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May 3, 2016

(Imagine Easy Solutions) Chegg, the Student Hub, announced that it has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions, the provider of popular service EasyBib.com and other essential writing tools with capabilities such as citations, bibliography, writing structure and anti-plagiarism, used by more than 7 million unique users in March 2016. Chegg has acquired Imagine Easy for approximately $42 million in an all-cash transaction, approximately $25 million of which was paid at closing and $17 million of which is to be paid by April 2017. There are potential additional payments of up to $18 million over the next three years that remain subject to contingencies. These contingent payments may be settled either in cash or common stock, at the discretion of Chegg.

(EBSCO Information Services) 1science and EBSCO Information Services announced a partnership to provide academic libraries access to a vast number of openly accessible scholarly articles when performing a search in EBSCO Discovery Service.

May 2, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the new Primo citation trail capability, which is part of the May 2016 release of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Leveraging Primo Central’s vast quantity of data, which goes far beyond the data available in individual databases, the citation trail feature offers users new ways to explore material that pertains to their research. The Primo citation trail enables users to start from an article of interest and easily find other materials that cite that article or are cited by it. In this way, researchers and students can discover materials that are relevant to the topic at hand but that may not have come up in a result list. Users can navigate effortlessly from one citation to the next without being bound to a single area of scholarship.

(OCLC) Users can now add notes records included in personal lists, to provide personal thoughts or descriptions of the content in an item. These notes can also be edited following their initial addition to a list.Use of temporary lists. An entire temporary list or individual items in a temporary list can now be added to a personal list, to save time in assembling useful lists of records from WorldCat Discovery search results.Edit lists. Users may move records among personal lists, delete items from lists and edit the name or description of a list.

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced that seventeen (17) new customers migrated to its Apollo system in the three month period from February through April of 2016. Apollo is devoted solely to public libraries.

(Gale Group) Gale announced the appointment of Brian McDonough as Senior Vice President for North American Sales. McDonough comes to Gale with an extensive background in integrated information solutions sales and working with customers in the library market.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of library automation software that empowers libraries globally, is proud to announce its new partnership with Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative to deliver a next-generation library software solution in support of its statewide consortia initiative. This initiative will bring together all state-funded higher education institutions on one library system, including all community colleges and every public university in Florida. FALSC has selected Sierra for its open architecture and ability to deliver collaborative, personalized, sustainable, and adaptable capabilities. Sierra will also support the challenges facing the large academic consortium and its individual institutions for resource sharing.

April 30, 2016

(LibLime) LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces that the El Dorado Correctional Facility has contracted with LibLime to provide implementation, support and hosting services for LibLime Academic Koha. Ellsworth will take advantage of much of the functionality offered in the application, including:

April 29, 2016

(OCLC) The Northern Territory Library, a major public research institution in Australia, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as the management system for more than 50 libraries in the region.

(Equinox) Equinox announced that NC Cardinal , one of the largest Evergreen Consortia, now has two new members. Iredell County Public Library and Henderson County Public Library were recently migrated to Evergreen. These two additions bring NC Cardinal’s total library count to 143.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Huntsville Public Library of Huntsville, Ontario is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar que la Universidad de Cambridge ha elegido el servicio de gestión de recursos de Ex Libris Alma® y el sistema de descubrimiento Primo para ayudar a modernizar la gestión de bibliotecas y mejorar la experiencia de búsqueda para sus estudiantes, profesores e investigadores.

(Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative) The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative, a division of the University of West Florida Innovation Institute, finalized an agreement with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. to upgrade the technology used to manage and share millions of books, journals and other educational resources across the state’s public colleges and universities. The new system will expand access to material and improve the user experience for today’s tech-savvy students. The upgrade will also allow librarians to establish and adopt world-class standards for acquisition, management and customer service. The Florida Legislature provided $1.5 million this year to implement the next-generation system.

April 28, 2016

(Follett) Follett announced it is realigning its domestic sales and customer service organizations to better support customers’ needs and to ensure schools and districts have dedicated representatives with direct expertise in the products and services they use. Follett sales team is doubling in numbers, and will provide better service through more frequent and personal customer contact. Further, Follett is creating newly specialized sales and customer service teams for Library/Classroom Content, New/Used Textbooks, Technology/Enterprise Solutions, and Private/Parochial. Library customers will once again have a dedicated customer service representative with intimate knowledge of each districts' needs.

(Boopsie) Boopsie, Inc. continues to add to the over 4,000 library locations worldwide that rely on its custom-branded mobile apps to quickly acquire new users and increase circulation. The leading platform-as-a-service provider today announced that Lovington Public Library will replace its current ILS app with an affordable, easy to deploy and maintain Boopsie app that will enable 24/7 remote library access on patrons’ devices of choice.

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