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July 22, 2019

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, one of the largest services and technologies non-profit member organizations serving the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is designed to foster innovation leading to new services and programs among members and knowledge communities worldwide. This year, five programs will be seed funded for the benefit of the community at large. Four projects were chosen by participants in the LYRASIS Leaders Circle and one was chosen by LYRASIS's CEO. A total of $126,370 will be awarded.

(Capira Technologies) Reading Public Library has chosen Capira Technologies to develop a custom mobile library app for its patrons which has recently launched. Features include account management tools in the form of account status notifications, multiple (family) digital library cards, robust catalog search tools, connections to event calendars, e-materials, digital resources and social media. Like all Capira deployments the completely custom design was driven by the library to reflect their presence in the community. Reading Public Library will now also be able to reach out to their patron base through push notifications to inform them of events, programs, classes and schedule/location changes.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, ProQuest company, è lieta di annunciare che la piattaforma dei servizi di ricerca Ex Libris Esploro è entrata in produzione presso l’Università dell’Iowa. Grazie a Esploro, le istituzioni possono acquisire e diffondere automaticamente i risultati e i dati dei loro ricercatori, gestire gli asset di ricerca della gamma completa delle discipline (incluse Scienze naturali, Discipline umanistiche, Scienze sociali e Arti) in un unico luogo, esporre i profili dei ricercatori e facilitare i flussi di lavoro tra la bilblioteca, l’ufficio di ricerca e i ricercatori.

July 18, 2019

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Ex Libris Esploro research services solution is now live at the University of Iowa. Esploro helps institutions fulfill strategic research goals and assist researchers in maximizing productivity. Libraries and research offices can automate and simplify processes such as the deposit of research data, enrichment of metadata, updating of researcher profiles, and measuring research impact.

July 17, 2019

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that San Antonio Public Library has selected Symphony as their integrated library system. Symphony is one of the most widely-installed platforms in the world, powering thousands of libraries in over 60 countries. Its robust functionality, capable companion products, and open APIs and web services will assist San Antonio Public Library in delivering the best library user experience to their dynamic and thriving community.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, "Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials". The study was undertaken in an effort to map the landscape of accessibility policies and practices for online resources as managed by libraries and archives across the United States. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website.

July 16, 2019

(Overdrive) Traveling in the car during summer vacations or rush hour can be tedious, but now drivers can enjoy listening to audiobooks more easily and safely than ever – and for free. Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app available from 90 percent of public libraries in North America, is now compatible with Apple CarPlay. This feature allows iPhone users with a valid library card to quickly access and control audiobooks through their vehicle’s dashboard display and listen through the sound system. The Libby app, which is also compatible with Android Auto, was created by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.

July 15, 2019

(Ohio University) Ohio University Libraries has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to develop the Southeast Asia Digital Library in collaboration with 14 other institutions.

(Villanova University) Version 6.0 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This major release brings some aspects of the code more up to date while also adding several new features and fixes.

July 13, 2019

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics, Inc. announces that Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) has purchased MONTAGE for its members. SCLC, one of nine state library systems as defined by the California State Library, serves 39 independent city, county, and library district libraries located in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. MONTAGE is a part of SCLC’s DigiLab program, a digital archiving and collaboration project, which allows participating members to scan and add their own unique content, in order to publish on a public, digital platform.

July 12, 2019

(Lyrasis) To help guide and steward the recent merger of LYRASIS and DuraSpace - four new Board of Trustees Members were elected by the combined memberships, and four new Board of Trustees were appointed. This brings LYRASIS' FY 2020 Board to 13 members, seven elected and six appointed.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, Oregon, has implemented its patron relationship management system for use by both central staff and member libraries.

(Amigos Library Services) Amigos Library Services announced a partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on the E-Read Texas program to bring electronic book (e-book) access to Texans served by small community libraries. This is part of a multi-phased statewide project to enhance public library e-book collections.

July 11, 2019

(Equinox) Equinox welcomed Adams County Library System to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Sterling College, Mabee Library, in Sterling, Kansas is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 47,000 plus holdings from Liblime ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

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