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May 10, 2021

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].

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].

May 7, 2021

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

May 5, 2021

Bibliotheca ComicsPlus now available worldwide for Bibliotheca customers. Bibliotheca has announced that the ComicsPlus subscription, which offers unlimited, simultaneous access to more than 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga, is now available for sale to libraries worldwide. [Full Announcement].

SirsiDynix SirsiDynix and EveryLibrary release powerful new advocacy tool. SirsiDynix and EveryLibrary partnered together to produce a new advocacy tool, which was presented at the Customers Of SirsiDynix Users Group Inc. (COSUGI) 2021 conference. The video demonstrates the unparalleled value of libraries to their communities with reputable data, facts, and figures. Libraries can use this video in preparing for or as part of a budget advocacy meeting with local representatives. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group Gale integrates K-5 eBooks into Gale In Context: Elementary to Deliver a Better Learning Experience to Kids and Enhance Instruction. Gale, a Cengage company, is making the reading experience for young learners more user-friendly. The company has integrated its K-5 eBook content into the Gale In Context: Elementary platform. Now young users can easily navigate and access K-5 eBook content from Gale on one trusted platform, making their learning experience easier and uninterrupted, improving digital literacy outcomes . [Full Announcement].

May 4, 2021

Kajeet. Kajeet announces launch of 2021 Digital Inclusion Grant Program. 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].

Ex Libris Ex Libris Cloud Apps reach two thousand activations. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that users of Ex Libris cloud-based products have reached a major milestone: original applications developed by and for members of the Ex Libris community have been activated two thousand times. With the new Ex Libris Cloud Apps open framework, over a thousand users have extended the capabilities of their Ex Libris cloud-based solutions—including the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, Primo® discovery and delivery tool, Esploro™ research services solution, Leganto course resource list solution, and Rapido resource sharing solution—to meet their library's specific needs. [Full Announcement].

May 3, 2021

Kanopy Kanopy announces new collection honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Kanopy, a company committed to streaming high-quality films that inspire, educate and entertain, has curated a collection of 12 must-watch films, most of which are only available on Kanopy. The entire Asian Pacific American Heritage collection on Kanopy features 100 films. These films are all directed by Asian Pacific Americans, and Asian Pacific Americans are the stars of the shows. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Four Prominent Italian Universities implement Ex Libris RapidILL Interlibrary Loan Services to improve document delivery. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company announced that four prominent Italian universities—the Libera Università di Bolzano (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano), Università degli Studi di Bergamo (University of Bergamo), Università degli Studi di Genova (University of Genoa), and Università degli Studi dell'Insubria (University of Insubria)—recently adopted the Ex Libris RapidILL™ interlibrary loan system to provide users with fast document delivery services. The universities were able to benefit from the free initiative that Ex Libris offered the library community at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this acquisition, the universities have become members of the global RapidILL community. [Full Announcement].

April 30, 2021

Patron Point Calcasieu Parish Public Library (LA) joins Patron Point community. Patron Point announced that Calcasieu Parish Public Library of Lake Charles, Louisiana has launched its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic marketing goals with a focus on promoting awareness of library services. [Full Announcement].

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