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July 10, 2014. EBSCO releases Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index. EBSCO Information Services announces the release of Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index, an index-only database representing more than 150 prominent art history periodicals held at and indexed by one of the most prestigious art libraries in the world, the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection. <<more>>

July 10, 2014. Library Training Services Australia joins LibLime’s Koha with Class Program. Students in Helen Ladewig’s courses in library, information services, and cultural services at Library Training Services Australia will begin utilizing LibLime Koha this summer through LibLime's Koha with Class program. LibLime will provide the class of approximately 35 students with a hosted installation of LibLime Koha 4.18 free of charge. This will allow the students unlimited access and all privileges associated with the staff end of LibLime Koha as well as all OPAC functionality for the duration of the course. LibLime Koha 4.18 includes foundational support for authority control, global editing of authorized fields, improved Solr stemming functionality, RDA support, and enhanced search attributes. The Solr engine, released as part of LibLime Koha 4.14, provides increased performance for importing and indexing bibliographic records. Solr also provides a much richer facet list for OPAC searching. Students in Ms. Ladewig’s classes will have the opportunity to take advantage of these and other improvements brought to the application through the Solr search engine. <<more>>

July 10, 2014. Top-rated Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH) selects SkyRiver cataloging service. Innovative announced that Cuyahoga County Public Library has selected SkyRiver, Innovative's comprehensive cataloging service offering unprecedented record quality and ease of use. The library's collection includes more than three million physical items, eBooks, and electronic databases. CCPL ranks among the top US public libraries, earning the Library Journal Five-Star rating for five consecutive years and topping the nation's large urban library systems in per-capita circulation for four consecutive years. <<more>>

July 8, 2014. Texas A&M University Libraries selects EBSCO Discovery Service. The Texas A&M University Libraries, including the Dee J. Kelly Law Library, has selected EBSCO Discovery Service to provide students and faculty with upgraded access to articles, books, images, video and other resources. The library will migrate from Primo Central to EDS in order to provide a better overall experience to students and researchers of every discipline and at every level. <<more>>

July 7, 2014. Vital Source enhances E-textbook accessibility support with new features. Vital Source Technologies, Ingram Content Group’s leading e-textbook solution, showcased new features to its comprehensive accessibility support for its VitalSource Bookshelf platform at the National Federation of the Blind National Convention, July 1-6, in Orlando, FL. <<more>>

July 7, 2014. Kingston University in London is Live with Ex Libris Alma . Ex Libris announced that Kingston University in London is live with the next-generation Alma resource management service. Kingston University—the largest university in south west London—is using the Ex Libris solution to transform the management of its electronic and print resources and multi-site collections. <<more>>

July 3, 2014. Singapore Management University issues tender for Library Management System. The Library of Singapore Management University has published an open tender for the Supply, Development, Implementation and Maintenance of its Library Management System. <<more>>

July 3, 2014. The Library Service Center for Baden-Wuerttemberg (BSZ) in Germany joins the Alma Early Adopter Program. Ex Libris announced that the Library Service Center for Baden-Württemberg in Germany has decided to participate in the Ex Libris Alma Early Adopter Program for libraries in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The BSZ will actively support the launch of the next-generation library system of the members of the Southwest German Library Network (SWB) consortia who have already chosen Alma. Additionally, together with Ex Libris, the BSZ will develop central services based on the Alma Network Zone for consortium members. <<more>>

July 3, 2014. Bonaire Public Library joins LibLime Koha 4.18. Bonaire Public Library is now joining LibLime Koha 4.18 for all collection and patron management services. While watching closely the deployment of LibLime Koha to the Philipsburg Jubilee Library on nearby St Maarten, Bonaire has made the decision to automate using LibLime Koha 4.18. <<more>>

July 2, 2014. SirsiDynix Support Center named one of Web’s Ten Best Support Sites. The new SirsiDynix Support Center was chosen as one of 2014's top ten support sites by the Association of Support Professionals. The SDSC, along with sites from companies such as Cisco, Google, Red Hat, IBM, and Microsoft, will be featured in The Ten Best Web Support Sites of 2014, ASP’s book of best practices. SirsiDynix is the first library technology company to receive the award, as well as the only Utah company to receive the award this year. <<more>>

July 2, 2014. Innovative's VTLS-MozGo Mobile App adds support for 8th Language, Bahasa Malaysia . Innovative announced that support for the Bahasa Malaysia language is now available in VTLS-MozGo, the patron mobile app for IOS and Android. Today's release adds the 8th language to VTLS-MozGo, which also supports English, Arabic, Catalan, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian languages. <<more>>

July 1, 2014. EBSCO ondersteunt aanbevelingen Open Discovery Initiative (ODI). EBSCO Information Services staat volledig achter de aanbevelingen van de werkgroep van het Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) met betrekking tot best practices voor discovery-oplossingen. EBSCO heeft deelgenomen aan het ODI-comité en de gedefinieerde aanbevelingen zijn in lijn met EBSCO’s beleid voor het delen van metadata en leverancierssamenwerkingen. <<more>>

July 1, 2014. ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition comes to a close in Las Vegas. More than 13,000 attendees learned the many ways that libraries transform communities, while more than 5,600 exhibitors demonstrated their wares during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, held June 26 – July 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. <<more>>

July 1, 2014. The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne selects Encore Duet. The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne, administratively attached to the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, one of the most prestigious universities in France, has selected EBSCO Discovery Service via Innovative's Encore Duet as its discovery platform. The Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne has been an Innovative customer since 2001 as well as an EBSCO customer for about the same time. <<more>>

June 30, 2014. EBSCO Discovery Service - the discovery solution of Choice for more institutions in Poland. EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services is becoming the discovery solution of choice in Poland. To date, 25 universities and academic institutions in the country have chosen EDS as their discovery solution. Uniwersytet Warszawski, the biggest university in Poland, was the first university to implement EDS in 2011. Soon after, the technical universities Politechnika Wroclawska and Politechnika Lubelska and medical university, Gdanski Uniwersytet Medyczny implemented EDS and are among the longest users of EDS in Poland. Superior relevancy ranking and ease of implementation were common threads in the decision to utilize EDS as their discovery tool. <<more>>

June 30, 2014. UW Medicine Templeton Radiology Library chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha support. ByWater Solutions announced that the University of Washington’s Templeton Radiology Library in Seattle, WA is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system. <<more>>

June 30, 2014. Spydus Mobile 1.0.3 for iOS brings more on-the-go services for library users. Civica announced the release of Spydus Mobile 1.0.3 for iOS users. Spydus Mobile, with a streamlined look and feel, enables complete access to the library catalogue and user account, plus other unique features including self checkout, which enables library users to issue their own items using a built in scanner. <<more>>

June 27, 2014. Ingram's MyiLibrary platform available to more libraries through SirsiDynix eResource Central. Ingram Content Group announced a collaboration with SirsiDynix to expand the reach and simplify the discovery and delivery of e-content to more libraries worldwide. Ingram will integrate its MyiLibrary e-book platform with SirsiDynix eResource Central to provide libraries convenient access to more than 500,000 titles. <<more>>

June 27, 2014. YBP Library Services and Ex Libris collaborate to streamline library operations. Ex Libris announced a new collaboration with YBP Library Services to offer a new, streamlined acquisition process to academic and research libraries that use the Ex Libris Alma and YBP GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) platforms. YBP is the academic division of Baker and Taylor and the leading provider of content-management services for libraries. In addition, the collaboration will enable libraries to reduce costs associated with acquisitions. <<more>>

June 27, 2014. ProQuest will launch new Historical Statistical Resource and expanded Newspaper Archives . ProQuest unique primary sources that enable scholars to improve their research outcomes with expanded historical archives of newspaper content and an inventive new statistical archive. Historical Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. digitizes more than 130 years of Statistical Abstracts of the U.S., extracts the tabular content, and converts it into an Excel format, making these annual collections of data on the United States and its people easy to search and access. <<more>>

June 27, 2014. OCLC and Elsevier to offer automated seamless access to subscribed e-content. OCLC and Elsevier, a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, are working together to automate the process to keep e-book and e-journal holdings from ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s full-text platform for research literature, up-to-date in WorldCat and library catalogs. The automated process ensures seamless access to subscribed content without intervention from library staff. <<more>>

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Informe sobre sistemas para bibliotecas 2014: Competencia y cooperación estratégica

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The Spanish translation of the 2014 edition of the annual industry report that I authored for American Libraries has been published by ThinkEPI (Grupo de Estrategia y Prospectiva de la Información). Thanks very much to Tomàs Baiget and Alfredo Gonzolas for their help in producing this Spanish translation.

La industria de tecnologías para bibliotecas (automatización de bibliotecas y otras tecnologóas para las mismas) se vio inmersa en una fuerte competencia en 2013, en el que varios productos compitieron para satisfacer unas expectativas cada vez más exigentes. Debido a que muchas bibliotecas se encuentran en la fase crítica de adoptar sistemas de una etapa tecnológica más avanzada, los grandes vendedores intentan posicionarse para extender su alcance global, agilizar su organización interna, y completar ambiciosos planes de desarrollo de productos. La competencia se ha intensificado en las aplicaciones para uso interno del personal de las bibliotecas para gestionar las colecciones y automatizar las operaciones.

Ya está disponible la nueva generación de plataformas de servicios de bibliotecas (library services platforms, LSP), aunque siguen ofertándose los sistemas integrados de biblioteca clásicos (integrated library systems, ILS). Los llamados servicios de descubrimiento (que amplían los contenidos de los catálogos online locales con acceso a recursos externos) siguen siendo un área importante de actividad, pues son vistos por los bibliotecarios como productos especialmente críticos ya que son de uso directo por parte de los usuarios. Constituyen un importante canal de acceso a colecciones y servicios.

La industria ofrece muchas alternativas, con opciones tanto de licencia propietaria como de código abierto, algunas basadas en tecnologías en la nube y otras que siguen dependiendo del hardware local. Aunque ya se va introduciendo la nueva generación de LSP, los ILS siguen siendo opciones válidas, especialmente cuando pueden gestionar también libros electrónicos.

Se ofrecen productos nuevos, que ya han entrado en la fase de adopción. Estas implementaciones tempranas tienen la ventaja de que pueden ir moldeando el futuro entorno, dependiendo de si alcanzan la eficiencia y mejoras que prometieron. Las bibliotecas que están considerando la compra de sus próximos sistemas deben evaluar las opciones que ofrece cada empresa, algunas ya probadas y otras aún por ensayar. Las empresas que entren tarde en esta fase de desarrollo e implementación perderán oportunidades, que serán mitigadas sólo por la lentitud de los procesos de selección por parte de las bibliotecas.

Este informe describe el estado actual y las tendencias de los productos y servicios tecnológicamente estratégicos, y las organizaciones que los crean y desarrollan. Cubre los productos más importantes de gestión de recursos bibliotecarios, servicios de descubrimiento, y otras tecnologías tanto de uso interno en las bibliotecas como las que se ponen a disposición de los usuarios para acceder a las colecciones y servicios.

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Balancing the Management of Electronic and Print Resources

My Systems Librarian column for the June 2014 issue of Computers in Libraries is available from the Information Today site. In this column I cover some of the issues that I seen in play as libraries strive to find balanced models in the management of their collections increasingly dominated by electronic resources.

Computers in Libraries June 2014

Libraries naturally strive to allocate their resources proportional with their overarching priorities. But accomplishing the proper balance is often easier said than done. While I don’t consider myself an expert in organizational matters, I am intrigued by how technology can either support or hinder the ability of an organization to carry out its work effectively. As I work with libraries of various types in all different parts of the world, I observe that many are caught in an undesirable operational state. The allocated staff time, talent, and effort has become misaligned with the character of their collections and services. Automation systems that no longer fit the operational realities contribute to the problem. The good news is, I also see lots of potential in new kinds of technology platforms that can enable libraries to be not only more flexible, but more efficient.

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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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