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April 16, 2014. Five university presses select Ingram's CoreSource for digital asset management and distribution . Ingram Content Group announced that New York University Press, Penn State University Press, University Press of Kansas, Ohio University Press and the University Press of Mississippi have selected Ingram's CoreSource digital asset management platform for the storage, management, and distribution of digital content. <<more>>

April 16, 2014. Harvard Library unifies discovery of its resources with Ex Libris Primo . Ex Libris announced that the Harvard Library has decided to offer the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery system as a single search interface for Harvard University’s vast local and electronic collections. The Library is adding Primo to a suite of Ex Libris solutions consisting of the Aleph integrated library system, Primo Central Index of scholarly resources, SFX OpenURL link resolver, MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution, and bX article recommender. <<more>>

April 16, 2014. Follett renews partnership with MetaMetrics to promote reading growth. Follett solidified its ongoing partnership with MetaMetrics, the developer of the Lexile Framework for Reading. This marriage of education-focused content and reading data helps ease educators’ struggles to connect students with age and reading level appropriate books, ebooks and digital resources. <<more>>

April 16, 2014. Lucidea announces new Chief Marketing Officer. Lucidea announced the appointment of former EOS International executive, Sal Provenza, as Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Provenza's appointment expands Lucidea’s executive team and will drive the company's global growth. <<more>>

April 15, 2014. Thomson Reuters Collaborates with Cornell University’s Emerging Markets Institute to advance access to academic research. The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced a collaboration with the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management to power a unique academic research portal through the Web of Science, the premier scientific search and discovery platform and industry authority in science, social science, and arts & humanities citation indexes. <<more>>

April 15, 2014. Harvard Business Review Press e-Books Now Available. EBSCO Information Services and Harvard Business Review Press have extended the availability of Harvard Business Review Press products to EBSCO Corporate, Government and Hospital users. For the first time, all digital editions of Harvard Business Review Press titles are being made available via the EBSCO eBooks platform, allowing users to purchase complete e-book versions of both new and backlist titles from the publisher. This exciting agreement builds upon an existing strong relationship between the two organizations, which also allows EBSCO users to access exclusive book summaries from Harvard Business Review Press. <<more>>

April 15, 2014. OCLC and Ingram help libraries manage e-book collections more efficiently. OCLC is working with Ingram, one of the world’s largest distributors of physical and digital content, to set and maintain holdings for e-books in WorldCat automatically, saving library staff valuable time and effort. This new program enables libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription and an account with MyiLibrary, Ingram’s online e-content platform for libraries, to request integration of their MyiLibrary e-book holdings information with the WorldCat knowledge base. E-book holdings information will then be populated and updated automatically, with no need for manual work by library staff. <<more>>

April 14, 2014. Atypon Systems acquires Metapress from EBSCO Online, Inc.. Atypon Systems and EBSCO Online, Inc. announced that Atypon has acquired the Metapress business from EBSCO Online, which has made the decision to discontinue the Metapress platform. Atypon and EBSCO will work together to transition Metapress clients to Atypon’s Literatum platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Metapress will continue to service its current clients through the transition. <<more>>

April 11, 2014. ProQuest and J.P. Morgan team to broaden access to award-winning analyst reports . ProQuest, an information firm central to global research, and J.P. Morgan, a leading global financial services firm, have joined forces to help business students and faculty make use of J.P. Morgan’s company and economic research. The companies have created J.P. Morgan Research, which contains intelligence and insight on more than 3,000 corporations worldwide and all major economies. The new research solution provides in-depth trend, forecast and macro analysis on companies and global economies, and integrates approximately 1,500 reports published each month by J.P. Morgan, plus a selection of archived items, into one single resource. <<more>>

April 10, 2014. ProQuest named SIIA Education CODiE finalist for Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution. ProQuest announced ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher is a finalist for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution. Earning this distinction year over year represents a solid track record of technology innovation and responsiveness to the changing needs in K-12 education. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries. Representing product excellence across 31 Education categories, 119 products are finalists in this competitive and coveted achievement. <<more>>

April 10, 2014. Ex Libris Alma and Primo selected by the Natural History Museum in London. Ex Libris announced that London’s Natural History Museum has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for unified resource discovery and delivery. These tightly integrated solutions will support the museum’s strategic goal of providing a pioneering digital library of the future. <<more>>

April 10, 2014. Baker and Taylor creates innovative digital user experience with Axis 360 enhancements. Baker and Taylor announced the release of a new and enriched version of its Axis 360 service designed to improve the visual appeal and experience for library users, and to expand site administration and collection management tools for the company’s digital media circulation platform. <<more>>

April 10, 2014. Gale’s Analytics On Demand delivers powerful insights to data-driven libraries . Gale announced the launch of Analytics On Demand, an innovative data analysis tool to help libraries discover key insights about their library community—who is and isn’t using their resources—to better inform strategic planning, collection development, programming and to measure the impact of day-to-day decision making. <<more>>

April 10, 2014. EBSCO continues to reinforce dedication to discovery innovation; hires three industry leaders to address discovery needs of libraries. EBSCO has hired three industry veterans to interact closely with the library community to further understand the strategic needs of each segment, and help establish the framework for next phases of library innovation through discovery. Neil Block, Gar Sydnor, and Tamir Borensztajn are the latest additions to EBSCO’s growing discovery team. <<more>>

April 8, 2014. Spazio Reale in Italy opens the All Digital Library, powered by the Ex Libris Primo discovery solution. Ex Libris announced that the Spazio Reale in San Donnino, Italy, has chosen Ex Libris Primo as the discovery tool for the center’s Biblioteca All Digital, whose collections consist entirely of electronic materials. <<more>>

April 8, 2014. Centro Spazio Reale inaugura la Biblioteca All Digital con il lancio della soluzione di discovery Primo . Ex Libris annunciare che La biblioteca All Digital del Centro Spazio Reale di San Donnino a Campi Bisenzio (Firenze), ha scelto Primo di Ex Libris come strumento di discovery delle sue collezioni, costituite interamente di materiali in formato elettronico e digitale. <<more>>

April 8, 2014. Innovative increases presence in Northern Europe with new appointments. As part of its on-going commitment to the global library community, Innovative announced today a number of new appointments to its Northern European Sales and Marketing teams. The new team members will be based in the new Innovative office in Dublin that currently provides superior service and support to libraries in the region. <<more>>

April 8, 2014. Random House, LLC. eBook titles now available through EBSCO eBooks. EBSCO Information Services is now offering popular fiction and nonfiction e-books published by Random House, LLC. (Random House), the world’s largest general trade book publisher. EBSCO and Random House have partnered to give customers of EBSCO eBooks access to more than 30,000 e-books from some of the most notable Random House authors, including Dan Brown, Sheryl Sandberg, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and more. <<more>>

April 7, 2014. University of South Carolina chooses EBSCO Discovery Service with Encore. University of South Carolina has selected EBSCO Discovery Service with Encore as its discovery service. The university was looking for a single search box for its users but also wanted the flexibility to have more advanced options and EDS/Encore provided the right fit. <<more>>

April 7, 2014. BHM Regional Library Live on Evergreen joins NC Cardinal. The BHM Regional Library System has gone live on Evergreen as part of the NC Cardinal consortium. Equinox Software oversaw data migration and staff training and will continue to provide hosting and technical support for the entire NC Cardinal consortium. <<more>>

April 7, 2014. NISO publishes revised recommendations for Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART). The National Information Standards Organization announces the publication of a revision to the Knowledge Bases and Related Tools Recommended Practice. The original recommended practice, issued in 2010, provided all parties in the information supply chain with straightforward guidance about metadata formatting—focused mainly on journal resources—to ensure the exchange of accurate metadata between content providers and knowledge base developers. Building on the initial recommendations, the revision includes the more granular, complex issues that cause problems in metadata supply, including consortia-specific metadata and metadata transfer for open access publications, e-books, and conference proceedings. <<more>>

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Library Systems Report 2014: Competition and strategic cooperation

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The 2014 edition of the annual industry report that I have produced since 2002 has been published by American Libraries. The online version is available now and the feature will appear in the May 2014 print issue. The 2002 through 2013 editions of this report were published by Library Journal.

The library technology industry saw sharp competition in 2013, with a wide range of products vying to fulfill ever-rising expectations. To better position themselves for this critical period during which many libraries are considering options for their next phase of technology, a significant number of major vendors worked to extend their global reach, streamline internal organizations, and complete ambitious product developments. Competition has intensified for the applications used by library personnel to manage the collections and automate their operations, including the new generation of library services platforms as well as enhanced integrated library systems. Discovery services continue as a major area of activity, seen by libraries as especially critical given their intimate connections with customers, serving as one of the main delivery vehicles for access to collections and services.

This phase of the industry offers many choices, including both proprietary and open source license options, some based on cloud technologies and others that continue to rely on local hardware. Though a new generation of library services platforms has entered a phase of early adoption, the integrated library system remains viable, especially when extended to manage ebooks.

New products have entered the adoption cycle. These early implementations have the potential to reshape the future landscape depending on whether they achieve the efficiencies and transformations promised. For libraries considering their next systems, each of the players have options, with some more proven and others yet to be tested. Latecomers in the development and implementation phase will miss opportunities, mitigated only by the slow pace of library selection processes.

This report describes the current status and trends related to the strategic technology products and services and the organizations that create and support them. It covers the major resource management products, discovery services, and other technologies on which libraries rely internally and make available to their customers for access to their collections and services.

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Note: The statistical tables that accompany the report will be posted by Friday April 18.

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Come see Marshall Breeding at Computers in Libraries 2014

Computers in Libraries

I'll be in Washington, DC soon for the annual Computers in Libraries conference, speaking on a variety of topics. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of friends and colleagues. Please feel free to track me down and introduce yourself or follow me through Twitter. Here is my speaking schedule for the conference:

W6 – Library Resource Management: Strategies, Technologies, and Practices

Preconference Workshop, Sunday April 6, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Library collections today have become more complex than ever, with proportions of electronic and digital resources increasing relative to print and other physical materials. To manage these complex, multiformat collections, libraries need to consider many different options, both in the technology tools used and in their operational workflows. Many different types of technical options are available for libraries to manage their collections and operations, including traditional integrated library systems and a new generation of library services platforms, with open source and commercially licensed options and locally installed or cloud-based deployment possibilities. This half-day workshop explores the realm of library resource management technologies, helping attendees understand the relative strengths of each of the many alternatives and which automation scenarios may be most appropriate to pursue for their library. Filled with real-world examples, this workshop presents many possible strategies, technologies, and possibilities for managing library collections.

W14 – Library Resource Discovery: Strategies, Interfaces, and Options

Preconference Workshop, Sunday, April 6, 2014 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Libraries face daunting challenges in providing access to library resources in ways that both meet the expectations of library users and librarians. Library users today expect simple, powerful, and intuitive interfaces that provide instant access to information resources. Librarians advocate for precise as well as general search capabilities, to optimally expose users to print as well as electronic resources, to take full advantage of the investments made in all categories of library materials, and to operate objectively without bias to any given publisher’s content. This half-day workshop explores the realm of library resource discovery services, helping attendees develop or refine strategies that can be applied in libraries as they evaluate, select, and implement these products.

A102 – Transparency in Discovery

Preconference Workshop, Monday, April 7, 2014 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Breeding, co-chair of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative, describes the general landscape of library resource discovery products, the trend toward web-scale, index-based services, and some of the issues that sparked this initiative to bring increased transparency and other improvements to the ecosystem involving libraries, content providers, and discovery service creators.

B301 – Technologies: Marketplace Report

Preconference Workshop, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Libraries worldwide spend almost $2 billion/year on technology products and services and are constantly considering prudent strategic technology investments. Author of the “Automation Marketplace Industry Report” (Library Journal) since 2002, Breeding has the incredible ability to explain the current state of the industry and what we need to watch for in the future and factor into our technology decisions today.

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Perceptions 2013: An International Survey of Library Automation

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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.

Selected Survey Findings: Top Performers

  • Polaris continues to receive top ratings in all categories from large and medium-sized public libraries.
  • Apollo from Biblionix received top ratings in all categories from small and very small public libraries.
  • Alma from Ex Libris received top ratings from large academic libraries in the category of general product satisfaction, management of electronic resources, customer support, and customer loyalty.
  • Sierra from Innovative interfaces received top ratings from large academic libraries for overall product functionality and effectiveness for managing print resources.
  • OCLC WorldShare Management Services received top ratings from small academic libraries in the management of electronic resources.
  • Small academic libraries rated Koha (managed independent of a support firm) highest in the management of print materials.
  • School libraries rated OPALS most positively in response to all survey questions.

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.

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