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October 27, 2016

(University of Texas) The University of Texas Libraries has taken the first step to institute an open access policy for staff at The University of Texas at Austin. A modest plan to induce Libraries staff to deposit articles and conference papers into Texas ScholarWorks, the university’s digital repository, was recently approved by Provost Maurie McInnis.

(Civica) New research has shown us that our local library must be ready to embrace changing community needs. An in-depth survey into the value of libraries as public spaces undertaken by Civica and the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS:IPPG), found a very strong belief that libraries of the future will become community support centres. In many cases they will need to open for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(EBSCO Information Services) The web-based, open source Integrated Library System Evergreen will be continuing to develop software that meets the needs of libraries thanks in part to a grant from EBSCO Information Services. The grant to the Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative (MassLNC) is intended to finance new developments of popular catalog features for thousands of libraries using Evergreen.

(EBSCO Information Services) Two organizations dedicated to evidence-based healthcare are joining forces to ensure that healthcare professionals can make decisions based on the best available evidence. The partnership between EBSCO Health and McMaster University’s Health Information Research Unit brings together two of the most established services that provide systematic literature surveillance to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare.

(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million.

October 25, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that Sweden’s Jönköping University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to help the library improve services and create new ones that will enhance the teaching, learning and research experience at the University.

(OCLC) OCLC GmbH announced that Sebastian Müller has joined the organization as its new Sales Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He takes over the role previously held by Andreas Schmidt, who became General Manager in July.

(SirsiDynix) SirsiDynix announced the alpha release of BLUEcloud Acquisitions. BLUEcloud Acquisitions is the SirsiDynix solution that revolutionizes the collection development and acquisitions process. SirsiDynix released the BLUEcloud Acquisitions alpha release to development partner SAPLN, the South Australian Public Library Network. SAPLN has been closely involved in the development of BLUEcloud Acquisitions since its inception.

(Follett) All K-12 schools/districts, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply. Submissions are open to all K-12 educators and Parent Teacher Organizations. Entrants must complete an online application and upload a three- to five-minute video describing their program that teaches 21st century skills to students. Judges are looking for applications best illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff.

(Zepheira) Zepheira announces a partnership with the Library of Michigan and Midwest Collaborative for Library Services to transform the Michigan eLibrary catalog’s bibliographic data into Linked Data for broader incorporation into the Web. Michigan is the first State library to bring a large scale set of library catalog data to the Web with Linked Data technologies developed by Zepheira, namely the Library.Link Network.

October 23, 2016

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced that the Swedish Library Consortium has chosen the Ex Libris Alma library management platform and Primo discovery solution. Consortium members Linnaeus University, the University of Borås and Örebro University will benefit from the openness of the Alma and Primo solutions to streamline resource management workflows, improve discoverability and enhance the teaching and learning experience.

October 21, 2016

(Ingram Content Group) The annual Frankfurt Book Fair is traditionally deal-making time for the publishing industry. This year is no exception. Leading the announced deal roster: Ingram Academic Services has inked multi-year agreements with Stanford University Press and University of Ottawa Press for print and digital sales and distribution.

October 20, 2016

(ProQuest) ProQuest’s comprehensive collection of Early English Books Online now includes even more exceptional works from the dawn of printing in England from 1473 to 1700, enabling thousands of rare, delicate resources to be accessible online to researchers around the world. With EEBO’s September 2016 release, scholars can now explore an additional 631 scanned image titles acquired from 27 unique archives, bringing the total to nearly 132,000 titles.

(Follett) Follett School Solutions continues to support the importance of school librarians in students educational careers with a matching funds sponsorship of American Association of School Librarians’ Every Student Succeeds Act implementation workshops. Presented nationwide through collaboration with AASL state affiliates, the workshops highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be included in state and local plans.

(Backstage Library Works) Backstage Library Works recently completed a pair of scanning projects for the Library of Congress. Over the course of 18 months, they digitized 808,000 archival documents and bound book images on-site at the Library, plus 236,500 transmissive images at Backstage’s preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Digitizing rare and fragile collections on location at libraries provides curators an alternative to the extra handling involved with shipping.

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