Current news from the library technology industry. Includes press releases and other announcments from companies involved in the library automation industry. Compiled by Marshall Breeding, new entries added within 1 day of receipt. http://librarytechnology.org.
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(August 27, 2015). LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, announced today that the Arkansas State Library has selected LearningExpress Library and Computer Skills Center digital platforms to address the increasing need for workplace skills improvement, and to help all Arkansas residents achieve their academic, career and personal goals.
(August 26, 2015). Axiell has formed a unique partnership with SOLUS, which will bring enhanced mobile benefits to Axiell library customers and will provide library patrons with a state of the art, platform-independent mobile library app.
(August 26, 2015). Ingram Publisher Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced the addition of three new publisher clients: Pajama Press, Rocky Nook and Dalkey Archive Press. "We are pleased to welcome Dalkey Archive, Rocky Nook and Pajama Press to our growing distribution business. Each of these clients brings something special to our retail and library customers, said Mark Ouimet, vice president and general manager, Ingram Publisher Services.
(August 26, 2015). NISO will host a twoday meeting to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on October 5 & 6, 2015 on The Future of Library Discovery. In February 2015, NISO published a white paper commissioned from library consultant Marshall Breeding by NISO's Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee. The in-person meeting will be an extension of the white paper with a series of presenters and panels offering an overview of the current resource discovery environment. Attendees will then participate in several conversations that will examine possibilities regarding how these technologies, methodologies, and products might be able to adapt to changes in the evolving information landscape in scholarly communications and to take advantage of new technologies, metadata models, or linking environments to better accomplish the needs of libraries to provide access to resources.
(August 25, 2015). Credo announced that Ian Singer will join the company as its Chief Content Officer. Mr. Singer, who most recently served as Vice President, Group Publisher for Media Source Inc., will oversee Credo's publisher relations activities and content acquisition strategy.
(August 25, 2015). Ex Libris announced that Singapore Management University has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace the Innovative Millennium integrated library system and EBSCO Discovery Service.
(August 21, 2015). The Hutchinson Memorial Library in Randolph, Wisconsin will soon participate in the South Central Library System (SCLS) LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. Hutchinson Memorial Library staff will work with the SCLS ILS Support Team members and LibLime Project Management to migrate bibliographic, item and patron data from their legacy ILS system. Hutchinson staff will enjoy autonomy within the LibLime Koha union catalog, as LibLime Koha includes support for local ownership of patron records, local ownership of items records linked to communal bibliographic records and OPAC group searching for pre-designated collections. Hutchinson library patrons will also benefit from other functionality in the software sponsored by SCLS. With the addition of Hutchinson, there will be over 3.7 million records in the SCLS LibLime Koha union catalog.
(August 17, 2015). Sistemas Lógicos Chile, empresa líder de automatización de bibliotecas en el Cono Sur, tiene el agrado de anunciar la reciente contratación del sistema de futura generación Alma de Ex Libris por la Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez de Chile.
(August 24, 2015). ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com) introduced an enhanced platform interface that makes it easier for users to complete their research tasks. Driven by deep analysis of researcher behaviors on the ProQuest platform, extensive testing with users and librarians, beta testing with a variety of customer development partners, and large scale A/B testing, the enhancements make discovery and access of ProQuest's rich, diverse content more intuitive and effective.
(August 21, 2015). Progressive Technology Federal Systems Inc. (PTFS), a provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions, will demonstrate a Multi-INT change detection service at the 2015 Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Worldwide Conference (DoDIIS). The new service enables clients to correlate change on the earth's surface with other geospatial and textual information, as well as social media feeds, to gain a comprehensive understanding about the change.
(August 21, 2015). The Las Animas Bent County Library District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Library and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to AspenCat union catalog.
(August 20, 2015). Hilary Newman, Innovative's VP of Global Partnerships and Customer Engagement, has won the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Information. This annual award is presented to graduates for outstanding accomplishment in the field of library and information studies and contributions to the College of Information. A graduate of the College of Information with a Masters in Library Science, Ms. Newman has applied this knowledge at Innovative since 1995.
(August 19, 2015). Following the official celebrations for Singapore's 50 years of independence, Civica is delighted to announce the winners of the nationwide schools' digital story competition, and the annual Tales of S creative writing competition. This year, to commemorate SG50, both competitions encouraged students to pay tribute to Singapore and the contributions by ordinary citizens in the growth and success of the country over the past 50 years.
(August 19, 2015). OCLC, along with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has named five librarians selected to participate in the Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program for 2016. The program supports library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.
(August 19, 2015). Preservica has over a decade of expertise in digital preservation, investing in many research initiatives as well as being a well-respected member of several international collaborations with academia, archives, libraries and corporations. Today, Preservica's on-premise and cloud hosted digital preservation and access solutions are used by leading institutions and organisations around the world.
(August 17, 2015). Follett announced today it is partnering with early childhood education expert Dr. Susan B. Neuman to become the exclusive distributor of World of Words (WOW), a new, research-based, shared book reading program for children at the PreK-1 grade levels. Developed by Dr. Neuman, who established the Early Reading First Program and Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, WOW helps build vocabulary and comprehension.
(August 14, 2015). The results of the recent FreePint survey on use of ebooks in corporate settings demonstrate that ebook adoption is increasing dramatically in enterprises after many years of lagging. FreePint is an international analyst group that supports organisational investments in information and supports organisations' information strategy by providing unique and practical content, community and consulting on information sources, technology and value.
(August 13, 2015). Innovative announced that the second set of REST APIs for the Sierra Library Services Platform is now in general release. As with the initial API release, Sierra API Release 2.0 provides access to Sierra data and metadata, allowing libraries and commercial partners to create seamless integrations and applications that benefit library patrons and staff. The new release provides transactional APIs for managing holds and patron accounts. In addition, Release 2.0 expands data access to include branch information and authority records. Interactive and reference documentation for this release is available on the recently-launched Innovative developer sandbox at http://sandbox.iii.com/docs.
(August 13, 2015). Follett unveiled Lightbox, a fully interactive, multi-dimensional interface for PreK-12 teachers looking to improve student engagement, comprehension, vocabulary and literacy development. Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, Lightbox supports instructors with varied approaches to teaching topics, while its built-in tools create an engaging, student-centered learning experience for even the most disengaged students.
(August 12, 2015). Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has acquired select eBook and technology assets of MeeGenius an eBook subscription service for children aged up to eight years old. The acquisition marks the Company's latest investment in high-quality digital content for parents and young learners and supports its ongoing strategic focus on the direct-to-consumer market.