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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(June 27, 2015). Auto-Graphics and Rancho Mirage Public Library announce the selection and successful migration and go live of Auto-Graphics' VERSO, as the new Integrated Library System. After a competitive and thorough RFP process, Rancho Mirage Public Library, RMPL, selected Auto-Graphics as the vendor of choice with their latest iteration of ILS software.
(June 27, 2015). De UvA, VU, VUmc, AMC en de HvA hebben gezamenlijk gekozen voor de aanschaf van het onderzoeksinformatiesysteen Pure van Elsevier B.V. Met deze voorlopige gunning gaat de aanbestedingsprocedure de volgende fase in.
(June 26, 2015). The Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division of the American Library Association has published a new book edited by Todd A. Carpenter, the Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The Critical Component: Standards in the Information Exchange Environment explores the process of developing information standards, the value of standards for libraries, publishing and the intermediaries that serve both communities. The book is published by ALCTS Publishing and is available in both print and electronic-book format. Carpenter, Nettie Lagace, NISO's Associate Director for Programs, and Cynthia Hodgson, recently retired NISO Editor, all contributed chapters to this publication.
(June 26, 2015). Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of many.
(June 26, 2015). The National Information Standards Organization announces the publication of a new recommended practice, Protocol for Exchanging Serial Content, which provides guidance on the best way to manage the elements of digital serial content packaging in a manner that aids both the content provider and the content recipient in understanding what has been delivered and received.
(June 26, 2015). ProQuest supports the National Information Standards Organization and ProQuest leaders such as Steven Guttman, Senior Director of Product Management, have long standing participation in efforts including the Open Discovery Initiative Standing Committee to help the library industry improve the research and discovery experience.
(June 26, 2015). Many leading public libraries are seeing new opportunities to create fully integrated, engaging websites that attract and retain patrons online with the new BiblioCommons website management platform. BiblioCMS enables libraries to provide a truly integrated online patron experience, delivered through a shared, software-as-a-service platform.
(June 26, 2015). Please join special guests Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and President of Tech Logic Corporation, Gary Kirk, as they present our first annual People First Award to Enoch Pratt Free Library's Pennsylvania Avenue Branch in Baltimore at ALA San Francisco. The award will be presented on Friday, June 26, at 5:15 p.m., at the Moscone Center during the event's opening general session from 4-5:30 p.m., in the Esplanade Ballroom. The Enoch Pratt Free Library was chosen to receive this very special award after demonstrating exemplary leadership during several days of riots, which were concentrated at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenues.
(June 26, 2015). The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is on the way to connecting online collections from coast to coast by 2017 an effort boosted by a new $3.4 million investment from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundations. These two new awards, coupled with significant earlier support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will allow DPLA to open new Service Hubs that provide a way for all cultural heritage organizations across the country to connect through one national collection.
(June 26, 2015). The Council on Library and Information Resources has received a 24-month, $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2015.
(June 26, 2015). EBSCO Information Services and the H.W. Wilson Foundation are expanding their partnership with the goal of making searching for electronic theses and dissertations easier and more open. In 2014, the two organizations created American Doctoral Dissertations which contains indexing from the H.W. Wilson print publication, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, 1933-1955. Under the expanded partnership, the H.W. Wilson Foundation has agreed to support the expansion of the scope of the American Doctoral Dissertations database to include records for dissertations and theses from 1955 to the present. The goal is to create a single portal for ETDs which can be added to university profiles.
(June 26, 2015). Ex Libris announced that the California State University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to deliver seamless, state of the art access to print and electronic resources for students and faculty. CSU campuses are migrating from various systems including Innovative Interfaces' Millennium and Sierra, ProQuest's 360 Link and Summon and from Ex Libris Voyager and SFX.
(June 26, 2015). Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, announces the release of its all-in-one Axis 360 mobile app, available for download this summer. The Axis 360 app provides Apple, Android and select Kindle mobile users the ability to discover, download and read ebooks or listen to digital audiobooks, within a single application.
(June 26, 2015). SirsiDynix and Zepheira announce their intent to develop a product that will make libraries' collections visible and searchable on the Web. SirsiDynix and Zepheira have been busy the past several months laying the groundwork for this exciting partnership, collaborating on a joint roadmap that will bring transformative products to library systems sooner rather than later. The Visible Library Beta Program emerged as a path to rapidly reveal library collections to the Web in an actionable form.
(June 26, 2015). Two new tools from EBSCO Information Services have been created to enhance the EBSCO eBooks experience for library users. The EBSCO eBooks mobile app and the EBSCO eBooks viewer allow library users to download e-books easily, and enjoy an optimal viewing environment regardless of whether they are accessing the e-book on a mobile, tablet device or a desktop or laptop computer.
(June 26, 2015). ProQuest has named John "JG" Chirapurath as its new Senior Vice President and General Manager of ProQuest Workflow Solutions. In this role, Mr. Chirapurath will lead strategic development of the company's technology business that focuses on empowering academic researchers with solutions that improve research outcomes, and providing librarians with transformative cloud-based workflow solutions that enable the library to deliver greater value to their institutions.
(June 26, 2015). ProQuest will debut functionality of Intota v2 at the American Libraries Association annual conference in San Francisco. Capabilities in development for Intota v2 address how users think about what they do, and enable progressive academic and research libraries to evolve in a rapidly changing knowledge economy. Intota v2 is a library services platform that will encompass management of both print and electronic resources across the entire collection lifecycle. Libraries who select Intota v1 now will have special preview access to Intota v2 in the Spring of next year.
(June 26, 2015). Since the introduction of Intota last June for electronic resource management, close to 80 libraries worldwide have selected ProQuest's cloud-based library services platform, which also includes industry-leading discovery, linking, assessment and unified intelligent workflows across the lifecycle of collections. Libraries are responding favorably to ProQuest's phased approach to developing a transformative service that immediately solves for inadequacies in the traditional ILS. Unlike other services in the market, Intota simplifies workflows and addresses the major challenges libraries face today: collection assessment and e-resource management. With increasing pressure on budgets, libraries using Intota can focus on service to end users and deliver greater value to their institutions.
(June 26, 2015). Later this summer, family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest Online. This popular and authoritative resourcepowered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuestis one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries.
(June 26, 2015). BiblioCommons will debut a newly designed BiblioCore catalog at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015. The redesigned catalog features responsive design, streamlined search results, and unique enhancements to support readers' advisory. The BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog, BiblioCore, works with all major integrated library systems and replaces the traditional patron catalog in order to encourage community engagement around a library's collections, integrate the library's events and online resources into the patron's path, and promote the expertise of librarians as readers' advisory and reference specialists to their communities.