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February 27, 2015. Civica announces Spydus 10, cloud based integrated solution for libraries. Civica announced the upcoming web-based library management, discovery, digital asset management and archives solution, Spydus10. Due for public release in April 2015, the first release of Spydus10 comprises a complete suite of web-based applications that will follow the intuitive workflows that Spydus is known for. Spydus10 will have a refreshed interface for both staff and library patrons, and increased functionality aligned to Civica’s commitment to staying relevant with the evolving needs of libraries. <<more>>


February 26, 2015. Boopsie Furthers Strategic Partnership with Baker and Taylor for Mobile Digital Media Platform Axis 360. Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, and Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, have integrated the Boopsie Mobile App with Baker and Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media library. The partnership will drive circulation and usage of Axis 360 and meet patrons’ expectations for easy access to the library’s digital information and entertainment materials. <<more>>


February 26, 2015. Kelly Hart and Hallman LLP migrates To SydneyEnterprise, Lucidea's next generation library system. Lucidea announce that the law firm of Kelly Hart and Hallman LLP will migrate to SydneyEnterprise, Lucidea’s powerful new library automation system. <<more>>


February 26, 2015. Biblionix outranks all in Purchasing/Budgeting survey from LibraryWorks, Inc.. Biblionix, a leading provider of automation solely for public libraries, today announced that its Apollo integrated library system (ILS) has topped LibraryWorks’ (http://libraryworks.com/) massive “2015 Library Purchasing Survey” in the IT/Automation category. The survey ranked 46 such companies. <<more>>


February 25, 2015. Over 9,400 library sites experience SirsiDynix BLUEcloud solutions in 2014. SirsiDynix reported that 784 library systems experienced the BLUEcloud Library Services Platform in 2014, totaling over 9,400 individual sites worldwide. These sites have been able to use multiple BLUEcloud products, including BLUEcloud Analytics, BLUEcloud Cataloging, Enterprise, BookMyne, BLUEcloud PAC, eResource Central, MobileCirc, and Portfolio. <<more>>


February 25, 2015. Boopsie hires new Sr. Product Manager to support its tremendous growth. To support a growth rate of more than 30% in 2014 and expansion into new global markets including corporate libraries, law libraries and government libraries in addition to continuing to expand in public and academic libraries, Boopsie Inc., the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, has hired Dmitry Maslov as Senior Product Manager. He has extensive experience in every role in the app development process: ideation, design, development, testing, launch, marketing, PR and customer support. Prior to joining Boopsie, Dmitry worked at Travelzoo where he was responsible for company’s popular iOS and Android applications, which have been installed on over 3 million devices. He also worked at frog design where he learned early on how vital it is to have a clear visual language and provide intuitive interfaces. With his experience and passion, Maslov is well positioned to drive Boopsie’s product development as the company prepares for even greater success in 2015. <<more>>


February 25, 2015. New name for Reed Elsevier: RELX Group. From February 25, ownership of all Reed Elsevier businesses, subsidiaries and financing activities below the two listed parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV, has been transferred to a new single group entity. This entity has been named RELX Group plc. RELX Group plc will continue to be owned by Reed Elsevier PLC, the London listing vehicle, and Reed Elsevier NV, the Amsterdam listing vehicle, although we will be asking shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to change their names to RELX PLC and RELX NV respectively. <<more>>


February 24, 2015. Pine River Library goes live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog. The Pine River Library, 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 Pine River Library, the CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has over 660,000 bibliographic records describing over one million attached item records. The Pine River Library staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item, and patron data to the LibLime Koha application. <<more>>


February 24, 2015. Bibliotheca awarded top industry marks by librarians. Bibliotheca, a leader in RFID and barcode based self-service technology solutions, has received high marks on the Strategic Library’s 2015 Library Purchasing Survey as well as won Gold in the 2015 Modern Library Awards, both of which were scored by and voted upon by librarians. <<more>>


February 24, 2015. University of Rochester to Provide Online Access to Rare Collection of Susan B. Anthony Letters. University of Rochester River Campus Libraries purchased a large collection of correspondence between American women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony and her close friend and colleague, Rachel Foster Avery. Any time curators receive a collection of fragile, handwritten letters, one of their greatest challenges is to preserve the delicate materials so they can digitize the contents and make them accessible to others. These materials were digitized with the KODAK Picture Saver Scanning System PS50. <<more>>


February 23, 2015. Springer partners with Copyright Clearance Center to power text and data mining solution. Springer has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center on a new solution enabling corporate life sciences researchers to perform text and data mining quickly and easily across publishers. As one of the first publishers to sign onto the service, Springer will offer a significant portion of its full-text article content through the CCC service when launched later this year. <<more>>


February 23, 2015. NISO white paper explores the future of library resource discovery. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a white paper, The Future of Library Resource Discovery, written by independent consultant, speaker, and author Marshall Breeding. The white paper was commissioned by NISO’s Discovery to Delivery (D2D) Topic Committee as part of its ongoing examination of areas in the discovery landscape that the information community could potentially standardize. Included in the paper is an overview of the current discovery environment; descriptions of how these technologies, methodologies, and products may be able to adapt to potential future change; and a look beyond current models of discovery to explore possible alternatives, especially those related to linked data. <<more>>


February 23, 2015. The University of Pécs chooses EBSCO Discovery Service. The University Library of Pécs in Hungary has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service as its library discovery tool to help promote usage of key library resources. The EDS unified index, ability to search all library records and highly relevant results were main factors in the university’s decision to implement the service. <<more>>


February 23, 2015. Belgrade Community Library Named 2015 Best Small Library in America. SirsiDynix is pleased to announce that Belgrade Community Library has received Library Journal’s prestigious Best Small Library in America award for 2015. Co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the award encourages and showcases the exemplary work of libraries serving populations under 25,000. With a service area population of 12,700, BCL was awarded for its community engagement, technology enhancements, and outstanding leadership. <<more>>


February 20, 2015. EBSCO shows major commitment to library workflows. EBSCO Information Services is announcing a significant investment in the library workflow with the acquisition of YBP Library Services from Baker andTaylor. <<more>>


February 20, 2015. ProQuest Continues Collaboration with YBP. ProQuest will continue its longstanding relationship with YBP, enabling libraries to purchase its selection of more than 730,000 ebooks through the GOBI platform. ProQuest titles will continue to be offered through all available purchase models, including Perpetual Archive, Short-Term Loans, Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) and Extended Access. Customer contracts with ProQuest will be unaffected by the recent change in YBP’s ownership and account contacts will remain the same as before. <<more>>


February 20, 2015. MBS Selects Vital Source as Digital Fulfillment Vendor For Education Content. Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading digital content delivery system, today announced that Vital Source has been selected by MBS Textbook Exchange, Inc. to be the digital fulfillment vendor for all of its educational content. This agreement with MBS, the industry leader in providing virtual bookstores with comprehensive print and digital inventories of course materials, will span both the K-12 and higher education markets, and will encompass all of the channels through which MBS will sell digital content, including MBS Direct, Textbooks.com, and MBS Systems. <<more>>


February 19, 2015. East Baton Rouge Library chooses EBSCO Discovery Service. East Baton Rouge Parish Library has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services as its discovery solution. The library was impressed with EDS because of its fine-tuned relevance ranking and ability to create a search experience tailored to the needs of its users. <<more>>


February 19, 2015. The Leipzig University of Applied Sciences is live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences is the first institution in Germany to go live with Alma. A fully cloud-based library management solution, Alma enables all collections and resource types—whether electronic, print or digital—to be managed within a single system. Five additional German-speaking institutions are due to go live with Alma in the coming months. <<more>>


February 19, 2015. Tom Clareson, LYRASIS Senior Digital and Preservation Services Consultant, has been named Acting President of Heritage Preservatio. Tom Clareson, LYRASIS Senior Digital & Preservation Services Consultant, has been named Acting President of Heritage Preservation, a nationally recognized public policy organization dedicated to preserving the cultural, historic, and scientific heritage of the United States. Clareson will maintain his position and projects at LYRASIS. He began his term as Acting President on February 9, 2015, and he will oversee a transition plan that ensures the continuation and completion of key Heritage Preservation projects. <<more>>


February 19, 2015. Survey reveals two-thirds of schools are using digital resources to boost student performance. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. and Canadian K-12 school districts are executing digital content plans aimed at helping students succeed in and out of the classroom, according to a recent survey conducted by cloud-based differentiated learning application Learning Bird. The survey results reveal 65 percent of school districts are transitioning to digital learning environments that align digital content with curricula while also providing teachers with professional development opportunities. <<more>>


Full Automation News Report

Major US Companies: 3M Library Systems Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems, Inc. ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation CyberTools for Libraries Deep Web Technologies, Inc. EBSCO Information Services Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett Software Company Gateway Software Corporation Infor Library and Information Solutions InfoVision Software, Inc. Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Jaywil Software Development Keystone Systems, Inc. LibLime LibLime -- PTFS Library Resource Management Systems, Inc. LibraryWorld Lucidea Mandarin Library Automation Media Flex, Inc. MondoIn OCLC ProQuest SirsiDynix Softlink International Soutron Global Surpass Software The Library Corporation


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