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October 5, 2022

EBSCO Information Services El reciente anuncio de la Biblioteca del Congreso ha hecho que EBSCO Information Services busque una nueva palabra para Next-Gen. El pasado miércoles 21 de septiembre de 2022, la Biblioteca del Congreso anunció que migraría a FOLIO utilizando los servicios de EBSCO FOLIO para "transformar la gestión y el acceso a sus colecciones" a través de su plataforma de acceso a las colecciones de la biblioteca. El anuncio dejó claro que la Biblioteca del Congreso vio la decisión de pasarse a FOLIO como una forma de "seguir desarrollando e implementando una nueva plataforma de TI de código abierto que revolucionará la forma en que las vastas colecciones físicas y digitales de la biblioteca se gestionan y se hacen accesibles para el público, el Congreso, los empleados de la biblioteca y otras instituciones". [Full Announcement].

September 21, 2022

Library of Congress Library of Congress launches effort to transform collections management and access. The Library of Congress has awarded a major contract to further develop and implement a new, open-source IT platform that will revolutionize how the Library's vast physical and digital collections are managed and made accessible for the public, Congress, Library employees and other institutions. The Library awarded an IDIQ contract to EBSCO Information Services, of Ipswich, Massachusetts with an initial spend of $7.77 million. The first phase of the platform's development will cost $10.4 million over three years to meet the scale and complexity of the Library's operations, with options to invest in additional components that could be developed by other vendors and may extend beyond the three-year timeframe. [Full Announcement].

August 10, 2020

Axiell Library of Congress chooses Axiell's collections management system for audiovisual materials. Axiell, the leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, announced that its suite of tools has been selected by the Library of Congress to support collections management for their unique and sizeable collection of motion pictures, television, radio and recorded sound. The Library will leverage Axiell Collections for collections management, Axiell Flow for workflow solutions to ensure efficiency in daily operations and Axiell Arena to provide access to in-depth information about the collections [Full Announcement].

April 25, 2016

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Stanford Libraries leads collaborative grant. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Stanford a $1.5 million grant to support library initiatives that develop and advance the use of linked open data. Stanford Libraries will coordinate a team representing Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress and Princeton to upgrade the current infrastructure libraries use to create, store, and share bibliographic data. [Full Announcement].

January 29, 2015

OCLC OCLC and Library of Congress linked data initiatives compared and contrasted in new white paper. OCLC and the Library of Congress have jointly released a white paper that compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions. The paper, "Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC," is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be published later this year. [Full Announcement].

December 4, 2014

OCLC OCLC and the Library of Congress—working together to clarify approaches to library linked data. OCLC and the Library of Congress are actively engaged and committed to working together to address library challenges using linked data technologies. [Full Announcement].

October 29, 2014

Backstage Library Works. Library of Congress renews agreement with Backstage for large-scale microfilming project. The Preservation Reformatting Division within the Library of Congress has renewed its agreement with Backstage Library Works ( and is moving forward on an extensive microfilming project. Monographs, serials and other printed works in need of preparation and microfilming will be processed at Backstage’s preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Materials are in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Asian and Cyrillic scripts. [Full Announcement].

May 2, 2014

Library of Congress BIBFRAME Editor released. The Library of Congress announce that a BIBFRAME Editor is now available from the BIBFRAME website. This tool is a front end input tool that can be integrated with a back end datastore to create original BIBFRAME descriptions, store them, and recall them for editing. We expect this tool to help experimenters create implementations that will test elements of the BIBFRAME model and vocabulary, in addition to linked data aspects of the BIBFRAME initiative. We see the use of this basic tool as a component of experimental systems that YOU build and look forward to a sharing of enhancements. [Full Announcement].

August 10, 2010

Library of Congress Library's approach to Open Source attracts crowd at GW presentation. The Library of Congress is actively exploring development of open-source software for supporting digital stewardship activities. Leslie Johnston, manager of Technical Architecture Initiatives for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, spoke on this subject at George Washington University on July 15, 2010. [Full Announcement].

June 4, 2009

Ex Libris Ex Libris Announces New Worldwide Integrated Library System Sales. Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that fourteen institutions, in North America, Europe and Asia, have recently selected the Aleph and Voyager integrated library systems (ILS). Among the recent newcomers to the Ex Libris ILS community, now numbering over 3400 institutions worldwide, are Iowa State University in the US; Reformed Episcopal Seminary in the US; Guangdong Provincial Sun Yat-Sen Library in China; Keio University in Japan; University of South Bohemia Ceske Budejovice in Czech Republic; Collège de France; Consortium Lyon ENS-LSH / Lyon INRP / Lyon BIU LSH; Université de Nice in France; NBD Biblion in the Netherlands; National Library of Romania; University of East London in the UK;Universidad Gabriela Mistral in Chile; National University of Costa Rica; and the Library of Congress in Peru. [Full Announcement].

March 31, 2008

Library of Congress Study Group Issues Report Recommending Changes in Copyright Law to Reflect Digital Technologies. After nearly three years of intensive work, the independent Section 108 Study Group has issued its report and recommendations on exceptions to copyright law to address how libraries, archives and museums deal with copyrighted materials in fulfilling their missions in the digital environment. The report is available at Section 108 is the section of the Copyright Act that provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives so that they may make copies to replace copyrighted works in their collections when necessary, preserve them for the long term and make them available to users. [Full Announcement].

March 30, 2005

Library of Congress Automatic Metadata Generation Report. The Library of Congress announced publication of the final report for the Automatic Metadata Generation Applications project. [Full Announcement].

January 10, 2005

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Library of Congress installs Innovative's Electronic Resource Management. Innovative Interfaces announced today that the Library of Congress has installed Electronic Resource Management. Electronic Resource Management, a market-first from Innovative, provides all of the tools a library needs to collect and manage the licensing and administrative details of its myriad electronic resources while dramatically improving staff and patron access to this information. The Library of Congress implementation is a stand-alone sale that will use an Oracle database. [Full Announcement].

September 08, 2004

Index Data Library of Congress begins use of Keystone and Zebra, and extends use of YAZ Proxy. The Library of Congress signed a second contract with Index Data last month for development and consulting services in conjunction with the use of three Index Data Open Source library application software packages: Keystone Digital Library Suite, YAZ Proxy and Zebra. [Full Announcement].

May 10, 2004

Ex Libris Library of Congress selects SFX. Ex Libris announced that the Library of Congress has selected the SFX context-sensitive linking solution from Ex Libris for use by Library of Congress staff and researchers. [Full Announcement].

June 5, 2002

Library of Congress Library of Congress announces standard MARCXML schema. The Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office announces completion of a schema for MARC 21 records in an XML structure for use in communicating MARC 21 records. [Full Announcement].

February 12, 2001

Library of Congress Library of Congress and OCLC to collaborate on digital reference project. The Library of Congress and OCLC have signed a cooperative agreement to develop a prototype for a new reference service based on the Collaborative Digital Reference Service pilot, begun in early 2000 by the Library of Congress and 16 participating libraries. Now in its third phase, the pilot project has expanded to include more than 60 libraries and other institutions internationally. [Full Announcement].

August 31, 2000

Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.. Library of Congress accepts Voyager Software: Endeavor celebrates full implementation at the largest library in the world. Endeavor Information Systems announced that the Library of Congress has formally accepted the Voyager software from Endeavor. Voyager is the Library''s first automated system that provides computer support for integrating and performing all basic library operations through a shared database of more than 16 million bibliographic and authority records. [Full Announcement].

August 17, 1999

Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.. Library of Congress goes into production with Endeavor's Voyager ILS: On Schedule, Library of Congress Implements Voyager. Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated announced that the Library of Congress has gone into production with the Voyager integrated library system. With over 12 million bibliographic records and 4 million authority records in the Voyager database, the world''s largest library is now officially in production for cataloging and circulation. Five locally developed systems were replaced with Endeavor''s Oracle-based, multi-tiered client/server system on August 16, 1999. The OPAC is scheduled to go into production by August 31. Acquisitions and serials check-in will go into production October 1, 1999, completing the Library''s full implementation. [Full Announcement].

Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.. On schedule, Library of Congress implements Voyager. Library of Congress goes into production for circulation and cataloging functions with the Endeavor''s Voyager integrated library system. The library''s database includes over 12 million bibliographic records and 4 million authority records. Five locally developed systems were replaced with Endeavor''s Oracle-based, multi-tiered client/server system. [Full Announcement].