November 30, 2020
Biblionix fee reductions and COVID-19. Biblionix's subscription model is helping libraries with COVID-19 related budget challenges. If usage of the Apollo ILS is lower, normal company policy is to reduce fees at renewal time to match the actual usage over the previous 12 months. This is counter to common behavior of other vendors; locking-in prices for years, and in some cases applying automatic yearly increases. [Full Announcement].
November 27, 2020
Bayport-Blue Point Public Library (NY) launches Patron Point. Patron Point announced that Bayport-Blue Point Public Library of New York has launched its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].
November 26, 2020
BiblioCommons releases new enhanced discovery and online browsing. With public library buildings across North America closed or restricting access, connecting patrons with the library's collections online has never been more critical. BiblioCommons has released new functionality in the BiblioCore catalog that creates an enhanced online browsing experience facilitating endless routes for patrons to discover what to read, watch or listen to next — even when they can't physically browse the shelves at the library. [Full Announcement].
November 24, 2020
Applications Now Invited for the NISO Plus 2021 Scholarship Program!. NISO announced that, with the generous support of Digital Science, they are now inviting applications for our NISO Plus 2021 scholarship program. Building on the success of our experience with the first cohort of NISO Plus scholarship winners, we will again be encouraging successful applicants to engage fully with NISO and our community — not just at the NISO Plus conference, but also throughout the year. [Full Announcement].
UNC Charlotte joins the Ex Libris Rapido early adopter program to transform library services. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the University of North Carolina Charlotte has joined the early adopter program of the Ex Libris Rapido resource sharing solution. As a founding member of the Rapido early adopter program, UNC Charlotte's J. Murrey Atkins Library will help shape the way in which the Rapido solution evolves and interoperates with the library ecosystem. Through its participation in the program, the university will gain an even greater understanding of how to maximize its investments in those systems. [Full Announcement].
Springer Nature. Springer Nature announces gold open access options for Nature journals from January 2021. Springer Nature announced that German authors would be able to publish their primary research open access in Nature and the Nature research journals, thanks to a ground-breaking agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library. Whilst highly effective in transitioning articles to open access, transformative agreements like this can be complicated and take time to put in place. In recognition of this, Springer Nature today announces that authors seeking to publish OA in Nature and the Nature research journals will no longer have to wait. [Full Announcement].
Morris Automated Information Network. MAIN Libraries launch next generation mobile app for member libraries. Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN), a northern New Jersey shared services consortium of public libraries to introduce the SOLUS mobile Library App to its network of 49 libraries across Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties, effective November 23, 2020. [Full Announcement].
November 23, 2020
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has recently selected Koha open source LMS for their new library system. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining chose Koha for its new library management system earlier this year with PTFS Europe providing implementation, on-going hosting and support services. [Full Announcement].
OrangeBoy welcomes Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library to the Savannah platform. OrangeBoy announced the addition of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library to its Savannah user community of over 200 library systems across the United States and Canada. [Full Announcement].
EBSCO Information Services partners with Guidelines International Network (GIN) to develop GIN Library and Registry of Guidelines. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has partnered with the Guidelines International Network (GIN) to launch the GIN Library and Registry of Guidelines. The library, which includes approximately 3,000 guidelines developed or endorsed by GIN members, is freely available to medical researchers across the globe. [Full Announcement].
November 21, 2020
Follett Book eFairs enhance shipping options to include students homes. Follett Book eFairs continue to grow in popularity due to their streamlined setup and the ease with which coordinators can carry them out. Yet another convenient feature was added today when Follett announced it will ship online book fair orders directly to students' homes. Online book fair coordinators can now choose to have books shipped to either the school or students' home -- a convenience that Britten Follett knows will be met with applause from educators as well as elementary and middle school students and their families. [Full Announcement].
EnvisionWares 24-hour library opens for service as The Vending Library branch at the Indian River County Intergenerational Recreation Center. Indian River County Library System in Florida officially announced the grand opening of their new Vending Library branch location. The Vending Library, EnvisionWare's 24-Hour Library solution, is open to community members at the County's IRC Intergenerational Recreation Center (IG Center). [Full Announcement].
November 20, 2020
Tinley Park Public Library (IL) selects Patron Point. Patron Point announced today that Tinley Park Public Library of Illinois has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing effor [Full Announcement].
November 19, 2020
SPIE. SPIE announces partnership with global open-knowledge platform The Lens. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is pleased to announce a partnership with the global open-knowledge platform, The Lens, a robust and comprehensive resource of linked datasets of scholarly and patent works run by Cambia, a long-established global social enterprise. Under the agreement, all scholarly citation and patent citation data for SPIE publications curated by The Lens will be integrated into the SPIE Digital Library and available to readers. The SPIE Digital Library, the world's largest collection of optics and photonics applied research, comprises more than 500,000 publications which cover topical areas ranging from biomedical optics and neuroscience, to physics and astronomy-related technology. [Full Announcement].
Elsevier. Aries Systems and Digital Commons partner to offer Editorial Manager to Digital Commons premier journals. Aries Systems Corporation, a leading technology workflow solutions provider to the scholarly publishing community, and Digital Commons, a leading platform for open access publishing and institutional repositories, are pleased to announce their partnership supporting the growth of Diamond Open Access (OA) journals across the globe. [Full Announcement].
ProQuest integrates ebook data with Talis Aspire, simplifying reading list workflows. ProQuest has collaborated with Talis, a SAGE Publishing Company, to integrate ProQuest Ebook Central platform pricing and holdings data into Talis Aspire, a tool used by libraries to create and manage resource lists to support university curriculum. Using Talis Aspire, faculty can create reading lists for their courses and send these lists to the library for review and purchase. Now, when a requested book is available through the ProQuest Ebook Central platform, Talis Aspire will display prices, available access models and information on what the library already owns, avoiding duplication. [Full Announcement].
REALM project releases results from latest tests of coronavirus on five common building materials. The REALM project has released results from the sixth round of tests conducted in a Battelle laboratory that determined how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can remain active on five materials commonly used in furnishings, exhibits, and equipment found in museums, libraries, and archives. The tests examined architectural glass, marble, countertop laminate, brass, and powder-coated steel. Samples of each material were inoculated with active virus, allowed to dry, and then placed in an environmentally controlled chamber with no outside light or air. Results show that after two days, SARS-CoV-2 virus was no longer detectable on the brass and marble. After six days, virus was not detected on the glass, laminate, and powder-coated steel. [Full Announcement].
November 18, 2020
Gale Group. Gale Enhances Miss Humblebee’s Academy to Improve User Experience and Deliver Better Learning Outcomes. To help schools, parents and caregivers meet the needs of their early learners and further empower their learning journey toward school readiness, Gale, a Cengage company has made major enhancements to Miss Humblebee's Academy, its award-winning interactive online learning solution for children ages three to six. [Full Announcement].
NISO voting members approve work to update Journal Article Versions (JAV). The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced today that their Voting Members have approved a new work item to update the 2008 Recommended Practice, NISO RP-8-2008, Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group. A NISO Working Group is being set up, and work is expected to begin in early 2021. [Full Announcement].
November 17, 2020
OCLC, Washington State University are creating digital stewardship training courses for tribal libraries, archives, museums, and small public libraries. OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, is creating a series of 10 free online courses for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums, and small public libraries on digital stewardship and community-centered curation of cultural collections. These on-demand courses, adapted from the successful Tribal Digital Stewardship Cohort Program developed at Washington State University, are scheduled to launch in early 2022. OCLC and WSU are partnering on this project with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant. [Full Announcement].