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May 1, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) Following the upcoming acquisition of Coutts by ProQuest, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) plans to continue its relationship with OASIS, enabling libraries to purchase its selection of more than 700,000 e-books through the OASIS platform. The company’s approach is for EBSCO titles to continue to be offered through all applicable purchase models, and for customer contracts with EBSCO to remain unaffected by the anticipated change in ownership of OASIS.

(LibLime) Rocky Ford School District has now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of the Rocky Ford School District, the CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 720,000 bibliographic records describing over one million attached item records. The Rocky Ford School District staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application.

(Biblionix) Biblionix announced the “OLA Conference (Oklahoma Library Association) Apollo Automation” feature selection event. This exciting new event took place within this week of the OLA Conference. It allowed Oklahoma customers of Apollo to submit their most desired new features so that one could be selected and added to Apollo, all within the week of the conference.

(PTFS Europe) BDS and open source library management systems supplier PTFS Europe have struck a metadata supply deal that will see libraries working with PTFS Europe also able to benefit from BDS’s industry-leading, content-rich metadata.

April 30, 2015

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that the Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Libraries in Santa Fe, New Mexico are now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris has expanded its product portfolio by acquiring oMbiel, a leading UK-based SaaS platform provider of mobile and portal solutions for higher education. campusM, oMbiel’s flagship product, enables educational institutions to deliver services and information to prospective, enrolled, and graduating students, as well as other campus audiences, through a high-quality user experience. Mobile access to information and services as provided by campusM is now a basic expectation of users, particularly the new generation of mobile-first students.

(EBSCO Information Services) A partnership between EBSCO Information Services and Spanish ILS editor, Baratz, will expand services to discovery customers in Spain and other markets, specifically Latin America and France. The collaboration will enable tightly-integrated access between EBSCO Discovery Service and Baratz’s flagship ILS, absysnet. Baratz is one of the largest worldwide ILS vendors with more than 25 years of experience and solutions in more than 25 countries.

(Follett) Follett Corporation announced the winners of the fourth annual Follett Challenge, which empowers innovation and rewards ground-breaking educational programs. O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove School District No. 58 in Downers Grove, Illinois, has been awarded the Grand Prize for its inventive multimedia program, Conquest of the Realm. The school will receive a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services.

(Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) Innovative announced today that Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT has selected the Polaris ILS. The library contains 143,000 items and circulated nearly 400,000 items in 2014. The Library will be migrating from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix.

(ProQuest) ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Coutts Information Services from Ingram Content Group, adding Coutts’ renowned expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms MyiLibrary and OASIS to ProQuest’s vast selection of ebooks and innovative technology framework. The move paves the way to combine Coutts’ acquisitions strengths with ProQuest’s inventive digital tools to deliver a superior end-to-end workflow across print and electronic. Ingram will play a continuing role in print fulfillment in North America, supporting ProQuest with its extensive print inventory, fast on-demand print capabilities and delivery network. The acquisition is expected to close within weeks.

April 28, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) Hoseo University Library in Cheonan, South Korea has selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to provide students and faculty with upgraded access to its library collection. The library, which had been using Primo Central, decided to switch to EDS to obtain state-of-the-art relevancy ranking results.

(Association of Research Libraries) ARL joined US technology companies, trade associations, and civil society organizations in the launch of Re:Create, a coalition that promotes balanced copyright policy. A balanced copyright system depends on limitations and exceptions, such as fair use. As technology advances, it is imperative that the copyright law is responsive to these changes, balancing the interests of creators of copyrighted information and products with the interests of users of those products.

April 27, 2015

(EBSCO Information Services) The Dublin Business School, Ireland’s largest independent third level college, is the first institution in Ireland to take advantage of the unique research metrics provided by PlumX from Plum Analytics, an EBSCO company. DBS is confident that PlumX will play a key role in exposing its faculty’s research output and promoting its value to current and prospective students, and to the academic community.

(EBSCO Information Services) Colleges and universities looking to provide research support to their alumni can now offer graduates access to new resources from EBSCO Information Services. Three new alumni edition databases will help libraries continue to play a role in the success of their students, even after they graduate.

(Library of Congress) The Library of Congress announced that a new version of the CIP Data Block, the cataloging information printed by publishers at the front of the book, will be implemented by the Cataloging in Publication Program this summer, no earlier than July 1, 2015.

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