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May 12, 2021

OCLC L'Università degli studi di Milano-Bicocca seleziona WorldShare Management Services di OCLC. [Full Announcement].

BARATZ 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].

Ex Libris 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].

ProQuest 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].

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].

May 11, 2021

Recorded Books RBmedia acquires McGraw Hill Professional audiobook publishing business. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, announced the acquisition of McGraw Hill Professional's audiobook publishing business, which includes its catalog of previously published titles, as well as a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive audio publisher for all of McGraw Hill Professional's new titles. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions 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 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].

May 10, 2021

OCLC University of Milano-Bicocca selects OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. The University of Milano-Bicocca (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as their library services platform to improve access to print and digital collections for students on campus as well as those studying remotely. [Full Announcement].

Centre for Interlibrary Loan Transactions. New version of ISO 18626 sent to publication. The ISO working group ISO TC46/SC4/WG14 Interlibrary Loan Transactions has finalized the adjustments following the DIS vote. On 23 April 2021, the editor group sent the final version of ISO 18626:2021 to ISO for publication. [Full Announcement].

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt completes divestiture of HMH Books & Media for $349 Million. Learning technology leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt completed its previously announced divestiture of its consumer publishing business, HMH Books & Media, to HarperCollins Publishers, a division of News Corp, a global, diversified media and information services company, for a cash purchase price of $349 million. Net proceeds to HMH were approximately $337 million after transaction fees. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris More than Two Million Alma Analytics Reports Were Run in March 2021. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is excited to announce that users of the Ex Libris Alma library services platform have set a new record: more than two million Alma Analytics reports were run in March 2021. The number of reports that are run is expected to continue at this level or even increase in the coming months. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation Frederick County Public Libraries choose CARL. The Library Corporation announced that Frederick County Public Libraries in Frederick County, Maryland, have chosen the CARL product suite as their next generation Library Management Platform. [Full Announcement].

University of Maryland Libraries. University of Maryland Libraries becomes the institutional home of SocArXiv. The University of Maryland Libraries is pleased to announce that it has become the institutional home of SocArXiv, an interdisciplinary, open access repository of scholarship. The new partnership between the Libraries and SocArXiv ensures the future development and sustainability of the repository, which had previously received seed funding from the libraries at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with additional support from the Sloan Foundation, the Open Societies Foundation, and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at UMD. Working with partners, the UMD Libraries will sponsor SocArXiv to help sustain shared infrastructure for open scholarship and to provide equitable access to this diverse collection of research for scholars at UMD and around the world. [Full Announcement].

May 7, 2021

Patron Point Kent District Library (MI) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Kent District Library of Kent County, Michigan has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's marketing initiatives. [Full Announcement].

Kajeet. Kajeet announces launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program to support digital inclusion, Kajeet will provide one year of free internet connectiv. Kajeet, a leading provider of wireless connectivity, software and hardware solutions that deliver safe, reliable and controlled internet connectivity to enterprises, state and local governments, students and IoT solution providers, today announced the official launch of its 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant program. Open to U.S. K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, public libraries, education and career non-profits and municipalities, the program will grant winners one year of free Kajeet internet connectivity hardware and managed service on its award-winning mobile connectivity platform, Sentinel. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Vega Discover features curated showcases for libraries. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced today that Vega Discover, Innovative's modern discovery tool, now offers library staff the ability to create curated showcases. Showcases display a visual carousel of items to the library's specifications and will automatically appear throughout the Vega Discover interface when relevant, helping libraries promote their entire catalog of items and encouraging virtual exploration. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Quria Library Directors’ Forum membership grows rapidly enabling future strategic product development. In the spirit of learning and collaboration, Axiell has launched a Quria Library Directors' Forum. The forum will provide a place for Library Directors in the Quria User Community to share experiences using the software, collaborate on strategic product development, receive product updates from Axiell and exchange on international trends and formats. The forum is growing fast and new delegates from leading libraries in Europe took part. [Full Announcement].

May 6, 2021

Mackin Educational Resources. Mackin announces global partnership with Ad Fontes Media. Mackin, a leading provider of K-12 print and digital fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as educational curriculum materials, is pleased to announce it has partnered with Ad Fontes Media, the media bias intelligence leader, to provide K-12 schools around the world with access to Ad Fontes Media's in-depth news literacy curricula and data. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Metro Library Network selects Polaris and Vega Discover for consortia beeds. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced today that the Metro Library Network selected Polaris and Vega Discover as the next solution for their consortium. [Full Announcement].