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March 7, 2014. Mississippi Educational Software Company partners with Follett to support K-12 state standards transition. Central Access Corp. announced a partnership with Follett to provide Mississippi schools and educators access to Follett’s Aspen Instructional Management System. Aspen IMS offers powerful curriculum and classroom tools that help teachers and students to focus on engagement and achievement that meet state education standards. <<more>>
March 6, 2014. EBL unveils the new LibCentral. EBL - Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module, enabling libraries to tailor their ebook experience to fit their own and their users' unique needs. The new LibCentral helps libraries streamline workflows, making discovery, selection, acquisition, and management of ebooks simple. With sophisticated tools, it provides the library granular access and permission settings along with insight into overall collection and Demand-driven Acquisition usage. Created through collaboration with customers, LibCentral is a substantial step in the integration of ProQuest's ebook businesses EBL and ebrary, and will become the base of the combined ebook platform. <<more>>
March 6, 2014. CLIC Selects ProQuest Intota library services platform as its next shared system. Cooperating Libraries in Consortium of St. Paul, Minnesota, is the first academic library consortium to subscribe to ProQuest’s cloud-based library services platform, Intota. The CLIC libraries will be taking full advantage of the transformative nature of the Intota library services platform, implementing in phases beginning with the Summon discovery service this spring. During 2014 they also plan to implement Intota for assessment and for e-resource management, with other components to follow. <<more>>
March 6, 2014. Ingram enhances textbook program with used, buyback and new supply options. Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced it has expanded its physical textbook selection and services with the addition of new supply models, a comprehensive assortment of used textbooks and textbook buyback programs. <<more>>
March 6, 2014. 3M Cloud Library adds eAudiobooks. 3M Library Systems announces the launch of the newest innovation to its 3M Cloud Library Digital Lending System—eAudiobooks. Debuting with 40,000 titles powered by Findaway World, a premier provider of digital audiobook technology and delivery, the 3M Cloud Library will have an extensive collection of high quality eAudio titles. 3M will detail the new offerings at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2014 Conference, March 11-15 in Indianapolis, Ind. <<more>>
March 6, 2014. Duquesne University Libraries select Sierra Library Services Platform. Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library and Center for Legal Information (CLI) have selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. Gumberg Library is moving from a SirsiDynix Symphony™ system while CLI is upgrading from Innovative’s Millennium ILS. This will result in a single Sierra system being shared by the two libraries which had previously operated separate systems. <<more>>
March 6, 2014. Follett invests in ShowEvidence, Inc.. Follett Corporation announced an investment in ShowEvidence, Inc., a Santa Clara, California-based education software company that provides innovative solutions for assessing student and teacher performance. The investment is the first from the Follett Knowledge Fund, a $50 million venture fund focused on disruptive technologies in the education/technology space. <<more>>
March 6, 2014. Public libraries partner with Redbox and OCLC to extend free, fun ‘Outside the Box’ events to 20 new communities. Libraries in communities across the country will partner with Redbox, America’s destination for entertainment, and OCLC to produce free, fun, public entertainment events. Developed and funded by Redbox, “Outside the Box” will bring people together for these events in 20 new communities this year.During a 2013 pilot program, 12 Outside the Box events reached over 3,000 people around the country. Pilot efforts were led by public libraries and their communities, and supported by OCLC and consultants at the Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Building on the pilot’s success, Outside the Box will extend to 20 new communities in 2014, reinforcing the goal of creating great places where community members can gather and connect. Public libraries will remain central to Outside the Box, leading community planning sessions and event design. <<more>>
March 5, 2014. Kuali OLE System Partners receive $882,000 grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Indiana University, on behalf of Kuali OLE System Partners, has received an $882,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Kuali Open Library Environment, an open-source, community-based library software system created by a partnership of some of the nation’s leading university libraries. <<more>>
March 5, 2014. LibLime to Exhibit at Public Library Association Conference. LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Public Library Association Conference (PLA) scheduled for March 11-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana. <<more>>
March 5, 2014. EBSCO Information Services to provide Rosetta Stone language-learning resources to libraries. Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of education technology and language learning solutions, will soon be available to U.S. and Canadian academic and public libraries through a distribution partnership with EBSCO Information Service. EBSCO announced that it will redistribute Rosetta Stone’s well-known interactive language-learning software in the U.S. and Canada. <<more>>
March 5, 2014. Institute of Education (University of London) chooses Ex Libris Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Institute of Education, a renowned center for teacher education and educational research at the University of London, has chosen to adopt the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Primo will enable the IOE’s Newsam Library and Archives to offer thousands of users access to one of the largest European collections of current and historical materials on education and related areas of social science. <<more>>
March 4, 2014. International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation chooses ArchivalWare. As part of a major enhancement of its information service the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation has chosen the ArchivalWare digital archive to replace its physical archive of 250,000 documents, including laws, brochures, journals, loose-leaf and IBFD materials. <<more>>
March 4, 2014. VTLS enjoys success and growth in 2013. VTLS reports a period of growth and profitability in 2013 in multiple areas. VTLS added new customers, sold additional products to existing customers, made many product enhancements and hired seven new full-time employees at its headquarters in Blacksburg, VA. In addition, the new Open Skies library services platform is now available for delivery to beta testers. Open Skies is the new platform being offered by VTLS to integrate all library services including ILS, digital management systems, events and exhibits, open access software, e-books and licensed databases. <<more>>
March 4, 2014. Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) upgrades to Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) has upgraded to the Sierra Library Services Platform. The new open-architecture platform will allow them to meet the challenges posed by data and resource-discovery in today's library and information ecosystem. The largest research library in Ireland, it was previously using the Millennium ILS. <<more>>
March 4, 2014. Genealogists can now find FamilySearch and WorldCat records through both online resources. OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than 1 million FamilySearch genealogical records are now discoverable in WorldCat, the world’s largest database of records representing resources in libraries worldwide. Links to WorldCat are now available on FamilySearch.org. <<more>>
March 4, 2014. ProQuest Invites Future Information Professionals to Apply for Annual Scholarship. ProQuest is seeking applicants for its 2014 Roger K. Summit Scholarship. Open to applicants from around the world, the US$5,000 award has been given annually for more than twenty years, supporting promising graduate students in library and information sciences. The winner will be announced at the Special Libraries Association's 2014 Annual Conference to be held June 8 – 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. <<more>>
March 4, 2014. Springer to partner with the Università degli Studi di Palermo. Springer has entered into a partnership with Università degli Studi di Palermo to publish a new English-language book series. The UNIPA Springer Series is a unique cooperation that will showcase research from five core disciplines: medicine, biomedicine and life sciences; engineering and physics; mathematics, statistics and computer sciences; business, economics and law; and human, behavioral and social sciences. The topics addressed may come from one specific research field or have a multidisciplinary approach. <<more>>
March 3, 2014. Forsyth County Public Library live on Evergreen . The Forsyth County Public Library has officially joined NC Cardinal live on Evergreen. Equinox oversaw implementation and staff training and will continue to provide ongoing system administration, hosting, and technical support for the growing consortium. <<more>>
March 3, 2014. Nationale Bibliotheekcatalogus live bij de OBA. The national public library catalogue NBC+ (Nationale Bibliotheek Catalogus Plus) is live at the Public Library of Amsterdam <<more>>
March 3, 2014. Gale expands product strategy and bolsters publishing program to address critical library needs. Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, announced expanded product and services initiatives, new publishing program and the addition of industry-leading STEM content from partners. These updated strategies and partnerships usher in a new era of resource development that will help libraries and their users thrive in today’s education landscape. <<more>>
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Perspective and commentary by Marshall Breeding
I have posted the results the seventh annual survey of data collected on how libraries rate their current integrated library system, the company involved, and the quality of customer support. The survey also aims to gather data regarding attitudes regarding interest levels in open source ILS products. Perceptions 2013: an international survey of library automation gives the general conclusions and presents all the statistical results derived from the survey. As usual, some of the most interesting and valuable information lies in the comments offered by responders.
Just as I did for the previous editions survey, I created an interactive tool for viewing the statistical summaries and comments. The main tables in the article show statistics only for those products that had more than 15 survey responses. You can use the ILS Product Report to view the statistics on any of the products mentioned in the survey and to read the comments about that system, even if the number of responses did not meet the threshold. The comments that display have been edited to remove any text that identifies the individual or institution, preserving the anonymity of the responders. The narrative data in the comments largely corroborate the statistical responses and makes for interesting reading.
Marshall Breeding Feb 4, 2014 13:47:33 Link to this thread
My Systems Librarian column Library Technology Forecast for 2014 and Beyond published in the December 2013 issue of Computers in Libraries is now available online at Information Today. In this column I mention some of the trends that I expect to see next year related to library technologies. These categories addressed include:
Libraries continue to face enormous challenges as they continue to deal with woefully inadequate budgets at the same time that almost every aspect of their work has become more complex. In these times when search engines, social networks, and ecommerce sites set an almost unreachable bar for user experience and breadth of content, libraries have to make extraordinary efforts to impress their patrons with the information resources and services that they offer on the web while remaining true to core library values. Thus, the stage is set. I’ll discuss some of the trends that I see playing out on the library technology front as we look ahead for the next couple of years.
Marshall Breeding Dec 20, 2013 10:01:04 Link to this thread
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