March 8, 2021
Zula B. Wylie Public Library goes live on Koha with ByWater support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Zula B. Wylie Public Library in Cedar Hill, Texas is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].
Latest CARL features promote library-centric workflows. The Library Corporation (TLC) develops software with an understanding of library workflows and the needs of TLC customers in mind. With the latest product release of the CARL integrated library system, TLC continues to provide features that improve operational efficiency, which can be found in CARL.X version 9.6.8, CARL.Connect Staff version 1.6.4, CARL.Connect Discovery version 22.214.171.124 and CARL.X APIs version 1.9.8. [Full Announcement].
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and Directory of Open Access Journals forge new partnership. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) announced a new partnership with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL). The arrangement shines a spotlight on the importance of open access at a time when both libraries and the organizations on which they depend — such as DOAJ — are facing unprecedented financial risks. [Full Announcement].
Center for Research Libraries. Thomas Padilla Named Director of Information Systems and Technology Strategy at the Center for Research Libraries. The Center for Research Libraries announced that Thomas Padilla, currently Interim Head of Knowledge Production at the University of Nevada Las Vega has been named the new Director of Information Systems and Technology Strategy at the Center for Research Libraries. At CRL, Padilla will lead CRL's overall technology strategy and guide the work of CRL's Metadata and Discovery Enhancement and Information Systems departments. He will work with the CRL community to build, steward, and disseminate research collections in line with CRL's organizational values of diversity, inclusivity, and equity. [Full Announcement].
March 5, 2021
Cass District Library (MI) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced today that Cass District Library of Cass County, Michigan has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].
Four Public Library Systems Join Vega Development Partner Program. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, announced that four public library systems have joined the Development Partner program for Vega Discover, Innovative's new discovery solution. The new Development Partners are Cooperative Computer Services (CCS), Livingston Parish Library, Nassau Library System, and Pinnacle Library Cooperative. [Full Announcement].
With LIBERO Omnio Smart Search, browsing the online catalogue will inspire people to discover more. A pioneer in state-of-the-art library technology, LIBERO is now bringing you the next generation of Library Services Platforms. LIBERO Omnio Smart Search, a feature of the new flagship product LIBERO Omnio, leads the library management system industry. [Full Announcement].
March 4, 2021
Thorndike Press partners with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to sponsor Level Up national K-12 summer 2021 reading challenge. Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, has teamed up with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to bring schools a national K-12 summer reading challenge, ‘Level Up.' The challenge was designed to lessen the impact of summer slide and keep students engaged and reading all summer long. Schools can win cash prizes, book collections or a virtual visit from Newbery award-winning author, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The challenge is free, but schools must register to participate. It will run June 1, 2021 through July 15, 2021. [Full Announcement].
Patron Point at Computers in Libraries Conference 2021. Patron Point announced today that its Vice President, Technology, Ted Fons, will be a part of the Next Gen Tech and Libraries Executive Panel at Computers in Libraries Conference 2021. [Full Announcement].
NERL Consortium. NERL Issues a Statement Demanding a Better Deal. The NERL Consortium issued a statement, “NERL Demands a Better Deal,” articulating the values NERL will adopt in negotiating agreements with publishers. The statement, which originated in the NERL Program Council and which has generated broad support across the NERL community, outlines the following core values in service to an open, equitable, and healthy academic publishing ecosystem. [Full Announcement].
Equinox migrates Clinton County Libraries to Evergreen with the PaILS/SPARK Consortium. Equinox welcomed Clinton County Libraries to Evergreen with their successful migrations to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium. [Full Announcement].
March 3, 2021
Caltech Library Will Adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform for Fall 2021. After much research and deliberation, the Caltech Library is excited to announce we will adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) for use starting in the fall 2021 term. The open-source FOLIO platform will be hosted by EBSCO Information Services, the leading provider of discovery services, databases, and other information resources and services for libraries worldwide. EBSCO contributes substantially to the technical development of FOLIO software and offers FOLIO hosting and data management services. [Full Announcement].
LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce new partnership to bring eBooks to academic library communities. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce a new partnership to bring SimplyE, an open source eBook management platform, to Columbia University Library users. This partnership will increase access to materials available from Columbia University Libraries with an improved and more consistent reading experience and will foster discoverability and use of eBooks for all students and faculty at Columbia and beyond. [Full Announcement].
Mackin Educational Resources. MackinVIA named a winner of Tech and Learning's 2021 Best Remote and Blended Learning Tools. MackinVIA, Mackin's free digital content management system, was acknowledged as a winner of the prestigious Tech & Learning Best Remote and Blended Learning Tools Award for Secondary Education in 2021. The award spotlights those products and services that provide the greatest promise and assistance for educators and students, primarily during the current pandemic-related distance learning initiatives that have been seen throughout the country. The judges from Tech & Learning rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality, effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology. [Full Announcement].
March 2, 2021
RBmedia expands Christian audio offering with three exclusive publishing deals. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced exclusive partnerships between its Christian Audio brand and three leading Christian publishers. In addition, RBmedia has welcomed Mark Warner as the new Christian Audio publisher. [Full Announcement].
APUC Chooses Kanopy to provide streaming video to libraries throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), a leading consortium serving academic and special library members across Scotland, has selected Kanopy as its streaming video partner. Kanopy offers a growing selection of more than 15,000 films to these regions from leading suppliers including Siren Films, United International Pictures and First Run Features, many of which are diverse and exclusive. [Full Announcement].
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The MIT Press launches Direct to Open. The MIT Press has announced the launch of Direct to Open (D2O). A first-of-its-kind sustainable framework for open access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single eBooks, to a collaborative, library-supported open access model. [Full Announcement].
LYRASIS and WALDO announce pilot to offer LYRASIS learning, expanding professional development services for WALDO members. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, archives, and research communities, and WALDO, the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization, announce a new pilot to deliver LYRASIS Learning to a test group of WALDO members, expanding access to expert professional development. [Full Announcement].
Broward County Library Selects Skilltype for Teams, becoming the first public library to adopt the Skills Management Platform. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content services for galleries, libraries, archives, museum, and research communities is excited to announce that Broward County Library (FL) will become the first large public library to adopt Skilltype, a software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyze, grow, and share expertise, through an exclusive partnership. [Full Announcement].
March 1, 2021
Cabrini University Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Cabrini University Library in Radnor, PA is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].