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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(January 20, 2017). Ex Libris announced that Washington and Lee University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery platform. The University is the eighth institution in Virginia to adopt both solutions. Replacing the Innovative Millennium library system, Alma and Primo will increase workflow efficiencies, improve analytics to support collection development and decision making, and allow Washington and Lee University to leverage the Ex Libris open API environment to provide additional services to the Washington and Lee community.
(January 20, 2017). Innovative Interfaces has launched Sierra Release 3.0 to deliver a streamlined user experience, greater operational efficiencies, and more robust integration across systems.
(January 20, 2017). Innovative Interfaces has launched Decision Center Release 1.2 with new features for tracking library activity and scheduling automated reports.
(January 20, 2017). Ex Libris announced that Washington State University has chosen Leganto powered by SIPX, the Ex Libris resource list solution. WSU will use this solution to manage course resource lists and deliver course materials to students at its five campus locations and to its distance learners worldwide, who study through the virtual WSU Global Campus. Integrated with the Ex Libris Alma library management system and the Primo discovery solution, the Leganto solution will enable WSU Libraries to easily meet the demand for course materials.
(January 19, 2017). Through a new addition to its Pivot service, ProQuest is further simplifying the workflow of researchers by integrating funding and publishing opportunities into one easy-to-use environment. The Papers Invited® database, a comprehensive collection of calls for papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organizers in all academic disciplines, is now available via Pivot.
(January 19, 2017). e-ImageData, the world industry leader in innovative micrographic film equipment, will showcase the ScanPro 2200 at the ALA Midwinter show, January 20-23 in Atlanta, Ga. The 2200 is the newest and lowest cost microfilm scanner available on the market. The unit provides an affordable alternative for the budget-conscious consumer with its price tag under $5,000, while still giving users access to the superior performance of the ScanPro line.
(January 19, 2017). bibliotheca announces the addition of several new products to their portfolio, including the selfCheck line, electromagnetic technology and Automated Materials Handling. These new and improved products demonstrate bibliotheca's continued leadership and commitment library innovation.
(January 19, 2017). The National Information Standards Organization continues its Primer Series with the publication of Understanding Metadata. This comprehensive overview of information about an item's creation, name, topic, features, and more updates NISO's 2004 advice on the subject and follows on the Research Data Management Primer published in 2015. An additional such work, Linked Data for Cultural Institutions, is forthcoming, and more guides will be published periodically.
(January 19, 2017). Demco announced the launch of Demco Software, a new division that offers mobile apps, programming resources and management tools to help 21st-century libraries better engage their communities. Demco Software unites Evanced room, event and reading program management tools with Boopsie mobile apps, integrating these solutions in one place, not offered anywhere else.
(January 18, 2017). A new collaboration between Follett Higher Education Group and VitalSource Technologies is making it easier for college students to access their digital learning materials. By integrating systems, Follett, the nation's largest campus retailer, and VitalSource, Ingram Content Group's educational technology division, are eliminating the need for passcodes to access VitalSource content via Follett's BryteWave digital textbook reader. Students simply log in to their learning management system and click a link for instant access to their needed materials.
(January 18, 2017). OverDrive announced today that 30 standalone public library systems and 19 library consortia in the U.S. and two other countries have set a new record for lending more than one million digital books in 2016. These 49 systems each achieved significant year over year circulation growth, and together surpassed the 32 systems that accomplished the feat in 2015.
(January 18, 2017). SirsiDynix is pleased to announce the GA release of BLUEcloud eRM, the SirsiDynix electronic resource management solution. BLUEcloud eRM is the premier solution to managing the lifecycle of electronic resources, from trial and acquisition to licensing and implementation. BLUEcloud eRM is available to libraries through SirsiDynix's SaaS hosted environment as an add-on service.Electronic content continues to grow in popularity among all types of libraries. BLUEcloud eRM supports the modern need for libraries to supply, track, and support electronic content. Building on the open-source electronic resource management system CORAL, BLUEcloud eRM streamlines staff workflows, tracks contractual terms, and captures COUNTER statistics from disparate vendors for analysis. SirsiDynix's SaaS hosting provides supplemental support for BLUEcloud libraries by alleviating in-house need to maintain infrastructure.
(January 18, 2017). EBSCO Information Services and Stacks Inc are now accepting applications for the inaugural Stacks Public Library Website Makeover Award. One winner will receive a free three-year library website makeover as well as up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Entries must be received by April 3, 2017.
(January 17, 2017). Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Alicia Sell to Vice President, Digitization Services. Sell has been with Backstage since 2011 serving as Account Manager for the Mid-Atlantic United States, and Europe. Her vision, wealth of experience in preservation, and her commitment to clients will be utilized in the expansion of client-centric services. Sell will also represent Backstage at conferences and speaking engagements.
(January 17, 2017). Scholars of literature have multiple options for accessing the Modern Language Association International Bibliography database, but only ProQuest's delivery of the essential tool through its newly redesigned literature platform has been named to Choice's selection of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2016.
(January 17, 2017). Ex Libris anunció que la Universitat Politècnica de València, usuario de Aleph desde 2000, ha elegido el servicio de gestión de recursos Alma y la solución de descubrimiento y entrega de Primo para ayudar a la biblioteca a alcanzar sus objetivos estratégicos de optimizar la eficiencia de la biblioteca, modernizar los servicios y transformar espacios físicos para mejorar la experiencia de investigación en la Universidad.
(January 17, 2017). OCLC has agreed to acquire Relais International, a leading interlibrary loan solution provider based in Ottawa, Canada, to significantly increase resource sharing options and capabilities for both Relais customers and OCLC member libraries and groups worldwide.
(January 17, 2017). OCLC introduces Tipasa, the first cloud-based interlibrary loan management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions for individual libraries. The new Tipasa system is built on the OCLC WorldShare technology platform and takes advantage of the world's largest resource sharing network.
(January 16, 2017). Ex Libris announced that Tsinghua University in Beijing has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service to replace the university's Innovative Millennium integrated library system. Tsinghua University was ranked as the top university in China by QS World University Rankings®.