July 25, 2015
(Orbis Cascade Alliance) The Orbis Cascade Alliance announced on July 16 that John F. Helmer, executive director of the Alliance, will retire from his position in March 2016. Helmer has been a part of the Alliance since its beginning in 1993 when it was a grant-funded initiative among five Oregon public universities to create a union catalog. He was part of the team that wrote the founding grant, and then he proceeded to hire staff, oversee system implementation and launch the consortium.
(EBSCO Information Services) Indiana State Library recently launched INSPIRE.in.gov. This new version of its online library is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service.
July 24, 2015
(Follett) Project Connect has announced new initiatives designed to support the cause of future-ready libraries and librarians, all with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning in a dynamic digital world. The organization’s Library Leadership Committee held its first round of think-tank sessions at the ISTE ’15 Conference in Philadelphia, where the team developed plans to advocate for school library programs through the promotion of innovative and progressive models in use around the country.
July 23, 2015
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Manatee County Library Public Library System in Florida has selected the Polaris ILS. Winner of the 2013 Florida Library Association Library Innovation Award, MCLPLS circulates over 3 million items a year and holds nearly 500,000 items. They will migrate from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.
July 22, 2015
(Springer) Springer has signed an agreement with the publishing technology company ReadCube to enhance and increase the discoverability of its journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings via ReadCube’s web, desktop and mobile applications.
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) With $2.2 million in support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with Artstor, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is offering 42 liberal arts colleges and universities the opportunity to join its Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research. The Consortium intends to improve teaching and learning, enhance faculty and student/faculty research, and streamline administrative capabilities through a uniform digital system of cataloging research material collections.
(ProQuest) Clay McDaniel joined ProQuest as Vice President Global Marketing. In this role, Mr. McDaniel will oversee the teams responsible for the company’s comprehensive integrated go-to-market strategies, including product and field marketing, corporate communications, brand, and marketing operations.
(OCLC) The new OCLC Community Center offers a place for library staff to connect online, share best practices, stay up to date on new product releases and contribute ideas to improve OCLC services. Community Center is now available to users of WorldCat Discovery Services, WorldShare Management Services (WMS), WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, WorldShare Collection Manager, WorldShare Record Manager and WorldShare License Manager at www.oclc.org/community/. More OCLC services will be added to the Community Center in the future.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced today that over 100 libraries went live on the Sierra Library Services Platform or the Polaris ILS just in the month of June. The 15 library systems include academic and public institutions in Australia, Europe, North America, and South Africa.
(Ex Libris) Ex Libris Group anunció que la Universidad de Leiden ha seleccionado el servicio de gestión de recursos unificado Ex Libris Alma. La elección de la Universidad se basa en el enfoque integral de Alma, que ayudará a mejorar los servicios de la biblioteca, así como la automatización y racionalización de las operaciones para todos recursos y flujos de trabajo.
July 21, 2015
(EBSCO Information Services) Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship to attend the Charleston Conference through a grant sponsored by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship awards up to $1000 for conference registration and other expenses related to attending the conference.
July 20, 2015
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that Downey City Library (CA) has selected the Polaris ILS. Along with this selection, the Library will be installing Polaris Leap, the new responsive Web client that provides key public services workflows to library staff through a browser. The Library holds over 130,000 items and will be migrating from a Horizon system provided by SirsiDynix.
(EnvisionWare) Jodi Bellinger will be joining EnvisionWare on August 3rd as Director of Strategic Projects. Jodi comes to EnvisionWare from Innovative Interfaces Inc. where she most recently served as Vice President, Customer Support. In this role, Jodi was responsible for global customer service, overseeing support for 9,500 libraries in 66 countries worldwide. Prior to Innovative, Jodi was Vice President of Customer Operations at Polaris Library Systems.
(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced the publication of survey results from over 4,000 library users at seven academic libraries in the UK. “We Love the Library, but We Live on the Web” - Findings around how academic library users view online resources and services (2015) reports on how online users interact with library-related services and what the key challenges are for libraries to meet these expectations.
July 17, 2015
(Boopsie) Boopsie has expanded its footprint in the law library market. The company announced it has signed two new law library clients: Best Best and Krieger and The Law Society of Upper Canada. These two libraries join Boopsie’s growing customer base of law libraries, which includes prestigious institutions like the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Georgia School of Law.