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July 16, 2018

(Softlink International) Almost forty librarians from government, public, academic, health, engineering and legal libraries took part in our New Zealand National User Conference and Masterclass in Wellington in June. The free event for Liberty customers was also preceded by a site visit to the Environmental Protection Authority's library.

July 12, 2018

(Equinox) Equinox announced the successful migration of Northwestern Michigan College into the open source community with their deployment of Koha.

(Overdrive) The summer heats up as thousands of readers worldwide join Big Library Read to borrow, read and discuss USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams’s romance novel, Cowboy Pride, through their local library. From July 9-23, readers can borrow the ebook with no waitlists or holds by visiting their library's digital collection or downloading the Libby app. More than 19,000 libraries worldwide will participate in the16th selection of the largest global digital book club. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in the U.S. and Canada. As the winning title chosen from 22 novels by popular vote of readers and librarians, Cowboy Pride tells the Wild West version of Pride and Prejudice.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, gibt bekannt, dass die Polnische Nationalbibliothek die Bibliotheksdienstplattform Ex Libris Alma und die Discovery- und Delivery-Lösung Primo als Schlüsselkomponenten im E-Service-Projekt OMNIS der Bibliothek ausgewählt hat. Alma und Primo werden die Grundlage für einen einheitlichen nationalen Ansatz bei der Verwaltung, Discovery und Delivery von Bibliotheksressourcen bilden.

(Kaltura) The 2018 State of Video in Education report from leading technology video provider Kaltura reveals a sharp uptick in higher education institutions’ use of lecture capture, up 21% from 65% in 2016 to 79% this year. There is a strong appetite for capturing more than just the classes taking place in standard lecture halls too, with 10% of all those responding, saying they already capture over half of all classes wherever they take place, and 31% keen to follow their lead. Overall, 88% of respondents across higher education and K-12 either already use lecture capture tools or intend to in the future.

(Ingram Content Group) A study released today by Blackboard, VitalSource, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) finds that engagement with digital learning tools can better predict student success than incoming GPA. The study found that students at UMBC who are highly engaged with digital learning tools were 200% more likely to pass their courses than less active students. Specifically, incoming C students with low engagement had a 37% likelihood of passing a class while similar students exhibiting the highest level of engagement with Blackboard Learn and/or VitalSource had a more than 90% likelihood of passing a class.

(British Library) The British Library exists to provide access to the world’s knowledge for everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment. But what does this mean in a publishing environment where increasingly more and more scholarly work is being published open access? As funders, researchers and universities realise that research must reach beyond academia, more research is now made publicly accessible. However, access to information is only half the battle. Before we can all benefit from the accessibility of this research, we first need to find it.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Ontario Council of University Libraries has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Thirteen OCUL libraries, including six ARL members, chose to move forward and participate in a collaborative purchase of the Alma and Primo solutions. Member libraries will be upgrading from the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system, as well as replacing other third-party integrated library systems. The Alma platform will also be replacing a variety of link resolver and ERM systems. The Primo discovery solution will replace the diverse range of discovery systems currently in use among the members to provide improved discoverability of resources across the institutions.

(Follett) Follett announced that it has acquired Fishtree, a leading adaptive learning platform that streamlines both the technical integration and educational adoption of personalized learning in school classrooms. Follett will integrate the machine-based learning tools of Fishtree within Follett’s industry leading Destiny content and resource management platform used by more than 70,000 schools and school districts across North America. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

July 10, 2018

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced the availability of a “Kids’ Catalog” option for the award-winning Apollo ILS/LSP. It allows children to browse and discover materials related to their age-level. Each library chooses what classes of materials are made accessible through the new catalog. And optional links to toggle between the general catalog and the Kids’ Catalog can be deployed. An example image of the new catalog is shown below and a live version is accessible here.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the National Library of Poland has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution as key components in the library’s OMNIS e-Service project. Alma and Primo will provide the basis for the library to adopt a unified national approach to library resource management, discovery, and delivery.

July 9, 2018

(ImpactStory) Nonprofit startup Impactstory announced new funding of $850,000, received as a grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, to build a free search engine designed to help the public find, read, and understand peer-reviewed research on any topic. Impactstory will partner with the Internet Archive and the British Library for the project.

(Lucidea) Lucidea, provider of knowledge management and library automation solutions to law firms worldwide announces participation in AALL 2018, this year in Baltimore, MD on July 14th through 17th at the Baltimore Convention Center.

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate Analytics today announced a collaboration with Caltech that will work towards providing more than two thousand of its researchers with legitimate one-click access to millions of academic papers and journal articles via Kopernio's technology.

July 5, 2018

(Open Preservation Foundation) The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) has today published its new strategy, setting out the long-term direction for the organisation. The strategy establishes the OPF’s position in the digital preservation landscape and guides the tasks, tools, and projects that the Foundation will address.

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