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June 22, 2021

Lyrasis The New York Public Library and LYRASIS announce next steps in national e-book collaboration. The New York Public Library and LYRASIS have announced that, following a two-year collaboration to empower public libraries around the country to gain control over their e-book delivery platforms, they will be expanding their efforts on delivering a library driven library empowered ebook platform, pursuing two different opportunities towards the same goal. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces support of Koha for Motlow State Community College. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support services for Koha ILS for Motlow State Community College in Tennessee. Bywater Solutions completed the transition of Motlow State Community College's 69,000+ items from Alma to Koha and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Middle Country Public Library Chooses Vega Discover. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced that Middle County Public Library in New York has selected Vega Discover, Innovative's new, modern discovery solution. [Full Announcement].

CrossRef. DOAJ and Crossref sign agreement to remove barriers to scholarly publishing for all. The future of global open access publishing received a boost with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Directory of Open Access Journals and Crossref. The MOU formalizes an already strong partnership between the two organisations and furthers their shared pursuit of an open scholarly communications ecosystem that is inclusive of emerging publishing communities. [Full Announcement].

June 21, 2021

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services apoyará el intercambio de recursos y el desarrollo del Préstamo Digital Controlado en FOLIO. EBSCO Information Services está aumentando su compromiso de desarrollo con el Préstamo Digital Controlado y el intercambio de recursos en la Plataforma de Servicios Bibliotecarios FOLIO. En colaboración con Knowledge Integration, EBSCO avanzará en el desarrollo de estas soluciones para las bibliotecas de todo el mundo. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Victoria Public Library (TX) launches Patron Point.. Patron Point announced that Victoria Public Library of Victoria, Texas, has launched its patron engagement platform to support the Library's strategic plan for promoting programs and services, and supporting the objective for increasing participation and use of the library's resources. [Full Announcement].

June 19, 2021

Copyright Clearance Center Search with EBSCO Discovery Service using RightFind. Market-leading content discovery and award-winning content management have been combined in a single platform with CCC's partnership with EBSCO Information Services. [Full Announcement].

June 18, 2021

Solus Solus mobile Library App now integrated with the Bibliovation Library Services Platform. Solus announced that its mobile Library App product fully integrates with the Bibliovation Library Services Platform. This includes its Content Management System, unique consortium support, patron self-service via both barcode and RFID tagged collections, advanced Click & Collect curbside pickup functionality and support for 24 languages. [Full Announcement].

National Institute of Informatics Renewal of Academic Information System After 36 Years New Catalog Information Service Corresponding to Digital Resources to Be Introduced from 2022. National Institute of Informatics (NII; Director General: Dr. KITSUREGAWA Masaru, Tokyo, Japan) has begun reconstruction of NACSIS-CAT/ILL, a catalog information service used by more than 1,300 institutions, mainly university libraries. [Full Announcement].

Kinokuniya Company. NII and Kinokuniya to build a New NACSIS-CAT/ILL System for Digitization of Academic Resources and Provision of World Class Service. Kinokuniya Company was appointed to undertake the project commissioned by National Institute of Informatics Provision of Catalog Information Service and Electronic Resource Management System. NACSIS-CAT/ILL, the catalog information service operated by NII, is currently used by more than 1,300 institutions, mainly university libraries, as a union catalog database comprehensively covering Japanese academic resources. Through the reconstruction and enhancement of NACSIS-CAT/ILL by the cooperation of domestic and international system vendors, Kinokuniya contributes to establishing the academic research infrastructure in Japan which willadvance the digitization of academic resources and the provision of world class service. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Worcester State University Library joins HELM and ByWater Solutions' Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts), an association of Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education has added Worcester State University Library to their HELM catalog. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 130,000 plus holdings from Horizon and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Concordia University Texas (CTX) Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that Concordia University Texas Library in Austin, TX is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 43,500 plus bibs from Voyager and is providing ongoing support services to the library. [Full Announcement].

June 17, 2021

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services lanza la colección de monografías de acceso abierto de EBSCO eBooks. EBSCO Information Services lanza una nueva colección de libros electrónicos que contiene miles de libros electrónicos de acceso abierto de alta calidad de las editoriales universitarias y académicas más confiables del mundo. La colección de monografías de acceso abierto de EBSCO eBooks DRM-Free y está disponible sin coste alguno en la plataforma EBSCOhost® y se puede encontrar fácilmente a través de EBSCO Discovery Service. [Full Announcement].

New York Public Library The New York Public Library receives $12.5 million grant From Arcadia Fund for open access project. The New York Public Library has received a $12.5 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Library Trustee Peter Baldwin, towards a significant investment in the Library's digital transformation. The grant will support the Library's efforts to improve patrons' ability to discover, request, and access in digital format, a copy of almost any book through its online platform. Since 2013, Arcadia has awarded $19 million to the NYPL for projects that provide open access to research and scholarly materials. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions partners with Patron Point to integrate library marketing within Koha. ByWater Solutions announced that the Koha Open Source ILS now has integration with Patron Point, the leading community engagement platform for public libraries. This partnership opens the Koha Community to drive their digital marketing and their community engagement. Patron Point works to connect Koha to a wide range of third-party services such as eBook platforms, databases, events, and many others. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Japan’s National Institute of Informatics paves the way for Japanese libraries of the future with Ex Libris Alma services. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform has been selected by the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan, an interuniversity institute that promotes research in information-related areas. The decision was based on strategies defined in the 2019 Vision on Future Scholarly Information Systems, prepared by Japan's Future Scholarly Information Systems Committee under the auspices of the Council for Promoting Collaboration between University Libraries and the National Institute of Informatics. [Full Announcement].

NISO Announcing The NISO Board Of Directors For 2021-22. The National Information Standards Organization announced the results of its recent Board elections for the term beginning July 1, 2021. Mary Sauer-Games, Vice President, Product Management, OCLC, Inc, will transition to the role of Chair of the NISO Board, having served as Vice Chair for the past year. She is replaced as Vice Chair by Maria Stanton, Director of Production, Atla, who will assume the role of Chair for 2022-23 next July. Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc, rotates to the position of Past Chair, having served as NISO Chair for 2020-21. In addition, Wayne Strickland, Acting Associate Director for the Office of Program Management, NTIS will be appointed Treasurer as of July 1. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services releases the EBSCO eBooks Open Access Monograph Collection. EBSCO Information Services is releasing a new e-book collection containing thousands of high-quality open access (OA) e-books from the world's most trusted university presses and scholarly publishers. The EBSCO eBooks Open Access Monograph Collection is DRM-free and available at no cost on the EBSCOhost platform and easily discoverable via EBSCO Discovery Service. [Full Announcement].

Recorded Books RBmedia Audiobooks Dominate 2021 Pulitzer Prize Awards. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, announced that its audiobooks represent three-quarters of the titles awarded the prestigious 2021 Pulitzer Prize for books. “Franchise” by Marcia Chatelain won the 2021 Pulitzer for History, “The Dead are Arising” by Les Payne and Tamara Payne won for Biography, and “Wilmington's Lie” by David Zucchino won for General Nonfiction. [Full Announcement].

Admin Kuhn The Erzabtei St. Peter goes live on Koha with Admin Kuhn. Admin Kuhn, a Swiss Koha support company, announced today that the Erzabtei St. Peter in Salzburg, Austria, is now live on Koha. Admin Kuhn completed the transition of the library's 166'000 holdings from Aleph in collaboration with the Ordensgemeinschaften Österreich in Vienna. [Full Announcement].