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March 27, 2015. 3M Announces Enhanced Integration with SirsiDynix ILS. As part of its ongoing commitment to ensure library staff are able to efficiently meet the needs of their patrons, 3M Library Systems announces the completion of full integration between the new SirsiDynix Symphony 3.5 ILS and the 3M RFID Staff Workstation. <<more>>


March 26, 2015. Resources for the Future Joins LibLime Koha 4.18. Resources for the Future (RFF) is now live on LibLime Koha 4.18 for all collection and patron management services. RFF features with 4.18 include authority control, expanded SIP2 support for renewals, the Solr search engine, and RDA compliance. As with all versions of LibLime Koha since 4.8, the entire application resides in the Plack environment for enhanced performance. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. ProQuest and Google collaborate to improve researchers’ workflows. ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. TLC’s solid 2014 sets stage for prosperous 2015. The Library Corporation celebrated its 40th year of business by adding new customers, renewing relationships with long-time customers, and bolstering its offerings to public, school, academic, and special libraries. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. Ex Libris Alma and Primo adopted by Arkansas Tech University. Ex Libris announced that the Ross Pendergraft Library of the Arkansas Tech University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution as well as the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Following an extensive and formal market evaluation, and continuing the trend of current Ex Libris Voyager customers upgrading to Alma, the library is aiming to streamline operations by providing a cloud-based, open, and unified platform for all collections, which integrates smoothly with the university’s two satellite campuses. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. Ex Libris Alma and Primo adopted by Arkansas Tech University. Ex Libris announced that the Ross Pendergraft Library of the Arkansas Tech University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution as well as the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Following an extensive and formal market evaluation, and continuing the trend of current Ex Libris Voyager customers upgrading to Alma, the library is aiming to streamline operations by providing a cloud-based, open, and unified platform for all collections, which integrates smoothly with the university’s two satellite campuses. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. LexisNexis Academic will soon be accessible through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. OCLC and LexisNexis are working together to make the LexisNexis Academic database available to mutual subscribers through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. SirsiDynix joins hands in supporting GIANT Steps Autism Preschool. SirsiDynix is joining hands with a number of other Utah businesses to support GIANT Steps Autism Preschool. In partnership with Wasatch Mental Health and Alpine School District, GIANT Steps aims to provide early education for preschool-aged children diagnosed with autism. <<more>>


March 24, 2015. LaSalle Public Library selects EnvisionWare for computer and print management. EnvisionWare announced that LaSalle Public Library in Illinois has selected EnvisionWare Suite for computer and print management. <<more>>


March 24, 2015. Academic libraries choose Boopsie for easy, cost-effective mobile apps. Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, announced that it has signed five new academic library customers. Murray State University, Treasure Valley Community College, Hollins University, Woodbury University, and Long Beach City College have teamed with Boopsie to develop customized mobile library apps to meet the growing demand an expectation of students, faculty and staff. <<more>>


March 23, 2015. Springer and Université Joseph Fourier release SciDetect to discover fake scientific papers. After intensive collaboration with Dr. Cyril Labbé from Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, Springer announces the release of SciDetect, a new software program that automatically checks for fake scientific papers. The open source software discovers text that has been generated with the SCIgen computer program and other fake-paper generators like Mathgen and Physgen. Springer uses the software in its production workflow to provide additional, fail-safe checking. Springer and the University are releasing the software under the GNU General Public License, Version 3.0 (GPLv3) so others in the scientific and publishing communities can benefit. <<more>>


March 23, 2015. Oklahoma Panhandle State University chooses EBSCO Discovery Service. Oklahoma Panhandle State University has selected EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services as its library discovery tool. The university chose EDS to increase resource usage and improve library visibility at its Marvin E. McKee Library. <<more>>


March 23, 2015. Copyright Clearance Center’s Get It Now Integrates with OCLC’s WorldShare Interlibrary Loan Service. Copyright Clearance Center, a global licensing and content solutions organization, announced its award-winning Get It Now academic solution is integrated with OCLC’s WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service, the largest ILL network in the world. <<more>>


March 23, 2015. VuFind 2.4 Released. March 23, 2015 - Version 2.4 of the VuFind Open Source discovery software has just been released. This new release adds several new features as well as further improving the stability and flexibility of the software. <<more>>


March 23, 2015. Symphony, BLUEcloud Products selected by Covington County Library System. Covington County Library System, a three-member system in Mississippi, has signed a seven-year agreement with SirsiDynix. In addition to selecting the Symphony Integrated Library System, CCLS has also selected Enterprise, eResource Central (eRC), and SMS Notifications. <<more>>


March 23, 2015. Four Kentucky university libraries select OCLC WorldShare Management Services. Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as their library management system. <<more>>


March 22, 2015. Lake Agassiz and NW Regional Choose Evergreen. Lake Agassiz Regional Library and Northwest Regional Library, both in Minnesota, have chosen Equinox to manage their migration to Evergreen later this year. Equinox will also be providing support. These two libraries have shared an Innovative Interfaces system for over ten years and will be taking the plunge into open source together. The library systems share approximately 225,000 items and serve 95,000 patrons. <<more>>


March 20, 2015. University of the Arts London chooses the Koha library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe.. The University of the Arts London has chosen the Koha open source library management system to replace its existing system. PTFS Europe will implement Koha and provide on-going hosting and support. The project also includes a wide range of integration services including online payments, identity management, authentication, RFID and integration with Explorit federated search. A key service being provided is the further enhancement of the public interface to precisely meet the needs of UAL’s library users. <<more>>


March 20, 2015. Jisc and ProQuest Team to Provide Ebooks to UK Further Education Colleges. ProQuest has been chosen by Jisc to continue to provide key ebooks to Further Education Institutions across the UK. Following its 2014 tender announcement for provision of ebooks for the UK Further Education community, Jisc elected to renew its existing contract with ProQuest, which has been in place for over five years. The new agreement runs through 2016 and enables more than 400 colleges across the UK to access more than 400 key ebooks at no cost via ProQuest’s ebrary platform. <<more>>


March 20, 2015. Blackboard completes acquisition of Schoolwires. Blackboard announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Schoolwires, one of the leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts. With the close of this acquisition, Blackboard continues to demonstrate its commitment to be the leading K-12 provider of school websites and parent notification solutions. <<more>>


March 19, 2015. OverDrive Announces Agreement for Acquisition by Rakuten. OverDrive, the leading eBook, audiobook and streaming video platform for libraries and schools, announced it entered into an agreement to be acquired by Rakuten Inc., one of the world’s largest Internet services companies. Insight Venture Partners has been the majority shareholder of OverDrive since 2010. OverDrive will operate as a subsidiary of Rakuten USA and will work closely with other Rakuten companies. Rakuten companies provide a variety of consumer and business-focused services including eReading (Kobo), e-commerce (Rakuten.com, formerly buy.com, and Ebates), instant messaging (Viber), and others in the US, Canada and around the world. <<more>>


Full Automation News Report

Major US Companies: 3M Library Systems Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation CyberTools for Libraries Deep Web Technologies, Inc. EBSCO Information Services Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett 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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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 11156 press releases and is indexed to make it searchable by company, product, date, and subject. A brief summary of each news item is available.

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