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January 21, 2022

OCLC Lorcan Dempsey to retire as OCLC’s Vice President for Research and Membership, and Chief Strategist. Lorcan Dempsey, known globally as a thought leader and strategist for libraries, has announced his plans to retire at the end of April as OCLC's Vice President for Research and Membership, and Chief Strategist. [Full Announcement].

January 20, 2022

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services expands global scholarly research with Release of DACH Information. EBSCO Information Services is introducing a new German-language resource to support researchers across the globe. DACH Information is a unique collection of scholarly, full-text journals, magazines and trade publications created to benefit researchers and students looking for an authoritative German-language resource. [Full Announcement].

January 6, 2022

Equinox 2021 Year in Review: Equinox Advances Open Source Initiatives for Libraries. Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the publication of the 2021 Equinox Year in Review. The Year in Review details the advancement of Equinox's programs supporting libraries and open source communities during the 2021 year, including grant programs, fundraising, community engagement, conference presentations, and development and community initiatives with Evergreen, Koha, CORAL, SubjectsPlus, Fulfillment, and VuFind. Additional highlights of the report include the launch of the equinoxEDU learning program, the CORAL ERM Online Summit, the 2021 Evergreen International Online Conference, the 2021 Equinox Open Source Grant, participation in the EveryLibrary #5kYourWayfor Libraries, and the best of the year's #ChatOpenS conversations. [Full Announcement].

December 22, 2021

Clarivate Clarivate acquires Patient Connect, furthering position as a leading provider of patient-centric solutions.  Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, announced that it has acquired Patient Connect, a provider of patient engagement solutions that enable the measurement of clinical and commercial outcomes and inform the advancement of healthcare. Patient Connect patient engagement solutions improve patient outcomes by delivering clinical messaging to physicians and pharmacists at the point of patient contact. Clinical messaging is delivered in physician and pharmacist workflows, to help guide patients to better understand their treatment and disease and empower them to make informed healthcare decisions. Patient Connect has a global reach of 834,000 physicians, 600,000 pharmacists and 1,000,000,000 patients, by point of contact. [Full Announcement].

December 16, 2021

NISO Dr. Patricia Brennan of NLM to Receive NISO’s Miles Conrad Award for 2022. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that Dr. Patricia Brennan, Director of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) will be the recipient of the 2022 Miles Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the information community. [Full Announcement].

Bloomsbury Bloomsbury acquires ABC-CLIO. Bloomsbury Publishin, the leading independent publisher, announced that it has completed the purchase of ABC-CLIO. The business will operate within Bloomsbury's Academic and Professional division and run as part of Bloomsbury USA. ABC-CLIO's 32 databases, which are split between Higher Education and Schools will enhance the Bloomsbury Digital Resources portfolio, enabling it to significantly scale the digital offering globally. It will also enable the company to expand its presence in the higher education market with an increased content set. [Full Announcement].

December 9, 2021

Copyright Clearance Center CCC Exceeds 1,000 Institutions and Funders on its RightsLink for Scientific Communications Platform. CCC, a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces that it has surpassed 1,000 institutions and funders on its RightsLink for Scientific Communications platform. RLSC is the most widely adopted, community-led market solution to support Open Access agreements. It is trusted by more than 30 leading publishers representing over 2,600 journals to simplify the management of OA agreements among publishers, institutions and funders in more than 60 countries. [Full Announcement].

December 8, 2021

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers STM Solutions builds collaboration platform to safeguard research integrity. STM Solutions, the operational arm of STM (The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) announced that it has started the development of a powerful new platform to detect integrity issues in manuscripts submitted for publication to scholarly journals. [Full Announcement].

December 7, 2021

Kanopy Kanopy announces addition of Milestone Films Library through their strategic partnership with Kino Lorber. Kanopy, the company dedicated to providing access to high-quality films that inspire, entertain, and educate, has announced the addition of the Milestone Films library through their partnership with Kino Lorber to distribute more than 130 films to academic and public libraries around the globe. Kino Lorber and Milestone recently announced a multi-year strategic distribution and acquisition agreement under which Kino Lorber has domestic and international distribution rights to Milestone's library and all its future restorations and acquisitions under the “Milestone Films in association with Kino Lorber” banner. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO now offers manchesterhive from Manchester University Press. GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCOnow supports the Manchester University Press  e-book platform, manchesterhive. With the addition of the manchesterhive platform, libraries will gain access to more than 2,000 DRM-free title-by-title e-books and nine eCollections through GOBI. All titles on the Manchester University Press e-book platform are Unlimited User, DRM-free and available worldwide. [Full Announcement].

December 2, 2021

SPARC SPARC Statement on Completion of Clarivate-ProQuest Merger. Clarivate, a leading research analytics company, announced its successful acquisition of ProQuest, one of the largest content and library technology providers. The merger, which follows review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), increases concerns over the negative impacts that continued consolidation across the research enterprise will have on the academic community. [Full Announcement].

November 30, 2021

Ex Libris Stockholm School of Economics selects Ex Libris Esploro. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the Stockholm School of Economics, one of Europe's leading business schools, has chosen the Ex Libris Esploro current research information management system (CRIS) to increase research impact, make SSE's research publications more accessible, and render scholarly communication more efficient. [Full Announcement].

LibLynx LibLynx integrates with to simplify access control for De Gruyter. LibLynx has integrated data from into its Identity & Access solution to enable publishers to automatically maintain registered IP addresses. The enhanced service launched on the new De Gruyter publishing platform in October 2021. [Full Announcement].

November 15, 2021

OCLC Debbie Schachter, Janet Walls take seats on OCLC Board of Trustees. Debbie Schachter, Director of Library Services and Learning Commons, Langara College, and Janet Walls, President of Delta Blvd, a leadership consulting and executive coaching organization, took their seats on the OCLC Board of Trustees today during the board's regular November meeting. [Full Announcement].

November 11, 2021

PTFS Europe IAML UK and Ireland chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.. The UK and Ireland Branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres - IAML (UK & Irl) - has chosen Koha as its new Library Management System, to replace the previous Mikromarc system. Locating performance materials is a major challenge for many orchestras and choirs. IAML has taken a major step forward in helping such groups, with the launch of the refreshed Encore21 service. [Full Announcement].

November 9, 2021

OCLC University of Milano-Bicocca now live with OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services. The University of Milano-Bicocca (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) is now live with a new library management system, OCLC's WorldShare Management Services.This public university, established in 1998 and built on the former Pirelli complex, is a multi-disciplinary institution focused on research and innovation. Ranked among the top Italian universities in 2021, the University of Milano-Bicocca serves more than 32,000 students. [Full Announcement].

November 8, 2021

JISC. Exact Editions Partners with Jisc on a New Deal for Further Education Colleges. Exact Editions has partnered with Jisc to provide a new deal for further education (FE) colleges across the UK that is available until the end of March 2022. The deal includes discounted prices on more than 70 prestigious titles across the platform that can be used as part of on-site teaching and home study. This partnership comes in recognition of the unprecedented financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and represents a joint initiative to provide affordable subscriptions to FE institutions. [Full Announcement].

November 5, 2021

Overdrive OverDrive Receives President’s E Award for Exports. At a ceremony in Washington, D.C. today, the U.S. Department of Commerce presented the 2021 President's “E” Award for Exports to OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. OverDrive was chosen for their significant sustained global growth and demonstrated excellence in exporting for at least four years to a wide range of international markets. This award was created in 1961 by Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy and is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. [Full Announcement].

November 2, 2021

Gale Group Gale launches Learning Centers for Primary Sources. Gale, part of Cengage Group, is helping faculty and students enhance their digital literacy and critical thinking skills. The company has launched its new Learning Centers for Gale Primary Sources. Built with the student researcher in mind, the Learning Centers orient new users to the content and topics available in a digital archive, spark inspiration for new research topics and provide guidance and best practices for searching, browsing, citing and reusing primary sources. The Learning Centers also provide faculty and librarians with an invaluable, all-in-one instructional tool that helps learners get acclimated with a primary source database, saving educators' time creating teaching material. Now students can develop their digital literacy and critical thinking skills through practical examples and advanced search strategies, enabling better learning outcomes. [Full Announcement].

November 1, 2021

Ex Libris Charles University is first Czech Institution to adopt Ex Libris Alma Library Services and Primo Discovery. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Charles University—a prominent research university based in Prague—is the first institution in the Czech Republic to select the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery solution. All of the CU library services will be unified under the Alma platform, which will replace the school's previous library products, and integrated with Primo discovery. [Full Announcement].