Ex Libris announced a new offering, VoyagerPlus, a fully hosted version of the Voyager ILS. This new deployment option for Voyager falls within the company's increasing focus on products delivered through cloud infrastructure. VoyagerPlus is optimized to be paired with the Primo discovery platform, which is also available as a hosted service. Ex Libris also announced that the new automation framework that it has been developing under the conceptual name Unified Resource Management is now named Alma. Work continues with a third interim release to be made available to development partners in March 2011, with a general release expected in early 2012. The National Library of Luxembourg, an Aleph site since 2000, has selected Primo as its new discovery environment.
Web-Scale Management Services, the new automation platform offered by OCLC based on WorldCat, reached a major benchmark as a handful of libraries now use the software as their production environment. Libraries now live on Web-scale Management Services include Pepperdine University, Simpson University, the library of the Samuel Roberts Nobel Foundation, the Boundary County District Library in Idaho, and the ten libraries of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library System.
c D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY is now live with Koha through a purchase arrangement with WALDO and support from LibLime; the Mabee Library of Sterling College migrated from Horizon to Koha with support from LibLime; the Macon Public Library in Missouri and the Erikson Institute of Chicago implemented Koha with support from ByWater Solutions, a consortium of three small colleges in Alberta including Alberta Bible College, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, and Rocky Mountain College launched Koha with support from Equinox Software; Development of the Kuali OLE open source library management platform continues under a two-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and participation from a large group of academic libraries. The project recently announced that HLT Global Services, with development facilities in Troy, MI in the US and Chennai and Hyderabad India has joined the project as a development partner and will apply its core expertise in enterprise- scale systems to contribute in the areas of system design and quality assurance. The Kuali OLE project also added personnel to its core team including Rich Slabach as quality assurance manager, Kathleen Gerdink as business analyst, and Lydia Reed as data architect, all reporting to Brad Skiles OLE Project Manager.