December 1, 2021
Montgomery County Public Libraries go live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland is now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater migrated over 2 million item records from Symphony. [Full Announcement].
Ex Libris Esploro solution now integrated with ORCID to help researchers showcase their work effectively and consistently. Ex Libris announced the integration of the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution and ORCID services. ORCID is a leading global, not-for-profit organization that uniquely identifies researchers and links them to their contributions. The integration now enables scholars to seamlessly share their ORCID iD with Esploro in order to strengthen the accuracy of their profiles and facilitate the tracking of their publications. Through this integration, Esploro and ORCID profiles are updated bidirectionally. Profile information includes, for example, education, affiliation, and a list of publications. Connecting scholars to their work is vitally important for making research outputs easily discoverable and also helps improve the accuracy of researchers' profiles. [Full Announcement].
Clarivate successfully completes acquisition of ProQuest. Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, has completed its acquisition of ProQuest – a leading global software, content, data and analytics provider. This succeeds the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, following a commitment to acquire the business from the Cambridge Information Group and other investors, announced on May 17, 2021. [Full Announcement].
November 30, 2021
Coherent Digital acquires the Taylor & Francis Digital Primary Source Archive. Coherent Digital has acquired the Taylor & Francis digital primary source archive, with plans to migrate the content to the award-winning Commons platform and enhance the collections. [Full Announcement].
LibLynx integrates with theIPregistry.org to simplify access control for De Gruyter. LibLynx has integrated data from theIPregistry.org 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].
Let’s Get Libraries Online: Equinox Raises Funds for Library Websites. This #GivingTuesday, will you help fund a library's website? Equinox Open Library Initiative announces its 2021 fundraising campaign, “Let's Get Libraries Online!” From November 30, 2021 through December 31, 2021, Equinox is raising funds to provide libraries with their first websites. This initiative will offer libraries the opportunity to establish a web presence, share library information, broaden reach in the community, and expand access to library resources and collections. Funds raised will be matched with in-kind services from Equinox to deliver user-friendly, mobile-ready websites to selected libraries. [Full Announcement].
Jorge Tadeo Lozano University to adopt the FOLIO LSP. Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (UTadeo) has become the first library in Colombia to choose FOLIO as its Library Services Platform (LSP). The university will use EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) for implementation and hosting services via EBSCO FOLIO. UTadeo has begun implementation and has plans to go fully live on FOLIO in May 2022. [Full Announcement].
Bryan College Station Library migrates to TLC for efficiency and security. The Library Corporation announced the recent implementation of Library.Solution for Bryan + College Station Public Library System. TLC completed the migration services for the three-site library system from their Polaris integrated library system earlier this month. [Full Announcement].
London Public Library joins Vega Development Partner Program. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced today that London Public Library in Ontario, Canada has joined Innovative's Vega Development Partner program. [Full Announcement].
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].
November 29, 2021
ByWater Solutions partners with Unique to bring communication support to more Koha partners. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they have partnered with Unique Management Services to provide support and integration with communication services within Koha ILS. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions joins koha-US for Giving Tuesday. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that they will be joining koha-US for Giving Tuesday. The koha-US Education Committee will be holding a 2-hour YouTube Livestream on November 30th starting at 9:00am PST (Noon EST, 17:00 UTC) [Full Announcement].
NISO publishes updated Access and License Indicators (ALI) Recommended Practice. The National Information Standards Organization announced publication of its updated Access and License Indicators Recommended Practice (NISO RP-22-2021). Originally published in 2015, this Recommended Practice defines the metadata indicators used to indicate free-to-read content, as well as for linking to license terms for the use/re-use of that content. [Full Announcement].
November 24, 2021
Usability Improvements in New Evergreen ILS Release. Usability and interface improvements highlight Evergreen's new Release 3.8, the latest semi-annual software update. Patron notes, messages and alerts are now in an improved consolidated interface for better service. Acquisitions also enjoys interface improvements via a more modern interface and other usability improvements including a new fund administration interface. [Full Announcement].
TLC welcomes the Return of J Robert Jamerson Memorial Library to Library.Solution. The Library Corporation welcomes the return of another former customer to Library.Solution. J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library migrated away from the open-source Koha platform supported by Bywater Solutions and returned to TLC — their previous library management vendor of 22 years prior to 2014. [Full Announcement].
TIND Appoints Matt Hall as VP of Business Development. TIND, a spin off from CERN specializing in innovative library software solutions, announced that Matt Hall has joined their expanding team as VP of Business Development. In this role, Hall will be responsible for building out TIND's global sales program and team. [Full Announcement].
November 22, 2021
NISO announces publication of its New Recommended Practice for Content Platform Migrations. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced the publication of its Recommended Practice, NISO RP-38-2021, Content Platform Migrations, which provides guidance to improve processes and communication between all parties, with suggested steps involved before, during, and after the migration of content from one platform to another. [Full Announcement].
November 19, 2021
Barrington Area Library (IL) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Barrington Area Library in Barrington, Illinois, has selected its patron engagement platform to support the Library's goal of supporting lifelong, active learning and an appreciation for creativity and innovation. [Full Announcement].
Findaway. Spotify to acquire leading audiobook platform Findaway. In 2019, Spotify announced its ambition to become the world's leading audio platform with an expansion into podcasting through the acquisitions of Anchor and Gimlet. Since then, Spotify has not only become a leading platform for podcast creators and listeners, but also expanded on the very format of podcasting itself: taking a fixed format and making it a new audio experience. And today we are taking another step in furthering this mission to build the future of audio by announcing that Spotify has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Findaway, a global leader in digital audiobook distribution. [Full Announcement].
United States Congress. Wyden and Eshoo Press for Answers on Restrictive E-Book Agreements That Limit Libraries’ Digital Lending. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., today sought answers about expensive, restrictive e-book lending contracts with libraries, in letters to nine e-book aggregators and platforms. Aggregators are middlemen that license e-books to libraries on behalf of book publishers, and can also develop the e-lending platforms used by library patrons. The questions are part of Wyden and Eshoo's ongoing inquiry into restrictions on public and academic libraries' ability to lend e-books. [Full Announcement].