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July 31, 2015

(Springer) Springer Nature and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group have agreed that, effective immediately, the Stuttgart-based publishing house J.B. Metzler will become part of Springer Nature. The acquisition follows the recent combination of the majority of Macmillan Science and Education (owned by the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group) with Springer Science+Business Media, to form the new publishing group, Springer Nature. Holtzbrinck holds a 53 percent share in Springer Nature. J.B. Metzler, which was previously part of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, will continue to be based in Stuttgart and will retain the J.B. Metzler brand.

July 30, 2015

(The Library Corporation) The TLC family of libraries continues to grow with the recent addition of customers in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mercersburg Academy, Venango County Libraries, and Ohio County Public Library are all migrating to The Library Corporation’s Library.Solution integrated library system.

(ProQuest) Since launching earlier this year, the Access to Research initiative has grown quickly to include the majority of local authorities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means that researchers, students and members of the public across the UK can now access more than 10 million of the world's leading online academic papers covering a wide range of disciplines, including health and biological sciences, technology, history, medicine and social sciences, just by walking through the door of their local library. So far, over 14,500 individual users have utilized the service.

July 29, 2015

(Capita) Capita’s software services business has been selected by National College of Ireland to deliver its library management system, following a competitive procurement process.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced that it has signed an agreement with WILS, a non-profit membership organization in Wisconsin that facilitates cost-effective and time-saving collaborations statewide. This new partnership makes SkyRiver, Innovative’s cataloging utility that enables staff to process new materials more quickly and accurately than ever before, more readily available to WILS’ library members.

(Springer) Paul Alivisatos, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California (UC) Berkeley's Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, has received the second Tsinghua University Press – Springer Nano Research Award. The award ceremony took place at the 2015 Sino-US Nano Forum, held from June 25-28 in Wuhan, China. Shuai Yan, Director of Journal Publishing of Tsinghua University Press, and Lu Ye, Managing Director and Editorial Director of Springer China, presented the award certification to the scientist. Hongjie Dai, Editor-in-Chief of Nano Research, and Xiaogang Peng and Xiangfeng Duan, both Associate Editors of Nano Research, jointly presented Alivisatos with the award medal.

July 25, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) Indiana State Library recently launched INSPIRE.in.gov. This new version of its online library is powered by EBSCO Discovery Service.

(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.

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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

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