October 27, 2021
NISO announces new project to integrate publisher and repository workflows. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that its Voting Members have approved work on a new project, Integrating Publisher and Repository Workflows to Improve Research Data-Article Links. With widespread support for open data from many government entities, publishers, funders, and other stakeholders, research data is increasingly being deposited, published, and cited. However, there are still a number of barriers — technical as well as cultural. This new project aims to address some of the technical issues by making linking between data and other research objects with their associated literature both easier and more consistent. The new NISO Working Group on Integrating Publisher and Repository Workflows to Improve Research Data-Article Links will develop a Recommended Practice for how publisher and repository systems should interoperate, so that link creation happens automatically. [Full Announcement].
Millions of open cultural heritage resources from Europeana now easily accessible through WorldCat. A partnership between OCLC and Europeana has now made millions of open cultural heritage resources easily accessible through WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections. The contribution of over 25 million openly licensed records from the Europeana website to WorldCat adds to the rapidly growing number of open content resources that are accessible through OCLC services. [Full Announcement].
Kanopy appoints Jason Tyrrell as General Manager. Kanopy, the company dedicated to providing access to high-quality films that inspire, entertain, and educate, today announced that Kanopy's Vice President of Content, Jason Tyrrell, will take the helm as the company's General Manager. Tyrrell's promotion commences as Kanopy prepares for rapid growth in light of its acquisition by OverDrive in July 2021. Former Kanopy CEO Kevin Sayar will remain with the company as an advisor through the end of the year. [Full Announcement].
October 26, 2021
ACRL, PLA partner launch Benchmark, a new digital data tool for libraries. The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and Public Library Association (PLA) now offer Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends to power library data analysis and visualization. This new digital resource can help libraries plan, make informed decisions, and tell the story of their impact. Through Benchmark, library professionals have access to a centralized collection of their library data and the ability to compare with peer libraries using a robust set of visualization and reporting tools. Public libraries have access to PLA survey data, Public Libraries Survey data (reported to the Institute of Museum and Library Services), and census data. Academic libraries have access to ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey data. Subscribers will find an intuitive interface that supports analysis and reporting efforts. Virtual data dashboards and customized comparison tools are interactive and user-friendly. [Full Announcement].
Follett School Solutions partners with boclips to add K-12 educational videos to digital classroom library. Follett School Solutions today announced Follett MyDestiny, its one-stop digital classroom library, now features 50,000 safe, vetted K-12 educational videos from leading and trusted content providers. The videos are the result of a new partnership between Follett and boclips, a provider of educationally rich, rights-cleared videos. [Full Announcement].
Equinox presents Transforming Services in Response to COVID-19 at the Internet Librarian 2021 Conference. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in providing open source technology development and support for libraries, presents “Transforming Services in Response to COVID-19” on October 27, 2021 at the Internet Librarian 2021 Conference. Lisa Carlucci, Jason Goodson, and Angela Kilsdonk present Equinox's recent initiatives as part of the conference theme of “Innovation In Library Technology & Communities.” [Full Announcement].
Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan to Give Opening Keynote at NISO Plus 2022. The National Information Standards Organization announced that Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan will give the opening keynote at their NISO Plus conference, on February 15, 2022. [Full Announcement].
Next Generation Library Publishing Project announces partnership with Janeway. Janeway will join the California Digital Library and Longleaf to pilot three different service models for the software components developed through the Next Generation Library Publishing project. [Full Announcement].
October 25, 2021
Equinox announces latest release of Fulfillment ILL software. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is pleased to announce the latest release, Version 10.0, of the Fulfillment open source interlibrary loan management system. Fulfillment leverages intuitive design and efficient workflows to maximize value and impact for library users, allowing community members to have expanded access to resources across their state and beyond their consortium. The Connecticut State Library has relied on Fulfillment ILL for statewide resource sharing since 2016, averaging more than 700,000 interlibrary loan items filled annually since implementation. [Full Announcement].
Solus expands its North American staff with Andrew Johnson appointment. Solus has appointed Andrew Johnson as Director of Customer Engagement for its North American operations. Andrew Johnson will initially lead the company's new foray into Library Events & Room Booking with its new, next generation eb#1 platform offering. The platform was extensively developed over a multi-year period in Australia and is being brought to the US and Canadian marketplace. Johnson will assist in the marketing and sales-to-implementation go-live process initially. [Full Announcement].
October 22, 2021
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].
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].
October 20, 2021
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 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].
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 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 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].
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].
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 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].