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August 15, 2017

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced a new release of the Summon discovery service. This release helps libraries further address researcher and student needs and improve their users’ experience. Patrons will benefit from interface and system enhancements, increased opportunities for discovering content through subject-specific searches, and easy access to course reserves through search results.

(Ingram Content Group) VitalSource Technologies announce the hire of Eric Kuennen as its new Vice President of Professional Learning. In his role, Kuennen will lead VitalSource’s efforts to enable customers’ and partner companies’ professional learning.

(Odilo) ODILO has been selected by the European Commission to provide their digital reading platform to European schools and universities.

(University of Oklahoma) The University of Oklahoma Libraries-funded open educational resources initiative, the Alternative Textbook Grant, has saved OU students $1,631,935 in textbook costs to date. Now in its fourth year, the Alternative Textbook Grant was established to reduce students’ textbook costs by supporting OU faculty members in the adoption, modification or creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) – which include teaching, learning and research resources that are free of cost to use and repurpose – as well as affordable course content.

(Lyrasis) Nine months after announcing their vendor partnership to provide LYRASIS member organizations with best prices on production and patron microform and book scanners, The Crowley Company and LYRASIS have enhanced their partnership to include bound volume digitization services.

(Yewno) Yewno announced that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Library has selected the Yewno Discover research application to support the interdisciplinary and explorative search needs of its campuses.

August 14, 2017

(Bibliotheca) bibliotheca unveiled its new brand and logo – the final chapter of its merger with 3M Library Systems.

(ProQuest) Now students and researchers can be immersed in the work of award-winning writers, actors and directors in action, whenever and wherever they are. BroadwayHD is one of the most important distributors of current Broadway plays and musicals – distributed exclusively to libraries via the Alexander Street™ platform.

August 10, 2017

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced that Hammond Public Library in Indiana has chosen the Library.Solution integrated library system to provide premier automation services for its staff and patrons.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform to replace the institute’s Voyager integrated library system. NAIT is already using the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which will be tightly integrated with Alma to optimize the student and staff experience.

August 9, 2017

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce that Theresa Kidd has joined its sales team representing cataloging, digitization, microfilm, authority control, reclassification, data conversion and on-site services. Theresa will work with libraries in the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe.

(Axiell) Axiell announced the expansion of its operations in Europe. Ann Melaerts, formerly General Manager Library Division and VP Independent business units at INFOR, joins Axiell as Vice President & Business Area Director for Axiell Public Libraries. Ann will be responsible for sales from Axiell’s solutions and services portfolio to public libraries in Europe, which includes Axiell Quria, a cloud based library services platform, and Axiell Arena, an advanced and robust online discovery portal for libraries.

August 8, 2017

(PTFS Europe) CLA and Kortext, the UK’s leading Personal Learning Platform and digital textbook provider have agreed to buy the rebus:list Reading List Management System from PTFS Europe, a leading supplier of the Koha library management system and other products to the library market.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network has chosen to implement Enterprise as their new discovery solution. Enterprise will be integrated with LOUIS’s existing solution, EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), and is enhanced with the addition of Syndetics Enriched Content.

(Bibliotheca) Effective immediately, bibliotheca has added HarperCollins to its growing list of audiobook publishers participating in cloudLibrary’s pay-per-use model. cloudLibrary launched the pay-per-use model in May of 2017. Since then, the program has been adopted by libraries world-wide, offering audiobooks from publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Blackstone, Disney, and Scholastic.

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