March 27, 2017
(Library and Archives Canada) Library and Archives Canada has entered into a contractual agreement with OCLC, an international non-profit library co-operative. Effective March 23, 2017, this agreement will allow LAC to offer the Canadian library community world-class services to display the richness of Canada's documentary heritage.
March 25, 2017
(OCLC) OCLC Research is pleased to announce that Chela Scott Weber will join the division as Practitioner Researcher-in-Residence. In this position, Chela will investigate and shape the OCLC research agenda, focusing on the areas of challenge and opportunity for special collections, archives, and distinctive collections with research and academic libraries.
March 24, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have reached an expanded distribution agreement allowing EBSCO to sell AAAS journals, including Science, via the AAAS platform. The arrangement will also allow libraries to purchase Science through Flipster®, EBSCO's digital newsstand.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched Innovative Knowledge Base Release 1.1 with access to additional title-level metadata and new features for consortia to manage coverage across member libraries.
March 22, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library selected the Ex Libris solutions as an integrated, best-in-class implementation to meet patron expectations and take the library into the future. Alma and Primo will replace Atkins’ existing OCLC® WorldShare Management Services platform.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announced the addition of two new executives to its leadership team. Kelly Arnold joins the company as Chief Legal Offficer and Deanna Steele joins as Chief Information Technology Officer.
March 21, 2017
(Civica) New research by Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information and collection management solutions through its market leading Spydus portfolio, reveals that Chinese language books and media are the most popular library resources in Australia that cater to members who consume media in languages other than English. Just under 750,000 Chinese language loans were processed last year. Interestingly, the data also showed that just under 50 languages and dialects are available to borrow in public library collections across Australia.
(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, has launched a new archive on women’s studies that explores the many contributions of women throughout history. Part of the growing Gale Primary Sources program, the Women’s Studies Archive represents Gale's focus on publishing material that supports diversity studies and provides historical context around current topics.
(ProQuest) ProQuest is teaming with Rittenhouse Book Distributors so libraries can order ebooks from the R2 Digital platform via the OASIS system. This partnership brings to eight the number of partner platforms to join OASIS over the past year.
March 20, 2017
(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox announced that Bladen County Public Library System successfully migrated to Evergreen within the NC Cardinal Consortium on March 17th 2017.
March 17, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris ha il piacere di annunciare che l’Università di Mannheim, membro del consorzio Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ), è la prima università tedesca connessa all'Area Comune dei Dati Bibliografici (CBDZ). La CBDZ nasce da una collaborazione tra BSZ e due altri importanti consorzi tedeschi—Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG) e Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz). Il servizio di gestione delle risorse Ex Libris Alma® e, in particolare, le funzionalità avanzate della Network Zone di Alma, fungono da infrastruttura tecnologica per la CBDZ.
March 16, 2017
(Ingram Content Group) Building on its considerable and sustained global presence, and as part of the ongoing expansion of its international team, VitalSource Technologies LLC has hired John Donovan as Managing Director, leading the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.
(Civica) Public libraries are increasingly looking to reaffirm their crucial role within the community by offering activities and services that will help community members improve their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills. This week, some great examples of STEAM focused activities and services are going to be showcased at “STEAM into Sydney”. This event is part of the IFLA International Federation of Library Associations) Public Libraries Section’s Mid Term meeting, which is taking place in Australia for the first time, and is supported by Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information and collection management solutions.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and MOTOR Information Systems (MOTOR), the world’s premier supplier of automotive data for over 100 years, have partnered to offer AutoMate, a reference database that provides accurate, authoritative and up-to-date auto service and repair information. Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate delivers trusted, reliable information on more than 38,000 domestic and imported cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs, making it a valuable resource for vehicle owners, auto service companies and auto enthusiasts.
March 15, 2017
(Overdrive) Grab your aprons and rolling pins because Big Library Read, the first global digital Book Club through libraries, is back starting March 16. This time, you’re heading to the kitchen. Called “one of the best cookbooks of 2016” by NPR, Oprah.com and others, Art of the Pie (Countryman Press) is the featured eBook in the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Millions of readers from around the world will have access, at the same time, to this “Pie-Baking Bible” from Kate McDermott through participating public libraries’ digital catalogs. More than 20,000 libraries in 28 countries will participate.
(PTFS Europe) The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, ranked third in the world for performing arts education, has chosen Koha for its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Capita. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The Royal Conservatoire has also selected Explorit Everywhere! to provide a single search for electronic resources. Koha Library Management System
(Lyrasis) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a $2,500,000 grant to LYRASIS, a leading member-based non-profit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, to implement a project with nine partner organizations that will strengthen emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations.
(Preservica) The halls of the Curtis Institute of Music are certainly alive with the sound of gifted young performers, but these days Curtis is putting digital preservation top of the agenda to ensure that their art will be available on-demand and preserved indefinitely. Preservica’s Cloud hosted digital preservation and access software has been chosen by Curtis’s digital repository team to provide streaming and long-term preservation of student recordings and digitized versions of hundreds of shelves of CDs, cassette tapes, and DVDs, some of which are now starting to decay. In addition, Curtis will preserve reels of films and videotape which are quickly becoming obsolete as the equipment to play them becomes rare. Without the right digital preservation technology, these recordings are at risk of being lost forever.
(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group announces the launch of a newsletter, Little Infinite, focused on highlighting poetry’s hottest titles, excerpts, publisher profiles and all things poetic.
(Ex Libris) Sistemas Lógicos Chile, empresa líder de automatización de bibliotecas en el Cono Sur, tiene el agrado de anunciar la entrada en producción del sistema Alma de Ex Libris en la Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC). Gracias a la excelente experiencia en el uso de diversos productos de Ex Libris, iniciando por la adopción de Aleph en el año 2008, y continuando con Primo en 2011, la UPC decidió seleccionar Alma como su plataforma de próxima generación, tomando además en consideración que es un producto capaz de facilitar los cambios tecnológicos que se requieren en la gestión de su importante sistema de bibliotecas.
March 14, 2017
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Conway Public Library of Conway, NH is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 40,000 plus holdings from TLC last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them
(Ingram Content Group) Publishers now have a simple tool to create and distribute interactive content, thanks to a new collaboration between Gutenberg Technology Inc., an industry-leading, cloud-based tools creator for educational content, and VitalSource Technologies LLC, an Ingram Content Group company and leading educational technology provider.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Mannheim, a member of the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) consortium, has become the first university in Germany to be connected to the Common Bibliographic Data Zone (CBDZ). The CBDZ is a collaboration between BSZ and two other major German consortia—Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG) and Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz). The Ex Libris Alma resource management service, and particularly the advanced Alma Network Zone capabilities, serves as the CBDZ’s technology infrastructure.
(Koios) Chattanooga Public Library has partnered with library software startup Koios to make their materials visible in Google search results. CPL is one of the first libraries to implement Libre, Koios’ search optimization platform for libraries.
(Crowley Company) The Crowley Company owner and president, Christopher Crowley, announces the formal release of Crowley’s first self-manufactured flatbed scanner, the A3+-sized Overhead Document Scanner. The scanner boasts a 16.5 x 23.4 inch scanning bed and is ideal for quick, accurate digitization of bound and loose materials. It will be first available to Crowley’s worldwide network of resellers and then to the general public.
(ProQuest) ProQuest is working with Jisc to enable UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to build strong, user-centered research collections that better support their research focus areas and budgets.
(Follett) Haese Mathematics textbooks – a popular and rigorous series of math books for International Baccalaureate (IB) students around the world – are now available for purchase through Follett, the exclusive distributor of content and merchandise from the IB.
March 13, 2017
(Tech Logic) Tech Logic continues the tradition of recognizing outstanding librarians with the People First Award and requests your nominations for outstanding library staff members. As with the first award, the 2017 People First Award will be presented at ALA 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
(Ex Libris) Ex ha il piacere di annunciare che l’Università del Lancashire Centrale implementerà il servizio per la gestione della biblioteca Ex Libris Alma associandolo alla soluzione per il discovery e il delivery Ex Libris Primo, al fine di soddisfare le esigenze e le aspettative della crescente comunità di utenti nativi digitali della biblioteca.
(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress is making available for public use the following BIBFRAME 2.0 components. They are the result of work the Library is carrying out for a new Pilot for the input of BIBFRAME 2.0 data. To create the environment for that Pilot, the Library is converting the whole Library of Congress bibliographic file to BIBFRAME (model and vocabulary). This means developing BIBFRAME Work and Instance descriptions from the MARC Bibliographic records, bringing together and linking Work and Instance descriptions, and integrating them with Work descriptions converted from title and name/title MARC Authority records. This development has resulted in the following BIBFRAME 2.0 components and tools that we now share with the community for others to carry out development and investigations of the linked data environment using the BIBFRAME 2.0 Vocabulary.
March 11, 2017
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphic announce the implementation success the State of Indiana Library has had with SHAREit, the #1 library resource management solution available in North America. Looking to greatly expand resource sharing and reduce the amount of time spent managing borrowing and lending activities among public libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries within the State of Indiana, in 2016 the Indiana State Library entered into a competitive RFP process for a state-of-the-art interlibrary loan resource sharing system.
(OCLC) OCLC has appointed Monika Sengul-Jones as Wikipedian-in-Residence for Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, a project led by OCLC’s WebJunction program. Sengul-Jones will work with WebJunction to design and deliver an online training program that will introduce U.S. public librarians to the innerworkings of Wikipedia this fall. The training will enable librarians to edit Wikipedia, guide patrons in its use and lead local Wikipedia-based community engagement programs with confidence. In her role, Sengul-Jones will also foster connections between public librarians and Wikipedia’s volunteer editor community.
(Yewno) Yewno, a new technology powering knowledge discovery, announced that it has ingested its 100 millionth content asset. Yewno enhances human learning and understanding by extracting and connecting concepts from vast volumes of content and data. The content within Yewno’s education product Discover covers a broad range of academically relevant subject fields and formats including scholarly and trade journal and book content, Open Access and Open Educational Resources, quality web sources and data sets, and institutional repositories.
(Atmire) Atmire migrated Curtin's institutional repository espace from Digitool to DSpace 5. Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest and most culturally diverse university with Australia’s third largest international student population.
(Springer) Springer Nature is giving a boost to researchers with the launch of its new Springer Nature SciGraph. The new Linked Open Data platform aggregates data sources from Springer Nature and cooperating partners, making it easier to analyze information related to Springer Nature publications. With the implementation of Springer Nature SciGraph, Springer Nature strengthens its role in connecting people with the most relevant and important information so that more can be learned and discovered. Following SharedIt and Recommended, Springer Nature SciGraph is now the third in a series of industry-pioneering initiatives launched by Springer Nature in the past six months.
(EBSCO Information Services) Libraries looking to build their e-book collection can rely on EBSCO eBooks from EBSCO Information Services to provide the most e-book options and the best integrated platform user experience possible. EBSCO has continued its commitment to libraries to continually grow their selection of best-selling, front list and award winning e-book titles by reaching the one million e-book mark — and has no intention of slowing down.
(Pennsylvania Integrated Library System) Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, a consortium of Evergreen libraries, grew in 2016 adding the 8-member Blair County Library System (including the Altoona Area Public Library), the Pocono Mountain Public Library in Tobyhanna, PA, and the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, PA.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Central Lancashire will be implementing the Ex Libris Alma library management service combined with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to meet the needs and expectations of the library’s increasingly digital-native community of users.
March 9, 2017
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that the Monroe County Library System in Rochester, NY has chosen to continue their partnership with TLC by selecting the CARL integrated library system. With this decision, MCLS will remain a valued member of the TLC family that includes thousands of other libraries worldwide using their premium services.
(EBSCO Information Services) Information Services welcomed Holley Dumble as Vice President of Sales for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Ms. Dumble will lead the sales teams in Australia and New Zealand and bring her experience as a sales leader to further expand EBSCO’s presence in the territory.
March 8, 2017
(ProQuest) ProQuest has joined forces with Gridlogics to provide intellectual property searchers with the industry’s most comprehensive set of search, workflow, analytics and visualization tools. Using a single interface, ProQuest Dialog users can search the world’s largest collection of prior art along with 33 full-text patent authorities, 69 bibliographic authorities, and three patent families.
(The Library Corporation) Maitland Public Library in Florida has chosen the Library.Solution integrated library system to provide state-of-the-art service to staff and borrowers. Going live on April 1, Maitland will also be one of the first libraries to implement TLC's next-generation cataloging solution, LS2 Cataloging.
(Odilo) ODILO, a global leader in the eBook industry, is expanding services to help libraries save money and take control of their digital content. Along with existing investors Active Venture Partners, Inveready, and Telefonica, Kibo Ventures and JME Venture Capital recently joined in to raise an additional €6 million for ODILO. The investment aims to strengthen operations in North America, open new markets, and accelerate technological developments.
March 7, 2017
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Free Public Library of Audubon, of Audubon, NJ is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 30,000 plus holdings from Follett last year and is providing ongoing Koha support services to them. The library’s hosting services are provided by Jersey Connect, a program in the state that provides free hosting services to libraries utilizing an open source ILS.
March 6, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that after 19 years on a legacy library management system, the University of Limerick is now using the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution. In addition, the university is currently in the implementation stages of the Ex Libris Leganto course reading list solution, which is scheduled to go live in the third quarter of 2017.
March 4, 2017
(Biblionix) Biblionix, the major award winner for library automation systems, today announced that twenty-eight (28) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in from August of 2016 through February of 2017. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.
(KOMBIT) Velkommen til februar måneds nyhedsbrev fra FBS. Måneden har desværre budt på en del driftsproblemer, som KOMBIT og Systematic har arbejdet på højtryk for at fjerne både på kort og lang sigt.
March 3, 2017
(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced that ACCESSPA, a hybrid (virtual and union) catalog containing the collections of thousands of Pennsylvania public, K12, academic and special libraries, reported a 30% increase over their old fulfillment rate and reduced MARC record duplication by 62% in just the first year after switching to Auto-Graphics’ SHAREit, an interlibrary loan and consortial borrowing solution.
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is introducing the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. The grant program will award $100,000 in grants to libraries to develop innovative technology solutions that address the challenges academic libraries face.
March 2, 2017
(Follett) Follett announced it is the exclusive United States distributor of The Day USA, an online daily news service providing high-interest articles for K-12 schools, along with teacher resources to support information literacy. The Day USA may be a new product to the U.S., but it has been a successful product since 2011 in the United Kingdom.
March 1, 2017
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management platform. The Alma service is integrated with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which POSTECH has been using for several years.
(Insight Informatics) Local Buy, a leader in the provision of procurement services for Councils and Local Government, and LIBERO by Insight Informatics, global Library Management Solutions provider, are pleased to announce LIBERO by Insight Informatics appointment as a preferred/prequalified supplier of Library Management Systems & Services to Queensland Councils and Government Authorities. This arrangement established by Local Buy enables Councils and Local Government authorities to purchase a diverse range of goods and services from Local Buy suppliers without tendering.
(Follett) With representation from schools spanning the country, organizers of the Follett Challenge today announced via video the 2017 competition’s three Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice winners. Sponsored by Follett, the sixth annual Follett Challenge – an advocacy program that rewards groundbreaking educational programs – will reward $200,000 in Follett products and services to the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills to students.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has added SocialFlow to TLC’s U.S. Government Services Administration schedule contract that makes SocialFlow’s social media content-distribution tool pre-approved for federal purchasing. The GSA contract gives federal entities access to the same powerful platform currently used by the largest media companies and most prestigious libraries in the world.
(PTFS Europe) Glasgow Colleges Library Group, which consists of City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College, has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solutions from SirsiDynix. Part of the project includes further enhancing the consortial capabilities of Koha. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services.
February 28, 2017
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Bowling Library at Judson College, of Marion, Alabama is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 60,000 plus holdings from Voyager last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Arizona Universities Library Consortium has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service, along with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery platform and bX scholarly recommender service, to make scholarly resources more readily available to the consortium’s student and faculty users.
(ProQuest) Robert VanHees has joined ProQuest as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the company’s financial functions, including financial operations, accounting, procurement, treasury, taxation and investor relations.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the selection of Amazon Web Services as its cloud infrastructure provider. Innovative’s solutions are available globally for all Innovative library partners, and provide services from AWS locations in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia.
February 27, 2017
(Tech Logic) Tech Logic introduced the CircIT FLEX, a freestanding library services center and self-checkout. The product, using Tech Logic's patented CircIT software, allows for patrons to check out items on their own, allowing library staff more time to accomplish more pressing issues.
February 23, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services has been chosen as an approved content provider for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence framework. The agreement allows purchasers from libraries, health care and social care-related organizations in the National Health Service to search, order and purchase medical and healthcare-related content through GOBI, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for finding, ordering and managing e-books and print books for libraries.
(Equinox Open Library Initiative) Equinox announced a successful migration of the Government and Heritage Library to join the NC Cardinal Consortium on our hosted Evergreen platform. On January 19th they went live on Evergreen and their collections became searchable within the consortium.
(Scannx) Scannx announced a distribution partnership with Xerox to bring Scannx-branded scanners and software to its base of resellers and end-users, effective immediately. Under this agreement, Xerox will gain rights to distribute the entire line of Scannx book-edge scanners, as well as its advanced technology for imaging and cloud-based distribution.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the Chicago Public Library has selected Polaris, joining the growing list of influential urban libraries who have become an Innovative partner. The Library will migrate from a TLC Carl.X system.
(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced full compatibility between CARL.X and mk Solutions’ self-check products with integrated payment offerings including cash, card, and NFC payment. Sharing a philosophy that aims to bring an enhanced personalized experience to the library marketplace helped drive this successful collaboration.
February 22, 2017
(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that Michele Kimpton will be joining its staff as Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist beginning March 1, 2017.
February 21, 2017
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Walker Art Center Library and Archives, of Minneapolis, MN. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The collections housed in the Walker’s Archives and Library department include a variety of materials concentrating on the development of the Walker Art Center, as well as focusing on the contemporary arts in the United States and around the world.
(ProQuest) ProQuest has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter ebooks available for purchase through the OASIS system.
(Follett) Follett has once again achieved Massachusetts School Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2.7 certification and been awarded the “Certified” Student Information System (SIS) vendor designation for its Aspen product. All vendors must be certified before they may secure contracts with Massachusetts districts.
(myON) Tyton Partners, the leading provider of investment banking and strategy consulting services to the global knowledge sector, announced today that Francisco Partners has acquired myON from Capstone. Tyton Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to Francisco Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
February 20, 2017
(Tech Logic) 2017 marks the 20th anniversary for Tech Logic, the first Library sorting / automated materials handling manufacturer. Two decades later, the company remains an industry leader and innovator, a feat that Tech Logic is celebrating in a new, modern, high tech headquarters.
(OCLC) Cardiff University, one of Britain's leading research universities, will use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to analyze and inform decisions about consolidating print collections in preparation for a move to a new purpose-built library in a few years.
February 17, 2017
(OCLC) and the library of Münster University of Applied Sciences announced today that FH Münster is now live with OCLC's cloud-based WorldShare Management Service.
February 16, 2017
(Follett) Follett Corporation President and CEO Ray A. Griffith announced the appointment of George F. Coe to Chief Operating Officer for Follett Corporation and Baker and Taylor, effective March 31.
(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies, Ingram Content Group’s global leader in digital education content delivery, announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire Verba Software, Inc., a San Francisco-based company dedicated to using technology to support campus bookstores and help students save money on course materials.
(WT Cox Subscriptions) WT Cox Information Services announces Tim Whisenant as regional vice president – western US.
(NISO) NISO announced the formal publication of an updated version of the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2017). Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), this 1.1 revision improves a web standard that details various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with evolving resources. Such synchronization is important in the current landscape where Web-based content--not only the metadata about the content--is constantly changing.
February 15, 2017
(Talis) Following a review of their reading list service, currently provided using rebus:list, Edge Hill University have decided to adopt Talis Aspire. Edge Hill University already deliver a strong student experience and are looking to take this to the next level by streamlining library workflows. As a Talis Aspire customer, they will also be provided with 24 hour support from our dedicated customer service team alongside the Talis Aspire User Group community, ensuring the smooth transition to Talis Aspire. Edge Hill University will also enjoy expert on-going Support and access to a wide range of experience, we welcome them to the Talis Aspire community as our 74th UK customer.
(Internet Archive) The digital library, Internet Archive, is one of eight groups named semi-finalists today in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The competition seeks bold solutions to critical problems of our time.
February 14, 2017
(Follett) With the addition of key reporting capabilities and new homepage customization options, Follett’s Destiny 14.5 is giving users a more efficient, streamlined experience from start to finish. The updates encompass the company’s market-leading products for Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Resource Manager, and Destiny Discover.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Technical Intelligence Library at the Hershey Company, of Hershey, PA, is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings from InMagic last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library is also utilizing the Ebsco EDS integrated discovery plugin available with Koha, giving the team a seamless interface when searching for resources.
(Yewno) Yewno, a provider of a next generation inference engine technology targeting knowledge discovery, have appointed Franny Lee as Chief Operating Officer, Education to lead the company’s education vertical and drive growth of its research application and education market web products. With nearly two decades of experience in the sector and a proven track record of success, Lee’s expertise in education, learning technologies, publishing and intellectual property will help Yewno expand its growing focus in the education field.
February 13, 2017
(ProQuest) A collaboration between Western Sydney University and ProQuest provides digital textbooks for commencing university students through the University's library, reducing the cost of education to students and increasing access to required learning materials.
(PTFS Europe) Bradford College has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the existing solution from Capita. The team at PTFS Europe will be implementing Koha and providing on-going hosting and support services. The public interface will be integrated with the EDS discovery service from EBSCO and the interface further enhanced to provide high levels of accessibility.
(Ingram Content Group) Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, a brand of Ingram Publisher Services, announces five new publishers for the Spring 2017 season: Animal Media Group LLC, Cassava Republic Press, Hoxton Mini Press, Iron Circus Comics and Transit Books. All presses began distribution with Consortium on Jan. 1, 2017, with the exception of Animal Media Group, which began Sept. 1, 2016.
(ProQuest) The Association of Library Collections & Technical Services Collection Management Section announced the recipient of the 2017 ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation. Corey Halaychik, Assistant Professor and Head of Acquisitions & Continuing Resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is recognized for his leadership in improving workflow management in both the licensing of electronic resources through the University of Tennessee master agreements program and for co-founding The Collective. The award recognizes significant and innovated contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipient receives a $2,000 award generously donated by ProQuest and a citation. The ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation will be presented on Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.
February 10, 2017
(Baker and Taylor) Baker and Taylor’s PawPrints prebinds, available to both the public library and school markets, will have a new look starting next week when the books begin transitioning to the FollettBound brand. The move joins together the top prebind brands for customers in both markets.
(ProQuest) ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes. The company has an email hotline ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com where these displaced researchers can arrange for access to the materials they need to continue their work.
(KOMBIT) Via Fælles Bibliotekssystem kan folkebibliotekerne fra i dag generere prædefinerede rapporter til brug for filindberetning til Danmarks Statistik.
(KOMBIT) Genereringen af rapporter til Danmarks Statistik kan gå i gang i løbet af næste uge.Tidligere i dag blev det meldt ud, at kommunerne nu kunne begynde at generere prædefinerede rapporter til brug for filindberetning til Danmarks Statistik. Det viser sig desværre, at vi var for hurtigt ude.
(OCLC) Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research, was recognized with the ALISE Service Award during the ALISE 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched Encore Release 4.6 with new options for patrons and students to find specific materials more quickly through facet selection and publication finder integration. In Encore Release 4.6, facets have been redesigned with checkboxes allowing users to select multiple terms within a facet to filter their search results. For example, it is now possible to refine topical search results to display only those matches about two or three specific places to facilitate comparative research. Additionally, users can use facets to focus on multiple formats, such as including both eBook and streaming media results while excluding electronic journals. The multiple-selection feature is available for all facets, including an expanded number of custom facets introduced with this release.
February 9, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) The Association of College and Research Libraries announced that John Walsh, director of library services at Cochise College, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Community and Junior College Libraries Section EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award.
(Credo Reference) Credo Reference, which has partnered with more than 2,500 libraries over the past 16 years to drive more effective and efficient student research activities and information skills instruction, has launched Credo Education. The new subsidiary partners with educational institutions to prepare students for continuous learning and success in the knowledge economy.
February 8, 2017
(Axiell) Axiell UK announced a major operational change to its business in the UK, which will see the merging of two of its primary business areas - the Public Library business and the Archives, special Libraries and Museums business, creating one team working collaboratively to benefit its customers.
(ProQuest) ProQuest’s latest whitepaper “Obstacles and Opportunities: Ebooks, Print and the Impact of Choice on Libraries and the Users They Serve” is now available for download. Focusing on the UK higher-education book market, the paper combines commentary from UK librarians with global data to highlight the complexities of managing book collections and the opportunities presented by evolving content types.
(Insight Informatics) The Tenterfield Star records database is now live on the Tenterfield Public Library website providing library patrons ease of access to Tenterfield Star Newspaper’s boundless records. Library visitors now have direct online access as this feature is completely accessible at home, on your mobile, tablet at the Library or anywhere there is an internet connection.
February 7, 2017
(Follett) Follett announced today it has formed a partnership with New Zealand-based Wendy Pye Publishing to provide more than 300 fiction and nonfiction print titles for K-2 classrooms. Pye’s company introduced Sunshine Classics in the USA in the 1980s, and the popular reading program has been revived with updated print options for learners and educators.
(LibLynx) Odyssey Networks, a nonprofit focusing on using media to build interfaith understanding, has selected LibLynx to provide access management for their new, institutional service.
(D-Tech International Ltd) D-Tech International announced that it is the recipient of the 2017 Modern Library Platinum Award for its ComputeIT laptop lending kiosk system and also recipient of the 2017 Modern Library Gold Award for its innovative RFID solutions. D-Tech has received both awards in LibraryWorks' third annual Modern Library Awards. The MLAs were created to recognize the top product innovations in the library industry. Products were submitted in the fall using a simple application and were then posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the library database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products in their facility were permitted to judge the products, resulting in a truly unbiased score. Each judge scored the product on a numerical basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service, etc.
(JSTOR) Knowledge Unlatched, the Open Access initiative supporting monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and JSTOR, the digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources, are partnering to study usage patterns in Open Access by cross-promoting KU titles. While KU will continue to host its titles on the OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms, it will expand the hosting of 30 Open Access titles to JSTOR. This set includes titles in History, Literature, Political Science, Anthropology, and Media & Communications—all published by leading scholarly presses and “unlatched” with the support of libraries around the world.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the John Stewart Memorial Library at Wilson College, of Chambersburg, PA. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 85,000 plus holdings from Liblime Koha last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.
February 6, 2017
(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced that Christine Di Bella has been hired as the new ArchivesSpace Program Manager. ArchivesSpace is an open source archives information management application and LYRASIS serves as its organizational home.
February 3, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) A new partnership between GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO (GOBI Library Solutions) and Digitalia Hispanica (Digitalia) is making thousands of Spanish-language e-books available in GOBI®, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for finding, ordering and managing e-books and print books for libraries. As a result, libraries can use the GOBI acquisitions tool to efficiently acquire Spanish-language academic e-books in minutes from within their existing GOBI workflow.
(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource and LearnLaunch, a Boston-based organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem, collaborate to bring new ideas and innovation to educational technology, ultimately improving a student’s learning experience. VitalSource, an industry leader in the creation and delivery of digital content, will provide support and mentoring to some of ed-tech’s most promising start ups.
February 2, 2017
(OCLC) As part of delivering on the vision of a UK national digital library, Jisc and OCLC announce a partnership to build a new shared service that will aggregate academic bibliographic data at scale, improving library collection management and resource discovery for students and researchers.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that State Library Victoria has chosen the Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system to manage its digital resources and sustain them in perpetuity. Rosetta will be replacing the library’s DigiTool digital asset management system.
(EBSCO Information Services) The American Library Association is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award. The award, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association division of ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards are granted each year by the H.W. Wilson Foundation at an annual Awards Ceremony sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services.
(Follett) Shannon McClintock Miller, a recognized and respected K-12 library leader, is the new spokesperson for Future Ready Schools Librarians and Project Connect. Miller previously served as the district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for eight years, and currently is an international speaker and author of an award-winning blog.
(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that it was rated #1 in Customer Support and effectiveness of electronic resources for Medium Sized Public Libraries in this year’s “Perceptions 2016: An International Survey of Library Automation” conducted by Marshall Breeding. ByWater was ranked by their customers for their services supporting the Koha Open Source Integrated Library System.
January 31, 2017
(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services is introducing the SEE-IT Award to highlight achievements in graphic novels. SEE-IT stands for Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told. EBSCO, the provider of EBSCO eBooks, Core Collections and the NoveList suite of products, has partnered with the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council to develop the SEE-IT Award.
(KOMBIT) Vi har hørt fra en del kommuner, at de ønsker mere samlet og overskuelig information fra os om Fælles Bibliotekssystem, og derfor vil I fremover ca. en gang om måneden modtage et nyhedsbrev, hvor vi samler op og fortæller nyt. Vi håber, at I vil synes om tiltaget.
(LibLynx) LibLynx, an independent provider of cloud-based Identity and Access management solutions, is launching LibLynx Gateway, an online resource access management tool for libraries.
(D-Tech International Ltd) D-Tech International announced the introduction of appIT, a library app developed exclusively for patrons to use on mobile devices. The library app is the first app of its kind in the library market and has been designed and developed by D-Tech. Utilizing either barcode or RFID technology, D-Tech has developed the library app to perform multiple functions that would have been previously performed at the physical location. These features include checkout of items, checking of account status, account payments, renew items, check library locations and hours of operation, chat with a librarian and more. The app also has the capability to switch the RFID tag’s security OFF to allow full integration with all RFID implementations.
January 30, 2017
(Eduserv) OpenAthens has published a new white paper that discusses the complexities facing information professionals and publishers when ensuring the security of access and authentication processes.