Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

April 28, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive adds new content categories for libraries. OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, announced the expansion of its industry-leading catalog to include new categories of digital content. In addition to ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, libraries can now supplement their digital collections with a wide variety of content that entertains, educates and provides unique digital experiences. These new Databases & Streaming Media services are available to OverDrive's network of 22,000 public, academic and corporate library partners worldwide and available to patrons through the award-winning Libby app. [Full Announcement].

April 27, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Founder and CEO Receives 2020 Dively Entrepreneur Award. Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio named OverDrive founder and CEO Steve Potash the recipient of the 2020 Dively Entrepreneur Award. The George S. Dively Entrepreneurship Award is presented annually to an individual or company in Northeast Ohio based on substantial success as an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial company. It also spotlights a history of innovation, solid financial performance, and achievements in the marketplace. [Full Announcement].

Follett Follett releases new digital classroom library solution. Follett today is releasing Follett MyDestiny, a digital classroom library providing educators and students in grades 3-12 unlimited, around-the-clock access to diverse eBooks, vetted resources, and learning tools with the goal of getting books in the hands of students, building background knowledge, and encouraging independent reading. [Full Announcement].

April 23, 2021

Patron Point Champaign Public Library (IL) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Champaign Public Library of Illinois has launched its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic initiative to market library services to non-users and to improve engagement with current library customers. [Full Announcement].

April 16, 2021

OrangeBoy OrangeBoy welcomes new Client Engagement Manager, Hilda Ringel. OrangeBoy, Inc., the industry leader in helping libraries engage, empower and support their communities, announced the addition of Hilda Ringel. As Client Engagement Manager, Hilda will support our growing Savannah community. Her passion for libraries and extensive marketing experience will be an asset to our current and future clients. [Full Announcement].

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].

April 5, 2021

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].

March 31, 2021

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 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].

March 26, 2021

Patron Point Danbury Library (CT) selects Patron Point to support strategic marketing goals. Patron Point announced that Danbury Library (CT) has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. Of particular interest was Patron Point's ability to provide foundational support for a key element of the Library's 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. [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].

March 24, 2021

EBSCO Information Services Submissions now open for the 2021 John Cotton Dana awards. The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the 2021 John Cotton Dana Award. The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to libraries and honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards will be provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation in 2021. [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].