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April 25, 2016

(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Stanford a $1.5 million grant to support library initiatives that develop and advance the use of linked open data. Stanford Libraries will coordinate a team representing Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress and Princeton to upgrade the current infrastructure libraries use to create, store, and share bibliographic data.

January 29, 2015

(OCLC) OCLC and the Library of Congress have jointly released a white paper that compares and contrasts the compatible linked data initiatives at both institutions. The paper, "Common Ground: Exploring Compatibilities between the Linked Data Models of the Library of Congress and OCLC," is an executive summary of a more detailed technical analysis that will be published later this year.

December 4, 2014

(OCLC) OCLC and the Library of Congress are actively engaged and committed to working together to address library challenges using linked data technologies.

October 29, 2014

(Backstage Library Works) The Preservation Reformatting Division within the Library of Congress has renewed its agreement with Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) and is moving forward on an extensive microfilming project. Monographs, serials and other printed works in need of preparation and microfilming will be processed at Backstage’s preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Materials are in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Asian and Cyrillic scripts.

May 2, 2014

(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress announce that a BIBFRAME Editor is now available from the BIBFRAME website. This tool is a front end input tool that can be integrated with a back end datastore to create original BIBFRAME descriptions, store them, and recall them for editing. We expect this tool to help experimenters create implementations that will test elements of the BIBFRAME model and vocabulary, in addition to linked data aspects of the BIBFRAME initiative. We see the use of this basic tool as a component of experimental systems that YOU build and look forward to a sharing of enhancements.

August 10, 2010

(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress is actively exploring development of open-source software for supporting digital stewardship activities. Leslie Johnston, manager of Technical Architecture Initiatives for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, spoke on this subject at George Washington University on July 15, 2010.

June 4, 2009

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that fourteen institutions, in North America, Europe and Asia, have recently selected the Aleph and Voyager integrated library systems (ILS). Among the recent newcomers to the Ex Libris ILS community, now numbering over 3400 institutions worldwide, are Iowa State University in the US; Reformed Episcopal Seminary in the US; Guangdong Provincial Sun Yat-Sen Library in China; Keio University in Japan; University of South Bohemia Ceske Budejovice in Czech Republic; Collège de France; Consortium Lyon ENS-LSH / Lyon INRP / Lyon BIU LSH; Université de Nice in France; NBD Biblion in the Netherlands; National Library of Romania; University of East London in the UK;Universidad Gabriela Mistral in Chile; National University of Costa Rica; and the Library of Congress in Peru.

March 31, 2008

(Library of Congress) After nearly three years of intensive work, the independent Section 108 Study Group has issued its report and recommendations on exceptions to copyright law to address how libraries, archives and museums deal with copyrighted materials in fulfilling their missions in the digital environment. The report is available at www.section108.gov. Section 108 is the section of the Copyright Act that provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives so that they may make copies to replace copyrighted works in their collections when necessary, preserve them for the long term and make them available to users.

March 30, 2005

(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress announced publication of the final report for the Automatic Metadata Generation Applications project.

January 10, 2005

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces announced today that the Library of Congress has installed Electronic Resource Management. Electronic Resource Management, a market-first from Innovative, provides all of the tools a library needs to collect and manage the licensing and administrative details of its myriad electronic resources while dramatically improving staff and patron access to this information. The Library of Congress implementation is a stand-alone sale that will use an Oracle database.

September 08, 2004

(Index Data) The Library of Congress signed a second contract with Index Data last month for development and consulting services in conjunction with the use of three Index Data Open Source library application software packages: Keystone Digital Library Suite, YAZ Proxy and Zebra.

May 10, 2004

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Library of Congress has selected the SFX context-sensitive linking solution from Ex Libris for use by Library of Congress staff and researchers.

June 5, 2002

(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress Network Development and MARC Standards Office announces completion of a schema for MARC 21 records in an XML structure for use in communicating MARC 21 records.

February 12, 2001

(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress and OCLC have signed a cooperative agreement to develop a prototype for a new reference service based on the Collaborative Digital Reference Service pilot, begun in early 2000 by the Library of Congress and 16 participating libraries. Now in its third phase, the pilot project has expanded to include more than 60 libraries and other institutions internationally.

August 31, 2000

(Endeavor Information Systems, Inc.) Endeavor Information Systems announced that the Library of Congress has formally accepted the Voyager software from Endeavor. Voyager is the Library''s first automated system that provides computer support for integrating and performing all basic library operations through a shared database of more than 16 million bibliographic and authority records.

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