Library Technology Guides

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April 9, 2021

Patron Point Los Angeles Public Library (CA) implements Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Los Angeles Public Library has chosen its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic plan marketing efforts. The Los Angeles Public Library has selected Patron Point to help enhance the marketing and promotion of its services and programs, allowing it to connect directly with an ever-expanding list of more 500,000 patrons who have signed up to receive digital communications from the library. [Full Announcement].

April 8, 2021

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].

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].

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].

BARATZ La Red de Bibliotecas de Extremadura renueva su catálogo colectivo incorporando el nuevo mOpac de AbsysNet. La Red de Bibliotecas de Extremadura ha implementado en su catálogo colectivo el nuevo diseño de AbsysNet para hacerlo visualmente más atractivo y funcional. La renovación del catálogo está basada, en gran parte, en lo que será el opac multidispositivo de AbsysNet 2.3, por lo que esta evolución convierte al catálogo en responsive. Con esta renovación, la red de bibliotecas extremeñas pone al día la imagen pública del opac con un estilo más limpio, moderno y claro. «Hemos conseguido que el nuevo opac sea más atractivo, más ordenado, más adaptado a las especificidades de nuestra Red de Bibliotecas, dotarlo de mayor amigabilidad, mayor interactividad con nuestros usuarios y un mayor uso de los recursos», comenta Susana Moralo, Jefa de sección de coordinación bibliotecaria (Biblioteca de Extremadura). [Full Announcement].

April 6, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Celebrates National Library Week with the Marvel Universe. In support of National Library Week, OverDrive partnered with Marvel to create nine original images depicting many of Marvel's most famous characters sharing their love of (digital) reading and libraries. [Full Announcement].

NISO NISO members approve proposal for a new Recommended Practice to Update Author Name Changes. The National Information Standards Organization announced that their Voting Members have approved the formation of a new Working Group to develop a Recommended Practice to Update Author Name Changes in the Academic Publication Record after Publication as a Result of Identity Change. NISO invites statements of interest to participate in this Working Group. [Full Announcement].

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].

Gale Group Gale helps North Bend School District bring mental health and wellness resources to students. With additional pressure being placed on students due to the pandemic and other stressors, Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the North Bend School District 13 (NBSD) support mental health and wellness. Located in North Bend, Oregon, the district is using Cameron's Collection and Cameron's Camp for Wellness on the Gale eBooks platform to help students better understand their mental health and provide guidance to strengthen their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills. [Full Announcement].

April 5, 2021

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy Welcomes the Lake Oswego Public Library to the Savannah Platform. OrangeBoy announced the addition of the Lake Oswego Public Library to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [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].

Project ReShare. Project ReShare membership expands with addition of Auraria Library, Stanford University Libraries, and the Western North Carolina Library Network. Project ReShare announced three new members that increase the diversity of the project, both in types of organizations and geography -- Auraria Library, Stanford University Libraries, and the Western North Carolina Library Network. [Full Announcement].

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].

April 1, 2021

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].

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].

EBSCO Information Services Two Tennessee Universities Adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform using EBSCO FOLIO. The University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) will be transitioning to the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) using EBSCO FOLIO hosting and implementation services from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Both universities will be fully live with FOLIO by summer 2021. [Full Announcement].

March 31, 2021

OCLC OCLC and LIBER announce collaboration to support librarian skills development. OCLC and LIBER announced today the launch of a virtual workshop series, Building strategic relationships to advance open scholarship at your institution, to focus on how librarians can develop strategic relationships across their universities to advance open scholarship. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services announces Panorama Analytics. EBSCO Information Services announces the release of Panorama, a modern library analytics platform combining different library and campus data sets to enable insights from a streamlined platform. Panorama offers visualization tools and a central dashboard to collect, manipulate and display data to help the library demonstrate its impact and make informed collection decisions. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to Keynote OverDrive’s International Conference. OverDrive, the leading supplier of ebooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a global network of schools, public libraries, government and corporate knowledge centers, announced that Dr. Carla Hayden will present the day 1 keynote at Digipalooza '21, August 3-5, 2021. Since 2006, Digipalooza has been the leading industry event bringing together a global community of librarians, educators, publishers and technologists sharing insights, trends and best practices for expanding access for all communities and readers. Digipalooza 21 will be held as a virtual three half-day online event featuring programming and networking opportunities throughout. [Full Announcement].

March 30, 2021

Equinox Equinox Community Grant Awarded to the CORAL ERM Steering Committee. Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to announce the award of an Equinox Community Grant to the CORAL ERM Steering Committee. The Equinox Community Grant provides funding for open source projects and operational infrastructure in order to strengthen and support open source communities in libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations. [Full Announcement].