November 24, 2021
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].
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 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
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].
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].
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].
November 18, 2021
Entrepreneurship-Focused Italian University adds its Doctoral works to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database. Business and economics-focused LIUC-Università Carlo Cattaneo will become the first Italian university to formally include its graduate research in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, the largest curated database of dissertations and theses in the world. LIUC-Università Carlo Cattaneo is an Italian university with a unique focus on entrepreneurship. Its business and economics research recognizes the central role of the entrepreneur in the economic process and prepares students for the demands of the business world. Including both current and future dissertations and theses into PQDT will elevate the university's work to the global economics conversation. [Full Announcement].
La Comunidad de Madrid concluye la integración de todas las bibliotecas públicas en el catálogo colectivo único. La finalización de este proyecto supone la implantación del carné único en prácticamente la totalidad de las bibliotecas municipales de la Comunidad de Madrid. El catálogo regional suma más de 315 bibliotecas con un total de 8,5 millones de documentos y 2,1 millones de personas inscritas a la red de bibliotecas. El 98,65 % de la población de la Comunidad de Madrid tendrá acceso a los servicios del carné único de las bibliotecas públicas de la región. [Full Announcement].
November 17, 2021
ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Rapid City Public Library. 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 Rapid City Public Library in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Rapid City Public Library has been a Koha and ByWater partner since 2015. [Full Announcement].
November 16, 2021
EveryLibrary Petition fights censorship, supports libraries. Proposed censorship measures in several states could lead to librarians facing criminal charges as a result of their commitment to free speech and access to library materials. Librarians around the United States are facing measures that mean that they may soon find themselves under attack for stocking books against racism and about the lives and experiences of LGBT Americans. [Full Announcement].
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].
LibLynx and PSI Metrics deliver industry reporting milestone for PLOS. A collaboration between LibLynx and PSI Metrics has enabled the Public Library of Science to become the first wholly Open Access publisher to deliver Release 5 COUNTER-compliant usage reporting to the library community. This is an important milestone in the development of usage reporting that meets the growing needs of the OA movement. [Full Announcement].
Manchester University Press ebooks now available in the Rialto and OASIS Marketplaces. Librarians can now use the ProQuest Rialto and OASIS digital marketplaces to directly acquire thousands of ebook titles published by Manchester University Press. [Full Announcement].
November 15, 2021
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 13, 2021
New Haven Public Schools Delighted to Return to TLC Family. The Library Corporation announced the recent implementation of Library.Solution for Schools for another returning customer: New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut. After a thoughtful deliberation process, NHPS chose a return to TLC, their previous library management vendor of 11 years prior to 2015. NHPS staff were pleased with the seamless data migration provided by TLC for transaction and materials records. [Full Announcement].
November 12, 2021
Kershaw County Library (SC) chooses Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Kershaw County Library, in Camden, SC has selected its patron engagement platform to support their goal to be a destination where learning becomes literacy, where interest becomes inspiration and where pursuit becomes passion. [Full Announcement].
Welcome, Algonquin Area Public Library District. collectionHQ announced that the Algonquin Area Public Library District has subscribed to its world leading data analytics product. [Full Announcement].
November 11, 2021
Rio Community Library goes live on the South Central Library System’s Bibliovation 7.0 shared catalog. The Rio Community Library in Rio, Wisconsin has joined the South Central Library System (SCLS) Bibliovation shared catalog. By joining the shared catalog, the Rio Community Library now will manage print and digital collections as well as resource sharing using the Bibliovation Library Services Platform. The migration processes were completed in late August. The Rio library staff is now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. The users of the library are accessing their collections and related resources using the Bibliovation Discovery Layer. [Full Announcement].
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].