October 31, 2020
Underline Science announces new appointments to Board of Directors. Underline Science, the premier virtual conference venue for events in science, medicine and academia, announced that it has appointed Robert VanHees, President and Chief Financial Officer of ProQuest, and Rafael Sidi, formerly SVP at ProQuest and General Manager of the ProQuest Information Solutions business unit, to its board of directors. [Full Announcement].
October 30, 2020
Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho goes live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho (LCEI) is now live on Koha. [Full Announcement].
Evergreen Release Adds Curbside Pickup, Course Reserves. The largest new Evergreen release in years provides important new functionality for all types of libraries, including new curbside pickup and course materials modules. [Full Announcement].
LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries announce Copyright Advisory Board Members. LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are pleased to announce the members of the Advisory Board for the newly formed Virtual Copyright Education Center. As previously announced, LYRASIS and Columbia University Libraries are joining forces to pilot the new program which will introduce a robust progressive curriculum designed to enable cultural heritage professionals to move beyond a basic understanding of copyright. [Full Announcement].
October 29, 2020
University of the Cumberlands selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions to support rapid growth. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that University of the Cumberlands has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo for search and discovery. [Full Announcement].
NISO. Cory Doctorow to Keynote at NISO Plus 2021!. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that the well-known science fiction author, activist, and journalist, Cory Doctorow, will be a keynote at their next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually, February 22-25, 2021. [Full Announcement].
TIND appoints industry leader Kari Paulson as COO. TIND, a spin off from CERN specializing in library software solutions, today announced that industry leader Kari Paulson has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer and member of the board. [Full Announcement].
Galecia Group. Announcing: Library Dial-A-Story Services from LibraryCall. LibraryCall is a new cloud telephone application developed by The Galecia Group for their library customers. LibraryCall allows librarians to easily set up telephone-based services for their patrons, such as Library Dial-A-Story services, community calendars, and resource hotlines that give callers up-to-the-minute information on local community services. [Full Announcement].
Voyager Sopris Learning. Voyager Sopris Learning Launches Reading Rangers, Offers Free Trial. Voyager Sopris Learning, a division of Cambium Learning Group, Inc., announced the launch of Reading Rangers, a web-based reading program designed to strengthen K-5 students' foundational skills with the help of engaging experiences and fun adventures. It can be used in any learning environment — in-person, remotely or a hybrid. [Full Announcement].
AbsysNet se enriquece con los contenidos sociales de Babelio para mejorar las recomendaciones de libros. Baratz llega a un acuerdo de colaboración con Babelio para enriquecer los catálogos de las bibliotecas con contenidos sociales y recomendaciones literarias. Babelio es el primer servicio de contenidos sociales para bibliotecas y cuenta con decenas de miles de reseñas y calificaciones de libros. La modularidad y flexibilidad del diseño de AbsysNet, combinadas con la concepción del servicio de Babelio en forma de widget, permiten una rápida y sencilla instalación. La Red de Bibliotecas de Canarias (BICA) ha sido la primera gran red de bibliotecas en España en implementar este servicio. [Full Announcement].
October 28, 2020
Baker & Taylor returns as full-service vendor to academic libraries. Baker & Taylor, the world's largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment, announced it is once again a full-service vendor to academic libraries. A Follett company, Baker & Taylor will be serving academic libraries worldwide with the widest range of library products and services to institutions, as well as the most comprehensive range and deepest inventory of books, movies, and music for colleges and universities. [Full Announcement].
OhioLINK. Chancellor Gardner appoints Pawlowski as OhioLINK executive director. Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner has named Amy Pawlowski executive director of OhioLINK, Ohio's academic library consortium, effective immediately. Pawlowski joined OhioLINK in 2013 as deputy director for operations and e-licensing. She has served in an interim capacity since February. [Full Announcement].
Swanton Public Library joins VOKAL with Koha support from ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions announced that VOKAL (Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries) has added Swanton Public Library to its consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS. [Full Announcement].
Michigan State University begins transition to the FOLIO library services platform. Michigan State University will be transitioning to the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) and plans to fully implement FOLIO in 2021. Michigan State will be utilizing EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) for EBSCO FOLIO implementation and hosting services and will also leverage EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and OpenAthens. EBSCO FOLIO Services consist of a highly-trained, experienced team to assist with efficient and well-planned implementations and seamless service support, as well as sophisticated technology and trained engineers for hosting. [Full Announcement].
October 27, 2020
Gale Group. Gale Case Studies launches to help higher education instructors bring social justice issues to the forefront of course curriculum. Gale, a Cengage company, is helping college and university instructors develop and strengthen students' critical thinking skills around contemporary social justice issues using historical content. Gale Case Studies, a new online instructional tool launched by the company today, provides faculty with teaching resources to help students critically analyze culturally relevant social justice issues through the lens of primary sources on topics such as LGBTQ+, race, political extremism and public health concerns. This new resource promotes the student growth of transferable, 21st century skills through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters the use of primary sources to interrogate social issues and develop inferences for the future. Read the Gale blog about why Gale Case Studies was created. [Full Announcement].
Yewno to supply Artificial Intelligence capabilities to Citi Global Data Insights and Citi Research. Yewno announced that it will be providing AI based information analysis capabilities to Citi. Using Yewno's patented knowledge graph, Citi will be able to extract signals from unstructured text, which is currently a challenging and time-consuming task. Citi will use Yewno's AI solutions in its Citi Global Data Insights unit, the data science team within Global Insights at Citigroup, and in its independent Citi Research unit. [Full Announcement].
Now Live on CARL.X: OWLSnet Consortia implemented new Iitegrated library system 100% virtually. The newest library system to implement TLC's CARL.X integrated library software is the Outagamie Waupaca Library System's shared automation network (OWLSnet). This library system, which went live on August 17, 2020, is a public library consortium consisting of 29 libraries with 49 locations that stretch across two library systems in northeast Wisconsin. [Full Announcement].
New research on public library usage during pandemic. Innovative, a ProQuest company and leading global provider of library software, today announced the presentation of new research on how people in the U.S. are using their public libraries. The research report, titled “Centuries of Resilience: Public Libraries Still Crucial During COVID-19,” presents how people have used public libraries in 2019 and 2020. The data includes how usage changed after most libraries closed their doors in March of this year and have since been slowly reopening. [Full Announcement].
Five top UK Universities join Ex Libris RapidILL Community to accelerate delivery of materials in remote learning environments. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that five prominent UK universities—Imperial College London, UCL, the University of Liverpool, the University of Manchester, and the University of St Andrews—have decided to join the growing RapidILL community in the United Kingdom, giving their library users quick and easy access to materials via the cloud-based Ex Libris RapidILL interlibrary loan system. After integrating the system into their library workflows, the universities will benefit from the delivery of requested resources within 24 hours, thus providing patrons with maximum resource accessibility. [Full Announcement].
Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press to join with Cambridge Assessment. Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment publish and create world-leading content and examinations that are used across more than 170 countries. The move is in response to a growing desire from learners, teachers and researchers to engage with Cambridge in a joined up digital way, and the demand for innovative products that combine expertise in learning and assessment. The need for an integrated approach has been accelerated by the rapid uptake of digital education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new organisation will have the capabilities to provide world leading assessment, learning and academic research offerings globally, under the Cambridge brand and backed by first class teaching and research departments. [Full Announcement].