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Current News Service and Archive

April 8, 2021

Auto-Graphics, Inc. AGent Information Software (AIFS) Publishes 2020 Audited Financials. AGent Information Software (AIFS), the parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc. (A-G), released 2020 year-end financials. In the year ending December 31, 2020, AIFS continued strengthening its financial position, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. AIFS reported a net income of $408,667, with EBITDA representing 21% of sales at year-end. Continued growth of the company's recurring revenue base saw an increase from $5,030,056 in 2019 to $5,222,595 in 2020. AIFS reported EPS of $0.09 on weighted average shares outstanding $4,484,577. AIFS declared a dividend of $0.03 per share in June 2020. [Full Announcement].

Follett Follett announces flexible, affordable mode of Delivery for eBooks. Follett is introducing a flexible and affordable, short-term eBook solution, ideal for schools seeking a digital counterpart to their classroom novels. The Follett eBooks: 90-Day Assigned-User Access Model, intended to keep students reading anywhere, will help bridge the gap between classroom and remote learning. [Full Announcement].

April 7, 2021

ProQuest JSTOR Ebooks now available in the Rialto and OASIS Marketplaces. Librarians can now acquire titles from JSTOR's collection of more than 100,000 ebooks from more than 275 academic publishers through the Rialto and OASIS marketplaces. JSTOR's unlimited, digital rights management (DRM)-free access model and integration with journals and primary sources creates an easy and familiar user experience for researchers around the world. [Full Announcement].

April 6, 2021

ByWater Solutions Union County College goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Union County College in Cranford, NJ is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

April 5, 2021

ProQuest ProQuest, NYU Pilot Program offers students and faculty instant access to 150,000 Ebooks via app. New York University (NYU) Libraries and EdTech leader ProQuest have launched a pilot project that will make over 150,000 scholarly titles available to students and faculty via their mobile devices. NYU users can access coursebooks, ebooks, and reference works from major publishers through an e-reader app called SimplyE. [Full Announcement].

Follett Baker & Taylor's Aman Kochar named Top Global Leader In EdTech awards. Amandeep Kochar, executive vice president and general manager of Baker & Taylor, has been named winner of the “Global Leader” category in the 2021 EdTech Awards by EdTech Digest. The award is from “The EdTech Leadership Awards” portion of this year's contest. [Full Announcement].

April 1, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions at the 2021 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference. ByWater Solutions will be attending the 2021 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Virtual Conference from April 13-16. We are excited to be a part of Ascending into an Open Future conversation. We will be available to answer questions, and to take part in discussions regarding the future of Open Source solutions for Libraries at our virtual booth. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Aspen Discovery 21.04.00 Release Summary. Our partners have been asking for the ability to view account information within search results and detailed pages to help patrons easily see what they have checked out and on hold within the catalog. Aspen Discovery 21.04 adds this functionality for physical materials and all eContent sources. [Full Announcement].

March 29, 2021

Harpercollins. News Corp to acquire Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Media segment. New York, NY. News Corp announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the Books & Media segment of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH Books & Media). The business will be operated by HarperCollins Publishers, a News Corp subsidiary. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest Maynooth University, one of Ireland’s fastest-growing institutions, Joins ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Collection. Maynooth University, also known as The National University of Ireland Maynooth, is one of the first Irish institutions to include its graduate research in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database, the largest curated collection of theses and dissertations in the world. The ProQuest database will include more than 1,200 full-text PhD and Master's theses and dissertations from Maynooth University, as well as future graduate research submitted at Maynooth on an ongoing basis. These works will be accessible by PQDT users globally and will be broadly discoverable via citations in major subject indexes and Google Scholar, giving Maynooth's authors greater visibility and recognition for their research outputs. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier. Elsevier launches a trans-inclusive name change policy. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, is proud to launch a trans-inclusive policy for author name changes. This allows authors to retrospectively return to previously peer-reviewed articles of record and update them with their current names. Elsevier is committed to working with our partners to build more inclusive research and health ecosystems. We believe that we can make a real impact by ensuring that our content and solutions are as inclusive as possible, and by supporting the community of research and health professionals to enhance inclusion across all dimensions of diversity. [Full Announcement].

March 25, 2021

Bibliotheca New cloudLibrary NewsStand: all-you-can-read digital magazines and newspapers for libraries. Bibliotheca announced the release of cloudLibrary NewsStand, a new digital service that brings the world's largest catalogue of magazine and newspaper titles to libraries for unlimited simultaneous use. The collection can be viewed at, and the app downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. [Full Announcement].

San Diego County Library. San Diego County Library selects Polaris, BiblioCommons for launch of new ILS and website. San Diego County Library (SDCL) selected BiblioCommons and Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS) to provide enterprise solutions that will facilitate and improve operations at its 33 branches. Polaris ILS will serve as the foundation for several technology enhancements at SDCL in 2021. SDCL's new discovery layer and catalog – set to be completed and launched by the end of summer 2021 –will be integrated with the BiblioCommons suite of website and events modules. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions at 2021 Texas Library Association Annual Conference. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that team members will be at the 2021 Virtual Texas Library Association Annual Conference from April 22-24, 2021. The event will be held online. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions University of Notre Dame is live with CORAL. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, IN is now live on community CORAL. [Full Announcement].

March 24, 2021

ByWater Solutions Christian Witness Theological Seminary goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Christian Witness Theological Seminary in San Jose, CA is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO announces availability of De Gruyter University Press Library eCollections. GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now offers University Press Library eCollections from De Gruyter. The De Gruyter University Press Library eCollections contain the complete frontlist collections of 16 prestigious North American university presses including University of Chicago Press, Harvard University Press, Princeton University Press and more. The University Press Library eCollections are only available through De Gruyter and GOBI. [Full Announcement].

March 22, 2021

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative announces Vega Library Experience Platform for better patron relationships. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced the Vega Library Experience (LX) platform along with a series of product announcements at the Innovative Users Group (IUG) annual conference. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier. LexisNexis introduces Nexis Data Lab. LexisNexis Legal and Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, announces the new Nexis® Data Lab to address the challenges universities face with big data mining and analysis. With over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated each day, big data mining and analysis has become big business. But it also comes with big challenges for academic research, including reliable search and capture, secure sharing, authoritative sourcing and data visualization. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Ex Libris Esploro integrates with Retriever Digital Media Platform to enrich researcher profiles with media mentions. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced its partnership with Retriever, a data analysis company and communication insight provider in the Nordic countries. Through this partnership, the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution will be integrated with Retriever's digital media platform. As a result, institutions that subscribe to the Esploro solution and Retriever service will see their researchers' profiles automatically updated with new media mentions. [Full Announcement].