Current news from the world of library automation. 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://www.librarytechnology.org.
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(March 5, 2015). Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President of Product Management, is now serving as Board of Directors President of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), the nation's leading membership association for the information services industry.
(March 5, 2015). BiblioCommons Inc. has begun work with the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) to envision a unified digital platform for all public libraries in England. The goal of the project is to enhance public library services and increase the use of these services by library patrons.
(March 4, 2015). Backstage Library Works (www.BSLW.com) announced today the successful preservation digitization of 15 large scrapbook volumes from the Leffingwell collection documenting American theatre performance from the late 19th century through 1922. Digitization included loose items, oversized, heavy and acidic materials mounted on tissue paper, two-page spreads with items pasted across book gutters, and mounted theatre playbills containing multiple leaves. The Leffingwell scrapbooks vary in size and are held by The Ohio State University's Lawrence & Lee Theatre Research Institute library.
(March 4, 2015). ProQuest is advancing the research experience for family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts with a new version of its popular HeritageQuest® Online, a treasury of high quality genealogical and historical information. This authoritative family history resource, which can be accessed from the library or remotely through the library portal, has a new interface powered by Ancestry, enriching the search experience and streamlining the research process.
(March 4, 2015). LIBROS, the consortium of 17 academic libraries in New Mexico, is now using OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management solution.
(March 4, 2015). Innovative announced today its sponsorship of the Libhub Initiative, which encourages industry-wide focus on the visibility of library resources on the Web. With enabling technologies such as linked data and shared vocabularies such as schema.org and BIBFRAME, the Libhub Initiative will exponentially expand data linking among libraries and the greater Web.
(March 2, 2015). The Custer Consolidated School District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of the Custer Consolidated School District, the CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 660,000 bibliographic records describing over one million attached item records. The Custer Consolidated School District staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application.
(March 3, 2015). Biblionix, a leading provider of automation solely for public libraries, today announced that its Apollo integrated library system has again topped the Perceptions survey sixth straight year, Apollo received top rankings in ALL categories. Libraries with up to 100,000 holdings are considered small in this survey.
(March 2, 2015). Central European University, an international postgraduate institution in Budapest, implemented EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services two years ago. Since then, it has provided greater exposure for library databases for its advanced degree students and has become the go-to service for their challenging and unique research topics.
(March 4, 2015). Ex Libris announced that the University of Sussex is replacing its library management system with the Alma unified resource management service from Ex Libris. Tightly integrated with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which the University implemented in 2013, Alma will provide the Library with a future-oriented solution for the acquisition and fulfilment of electronic, digital, and print resources. Flexible and open, the Alma service will interact efficiently with other internal and third-party systems.
(March 3, 2015). EBSCO Information Services and ByWater Solutions have partnered to provide more choices to its customers. ByWater Solutions is the leading US provider of support and implementation services to libraries using Koha, the world's first free and open source ILS. Working with ByWater, libraries that use the Koha ILS can readily adopt EBSCO Discovery Service as their discovery service and front-end of choice.
(March 2, 2015). The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) Library has partnered with Softlink to implement the Liberty Library Management System, a move that has allowed the reference library to offer online access to their extensive catalogue of sporting resources.
(February 26, 2015). Lucidea announce that the law firm of Kelly Hart and Hallman LLP will migrate to SydneyEnterprise, Lucidea's powerful new library automation system.
(February 26, 2015). Biblionix, a leading provider of automation solely for public libraries, today announced that its Apollo integrated library system (ILS) has topped LibraryWorks' (http://libraryworks.com/) massive 2015 Library Purchasing Survey in the IT/Automation category. The survey ranked 46 such companies.
(February 27, 2015). Civica announced the upcoming web-based library management, discovery, digital asset management and archives solution, Spydus10. Due for public release in April 2015, the first release of Spydus10 comprises a complete suite of web-based applications that will follow the intuitive workflows that Spydus is known for. Spydus10 will have a refreshed interface for both staff and library patrons, and increased functionality aligned to Civica's commitment to staying relevant with the evolving needs of libraries.
(February 25, 2015). From February 25, ownership of all Reed Elsevier businesses, subsidiaries and financing activities below the two listed parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV, has been transferred to a new single group entity. This entity has been named RELX Group plc. RELX Group plc will continue to be owned by Reed Elsevier PLC, the London listing vehicle, and Reed Elsevier NV, the Amsterdam listing vehicle, although we will be asking shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to change their names to RELX PLC and RELX NV respectively.
(February 26, 2015). Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, and Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, have integrated the Boopsie Mobile App with Baker and Taylor's Axis 360 digital media library. The partnership will drive circulation and usage of Axis 360 and meet patrons' expectations for easy access to the library's digital information and entertainment materials.
(February 25, 2015). To support a growth rate of more than 30% in 2014 and expansion into new global markets including corporate libraries, law libraries and government libraries in addition to continuing to expand in public and academic libraries, Boopsie Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, has hired Dmitry Maslov as Senior Product Manager. He has extensive experience in every role in the app development process: ideation, design, development, testing, launch, marketing, PR and customer support. Prior to joining Boopsie, Dmitry worked at Travelzoo where he was responsible for company's popular iOS and Android applications, which have been installed on over 3 million devices. He also worked at frog design where he learned early on how vital it is to have a clear visual language and provide intuitive interfaces. With his experience and passion, Maslov is well positioned to drive Boopsie's product development as the company prepares for even greater success in 2015.
(February 24, 2015). Bibliotheca, a leader in RFID and barcode based self-service technology solutions, has received high marks on the Strategic Library's 2015 Library Purchasing Survey as well as won Gold in the 2015 Modern Library Awards, both of which were scored by and voted upon by librarians.
(February 24, 2015). University of Rochester River Campus Libraries purchased a large collection of correspondence between American women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony and her close friend and colleague, Rachel Foster Avery. Any time curators receive a collection of fragile, handwritten letters, one of their greatest challenges is to preserve the delicate materials so they can digitize the contents and make them accessible to others. These materials were digitized with the KODAK Picture Saver Scanning System PS50.