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August 15, 2019

(Turning Leaf Technologies) In conjunction with Record Books, Turning Leaf Technologies has integrated RBdigital Magazines into Aspen Discovery. With this integration, all magazines purchased by a library are immediately added to the online catalog where patrons can easily find them. If a library owns copies of the physical magazine in addition to the online magazine, the two are grouped within search results.

August 14, 2019

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics announced that its cloud-based resource sharing solution, SHAREit, has been selected by the New Hampshire State Library. The New Hampshire State Library, the oldest state library in the United States, will use SHAREit to support the New Hampshire Automated Information System (NHAIS) which includes the 234 public libraries in the state as well as academic, school, and special libraries. A-G has a strong history of serving statewide systems supported through state libraries.

August 13, 2019

(Virginia Tech University) University Libraries Dean Tyler Walters believes in building the information infrastructure and services needed for research in the 21st century. Throughout his professional career, he has served on working groups, organization boards, and committees dedicated to promoting and creating open technologies, and making research, data, and scholarly activities available to the public. His latest endeavor, leading the merger of international nonprofits DuraSpace and LYRASIS, continues his professional influence in the areas of open data, open source software, and open scholarship to benefit future advances in the sciences and humanities.

August 12, 2019

(Admin Kuhn) Das Dokumentations- und Kulturzentrums Deutscher Sinti und Roma verwaltet seine Medienbestände seit Juli 2019 neu über das Open Source-Bibliothekssystem Koha. Der elektronische Bibliothekskatalog umfasst rund 13'700 Titeldatensätze, wobei die bisher separat gehaltenen Kataloge für Druckwerke, Musik und Videos zusammengeführt wurden.

August 9, 2019

(Lucidea) Lucidea, provider of powerful knowledge management solutions for the legal sector, will participate in ILTACON 2019, in Orlando, FL. ILTACON sessions and exhibitors focus on sharing what works and showcasing the technology necessary to support the rapidly changing law firm landscape.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced the selection of its patron relationship management system by the Santa Clara County Library District, CA, to help foster its online community engagement.

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) The parent company of Auto-Graphics, Inc., AGent Information Software (AIFS) released the earnings for the quarter ending June 30, 2019. Auto-Graphics, Inc., is an industry-leading provider of library platform software. A-G was the first to provide Cloud-based library resource sharing solutions to library consortia.

(ProQuest) A group of renowned global academic publishers have announced that they will contribute their expertise to the development of ProQuest Rialto. Rialto is a comprehensive marketplace that enables libraries to acquire content from a variety of publishers and platforms. Emerald Publishing, Oxford University Press, SAGE Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group and The University of Chicago Press will work with ProQuest to shape the new product. These publishers join a group of 10 academic libraries who have also signed on as development partners, ensuring a three-way, content-neutral conversation between libraries, the publishing community and ProQuest, a leader in educational technology. Rialto will be initially available to its development partners in December of this year before its broader launch.

(OCLC) OCLC, the nonprofit technology organization and global library cooperative based in Dublin, received a Diversity in Business Award representing large organizations in Central Ohio.The Awards program, administered by Columbus Business First, recognizes inclusive organizations and individuals in Central Ohio. The program highlights excellence in encouraging diversity in age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion at local workplaces.

August 8, 2019

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix is pleased to announce that three more Welsh authorities have gone live under the All Wales Library Management System framework agreement. Torfaen County Borough Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Newport City Council went live on the single shared SirsiDynix library system, bringing the total to 18 out of 22 Welsh authorities to join. SirsiDynix welcomes them to the All Wales single shared system.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that Gibraltar Schools signed a contract in July 2019 to provide a new school Library Management System. SirsiDynix is excited to welcome Gibraltar Schools to the growing community of SirsiDynix customers.

August 7, 2019

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced the selection of its patron relationship management system by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District, NY, to help drive its patron engagement and web marketing efforts.

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.

August 5, 2019

(SirsiDynix) Stirling Council went out to tender for their Library Management System in early 2018, and awarded the contract to SirsiDynix. SirsiDynix is especially pleased to welcome Stirling Council back, as a previous customer. The migration has completed successfully and Stirling Council is now live on the SirsiDynix BLUEcloud platform.

August 2, 2019

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that the London Libraries Consortium has gone live with 16 authorities on a single shared platform across the UK capital. SirsiDynix was chosen as the preferred supplier after a highly competitive process. The consortium is expected to grow further with additional authorities expressing an interest. Most recently Croydon Council called off the framework. The London Libraries Consortium is the largest SirsiDynix consortia customer in the EMEA region to date, and the framework offers the potential for other UK public library authorities to join the platform.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that the Yorkshire and Humber Library Management System framework agreement, led by Leeds City Council, was awarded to SirsiDynix in March 2019. The award will allow the 15 authorities of the Libraries Connected Yorkshire and Humber Branch to call off the framework, realizing the goal of a common Library Management System across the region. Leeds City Council is the first authority to call off the framework contract.

(Evergreen Project) The Evergreen library system community named two new core committers at their recent Evergreen International Conference, Jane Sandberg of Linn-Benton Community College and Jason Boyer of the Indiana State Library. The 13 active core committers are entrusted with the responsibility of approving new code for Evergreen's semi-annual releases.

(EnvisionWare) EnvisionWare announced the company has expanded their line of RFID gates options to include wide aisle gates and standard gates. RFID gates are available from multiple manufacturers to provide customers with options to meet their unique needs.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, gibt bekannt, dass die Forschungsdienstplattform Ex Libris Esploro jetzt an der University of Iowa live ist.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris gibt bekannt, dass sich die Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (HTW Dresden) als erste deutsche Institution für die Forschungsdienst-Managementlösung Ex Libris Esploro entschieden hat und am Early-Adopter-Programm teilnimmt. Die Fachhochschule wird den Esploro-Dienst kombiniert mit der Bibliotheksservice-Plattform Ex Libris Alma und der Discovery- und Delivery-Lösung Primo nutzen.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, une entreprise de ProQuest, est ravie d’annoncer que la Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (HTW Dresden) (université des sciences appliquées de Dresde) est devenue la première institution allemande à choisir la solution de gestion des services de recherche Esploro® d’Ex Libris et à participer au programme d’adoption précoce. L’université intègrera le service Esploro à la plateforme de services de bibliothèque Alma et à la solution de découverte et de distribution Primo d’Ex Libris.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, une entreprise de ProQuest, est ravie d’annoncer que la solution de services de recherche Ex Libris Esploro est désormais disponible à l’Université de l’Iowa.

(King County Library System) The King County Library System Foundation was named one of five 2019 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund recipients, and awarded $34,600 to help the King County Library System (KCLS) fund a research project titled, "Conversational Artificial Intelligence: Bringing the Library to Your Living Room." The project aims to empower the public to utilize library resources anytime, anywhere. The Catalyst Fund grant will enable KCLS to explore community demand for, and research the feasibility of, implementing a library application to interface with common conversational artificial intelligence (A.I.) systems, such as Alexa, Siri and Cortana.

August 1, 2019

(EBSCO Information Services) Informational Services and Arkivum have formed a strategic partnership to expand value to institutions by making their research data, institutional records and digital assets usable, accessible and optimized for the long-term. The partnership will leverage EBSCO's SaaS-based portfolio, including EBSCO Discovery Service, and Arkivum Perpetua, an integrated long-term data management solution used by some of the world's most prestigious institutions.

(Follett) Follett has released Destiny 17.0, a new version of the market-leading solution featuring important enhancements to Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Discover, Collections by Destiny, and Destiny Resource Manager. Destiny solutions are used in more than 60 percent of U.S. public schools

(Conn Education) Conn Education announced it has acquired Novel Units, a K-12 solution created by teachers for teachers. A provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, Conn Education acquired Novel Units from ECS Learning Systems.

July 31, 2019

(Lucidea) Lucidea has announced that archives expert Margot Note’s new book, Demystifying Archival Projects: Five Essentials for Success, is now available. The latest publication from Lucidea Press offers pragmatic advice from Ms. Note, a seasoned archives expert and consultant specializing in project management, with significant experience as both a practitioner and advisor.

(Public Library Association) The Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, has joined its parent organization in denouncing Macmillan Publishers’ new library eBook lending model. Under the new model, scheduled to take effect November 1, a library may purchase only a single copy of each new title in eBook format upon release, after which Macmillan will impose an eight-week embargo on additional copies of that title sold to libraries. The new Macmillan eBook lending model expands upon an existing policy that took effect in July 2018, when the company, without warning, issued a four-month embargo applying solely to titles from its Tor imprint.

July 30, 2019

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Colorado College Charles L. Tutt Library, in Colorado Springs, Colorado is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 1,100,000 plus holdings from Millennium ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Murdoch University has joined an increasing number of institutions in Australia that have opted for the Ex Libris campusM mobile solution.

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that its ground-breaking Reserve Express capability has been significantly enhanced. The Apollo ILS/LSP Reserve Express feature has allowed patrons to subscribe to their favorite authors for receiving new titles. Whenever staff catalogs such new books, they simply click a button to add all subscribers to the reserve list, in random order. This lets patrons rest easy and not be concerned with the arrival timing of new books; as subscribers, they know they’ll receive them. And staff need not maintain manual lists of subscribers.

(Koios) Koios, the company that helps libraries show up first in Google results, has officially expanded its business into Canada. It made its debut in Toronto at Collision, “the fastest-growing tech conference in North America”. To serve the Canadian marketplace, Koios has welcomed Beatrice Pitocco as National Sales Manager. Pitocco’s experience in sales with libraries and digital marketing stretches back to 2004, when she served as the Eastern Canada Sales Executive for EBSCO. Later, she was a Sales Manager for Canada for Innovative Interfaces, Inc., working her way up to National Sales Manager during her 3-year tenure at III.

(Lucidea) Vancouver-based software developer Lucidea is significantly enhancing the automatic classification capabilities of its leading ILS, KM and museum and archival collections management software—bringing AI to library, knowledge center, museum and archives clients.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced today its 18th content connection for eResource Central, their electronic resource integration for discovery. Libraries with content subscriptions for any of the vendors and/or products below can now offer discoverable and direct access from Enterprise—SirsiDynix’ premier discovery platform.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that Hartford Public Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner. SirsiDynix has provided software and services to libraries for more than 40 years and powers thousands of libraries in over 60 countries. SirsiDynix is excited to welcome Hartford Public Library.

(OCLC) Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in Kokomo, Ind., has signed on to implement OCLC Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries.

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.

(Evergreen Project) The 2019 Evergreen International Conference was held recently in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for users and potential users of the Evergreen library management system.

July 25, 2019

(The Library Corporation) The Library Network in Southeast Michigan successfully migrated to TLC’s CARL.X ILS after 15 years with SirsiDynix Symphony. TLN says that their May 2018 launch of CARL.X in 50 libraries had no major problems or issues, and they checked out over 22,000 items on the first day.

(ProQuest) ProQuest announced the enrichment of its OASIS catalog with bibliographic information from the Bowker Books In Print service. Bowker, a ProQuest affiliate, is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information. With the enrichment of Books in Print metadata, the vast OASIS database has grown to more than 39 million print titles, 2 million electronic books and 36,000 streaming videos.

July 24, 2019

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that Kingston Information and Library Services in Australia has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner. SirsiDynix has provided software and services to libraries for more than 40 years and powers thousands of libraries in over 60 countries.

(Preservica) Preservica, the market leader in SaaS-based active digital preservation, welcomes enterprise information management veteran John Shackleton to its board to spearhead the company’s next phase of global expansion. Shackleton will play a hands-on role in guiding the Preservica board and management team as it further scales the business through product innovation and key partnerships.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that Charlotte County Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System partner. SirsiDynix has provided software and services to libraries for more than 40 years and powers thousands of libraries in over 60 countries. SirsiDynix

(Lucidea) Lucidea, provider of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA and Eloquent Archives, will participate in the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual conference on August 4th and 5th. Lucidea’s archives specialists will demonstrate the powerful and versatile capabilities of ArchivEra, CuadraSTAR SKCA, and Eloquent Archives that make them a valued technology partner in the archives community.

(LibraryWorks) LibraryWorks announced the opening of applications for the 2020 Modern Library Awards (MLAs), a review program designed to recognize products and services that help library managers enhance library performance and user experience. Companies may enter their products or services until September 27, 2019.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, ProQuest company, è lieta di annunciare che l’Università di Scienze Applicate di Dresda (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden o HTW) è la prima istituzione tedesca a scegliere la soluzione per la gestione dei servizi di ricerca Ex Libris Esploro, partecipando a un programma di early adopter. L’università integrerà il servizio Esploro con la piattaforma per i servizi alla biblioteca Ex Libris Alma® e la soluzione per il discovery e il delivery Primo.

July 23, 2019

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (HTW Dresden, the Dresden University of Applied Sciences) has become the first German institution to opt for the Ex Libris Esploro™ research services management solution and participate in the early adopter program. The university will integrate the Esploro service with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Until now, HTW Dresden used a research services application that was developed in-house. Academic staff, researchers, and administrators were involved in many parallel processes that entailed considerable expense. With the increased interest in open science in Germany, the university realized that it must upgrade its research services.

(Overdrive) Public libraries worldwide can now serve their readers faster and keep them coming back by using the “Lucky Day” feature with their OverDrive ebook and audiobook collection. Lucky Day allows libraries to designate digital copies of high-demand, waitlisted titles in their collection as immediately available for patrons. Participating libraries’ patrons can “skip-the-line” and instantly find, borrow and read these titles on a first-come, first-served basis through the Libby app. Libby is the award-winning one-tap reading app from Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.

(Capira Technologies) Capira Technologies, a custom mobile app provider for public and academic libraries worldwide, continues to expand its growing list of library clients with a new partnership with the New York Public Library. The Library system—which represents the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island in New York City—has signed on to begin the development of a custom mobile library app for NYPL patrons.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced today that Worcestershire County Council Library has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner and is now live on their system. SirsiDynix has provided software and services to libraries for more than 40 years and powers thousands of libraries in over 60 countries. SirsiDynix wants to happily welcome Worcestershire County Council Library.

July 22, 2019

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, ProQuest company, è lieta di annunciare che la piattaforma dei servizi di ricerca Ex Libris Esploro è entrata in produzione presso l’Università dell’Iowa. Grazie a Esploro, le istituzioni possono acquisire e diffondere automaticamente i risultati e i dati dei loro ricercatori, gestire gli asset di ricerca della gamma completa delle discipline (incluse Scienze naturali, Discipline umanistiche, Scienze sociali e Arti) in un unico luogo, esporre i profili dei ricercatori e facilitare i flussi di lavoro tra la bilblioteca, l’ufficio di ricerca e i ricercatori.

(Capira Technologies) Reading Public Library has chosen Capira Technologies to develop a custom mobile library app for its patrons which has recently launched. Features include account management tools in the form of account status notifications, multiple (family) digital library cards, robust catalog search tools, connections to event calendars, e-materials, digital resources and social media. Like all Capira deployments the completely custom design was driven by the library to reflect their presence in the community. Reading Public Library will now also be able to reach out to their patron base through push notifications to inform them of events, programs, classes and schedule/location changes.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS, one of the largest services and technologies non-profit member organizations serving the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the LYRASIS Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is designed to foster innovation leading to new services and programs among members and knowledge communities worldwide. This year, five programs will be seed funded for the benefit of the community at large. Four projects were chosen by participants in the LYRASIS Leaders Circle and one was chosen by LYRASIS's CEO. A total of $126,370 will be awarded.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that The University of the South Pacific Library, Fiji has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System partner. SirsiDynix has provided software and services to libraries for more than 40 years and powers thousands of libraries in over 60 countries. The University of the South Pacific Library will go live on SirsiDynix Symphony in the coming months.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that Edgewood College Library, Wisconsin has selected SirsiDynix as their Integrated Library System (ILS) partner. SirsiDynix has provided software and services to libraries for more than 40 years and powers thousands of libraries in over 60 countries. Edgewood College Library will go live on SirsiDynix Symphony in the coming months.

July 18, 2019

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Ex Libris Esploro research services solution is now live at the University of Iowa. Esploro helps institutions fulfill strategic research goals and assist researchers in maximizing productivity. Libraries and research offices can automate and simplify processes such as the deposit of research data, enrichment of metadata, updating of researcher profiles, and measuring research impact.

July 17, 2019

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced that San Antonio Public Library has selected Symphony as their integrated library system. Symphony is one of the most widely-installed platforms in the world, powering thousands of libraries in over 60 countries. Its robust functionality, capable companion products, and open APIs and web services will assist San Antonio Public Library in delivering the best library user experience to their dynamic and thriving community.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS announces the release of a new study, "Understanding the Landscape of Library Accessibility for Online Materials". The study was undertaken in an effort to map the landscape of accessibility policies and practices for online resources as managed by libraries and archives across the United States. The study can be accessed on the LYRASIS website.

July 16, 2019

(Overdrive) Traveling in the car during summer vacations or rush hour can be tedious, but now drivers can enjoy listening to audiobooks more easily and safely than ever – and for free. Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app available from 90 percent of public libraries in North America, is now compatible with Apple CarPlay. This feature allows iPhone users with a valid library card to quickly access and control audiobooks through their vehicle’s dashboard display and listen through the sound system. The Libby app, which is also compatible with Android Auto, was created by Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide.

July 15, 2019

(Villanova University) Version 6.0 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.

(Ohio University) Ohio University Libraries has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to develop the Southeast Asia Digital Library in collaboration with 14 other institutions.

July 13, 2019

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics, Inc. announces that Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC) has purchased MONTAGE for its members. SCLC, one of nine state library systems as defined by the California State Library, serves 39 independent city, county, and library district libraries located in the Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. MONTAGE is a part of SCLC’s DigiLab program, a digital archiving and collaboration project, which allows participating members to scan and add their own unique content, in order to publish on a public, digital platform.

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.

(Patron Point) Patron Point announced that the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, Oregon, has implemented its patron relationship management system for use by both central staff and member libraries.

(Amigos Library Services) Amigos Library Services announced a partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on the E-Read Texas program to bring electronic book (e-book) access to Texans served by small community libraries. This is part of a multi-phased statewide project to enhance public library e-book collections.

July 11, 2019

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Sterling College, Mabee Library, in Sterling, Kansas is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 47,000 plus holdings from Liblime ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

(Equinox) Equinox welcomed Adams County Library System to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

July 9, 2019

(LAC Group) LAC Group has agreed to acquire ShiftCentral, a premiere market and competitive intelligence agency specializing in delivering highly-customized, analyst-driven insights and analysis for clients in the professional services, healthcare, financial services, technology and public sectors across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced the appointment of Emil Kang as Program Director for Arts and Cultural Heritage. In this role, Kang will lead the Foundation’s grantmaking program that seeks to nurture exceptional creative accomplishment, scholarship, and art conservation practices while promoting a diverse and sustainable ecosystem for the arts.

(Lyrasis) LYRASIS and DuraSpace announced the merger of their two leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profits was completed on July 1, 2019, establishing one of the largest global technology and services membership organizations for research and collections holding institutions worldwide. Members will participate in developing new scalable technologies, shared innovation opportunities, and high-value, fairly priced services across the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries.

July 8, 2019

(Lucidea) Lucidea, provider of knowledge management and library automation solutions to law firms worldwide announces participation in AALL 2019, this year in Washington, DC on July 13th through 16th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WCC).

July 3, 2019

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Utah Valley University Fulton Library in Orem, Utah is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 270,000 plus holdings from Symphony ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. T

(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.

(Lucidea) Vancouver-based software developer Lucidea attended this year's SLA Conference and INFO-EXPO in Cleveland, OH. As Diamond sponsors, they delivered a comprehensive and exciting lineup of events and updates.

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.

(Evergreen Project) Two Midwest librarians were recently recognized by the Evergreen library system community as Contributors of the Month -- Remington Steed of the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Michigan and Chauncey Montgomery of the Sunbury Community Library in Ohio.

June 29, 2019

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris se complace en anunciar que ha adquirido RapidILL, el proveedor de soluciones de entrega de documentos y recursos compartidos líderes en la industria.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris è lieta di annunciare che l’Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (ICCU) ha concesso alla piattaforma dei servizi bibliotecari Ex Libris Alma® la certificazione di livello quattro per l’uso con la catalogazione condivisa del Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (SBN).

(KOMBIT) Folketinget behandlede godkendte L 183 - Forslag til lov om ændring af lov om biblioteksvirksomhed den 23. april 2019. Lovforslaget skal ses i sammenhæng med et planlagt salg af den statslige aktiepost i DBC A/S til KL.

June 27, 2019

(Ex Libris) x Libris, ProQuest company, è lieta di annunciare di essere ora registrata presso l’Agenzia per l’Italia digitale (AgID) come fornitore autorizzato di servizi in cloud e Software come servizio (SaaS) per gli enti pubblici italiani.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, ProQuest company, ha il piacere di annunciare che la società ha conseguito la certificazione dell’International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 per la gestione della qualità. Questo riconoscimento premia l’impegno di Ex Libris Italia verso lo sviluppo, l’implementazione e il mantenimento di un processo di gestione della qualità orientato alla soddisfazione del cliente.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar que ha adquirido RapidILL, el proveedor de soluciones de entrega de documentos y recursos compartidos líderes en la industria.

June 26, 2019

(British Library) A new report from the British Library, commissioned by Arts Council England and the Carnegie UK Trust, has set out five possible options for digital transformation for UK public libraries. The recommendations paper, Digital Transformations for UK public libraries: five approaches to a ‘Single Digital Presence’ , sets out what a national online platform (or “single digital presence”) for public libraries could look like, what it could be used for and how such an offering might fit in with existing digital library systems.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris gibt die Übernahme von RapidILL bekannt, dem Anbieter von branchenführenden Lösungen für Dokumentbereitstellung und Resource Sharing. Das von Mitarbeitern der Colorado State University (CSU) Libraries entwickelte Flaggschiffprodukt von RapidILL, ebenfalls RapidILL genannt, kommt in mehr als 330 Institutionen zum Einsatz, die von einem schnellen, kostengünstigen Bestell- und Lieferservice für die Fernleihe profitieren. RapidILL wird seine derzeitigen Lösungen auch weiterhin anbieten, mit Unterstützung von Ex Libris. Zudem werden die beiden Unternehmen zusammenarbeiten, um die Resource-Sharing-Dienste für wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken erheblich zu erweitern.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that University of North Texas - Dallas Academic and Law Library is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 186,000 plus holdings from Sierra ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Stratford Library Association, in Connecticut is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 135,000 plus holdings from Horizon ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, ha il piacere di annunciare l’acquisizione di RapidILL, azienda leader nel settore delle soluzioni per la fornitura dei documenti e la condivisione delle risorse.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, une entreprise de ProQuest, est ravie d’annoncer l’acquisition de RapidILL, fournisseur de solutions de partage des ressources et de distribution de documents à la pointe du secteur.

June 25, 2019

(Overdrive) Following the completion of a successful year-long pilot program, Rakuten OverDrive today announced the July 1st availability of curated Indie Author Project (IAP) ebooks to their partners worldwide. The IAP ebook collections feature award-winning titles from across the world that are hand-selected by Library Journal, Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA), and a network of hundreds of librarians participating in the IAP’s regional indie ebook contests. This is a royalty-paying program to the selected authors, and it is the latest development in the transformation of deeper mainstream public library involvement in the indie book world.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, ProQuest company, è lieta di annunciare la pubblicazione di uno studio che analizza le sfide che si presentano ai ricercatori presso le istituzioni di istruzione superiore e il livello di supporto offerto dagli uffici di ricerca e dalle biblioteche. Lo studio è stato commissionato da Ex Libris e condotto da Alterline, un’agenzia di ricerca indipendente. Il report espone i risultati di un sondaggio svolto su 300 ricercatori e riporta le interviste condotte con nove membri senior di uffici di ricerca situati in Regno Unito, Stati Uniti e Australia.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the University of Richmond has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. This combination will enable the university to scale its electronic resource management to meet the needs of its undergraduate and research-focused patrons.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, gibt die Veröffentlichung einer Studie bekannt, in der die Herausforderungen untersucht werden, denen sich Forschende an Hochschulen gegenübersehen, sowie das Ausmaß der Unterstützung durch Forschungsbüros und Bibliotheken. Die Studie wurde von Ex Libris in Auftrag gegeben und von Alterline, einem unabhängigen Forschungsinstitut, durchgeführt. Der Bericht präsentiert die Ergebnisse einer Umfrage unter 300 Forschenden und von Interviews mit neun hochrangigen Mitgliedern von Forschungsbüros in den Vereinigten Staaten, dem Vereinigten Königreich und Australien.

June 23, 2019

(Pellucent Technologies) American Library Association Conference and Exhibition 2019 - Pellucent Technologies LLC. launches yet another Google Action, this time for Delaware County District Library. Delaware County District Library, Ohio was the first Library system in the country to subscribe to the Conversational A.I. services developed by Pellucent in July 2017. Worthington Libraries subscribed to these services in December 2017 and was the first library to have a Google Action developed by Pellucent. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County added these services in May 2018. Pellucent’s mission is to help Libraries bring their information faster to their patrons using Voice Assistants and Chatbots that are easy to implement, intuitive & easy to use, and at a low cost to the library system.

June 21, 2019

(Digital Public Library of America) Digital Public Library of America announced a new $622,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen and expand its national cultural heritage network and platform. DPLA’s cultural heritage aggregation program has been its signature achievement since launching in 2013, making over 34 million items—photographs, maps, news footage, oral histories, manuscript documents, artwork, and more—from 4,000 libraries, museums, and archives across the country freely discoverable to all.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, will be previewing Gale In Context: For Educators, a new product and addition to our Gale In Context suite. This new resource makes it easy for educators to curate classroom curriculum with content sourced from their Gale In Context student databases that is aligned to state and national standards and complemented by exclusive plans to guide lessons, activities and projects. A specialized toolset allows educators to organize, customize and personalize resources independently, share with colleagues or work collaboratively to build engaging classroom materials for a rich learning environment. ALA Annual and ISTE attendees will get a sneak preview of this new innovative technology that will be available this Fall.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the appointment of Jason Griffey as the Director of Strategic Initiatives on the NISO staff. Griffey brings to NISO over 15 years of experience in libraries and community leadership, as well as a broad understanding of emerging technologies. This new position was created to support the forthcoming merger between NISO and the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) that was announced earlier this spring. Griffey will be responsible for organizing an annual conference and thought leadership meetings, and for building initiatives based on those convenings.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announce that the library consortium led by the Northern Michigan University library has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to replace the group’s Ex Libris Voyager and Summon systems.

(RedLink) Atypon, the technology leader in the scholarly publishing market, has acquired RedLink, the provider of key data and insights for academic publishers, libraries, and consortia. RedLink’s portfolio includes Remarq, the popular article-sharing, commenting, and annotation platform for researchers. RedLink’s data and engagement products, Library Dashboard, Publisher Dashboard, SiteLeads, and Remarq, are a natural fit for the publishers and institutions whom Atypon serves, and a natural extension of Atypon’s own publishing product portfolio.

(BiblioCommons) In order to determine the impact of subscribing to its public library software, BiblioCommons recently retained an independent consultant to complete an in-depth statistical analysis of the impact of BiblioCommons online services on North American public libraries. What they discovered is that subscribing to BiblioCommons correlates with an increase in circulation per capita anywhere from 25% to 57%, and results in 9% more visits per capita on average, compared to public libraries that do not subscribe to BiblioCommons services. This is true when accounting for other potential influences, including population size and density, operating budgets, collection size, and historical circulation trends.

(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons shared new versions of BiblioWeb and BiblioApps, as well as introduce BiblioEmail, an exciting new email marketing service developed specifically for public libraries. BiblioWeb 3.0 offers all the valuable functionality that libraries have come to expect from BiblioWeb, but with more power, greater flexibility, and even better ease of use. A brand new page builder with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface allows library staff to design their own pages from scratch, or to simply insert their content into ready-made templates. Revamped taxonomies structuring the website content allow for even easier featuring and cross-promotion of blog posts, events, recommendation lists, and more. BiblioApps has also been completely rebuilt to reflect public libraries’ need to create more personalized, engaging library experiences.

(ReShare Community) Project ReShare announced its new ReShare Founding Members Program and Certified Service Provider Program, with opportunities for libraries, consortia, and service provider organizations to engage with the project and support its efforts to create a sustainable, open source, user-centered resource sharing platform for libraries.

(Index Data) Project ReShare and Index Data are pleased to announce that Index Data will become the first Certified Service Provider for the ReShare consortial resource sharing platform. A software company specializing in creating innovative products and tools for the library ecosystem, Index Data will offer hosting, implementation, and support services for consortia that adopt the ReShare platform.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced its three 2019 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. Hedgesville Public Library in Hedgesville, West Virginia; New Port Richey Public Library in New Port Richey, Florida; and Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, will each receive $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

(Voyager Sopris Learning) Voyager Sopris Learning today announced the winners of its LANGUAGE! Live Literacy Acceleration Grant program, which was created to help districts increase literacy achievement in struggling students. Recipients will receive at least six months of Voyager Sopris Learning’s LANGUAGE! Live, an award-winning literacy curriculum proven to help struggling readers and writers achieve grade-level reading expectations.

(NISO) The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the formal publication of recommended practices for KBART Automation: Automated Retrieval of Customer Electronic Holdings (NISO RP-26-2019). This Recommended Practice supports the timely exchange of accurate, library-specific KBART-formatted holdings reports between content providers’ access control systems and knowledge bases, allowing knowledge base-powered systems to more accurately reflect content accessible at a particular institution and its unique holdings, with little interaction or ongoing maintenance from library staff. The KBART acronym stands for Knowledge Bases and Related Tools.

June 20, 2019

(Springer) Nature is launching a new collection of educational, standalone, peer-reviewed videos on its online content platform SpringerLink. Available from July, the videos cover a wide range of content from demonstrations of surgical techniques to tailored lecture series and interviews with researchers. Content for the videos is created by academics and practitioners, many of whom have previously published in Springer Nature’s journal and book portfolios. All videos are reviewed both internally and externally by subject experts to ensure accuracy and quality.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris has acquired RapidILL, the provider of industry-leading document-delivery and resource-sharing solutions. Developed by staff at the Colorado State University (CSU) Libraries, RapidILL’s flagship product, also named RapidILL, serves more than 330 institutions, which benefit from a fast, cost-effective request and delivery service for interlibrary loans. RapidILL will continue to offer its current solutions, with support from Ex Libris. At the same time, the two organizations will work together to significantly enrich resource-sharing services for the academic library market.

(Digital Science) The Nature Index 2019 annual tables were released this week and showed the United States, China and Germany as the three top countries in the country ranking. In the institutional ranking, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard University, and the Max Planck Society held their positions as world leading institutions. For the first time, the Nature Index annual tables also include a normalized ranking tracked using Digital Science’s Dimensions database. This takes into account the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output in the natural sciences.

June 19, 2019

(Digital Science) Digital Science is proud to announce a collaboration with Research4Life which will give all Research4Life participants access to Dimensions Plus. Dimensions will allow participants to explore the research landscape and the connections between publications, grants, clinical trials, patents and policy documents.Research4Life is a public-private partnership which aims to reduce the knowledge gap between industrialised and developing countries by providing free or very low-cost access to scientific and professional information to institutions in more than 120 countries.

(Springer) The majority of book authors support the idea that all future scholarly books should be open access (OA). This is one of the key findings of a new white paper presented by Springer Nature at the OAI-11 conference at CERN this week. Based on the responses of 2,542 book authors who were surveyed by Springer Nature in February and March 2019, the white paper provides a global view of book authors’ attitudes towards OA. The survey looks at researchers’ motivations for publishing a book, and analyses the parameters and key drivers which influence academics to publish OA or not. The white paper also identifies major obstacles to OA publication which book authors still face: from a lack of awareness of OA publishing options and low funding, to concerns about how OA books are perceived. The white paper is freely available for download.

(Springer) In the Nature Index 2019 annual tables, released today, the United States is well ahead of China then Germany to make up the top three in the country ranking, while the top three institutions – the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harvard University and Max Planck Society – have held fast to their positions in the institutional ranks. For the first time, the Nature Index annual tables also include a normalized ranking. This takes into account the number of high-quality articles published as a proportion of an institute’s overall output in the natural sciences. The normalized ranking reveals a very different set of leaders among academic institutions.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris®, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar la publicación de un estudio que estudia los desafíos a los que se enfrentan los investigadores en las instituciones de educación superior y el nivel de apoyo que se ofrece desde las oficinas de investigación y las bibliotecas. El estudio lo encargó Ex Libris y lo realizó Alterline, una agencia de investigación independiente. El informe presenta los resultados de una encuesta de 300 investigadores y entrevistas con nueve miembros sénior de las oficinas de investigación en los Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido y Australia.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, une entreprise de ProQuest, est ravie d’annoncer la publication d’une étude consacrée aux défis auxquels les chercheurs font face dans les institutions d’éducation supérieure et au niveau de soutien apporté par les bureaux de recherche et les bibliothèques. L’étude a été commandée par Ex Libris et menée par Alterline, une agence de recherche indépendante. Le rapport présente les résultats d’une enquête réalisée auprès de 300 chercheurs et d’entretiens menés auprès de neuf cadres de différents bureaux de recherche aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni et en Australie.

(Axiell) Axiell, the leading vendor globally for collections management software, today announces a collaboration with CultureConnect, an innovative technology company delivering award-winning mobile and digital experiences to the cultural sector. This ground-breaking partnership advances the technology landscape for museums, libraries and cultural organizations, enabling them to launch engaging, beautiful digital experiences for visitors more easily and as part of a sustainable technology foundation, i.e., one which they can build upon and scale.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing the first installment of its new Public Health Archives series. Public Health in Modern America, 1890-1970 examines the history of America’s public health systems and policy debates during the 20th century. This digital collection provides scholars and researchers access to thousands of rare and unique resources that explore the evolution of health care in the United States from the turn of the century well into the 1960s, highlighting the critical impact of public health policy on the American experience. Read Gale’s blog about this new archive.

(Gale Group) Gale, a Cengage company, is making enhancements across its portfolio of products, improving the functionality and user experience of its research tools to make its content more discoverable. Now libraries and researchers have superior access to high-quality authoritative content online and in the classroom, delivering better research outcomes for user success.

(OCLC) OCLC has signed agreements with leading content providers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases, and other learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.

(Follett) Baker & Taylor, the world’s premier distributor of books and digital content, today announced the launch of its Career Skills Training platform, which will enable public libraries to offer education and training programs designed to prepare individuals for success in the world of work. Patrons at libraries in four states can now access a broad range of competency-based, career-aligned courses and playlists, in subjects including foundational math, reading, and digital literacy, at no cost. These resources allow job seekers and workers interested in developing new competencies a flexible path to enhancing skills for careers, including the soft skills that employers are seeking today and for the future.

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