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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

(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.

(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.

(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.

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

(Equinox) Upon the completion of the first application cycle of the Equinox Open Source Grant, Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce the first two grantees: Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, a division of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Spark Central in Spokane, Washington.

(MOBIUS) MOBIUS announced that the Sandhill Regional Library System successfully migrated and went live as a member of the NC Cardinal Consortium, which utilizes the Evergreen ILS, on January 16, 2020. MOBIUS performed data migration services to the Evergreen ILS as part of its MOSS (MOBIUS Open Source Solutions) service. MOBIUS also provides data hosting and support to the NC Cardinal consortium.

(Crowley Company) The Crowley Company, marked its 40th year since incorporation. This Friday it wraps up a front-facing celebration of donating to 40 non-profits for 40 days.

(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.

(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.

(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.

February 5, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced the launch of Patron Point Verify, its address verification solution for public libraries. At many libraries, new library card applications allow customers to register for their library cards online, but they are typically not granted full access to the library services until they visit the library with proof of address. Where libraries have a membership card that expires, patrons with an expired card lose access to library services until they can get to a branch with proof of address and have their cards renewed. While this is important to ensure compliance with local library policy, it is a time-consuming process for library staff and simply inconvenient for customers. Patron Point has now added a powerful address verification service to its popular marketing automation platform to create a flexible, end-to-end solution for public libraries.

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