June 28, 2021
New digital platform empowers public libraries and patrons, boosts equitable access to knowledge. A powerful partnership of industry leaders announced The Palace Project, a transformational, library-centered platform for digital content and services. The Palace Project, with a $5 million investment by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for LYRASIS, and in strategic partnership with Digital Public Library of America, will develop and scale a robust suite of content, services, and tools for the delivery of ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital media to benefit public libraries and patrons. The Palace Project builds on a collaboration between DPLA and LYRASIS over the last several years and uses the Library Simplified platform, an opensource code base originally designed and developed by the New York Public Library. [Full Announcement].
June 22, 2021
The New York Public Library and LYRASIS announce next steps in national e-book collaboration. The New York Public Library and LYRASIS have announced that, following a two-year collaboration to empower public libraries around the country to gain control over their e-book delivery platforms, they will be expanding their efforts on delivering a library driven library empowered ebook platform, pursuing two different opportunities towards the same goal. [Full Announcement].
June 15, 2021
LYRASIS announces acquisition of BiblioLabs. LYRASIS, a global non-profit serving libraries, archives, museums and research communities, announces the acquisition of BiblioLabs, LLC., a Charleston, SC-based library technology firm. The acquisition unites two organizations on the leading edge of library software and support services and transitions BiblioLabs from a mission-aligned for-profit firm into the mission-driven non-profit model of LYRASIS. The acquisition is complete effective June 15, 2021 and was funded through cash purchase and charitable contribution by the owners of BiblioLabs. [Full Announcement].
May 21, 2021
DOAB and OAPEN enter into a new partnership with LYRASIS to develop its services for their U.S. partners. The DOAB Foundation and OAPEN Foundation announced a new partnership with LYRASIS. Through this partnership, DOAB, OAPEN and LYRASIS will establish a pathway for U.S. institutions to support the continuing development of open infrastructure services for open access (OA) books. [Full Announcement].
March 3, 2021
LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce new partnership to bring eBooks to academic library communities. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce a new partnership to bring SimplyE, an open source eBook management platform, to Columbia University Library users. This partnership will increase access to materials available from Columbia University Libraries with an improved and more consistent reading experience and will foster discoverability and use of eBooks for all students and faculty at Columbia and beyond. [Full Announcement].
March 2, 2021
Broward County Library Selects Skilltype for Teams, becoming the first public library to adopt the Skills Management Platform. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content services for galleries, libraries, archives, museum, and research communities is excited to announce that Broward County Library (FL) will become the first large public library to adopt Skilltype, a software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyze, grow, and share expertise, through an exclusive partnership. [Full Announcement].
LYRASIS and WALDO announce pilot to offer LYRASIS learning, expanding professional development services for WALDO members. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, archives, and research communities, and WALDO, the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization, announce a new pilot to deliver LYRASIS Learning to a test group of WALDO members, expanding access to expert professional development. [Full Announcement].
March 1, 2021
LYRASIS and Michigan Publishing Advance Community-owned, Publishing Ecosystem for eBook Distribution and Reading with Open-source System Integration. LYRASIS and Michigan Publishing announce the successful integration of the Fulcrum platform with Library Simplified/SimplyE and The Readium Foundation's Thorium Desktop Reader. This initiative brings together three open source reading and content delivery platforms, utilizing entirely open standards and technologies. By working together, the partners are improving discovery and access for ebooks and supporting the sustainability and scalability of two community-led social enterprises. [Full Announcement].
October 30, 2020
LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce Copyright Advisory Board Members. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are pleased to announce the members of the Advisory Board for the newly formed Virtual Copyright Education Center. As previously announced, LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are joining forces to pilot the new program which will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. [Full Announcement].
September 15, 2020
Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, named Top 20 Dynamic CEO of 2020. LYRASIS announces that its CEO, Robert Miller, has been named one of the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020” by The CEO Publication, a unique print and digital platform featuring industry experts who have created ripples across various areas of expertise. Miller is featured in the September 4, 2020 issue of The CEO Publication listing the “Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020″ who are transforming their fields with unique solutions. [Full Announcement].
September 14, 2020
LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries Announce Virtual Copyright Education Center Pilot Project. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries' Copyright Advisory Services are joining forces to pilot a new Virtual Copyright Education Center. This pilot will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. An initial copyright course will be made free of charge and distributed publicly. Advanced classes will be distributed through LYRASIS Learning, the LYRASIS online continuing education platform for libraries and knowledge professionals worldwide. The pilot will include business planning with the goal of developing a sustainable service model and will be the first pilot delivered through the new Research and Innovation division of LYRASIS. [Full Announcement].
September 2, 2020
Performing Arts Readiness Project Releases Pocket Response Resource. The Performing Arts Readiness project (PAR) has released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). This free document is Phase I of a new, improved online readiness planning tool. As arts and cultural organizations prepare for and undertake safe re-opening steps, the PRR can be a critical element for the safety and security of visitors, artists and crew, staff and volunteers, as well as an organization's physical assets, during COVID-19 and beyond. [Full Announcement].
LYRASIS and Skilltype Form Exclusive Partnership to Distribute Talent Management Tools to Global Library Community. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content services for galleries, libraries, archives, museums (GLAMs), and research communities, and Skilltype, a software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyze, grow and share expertise, today announce a new partnership for professional development and talent management in the global GLAM sector. [Full Announcement].
July 29, 2020
LYRASIS Awarded $492,069 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. LYRASIS was awarded $492,069 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries program for two projects titled Open Source Software Sustainability in Practice and Fedora Migration Paths and Tools: A Pilot Project. [Full Announcement].
June 18, 2020
Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries. LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, “Understanding the Landscape of Open Content Activities in United States Libraries." The study was undertaken in an effort to better understand how LYRASIS members, and the wider U.S. community, interact with open content in the forms of open access scholarship, open data, and open educational resources. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website. [Full Announcement].
June 11, 2020
LYRASIS Creates New Research and Innovation Division. LYRASIS announced the creation of a new Research and Innovation Division. Led by Erin Tripp, the new division focuses on convening leaders, stewarding ideation, accelerating innovation by testing and piloting new programs, and mapping the knowledge community ecosystem. It will have a strong role in shaping the strategy of the broader organization. [Full Announcement].
June 8, 2020
CollectionSpace 6.0 is Now Available. The LYRASIS CollectionSpace team announced the release of CollectionSpace 6.0 with exciting new features and improvements. CollectionSpace is a community-supported collections management (CMS) solution for museums and other collecting institutions, providing standards-based collections management workflows, robust tools to store and describe a wide variety of digital assets, unlimited user licenses, and a public browser for sharing collections information online. [Full Announcement].
May 6, 2020
The American Samoan State Library chooses SimplyE for its statewide eBook program, hosted by LYRASIS. In partnership with DPLA the SimplyE eBook platform will be deployed with an inclusive and diverse and balanced eBook collection curated to best serve the American Samoan population including over 6,000 free unlimited access eBooks, which you can see on the DPLA Open Bookshelf. For Justin Maga, State Librarian for American Samoa and leaders of Feleti Barstow Public Library, the flexibility to work with multiple eBook vendors and publishers through one integrated platform is perhaps the most intriguing SimplyE feature. Having it all in one place makes for easier access and a more user-friendly experience. [Full Announcement].
May 5, 2020
Jisc and LYRASIS help US Universities and Research Organizations gather new usage insights. Jisc, a not-for-profit supplier of technology for research and education in the UK, and LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership association providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, and archives, are joining forces to introduce Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (IRUS) in the United States. [Full Announcement].
March 17, 2020
Washington State Library announces partnership with LYRASIS to Produce a New e-book Platform for All Citizens in Washington State. The Washington State Library has selected LYRASIS to begin deployment of a statewide, e-book platform, SimplyE, to be available to all citizens in Washington. [Full Announcement].