Library Technology Guides

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January 22, 2021

ByWater Solutions Washington State Law Library goes live on Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Washington State Law Library is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries 51,000 plus bibs from Sierra and is providing ongoing support services for Koha. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive New choice report studies academic collection development, reveals shift to ebooks. As digital books become more essential in colleges and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic librarians are adopting the ebook format at a vastly accelerated rate. To better understand ebook collection development in academic libraries, Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), conducted a research study to shine a much-needed light on the ways academic libraries are responding to the increased demand for digital content. Highlights include data showing that ebooks are an established part of academic library collections, many academic librarians' overarching acquisition model favors ebooks over print and both libraries and patrons have fully integrated ebooks into their workflows and practices. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Axiell launches the Quria Library Directors’ Forum. In the spirit of learning and collaboration, we have launched a Quria Library Directors' Forum. Library Directors in the Quria Community are invited to join the community and partake in discussions about strategies and trends in the sector. The forum will also provide a place to share experiences using Quria, collaborate on strategic product development, and receive product updates from Axiell. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point Brazoria County Library System (TX) launches with Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Brazoria County Library System of Angleton, Texas has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Aspen Discovery Announces 21.01.00 Release. Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 21.01.00 release, the first release of 2021, is now available. [Full Announcement].

January 21, 2021

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Four Innovative solutions win recognition in 2021 Modern Library Awards. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading provider of library software, has received platinum awards for three products – Innovative Resource Sharing (INN-Reach), Mobile Worklists, and MyLibrary! – and a gold award for Polaris Leap from LibraryWorks' seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). The MLAs are awarded to the top products and services in the industry, according to criteria including functionality, value, and customer service. This year, product submissions were sent to more than 80,000 librarians for scoring. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services Spain's University of Zaragoza adopts the FOLIO library services platform. University of Zaragoza is the first library in Spain to choose FOLIO as its Library Services Platform with hosting services from EBSCO Information Services. The implementation project will be led by IBAI-SCANBIT Technology and Services who has partnered with EBSCO for library implementation in Spain and will be completed in the spring of 2021. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services La Universidad de Zaragoza en España adopta la Plataforma de Servicios de la Biblioteca FOLIO. La Universidad de Zaragoza es la primera biblioteca de España que ha elegido a como su Plataforma de Servicios Bibliotecarios con los servicios de alojamiento de EBSCO Information Service. El proyecto de implementación será liderado por IBAI-SCANBIT que se ha asociado con EBSCO para la implementación de bibliotecas en España. [Full Announcement].

Recorded Books. RBmedias Bridgerton Audiobooks give fans a glimpse into what's next. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced a surge in downloads for its longtime bestselling Bridgerton series audiobooks following the hit Netflix adaptation. Produced by Recorded Books®, RBmedia's flagship publishing brand, Julia Quinn's historical romance series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the Bridgerton children. [Full Announcement].

January 20, 2021

HighWire Press. HighWire Partners with Rievent to Embed CME Learning Content within Journal Articles. Scholarly publishing technology provider, HighWire, announced it has extended its partnership with learning software provider Rievent to deliver an enhanced CME experience directly within journal articles. Rievent Connect makes it easy to seamlessly embed continuing medical education (CME) content alongside your existing platform or website, rather than redirecting users to a separate application. Through third-party integration with Rievent Connect, HighWire customers can now benefit from in-line course content embedded directly into the related articles. [Full Announcement].

Index Data ConnectNY Selects Index Data as Service Provider for ReShare. ConnectNY, a consortium of independent academic institutions in New York State, and Index Data, a software and services company specializing in creating innovative tools for libraries, are pleased to announce that CNY has selected Index Data as the service provider for ReShare. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services announces submissions open for the 2021 EBSCO Solar Grant. Submissions are now open for the 2021 EBSCO Solar grant program from EBSCO Information Services. For the fifth year, EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2021 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $200,000 in grants available. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Technische Universität Berlin becomes first university in Germany to opt for Ex Libris Leganto course reading list tool. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Technische Universität (TU) Berlin has selected the Leganto course reading list solution to facilitate new methods of teaching and to increase support for distance learning. For a number of years, the university's library has been using the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Tightly integrated with the library services platform, the Leganto solution will help promote close collaboration between the library staff and teachers. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Axiell and Piction partner to offer digital asset ecosystem for museum and archive collections. Axiell, the leading vendor globally for collections management software, announces a collaboration with Piction, an innovative technology company delivering a market leading cloud based Digital Asset Management solution to the cultural sector. This ground-breaking partnership enables museums, libraries, archives and other cultural organizations to manage and serve media and metadata seamlessly, ensuring the digital assets in the collection can be effectively shared within the institution and beyond. [Full Announcement].

January 19, 2021

Mitinet Library Services. Mitinet Library Services Receives Gold Award in 2021 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks. Mitinet Library Services, a leader in metadata management, is pleased to announce it has received a gold award in LibraryWorks' seventh annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.) The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Oxelösunds library chooses Quria to streamline operations. Oxelösunds Library chooses Axiell's cloud-based platform, Quria, and discovery tool, Axiell Arena, to streamline work for library staff, leaving more time to assist borrowers and visitors. With this user-friendly and modern library system, Oxelösund will be better positioned to support its 11,900 inhabitants with more flexible library operations and automated processes. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation TLC wins dual Modern Library Award honors. The Library Corporation has added to its impressive list of accomplishments yet again, earning multiple 2021 Modern Library Awards. TLC not only received a Gold Level Award for CARL.Connect Discovery but also the highly distinguished “Service of the Year” Award for TLC.Cloud Services. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Only customers with experience using these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

Kanopy Pandemic leads to a significant increase in streaming video usage that is expected to continue, study shows. As more people stayed at home during 2020 due to the pandemic, they were streaming a lot more videos for reasons beyond just entertainment. This trend is expected to continue over the next three years, prompting many public libraries to transition their budgets from DVDs to streaming and prepare for changes and challenges. [Full Announcement].

Soutron Global Soutron Global refreshes COVID-19 financial support package for 2021 with PRP. International library transformation company Soutron Global announces details of an extended support package for information professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following its successful and well received COVID-19 Financial Support Package of 2020, Soutron Global unveils its refined program for 2021, the Pandemic Recovery Program (PRP). [Full Announcement].

Patron Point ProQuest, Patron Point launch new reading recommendation service for public libraries.. EdTech leader ProQuest has joined Patron Point, a library marketing automation partner, to build Patron Point Recommends – a new reading recommendation service that helps public libraries market content to their patrons, increasing engagement and usage. [Full Announcement].