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November 19, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced James G. Neal as the 2020 Miles Conrad Lecturer. Neal will be presented with this prestigious award on February 24, 2020 at the NISO Plus Conference in Baltimore, MD.

October 31, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) seeks comments on a new draft Recommended Practice pertaining to the modernization of library-vendor technical interoperability using RESTful web service application programming interfaces (APIs) and standard mobile application intent calls. In the interest of streamlining information transfer between vendor and library systems, the scope of the draft FASTEN Recommended Practice touches on areas such as login/authentication, account information, availability, checkout, streaming options, and more. FASTEN is the acronym used for this initiative, more formally titled as the Flexible API Standard for E-Content NISO.

October 30, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the appointment of Alice Meadows as Director of Community Engagement. In this role, Meadows will have responsibility for advancing the development of the NISO community, communicating the value of NISO’s projects, events, and other programs, and expanding the resources it has to achieve its mission.

September 30, 2019

(Digital Science) Digital Science announcef the launch of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI) – an international consortium of research funders, academic institutions, and technologists working to champion the latest approaches to research on research.

September 26, 2019

(Digital Science) Research industry technology company Digital Science has today revealed the latest winners of its prestigious Catalyst Grant award: BPT Analytics, Intoolab and MLprior have been awarded a grant. An international initiative to develop innovative projects and technologies The Catalyst Grant offers an award of up to £25,000 or $30,000 for concepts with the potential to transform scientific and academic research. Digital Science is well known for its engagement with the research community, and the grant supports ideas at an early stage of development, without the need for a complete business or development plan.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has selected the Ex Libris Esploro research services solution to help the institute capture research output and data from external sources, showcase the institute’s research work, and comply with funders’ open-access policies. The Esploro solution will replace Weizmann’s institutional research repository and will be integrated with the institute’s research information system.

September 11, 2019

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announced a partnership with the Educopia Institute to support its recent Next Generation Library Publishing project. This Next Gen Library Publishing project recently received an award in the amount of $2,200,000 from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

August 6, 2019

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that New Zealand’s Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has chosen the Ex Libris campusM cloud-based mobile platform to provide a mobile-accessible portal that will increase student engagement in campus life. The campusM platform will replace a home-grown solution.

July 26, 2019

(MOBIUS) The MOBIUS Consortium announced that the Heartland Regional Library went live as a member of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Library is the 45th member to go live on the system.

(Institute of Museum and Library Services) The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $172,172 to the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) in partnership with the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) for Scaling Up a Collaborative Consortial Institutional Repository as part of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. IMLS received 138 preliminary proposals requesting more than $33 million in funding, and selected 36 applicants to receive awards during this grant cycle. With this award, the partners will develop and pilot an affordable, open-source, and collaborativeinstitutional repository solution based on the Hyku software.

July 16, 2019

(Association of Research Libraries) The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the Association of Research Libraries a $248,670 National Leadership Grant in support of the Research Library Impact Framework initiative. The framework is an agenda for the exploration of library services, operations, impact, and alignment with institutional mission and goals across four areas: Research & Scholarly Life Cycle; Teaching, Learning & Student Success; Collections; and Physical Space. The framework provides the scaffolding for deeper exploration across multiple library service areas and serves as the foundation for the Association’s research agenda.

July 12, 2019

(Lyrasis) To help guide and steward the recent merger of LYRASIS and DuraSpace - four new Board of Trustees Members were elected by the combined memberships, and four new Board of Trustees were appointed. This brings LYRASIS' FY 2020 Board to 13 members, seven elected and six appointed.

July 3, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a new Recommended Practice on Improved Access to Institutionally-Provided Information Resources. This NISO Recommended Practice provides recommendations for using federated identity as an access model and improving the federated authentication user experience, arising from the Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) initiative.

July 1, 2019

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) announced that efforts to merge the two organizations have been successfully completed. The fully-integrated entity consists of more than 250 libraries, government agencies, associations, and content and technology providers. Working together, those stakeholders will more easily and efficiently craft collaborative solutions to problems facing the information community as a whole.

(OCLC) The Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Wuerttemberg (BSZ) and Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG) have announced the launch of a new joint initiative, K10plus. The new collaboration will result in the largest catalog for scientific libraries in Germany and is developed using OCLC’s Syndeo, a suite of services that facilitates national and regional library collaboration.

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