January 27, 2023
cOAlition S confirms the end of its financial support for Open Access publishing under transformative arrangements after 2024. Transformative arrangements – including Transformative Agreements and Transformative Journals – were developed to encourage subscription journals to transition to full and immediate open access within a defined timeframe. After careful consideration of the outcomes of transformative arrangements, the leadership of cOAlition S reaffirms that, as a principle, its members will no longer financially support these arrangements after 2024. [Full Announcement].
SOLUS launches a brand new Library App for 2023. SOLUS is pleased to announce that it has launched a brand new Library App. The App will be rolled out to all it's customers and reseller partners over the course of February. Featuring a brand new, cleaner and more engaging home screen, the UI hints at major changes to incorporate some much requested new functionality. [Full Announcement].
Ocean State Libraries (RI) has chosen Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Ocean State Libraries in Warwick, Rhode Island, has selected its patron engagement platform to support their consortium's marketing efforts. In particular, Ocean State Libraries has identified a priority in streamlining patron registration and membership renewal. The consortium's overarching intention for the platform is to augment the support of its patrons and their communities. [Full Announcement].
Waukee Public Library System (IA) launches TLC.Go! Mobile App. The Library Corporation announced that the Waukee Public Library is live with TLC.Go! -- the latest mobile app solution provided by TLC. Those who live in and around Waukee, Iowa, can now access their favorite library services via Android and iOS, thanks to a seamless connection between TLC.Go! and WPL's integrated library system, Library.Solution. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions' partners sponsor development in Koha 22.11 Release. We are so thankful for all our partners that have sponsored developments in the Koha Community 22.11 release. [Full Announcement].
January 26, 2023
OverDrive launches Deep Search and Notify Me features to help readers discover books beyond the library's collection. OverDrive announced innovative new features that uniquely benefit librarians, readers and publishers. Deep search and Notify Me tags in the Libby reading app help readers discover titles beyond the library's collection and indicate titles of interest. When a reader searches for a book in Libby by name, author or subject, the new deep search feature presents additional titles from OverDrive's complete catalog of over 5 million titles, even if the books are not in the library's digital collection. By tapping "Notify Me" on a title that is not in the library's collection, the reader alerts their library of their interest and Libby notifies the reader if the title is purchased and made available to borrow. [Full Announcement].
Middle Country Public Library launches Vega Program for event and room management. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that Middle Country Public Library has launched Vega Program for event coordination and room management. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions welcomes Elise Konya. ByWater Solutions, an open-source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open-Source library technology support, announced that Elise Konya joined the ByWater Solutions Support team. [Full Announcement].
ByWater Solutions Contributions to Koha - December 2022. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced the contributions to the Koha Community code from the ByWater Development team. At ByWater, we believe transparency is the key to success. We submit all developments, plugins, tools, and documentation we create back to the Koha Community. [Full Announcement].
LibraryCall service has earned the distinguished Platinum Modern Library Award for the second year in a row. The Galecia Group is pleased to announce its LibraryCall service has earned the distinguished Platinum Modern Library Award for the second year in a row. [Full Announcement].
Equinox at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2023. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries in Canada since 2011, will be exhibiting at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2023 to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center on February 1-4, 2023. The Equinox team will be available throughout the conference at Booth #114T to say hello and share information about Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, VuFind, and more. [Full Announcement].
January 25, 2023
Vinopal to join HathiTrust as Associate Director. HathiTrust announced that Jennifer Vinopal has been appointed HathiTrust's first Associate Director. Vinopal will assume a key leadership role at a pivotal moment in HathiTrust's 15th year with responsibility for day-to-day activities and integrated development of HathiTrust's programs and services. Reporting to Executive Director, Mike Furlough, she will lead the expansion of critical operations activity to align resources and strategic priorities [Full Announcement].
American Library Association announces new transformational grant from Mellon Foundation. The American Library Association announced a new grant in the amount of $5,515,000 from the Mellon Foundation to help ALA advance its mission of enhancing the profession of librarianship and ensuring access to information for all. The grant, which marks Mellon's most significant investment in ALA mission work thus far, will positively impact several programs and initiatives, including those dedicated to expanding advocacy for intellectual freedom and countering censorship and book bans, scholarships and career development support for Black, Indigenous and People of Color librarians, scaling adult and digital literacy instruction, the continuation of COVID-19 relief funding, organizational capacity building in libraries, and more. [Full Announcement].
Stacey Patton named CLIR Communications Manager. CLIR announced the appointment of Stacey Patton as communications manager. Patton is an award-winning journalist and author who teaches digital journalism in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, where she served as a senior enterprise reporter covering graduate education, faculty research, adjunct labor, and diversity issues. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, ABC News, and other major media outlets. [Full Announcement].
Wiley and CzechELib sign first open access agreement in Czech Republic. Wiley announced an open access agreement with Czech National Library of Technology. The four-year agreement will provide CzechELib participants access to view and publish in Wiley's complete hybrid journal portfolio, which includes 1,400 journals, beginning January 16, 2023. Wiley is pioneering the open access movement in Czech Republic, being one of the first publishers to sign an open access agreement within the country. Participating researchers will be able to publish nearly 650 articles open access within the first year. [Full Announcement].
Gale Digital Scholar Lab adds new collaboration feature to support digital humanities projects in the classroom. Gale, part of Cengage Group is bringing real-time team collaboration to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab platform to support project-based learning. The company has launched a new collaboration feature called Gale Digital Scholar Lab: Groups. Developed based on feedback from Lab users, this new functionality enables researchers, instructors and students at the same institution to collaborate on digital humanities projects within the platform and explore Gale Primary Sources in new and exciting ways. This strengthens The Lab's use in a classroom environment and helps students develop workplace skills they can use well beyond college. [Full Announcement].
Broward County Library (FL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Broward County Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has selected our patron engagement platform to support its mission to provide convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. [Full Announcement].
Library of Congress appoints Hannah Sommers new Associate Librarian for Researcher and Collections Services. The Library of Congress announced today the appointment of Hannah Sommers as the new Associate Librarian for Researcher and Collections Services in the Library Collections and Services Group. In this role, Sommers will lead the future of the Library's collections and the services it delivers to researchers and users. She will be central to realizing the Library's aspiration to be not only the world's largest, but also the world's most-used library. [Full Announcement].
Toledo Museum of Art Reference Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Toledo Museum of Art Reference Library in Ohio went live on Koha with support from ByWater Solutions. [Full Announcement].
Public libraries lend one billion titles with the Libby reading app. As public libraries continue their mission to serve their communities, a major milestone was reached for the most popular ebook, audiobook, magazine and comics app for library patrons: one billion digital books borrowed in Libby, the library reading app. The Libby app, created by OverDrive, is used in over 22,000 public libraries and thousands of colleges, universities, corporate libraries and learning centers. [Full Announcement].