May 18, 2021
Bookworms turn to mystery and thriller novels throughout COVID-19. Australians sought escapist fiction to get through major lockdowns and restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, with almost half of this year's top 20 most borrowed books listed as mysteries and thrillers in Civica's 2021 Libraries Index. The Index, now in its sixth year, assessed borrowing data from 34 million loans across 104 regional and metropolitan libraries in Australia and New Zealand between 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021. Civica, provider of the cloud-based Spydus library management system to schools, TAFEs and local government, partnered with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to create the Civica Libraries Index. [Full Announcement].
LibraryCall's managed dial-a-story service renamed Storytime Direct. The Galecia Group's project, LibraryCall Dial-A-Story has rebranded their Dial-A-Story services as Dial-A-Story Studio and Storytime Direct. Storytime Direct allows libraries to provide high-quality, diverse content to kids without a broadband connection. [Full Announcement].
Big Ten Academic Alliance. Big Ten Academic Alliance and Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and OAPEN Library and Publication Platform (OAPEN) announce a three-year collective action agreement. The Big Ten Academic Alliance has entered into a three-year collective action agreement with the Directory of Open Access Books and OAPEN Library and Publication Platform (OAPEN) to provide financial support from all fifteen member libraries. [Full Announcement].
Expert.ai's natural language search augments EBSCO Information Services' existing search and discovery technology. Expert.ai announced that is using its natural language capabilities to augment the existing metadata enrichment and expert-applied indexing from EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO, the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries of all kinds, is using expert.ai along with its existing systems and ontologies to further develop relationships across concepts to improve information search and discovery. [Full Announcement].
Ingram Content Group announces a new service to help libraries diversify their collection. Ingram Library Services, an Ingram Content Group (Ingram) brand, introduced its new service iCurate inClusive, a one-time assessment service to help Public Libraries diversify their collections by discovering missing titles and underrepresented voices. This effortless and effective diversity audit service will allow librarians to better serve their communities by providing actionable resources and reports to make their collections more diverse. [Full Announcement].
May 17, 2021
Project ReShare. Project ReShare welcomes Minitex and Ann Arbor District Library. Project ReShare is pleased to welcome Minitex and the Ann Arbor District Library to the ReShare community. Minitex is a state-funded library organization based at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities that provides resource sharing and delivery to libraries of all types in Minnesota – school media centers, public and academic libraries, state agency and health science libraries. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate to acquire ProQuest, creating a leading global provider of mission critical information and data-Driven Solutions for Science and Research. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, announced a definitive agreement to acquire ProQuest, a leading global software, data and analytics provider to academic, research and national institutions, from Cambridge Information Group, a family-owned investment firm, and other partners including Atairos, for $5.3 billion, including refinancing of ProQuest debt. The consideration for the acquisition is approximately $4.0 billion in cash and $1.3 billion of equity. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, is expected to close during the third quarter of 2021. [Full Announcement].
May 14, 2021
Anderson County Library (SC) joins Patron Point community. Patron Point announced that Anderson County Library System of Anderson, SC, has selected Patron Point as its patron engagement platform to support the Library's marketing efforts and initiatives. [Full Announcement].
LIBERO Omnio ist offen für Integration. Bibliotheksmanagementsysteme sollten heute nicht mehr länger isoliert existieren. Stattdessen sollten sie mit einer Reihe von anderen Komponenten integriert werden, sowohl innerhalb der technischen Infrastruktur der Bibliothek als auch darüber hinaus. [Full Announcement].
LIBERO Omnio Is Open For Integration. Library management systems today should no longer exist in isolation. Instead, they need to integrate with a choice of other components, both within the library's technical infrastructure and beyond. LIBERO's new Open Access content catalogue, LIBERO Omnio, enables precisely this kind of integration. LIBERO Omnio takes your library customers to new places without them ever leaving LIBERO. Through integration with external e-content providers, library customers can search for e-resources, view availability, reserve and borrow in LIBERO Omnio. [Full Announcement].
May 13, 2021
Three libraries launch Innovative Mobile. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, celebrated three libraries that have launched the Innovative Mobile patron app: Danbury Public Library in Connecticut, Nevada County Community Library in California, and Washington-Centerville Public Library in Ohio. [Full Announcement].
Royal Society. Royal Society sets 75 percent threshold to flip its research journals to Open Access over next five years. The Royal Society has set out how it will transition its primary research journals to open access and make more of its world-leading research available to all. [Full Announcement].
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now offers evidence-based acquisitions from IGI Global. GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now offers Evidence-Based Acquisitions through IGI Global's InfoSci platform. EBA programs on the IGI Global InfoSci platform enable libraries to provide users with access for a set period of time to a collection of e-books and leverage usage statistics to help library staff with collection development. Library users will benefit from having access to high-quality e-book content and libraries will benefit by being able to review actual usage data to help determine which titles to purchase with perpetual access. [Full Announcement].
May 12, 2021
La Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación elige AbsysNet para la renovación de su proyecto de automatización. La Biblioteca del Congreso de la Nación y Baratz firman un convenio de colaboración para la renovación de la automatización de la BCN. Este convenio pretende ser un referente en el sector mundial bibliotecario a través de la alianza público-privada. El proyecto de automatización permitirá a la BCN contar con un sistema avanzado de bibliotecas, así como disponer de un sistema mejorado para el funcionamiento interno y externo de sus servicios y recursos. [Full Announcement].
Industry report reveals opportunity for libraries to enhance partnership with faculty around course materials. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the publication of a study that looks at how course resources are being selected, managed, accessed, and used today in higher education in the United States. The trends highlighted in the report reflect the new emphasis on remote teaching and learning. [Full Announcement].
ArchivesSpace. ArchivesSpace v3.0 is now available. This release centers around changes to the agents module of ArchivesSpace to make it more standards-compliant with EAC-CPF and the MARCXML format for authority data, enabling deeper and richer description of people, families, and corporate entities, their relationships to each other and their relationships to materials held outside ArchivesSpace. This work is the result of a community specification involving the participation of many users across the ArchivesSpace community, mostly notably Cory Nimer, Sue Luftschein, and Brad Westbrook. Through this work new fields and sub-records have been added to the agents schema, and staff and public interface views, imports, exports, and auxiliary functionality like agent merging have all been updated. There is also a new Light mode, which provides the option for users to continue to work with agent records in the staff interface in a pared down view that is similar to that of ArchivesSpace versions prior to this one. [Full Announcement].
L'Universitŕ degli studi di Milano-Bicocca seleziona WorldShare Management Services di OCLC. [Full Announcement].
New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Ebook subscription highlights underrepresented voices. A new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Ebook Subscription from EdTech leader ProQuest is designed to help libraries address the challenge of building collections across topics of gender, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, and political and religious beliefs. [Full Announcement].
May 11, 2021
ByWater Solutions at American Library Association 2021 Virtual Conference. ByWater Solutions will be attending the 2021 American Libraries Association Virtual Conference from June 23-26. 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! Make sure to swing by our virtual booth on opening day, on June 23, for a full day of exhibit sessions and activities. [Full Announcement].
ProQuest gains CODiE recognition for dissertations products and COVID-19 response. Two products from EdTech leader ProQuest are finalists in the 2021 SIIA CODiE Awards – an annual program that showcases the best products, technologies and services in software, information and business technology. [Full Announcement].