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January 16, 2018

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that National Taiwan University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library services platform to replace the school’s library management system. In addition, NTU’s local implementation of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution will be migrated to the cloud and integrated with the Alma platform. Through the software-as-a-service model, the university library services will enjoy benefit from the real-time synchronization and automatic updates of the Alma and Primo software solutions.

(Insight Informatics) LIBERO’s latest upgrade makes working on mobile devices more capable and enjoyable than ever.

January 15, 2018

(OCLC) OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2018. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

(Yewno) Yewno, Inc., a leading provider of AI-driven knowledge discovery solutions, announced that publishers who use Ingram Content Group services can make book content discoverable over the Yewno platform. De Gruyter now joins Stanford University Press, Brill, and Wiley as publishers with books provided by Ingram and now discoverable through Yewno.

(RedLink) RedLink has released its second annual RedLink Index report, covering data from the 2017 subscription year. RedLink’s Library Dashboard and Publisher Dashboard products provide users with an easy way to view their aggregated usage data and view trends and make comparisons, as well as create intuitive data visualizations.

(Digital Science) Global technology company Digital Science is proud to announce the launch of Dimensions, a new platform that aims to democratise and transform scholarly search. A collaboration between six Digital Science portfolio companies (Altmetric, Digital Science Consultancy, Figshare, Readcube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch) and more than 100 research funders and universities, Dimensions offers a better, faster way to discover, understand and analyse the global research landscape, without wasting time searching for information across multiple poorly integrated tools.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced the appointment of Tom Jacobson as Vice President, Executive Library Advocate and Strategist, a role that will support both consortia and library partners.

January 11, 2018

(LAC Group) LAC Group Chief Executive Officer and founder Deborah Schwarz has named Robert Corrao as the organization's next CEO. Schwarz who started the company in 1986 and grew it from a one-person consultancy into an information management firm employing nearly 400 employees in the U.S. and U.K. will become the firm's Chief Strategy Officer, a newly created position.

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform available to millions of readers from over 40,000 libraries and schools worldwide, reported record-breaking downloads of eBooks and audiobooks in 2017. With a library card and OverDrive or Libby app, readers borrowed more than 225 million digital books in the past 12 months, representing double digit growth from the previous year. A record number of libraries each served over 1 million digital books to their local communities last year, led by astronomical growth at Toronto Public Library (which reached 4.6 million digital checkouts), Los Angeles Public Library (3.7 million) and the National Library Board of Singapore (1.5 million).

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris and HighPoint Solutions announced a strategic partnership that will provide a student app for the digital-native generation at institutions of higher education. The joint product will deliver consolidated functionality covering administration and student life and will facilitate teaching and learning via users’ mobile phone and, simultaneously, a web portal.

January 10, 2018

(RMG Consultants, Inc.) The RMG’s Annual Presidents' Seminar will be held at the ALA Midwinter Conference, in Denver, CO on Friday February 9, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm, with discussion surrounding the topic of AI, Autonomous Cars, and Libraries.

January 9, 2018

(Civica) Civica, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of critical software applications, digital solutions and business services that help transform the way organisations work, today revealed strong growth in 2017 in its Libraries division, with significant wins across the globe.

(Association of Research Libraries) The Association of Research Libraries Board of Directors has appointed Mary Lee Kennedy executive director of the Association, effective April 1, 2018. Kennedy is currently principal of the Kennedy Group, where she partners with organizations to empower local and global communities to create and use knowledge that enhances lives.

(EBSCO Industries) EBSCO Industries announced that Ryan Loy is joining the company as Chief Information Officer, and will be reporting to David Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer. Loy comes to EBSCO from ADTRAN where he was CIO.

(Pennsylvania Integrated Library System) Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), a consortium of Evergreen libraries, saw additional growth in 2017 adding the Bedford County Library System, Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity, Bangor Public Library, Tunkhannock Public Library, Allentown Public Library, Bethlehem Area Public Library, Easton Public Library, and Shamokin Public Library. All of these libraries are now live on SPARK, the PaILS-operated, open source, Evergreen-based ILS. New libraries for 2018 will include the Huntingdon County Library, Potter-Tioga Library System, and 11 public libraries in Lehigh and Carbon Counties. This will bring the total to 122 service outlets. SPARK is hosted by the Equinox Open Library Initiative who also provide migration, consulting, training, and development services.

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