Library Technology Guides

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November 24, 2021

Evergreen Project 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].

November 16, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions launches Aspen LiDA App. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of open-source library technology support, announced that they have launched Aspen LiDA (pronounced Lee-dah; Library Discovery App), a companion app to Aspen Discovery. Aspen Discovery provides a simple and powerful way for patrons to find exactly what they are looking for in their library's catalog. Now with Aspen LiDA, they have access wherever they are. We believe that patrons deserve a better way to discover all the amazing resources that libraries offer, and with Aspen LiDA, everything is in the palm of their hands. [Full Announcement].

November 11, 2021

Soutron Limited New Soutron 4.1.6 Software Update Now Available. We are pleased to announce the latest software update to Soutron is now available, version 4.1.6. This update includes many enhancements and new features as well as security updates and general improvements. [Full Announcement].

November 10, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 21.14.00 Release. This release features a lot of backend and infrastructure work to Aspen Discovery to increase scalability and real time monitoring of everyone's systems. This backend work may not offer the glitz and glamor of some of our other releases, but we are excited to see how these proactive processes better support our Aspen partners. We have found with this release that indexing is quicker, as some of our partners have millions of records. We made the ability to more easily identify deleted records in Overdrive more streamlined. Additionally, we made several ILS-specific improvements since Aspen Discovery is ILS-agnostic and supports a variety of partner needs. [Full Announcement].

October 25, 2021

Equinox 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].

October 20, 2021

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].

October 13, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces Aspen Discovery 21.13.00 Release. As of last week, the Aspen Discovery companion app, Aspen LiDA, is now officially available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play store for you to download! This app is just out of beta testing so there is still a lot of functionality that we are working on building in. But, we have made searching easier and more visually engaging, especially when displaying the different formats available. Users can easily sort through beautiful browse categories to discover new materials. Users can access their library account, library card, and place holds on items. Libraries will love that their catalog and app have a seamless look and feel. [Full Announcement].

October 12, 2021

Bibliotheca Biblio+, a library of entertainment at your fingertips. Bibliotheca unveiled biblio+, a new streaming service for libraries and their patrons, in a live virtual event attended by 400 librarians from all around North America.  biblio+ is turning the library streaming model on its head by offering unlimited, ad-free streaming for one affordable subscription price. [Full Announcement].

October 5, 2021

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative announces release of Vega Discover Accessibility Assessment. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the release of its Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for Vega Discover. Following the template, the assessment reviewed Vega Discover's user interface for compliance with all Federal Accessibility Standards (ADA, Section 508, and WCAG 2.1). Vega Discover supports or partially supports all success criteria in the template. [Full Announcement].

October 4, 2021

FOLIO FOLIO Launches Juniper Release. The FOLIO Open Source Community has delivered its latest named release as the platform continues to grow. The Juniper Release includes platform updates and integration improvements that will provide libraries with even more features and functionality when adopting FOLIO. [Full Announcement].

September 30, 2021

Axiell Axiell launches cloud-based workflow automation solution for museums, archives and libraries. Axiell, the world's leading software and services provider for the cultural sector, announces the launch of a new cloud product, Axiell Flow. Axiell Flow is a workflow solution that automates internal processes to give museum, archive and library staff more time to focus on their areas of expertise. Based on museum and archive procedural and data standards, Axiell Flow is designed to ensure that processes involving collections care, cataloguing, access, and use can be followed effectively, whether users are at their desks or on the move. [Full Announcement].

September 20, 2021

Villanova University VuFind 8.0 Released. Version 8.0 of the VuFind open source discovery software has just been released. This major release includes significant new functionality and technical improvements. [Full Announcement].

September 17, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces Aspen Discovery 21.12.00 release. We're excited to announce the 12th release of the year- Aspen Discovery 21.12.00. We're still moving full speed ahead on making enhancements to our Aspen Discovery LiDA (Library Discovery App) app. The app is undergoing Beta testing but we're hoping to push to app stores in 2-3 weeks. In this release, we cleaned up patron functionality and enhanced geolocation services. [Full Announcement].

September 14, 2021

Pearson Pearson acquires Leading AI analytics company Faethm. Pearson, the world's leading learning company, today announced that it has acquired the groundbreaking workforce AI and predictive analytics company, Faethm. Faethm is one of Australia's highest profile tech companies and it will sit at the heart of Pearson's new Workforce Skills division. Its market-leading data, insights and AI capabilities will power the next generation of Pearson's lifelong learning products, which are focused on meeting the rapidly changing needs of today's workforce and bridging the global skills gap. [Full Announcement].

September 1, 2021

Springshare Springshare announces LibConnect: email marketing and engagement product. Springshare unveil LibConnect, a unique platform marrying its existing LibCRM product's functionality with fully featured email marketing and engagement capabilities. [Full Announcement].

August 20, 2021

The Library Corporation Latest CARL product release highlights public library patrons. The Library Corporation announced the latest release of the CARL suite of integrated library software, including features targeted at providing inclusive library features and pleasant patron experiences, in addition to enhancing library staff workflows and providing additional customization options to meet their libraries' community needs. This summer release includes CARL.X version 9.6.9, CARL.Connect Staff version 1.6.5, CARL.Connect Discovery version 3.6.3, and CARL APIs version 1.9.9. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces Aspen Discovery 21.10.00 Release. Aspen 21.10 enables libraries to dedicate sections of their website to specific patron types. Libraries can build staff intranets, volunteer sites, and more. [Full Announcement].

July 27, 2021

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions partners with Theke Solutions and iii to launch INN-Reach integration with Koha. ByWater Solutions announced that the Koha Open Source ILS now has integration with INN-Reach, a resource-sharing tool from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ByWater Solutions partnered with Theke Solutions and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. to develop the integration between the two platforms. [Full Announcement].

July 21, 2021

SAGE Lean Library partners with Ex Libris to bring Primo and Summon discovery further into the patron workflow. Lean Library, a SAGE Publishing company, announced its partnership with Ex Libris, a ProQuest company and the provider of the Ex Libris Primo® and Summon® library discovery services. The Lean Library–Ex Libris collaboration enables users to query their library's Primo or Summon service from wherever they start their search online, on sites such as Google, Google Scholar or Wikipedia. For example, when a patron is using Google Scholar to search for content, the Lean Library browser extension enables them to surface relevant results from their library's instance of Primo or Summon, directly alongside the Google Scholar results. [Full Announcement].

SirsiDynix Amigos Library Services joins CloudSource OA pilot program. SirsiDynix has partnered with Amigos Library Services to offer member libraries pilot access to CloudSource OA, a new content platform from SirsiDynix that delivers vetted, quality open access (OA) articles, eTextbooks, and eBooks in an intuitive way to library patrons. The CloudSource OA package also includes BLUEcloud Course Lists, which facilitates library collaboration with faculty on affordable learning initiatives that emphasize library licensed and open materials. With seamless learning management system integration, it meets users where they are and ensures easy access to library collections at the point of need. [Full Announcement].