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January 17, 2020

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that the Whatcom County Library System of Bellingham, WA has selected the Company’s patron relationship management system to help drive its marketing efforts. One of the primary interests of the Library was Patron Point’s ability to offer audience-specific newsletter design and content.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services releases Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), a bibliographic database providing complete citations to the contents of scholarly journals related to Latin America and the Caribbean published around the world since the late 1960s. Hispanic American Periodicals Index, produced by the Latin American Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, is now available for annual subscription through EBSCO.

January 16, 2020

(ODILO) ODILO has been awarded the international tender to become a provider of e-lending services to the national library of the Netherlands, which can be accessed by over 17 million Dutch people. ODILO will provide the new ODILO 3.0 service to the national library of the Netherlands; the technology recently launched by the Spanish company uses Artificial Intelligence to provide optimized access to digital library resources.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has completed its acquisition of Innovative, a leading provider of integrated library systems for public, academic, and specialist libraries. Innovative is now a business unit within Ex Libris.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced a new integration with Google for Education. As a Google for Education Partner, EBSCO will be able to provide universities, schools and public libraries using G Suite for Education with innovative resources to engage students in learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

(Cambridge University Press) Cambridge University Press has reached a transformative Open Access agreement with the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC). The three-year ‘read and publish’ deal is the first such agreement between a university press and Spanish research institutions, and the first that Cambridge University Press has signed in southern Europe.

January 15, 2020

(Overdrive) Rakuten OverDrive announced today that 73 public library systems from the US, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand each enabled readers to borrow over 1 million ebooks and audiobooks from their catalogs in 2019. This represents the most systems ever to reach this milestone led by Toronto Public Library serving over 6 million titles for the year. Contributing factors to these records include online marketing, award-winning reading apps, strong growth for audiobooks and a 27% increase in circulation of children’s and young adult digital book titles.

January 14, 2020

(OCLC) OCLC is introducing EZproxy Analytics, a turnkey analytics service that enables libraries using EZproxy hosted access and authentication services to transform data into actionable insights, drive more informed decisions, and demonstrate significant impact. EZproxy Analytics automatically manages the entire analytics process—from data storage, extraction, and enrichment, to reporting and visualization—making it easy to better understand and communicate e-resource return on investment.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians, who are all first-time attendees, $1,500 scholarships to attend the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 24th-28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives at a breakfast during the conference.

(King County Library System) Rakuten OverDrive, a digital reading platform used by the King County Library System (KCLS), has released their 2019 digital circulation statistics. KCLS patrons checked out 5,678,572 digital titles in 2019—up nearly 17% from last year, making KCLS the No. 2 digital circulating library in the U.S. and No. 3 worldwide.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced the appointments of Brendan Pearce and Nigel Wheeldon who join the company as Business Development Directors to spearhead growth. The appointments come on the back of another very strong year in which the company has again doubled in size. They both join from collectionHQ, which was acquired by Baker & Taylor in 2011, where they were pivotal to the international growth and commercial success of the business. Prior to collectionHQ, they both had success in software sales roles around the world and bring solid experience and proven formula to Patron Point’s plans for 2020 and beyond.

January 10, 2020

(Taylor and Francis) Taylor & Francis Group, part of Informa plc, has announced the addition of cutting-edge open research publisher F1000 Research Ltd. United by their shared goals of amplifying and democratizing research, the addition is an important further step in strengthening Taylor & Francis’ capabilities in open access and open research and extending its range of innovative publishing services. F1000 Research launched the world’s first open research publishing platform, combining the opportunities offered by technology with a passion for identifying new ways to validate and share research.

January 9, 2020

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative has earned platinum awards for four products – Polaris Leap Web Application, Innovative Resource Sharing (INN-Reach), Mobile Worklists and MyLibrary! – from LibraryWorks’ sixth annual 2020 Modern Library Awards (MLAs). LibraryWorks created the MLAs to recognize the top products and services in the industry, evaluated on criteria including functionality, value and customer service. This year, product submissions were sent to more than 80,000 librarians for scoring.

(Crowley Company) The Crowley Company (Crowley), a worldwide leader in digitization scanning solutions and conversion services, is pleased to announce two honors bestowed this week: three platinum Modern Library (MLA) awards and a place on the Frederick County Top 50 Workplaces list.

(OCLC) OCLC has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a shared “Entity Management Infrastructure” that will support linked data management initiatives underway in the library and scholarly communications community. When complete, this infrastructure will be jointly curated by the community and OCLC, and will ultimately make scholarly materials more connected and discoverable on the web.

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