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April 17, 2015. Sheffield Hallam University is the latest academic library to Adopt Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest teaching universities in the UK, has chosen the Alma next-generation unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Providing a fully integrated cloud-based platform, Alma and Primo will replace the Library’s previous Innovative Millennium and ProQuest Summon systems. <<more>>

April 16, 2015. LibLime to Exhibit at Computers in Libraries. LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be holding a Technology Luncheon and Listening Session at the upcoming Computers in Libraries scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. LibLime will be exhibiting in Booth 414. <<more>>

April 16, 2015. The Second Annual Azriel Morag Award for Innovation is Open for Nominations. Ex Libris announced that the 2015 Azriel Morag award for innovation is now open, and nominations from Ex Libris customers are invited. The late Azriel Morag, founder and first CEO of Ex Libris, believed in experimentation, daring, and the power of individuals to make a difference. This award will carry on his legacy. The Azriel Morag award for innovation is presented to a librarian who demonstrates exceptional innovation and initiative during the two years leading up to the date of nomination. The winner’s accomplishments and the institution that the winner is associated with will be publicized globally. <<more>>

April 15, 2015. Ex Libris Group announces new Director of Support for North American Division. Ex Libris announced the appointment of Matt Baker as director of support for Ex Libris North America. <<more>>

April 15, 2015. Sierra Library Services Platform 2.0 in General Release. Innovative announced that Sierra Library Services Platform 2.0 is in general release, including enhancements that make the staff experience more powerful and intuitive. All of Sierra’s key functional areas have been updated, including acquisitions, cataloging, resource sharing, and reports. Library staff will find that index searching with the Sierra Desktop application is more robust. The release also introduces a set of collection-development reports that enable consortia members to make more informed acquisitions decisions. <<more>>

April 15, 2015. Wiley announces retirement of CEO Steve Smith; Board Elects Mark Allin as CEO. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in research, professional practice, and education, today announced that President and CEO Stephen M. Smith has declared his intention to retire due to previously-disclosed medical reasons, effective June 1, 2015. The Board has elected Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Allin as his successor. <<more>>

April 15, 2015. LearningExpress becomes Part of EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO Information Services is adding more resources for students and adult learners with the acquisition of the education technology company LearningExpress. LearningExpress is an acclaimed provider of online platforms for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation and career-oriented digital content. <<more>>

April 15, 2015. CARL.Connect expands to the Los Angeles Public Library and the Metropolitan Library System. The Library Corporation has announced that the Los Angeles Public Library and the Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma City have purchased CARL.Connect, TLC’s newest integrated library systems product. These libraries will join the Monroe County Library System in New York and the Contra Costa County Library in California, who have implemented CARL.Connect for providing a flexible, platform independent solution to their staff functions. <<more>>

April 14, 2015. University of Edinburgh to implement Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the University of Edinburgh has selected the next-generation Alma unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Primo will enable the Library to achieve its goal of providing rapid and seamless discovery, access and use of collections. Alma will offer the University of Edinburgh Library automated workflows to improve many of its services, together with comprehensive analytics to provide evidence of its contribution to the institution and to ensure efficient expenditure on library resources. <<more>>

April 14, 2015. Innovative to integrate Sierra with EBSCO and YBP Library Services Using New APIs. Innovative and EBSCO Information Services announce integration of YBP Library Services and EBSCO online ordering with Sierra. The integration will provide seamless ordering and improved workflow efficiencies. <<more>>

April 14, 2015. OCLC signs agreements with publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business. OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services. <<more>>

April 14, 2015. Innovative Users Group (IUG) convenes 23rd Annual Conference in Minneapolis. Innovative announced that IUG 2015, the 23rd annual Innovative Users Group Conference, has convened in Minneapolis, MN. Over 1,000 attendees, which include users of all the company’s major technology platforms (Sierra Library Services Platform, Polaris ILS, Virtua, and Vital), will participate in over 180 program sessions presented by their colleagues and Innovative staff. <<more>>

April 14, 2015. Ingram’s newest Global Connect Location makes it easier to distribute content to South Korea. Ingram Content Group has expanded its print-on-demand (POD) and distribution reach to South Korea through a Global Connect alliance, offered through Ingram's Lightning Source Inc., with Korean Studies Information Co., Ltd. (KSI), one of the largest digital printing and publishing groups in the country. <<more>>

April 14, 2015. Springer and Altmetric to launch new platform for book impact at the London Book Fair: Bookmetrix. Springer announced that it is becoming the first publisher to offer title and chapter level metrics across all of their books via a new platform, Bookmetrix. Developed in partnership with metrics provider Altmetric, the data captured via Bookmetrix is displayed on the book pages on Springer’s content platform SpringerLink and reports how often an individual book or chapter is mentioned, shared, reviewed or read online. Updated in real-time, the data is intended to provide an accurate representation of the current reach, usage, and broader impacts of each book or chapter for all authors, editors and readers. <<more>>

April 13, 2015. New digital lending option for Public Libraries 3M Cloud Library launches in UK and Australia. 3M Library Systems announced that it will expand its 3M Cloud Library Digital Lending System to libraries in the UK and Australia. Borrowers in these countries will benefit from 3M’s entry into the market as it boosts public libraries’ options to meet the increasing demand for digital content. <<more>>

April 13, 2015. Innovative launches Mobile Worklists in New Cloud Architecture. Innovative announced that Mobile Worklists is now available for download from the iOS App Store, representing a landmark for the company as its first completely cloud-based offering for libraries worldwide. Built on Innovative’s new Open Library Stack, Mobile Worklists fully integrates with the Sierra Library Services Platform and does not require a change of ILS for its existing customers. Mobile Worklists is the Company’s first native, multi-tenant, cloud-based product in production. Using mobile technology, this solution makes material handling and management tasks more efficient and staff more productive. It reduces the back and forth between the stacks and the desk, cuts down on repetitive material handling, and decreases staff reliance on paper reports. Version 1.0 of Mobile Worklists includes the ability to create and track lists of materials, scan barcodes with the mobile-device’s camera, share lists in Sierra for editing or updating in real time, and more. <<more>>

April 13, 2015. CABI and PlumX Partner in Pilot Program. Scientists at CABI will be able to gauge the impact of their agricultural and environmental research in several unique ways by partnering with PlumX from Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company. As part of a six-month pilot program, CABI is using PlumX metrics to measure the recent research of its authors and is showcasing their articles and books on CAB Direct, its scientific research portal. PlumX’s Plum Print data visualization tool will provide clear feedback on how the articles and books were consumed, providing timely information on usage, citations, captures, mentions and social media output. <<more>>

April 12, 2015. Civica releases Spydus10 at National Technology Roadshow, April 13-23 2015. Civica has announced the release of Spydus10, the company’s Web-based integrated library management, discovery, digital asset management and archives solution. <<more>>

April 12, 2015. American Bookbinders Museum chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha support. ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco, CA is now live with their installation of the Koha open source ILS. ByWater Solutions has completed the migration for the American Bookbinders Museum and will be providing ongoing Koha Support and Hosting for them. <<more>>

April 9, 2015. Civica supports South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) Conference, Singapore, 22-28 April. Civica will be supporting the 19th SEAPAVAA conference to be hosted in Singapore by the Asian Film Archive in partnership with the National Library Board. <<more>>

April 9, 2015. ProQuest Solutions Named as Finalist for Five SIIA CODiE Awards. Evaluated for excellence and innovation, four of ProQuest’s content and education solutions are finalists for five 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards, presented by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. Providing diversity and depth with unique, specialized and curated content are compelling distinctions of ProQuest Dialog and ProQuest History Vault within the aggregated content category. ProQuest Research Companion, an information literacy solution, is a finalist for two education awards, and ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher is a finalist for the ninth consecutive year. <<more>>

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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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