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October 22, 2021

Patron Point Wheaton Public Library (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Wheaton Public Library, in Wheaton, IL has selected its patron engagement platform to expand their existing marketing and communication efforts in support of the Library's mission of being a welcoming destination that connects the community to literacy, information, ideas and experiences. [Full Announcement].

LibLime Three libraries begin using Bibliovation 7.2 in production. Three federal government libraries with traditional public library collections and multiple branches have gone live using a hosted offering of the Bibliovation 7.2 Library Services Platform (LSP). One library is in Louisiana, one library is in Texas, and the third library is in Maryland. These three libraries are now using Bibliovation 7.2 to manage physical and electronic resources as they serve their respective communities. The migration processes were implemented during the summer and the three libraries went live in September. The library staffs are now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. The users of the libraries are accessing their collections and related resources using the Bibliovation Discovery Layer. [Full Announcement].

October 20, 2021

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Avenu Insights & Analytics selects Vega Discover for Germantown Community Library. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced today that Avenu Insights & Analytics has selected Vega Discover, Innovative's new, modern discovery solution, for the Germantown Community Library in Tennessee. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group Gale launches new SEL and Career Readiness Platform to prepare students for life after graduation. Gale, part of Cengage Group, announced the launch of Gale Presents: Imago, an online social and emotional learning (SEL) and career readiness platform available to K-12 schools. In partnership with IMAGO, the offering allows schools to infuse video-based SEL content into 5th-12th grade curriculums to improve students' emotional intelligence in the classroom to help them thrive in their life and careers after graduation. Now school districts can provide an engaging curriculum to support students' social and emotional development and the building of soft skills needed for 21st century careers. Read Gale's blog about the IMAGO platform. [Full Announcement].

ProQuest Scholars worldwide gain access to mechanical engineering-Related PhD dissertations from renowned Hungarian Technical University. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics has included its graduate works in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database, the leading source of emerging research from universities around the world. The ProQuest database will include existing and future PhD full text-dissertations from this 240-year-old institution. These works will be accessible by PQDT users globally and will be broadly discoverable via citations in major subject indexes and Google Scholar, giving BME's authors more visibility and recognition for their research output. [Full Announcement].

October 19, 2021

Internet Archive Internet Archive releases Refcat, the IA Scholar Index of over 1.3 billion scholarly citations. As part of our ongoing efforts to archive and provide perpetual access to at-risk, open-access scholarship, we have released Refcat (“reference” + “catalog”), the citation index culled from the catalog that underpins our IA Scholar service for discovering the scholarly literature and research outputs within Internet Archive. This first release of the Refcat dataset contains over 1.3 billion citations extracted from over 60 million metadata records and over 120 million scholarly artifacts (articles, books, datasets, proceedings, code, etc) that IA Scholar has archived through web harvesting, digitization, integrations with other open knowledge services, and through partnerships and joint initiatives. [Full Announcement].

October 18, 2021

Mackin Educational Resources Mackin Announces exclusive North American Partnership with Accessit. Mackin, a leading provider of K-12 print and digital fiction and nonfiction titles, and high-quality educational curriculum materials, is pleased to announce it has partnered with Accessit, a powerful online library management system and classroom discovery tool. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate names Tiffani Shaw as Chief of Staff. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, announced the appointment of Tiffani Shaw as Chief of Staff reporting to Jerre Stead, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Clarivate. In this newly created role, Shaw will plan and direct administrative activities for the office of the CEO and be a member of the Executive Leadership Team. She will join Clarivate on November 1. [Full Announcement].

Galecia Group More Arizona Libraries Join LibraryCall Dial-A-Story Program. After a successful first year of offering Dial-A-Story at 18 libraries, all but two will be renewing their service and five new libraries are being added bringing the total to 23 Arizona customers. The project is supported by the Arizona State Library. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions koha-US to Host a GivingTuesday Koha Q&A. GivingTuesday is a global movement encouraging people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. In support of this initiative, the koha-US Education Committee will be holding a 2-hour YouTube Livestream on November 30th starting at 9:00am PST. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Coastline Library Network. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Coastline Library Network in Oregon. The Coastline Library Network has been a Koha and ByWater partner since 2014. [Full Announcement].

October 15, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces October 2021 Community Giveback Winner. Each month, ByWater Solutions selects one library to be awarded $500. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals. [Full Announcement].

MOBIUS MOBIUS migrates Person County Public Library System to NC Cardinal Consortium. MOBIUS announced that the Person County Public Library System successfully migrated and went live as a member of the NC Cardinal consortium, which utilizes the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS), on September 16, 2021. [Full Announcement].

Digital Science Introducing Figshare+. Figshare has been helping researchers make their data publicly available for more than 10 years, over which time we have watched data sharing grow across disciplines as funders and publishers require data sharing and researchers seek to get credit for all the products of their research. While we will continue to offer as a freely available generalist repository for the research community, we have found that there is an increasing need for sharing larger datasets as well as to have additional flexibility to describe and organize data. We also recognize the importance of open data that is not just openly accessible but that also adheres to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). To address this, we want to offer a way for researchers to get more support during the data sharing process in making their data well documented so it can be discovered, reused, and ultimately have more impact. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Joins Tenn-Share for the 2021 Virtual DataFest. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they will be a sponsor at the 2021 Tenn-Share Datafest Conference, Prepare to Pivot. The event will be held virtually on October 27th-28th. This is the second virtual DataFest and Fall Conference. Tenn-Share wants to celebrate their successes and share how the community can continue to build their shared knowledge and shared innovations together. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Tulsa City-County Library (OK) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Tulsa City-County Library, in Tulsa, Oklahoma has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's goals of promoting lifelong learning and literacy in all forms and contributing to stronger communities. [Full Announcement].

Association of Research Libraries University of California, Santa Cruz to Become 126th Member of ARL. At its Fall 2021 Association Meeting held virtually September 28–October 6, the membership of the Association of Research Libraries voted to invite University of California, Santa Cruz Library to join ARL as the 126th member, effective January 1, 2022. Elizabeth Cowell, the Richard L. Press University Librarian and Presidential Chair, University Library, UC Santa Cruz, accepted the invitation. [Full Announcement].

October 14, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for Henry Carter Hull Library. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Henry Carter Hull in Clinton, CT. The Henry Carter Hull Public Library has been a Koha and ByWater partner since 2013 [Full Announcement].

October 13, 2021

Overdrive Digital Magazines now available to K-12 schools worldwide in Sora reading app. In response to educators' need for more digital content to support classroom learning, OverDrive Education now offers popular digital magazines to schools around the world via the Sora student reading app. Schools can purchase an affordable bundle of 50 always-available educational and recreational magazines for all students who use Sora. Sora is the student reading app available in more than 50,000 schools worldwide. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Douglass augments Patron Point in library implementation role. Patron Point announced that Lauren Douglass has joined the Patron Point organization in the newly created role of Data and Implementation Support Training Specialist. [Full Announcement].