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June 30, 2015

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the launch of an early-adopter program in Israel for the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Eight top institutions of higher education are participating: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa, the College of Management—Academic Studies, IDC Herzliya, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Oranim Academic College of Education, and the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. Four of the colleges belong to the 47 member Israel College Consortium. All the early adopters will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph library management system to Alma, which they will use in combination with the Primo discovery and delivery solution to reap the benefits of an integrated, end-to-end system.

(EBSCO Information Services) The American Psychological Association is making its e-books available to libraries on the EBSCO eBooks platform. The agreement with EBSCO Information Services gives libraries cost-effective access to in-demand psychology, behavioral sciences and social sciences titles.

(Eastern Academic Scholars Trust) The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust, a major new shared print initiative, launches on July 1st with important grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation. The 47 member libraries of EAST, across New England, New York and Pennsylvania, will collaborate to retain agreed upon titles in their local circulating collections as well as make them available to lend to other EAST members, thereby ensuring continued access to the scholarly record of print monographs and journals.

(Gale Group) With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning.

(Gale Group) With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning.

(Springer) The Journal Citation Reports 2015, released by Thomson Reuters, lists a total of 1,595 Springer journals, with 37 Springer journals joining the list for the first time. Significantly, in 2014, 82 percent of the Springer journals in the list were cited more frequently than in the previous year. Well over one half (57 percent) of Springer journals increased their impact factor in 2014 over the 2013 figure.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions thanks Bohdan Šmilauer, a librarian in Prague, for his contribution to the Professional Cataloging interface development for Koha.

(Library and Information Technology Association) The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Levine as the Executive Director of the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the ALA, effective August 3, 2015. Ms. Levine has been at the American Library Association since 2006 as the Strategy Guide in ALA’s Information Technology and Telecommunications Services area, charged with providing vision and leadership regarding emerging technologies, development of services, and integration of those services into association and library environments.

(Wiley, Inc.) Wiley announced their partnership with London- based data repository organization, Figshare. To support authors who wish to openly share their data, Wiley have embarked on this partnership with Figshare to integrate data sharing within existing journal workflows and article publication.

(Interleaf Technology) The Respond! College has chosen the Koha open source library management system to automate its library service. Interleaf Technology has been contracted to implement the Koha system and to provide on-going support services.

(National Information Standards Organization) The membership of the National Information Standards Organization has elected new leadership for the 2015-2016 term that begins on July 1, 2015. Mike Teets, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance & Architecture at OCLC, who was elected last year and has served as Vice Chair during the current term, will become Chair of NISO for the 2015-16 term. B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors.

June 27, 2015

(Auto-Graphics, Inc.) Auto-Graphics and Rancho Mirage Public Library announce the selection and successful migration and go live of Auto-Graphics' VERSO, as the new Integrated Library System. After a competitive and thorough RFP process, Rancho Mirage Public Library, RMPL, selected Auto-Graphics as the vendor of choice with their latest iteration of ILS software.

(Elsevier) De UvA, VU, VUmc, AMC en de HvA hebben gezamenlijk gekozen voor de aanschaf van het onderzoeksinformatiesysteen Pure van Elsevier B.V. Met deze voorlopige gunning gaat de aanbestedingsprocedure de volgende fase in.

June 26, 2015

(BiblioCommons) BiblioCommons will debut a newly designed BiblioCore catalog at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015. The redesigned catalog features responsive design, streamlined search results, and unique enhancements to support readers’ advisory. The BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog, BiblioCore, works with all major integrated library systems and replaces the traditional patron catalog in order to encourage community engagement around a library’s collections, integrate the library’s events and online resources into the patron’s path, and promote the expertise of librarians as readers’ advisory and reference specialists to their communities.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services and the H.W. Wilson Foundation are expanding their partnership with the goal of making searching for electronic theses and dissertations easier and more open. In 2014, the two organizations created American Doctoral Dissertations which contains indexing from the H.W. Wilson print publication, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities, 1933-1955. Under the expanded partnership, the H.W. Wilson Foundation has agreed to support the expansion of the scope of the American Doctoral Dissertations database to include records for dissertations and theses from 1955 to the present. The goal is to create a single portal for ETDs which can be added to university profiles.

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