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June 30, 2016. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Google announce partnership to digitize state archives exhibits. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced a new partnership between the California State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State's office, and the Google Cultural Institute.This partnership will make State Archives exhibits available to a global audience online. The first three exhibits highlight the history of California state parks, the California Secretary of State’s office, and showcases campaign materials created by the nation’s first political consulting firm, Campaigns Inc. <<more>>


June 29, 2016. DuraSpace announces Jonathan Markow’s retirement. The DuraSpace organization today announced Jonathan Markow’s retirement from his position as Chief Strategy Officer for DuraSpace, effective November, 2016. <<more>>


June 29, 2016. Daniel Morgan Academy Library goes live on ByWater Solutions Koha support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Library at Daniel Morgan Academy of Washington, DC. is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system. <<more>>


June 29, 2016. Innovative facilitates more effective material handling with Mobile Worklists Release 2.1. Innovative Interfaces has launched the latest version of its mobile application for library staff, facilitating more effective material handling with greater visibility into item record details. <<more>>


June 29, 2016. Third Chapter Partners introduces Patron Point. Third Chapter Partners announces the launch of Patron Point, a comprehensive program that takes user activity-based data and delivers a new level of management reporting and patron engagement. <<more>>


June 29, 2016. PPF continues partnership with De Gruyter. Publisher Promotion and Fulfillment, a division of EBSCO Information Services, has renewed its partnership to fulfill subscription services for journals from De Gruyter. The partnership ensures that the needs of De Gruyter subscribers are met while allowing the company to focus on the editorial aspects of its business. <<more>>


June 29, 2016. 2016 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition—Libraries Transform, and We Stand With Orlando. With an emphasis on the future of libraries, on diversity, equity, and inclusion and on library transformation driven by community aspirations, 16,597 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 4,995 exhibitors) from across the world gathered in Orlando, Florida for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 23-28. The conference marked ALA’s 140th anniversary. <<more>>


June 29, 2016. Andrew Pace begins term on ALA Executive Board. Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Executive Director, WorldShare Community Development, took his seat on the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. <<more>>


June 28, 2016. RCS joins the OpenAthens access management federation. The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), a professional membership association and registered charity devoted to advancing the highest standards of surgical care, has announced an expanded strategic partnership with Eduserv. RCS is the latest publisher to join the OpenAthens access management federation to provide its members with single sign-on access to their collection of journals. <<more>>


June 28, 2016. The University of Bristol selects Talis Aspire to enhance student experience and help deliver their vision of a world class library service. Following a formal tendering process the University of Bristol have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services. <<more>>


June 28, 2016. Innovative helps the University of Northampton fulfill its library’s strategic vision for the future. Innovative Interfacesannounced the successful implementation of Sierra at the University of Northampton, as part of the institution's strategic vision to merge two campuses at the heart of the community. <<more>>


June 28, 2016. More K-12 students reading on OverDrive Digital Reading Platform. A record number of K-12 students are reading digital books using the OverDrive digital platform for schools. In the 2015-2016 school year, approximately six million students had access to eBooks and audiobooks and the number of digital books borrowed in OverDrive-powered schools increased nearly 60 percent. More students are embracing digital books because digital technology has made reading more accessible. Through the use of OverDrive Read® and a catalog of over two million titles from more than 5,000 publishers, students are reading eBooks instantly in their browser, in class, at home, both online and offline with no software or downloads. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Washington Research Library Consortium, based in the Washington, DC area, has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to help fulfill the consortium’s priorities of coordinating collections across all partner institutions (including its high-density Shared Collections Facility) and presenting end-users with a unified view of WRLC’s shared collection. WRLC chose Alma and Primo for their scalability, openness to other systems, rich functionality, and cost-effectiveness. The consortium of nine academic libraries will be migrating from Voyager® and Innovative Interfaces Sierra to the new solutions. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. Future Ready Schools announces new project to help recognize school librarians as leaders in school transformation. Future Ready Schools (FRS)—led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education—announced Future Ready Librarians, an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. The Future Ready initiative helps district leaders recognize the potential of digital tools and align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. Twenty organizations endorse the Library Digital Privacy Pledge. Twenty organizations- libraries, publishers, library vendors, and library organizations have endorsed the Library Freedom Project's Library Digital Privacy Pledge. These organizations are improving privacy for library users by implementing secure protocols on their web services and asking partners to do likewise. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. Ex Libris continúa mejorando la productividad en la biblioteca con una aplicación móvil que libera a los bibliotecarios de sus escritorios. Ex Libris anunció que su servicio de gestión de bibliotecas Alma permitirá a los bibliotecarios acceder a Alma desde cualquier lugar, utilizando un dispositivo móvil. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. Addition of publisher ebook platforms expands options in OASIS search and acquisition system. ProQuest is teaming with major publishers in the academic book market to empower customers via its OASIS system with the ability to order ebooks from even more ebook platforms. In the coming months, ebook platforms from such scholarly book publishers as Oxford University Press and IGI Global will be accessible from OASIS. Discussions regarding partnerships with other key academic publishers, including Taylor and Francis Group, Wiley, Cambridge University Press, World Scientific are also underway. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. ProQuest’s new reference ebook subscriptions increase access to high-demand content. An authoritative and user-friendly reference point for researchers, teachers, and students, ProQuest’s new Reference Ebook Subscriptions include 500+ high quality, reference-only ebooks, handbooks, encyclopedias, manuals, guides, and dictionaries. Intended to make more high-demand reference content available to more academic and public libraries than ever before, these Reference Ebook Subscriptions carry many titles offered in subscription for the first time. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. OverDrive’s innovative digital resources help librarians reach new readers. With so many options to find and read digital books, librarians often compete to bring in new readers. Now, librarians can compete with new resources similar to those used by top retailers and e-commerce sites. By featuring a selected eBook or audiobook and recommending titles so readers can easily find new books in their favorite genre, librarians are merchandising more books from their digital collection. Having librarians suggest additional titles will help readers discover alternative books and keep them coming back. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. collectionHQ Announces Partnership with SOLUS. collectionHQ, the world’s leading collection performance improvement solution is pleased to announce a new partnership with SOLUS to offer customers of both services the opportunity to use the SOLUS Library App in conjunction with collectionHQ. <<more>>


June 24, 2016. Ex Libris continues to improve library productivity with a mobile app that frees librarians from their desks. Ex Libris announced that its Alma library management service now enables librarians to access Alma from anywhere, using a mobile device. The new mobile capabilities are being rolled out gradually, with the first version now available for early-access users. A general release for all Alma users is planned for the third quarter of 2016. Librarians can now access task lists and perform fulfillment activities on the go, even scanning item barcodes to register in-house use from anywhere in the library. Built on a flexible advanced mobile application framework, Alma Mobile will grow to include more features, such as work-order processing, item returns, the creation and processing of sets, inventory management, and even mobile analytics. <<more>>


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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 12265 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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