Library Technology Guides

Current News Service and Archive


March 3, 2021

Lyrasis LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce new partnership to bring eBooks to academic library communities. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce a new partnership to bring SimplyE, an open source eBook management platform, to Columbia University Library users. This partnership will increase access to materials available from Columbia University Libraries with an improved and more consistent reading experience and will foster discoverability and use of eBooks for all students and faculty at Columbia and beyond. [Full Announcement].

Mackin Educational Resources. MackinVIA named a winner of Tech and Learning's 2021 Best Remote and Blended Learning Tools. MackinVIA, Mackin's free digital content management system, was acknowledged as a winner of the prestigious Tech & Learning Best Remote and Blended Learning Tools Award for Secondary Education in 2021. The award spotlights those products and services that provide the greatest promise and assistance for educators and students, primarily during the current pandemic-related distance learning initiatives that have been seen throughout the country. The judges from Tech & Learning rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality, effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services Caltech Library Will Adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform for Fall 2021. After much research and deliberation, the Caltech Library is excited to announce we will adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) for use starting in the fall 2021 term. The open-source FOLIO platform will be hosted by EBSCO Information Services, the leading provider of discovery services, databases, and other information resources and services for libraries worldwide. EBSCO contributes substantially to the technical development of FOLIO software and offers FOLIO hosting and data management services. [Full Announcement].

March 2, 2021

Kanopy APUC Chooses Kanopy to provide streaming video to libraries throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), a leading consortium serving academic and special library members across Scotland, has selected Kanopy as its streaming video partner. Kanopy offers a growing selection of more than 15,000 films to these regions from leading suppliers including Siren Films, United International Pictures and First Run Features, many of which are diverse and exclusive. [Full Announcement].

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The MIT Press launches Direct to Open. The MIT Press has announced the launch of Direct to Open (D2O). A first-of-its-kind sustainable framework for open access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single eBooks, to a collaborative, library-supported open access model. [Full Announcement].

Lyrasis LYRASIS and WALDO announce pilot to offer LYRASIS learning, expanding professional development services for WALDO members. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, archives, and research communities, and WALDO, the Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization, announce a new pilot to deliver LYRASIS Learning to a test group of WALDO members, expanding access to expert professional development. [Full Announcement].

Recorded Books RBmedia expands Christian audio offering with three exclusive publishing deals. RBmedia, the largest audiobook producer in the world, today announced exclusive partnerships between its Christian Audio brand and three leading Christian publishers. In addition, RBmedia has welcomed Mark Warner as the new Christian Audio publisher. [Full Announcement].

Lyrasis Broward County Library Selects Skilltype for Teams, becoming the first public library to adopt the Skills Management Platform. LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership organization providing technology and content services for galleries, libraries, archives, museum, and research communities is excited to announce that Broward County Library (FL) will become the first large public library to adopt Skilltype, a software platform for information professionals and their teams to analyze, grow, and share expertise, through an exclusive partnership. [Full Announcement].

March 1, 2021

ByWater Solutions Cabrini University Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Cabrini University Library in Radnor, PA is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].

CLOCKSS. CLOCKSS names new Executive Director. CLOCKSS, the long-term digital preservation service for scholarly communications, announced that Alicia Wise will be its new Executive Director, taking over from Craig Van Dyck, who retires in May. [Full Announcement].

Galecia Group LibraryCall Dial-a-Story Now Available as Turnkey Service. LibraryCall, a project of The Galecia Group, offers a Dial-a-Story service that is now available as either a fully customized service for libraries or as a turnkey service requiring no staff involvement. [Full Announcement].

February 26, 2021

MOBIUS MOBIUS migrates Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library to NC Cardinal Consortium. MOBIUS announced that the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey (AMY) Regional Library successfully migrated and went live as a member of the NC Cardinal Consortium, which utilizes the Evergreen Integrated Library System (ILS), on February 18, 2021. [Full Announcement].

Patron Point East Lansing Public Library (MI) joins the Patron Point community. Patron Point announced today that East Lansing Public Library of Michigan has selected its patron relationship management system to support the Library's strategic marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

February 25, 2021

BiblioCommons BiblioCommons launches BiblioEmail: integrated, accessible, automated email marketing designed for public libraries. BiblioEmail is now available to all public libraries for pre-order as part of the BiblioCommons suite of services. BiblioEmail is specifically designed for public libraries looking to personalize their email marketing efforts. The new product's most notable feature is the ability to repurpose content that has already been created in BiblioWeb — making the email creation process much more streamlined and staff-friendly. [Full Announcement].

NISO Announcing NISO’s 2021 Awardees. The winners of the National Information Standards Organization's 2021 awards and scholarships were announced. The recipient of this year's prestigious Miles Conrad Award for lifetime achievement is Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. This year's NISO Fellow is George Kerscher, CIO of the DAISY Consortium and Senior Advisor, Global Literacy, Benetech, for his invaluable work on information standards for accessibility and content distribution. The Ann Marie Cunningham Award honors NISO volunteers who routinely go above and beyond the normal call of duty to serve the organization. This year's recipients are Athena Hoeppner of the University of Central Florida, and Julie Zhu of the IEEE. [Full Announcement].

FOLIO FOLIO welcomes new members and introduces a new governance model as the project expands. The FOLIO project, which has created an open source library services platform, is expanding to add new member organizations and is introducing a new governance model. The changes are designed to open the project to a wider variety of member libraries and organizations with a new structure for both involvement and leadership. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services and OnStrike Library Solutions offer FOLIO implementation services for libraries in the Philippines. EBSCO Information Services and OnStrike Library Solutions, the first EBSCO FOLIO partner in the Asia-Pacific reigon, have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform. EBSCO FOLIO and OnStrike will work together to provide reliable local hosting and support services. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services launches Dynamic Health CDS + Skills. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced the release of Dynamic Health™ CDS + Skills, a resource designed to help nurses and allied health professionals master critical skills, obtain fast, accurate answers to clinical questions and foster a culture of evidence-based practice. Dynamic Health CDS + Skills builds on EBSCO's current resource, Dynamic Health™ Skills, adding clinical decision support content that is based on a strict, evidence-based methodology, leading to improved patient outcomes. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group Gale and Bodleian Libraries at University of Oxford announce the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships. The Bodleian Libraries and Gale, a Cengage Company, are delighted to announce the launch of the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships program. Funded by Gale, the fellowships will support three scholars for a three-month period of research into a digital humanities related topic at the University of Oxford, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship of the Bodleian Libraries. The goal of the program is to encourage emerging digital humanities scholarship in the Asia Pacific region and progress the contribution of non-Western and regional perspectives in the field of digital humanities research. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris National Library of the Netherlands teams with Ex Libris for digital preservation. The National Library of the Netherlands (KBNL) has chosen the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution from Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, to ensure its fast-growing digital collections remain safe for future generations. Rosetta is an end-to-end solution that enables the safe and secure collection, management and delivery of all types of digital information. [Full Announcement].

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