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November 20, 2017

(Yewno) Yewno, a leader in AI technology has appointed Publishers Communication Group as its exclusive sales agent covering the United States, Canada and Europe to sell Yewno Discover and Yewno Unearth.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is adding 24 primary sources to its offering through the Jisc Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot, following the successful adoption of its databases by 20 universities during the initial period earlier this year. The Jisc program’s goal is to lower customer cost, leveraging the collective purchasing power of UK Higher Education Institutions to enable wider adoption of digital archives. The program will now run through July 2018.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS has been awarded a grant in the amount of $90,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research current technology uses in museums, especially in relationship to collections information management.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces today announced the appointment of Amy Hayes as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Hayes is responsible for leading the company’s corporate and product marketing, brand strategy, and global communications.

November 19, 2017

(Insight Informatics) The LIBERO User Group 2017 Conference was held last week, and LIBERO staff and guest speakers shared new features, planned development, customer case studies, and networking and direct support opportunities to attendees.

November 17, 2017

(Springer) Springer Nature has launched a one-year pilot with PaperHive, a market-leading annotation system and copyright-compliant collaborative research platform. The partnership focuses on increasing reader engagement of university students with academic literature in various fields including biomedicine, mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The pilot phase comprises books and textbooks from Springer and Springer Spektrum, the leading publisher for classical and digital educational media in the field of natural sciences and mathematics in the German-speaking region.

(FOLIO) The Open Library Foundation is expanding its board with the introduction of four new board members. The new members bring global representation and perspective to the Foundation Board.

November 16, 2017

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) The parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc., Agent Information Software (AIFS) (OTC:AIFS) today released the third-quarter 2017 earnings for the quarter ending September 30 for Auto-Graphics, Inc., an Industry leading library management software provider and the first to provide Web-based library resource management solutions to library consortia.

(Jaywil Software Development) ResourceMate is now part of Harris Computer Systems, or just ‘Harris’. Harris was founded in 1976, and we started off by providing utility billing solutions to the public sector. We have grown considerably over the years and we are now the 2nd largest software company in Canada, and among the top 100 software companies in the U.S. Harris has over 30,000 customers in over 30 different markets worldwide.

(ProQuest) TitlePager, a resource that enables authors to create great landing page sites for their titles, is turning to Bowker to connect them with metadata to enhance their business. Bowker is a ProQuest affiliate and acts as the retail agent for ProQuest’s renowned metadata.

(Eduserv) OpenAthens announced that its new content provider solution OpenAthensCloud is now OpenID Connect self-certified through the OpenID Foundation, providingassurance that OpenAthens Cloud conforms to the OpenID Connect protocol andenabling greater interoperability.

November 15, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Swiss National Library has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, has selected the Sierra integrated library system and the Encore Duet discovery layer for the Eli M. Oboler Library and satellite locations. From certificate-level to post-graduate, the libraries at ISU support information needs for a substantial 250 academic programs, serving over 13,000 students. Including government documents, the entire university collection holds nearly one million items.

(MOBIUS) The MOBIUS Consortium announced today the launch of MOBIUS Open Source Solutions (MOSS), offering technical and operational support services for libraries that currently have or are considering an Evergreen open source ILS implementation. MOSS makes Evergreen implementation cost-effective, freeing staff and management time and allowing them to focus on better serving their patrons. Unlike other providers who simply offer hosting services, MOSS offers comprehensive hosting, IT and application support in a single cost-effective solution.

November 14, 2017

(Springer) Effective 17 October 2017, the international publisher Springer Nature acquired the e-learning provider iversity. iversity is a leading platform for e-learning and MOOCs, and collaborates with over one hundred universities, educational institutes and companies worldwide. The acquisition of the online platform will allow Springer Nature to globally expand the dissemination of its authors’ educational and research content with the aid of innovative formats.

(Insight Informatics) Central Coast Library Services has become LIBERO’s largest hosted solution in LIBERO Cloud, following the merge between Gosford and Wyong Councils. Central Coast Council now consists of 11 branches, 2 community libraries and a Bookmobile covering 1,600km2 with a population of around 330,000, making it LIBERO’s largest Cloud based customer.

November 13, 2017

(ProQuest) Troy University is the first in Alabama to offer its researchers access to the University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive®. Available to academic libraries through ProQuest, this fully streaming, primary-source archive includes more than 55,000 interviews with survivors of and witnesses to some of humanity’s most serious and solemn events, including the European Holocaust, the Nanjing, Rwandan, Cambodian, and Guatemalan genocides and contemporary antisemitism. Access to the Visual History Archive enriches the University’s growing Holocaust education and research program.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource, the world leader in building, enhancing and delivering digital course materials, and Al Manhal, the leading publisher of full-text searchable electronic databases of scholarly, professional and peer-reviewed content from the Arab World, are now collaborating to expand the reach and delivery of Al Manhal’s unique content collection from over 450 Arabic language publishers. By working together, Al Manhal’s expansive collection will now be deliverable through VitalSource Bookshelf, the most widely used higher education digital-content platform in the world.

(OCLC) John F. Szabo, City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, was formally appointed Chair, and Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor Emerita at the University of Kansas, and Peter Sidorko, University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong, took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board’s November meeting.

November 9, 2017

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(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata" (University of Rome Tor Vergata) has now gone live with the company’s Leganto course reading list solution. Along with Tor Vergata’s Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, the Leganto service will provide instructors and students with all the functionality needed for creating, maintaining, and using reading lists.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS and DPLA are proud to announce a partnership to pilot a new eContent delivery and management service for libraries. The new initiative will offer cloud-based hosting of Library Simplified, an open source, middleware solution and administrative tool for libraries used to merge content from multiple sources, add open content, manage and curate collections and make them available in SimplyE. SimplyE is the open source iOS and Android app that provides robust multi-library discovery and reading capabilities. With the launch of this service, libraries can now acquire eContent in the DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), manage and merge it with other content through the hosted Library Simplified administrative interface, then deliver to users in SimplyE. Together these services offer, for the first time, the possibility of a seamless and fully library-based delivery platform for licensed and open eContent.

(Follett) In its continuing effort to serve the growing makerspace movement, Follett announced today it will sell a selection of LEGO Education solutions. These solutions will be offered by Follett specifically for school librarians in the U.S. who are interested in establishing a makerspace in their library.

November 8, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli is to build its new and enhanced library services on the Ex Libris Alma platform while continuing to work with the Ex Libris Summon discovery solution. The university will be taking advantage of Alma’s powerful analytics, streamlined workflows, and unified management of print and electronic resources.

(Civica) Civica, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of critical software applications, digital solutions and managed services that help transform the way organisations work, revealed an estimated 40[1] percent revenue growth in Australia and New Zealand in the 2017 financial year. This figure reflects strong growth across all of Civica’s business units – Local Government, Libraries & Education, Health, Community Protection and Business Process Outsourcing.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, has developed a Google Chrome extension for its Opposing Viewpoints In Contextdatabase. The extension makes it easier for users to find and access content from Opposing Viewpoints In Context through their library from a Google search, creating a simple and direct path to authoritative digital resources. Despite guidance from librarians and educators, today’s users are accustomed to letting a Google search guide them to informational content. The Chrome extension meets users in their workflow, furthering Gale’s commitment to become better aligned to digital research.

November 7, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Virginia’s Community Colleges has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and will integrate it with its statewide implementation of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma will replace the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system. The libraries of the nearly two dozen community colleges that constitute the VCCS will have the time-saving benefit of centralized acquisitions and collaborative decision-making.

(Ingram Content Group) Wilson County Schools have teamed up with Tennessee Book Company LLC, an Ingram company, to enhance Tennessee’s dual-enrollment program to reduce textbook costs, making it more feasible for high school students to take college courses.

(OCLC) OCLC is partnering with libraries, library schools and organizations on four projects that were recently awarded grants through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These projects will further IMLS goals to enhance the training and professional development of librarians, faculty and library leaders, and educate the next generation of librarians.

November 6, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and BiblioLabs have announced the launch of a collaborative open access initiative dedicated to advancing library and industry innovation related to electronic theses and dissertations. OpenDissertations.org, is committed to facilitating open and free access to ETD metadata and content. In addition to the fully open website, EBSCO will include EDT metadata in EBSCO Discovery Service to facilitate access and improve content discovery.

November 4, 2017

(Odilo) In keeping with Odilo's tradition of continuous development and adaptation to technology trends and industry standards, we have achieved ISO certifications for our services and solutions to ensure best in class security, quality, and reliability. The result is an ISO certified environment for our digital content management solutions for libraries, archives and cloud digital preservation.

November 2, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Vital Release 8.0 SP1 is now available for library partners. This service pack release focused on moving many popular Vital administrative features into the new responsive design launched in Vital Release 8.0.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, has selected the Sierra integrated library system with the Encore discovery layer. William Allen White Library will move to Sierra from OCLC WorldShare Management Services in February 2018.

(Equinox) Equinox announced that they have successfully migrated the LeHigh Valley Libraries to Evergreen within the PaILS SPARK Consortium.

November 1, 2017

(ProQuest) O’Reilly Media’s completely new version of Safari: O’Reilly’s Learning Platform for Higher Education is now available from ProQuest. This version of Safari features both a new student experience and a new business model that provides academic institutions with easier, more affordable access for their entire student body.

(EBSCO Information Services) Libraries can now enhance their special collections with digital backfiles for two leading magazines, U.S News and World Report and Esquire, through EBSCO Information Services. The new magazine archives, U.S. News & World Report Magazine Archive and Esquire Magazine Archive include cover to cover processing, which means each issue is presented in its entirety as originally published.

(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America announced that John S. Bracken has been selected to be the next Executive Director of DPLA, beginning December 4, 2017. A demonstrated leader in the field of digital innovation with nearly two decades of experience at philanthropic foundations, Bracken will lead DPLA in its next chapter of development, as the organization embarks upon its fifth year of operation.

(Talis) Following a formal tendering process, the Library of Trinity College Dublin has selectedTalis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading lists service with integratedcopyright management.

(Talis) The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester, Gloucestershire has selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading lists service. The Talis Aspire online reading lists service provides a direct link to resources, to ensure a seamless experience for students. Talis Aspire will be integrated with the RAU’s Library Management System, Heritage from ISOxford.

October 31, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Free Public Library and Cultural Center of Bayonne, NJ. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 200,000 plus holdings from Symphony earlier this year and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s hosting services are provided by Jersey Connect, a program in the state that offers free hosting services to libraries utilizing an open source ILS

(FOLIO) FOLIO announced a partnership with Jisc, the United Kingdom’s leader in digital technologies for education and research. Jisc will bring their expertise to the project while looking to leverage FOLIO’s technologies in their own projects where appropriate.

(Bibliotheca) In an on-going effort to aid libraries in providing all of their patrons with the most integrated and engaging library experience possible, bibliotheca has released the new iOS and Android 3.4 cloudLibrary app. This update offers users the option to explore cloudLibrary in 11 different languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Canadian French, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Maori, and Romanian.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare announced that Hemet Public Library in California has selected EnvisionWare’s 24-Hour Library to fill an essential need to extend Library hours and supplement services.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that its campusM higher-education mobile app platform has already been adopted at 50 university campuses in the United Kingdom and many more worldwide. The campusM app is supports many aspects of student life, in addition to the teaching and learning processes. On many campuses, the app is integrated with wider campus systems such as learning management, student records and administration, and library services.

(Association of Research Libraries) The Association of Research Libraries has been awarded a $315,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and disseminate a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation. This code will give individuals and institutions clear guidance on the legality of archiving software, in order to ensure continued access to digital files of all kinds and to offer hands-on understanding of the history of technology. The code will help cultural heritage institutions, collectors, and others save the digital record as well as advance research, discovery, and learning through the use of archived software.

October 30, 2017

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and HeinOnline, the world’s largest image-based legal and historical document research database, announce the availability of five HeinOnline databases on EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service. The arrangement brings one of the richest and most comprehensive collections of historical and government–related information to researchers in academic and public libraries.

October 27, 2017

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics recently held their SHAREit resource sharing user group conference. These regularly scheduled meetings enable Auto-Graphics to support the diverse needs of the 14 U.S. states, consortia, and Canadian provincial systems using SHAREit, the library industry’s most popular Web-based resource sharing solution for statewide/provincial/consortia interlibrary loan since 1994.

(Inmagic, Inc.) Inmagic Inc. has been selected for the 2017 Best of Woburn Award in the Business Services category by the Woburn Award Program.

October 26, 2017

(Civica) Civica, a leading global supplier of critical software applications, digital solutions and outsourcing services that help transform the way organisations work, has announced that Ipswich City Council has chosen Spydus10 for all its libraries across the City. The City of Ipswich, which boasts the youngest population demographic in Australia has been planning a complete system overhaul for some time. Some of their primary objectives include meeting the needs of its audience and supporting its Advance Ipswich Strategy 2015 plan. In summary, they were looking for a solution which could help them transform their library service delivery to the community.

October 25, 2017

(Tech Logic) Tech Logic announced the recent hire of Nicole Johnson and David Degrandchamp, who in October, joined the Tech Logic team as Senior Solutions Specialists for the Northeast U.S. and eastern Canadian territories, and North Central U.S. and central Canadian territories respectively.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces has launched the newest release of the Sierra integrated library system (ILS) with two new RESTful APIs for open integrations, and an additional new feature in compliance with the W3C Web Accessibility Guidelines. Sierra is a powerful, modern ILS that combines complete functionality with the power and scale of an open services platform.

October 24, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Athens Limestone Public Library, of Athens, AL. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 100,000 plus holdings from Polaris earlier this year and is providing ongoing support and hosting services to the library.

(ProQuest) Western Sydney University has joined the ProQuest® dissertations and theses publishing program. The university will contribute its graduate students’ dissertations and theses to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, the leading global source of emerging research from the world’s greatest universities. WSU research output and its researchers will be visible to hundreds of thousands of PQDT users and be broadly discoverable via citations in numerous major subject indexes.

(Overdrive) Companies, from startups to multinational conglomerates, will be able to get access to top business resources in a new Digital Business Library. The new resource is a one-stop portal launched by the National Library Board of Singapore, in conjunction with OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools. The Digital Business Library provides 24/7 access to over 19,000 eBook and audiobook titles from the world’s foremost business authors, and are available for borrowing instantly on smartphone, tablet or desktop computer with a valid library account at www.nlb.gov.sg. With the Digital Business Library’s curated collections, the latest trends in businesses will now be at the fingertips, including topics on cybersecurity, business intelligence, neuroscience and data analytics.

(California Digital Library) The Publishing group at the California Digital Library announced the launch of a major redesign of the eScholarship repository and publishing platform. eScholarship serves as the Open Access repository for the University of California system, offering tools and services to help UC scholars and researchers openly share the full range of their scholarly work. eScholarship also provides a comprehensive Open Access publishing program, currently publishing over 70 academic journals across academic disciplines.

October 23, 2017

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies is celebrating the launch of the next generation VitalSource Content Experience Platform and crossing the one-million-user threshold on the platform.

(RedLink) RedLink’s Library Dashboard, which helps librarians and institutions by providing a complete, normalized overview of usage and turn-away statistics, has been named Best New Product/Service in the 2017 Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards.

(Ingram Content Group) Sarah Armstrong has recently been promoted from Client Relations Coordinator for Publishers Group West to Client Relations Manager for Ingram Publisher Services LLC.

(Follett) The 2018 Follett Challenge, open for entries through Dec. 15, will reward $200,000 in products and services from Follett to schools/districts with innovative educational programs that teach 21st-century skills to students. All public and private K-12 schools/districts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia are eligible to apply.

October 21, 2017

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that The Library Network, serving 75 libraries in Southeast Michigan, has selected CARL.X as their next integrated library system. Key to TLN's selection of TLC are the company's strong development partnerships, intuitive online public access catalog, and CARL's close-knit customer base

(Follett) Follett is being honored by the Illinois School Library Media Association with the organization’s 2017 Pillar Award. Follett will receive the honor Friday Oct. 20, 2017 at ISLMA’s Awards Dinner Banquet in Springfield, Ill., which caps the association’s three-day 2017 conference.

(Tech Logic) Tech Logic Inc. announced that co-founder Mark Frich, has died. He was 66 years old. The thoughts of Tech Logic's board, management and employees are with Mark's family.

October 19, 2017

(University of Oklahoma) The University of Oklahoma Libraries is among a team of three universities, led by Nathan Hall, associate director of digital imaging and preservation services at Virginia Tech University Libraries, that has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant in support of 3D visualization and virtual reality (VR) technologies.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that BIBSYS—the agency of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research that provides library services to universities and colleges, research institutions, and the National Library—has chosen the Ex Libris LegantoSM reading list solution after an exhaustive tendering process.

October 18, 2017

(EnvisionWare) Lyngsoe Systems and EnvisionWare announced today a partnership agreement to provide Automated Materials Handling (AMH) solutions to public libraries. Under the agreement, EnvisionWare will be a distribution partner for Lyngsoe Systems' suite of Automated Materials Handling (AMH) products in the United States and Canada. The partnership extends EnvisionWare's line of AMH solutions.

(ProQuest) ProQuest and bibliotheca are teaming to integrate the power of the Syndetics Unbound service into the library selfCheck experience. The Syndetics Unbound enrichment service integrates seamlessly with a library’s existing catalog to provide interactive exploration, increasing circulation of the library collection. Backed by comprehensive data from ProQuest and LibraryThing, Syndetics Unbound provides the highest quality enrichments and best coverage for both public and academic libraries.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Ex Libris Alma library services platform has won a place in the French national Système de gestion de bibliothèque mutualisé library management system framework agreement. The competitive process for the framework and the tenders awarded under it are managed by the Agence bibliographique de l’enseignement supérieur (ABES), the French agency that provides bibliographic services to over 60 percent of French higher education institutions.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, is happy to announce that Koha Klassmates has now been adopted in 36 library schools nationwide. Koha Klassmates is a program that provides free hosted Koha installations for library schools. Teachers utilize their free hosted Koha instance to provide hands on experience for library students, giving them the real world tools and exposure they need before entering the workforce.

(EBSCO Information Services) Submissions are now being accepted for the second annual SEE-IT Award. SEE-IT stands for Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told. The SEE-IT Award is an annual book award given in partnership by EBSCO Information Services and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council to honor the outstanding achievements of authors and illustrators in youth graphic novels. Publishers are encouraged to submit titles for award consideration by March 9, 2018.

(Biblionix) Biblionix, the award winning and leading provider of automation solely for public libraries, today announced the addition of faceted searching to its Apollo ILS/LSP.

(Ingram Content Group) Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, an Ingram Publisher Services LLC brand, announces five new publishers for the Spring 2018 season: Black Inc., Blair, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Oberon Books and School of Life. All presses begin distribution with Consortium on Jan. 1, 2018.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris to announced that the number of libraries participating in the Ex Libris Alma and Primo implementation at the Washington Research Library Consortium, in Washington, DC, has recently increased to 16.

(Overdrive) OverDrive welcomes four new publishers in time for the 2017-18 school year. Rosen Publishing, Gareth Stevens, Cavendish Square and Enslow Publishing serve grades Pre-K -12 with high interest, curriculum-correlated materials. They are making hundreds of titles available digitally to libraries and schools for the first time, with more planned for 2018.

(OCLC) OCLC Research and euroCRIS, the international organization for research information, announce a strategic partnership to recognize and understand international research information management practices through collaborative research. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this year.

October 17, 2017

(Demco) Demco DiscoverMobile is the next generation of the popular and much-loved Boopsie mobile app. The new app presents library information in the increasingly popular at-a-glance format, streamlining how patrons browse collections, check out titles, and register for upcoming events via their smartphones.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has added 6,000 ebooks from Taylor and Francis to the Academic Complete collection. Focused on offering a balance of quality and quantity, the pioneering subscription now offers unlimited, multi-user access to a growing selection of more than 150,000 ebooks from the world’s leading publishers.

October 15, 2017

(Digital Public Library of America) The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is proud to unveil a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks. The DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), will allow staff at six pilot libraries to log in and start selecting ebooks from over a hundred thousand licensed titles and thousands more that are openly-licensed.  The new program will be administered through a partnership with LYRASIS, which will provide the hosting and other technology resources.

October 14, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the appointment of Kathryn Harnish as Senior Vice President of Product Strategy.

October 13, 2017

(Association of Research Libraries) The membership of the Association of Research Libraries voted to invite Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries to join as the 125th member, effective January 1, 2018.

(Axiell) Axiell announced that the company has acquired ATP Automation Ltd Oy, a company specialized in library logistics. Through the acquisition, Axiell will broaden its offering in the Finnish market to cover market leading self-service machines and conveyor solutions for libraries, in addition to the already existing offer which the company is working with. ATP represents top Finnish know-how, guaranteed by a membership in the Association of Finnish Work. The four staff at ATP will join Axiell and will continue to serve existing customers.

October 12, 2017

(OCLC) OCLC and Internet Archive are working together to make the Archive's collection of 2.5 million digitized books easier to find and access online and through local libraries. OCLC will process metadata from the Internet Archive for its digital collection, matching to existing records in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, or adding a new record if one does not exist. The WorldCat record will include a link leading back to the Archive.org record. From there, searchers can examine or potentially borrow the related digital item.

(ProQuest) In the first year of its availability on Bowker Identifier Services’ website and ecommerce store (www.myidentifiers.com), the ScoreIt! enhanced writer technology developed by Inkubate, has doubled its user base. ScoreIt! enables authors to run a comparative analysis of their manuscript against the writing styles of commercially published authors. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the official ISBN registration agency for the U.S. and its MyIdentifiers website connects authors to the resources they need to effectively publish and market their books.

(Association of Research Libraries) The membership of the Association of Research Libraries has voted to invite Simon Fraser University Library to join as the 124th member, effective January 1, 2018. Gwen Bird, university librarian and dean of libraries, accepted the invitation.

(ProQuest) Visitors to the Bowker website myidentifiers.com will now be able to access StreetLib, a publishing platform offering all the essential book publishing tools in one place. StreetLib supports authors and publishers by providing the services necessary to publish and sell books online in multiple formats. It also provides technical and commercial assistance to help its users get the most out of its services. Bowker’s Myidentifiers.com is the official ISBN registration site for American publishers. Bowker is a ProQuest affiliate.

(Ingram Content Group) Lightning Source, part of Ingram Content Group, is expanding its “Global Connect” print-on-demand and distribution network to Spain through an alliance with PodiPrint, one of the largest media publishing and distribution groups in Spain.

(Cengage Learning) Five Texas libraries have partnered with Gale, a leading provider of library resources and a Cengage company, to offer the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate at public libraries across the state. Qualifying Texas adults can enroll in the Career Online High School program starting today through the following public library systems: Houston, Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine and Sulphur Springs.

(ProQuest) Since 2011, International Standard Book Numbers for self-published titles have climbed 218.33%, according to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate Bowker. A total of 786,935 ISBNs were assigned to self-published titles in 2016; in 2011, that number was 247,210.

(Springer) Springer Nature has launched a new, free-to-use research solution, Springer Nature Experiments, to help researchers in the life sciences advance discovery by accessing the most relevant protocols and methods to support their research projects.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces launched Polaris Release 5.6 with system-wide support for Unicode characters, integration of items from Vital in the PowerPAC discovery solution, and additional functionality in the Polaris Web Application. Polaris is an integrated library system solution to manage physical and digital resources, library operational workflows, and patron accounts.

(Catalyst IT) Catalyst and Bywater Solutions are both vendors for Koha library management system. We have worked together in the Koha community for 8 years. Both companies support a number of academic libraries (universities, polytechnics, TAFEs, colleges) and are investigating how FOLIO can be of benefit to our customers, with an initial focus on academic libraries.This paper will explain how Koha and FOLIO can work together to benefit libraries. It will also set out specifications for some ways Koha could connect to FOLIO, and therefore enhance library services.

October 11, 2017

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that Amigos Library Services has added ByWater and Koha to its preferred vendor list. Amigos member libraries who are new to Koha will receive a discount on Koha implementation and ongoing support and hosting services from ByWater as part of this agreement. By partnering with ByWater, Amigos Library Services members will have even more reason to adopt the fastest growing and most used ILS in the world.

(Ixxus) Data systems integration and knowledge engineering experts Ixxus today announced that scholarly publisher Emerald Publishing and world-renowned educational foundation International Baccalaureate recently became the two latest organizations to deploy the Ixxus Publishing Platform to meet their most challenging digital transformation initiatives.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has again teamed with students and other researchers to make the experience of using the Ebook Central platform more efficient, effective and valuable. The popular ebook platform has enhanced its book detail pages to boost usability with simplified workflows, more chapter-level capabilities, and improved file naming conventions that make it easy to organize downloaded resources.

(Eduserv) OpenAthens builds upon its global access tools for digital content providers through its new cloud-based single sign-on solution OpenAthens, the international identity and access management software provider for the information industry, today officially launches its cloud-based content provider solution at one of the world’s largest publishing events, the Frankfurt Book Fair.

(Ingram Content Group) Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) adds six new clients to CoreSource, Ingram’s digital asset management and distribution platform. The new CoreSource customers include: Author Solutions LLC, Center for Creative Leadership, Wits University Press, Hymns Ancient & Modern, Edinburgh University Press, and The American Nurses Association.

(EBSCO Information Services) Dynamic Health, a comprehensive collection of evidence-based skills content and corresponding skills checklists intended to help nurses and allied health professionals develop critical clinical, transcultural and patient instruction skills, is now available from EBSCO Health, a division of EBSCO Information Services.

October 9, 2017

(National Information Standards Organization) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new American National Standard, STS: Standards Tag Suite, ANSI/NISO Z39.102-2017. The purpose of this "standard for standards," which will be known as NISO STS, is to define a suite of XML elements and attributes that describes the full-text content and metadata of standards. NISO STS provides a common format that preserves intellectual content of standards independent of the form in which that content was originally delivered.

(RedLink) RedLink is pleased to announce the latest release of Remarq, which includes three levels of group collaboration, Private Groups – only those invited by the host are aware of the group and can participate, Protected Groups – publishers can create these groups, which anyone can find and request to join, and Public Groups – these groups are open to anyone at any time.

October 6, 2017

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(Evergreen Project) The Evergreen community announced the release of Evergreen 3.0, a major upgrade that will change the way library staff use and interact with Evergreen.Evergreen 3.0 features a new staff client that can run in a web browser on a desktop, tablet, or mobile phone, helping libraries to better meet the high expectations of users. Bringing library services on the road has never been easier. Staff will use the same client interfaces on all devices, which are automatically optimized for whatever screen is in use.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the Waco-McLennan County Library in Waco, Texas has selected the Polaris integrated library system (ILS).

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works has begun production on a massive RFID tagging project for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The project is part of the library’s conversion to a unified RFID inventory system, which upon completion, will deliver greater accuracy in circulation and inventory while making library staff more available to patrons. Backstage will tag over 1.9 million barcoded items contained in fourteen library branches, one outreach services facility, and an external storage facility.

October 5, 2017

(Springer) Bookmetrix, a platform that brings together citations, downloads and altmetrics for books and chapters, is extending its scope by providing better insights into the reach and impact of Springer Nature’s various eBook collections. With these new, innovative features, Bookmetrix is adding value by offering detailed information for authors and readers as well as librarians.

(Insight Informatics) Libraries across the world using LIBERO’s using Version 6, can now upgrade their systems to LIBERO Cloud. LIBERO Cloud means libraries can now store their data in an off-site server, which provides significant benefits including full maintenance and security of your data. Our overseas libraries using LIBERO are based in Europe, Africa, and United Arab Emirates.

October 3, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the company is the first in the library industry to achieve ISO 22301:2012 certification. ISO 22301:2012 is the first international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization that focuses exclusively on business continuity management. This Ex Libris certification joins two others awarded to the company—ISO 27001:2013, certification for information security management systems; and ISO/IEC 27018:2014, certification for the protection of personally identifiable information in the cloud computing environment.

(DuraSpace) We invite anyone in our community, DuraSpace members or non-members, to nominate an individual who you believe would be a good representative for the community to serve as the DuraSpace Board-Member-at-Large. All nominees must be from DuraSpace member organizations (see full list here) and Board-Member-at-Large candidates should be at the senior management level at their organizations, having fiscal and staffing responsibility. And of course, they will, in your judgment, be able to bring the commitment, creativity, and dedication that the role calls for. Self-nominations are welcome and you may submit more than one nomination.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, has launched Mobile Worklists Release 2.6 to enhance library staff workflows through more efficient navigation and processes. This release includes the ability to quickly swipe between Item Detail screens and view copy number information on each Item Detail screen. Mobile Worklists, a two-time Modern Library Awards winner, is Innovative’s native iOS app for library staff that makes material handling and management tasks easier and more efficient.

October 2, 2017

(Yewno) Yewno announced that Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy has selected the Yewno Discover research application to support the interdisciplinary and explorative search needs of its faculty and students. University libraries that have adopted Yewno now span six countries, including the US, UK, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and now Italy.

(Villanova University) Version 4.1 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This release builds upon the recent 4.0 release with several significant new features.

(Institute of Museum and Library Services) WGBH Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded WGBH a $229,772 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to launch the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. The fellowship will fund 10 graduate students from across the United States to digitize at-risk audiovisual materials at public media organizations near their universities. The digitized content will ultimately be incorporated into the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between Boston public media station WGBH and the Library of Congress working to digitize and preserve thousands of broadcasts and previously inaccessible programs from public radio and public television’s more than 60-year legacy.

(ProQuest) ProQuest and Google are expanding their collaboration by indexing almost half a million full text dissertations from the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database, the leading source of emerging research from the world’s great universities. Google Scholar users can now seamlessly discover and access this set of full text dissertations in their libraries’ subscription collections. The user experience is improved and libraries benefit from increased usage for their content investment.

(Copyright Clearance Center) RightsDirect, a subsidiary of Copyright Clearance Center announced they are partnering with Meteo, a leading provider of Japanese medical information. Using RightFind and RightsLink offerings available through CCC and RightsDirect, Meteo will expand global sales of its articles and help increase the company’s brand awareness for content aggregation to the worldwide market.

(OCLC) OCLC now supports IIIF Image and Presentation APIs in its CONTENTdm digital collection management software, ensuring that its member libraries and institutions can share and present millions of digital images across a variety of applications and platforms. CONTENTdm, currently used by more than 2,500 institutions worldwide, was recently redesigned to create a new end-user experience for any device. The redesign supports the IIIF Image API, which provides a common mechanism for manipulating digital images for display and download. The IIIF Presentation API, which makes it possible to present image metadata and navigate through complex digital objects, is now the second API added to CONTENTdm. The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), driven by a thriving community of libraries, museums, software firms, scholars and technologists working with digital images and digital image repositories, provides a community-driven set of shared API specifications for interoperable functionality in digital image repositories.

(Follett) Follett announced it is entering the school book fair market, a highly anticipated launch that will see the company maximize its existing partnerships with thousands of publishers to offer a vast selection of books for early education, elementary and middle school students. The Follett Book Fairs launch begins for the 2017-18 school year on a regional basis, and then will expand throughout the country the following year. Librarians familiar with Follett have been eager to get their schools signed up.

September 29, 2017

(Lucidea) Lucidea, the leading provider of library automation and knowledge management solutions to organizations worldwide, has acquired Eloquent Systems. Eloquent, based in Vancouver, BC, is an applications developer offering mobile-friendly knowledge management software for professionals who manage archives, libraries, museums and records. They provide an array of tools for organizing information about physical and digital assets so that all stakeholders easily find exactly what they need, through a single venue.

(Demco) Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria has launched a customized app that provides one-click access to its library’s assets, empowering researchers to use resources and services when and where they need them. Fully hosted and maintained by Demco Software, the University of Pretoria’s Boopsie mobile app will feature custom branding on a user-friendly interface, facilitating seamless access to authoritative content from trusted aggregators and publishers. A modifiable banner will increase visibility of key resources, and unique features will expand access to the library. Key among these are Ask a Librarian, Catalog Search, Subject Guides, Library Locator, Location and Hours, and social media integration.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que el consorcio Madroño ha elegido la plataforma de servicios bibliotecarios Alma y la solución de descubrimiento y entrega Primo para mejorar la colaboración, la eficiencia y los servicios para los miembros del consorcio. Alma reemplazará el sistema de biblioteca integrado SirsiDynix Symphony.

September 28, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Consorcio Madroño has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the consortium’s members. Alma will replace the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system.The six member universities of the Madroño Consortium, all leading institutions in Madrid, had previously used individual, local, on-premises (non-cloud) deployments of the same integrated library system (ILS) and discovery tool.

(University of Oklahoma) The University of Oklahoma Libraries announced that they’ve conducted what is believed to be the first multi-state, multi-campus, curated virtual reality class. The Innovation @ the Edge, located in the University of Oklahoma Libraries, is a pioneer in developing pedagogical and research content for virtual reality headsets. During this VR class, partner institutions, including two separate physical locations at University of Central Oklahoma, Archaeology Southwest and University of Arizona, Tucson and two separate physical locations at the University of Oklahoma along with a session leader in a home office, connected in shared virtual reality space, bringing together 15 people total in order to tour a cave with rare archaic cave art that is located on private land and is otherwise inaccessible to the public.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) officially opened the new wing of their office in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The expansion adds 2,800 square feet of office space. The new addition will accommodate Backstage’s growing Metadata and Digitization teams, enabling them to gear up quickly and efficiently for incoming projects.The addition allows Backstage to consolidate all of their planetary cameras in one location. Increased space between cameras allows for more efficient and safer handing of client materials, and improved operator comfort. Bay sizes have also been increased in camera stations designated for oversize materials.In addition to providing room for expansion of traditional, planetary camera bays, Backstage now has a dedicated studio for capturing dimensional objects. This greatly enhances Backstage’s capabilities and opens the door for providing its clients 3D capture.

(Library and Information Technology Association) Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library, has been appointed as the new editor of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), the Library and Information Technology Association's refereed, open access journal. His term will run through June 30, 2020.

September 27, 2017

(Taylor and Francis) Taylor & Francis Group, a leading publisher of specialist academic books and journals and part of Informa PLC, has acquired the Open Access publisher, Dove Medical Press. This acquisition signals Taylor & Francis Group’s ongoing commitment to developing both its Medical Journal and OA programs.

(Emerald Group) Emerald Publishing launched Emerald Reach – its new open access programme designed to deliver rigorous high-quality open access content, support authors and extend their impact. Recognizing that being open access alone does not necessarily mean content is more discoverable, Emerald Reach works harder on behalf of authors to drive discoverability. The aim of the programme is to ensure the widest possible dissemination of research and maximize its potential to deliver impact. 

(Yewno) Yewno Discover will now be dramatically enhanced by the inclusion of Cambridge University Press’ full digitized academic content. Over the last 2 years, the knowledge discovery product has benefited from the inclusion of Cambridge University Press journal articles. Yewno’s relationship with the Press has now deepened with the inclusion of their full digital content, as the Discover product continues to prove its potential as a vital tool for researchers and students.

(EBSCO Information Services) The 2018 Serials Price Projection Report from EBSCO Information Services is now available. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic/medical libraries are expected to be in the range of five to six percent (before currency impact). EBSCO releases the Serials Price Projections based on surveys of a wide range of publishers and reviews of historical serials pricing data to assist information professionals as they make budgeting decisions for the renewals season.

September 26, 2017

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced that the Utah State Library Division has selected the Polaris integrated library system (ILS) to promote autonomy among consortium members and extend equal patron access to resources. The Utah State Library’s consortium represents several partner agencies as well as bookmobile services to 11 counties in Utah and a resource sharing collection housed at the State Library. State agency partners include the Division of State History, Utah State Archives, the Division of Natural Resources, and the Utah State Law Library. Polaris was the solution best equipped to satisfy the diverse needs of all programs and library partners.

(EBSCO Information Services) Submissions are open for the 2018 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held in Denver, February 9-16.  

September 25, 2017

(Ingram Content Group) Tuttle Publishing announces that beginning in January 2018 their titles will be sold and distributed to the industry by Publishers Group West, an Ingram Publisher Services LLC brand.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of a new Technical Report, NISO TR-06-2017, Issues in Vocabulary Management. This document is one outcome of the NISO Bibliographic Roadmap Development Project, which was conducted in 2013-14 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The technical report builds upon the work outlined in the 2014 project summary report Roadmap for the Future of Bibliographic Exchange by discussing policies supporting vocabulary use and reuse, documentation for vocabularies, and requirements for the preservation of RDF vocabularies. The audiences for this technical report start with the communities NISO has brought together: libraries, publishers, and service providers. But beyond these communities, NISO aims for the document to help the many individuals and groups building and sharing bibliographic and other descriptive data, as well as knowledge managers within a variety of organizations using vocabularies to solve problems.

(Knight Foundation) he John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a major initiative to support the role of strong, trusted journalism as essential to a healthy democracy. The initiative is anchored by the Knight Commission on Trust, Media and Democracy, a panel of thinkers and doers from diverse backgrounds committed to creating more informed and engaged communities. This nonpartisan commission (participants list below) will explore causes for the erosion of trust in democratic institutions, in particular the press. It will also identify new thinking and solutions around rebuilding trust.The Knight Commission will be chaired by Jamie Woodson, executive chairman and CEO of Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education, and Tony Marx, president of The New York Public Library, and run by the Aspen Institute, with $2 million in support from Knight.

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