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February 25, 2020

(Overdrive) As the nation’s public librarians gather for the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Nashville, OverDrive announced its “Vision 2030.” This multi-year initiative will build on the success librarians are experiencing using digital books and mobile apps to reach and provide access to all parts of the community including underserved segments to help bridge the digital divide. In the OverDrive Booth #823 at the PLA Conference, OverDrive will provide detail on Vision 2030 and the key components designed to target 100 million new readers. In addition, public librarians will present how their libraries are currently using digital books and OverDrive technologies to achieve these goals.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce enhancements to the Ex Libris Pivot research funding database, a comprehensive resource for global funding opportunities sources. The new Awarded Grants feature in Pivot enables researchers and research offices to gain valuable insights by searching millions of previously awarded grants from dozens of leading international funders. Pivot curates and normalizes the awarded grants data that is presented, and further matches grants to scholars’ profiles and current funding opportunities. Researchers and research offices can leverage advanced search features to easily navigate across the awarded-grant information and zoom in on the most relevant awards to their interests and areas of specialization.

(ProQuest) Three university libraries – the University of Edinburgh, the University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University – have gone live with ProQuest Rialto, and librarians are already seeing positive results.

(Eastern Academic Scholars Trust) The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) is pleased to announce that twelve libraries within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium are joining the EAST shared print program. These libraries will join the Loyola - Notre Dame Library, a fellow USMAI member, which has been an EAST member since early 2017.

February 24, 2020

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation today announced that John Burns has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, based out of global headquarters in Inwood, W.Va. Formerly TLC’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, John will continue to report to Annette Murphy, President, and CEO of The Library Corporation.

February 22, 2020

(Eclat) As part of Eclat Engineering’s strategic growth plan to widen its product offering and expand its global reach, the Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Ritchie. As the former Director of Libraries at PressReader, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and relevant experience to Eclat Engineering. He will work alongside CEO, Jatin Baraiya, to strengthen the Company’s market potential by building a high performing business development team, seeking new market opportunities and executing on the strategic plan at a global scale.

February 20, 2020

(Overdrive) OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, announced the hiring of Angela Arnold as General Manager of OverDrive Education. Arnold brings decades of e-business development and go-to-market skills to drive adoption of its student reading solutions and digital content sales to schools and libraries. In this new role, she reports to OverDrive founder and CEO Steve Potash.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced the company will unveil both its new Reservation Service software and its revolutionary CloudNine platform at the PLA conference in Nashville.The Reservation Service leverages all the flexibility and features of the world’s leading library computer reservation product, PC Reservation plus many additional features and a completely new product architecture. With the Reservation Service, patrons can easily reserve an unlimited variety of resources, including study rooms, tablets, and 3D printers. Library staff can configure which resources are available, and how the reservation process for each individual type of resource will work.

(Admin Kuhn) IUN World GmbH goes live on Koha with Admin Kuhn. [Admin Kuhn] Admin Kuhn, a Swiss Koha support company, announced today that the IUN World GmbH in Ismaning, Germany, is now live on Koha! Admin Kuhn completed the transition of the library's 9'300 plus holdings from SHSoft BIB2 and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

February 19, 2020

(OCLC) OCLC is accepting nominations for the OCLC Community Engagement Award, a recognition intended to highlight projects that help public libraries extend their reach, build strong partnerships and create programs that transform lives.

February 17, 2020

(Equinox) Equinox welcomed the Oregon County Library District to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Oregon County Library District’s move will support 2,225 patrons and encompass a total of 51,744 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. Onsite and virtual training were also provided by Equinox.

February 12, 2020

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Koha Open Source ILS now has Elasticsearch functionality added as an option for its primary search engine. Elastic adds both speed and functionality to the searching in Koha and opens up doors to the integration of more native metadata.

February 11, 2020

(Catalyst IT) Catalyst has purchased Calyx Information Essentials and, from 1 March 2020, Catalyst will be providing Hosting and Support for their Australian clients using the Koha Library Management System.

(Talis) Following the recent launch of Talis in Canada, Okanagan College has adopted Talis Aspire, in order to improve the integration of learning materials into its courses. Their main aim is to improve the student and faculty experience by creating easier access to resources and to give the library a better insight into resource usage. Talis will work closely with Okanagan College to support their individual needs, as well as those of the wider Canadian Higher Education market, along with other Canadian institutions.

(Talis) The University of Alberta has adopted Talis Aspire, becoming the first university in Canada to do so, officially marking the availability of Talis Aspire in Canada. They have chosen to implement Talis Aspire with student experience in mind, to improve access to resources. Talis will be working closely with the University of Alberta to address their needs, and those of the wider Canadian market, whilst providing all of the benefits of the resource list solution used by over 100 institutions across the world.

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