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February 12, 2016. Ex Libris Alma and Primo are live at University of Udine. Ex Libris announced that the University of Udine is live with the Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Udine has become one of the first universities to benefit from Alma’s recently added support for the UNIMARC cataloguing format. <<more>>

February 12, 2016. EBSCO Information Services introduces the Architectural Digest Magazine Archive. An extensive, searchable digital archive of the renowned design magazine Architectural Digest is now available from EBSCO Information Services. The Architectural Digest Magazine Archive includes cover-to-cover access to issues of the iconic and influential design magazine from the 1920s to 2011. <<more>>

February 11, 2016. ISSN International Centre and ProQuest work together to improve electronic loading of serial titles worldwide. ProQuest and the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) International Centre are joining forces to improve the electronic loading and matching of serial titles for any product or system. The organizations are pinpointing active serial titles without an ISSN and assigning an appropriate identifier. Under the supervision of the International Centre, national ISSN Centers determine whether the ISSN is simply missing, or has never been assigned. <<more>>

February 11, 2016. Innovative delivers powerful new features in Sierra Release 2.1. Innovative Interfaces announced a record-setting number of implementations of the Sierra Release 2.1 following its general release in December 2015. Over 150 library systems are now live, including academic, public, national, corporate, and special libraries and consortia worldwide. This represents more than 2,000 library locations of all sizes, across more than sixteen countries. <<more>>

February 10, 2016. Altmetric Data now available in the Summon discovery service. Ex Libris announced that it has integrated altmetrics into the Summon discovery service to significantly enrich the user experience and improve content discovery. This new development, achieved through collaboration between ProQuest and Altmetric, enables researchers to explore the online shares, comments and discussion relating to individual research outputs with a single click. <<more>>

February 10, 2016. BPP University adopts Talis to help deliver on their commitment to provide students access to 100 percent of course readings. BPP University has selected to implement both Talis Aspire Reading Lists and Talis Aspire Digitised Content to support their strategy to deliver all information resources to their students online at the point of need. <<more>>

February 10, 2016. TfL extends its use of the Cloud with new digital preservation platform. Transport for London, London’s historic transport network has begun extending its use of the AWS Cloud to protect its archive of over 140,000 digital and digitised files dating back to 1857, including all transport records from the London 2012 Olympic Games. TfL has partnered with Digital Preservation specialist Preservica to transfer its extensive digital collection to the Cloud. The Preservica digital preservation system, hosted on AWS, will ensure all items in the archive remain readable and useable by future generations by actively managing and migrating files to newer formats as old formats become obsolete. <<more>>

February 10, 2016. MassLNC expands collaborative for Evergreen development. The Massachusetts Library Network Cooperative announced a new program to grow membership in its development collaborative to more libraries and consortia in the Evergreen community. The MassLNC Evergreen Development Initiative is an opportunity for libraries and consortia running Evergreen to maximize their resources by pooling funds to sponsor exciting new features and important bug fixes for the open-source system. <<more>>

February 10, 2016. ByWater Solutions Issues $1,500 VoteLibraries Fundraising Challenge. ByWater Solution has made a commitment to donate $1,500 to EveryLibary’s VoteLibraries project if we can get $1,500 in matching donations. <<more>>

February 10, 2016. EnvisionWare Expands Sales Team. EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced that Pamela Mullins has joined the sales team as Sales Representative, Self-service Solutions. <<more>>

February 9, 2016. ByWater Solutions ranked No. 1 in satisfaction with customer support for medium sized libraries in 2015 Perceptions Survey. ByWater Solutions announced that it was rated no. 1 in Customer Support for Medium Sized Public Libraries in this year’s “Perceptions 2015: An International Survey of Library Automation.” ByWater was ranked by their customers for their services supporting the Koha Open Source Integrated Library System. <<more>>

February 9, 2016. Arlington Public Library Joins Marmot Library Network as Sixth Pika Discovery Partner. Marmot Library Network announced that their sixth Discovery Partner, Arlington Public Library, is now live on the Pika Discovery Layer. " <<more>>

February 9, 2016. Online entries now being accepted for the John Cotton Dana Award for Outstanding Library Public Relations. The American Library Association is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Award. The award, managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association division ALA, honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards will be granted by the H.W. Wilson Foundation in an annual Awards Ceremony sponsored by the ALA and EBSCO Information Services. <<more>>

February 8, 2016. ProQuest teams with St. Andrews University to advance early modern area research. ProQuest is collaborating with the Universal Short Title Catalogue at St. Andrews University in Scotland to leverage the USTC to improve access and discoverability of materials essential to researchers of the early modern era. <<more>>

February 5, 2016. Mellon grant continues support of open-source library system. Duke University has received a $1.165 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the continued development of an open-source integrated library system. Known as Kuali OLE, for Open Library Environment, it is the first system designed by and for academic and research libraries to manage and deliver scholarly information. Three OLE Partners—Lehigh University, the University of Chicago, and SOAS at the University of London—have already implemented Kuali OLE in their library operations. The grant will support the further development, refinement, and adoption of the system by a broader group of public and private institutions. <<more>>

February 5, 2016. SirsiDynix BLUEcloud eRM in Pilot Release. SirsiDynix announced the pilot release of BLUEcloud eRM, a powerful new electronic resource management tool and the newest addition to the BLUEcloud Campus product line. In recent years electronic resources have become increasingly crucial to library collections. As the medium of collection resources changes, so does the challenge of organizing these resources. BLUEcloud eRM is the premier solution to managing the life-cycle of electronic resources, from trial and acquisition to licensing and implementation. Building on the open-source electronic Resource Management system CORAL, BLUEcloud eRM gives libraries the tools to manage their electronic resources. <<more>>

February 5, 2016. Mancos School District Goes Live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog. The Mancos School District Libraries have now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Libraries and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to the AspenCat union catalog. <<more>>

February 5, 2016. Backstage announces new projects and increased innovations. The new year is off to an accelerated start at Backstage Library Works ( as their automated services department takes on new and innovative projects. Backstage continues to expedite processes, implement new technologies and allow libraries more customized settings than any other service provider. <<more>>

February 5, 2016. New partnership between Equinox and TALKINGTECH. Equinox a new working partnership with TALKINGTECH, the leader in library telephony services. i-TIVA, TALKINGTECH’s interactive telephone messaging system, will be be available as an add-on service to our Evergreen Sequoia subscribers. Equinox <<more>>

February 5, 2016. Brown Library Joins NC Cardinal. Equinox announce that yet another library has gone live on Evergreen through the North Carolina Cardinal Consortium. Last month, Brown Library in Washington, North Carolina made the move to Evergreen, utilizing the Sequoia platform. Brown is a single branch library with 56,065 bib records and serves over 15,000 patrons. Brown marks the 23rd migration for NC Cardinal, a continually growing consortium. <<more>>

February 4, 2016. Ingram Content Group announces leadership changes. Ingram Content Group has named Pep Carrera as Chief Operating Officer of VitalSource Technologies Inc., Ingram’s leading educational platform company. Carrera will transition into this role from his current position as Chief Information Officer at Ingram. Kent Freeman, currently VitalSource’s COO, will move into a newly created strategic position at Ingram Content Group as Chief Strategy and Development Officer. <<more>>

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Major US Companies: Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation EBSCO Information Services Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett Infor Library and Information Solutions InfoVision Software, Inc. Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Jaywil Software Development Keystone Systems, Inc. LibLime LibLime -- PTFS LibraryWorld Lucidea Mandarin Library Automation Media Flex, Inc. mk Solutions OCLC ProQuest SirsiDynix Softlink International Soutron Global Surpass Software The Library Corporation

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Library Technology Guides collects news releases from all the major companies and other organizations involved in library automation. This resource includes the full text of over 11914 press releases and is indexed to make it searchable by company, product, date, and subject. A brief summary of each news item is available.

Coverage is from about 1991 to the present. Many libraries keep only thier current press releases on their Web site, or remove those issued in the past that are not consistent with their current stragegies. In some cases, the Press Release Archive on Library Technology Guides is the only remaining record of library automation announcements.

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