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April 7, 2020

(UNSILO) UNSILO, a brand of the global scientific communications company Cactus Communications, announced the integration of its Technical Checks and Reviewer Finder APIs by Manuscript Manager, the Copenhagen-based software company that provides submission workflow tools for publishers and scholarly societies, managing over 230 academic journals. The Technical Checks API, part of the UNSILO Evaluate suite, uses machine-learning tools to provide information in real time from scientific research manuscripts, such as identifying evidence of funding statements and potential conflicts of interest. The software assists human editors and authors by providing links and checks.

April 6, 2020

(Yewno) Yewno, a leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions, announces that global research leader Frost and Sullivan has awarded it with the 2020 Global Technology Innovation Award for predictive analytics in the financial services industry.

(Patron Point) Patron Point today announced the launch of an online registration solution for public libraries. The new functionality offers Patron Point libraries a complete workflow around signing up new cardholders. Starting with customized, branded sign up forms which sit on the library website, the solution creates the new customer record in the ILS which in turn triggers the fully automated welcome email sequences from Patron Point’s marketing automation platform.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) We continue to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its global impact. Innovative is committed to providing awareness and transparency to our customers, employees, and partners about our status and actions that we are taking. Our business continues to be fully operational, with no disruption to our services and systems.

(Springer) A new report published by Springer Nature indicates that a better understanding of the sources of funding for article processing charges could accelerate the transition to open access (OA) publishing. “APCs in the wild” refer to those APCs that are funded from sources that cannot easily be identified or tracked, in other words, those funding streams that fall outside of centrally managed library or institution budgets. The whitepaper draws on data from a survey of over 1000 Springer Nature authors, as well as 16 interviews with representatives from institutions. The goal of the research was to explore the scale of “wild” funding streams and their impact on the transition to OA publishing.

April 2, 2020

(Springer) With the Coronavirus outbreak having an unprecedented impact on education, Springer Nature is launching a global program to support learning and teaching at higher education institutions worldwide. This will see institutions able to access for free more than 500 key textbooks across Springer Nature’s eBook subject collections. These books will be available via SpringerLink until at least the end of July.

(Softlink International) Softlink Information Centres, a leading supplier of library and research management systems is pleased to announce the release of Liberty v5 Build 8.035 and Liberty Link 1.5.

April 1, 2020

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that Wasatch County Library of Heber City, Utah is now live on Koha! They are joining the Uintah Basin Library System which is made up of libraries from Vernal, Roosevelt and Duchesne Utah. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 95,000 plus holdings from Horizon ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. Wasatch's Koha system will be working in concert with Aspen Discovery to provide patrons seamless access to all of the library's print, electronic, and enhanced content resources.

(ByWater Solutions) The Koha Community, one of the world's largest and most active Open Source communities, has come together to fast track a feature to allow libraries to bulk update due dates within the system. Previous to this, libraries and vendors would need to complete this action within the database which was more difficult and required vendor intervention if not self-hosted/supported.

March 31, 2020

(OCLC) OCLC’s COVID-19 page brings together timely information, valuable resources, and opportunities for online discussion and instruction to help library professionals continue to serve their communities during the pandemic. The COVID-19 resource page offers options to provide remote access to library collections, optimize OCLC products and services, and connect and collaborate with other libraries.

(ProQuest) In response to the rapidly growing need for authoritative content related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), ProQuest is launching a new Coronavirus Research Database, giving all ProQuest users no-cost access to full-text content covering all facets of COVID-19 and related infectious diseases. The Coronavirus Research Database saves time and improves outcomes for researchers by aggregating authoritative content from ProQuest with content made available at no cost by members of the International Association of STM Publishers – including Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis and The BMJ. Journals, preprints, conference proceedings and dissertations provide comprehensive coverage of COVID-19 and other past coronavirus outbreaks, such as MERS and SARS, for context around the current global pandemic. Full-text content in the database is available either directly from ProQuest or via links to publisher sites.

(EBSCO Information Services) A team of healthcare professionals and evidence-based medical experts at EBSCO Information Services has launched a COVID-19 portal which aggregates real-time information updates from authoritative sources to provide information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 30, 2020

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that Jackson Memorial Library of Tenants Harbor, Maine is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 15,000 plus holdings from the LibLime and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

March 27, 2020

(SirsiDynix) As many libraries are facing temporary closure, and staff is adapting to a new work/life balance, SirsiDynix announced today that their entire catalog of self-paced training and select live instructor-led training is now available to all customers, free of charge.

March 26, 2020

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is offering free access to all Research Professional news coverage related to COVID-19 and relevant funding opportunities related to the pandemic through its Research Professional and Pivot funding databases.

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