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June 1, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced it has developed some new features for libraries using Patron Point Notices to help them as they reopen their branches following COVID-19 closures.

(Association of American Publishers) Member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (“IA”) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The suit asks the Court to enjoin IA’s mass scanning, public display, and distribution of entire literary works, which it offers to the public at large through global-facing businesses coined “Open Library” and “National Emergency Library,” accessible at both openlibrary.org and archive.org. IA has brazenly reproduced some 1.3 million bootleg scans of print books, including recent works, commercial fiction and non-fiction, thrillers, and children’s books.

May 30, 2020

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries, in San Antonio Texas is now live on Libki. ByWater completed the transition of the library's cross-platform Open Source computer reservation and time management system and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

May 29, 2020

(Catalyst IT) Like many libraries across New Zealand, the Mental Health Education & Resource Centre Library (MHERC) adapted its services in response to COVID-19 related events. For Sheree Menzies, IT/Resources at MHERC, this meant allowing new borrowers to sign-up online for the first time ever.

May 28, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced today that the Ottawa Public Library, Ontario, Canada, (OPL), has launched its patron relationship management system to help drive its patron engagement and web marketing efforts. Of particular interest to OPL was utilizing Patron Point to expand the Library’s marketing reach while improving its ability to provide timely and responsive communications.

(EBSCO Information Services) Knowledge Unlatched, the international initiative for Open Access, and EBSCO Information Services, one of the market leaders in the global library services industry, announced their joint efforts to further support libraries worldwide in their move to OA. Through cooperation they will help publishers shift paywalled subscription journals to OA publications thanks to the innovative Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) model in which libraries fund the publication of journal content to be made open worldwide.

(Association of Research Libraries) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce that Judy Ruttenberg is taking on a new role as the senior director of scholarship and policy. Ruttenberg joined ARL in 2011 as program director for transforming research libraries, later serving as the director of Scholars & Scholarship and then as the senior director of program strategy.

May 27, 2020

(Soutron Global) International library transformation company Soutron Global announced another layer of its COVID-19 financial support package for information professionals. For a limited time, Soutron Global will offer free Discovery for all resources (connectors) until December 31, 2020.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced that Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC), the centre of procurement expertise for universities in Scotland, has appointed EBSCO to a competitive multi-supplier Library Management Systems framework agreement for university libraries in the United Kingdom. Institutions with membership of SUPC, LUPC, NWUPC, NEUPC or HEPWC may also use the framework. UK Institutions undertaking a competitive framework mini-competition will be able to evaluate a range of solutions including the option of FOLIO Library Services Platform and EBSCO’s expertise in implementing, hosting and providing services through EBSCO FOLIO Services.

(Yewno) Yewno announced that The University of Nottingham, one of the world’s top research universities, will be implementing their AI-driven Yewno Discover platform. As a web-based system, Yewno Discover is an ideal tool for distance learning and will form part of the University’s online discovery tools.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced a partnership with Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) through Google Scholar. Those who start their research in Google Scholar can now access EBSCO content with a seamless user experience while conducting research off-campus.

(ByWater Solutions) Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.07 release is available. This major release includes 46 improvements and 7 performance & reliability fixes.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced it has connected the events feed from Demco SignUp into its marketing automation platform. Libraries can now automatically pull events they have listed in their Demco SignUp system and seamlessly include them in Patron Point campaigns. The events can be promoted in one-off emails, as part of newsletters, or within the day-to-day notices such as hold pick up notices, courtesy notices and overdue notices sent by Patron Point.

May 26, 2020

(The Library Corporation) Southeast Community College has selected The Library Corporation’s Library.Solution as their next-generation library management platform.

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