libraries looking to adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform. EBSCO and IGNITE Online will work together to provide reliable local hosting and support services to libraries across Latin America.
August 5, 2020
(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization launched its strategic plan for July 2020 - 2023, which focuses on four key themes: Diversity and Inclusion; Trendsetting; Standards Development for Content and Technology; and Community Development.
(Ancestry) Blackstone announced that private equity funds managed by Blackstone have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Ancestry from Silver Lake, GIC, Spectrum Equity, Permira, and other equity holders for a total enterprise value of $4.7 billion. Current Ancestry investor GIC will continue to retain a significant minority stake in the company. This transaction represents the first control acquisition for Blackstone's eighth vintage of its flagship private equity vehicle.
August 4, 2020
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as its commercial public cloud platform. TLC's Library Management Software platforms: CARL.X, Library.Solution, and Library.Solution for Schools, provide their users with an experience built for scalability, high availability, and operational efficiency while supporting the librarians' goal of enhancing the patron's experience with the library.
(Occuspace) Occuspace, an IoT occupancy data solution provider, today announced its safe social distancing sensor technology is gaining adoption among higher education institutions planning to reopen their campuses amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As university officials actively address student re-population strategies to limit the spread of the virus, they are leaning on new technologies to provide additional safeguards for students, faculty, and staff.
(ByWater Solutions) We are thrilled to work with EBSCO and our partner libraries to introduce support for searching EBSCO EDS within Aspen Discovery. This functionality helps public libraries make effective use of their articles and databases and unifies the search experience for academic libraries. The introduction of this functionality marks a significant new chapter in the evolution of Aspen Discovery.
August 3, 2020
(Axiell) Axiell, the leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, announced the acquisition of Musoft, the leading vendor for collections management, heritage catalogue, virtual reality and public facing solutions in the Czech and Slovak Republics. The acquisition advances the technology landscape for museums, libraries and cultural organisations in Eastern and Central Europe and brings customers such as Czech National Museum, Slovak National Museum, Czech National Heritage Institute, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic into the Axiell Group. Musoft's industry experience, local infrastructure, leading technologies and well-established customer relationships expand Axiell's position in Europe. In the near future, the region and Musofts existing customers will get access to the cloud-based solutions Axiell Quria for libraries and WeLib for education, as well as Axiell's solutions for collections management.
(koha-community.org) Koha is a free and open source library system that was founded in New Zealand in 1999. Today, it is used in more than 15,000 libraries worldwide. This year we are excited to be hosting Kohacon, our annual conference, in Wellington, NZ.
July 31, 2020
(OCLC) OCLC, the nonprofit global library technology and research organization based in Dublin, has been named among the “2020 Best Employers in Ohio.” OCLC has been recognized among the “Best Employers in Ohio” for 12 years since the program began in 2006. Crain's Content Studio-Cleveland published the 2020 Best Employers in Ohio list, in partnership with the Best Companies Group. The Best Employers in Ohio recognition is based in large part on confidential surveys of each organization's employees. OCLC is ranked 6th out of 22 recognized among the Best Employers in the Large Employers (250 or more employees) category.
(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Jefferson Township Public Library (NJ) has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the library is Patron Point's ability to produce newsletters and engage patrons with welcome messaging.
(TIND) Colorado College will migrate to a combined TIND IR and TIND DA instance for their newly branded digitalCC multi-media repository, providing archival preservation, curation, and discovery of scholarly publications and digitized special collections. The college migrates to TIND from a locally hosted Fedora Commons datastore.
(Evergreen Project) Evergreen Release 3.5 is now available. The latest semi-annual release upgrades several important functions.
July 30, 2020
(Civica) Civica, a global leader in software for public and community services,announced that it has signed five-year contracts with two of Victoria's largest metropolitan libraries, Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation (ERLC) and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries (YPRL).
(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to combine with CPA Global, a global leader in intellectual property software and tech-enabled services. In the all-stock transaction, CPA Global shareholders will receive approximately 218 million Clarivate ordinary shares, representing 35% pro forma fully diluted ownership of Clarivate. Based on the 30-day volume weighted average share price of Clarivate, the implied enterprise value is approximately $6.8 billion, which includes approximately $900 million of the present value of tax assets. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, is expected to close fourth quarter of 2020.
(NISO) The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced the roster for the initial iteration of the Public Library Data Alliance (PLDA). Representing an array of stakeholders, this group will continue the work of the COSLA Measures that Matter initiative.
July 29, 2020
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that Plano Public Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System partner. SirsiDynix believes in the power libraries have to uplift and enrich their communities and is honored to provide services and support in this endeavor. SirsiDynix is excited to welcome Plano Public Library.
(Equinox) Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce the successful migration of the Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, a division of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico to the Koha Integrated Library System. They were one of two 2019 Equinox Open Source Grant recipients.
(Equinox) Equinox Open Library Initiative se enorgullece de anunciar la exitosa migración de la Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, una división del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña de San Juan de Puerto Rico, al Sistema Integrado de Gestión de Bibliotecas Koha. Es uno de los dos beneficiarios de la subvención Equinox Open Source para el 2019.
(Internet Archive) Lawyers for the Internet Archive filed a brief in the US Southern District of New York responding to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Wiley, and Penguin Random House in June of this year. The Internet Archive denies all charges of willful infringement.
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS was awarded $492,069 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries program for two projects titled Open Source Software Sustainability in Practice and Fedora Migration Paths and Tools: A Pilot Project.
(Elsevier) Elsevier's world-leading platform of peer-reviewed scholarly literature, ScienceDirect, has integrated SeamlessAccess to provide researchers with convenient and secure institutional access to its site, anytime, anywhere and on any device.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, has successfully worked with customers around the world to help them sustain and update operations during the global pandemic. Working with individual libraries, Innovative has offered free services and discounted subscriptions when needed. Globally, Innovative has also provided a significant amount of new resources and a comprehensive approach to customer support.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is working with the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) to save customers money. EBSCO and SUPC collaborated to ensure that new legislation introduced to apply a zero rate of VAT on electronic publications (e-publications) in the United Kingdom has been effectively applied to electronic publications for all customers of EBSCO in the United Kingdom. The efforts have saved the customers EBSCO serves more than £4.5 million in VAT costs.
July 27, 2020
(FOLIO) The FOLIO Open Source Community has issued its latest named release opening the way for many sites to adopt FOLIO. The Goldenrod Release signifies the completion of Version One (V1) ILS functionality for the FOLIO Library Services Platform.
(JISC) Libraries who utilise OpenAthens can now access Exact Editions digital subscriptions through the service, allowing staff and students seamless access through their existing institutional accounts.
(SAGE Publications) The University of Southampton has adopted Talis Aspire as they focus on the use of digital resources. They aim to improve students' experience of accessing online resources with reading lists in Talis Aspire. The library will also benefit from streamlined workflows to enhance the resourcing and acquisitions processes.
(Equinox) Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce the successful migration of Spark Central of Spokane, Washington to the Koha Integrated Library System. They were one of two 2019 Equinox Open Source Grant recipients.
(OCLC) OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, a leading library services platform, has achieved United States Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization following a rigorous evaluation to meet the U.S. Government's security requirements for cloud services. The United States Census Bureau Library served as OCLC's agency sponsor for FedRAMP.
July 25, 2020
(Insight Informatics) The Chemnitz University Library is the largest scientific and technical library in Western Saxony, Germany and thus also the centre of library services for this region. Founded in 1836, the library is open to the public, university staff and all those interested in scientific information.
July 24, 2020
(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Salina Public Library, of Salina, KS, has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the library is Patron Point's ability to integrate with its Koha ILS.
July 23, 2020
(NISO) Following their April 2020 announcement, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) Steering Committee have now achieved two more important milestones in their work to formalize and develop CRediT both as a NISO/ANSI standard and as a community.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is joining the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) as an external stakeholder. In providing in-kind support to UKRN, EBSCO is furthering its goal of supporting open research and reproducibility by teaming up with an organization of researchers and research institutes dedicated to improving the quality of research.
(ProQuest) ProQuest announced the addition of audio descriptions to its most-watched video titles in the Academic Video Online and ProQuest One™ Academic platforms, making educational streaming video more accessible to visually impaired users.
(EBSCO Information Services) GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, a division of EBSCO Information Services, has expanded its Business Development team, hiring Andy Soanes as Business Development Manager. In this role, Soanes will be working to distribute EBSCO's print and e-book offerings to academic libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland through GOBI Library Solutions.
July 22, 2020
(SAGE Publications) Lean Library, a browser extension from SAGE Publishing that delivers library services directly into the patron's workflow, has launched a new mobile app, Academic Browser, to further improve remote access.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Pennsylvania Koha Consortium is now live on Koha! Nine Libraries throughout the state of Pennsylvania form the PKC Group! The member libraries were formerly known as Pennsylvania Millennium Users Group (PAMUG).
(Soutron Global) International library transformation company Soutron Global received the 2020 San Diego Award in the Software Company category by the San Diego Award Program.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced that six public libraries joined the Development Partner program for Vega, a new patron engagement and discovery solution for public libraries. The partners include The Central Arkansas Library System, The Ferguson Library, Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Mid-Hudson Library System, MidPointe Library System, and Springfield-Greene Library System.
July 21, 2020
(The Library Corporation) A TLC data services customer for 30 years, and a Library.Solution customer for over a decade, North Iowa Libraries Collaborating (NILC) moved from Library.Solution 4.2 to the web-based solution Library.Solution 5.5.3. The Library Corporation smoothly migrated the consortium, consisting of 90 public and school library sites. This entirely web-based solution adds the ability of working from anywhere to all of the librarians in the consortium. “We view the migration as a positive step for the consortium and look forward to implementing its additional, new functionalities as time goes on. These provided an incentive for us to migrate to version 5.5.3,” stated Nathan Clark, NILC Coordinator and Director of the Emmetsburg Public Library.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Rice University has signed an agreement with Ex Libris to implement the company's Leganto course resource list solution. Rice is the 200th institution to select the Leganto solution to support the increased role of library resources in the physical and virtual classrooms.
(OCLC) Three public libraries have been selected to receive OCLC Community Engagement Awards for outstanding programs that have transformed lives in the communities they serve. The programs and libraries selected as OCLC Community Engagement Award winners are: Orlando Children's Business Fair, Orange County Library System), Florida; Project BRIDGE: Building Relationships In Diverse Generational Experiences, Jackson District Library, Michigan; and Welcome Baby, Edmonton Public Library, Canada. Each library will receive $5,000 to help continue their outstanding efforts.
(Follett) Britten Follett, who leads Follett's PreK-12 business, has been named to the Educational Book & Media Association's (EBMA) board of directors. The Warrenton, Va.-based not-for-profit association is committed to developing better techniques and procedures for the sales, marketing, and distribution of print books and related media in the school and library markets.
July 20, 2020
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced its five 2020 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. Independence Public Library in Independence, Belize; Peterborough Town Library in Peterborough, New Hampshire; The Valley Library at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon; H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Learning Resource Centre, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Pacific Theological College, in Suva, Fiji 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.
(Villanova University) Version 7.0 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This major release brings some aspects of the code more up to date while also adding several new features and fixes.
(ProQuest) Academic, public and special libraries across Alberta have banded together to provide the province with online access to the entire archive of the Calgary Herald, the largest and oldest daily newspaper in Alberta, from 1883-2010.
July 17, 2020
(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix's 2020 Power of Libraries Award winners were announced at Connections Summit: Directors Edition. The Power of Libraries Award is given every year to acknowledge the work libraries do to support and uplift their communities. This year's winners are: Boone County Public Library, Hamilton East Public Library, and Broward County Libraries.
(Patron Point) Point announced that the Lindenhurst Memorial Library of New York, has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's efforts to move beyond traditional marketing channels. Of particular interest is Patron Point's ability to launch an email welcome campaign for new patrons as well as produce newsletter communications.
July 16, 2020
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the launch of a new website, the Funding Insights dashboard, which offers unique insights into the state of global research funding opportunities. Access to the dashboard is free.
(Voyager Sopris Learning) American College of Education (ACE) and Voyager Sopris Learning today announced a partnership that will enable LETRS students to seamlessly transition into ACE graduate programs. LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is Voyager Sopris Learning's landmark professional learning course on the science of reading.
July 15, 2020
(Overdrive) OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced that Milena Alberti-Perez and Sari Feldman have joined its Board of Directors. The addition of the two distinguished executives follows the completion of the acquisition of OverDrive by KKR from Rakuten.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Switzerland's Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden (Cantonal Library Graubünden) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Serving 21 member libraries, the Cantonal Library Graubünden network will benefit from the efficiency of integrated workflows and the ability to offer remote access to library patrons across the canton, particularly important in today's challenging times.
July 14, 2020
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Università degli Studi di Bergamo (University of Bergamo) has selected the Ex Libris Leganto® course reading list solution.
(Talis) Perlego, a new ebook and etextbook subscription service, has partnered with Talis to enable unlimited access to online resources for students on over 230,000 courses.
(ByWater Solutions) Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.10 release is available. This major release includes 28 improvements.
July 13, 2020
(FOLIO) Libraries around the world are beginning to implement FOLIO, the open source Library Services Platform, as it approaches a named release that signals a significant achievement in the development of initial apps, features and functionality.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has brought yet another innovation to the library software marketplace. With the latest release of Library.Solution, TLC will be introducing ProQuest's popular Syndetics Unbound catalog enrichment tool into Library Management Software with a deliberate and unique integration, leveraging the enriched elements for both patron discovery and staff usability.
July 12, 2020
(Higher Education Library Technology) Theses and dissertations (TDs) form a core part of the research outputs of an academic institution. However, they do not usually get the same attention as journal published research. Universities are doing more to make this category of research outputs more easily discoverable to a growing global community of scholars. In this way they increase visibility for the institution and individual by amplifying the reach to the wider scholarly community.
July 10, 2020
(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Sequoyah Regional Library System (SRLS) of Canton, GA, has selected its patron relationship management system to help drive its patron engagement and web marketing efforts. Of particular interest for SRLS was Patron Point's ability to support efforts to reach non-cardholders and re-engage “inactive” patrons.
(Insight Informatics) To better serve the German LIBERO customer base and the German library market, the LIBERO team has established LIBERO IS GmbH (LIBERO Information Systems) in Germany. This will give German library sites the option to contract directly with LIBERO IS GmbH should it be required. The ability to engage directly with Insight Informatics Pty. Ltd. (Australia) also remains an option.
July 9, 2020
(Preservica) Preservica, the market leader in active digital preservation, has been selected by the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) to safeguard over two million digitized pages and born-digital materials including university records, archives, and special collections.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Aalto University in Finland has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution as part of a drive to upgrade the university's library. The integrated systems will unify the management of resources, simplify and automate workflows, free up staff for working on new initiatives, and strengthen the library's ability to make comprehensive services available remotely.
(Ingram Content Group) panOpen and VitalSource announced a distribution agreement to deliver panOpen OER-based courseware across the network of VitalSource higher education institutions and partners.
(OCLC) The Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, part of the Cleveland Museum of Art, is now using OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a cloud-based library services platform with WorldCat as its foundation, which allows library staff to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also enables staff to better manage resources in all formats and to provide their users with improved access to the library's collections and the world's knowledge.
July 8, 2020
(Equinox) Equinox Open Library Initiative announced the successful migration of John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary to the Koha Integrated Library System.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College is now live on Koha!
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced the agreement with South Dakota State Library for new agreements for their cloud-based resource sharing solution, SHAREit, and its integrated library system, VERSO. A-G's VERSO was selected following a competitive RFI in Q1 of 2020, allowing A-G to expand their presence in the mid-west of the United States and extend current relations with the state library into 2025.
(LibLynx) Gruyter is partnering with LibLynx to power identity, access and analytics for their new digital publishing platform. De Gruyter's goal is a highly customized digital platform that allows the publishing house to become more user-centered and data-driven and react much more flexibly to customer needs. In particular, they want to explore more efficient and innovative approaches that support a diverse portfolio of subscription and open access content.
(Springshare) Springshare announces the completion of the QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Cooperative's transfer to the LibAnswers 24/7 Chat Cooperative. Since its launch on February 28, 2020, over 2,800 librarians have joined the global community of Springshare 24/7 librarians and contributing libraries to answer more than 30,000 chats while patrons' local libraries were busy or offline -- questions that would have been unanswered otherwise.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Sorbonne University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution as part of a drive to improve library services. The new system will simplify workflows for library staff and patrons and automate many key tasks, giving staff members more time to develop innovative services and support patrons from any location.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Carl S. Swisher Library, Jacksonville University is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 512,000 plus holdings from OCLC and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://jacksonvilleu.bywatersolutions.com/.
July 7, 2020
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced the launch of its Cloud Apps open framework, which enables apps written by Ex Libris community members and a broader ecosystem of partners to run inside the Ex Libris higher-ed cloud platform. The first Cloud Apps will be made available with the August release of the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Since the launch of the Ex Libris App Center last year, the community has shared more than 60 apps in the App Center marketplace, helping users meet essential and changing institutional needs. The Cloud Apps open framework extends the openness, agility, and adaptability of the Ex Libris higher-ed cloud platform to the next level.
July 6, 2020
(The Library Corporation) TLC's CARL.X Library Management Software customers are a knowledgeable, tight-knit group of libraries who are involved in developing CARL.X products to reflect their emerging needs. The CARL Customer Relations team has recently organized a series of Post-Pandemic group video calls with CARL's libraries to share ideas, strategies, and workflows regarding re-opening and providing curbside or hands-free services. Participants lead the calls and collaborate with a focus on protecting staff and serving patrons effectively.
(NISO) NISO has published RP-30-2020, Manuscript Exchange Common Approach (MECA) Recommended Practice — an open protocol for the transfer of manuscripts within and between manuscript systems. As well as developing a common vocabulary, the MECA Working Group has also made specific recommendations for transmitting, identifying, and packaging the content being transferred.
July 3, 2020
(Springer) The HBCU Foundation, a Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit whose aim is to provide scholarship aid to deserving students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, announced on Monday, a $50,000 grant from the leading academic publishing company, Springer Nature, in support of HBCU scholarships.
July 2, 2020
(OCLC) OCLC is the highest ranked supplier on the latest APUC Framework Agreement for Library Management Systems. Following a competitive tender evaluation process, OCLC's WorldShare Management Services achieved the highest overall score. The APUC Framework looks closely at development, implementation and support, and the functional capabilities of systems so that APUC members do not have to go through a tender process.
(Project ReShare) Project ReShare and Stanford Libraries of Stanford University announce the launch of the Controlled Digital Lending Implementers group to explore and coordinate broad and thoughtful implementation of controlled digital lending.
July 1, 2020
(Follett) Two not-for-profit organizations serving young students from low-income families have partnered with Follett and its online book fairs to keep kids reading to help counter the “summer slide,” which is expected to have greater impact this year when combined with the COVID-19 school closures.
(ChiliFresh) Coquitlam Public Library in cooperaMon with ChiliFresh Enterprises has enhanced their Polaris discovery platform with ChiliPAC, which provides readers with fully customized user profiles. With ChiliPAC integrated into the Library's online catalog, library staff and customers have the ability to read and write book reviews, star rate items, create and curate their own booklists and bookshelves and share those lists with friends and other library users globally. With booklists and bookshelves fully integrated into the catalog's search results, the catalog becomes an organic reader's advisory where Library staff and customers share reading recommendaMons within their community and on a global scale.
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced a major strategic evolution for its organization, prioritizing social justice in all of its grantmaking. The Foundation's board has resoundingly endorsed a refined mission statement and updated program areas. While Mellon's strategic shift—under the leadership of Mellon President Elizabeth Alexander— has been two years in the making, current events make the Foundation's new social justice lens even more relevant to Mellon's philanthropic efforts supporting the arts and humanities.
(Evergreen Project) The first Evergreen International Online Conference drew over 350 registrants for the June 9 through 11 event. Always quick to adapt, the open source community of Evergreen users moved to an online conference as a late substitution for the in-person Evergreen International Conference that had been scheduled for April in Atlanta but was cancelled due to the pandemic.
June 30, 2020
(EBSCO Information Services) GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO is providing choice for libraries by extending its Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) services to include Books at JSTOR. This arrangement offers libraries more options to acquire and manage their DDA program via their preferred workflow solution.
(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is helping public libraries analyze data more efficiently to better serve their patrons and communities. Gale Analytics has introduced new interactive dashboards that provide public libraries with valuable insights into their service areas. Now library staff can dynamically interact with data to better understand the lifestyles and behaviors of households in their communities to design and market customized library services and resources to fit their needs.
(Yewno) The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan today announces that they will be offering Yewno Discover, a powerful research tool powered by artificial intelligence, free of charge to all of Italy until the end of August through the Cattolica website in both Italian and English. The initiative is part of UCSC's ongoing commitment to sharing knowledge.
(OCLC) OCLC, the global library technology and research organization based in Dublin, Ohio, has been named among Insider Pro and Computerworld's 2020 Best Places to Work in IT. This is the 11th year OCLC has been selected as one of Computerworld's top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. The honor is part of the IT publication's annual Best Places to Work in IT survey. OCLC placed at number 16 on the 2020 list in the Small Organization Rankings.
June 29, 2020
(mk Solutions) Markus Flory, President, announces mk Solutions is helping libraries better manage patron interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding its portfolio to include touchless library automation solutions, like the mk Sneeze Guard, made from real tempered glass, not Plexi/Acrylic.
(ProQuest) ProQuest, an EdTech leader with the world's largest collection of curated dissertations and theses, and Kudos, the award-winning networking and communications tracking service for accelerating research impact, have today announced an initiative that will help graduate students get the best possible exposure for their publications.
(KOMBIT) Den kvikke læser har måske bemærket, at nyhedsbrevet har fået nyt navn. Det skyldes, at vi, som tidligere nævnt, i KOMBIT har valgt at samle FBS (Fælles Bibliotekssystem) og FBI (Fælles Biblioteksinfrastruktur) under en fælles organisering og et fælles projekt kaldet Bibliotekernes Data og It (BDI).
(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate released the 2020 update to its annual Web of Science Journal Citation Reports (JCR). The annual JCR release enables the research community to evaluate the world's high-quality academic journals using a range of indicators, descriptive data and visualizations. The reports are used by academic publishers across the globe to evaluate the impact of their journals relative to their field and promote them to the research community.
(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce the results of its recent Board elections for the term beginning July 1, 2020. Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc., becomes Chair of NISO for the 2020-21 term, after serving as Vice Chair for the past 12 months. Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC, Inc., has been elected to serve as the incoming Vice Chair. She will transition into the role of Chair for 2021-22 next July. Marian Hollingsworth will transition to the position of Past Chair following her successful tenure as Chair of the NISO Board since July of 2019.
(ByWater Solutions) Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.09 release is available. This major release includes 48 improvements.
June 26, 2020
(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Chattanooga Public Library of Tennessee, has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's efforts to conduct an effective marketing communications program. This included Patron Point's ability to produce on-going communications to the Library's patron community as well as its ability to provide metrics on program performance.
June 25, 2020
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has developed a new resource to make harvesting COUNTER reports easier. The SUSHI Harvester for Multi-Site Libraries (the R5 Harvester) is a Microsoft Access tool designed to help small to medium size consortia more easily gather COUNTER reports for their affiliated libraries.
(Insight Informatics) The team at LIBERO announced that Burdekin Library has chosen LIBERO Cloud for its Library system.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that VOKAL (Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries) has added Peacham Library to its consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS.
June 24, 2020
(NISO) NISO announced that a revised version of its Recommended Practice, RP-19-2020, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery, is now published and freely available for use by the information community. Originally published in 2014, the proposed revisions to this Recommended Practice were open for public comment earlier this year. All feedback received was reviewed by the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee and, where appropriate, incorporated into this final version.
(Softlink International) Softlink Information Centres, a leading supplier of library and research management systems is pleased to announce the release of Liberty v5 Build 8.037.
June 23, 2020
(SeamlessAccess.org) SeamlessAccess announced the publication of the first in a series of videos designed to support learning and education around the SeamlessAccess service. The first two video titles focus on addressing questions and concerns about federated authentication, the technology underlying the SeamlessAccess service. Both are designed to provide accessible overviews for a non-technical audience:
(Overdrive) OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced today that it is acquiring the assets of RBmedia's library business, including the RBdigital platform in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia.
June 22, 2020
(FOLIO) FOLIO, an open source library services platform, has been accepted to Google's Season of Docs initiative. Season of Docs is an effort to bring together technical writers and open source projects to foster collaboration and improve documentation in the open source space.
(OCLC) In the first phase of a project to develop and disseminate science-based information about how materials can be handled to mitigate exposure to staff and visitors, scientists have found that the virus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is not detectable on five common library materials after three days.
(ProQuest) Four universities -- Dartmouth College, Syracuse University, the University of Southern California and Flinders University -- are the latest higher-education institutions to drive research breakthroughs with ProQuest's TDM Studio solution.
(Equinox) Equinox announces the successful migration of the Oman Library at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. to a new, updated Koha instance.
(Springshare) Springshare announced new features of its LibApps platform, all designed to help safely reopen public spaces. Coming in mid-July, LibCal Seats will empower building managers to adhere to social distancing guidelines, support contact tracing efforts (where required), and monitor building capacity by designating individual seats and spaces for reservation. LibCal will also expand integrations with LibAnswers and ILS and offer 2-way communication via SMS/chat to enhance the curbside pickup of holds materials.
June 19, 2020
(Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft) The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics now uses FOLIO to manage its electronic holdings. FOLIO is an Open Source platform developed cooperatively by an international community of libraries, associations and companies. The ZBW is a member of this worldwide group of developers and goes live as the first pilot library in the GBV Common Library Network.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, will host two webinar sessions June 23 & 24 featuring team members from Marigold Library System in Alberta, Canada to discuss the power of the Polaris integrated library system (ILS) for the 180 members of The Regional Automation Consortium (TRAC).
June 18, 2020
(Talis) The University of Tasmania in Australia has adopted Talis Aspire. Reading lists and copyright clearance will be implemented with Talis Aspire to improve the student experience and encourage more engagement with collections. Enhanced analytics capabilities will be utilised with the Talis Aspire Advanced Management Information System to provide a deeper insight into learner analytics.
(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting has selected its patron relationship management system to help drive eCard access to the citizens of Pennsylvania. Of particular interest to HSLC was Patron Point's ability to quickly implement an eCard registration process that could broaden access to POWER Library-Pennsylvania's online library portal.
(TIND) TIND's reach in the bay area continues to grow as Mills College in Oakland migrates to the TIND ILS. Mills College joins UC Berkeley Law (TIND ILS, TIND IR) and UC Berkeley main campus (TIND DA) as TIND customers.
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, “Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries." The study was undertaken in an effort to better understand how LYRASIS members, and the wider U.S. community, interact with open content in the forms of open access scholarship, open data, and open educational resources. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website.
(Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft) Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft nutzt jetzt FOLIO, um ihren elektronischen Bestand zu verwalten. FOLIO ist eine Open-Source-Plattform und wurde kooperativ von einer internationalen Gemeinschaft von Bibliotheken, Verbünden und Unternehmen entwickelt. Die ZBW ist Teil dieser weltweiten Entwicklergruppe und geht live als erste Pilotbibliothek im Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbund (GBV).
(Patron Point) Patron Point announced their Engage 2020 webinar series line-up. The series consists of 5 x 30-minute webinars over 5 days exploring the use of marketing automation and library data and how they can be used to deepen engagement throughout the library customer journey.
(NISO) The NISO Working Group on E-Book Bibliographic Metadata Requirements in the Sale, Publication, Discovery, Delivery, and Preservation Supply Chain invites comments on its proposed Recommended Practice. Everyone involved in producing and using e-book metadata — publishers, retailers, libraries, service providers, and preservation agencies — is encouraged to share their feedback by August 2nd, 2020.
(Index Data) The Simmons University Library went live with the Open Source Library Services Platform FOLIO on Monday, June 15, 2020. As part of the Fenway Library Organization (FLO), Simmons implemented FOLIO in collaboration with the FLO staff as well as its hosting partner Index Data. It is using VuFind, the open source library resource portal, as its public-facing catalog user interface. This is the first implementation of VuFind as a public interface to FOLIO, and it includes full integration with patron empowerment functionality.
(International Image Interoperability Framework) The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) community is excited to announce the 3.0 release of two core IIIF APIs: the IIIF Image API, and the IIIF Presentation API. This is the first major release since June 2017 and represents the work of dozens of contributors.
June 17, 2020
(Insight Informatics) Isaac Regional Library had a smooth transition from a Library Management system (LMS) that was no longer fit for purpose, to LIBERO's flagship product, LIBERO Cloud.
(American Library Association) On Friday, June 26, 2020, at 4 p.m. CT, incoming American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will host a special edition of ALA Connect Live. All are welcome to attend this first-ever ALA Virtual Inauguration and must register by June 20, 2020
(Equinox) Equinox Open Library Initiative announced the successful migration of Dominican University College of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to the Koha Integrated Library System .
(Counting Opinions) In collaboration with Counting Opinions, the EveryLibrary Institute is launching the eMeasures Snapshot survey -- a count week survey designed to capture your librarys digital activity and community contribution, along with several COVID-19 specific questions.
(Leipzig University) After two years of preparation and development, Leipzig University Library put the open source Library Service Platform FOLIO into operation on June 11 2020. We have thus reached a further milestone in the use of open source software. From now on our electronic resources (i.e. e-journals, e-books and databases) will be managed with this innovative, self-hosted software. This makes us the second German library and the fifth library worldwide to use this future-oriented platform productively. Instances for other Saxon university libraries will be added in the course of the year.
June 16, 2020
(EBSCO Information Services) Missouri State University Libraries are now live with the FOLIO Library Services Platform, making MSU the first academic institution in the United States to fully implement FOLIO. Missouri State University Libraries implemented FOLIO by working with the EBSCO FOLIO migration team and are using EBSCO FOLIO Services for hosting and service.
(ProQuest) ProQuest is improving the accessibility of subscription and open access content on its award-winning platform with a series of enhancements designed to boost research, teaching and learning outcomes.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and IWA have partnered to support libraries adopting the open source provider FOLIO Library Services Platform. EBSCO and IWA will work together to provide reliable hosting and support services to libraries in Finland and the Scandinavian region.
(University of California) The University of California announced a transformative open access publishing agreement that will make more of the University's research freely and immediately available to individuals and researchers across the globe. The deal furthers the global push for open access to scientific research by bringing together UC, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output, and Springer Nature, the world's second-largest academic publisher. The agreement, which is the largest open access agreement in North America to date, and the first for Springer Nature in the U.S., signals increasing global momentum and support for the open access movement. As leaders in accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, UC and Springer Nature aim to get research into the hands of scholars and the public to help solve the world's most pressing problems, including those in the critically important fields of medicine and health care.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children's Book Council announced Stargazing, written and illustrated by Jen Wang, as the 2020 recipient of the SEE-IT Award. Stargazing epitomizes what the SEE-IT Award stands for through its ability to embrace and discuss difficult topics -- such as mental health, income inequality, racial and cultural difference -- while inspiring empathy and compassion.
(OCLC) Manchester Metropolitan University has signed on to use OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their new library management system to integrate workflows and increase visibility and access to resources.
June 15, 2020
(Equinox) Equinox announced the successful migration of the Putnam County Library to Evergreen as part of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium.
(ByWater Solutions) Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.08 release is available. This major release includes 63 improvements and 4 performance & reliability fixes.
June 13, 2020
(LIBNOVA) The LIBNOVA-led consortium has been selected by the 4.8M-Euro funded CERN's ARCHIVER Project to provide the next generation preservation platform for research datasets at the petabyte scale.
June 12, 2020
(Capira Technologies) Capira Technologies, a custom mobile app provider for public and academic libraries worldwide, continues to expand its growing list of library clients and facilitate library reopenings with its curbside reservation web platform. Since launching on June 1st, 2020 the platform has added over 200 individual library customers, with over 10,000 reservations created in its first two weeks of operation. Patrons are eager to begin retrieving materials after Covid-19 related closures, with one library customer having received over 400 reservations within 24 hours of announcing the system to their patrons.
(ByWater Solutions) The Koha community, along with many other companies and open source projects, continue to move towards using inclusive language in their code bases. In the area of gender inclusivity, the Koha community has enhanced the code multiple times to remove gendered code comments and include more neutrality in relation to gender in the patron module.
June 11, 2020
(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Jennings County Public Library of Indiana (JCPL) has selected its patron relationship management system to help drive its patron engagement and web marketing efforts. A key driver of the selection was JCPL’s goal of facilitating new patron registration and on-boarding with automated welcome programming.
(ProQuest) ProQuest fully supports the right of individuals to protest peacefully to enact much-needed change. Today and every day, we continue to stand in solidarity in the fight against racism and social injustice and affirm that Black Lives Matter.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and Gest Info have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform. EBSCO and Gest Info will work together to provide reliable hosting and support services for libraries in Mexico. Gest Info also supports libraries using Koha and DSpace. By supporting FOLIO libraries, Gest Info will help increase the adoption of FOLIO and provide hosting and support services to customers.
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced the creation of a new Research and Innovation Division. Led by Erin Tripp, the new division focuses on convening leaders, stewarding ideation, accelerating innovation by testing and piloting new programs, and mapping the knowledge community ecosystem. It will have a strong role in shaping the strategy of the broader organization.
(Soutron Limited) AI offers a very different approach and Soutron’s ASK solution incorporates cognitive intelligence, a technology that helps to learn from inputs and become ever more precise. An enquiry that can be stated in natural English text, simply phrased without having to be correctly formed or the syntax couched in get or find statements with Boolean operators, will become the norm. This is the starting point for any interaction and by making it so simple it is easy for users to engage with a service.
(OCLC) OCLC has recently launched the first version of their new serial registration service which allows institutions or shared print programs to register holdings by submitting a CSV file through WorldShare Collection Manager. An enhanced version that allows institutions to register and update shared print commitments via LHR submission will be released later this summer. OCLC has also released an update to their Metadata API that includes shared print in search results.
June 10, 2020
(Patron Point) The Syosset Public Library of Syosset, NY, has always maintained regular and engaging communications with their patrons and, with the onslaught of the COVID pandemic, the Library has stepped it up a notch as the Long Island NY area has been a particularly hard-hit region.
June 9, 2020
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services Usage Consolidation service now supports COUNTER R5 providing comparison tools and new ways for librarians to analyze and manage usage reporting.
(Overdrive) OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the completion of its acquisition by KKR, a leading global investment firm. In December 2019, KKR announced that it had agreed to acquire OverDrive from Rakuten.
June 8, 2020
(Baker & Taylor) Highlights and Baker and Taylor announced their partnership to launch Highlights Summer Activity Bingo, a 12-week summer reading program aimed at helping libraries stem COVID Slide during the critical summer months. COVID Slide is a term used to describe the months-long learning loss due to extended school closures. Modeled on the successful Highlights@Home initiative, which was created to support families during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period, Highlights Summer Activity Bingo provides library systems with engaging and flexible children's programming, allowing them to continue serving their communities while navigating another transitional season.
(Lyrasis) The LYRASIS CollectionSpace team announced the release of CollectionSpace 6.0 with exciting new features and improvements. CollectionSpace is a community-supported collections management (CMS) solution for museums and other collecting institutions, providing standards-based collections management workflows, robust tools to store and describe a wide variety of digital assets, unlimited user licenses, and a public browser for sharing collections information online.