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June 28, 2016

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative Interfacesannounced the successful implementation of Sierra at the University of Northampton, as part of the institution's strategic vision to merge two campuses at the heart of the community.

(Talis) Following a formal tendering process the University of Bristol have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services.

(Eduserv) The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), a professional membership association and registered charity devoted to advancing the highest standards of surgical care, has announced an expanded strategic partnership with Eduserv. RCS is the latest publisher to join the OpenAthens access management federation to provide its members with single sign-on access to their collection of journals.

(Overdrive) A record number of K-12 students are reading digital books using the OverDrive digital platform for schools. In the 2015-2016 school year, approximately six million students had access to eBooks and audiobooks and the number of digital books borrowed in OverDrive-powered schools increased nearly 60 percent. More students are embracing digital books because digital technology has made reading more accessible. Through the use of OverDrive Read® and a catalog of over two million titles from more than 5,000 publishers, students are reading eBooks instantly in their browser, in class, at home, both online and offline with no software or downloads.

June 26, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Washington Research Library Consortium, based in the Washington, DC area, has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to help fulfill the consortium’s priorities of coordinating collections across all partner institutions (including its high-density Shared Collections Facility) and presenting end-users with a unified view of WRLC’s shared collection. WRLC chose Alma and Primo for their scalability, openness to other systems, rich functionality, and cost-effectiveness. The consortium of nine academic libraries will be migrating from Voyager® and Innovative Interfaces Sierra to the new solutions.

(Follett) Future Ready Schools (FRS)—led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education—announced Future Ready Librarians, an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. The Future Ready initiative helps district leaders recognize the potential of digital tools and align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning.

(About the Library Freedom Project) Twenty organizations- libraries, publishers, library vendors, and library organizations have endorsed the Library Freedom Project's Library Digital Privacy Pledge. These organizations are improving privacy for library users by implementing secure protocols on their web services and asking partners to do likewise.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris anunció que su servicio de gestión de bibliotecas Alma permitirá a los bibliotecarios acceder a Alma desde cualquier lugar, utilizando un dispositivo móvil.

(ProQuest) ProQuest is teaming with major publishers in the academic book market to empower customers via its OASIS system with the ability to order ebooks from even more ebook platforms. In the coming months, ebook platforms from such scholarly book publishers as Oxford University Press and IGI Global will be accessible from OASIS. Discussions regarding partnerships with other key academic publishers, including Taylor and Francis Group, Wiley, Cambridge University Press, World Scientific are also underway.

(ProQuest) An authoritative and user-friendly reference point for researchers, teachers, and students, ProQuest’s new Reference Ebook Subscriptions include 500+ high quality, reference-only ebooks, handbooks, encyclopedias, manuals, guides, and dictionaries. Intended to make more high-demand reference content available to more academic and public libraries than ever before, these Reference Ebook Subscriptions carry many titles offered in subscription for the first time.

(Overdrive) With so many options to find and read digital books, librarians often compete to bring in new readers. Now, librarians can compete with new resources similar to those used by top retailers and e-commerce sites. By featuring a selected eBook or audiobook and recommending titles so readers can easily find new books in their favorite genre, librarians are merchandising more books from their digital collection. Having librarians suggest additional titles will help readers discover alternative books and keep them coming back.

(collectionHQ) collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution is pleased to announce a new partnership with SOLUS to offer customers of both services the opportunity to use the SOLUS Library App in conjunction with collectionHQ.

June 24, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that its Alma library management service now enables librarians to access Alma from anywhere, using a mobile device. The new mobile capabilities are being rolled out gradually, with the first version now available for early-access users. A general release for all Alma users is planned for the third quarter of 2016. Librarians can now access task lists and perform fulfillment activities on the go, even scanning item barcodes to register in-house use from anywhere in the library. Built on a flexible advanced mobile application framework, Alma Mobile will grow to include more features, such as work-order processing, item returns, the creation and processing of sets, inventory management, and even mobile analytics.

(Gale Group) Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a relationship with Microsoft Corporation to integrate its most widely used product lines with Microsoft’s Office 365. The integration makes it easier for students and researchers to download, email, share, and access their research content from anywhere using familiar tools.

(ProQuest) With its newest acquisition model launching next month, ProQuest has grown the number of titles available through Access-to-Own to almost 400,000 and dramatically increased publisher participation in just eight months. ProQuest developed Access-to-Own in collaboration with libraries and publishers around the world to provide a usage-based acquisition model that offers a balanced approach and a wider array of frontlist as well as backlist titles to libraries and the researchers they serve.

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