October 1, 2014. ProQuest meets discovery needs at Saint Peter’s University Library. Saint Peter’s University will meet the research needs and expectations of its library users with an integrated suite of ProQuest discovery services – the Summon discovery service, the 360 Link link resolver and Syndetic Solutions. <<more>>
October 1, 2014. Vital Source Collaborates with Metrodigi to Enable Production of Interactive Content. Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading digital textbook solution, and Metrodigi®, the leading global cloud-based content creation software company, today announced a collaboration at EDUCAUSE 2014, taking place this week in Orlando, FL. This collaboration provides educational publishers with a powerful end-to-end solution for the production and distribution of customizable, interactive digital products. As a result, publishers will be able to develop robust interactive content more efficiently and affordably, and students will be able to access highly interactive and visual course materials across a wide range of devices through the VitalSource Bookshelf eReader and distribution platform. <<more>>
October 1, 2014. SAPLN and SirsiDynix announce 77th live site. SirsiDynix is pleased to announce that the final member of the South Australian Public Library Network is prepared to go live with SirsiDynix Symphony. Yankalilla will mark the 77th SAPLN site to go live since the consortium’s Symphony implementation began in 2012. With a complete Symphony integration— and with some sites running on two databases or through multiple branches—SAPLN will include circulation materials from 80 databases, 159 sites, and over four million items. <<more>>
October 1, 2014. OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery API beta. OCLC is introducing beta availability of the new WorldCat Discovery API, which provides access for libraries to search and find resources in both WorldCat and a central index of article and e-book metadata that represent the wide range of resources libraries provide to their users. <<more>>
September 30, 2014. New IMLS funding to support the Digital Public Library of America announced. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced a $999,485 grant to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for a major expansion of its infrastructure. The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used. <<more>>
September 29, 2014. ProQuest Collections Are Now Indexed and Discoverable through the Central Index of Ex Libris Primo. ProQuest and Ex Libris announced that over 200 of ProQuest’s most widely used databases have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service. <<more>>
September 29, 2014. Soka University of America selects EBSCO Discovery Service. Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Library of Soka University of America has recently chosen EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services as its new custom discovery solution for the library’s databases. SUA chose EDS to enhance its community’s research experience and the library has found working with EBSCO representatives and engineers to be an excellent experience as well. <<more>>
September 29, 2014. Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (MN) selects the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota, has selected the Sierra Library Services Platform. TdS serves a population of over 228,000 in south-central Minnesota across 38 public libraries and one academic library. The Cooperative's collections top 1 million items. They will be migrating from a Symphony system provided by SirsiDynix. <<more>>
September 29, 2014. Libraries praise TLC’s new Academic Reserves solution. The Library Corporation’s new Academic Reserves functionality delivers a powerful new tool to college and university libraries. Charlotte Nutter of Denver Seminary in Colorado calls it the Cadillac of Reserves modules <<more>>
September 29, 2014. Dawson College Library chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Dawson College Library in Westmount, Quebec is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system. <<more>>
September 28, 2014. EBSCO launches the free database American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955. The print index, Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities (DDAAU), is now available digitally as American Doctoral Dissertations 1933-1955™. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston worked together to digitize the content and build the free database from the volumes originally published by the H.W. Wilson Company. This effort was made possible through a donation from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. <<more>>
September 25, 2014. DoverNet Library System Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the DoverNet Library System in New Hampshire is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system. <<more>>
September 25, 2014. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine , a leading international education and research centre dedicated to the study of infectious diseases, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. <<more>>
September 24, 2014. Swets Information Services B.V. declared bankrupt. Following the suspension of payment for Swets & Zeitlinger Group BV, granted by the court in Amsterdam on 19 September, the Management team, together with Mr J.L.M. Groenewegen, the appointed administrator, have been working tirelessly to investigate alternatives for the business. Unfortunately, concrete alternatives to sell the business as a whole have not materialised and due to these developments Swets Information Services B.V. filed for bankruptcy on 23 September 2014. The court of Amsterdam honoured this request and as per 23 September 2014 Swets Information Services B.V. is declared bankrupt. <<more>>
September 24, 2014. University of Canterbury simplifies library collection management with Intota Assessment. The University of Canterbury recently selected Intota™ Assessment (http://www.proquest.com/products-services/intota-assessment.html) from ProQuest as the best solution to address challenges in evaluating usage of their libraries’ collections and making collection management decisions based on evidence. Detailed overlap analysis helps a library determine what resources to renew, acquire or weed to generate greater return on investment of their collection. Additionally, quantitative and qualitative analysis helps identify trends or spot other collection development opportunities. <<more>>
September 24, 2014. New System Provides Access to 14 Academic Libraries in Montana Through One Search. The collection holdings of 14 academic libraries in Montana are now available through a single online search, thanks to an unprecedented statewide partnership. The new system is made possible by a collaborative effort of the libraries of the four campuses of Montana State University and four campuses of the University of Montana, as well as private colleges, tribal colleges and a community college. <<more>>
September 23, 2014. The London Library to Provide Discovery and Delivery Services through Ex Libris Primo and SFX. Ex Libris announced that The London Library—a literary library active for over 170 years—has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and SFX OpenURL link resolver. These solutions will play a central role in enabling the Library to meet its strategic aims of improving support for research and making its collections more visible to members and prospective members. <<more>>
September 23, 2014. Hennepin County Library upgrades with 3M SelfCheck QuickConnect for library patrons. All libraries in Hennepin County will soon be equipped with 3M’s latest in self-checkout technology, the 3M SelfCheck System and QuickConnect Interface. This newly updated system enhances library patrons’ self-service checkout experience by offering more options and services, all with improved speed and efficiency. There will be more than 80 new SelfCheck System kiosks installed at 41 Hennepin County Library locations over the next several months, to be completed by the end of 2014. <<more>>
September 22, 2014. Texas Tech University chooses EBSCO Discovery Service. Texas Tech University, a leading teaching and research institution and member of the Association of Research Libraries, has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) as its discovery solution. <<more>>
September 19, 2014. Follett names Nader Qaimari Senior VP Content Services and Solutions. Follett announced that Nader Qaimari has been named Senior Vice President of Content Services and Solutions for Follett School Solutions, the leading provider of integrated content and technology solutions to the PreK-12 education space. Succeeding Todd Litzsinger, who was elected Follett Corporation Chairman of the Board in January 2014, Qaimari will oversee Follett's content services and solutions, including publisher relations, textbook and supplemental materials, early childhood, digital products, library collections, and online classroom products. <<more>>
September 18, 2014. Active Venture Partners backs Odilo. Odilo, a company offering a comprehensive suite of products for lending digital content, has received a €2.2m investment from Active Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that targets entrepreneurial teams driving digital start-ups. ACTIVE was chosen by Telefonica to launch the first fund of the Amerigo network, a fund of funds with €300m under management. <<more>>
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 EOS International 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 Polaris Library Systems ProQuest SirsiDynix Softlink International Soutron Global Surpass Software The Library Corporation VTLS, Inc.
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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 10583 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.
We are always looking for press releases to add to this collection. If you have access to material--in either electronic form or hard copy--please contact the editor, Marshall Breeding.