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February 20, 2020

(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.

(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.

(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.

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.

February 10, 2020

(BiblioCommons) On February 10th, 2020 Volaris Group finalized the acquisition of BiblioCommons. Volaris is a Canadian software success story that is focused on acquiring, strengthening and growing vertical market software companies. Volaris is a worldwide software organization which operates as a division of Constellation Software, one of Canada’s largest technology success stories. BiblioCommons will operate independently while advancing via the guidance and expertise of the Volaris network. Two of the founders, Beth Jefferson and Patrick Kennedy have decided to transition from BiblioCommons but will continue as advocates.

(Deep Web Technologies) A Wales-based tech firm has completed a multi-million dollar purchase of a US-based company that pioneered deep web search. Leading UK technology firm Amplyfi has purchased Deep Web Technologies. The move will combine Deep Web Technologies’ search capabilities with Amplyfi's machine learning and data analytics expeience. Alongside tripling its revenue over the past 12 months, the acquisition means Amplyfi is set to continue the rapid growth that has defined the company since forming just five years ago.

February 7, 2020

(KOMBIT) Som skrevet i de tidligere nyhedsbreve blev KOMBIT pr. 1. januar bestiller (indkøber) af DBC’s ydelser på vegne af kommnunernes og statens biblioteker. En transition som KOMBIT siden i sommers har forberedt.

February 6, 2020

(BARATZ) La Biblioteca del Parlamento Vasco ha elegido el SIGB AbsysNet para gestionar el funcionamiento de todos los procesos relativos con su colección y personas usuarias. Este cambio supone un salto cualitativo en cuanto a la disposición de nuevas prestaciones funcionales y al tratamiento de objetos digitales, además de disponer de nuevas interfaces más atractivas e intuitivas, tanto para el usuario profesional como para las personas usuarias del catálogo en línea.

(Assabet Interactive) Assabet Interactive announces the release of new software that enables patrons to reserve Library of Things objects from public library websites. The module delivers a professional-looking and organized display of a library’s collection to its website, employing easy methods for both patrons to review and request “things” and staff to manage the reservation and check-out/check-in process. Features include the delivery of a library’s terms and conditions document as part of the reservation process; the ability to assign a unique loan period to each object and establish buffers between loans for maintenance; a reporting function that captures critical statistics; and ILS library card validation against criteria established by the library.

(University of Texas) A grant of over $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help the University of Texas Libraries to collaborate in the customization of a Wikipedia-like platform for the collaborative transcription, translation and indexing of archival texts in non-English languages. The project – “Enabling and Reusing Multilingual Citizen Contributions in the Archival Record” – grew out of a need to provide more accessible digital scholarship platforms for non-English literate archival partners in Latin America. The initial phase of this project will provide an option for non-English literate communities to meaningfully engage and contribute to the Digital Humanities through the interface internationalization and translation of an open source digital scholarship platform.

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