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August 3, 2022

Gale Group Gale and the Bodleian Libraries continue to support Asia-Pacific research on digital humanities with second year of fellowships. To increase access to digital humanities tools and support emerging research and collaboration amongst scholars, Gale, part of Cengage Group, and Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, announce the recipients of the second cohort of the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships. Gale will fund the research of two scholars for three months. The fellowship seeks to support the scholars' research into a DH-related topic at the University of Oxford, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship of the Bodleian Libraries. To help foster emerging scholarship in the Asia-Pacific region, the fellows have access to the Bodleian Libraries' resources including Gale Primary Sources as well as Gale Digital Scholar Lab which provides fellows with invaluable text and data mining tools to advance their work through DH methods. [Full Announcement].

Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation King's College joins Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation (PALCI). The Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration and Innovation welcomed King's College, a Catholic liberal arts college located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to the consortium's membership of 71 academic and research libraries. By joining, King's students and faculty will gain access to PALCI's well-known EZBorrow resource sharing service, which allows PALCI libraries to efficiently share their physical collections. In addition, the King's College Library community will benefit from extensive savings and access to group-purchased online library collections through PALCI's strategic collaborative initiatives. [Full Announcement].

August 1, 2022

Internet Archive Colgate University Libraries donates to expanding government document microfiche collection. From 1970 to 2004, Colgate University amassed as many as 1.5 million microfiche cards with documents from the U.S. federal government. In July, the Internet Archive arranged for the twelve cabinets of microfiche, each in excess of 600 pounds, to be loaded onto pallets and shipped to the Internet Archive for preservation and digitization. Materials include Census data, documents from the Department of Education, Congressional testimony, CIA documents, and foreign news translated into English. [Full Announcement].

July 27, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University Sloan Foundation funds new office to support open source activities. Helen and Henry Posner, Jr. Dean of the University Libraries Keith Webster has received a grant of $650,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to establish the Carnegie Mellon University Open Source Program Office (OSPO). In addition to establishing a central resource for open source activity across campus, the OSPO will explore the ecosystem of software around a new core facility and government R&D. [Full Announcement].

College Libraries Ontario Introducing Page 1+: The new resource search tool from College Libraries Ontario, in partnership with Ontario Colleges Library Service. College Libraries Ontario announced the official launch of Page 1+, the innovative new search tool for industry-relevant resources. The Page 1+ consortium includes 20 Ontario college libraries that will use Page 1+. [Full Announcement].

July 26, 2022

Lyrasis The Palace Project to provide Ebook and Audiobook service to 10 libraries in diverse US Communities. LYRASIS, a global nonprofit committed to increasing equitable access to knowledge, and The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and ereader app for digital content, are pleased to announce a new pilot initiative to expand digital access to a group of 10 diverse libraries. The libraries are located across the US and the unincorporated US territory of American Samoa. [Full Announcement].

July 14, 2022

Elsevier Elsevier launches global collaboration to understand the impact of the pandemic on confidence in scientific research. Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, announced the launch of a global collaboration that will include new, independent research led by Economist Impact. The initiative aims to assess the drivers of confidence in research, examine how researchers have experienced the increased public attention on science during the pandemic, and the implications this has had on the academic research community. It is also looking at changes in the ways in which researchers communicate their findings. A main focus of the initiative will be a landmark global survey conducted by Economist Impact, experts in helping to identify critical and actionable insights of 3,000 researchers across Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. [Full Announcement].

July 11, 2022

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation IPLC launches new resource sharing software. Beginning in the summer of 2022, the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation (IPLC), a partnership of 13 academic research libraries, will launch ReShare Returnables, a new resource sharing software offering enhanced inter-library open sharing capabilities. IPLC has contracted with Index Data, a library software developer and service provider, to implement ReShare Returnables as part of its commitment to advancing library resource sharing systems. ReShare Returnables is the premier product of Project ReShare, a community of libraries, consortia, software developers, and open source advocates. Project ReShare is modeling mutual investment in open collaboration intended to break down the barriers and silos associated with commercial platforms and replace them with an inclusive, community-owned ecosystem. [Full Announcement].

Five College Consortium FOLIO rolls out to the Five College Libraries Consortium. UMass Amherst Libraries and the Five College Consortium announce the adoption of FOLIO, an open-source library services platform, which will begin operation throughout the Five College Libraries later this month. UMass Amherst librarians, along with our Five College partners, are among the first set of early adopters—and adapters. The Five College Consortium worked with EBSCO, one of the largest providers of digital library content in the world, to develop and beta test the implementation and hosting services for FOLIO. [Full Announcement].

July 7, 2022

Association of Research Libraries ARL joins Fair-Use Amicus Brief in Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith. In the case of Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Lynn Goldsmith and Lynn Goldsmith, Ltd., the Association of Research Libraries has joined associations representing libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage organizations in an amicus brief in support of neither party. The case concerns a photograph of the musician Prince that Lynn Goldsmith licensed to Vanity Fair for Andy Warhol's use as a reference work to create an original print. Years later, Goldsmith sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for copyright infringement after learning that Warhol created and distributed 15 additional prints based on Goldsmith's photograph; the additional prints are the subject of the lawsuit. The district court found in favor of the Warhol Foundation on fair-use grounds; the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision, holding that the Warhol prints were not transformative. [Full Announcement].

Mt Holyoke College. Summer Migration to FOLIO. Yesterday afternoon the Five Colleges Libraries completed the review of our new library services platform implementation, and officially accepted our new FOLIO environment. We are pleased to announce that backend systems operations and staff work are now underway in FOLIO. [Full Announcement].

June 29, 2022

ByWater Solutions Spalding University live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Spalding University Library is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 21,000 items and over 10,000 borrowers. [Full Announcement].

College of the Holy Cross. A New Online Catalog. Holy Cross Libraries have launched a new online catalog. We are now using FOLIO, an open-source library services platform developed collaboratively by libraries, developers, and vendors. FOLIO brings a modern approach to library systems and will allow the Libraries to leverage the latest technology and standards. [Full Announcement].

June 24, 2022

EBSCO Information Services More than fifty libraries and library systems live on EBSCO FOLIO Library Services Platform. More than fifty universities and library systems across the globe have now adopted the full EBSCO FOLIO Library Services Platform or leveraged EBSCO FOLIO Electronic Resource Management via EBSCO FOLIO Services. The sites and systems that have adopted EBSCO FOLIO have leveraged the implementation expertise, hosting and support services available through EBSCO Information Services. While most have implemented the full LSP, libraries and systems have also moved from existing ERM tools or instituted their first-ever ERM leveraging EBSCO FOLIO. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services Announces 2022 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. EBSCO Information Services will be awarding $300,000 in grants to four libraries looking to further their sustainability goals. John D. MacArthur Campus Library at Florida Atlantic University, Florida; Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library, Wisconsin; Lincoln Library, Vermont; and Alan Batey Library and Learning Commons at Camosun College, British Columbia, Canada, will each receive an EBSCO Solar Grant to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow the libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures. [Full Announcement].

University of Massachusetts Amherst UMass Amherst Libraries migrate to new Library Services Platform. The Libraries will migrate back-end system operations from the current library system (ALEPH) to FOLIO at the end of June 2022. FOLIO is a collaboration of libraries, developers, and vendors building an open source library services platform that supports traditional resource management functionality while also opening the door for innovation in an increasingly digital world. Our Five Colleges libraries will be the first consortium to fully implement FOLIO, and we are excited about the opportunities this forward-looking system will provide. [Full Announcement].

June 23, 2022

Baker and Taylor The Drucker Institute partners With Baker & Taylor to bring Bendable to libraries across the US. The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University and Baker & Taylor announced today that they were partnering to bring Bendable, the Institute's lifelong learning platform, to public libraries across the United States. A robust learning marketplace, Bendable allows residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily discover content that is just right for them and then acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as local, in-person learning opportunities. It is an especially valuable tool for libraries as they are being increasingly called upon to play an important role in workforce development. [Full Announcement].

June 20, 2022

Private Academic Library Network of Indiana PALNI awarded an ARPA grant to launch an initiative in open bibliographic data management. The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana announced that it has received an American Rescue Plan Act grant of $225,000 from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. The planning grant will enable PALNI to identify ways of expanding current infrastructure to support open bibliographic data management tools, which library staff use to manage and share collections. The project aims to significantly enhance financial sustainability and access to information, allowing libraries to further deliver on their critical role in student success. [Full Announcement].

June 16, 2022

Equinox Equinox presents at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is excited to present at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Andrea Buntz Neiman and Rogan Hamby will be presenting “A Tiny Library with a Million Volumes: The Open Source Future of Resource Sharing” on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (ET). The presentation is currently scheduled at the Washington Convention Center, Room 149 A-B, and the Equinox team will be available for questions following the session and during the conference. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions William James College live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the William James College Library is live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 5,000 items and over 1200 borrowers. [Full Announcement].