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July 2, 2015. Sistema per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale selects Ex Libris Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Sistema per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale (service for the promotion of cultural heritage, or SVPC) in Switzerland has chosen the Primo discovery and delivery solution for a portal that will provide access to all of the Canton of Ticino’s extensive cultural and scientific resources. Shared by 80 libraries, the first stage of the Primo-powered catalog will enable users to discover and access more than a million scientific and cultural heritage items. The portal project, named Sàmara, is supported by the Ticino’s Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (Dipartimento dell’educazione, della cultura e dello sport). <<more>>


July 2, 2015. eBook and Audiobook Lending Soars to Daily Record at Libraries and Schools. According to OverDrive, the leading eBook platform for libraries and schools, Monday, June 29, 2015 saw a new single-day milestone of 500,535 digital titles borrowed. In addition to the titles borrowed during that day, readers also placed more than 195,000 titles on “hold” by adding themselves to a wait list. <<more>>


July 2, 2015. Public libraries in Ireland go live with the Sierra Library Services Platform. Innovative announced that initial implementation of the Republic of Ireland’s public library authorities are now live with the Sierra Library Services Platform. Six of the 30 authorities - Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, South Dublin, and Wexford - serve approximately 35% of the total population of Ireland through more than 80 branch libraries and mobile libraries. <<more>>


July 2, 2015. Eastwick College goes live on LibLime’s Discovery Solution. Eastwick College and LibLime have partnered to provide Eastwick College students with easier access to databases, e-journals and other Eastwick College content, by integrating LibLime’s Discovery Solution. The partnership between Eastwick and Liblime allows Eastwick College students and faculty to take advantage of the benefits of easier access to Eastwick College’s entire suite of electronic resources. <<more>>


July 2, 2015. New General Manager for Ex Libris Europe. Ex Libris announced that Ofer Mosseri, a highly experienced high-tech manager, will be joining Ex Libris as a corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, effective July 4, 2015. <<more>>


July 2, 2015. Ex Libris ed EBSCO Information Systems firmano un accordo di collaborazione. Ex Libris ed EBSCO Information Systems collaborano per favorire l'ottimizzazione nei flussi di lavoro delle acquisizioni di periodici ed e-book e garantire un'eccezionale esperienza utente per i clienti delle due società attraverso un sistema di linking migliorato <<more>>


July 1, 2015. EBSCO Showing Its Commitment to Growth with Several Recent Moves. EBSCO Industries, headquartered atop Oak Mountain off Highway 280, is a privately held company committed to progress and growth. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Ex Libris Alma early-adopter program launched in Israel. Ex Libris announced the launch of an early-adopter program in Israel for the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Eight top institutions of higher education are participating: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa, the College of Management—Academic Studies, IDC Herzliya, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Oranim Academic College of Education, and the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. Four of the colleges belong to the 47 member Israel College Consortium. All the early adopters will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph library management system to Alma, which they will use in combination with the Primo discovery and delivery solution to reap the benefits of an integrated, end-to-end system. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. APA Makes E-books Available through EBSCO eBooks. The American Psychological Association is making its e-books available to libraries on the EBSCO eBooks platform. The agreement with EBSCO Information Services gives libraries cost-effective access to in-demand psychology, behavioral sciences and social sciences titles. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust [EAST] launches: Large Shared Print initiative across libraries in the Northeast focuses on ensuring access to Ssholarly materials. The Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust, a major new shared print initiative, launches on July 1st with important grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation. The 47 member libraries of EAST, across New England, New York and Pennsylvania, will collaborate to retain agreed upon titles in their local circulating collections as well as make them available to lend to other EAST members, thereby ensuring continued access to the scholarly record of print monographs and journals. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Gale Collaborates with Google to Channel Content and Technology Directly into Student Workflow and Classroom Learning. With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Gale collaborates with Google to channel content and technology directly into student workflow and classroom learning. With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to seamlessly login to their school or library’s Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to easily download, save and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs. With more than 40 million Google Apps for Education users worldwide, the partnership offers tremendous potential to improve student learning. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Springer journals increase impact factors in 2014. The Journal Citation Reports 2015, released by Thomson Reuters, lists a total of 1,595 Springer journals, with 37 Springer journals joining the list for the first time. Significantly, in 2014, 82 percent of the Springer journals in the list were cited more frequently than in the previous year. Well over one half (57 percent) of Springer journals increased their impact factor in 2014 over the 2013 figure. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Koha development initiative receives international support. ByWater Solutions thanks Bohdan Šmilauer, a librarian in Prague, for his contribution to the Professional Cataloging interface development for Koha. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. ALA appoints Jenny Levine next LITA Executive Director. The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jenny Levine as the Executive Director of the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the ALA, effective August 3, 2015. Ms. Levine has been at the American Library Association since 2006 as the Strategy Guide in ALA’s Information Technology and Telecommunications Services area, charged with providing vision and leadership regarding emerging technologies, development of services, and integration of those services into association and library environments. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. Wiley partnership with figshare enables data sharing. Wiley announced their partnership with London- based data repository organization, Figshare. To support authors who wish to openly share their data, Wiley have embarked on this partnership with Figshare to integrate data sharing within existing journal workflows and article publication. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. The Respond! College chooses Koha, supported by Interleaf Technology. The Respond! College has chosen the Koha open source library management system to automate its library service. Interleaf Technology has been contracted to implement the Koha system and to provide on-going support services. <<more>>


June 30, 2015. NISO Elects New Vice Chair and Directors to Serve Community. The membership of the National Information Standards Organization has elected new leadership for the 2015-2016 term that begins on July 1, 2015. Mike Teets, Executive Director, Strategy, Governance & Architecture at OCLC, who was elected last year and has served as Vice Chair during the current term, will become Chair of NISO for the 2015-16 term. B. Tommie Usdin, President of Mulberry Technologies, Inc., has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors. <<more>>


June 27, 2015. Auto-Graphics, Inc expands California presence With VERSO ILS. Auto-Graphics and Rancho Mirage Public Library announce the selection and successful migration and go live of Auto-Graphics' VERSO, as the new Integrated Library System. After a competitive and thorough RFP process, Rancho Mirage Public Library, RMPL, selected Auto-Graphics as the vendor of choice with their latest iteration of ILS software. <<more>>


June 27, 2015. Vijf Amsterdamse instellingen kiezen Pure als onderzoeksinformatiesysteem. De UvA, VU, VUmc, AMC en de HvA hebben gezamenlijk gekozen voor de aanschaf van het onderzoeksinformatiesysteen Pure van Elsevier B.V. Met deze voorlopige gunning gaat de aanbestedingsprocedure de volgende fase in. <<more>>


June 26, 2015. BiblioCommons unveils new mobile-friendly catalog and more patron-friendly enhancements at ALA. BiblioCommons will debut a newly designed BiblioCore catalog at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015. The redesigned catalog features responsive design, streamlined search results, and unique enhancements to support readers’ advisory. The BiblioCommons software-as-a-service catalog, BiblioCore, works with all major integrated library systems and replaces the traditional patron catalog in order to encourage community engagement around a library’s collections, integrate the library’s events and online resources into the patron’s path, and promote the expertise of librarians as readers’ advisory and reference specialists to their communities. <<more>>


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