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August 6, 2020

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and IGNITE Online are partnering to support libraries looking to adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform. EBSCO and IGNITE Online will work together to provide reliable local hosting and support services to libraries across Latin America.

(Preservica) Preservica, the market leader in cloud-hosted active digital preservation, has been selected by the University of Nottingham Libraries to safeguard and aid the open discovery of its unique and diverse range of academic, business and cultural digital collections.

August 5, 2020

(Ancestry) Blackstone announced that private equity funds managed by Blackstone have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Ancestry from Silver Lake, GIC, Spectrum Equity, Permira, and other equity holders for a total enterprise value of $4.7 billion. Current Ancestry investor GIC will continue to retain a significant minority stake in the company. This transaction represents the first control acquisition for Blackstone's eighth vintage of its flagship private equity vehicle.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization launched its strategic plan for July 2020 - 2023, which focuses on four key themes: Diversity and Inclusion; Trendsetting; Standards Development for Content and Technology; and Community Development.

August 4, 2020

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation has selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as its commercial public cloud platform. TLC's Library Management Software platforms: CARL.X, Library.Solution, and Library.Solution for Schools, provide their users with an experience built for scalability, high availability, and operational efficiency while supporting the librarians' goal of enhancing the patron's experience with the library.

(ByWater Solutions) We are thrilled to work with EBSCO and our partner libraries to introduce support for searching EBSCO EDS within Aspen Discovery. This functionality helps public libraries make effective use of their articles and databases and unifies the search experience for academic libraries. The introduction of this functionality marks a significant new chapter in the evolution of Aspen Discovery.

(Occuspace) Occuspace, an IoT occupancy data solution provider, today announced its safe social distancing sensor technology is gaining adoption among higher education institutions planning to reopen their campuses amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As university officials actively address student re-population strategies to limit the spread of the virus, they are leaning on new technologies to provide additional safeguards for students, faculty, and staff.

August 3, 2020

(koha-community.org) Koha is a free and open source library system that was founded in New Zealand in 1999. Today, it is used in more than 15,000 libraries worldwide. This year we are excited to be hosting Kohacon, our annual conference, in Wellington, NZ.

(Axiell) Axiell, the leading supplier of software to the cultural sector, announced the acquisition of Musoft, the leading vendor for collections management, heritage catalogue, virtual reality and public facing solutions in the Czech and Slovak Republics. The acquisition advances the technology landscape for museums, libraries and cultural organisations in Eastern and Central Europe and brings customers such as Czech National Museum, Slovak National Museum, Czech National Heritage Institute, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic into the Axiell Group. Musoft's industry experience, local infrastructure, leading technologies and well-established customer relationships expand Axiell's position in Europe. In the near future, the region and Musofts existing customers will get access to the cloud-based solutions Axiell Quria for libraries and WeLib for education, as well as Axiell's solutions for collections management.

July 31, 2020

(TIND) Colorado College will migrate to a combined TIND IR and TIND DA instance for their newly branded digitalCC multi-media repository, providing archival preservation, curation, and discovery of scholarly publications and digitized special collections. The college migrates to TIND from a locally hosted Fedora Commons datastore.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that Jefferson Township Public Library (NJ) has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the library is Patron Point's ability to produce newsletters and engage patrons with welcome messaging.

(Evergreen Project) Evergreen Release 3.5 is now available. The latest semi-annual release upgrades several important functions.

(OCLC) OCLC, the nonprofit global library technology and research organization based in Dublin, has been named among the “2020 Best Employers in Ohio.” OCLC has been recognized among the “Best Employers in Ohio” for 12 years since the program began in 2006. Crain's Content Studio-Cleveland published the 2020 Best Employers in Ohio list, in partnership with the Best Companies Group. The Best Employers in Ohio recognition is based in large part on confidential surveys of each organization's employees. OCLC is ranked 6th out of 22 recognized among the Best Employers in the Large Employers (250 or more employees) category.

July 30, 2020

(Civica) Civica, a global leader in software for public and community services,announced that it has signed five-year contracts with two of Victoria's largest metropolitan libraries, Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation (ERLC) and Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries (YPRL).

(Clarivate Analytics) Clarivate, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to combine with CPA Global, a global leader in intellectual property software and tech-enabled services. In the all-stock transaction, CPA Global shareholders will receive approximately 218 million Clarivate ordinary shares, representing 35% pro forma fully diluted ownership of Clarivate. Based on the 30-day volume weighted average share price of Clarivate, the implied enterprise value is approximately $6.8 billion, which includes approximately $900 million of the present value of tax assets. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, is expected to close fourth quarter of 2020.

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