Library Technology Guides

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December 1, 2020

BiblioCommons Appointment of a new General Manager for BiblioCommons. BiblioCommons is pleased to announce that Sebastien Lopes has been appointed General Manager of BiblioCommons as of December 1, 2020. Sebastien Lopes will be replacing Matt Goddard, who will be transitioning to a sister company under the Volaris Group of companies. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Gettysburg College signs up for Ex Libris Rapido Early Adopter Program to modernize patrons' resource Sharing Experience. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Gettysburg College's Musselman Library has elected to become an early adopter of the Ex Libris Rapido™ resource sharing solution, becoming part of the growing Rapido community. [Full Announcement].

NISO Zeynep Tufekci Announced as Closing Keynote for NISO Plus 2021. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that respected scholar and writer, Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, will be the closing keynote at the next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually, February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].

Axiell Vancouver Art Gallery chooses Axiell Collections to manage diverse visual arts collection. Axiell, the world's leading software and services provider for the cultural sector, announces that Vancouver Art Gallery has chosen its collections management platform, Axiell Collections, to manage their collection of over 12,500 art works. Vancouver Art Gallery's collection is the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia, featuring historical and contemporary art by Canadian and international artists. Special attention is given to the accomplishments of Indigenous artists, as well as to those of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. [Full Announcement].

November 30, 2020

Biblionix 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

Patron Point 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 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

NISO 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].

Ex Libris 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].

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].

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].

November 23, 2020

OrangeBoy 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].

PTFS Europe 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].

EBSCO Information Services 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 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].

EnvisionWare 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

Patron Point 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

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].

OCLC 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].

ProQuest 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].

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