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February 27, 2017. Tech Logic rolls out new FLEX Desktop Library Services Center and Self-Checkout. Tech Logic introduced the CircIT FLEX, a freestanding library services center and self-checkout. The product, using Tech Logic's patented CircIT software, allows for patrons to check out items on their own, allowing library staff more time to accomplish more pressing issues. <<more>>

February 23, 2017. EBSCO Information Services chosen as an approved NICE Framework content provider. EBSCO Information Services has been chosen as an approved content provider for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence framework. The agreement allows purchasers from libraries, health care and social care-related organizations in the National Health Service to search, order and purchase medical and healthcare-related content through GOBI, the leading web-based acquisitions tool for finding, ordering and managing e-books and print books for libraries. <<more>>

February 23, 2017. Equinox migrates GHL to their Evergreen services on the Sequoia platform. Equinox announced a successful migration of the Government and Heritage Library to join the NC Cardinal Consortium on our hosted Evergreen platform. On January 19th they went live on Evergreen and their collections became searchable within the consortium. <<more>>

February 23, 2017. Xerox and Scannx Partner on Book Scanners. Scannx announced a distribution partnership with Xerox to bring Scannx-branded scanners and software to its base of resellers and end-users, effective immediately. Under this agreement, Xerox will gain rights to distribute the entire line of Scannx book-edge scanners, as well as its advanced technology for imaging and cloud-based distribution. <<more>>

February 23, 2017. Chicago Public Library selects Polaris, joining the growing list of influential urban libraries to become an Innovative Partner. Innovative Interfaces announced that the Chicago Public Library has selected Polaris, joining the growing list of influential urban libraries who have become an Innovative partner. The Library will migrate from a TLC Carl.X system. <<more>>

February 23, 2017. TLC Announces Compatibility of CARL.X with mk Solutions. The Library Corporation announced full compatibility between CARL.X and mk Solutions’ self-check products with integrated payment offerings including cash, card, and NFC payment. Sharing a philosophy that aims to bring an enhanced personalized experience to the library marketplace helped drive this successful collaboration. <<more>>

February 22, 2017. Michele Kimpton to Lead Business Development Strategy at DPLA. The Digital Public Library of America is pleased to announce that Michele Kimpton will be joining its staff as Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist beginning March 1, 2017. <<more>>

February 21, 2017. The Walker Art Center Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions announced that the Walker Art Center Library and Archives, of Minneapolis, MN. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The collections housed in the Walker’s Archives and Library department include a variety of materials concentrating on the development of the Walker Art Center, as well as focusing on the contemporary arts in the United States and around the world. <<more>>

February 21, 2017. ProQuest OASIS adds De Gruyter. ProQuest has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter ebooks available for purchase through the OASIS system. <<more>>

February 21, 2017. Follett Awarded Massachusetts SIS/SIF Preferred Vendor Status. Follett has once again achieved Massachusetts School Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2.7 certification and been awarded the “Certified” Student Information System (SIS) vendor designation for its Aspen product. All vendors must be certified before they may secure contracts with Massachusetts districts. <<more>>

February 20, 2017. Tech Logic Celebrates 20th Anniversary. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary for Tech Logic, the first Library sorting / automated materials handling manufacturer. Two decades later, the company remains an industry leader and innovator, a feat that Tech Logic is celebrating in a new, modern, high tech headquarters. <<more>>

February 20, 2017. Cardiff University to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to redefine its library collections. Cardiff University, one of Britain's leading research universities, will use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services to analyze and inform decisions about consolidating print collections in preparation for a move to a new purpose-built library in a few years. <<more>>

February 17, 2017. Fachhochschule Münster takes library management to the cloud with OCLC WorldShare Management Services. and the library of Münster University of Applied Sciences announced today that FH Münster is now live with OCLC's cloud-based WorldShare Management Service. <<more>>

February 16, 2017. Follett Corporation names George F. Coe as COO. Follett Corporation President and CEO Ray A. Griffith announced the appointment of George F. Coe to Chief Operating Officer for Follett Corporation and Baker and Taylor, effective March 31. <<more>>

February 16, 2017. VitalSource announces intent to acquire Verba. VitalSource Technologies, Ingram Content Group’s global leader in digital education content delivery, announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire Verba Software, Inc., a San Francisco-based company dedicated to using technology to support campus bookstores and help students save money on course materials. <<more>>

February 16, 2017. WT Cox Information Services appoints Regional Vice President – Western US. WT Cox Information Services announces Tim Whisenant as regional vice president – western US. <<more>>

February 16, 2017. NISO announces updated version of ResourceSync Framework Specification. NISO announced the formal publication of an updated version of the ResourceSync Framework Specification (ANSI/NISO Z39.99-2017). Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), this 1.1 revision improves a web standard that details various capabilities that a server can implement to allow third-party systems to remain synchronized with evolving resources. Such synchronization is important in the current landscape where Web-based content--not only the metadata about the content--is constantly changing. <<more>>

February 15, 2017. Edge Hill University selects Talis Aspire to replace rebus:list. Following a review of their reading list service, currently provided using rebus:list, Edge Hill University have decided to adopt Talis Aspire. Edge Hill University already deliver a strong student experience and are looking to take this to the next level by streamlining library workflows. As a Talis Aspire customer, they will also be provided with 24 hour support from our dedicated customer service team alongside the Talis Aspire User Group community, ensuring the smooth transition to Talis Aspire. Edge Hill University will also enjoy expert on-going Support and access to a wide range of experience, we welcome them to the Talis Aspire community as our 74th UK customer. <<more>>

February 15, 2017. Digital Library Initiative reaches semifinals in MaCarthur Foundation competition for $100 million grant. The digital library, Internet Archive, is one of eight groups named semi-finalists today in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The competition seeks bold solutions to critical problems of our time. <<more>>

February 14, 2017. Follett announces key updates to its market-leading Destiny solution. With the addition of key reporting capabilities and new homepage customization options, Follett’s Destiny 14.5 is giving users a more efficient, streamlined experience from start to finish. The updates encompass the company’s market-leading products for Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Resource Manager, and Destiny Discover. <<more>>

February 14, 2017. The Hershey Company’s Technical Intelligence Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions. ByWater Solutions announced that the Technical Intelligence Library at the Hershey Company, of Hershey, PA, is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s holdings from InMagic last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library is also utilizing the Ebsco EDS integrated discovery plugin available with Koha, giving the team a seamless interface when searching for resources. <<more>>

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Major US Companies: Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation EBSCO Information Services Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett Infor Library and Information Solutions InfoVision Software, Inc. Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Keystone Systems, Inc. LibLime LibLime -- PTFS LibraryWorld Lucidea Mandarin Library Automation Media Flex, Inc. mk Solutions OCLC ProQuest SirsiDynix Softlink International Soutron Global Surpass Software The Library Corporation

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Library Technology Guides collects news releases from all the major companies and other organizations involved in library automation. This resource includes the full text of over 12750 press releases and is indexed to make it searchable by company, product, date, and subject. A brief summary of each news item is available.

Coverage is from about 1991 to the present. Many libraries keep only thier current press releases on their Web site, or remove those issued in the past that are not consistent with their current stragegies. In some cases, the Press Release Archive on Library Technology Guides is the only remaining record of library automation announcements.

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