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September 29, 2020

(Digital Science) Digital Science has partnered with Google Cloud to remove barriers to data access, analysis and visualization for organizations across the research and innovation ecosystem. With its new integration, the Dimensions database is now available to be analyzed on BigQuery, Google Cloud's serverless, highly scalable and secure multi-cloud data warehouse.

September 28, 2020

(Talis) The University of Sussex has purchased Talis Elevate for the Foundation Year programme in order to grow the online learning community and to deepen student engagement with their academic study.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida is now live on FOLIO.

(PTFS Europe) PTFS Europe announced that we have retained our position to supply the Koha library management system and other solutions via the latest Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 12 framework which went live on 28 September 2020. As well as being able to buy library software and support services directly from PTFS Europe, customers have the choice of buying the same services in partnership with Bramble Hub on the framework.

September 24, 2020

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the company has achieved certification for ISO 27701:2019, an international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the only organization in the library software industry to do so. ISO 27701:2019 provides a code of practice for maintaining the privacy of data in a privacy information management system (PIMS). This standard establishes privacy requirements, helps organizations manage risks related to personally identifiable information (PII), and outlines a comprehensive set of operational controls that can be mapped to various regulations.

(Overdrive) With a record number of students going back to school online, educators are urgently turning to digital books in place of print for their established curriculum. In response to this need, OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools worldwide, today announced support for several major curriculum systems. This means that schools can provide instant access to assigned titles as ebooks and audiobooks for in-class and distance learning for all students. More than 35,000 schools have shifted to OverDrive Education for digital books as the company has significantly expanded its catalog to include grade-leveled class sets aligned to teaching units. To supply both required and recommended ebooks and audiobooks for the classroom, the company is collaborating with a variety of the most popular curriculum developers including EL Education, StudyForge and Schoolwide.

(BARATZ) Este uso ha generado algunos casos de controversia en este asunto al utilizar desde el mundo bibliotecario un servicio que, en opinión de muchas pequeñas y medianas librerías, incita al consumo en una plataforma que está haciendo mucho daño a su sector. Pero lejos de ser algo malintencionado o movido por intereses comerciales, ha sido una utilización por necesidad. Por suerte, y desde hace solamente unos meses, las bibliotecas y redes de bibliotecas pueden elegir también utilizar las portadas presentes en Todos tus libros, un proyecto de CEGAL, lo que aumenta las opciones en las imágenes de las cubiertas, con similares características. El requisito es el mismo que tiene Amazon en cuanto a la generación de tráfico hacia la web todostuslibros.com, lo cual es algo bastante razonable por el aprovechamiento de recursos.

September 23, 2020

(Gale Group) With mental health issues and racial injustices on the rise, Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the Charleston County School District (CCSD) provide its students and school staff with authoritative digital resources to support social and emotional learning (SEL) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The district is using professional learning and student collections on Gale eBooks to help educators and learners strengthen their understanding and provide guidance for mental health and racial equity to create more supportive and inclusive learning environments.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced today that Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana has implemented EnvisionWare's eCommerce Services™ for patrons and staff, and has upgraded their self-service checkout solutions. Shreve, which has 21 locations throughout Louisiana, had implemented RFID and self-service checkout a few years ago at their full-time branches with EnvisionWare's software. The Library was interested in expanding these self-service capabilities to include eCommerce.

(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons announced the launch of the all-new BiblioApps for Android. Unlike other apps for public libraries, BiblioApps is designed in the context of the full patron experience. BiblioApps broadens and deepens patron engagement with the public library by providing an exceptional, personalized, modern mobile experience that is now available for both iOS and Android platforms.

September 22, 2020

(IOP Publishing) IOP Publishing is revolutionising peer review learning with the launch of the world's first peer review certification programme dedicated to the physical sciences. ‘Peer review excellence: IOP training and certification' will give early career researchers the ability to review with confidence, increasing trust and standardising the quality of the process. Peer review excellence: IOP training and certification, which launches this week to coincide with Peer Review Week, is completely free and offers a blend of digital learning with the opportunity to review a manuscript in real time, under the tutelage of experienced editors and reviewers of IOPP journals.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Barcelona has selected the Ex Libris campusM mobile app and web portal for the university community to use. With campusM in operation, the University aims to embrace mobile communication and connect with users via their mobile devices. The objective is to bring together –in a single application– various important functions including the ability to send notifications to different user groups, generate group loyalty through the use of the app and create another form of communication between the University and the students. The app integrates key institutional systems.

(International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) In a first for IFLA, the 2021 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) will be held online, as part of an accelerated drive to develop a new, more inclusive format for the most international event in the library calendar. The 2021 Congress will take place virtually, with the welcome support of the Dutch National Committee.

(OCLC) OCLC and LIBER announced today the launch of a discussion series on Open Science through webinars and discussion groups from 24 September-5 November. The series, based on the LIBER Open Science Roadmap, will help guide research libraries in envisioning the support infrastructure for Open Science (OS) and their role at local, national, and global levels.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida is now live on FOLIO.

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