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February 20, 2020

(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.

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 6, 2020

(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.

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.

February 3, 2020

(Villanova University) Version 6.1 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This major release brings some aspects of the code more up to date while also adding several new features and fixes.

January 24, 2020

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it has begun the development of its new Rapido solution for resource sharing and has established the Rapido development partner program. Rapido is built on the Ex Libris higher ed cloud platform and will be live by the end of 2020.

(ProQuest) Researchers will now be able to uncover new connections and make new discoveries using ProQuest’s TDM Studio service, a pioneering end-to-end solution for text and data mining. TDM Studio puts the power of text and data mining directly into the researcher’s hands, from their initial idea to their final output. With this new solution, creating a content set has been reduced to hours, rather than the months required with traditional approaches. TDM Studio gives researchers the freedom to use the content, methods and tools they prefer – and to collaborate on projects both within and outside their university.

January 21, 2020

(EBSCO Information Services) As librarians push toward attaining lofty goals in areas such as faculty and curriculum support, raising the bar on information literacy, and continuing to enhance the impact that libraries have on student achievement, the key is to elevate the experiences that every user has with the library and its resources. This means not only increased efficiency, but truly positive, successful interactions that lead to greater usage and overall library value.

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.

January 4, 2020

(P.V. Supa) P.V. Supa, a privately-owned Library Technology innovator, established in 1996, and operating in 37 countries, is delighted to announce the acquisition of 100% of 2CQR shares. This significant move will see 2CQR continue as an independent company, operating across the whole of the UK & Ireland.

December 19, 2019

(koha-community.org) The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open source library system, announced this week that the Koha 19.11 release is available. This major release includes 7 security fixes, 20 new features, 146 enhancements, 367 bugfixes.

December 17, 2019

(The Library Corporation) The release of Library.Solution for Schools 5.5.x introduced updated inventory workflows to support a librarian’s shelf management tasks.

December 7, 2019

(Evergreen Project) Evergreen Release 3.4 is now available, and the software update adds features for users as well as library staff. The most dramatic addition for users is the implementation of book carousels, displaying book cover images on the public catalog home page that can be animated or static, and can be updated manually or automatically maintained.

December 4, 2019

(The Library Corporation) The Library Corporation announced the release of Library.Solution version 5.5.2. The numerous features included in this iteration of Library•Solution builds upon TLC’s goal of creating the industry’s leading library management platform to provide users with operational efficiency.

December 2, 2019

(ByWater Solutions) Aspen Discovery announced this week that the November 2019 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 8 search improvements, 3 translation improvements and 8 bugfixes.

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