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July 20, 2018

(The Library Corporation) Building upon innovations introduced with Library.Solution v5.0, which included the award winning LS2 Cataloging, TLC continues its push to remove the complexities and inefficiencies library staff face daily by legacy ILS systems. With the release of Library.Solution v5.3.1, libraries can utilize all new features, such as Item Spaces, the reinvented Fast Add Cataloging, and improved item visibility and access rules for multi-branch libraries, school districts and library consortia.

July 19, 2018

(OCLC) Complutense University of Madrid, one of the oldest universities in the world and among the top universities in Spain, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

July 17, 2018

(Villanova University) Version 5.0 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This release improves the package's compatibility with recent language and operating system releases and adds several significant new features.

(Tech Logic) Tech Logic has partnered with Flagstaff-City Coconino County Public Library (AZ) to design and install custom automated materials handling solutions that include a 9-bin sorter, a 5-bin sorter, and new drive-up and walk-up book drops with conveyance at their Main Library and East Flagstaff Community Library branches.

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.

(Equinox) Equinox announced the successful migration of Coplay Public Library to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

July 12, 2018

(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.

(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.

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

(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.

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