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October 20, 2016. Follett supports AASL’s ESSA implementation efforts. Follett School Solutions continues to support the importance of school librarians in students educational careers with a matching funds sponsorship of American Association of School Librarians’ Every Student Succeeds Act implementation workshops. Presented nationwide through collaboration with AASL state affiliates, the workshops highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be included in state and local plans. <<more>>

October 20, 2016. ProQuest uncovers and digitizes hundreds more titles from the dawn of printing. ProQuest’s comprehensive collection of Early English Books Online now includes even more exceptional works from the dawn of printing in England from 1473 to 1700, enabling thousands of rare, delicate resources to be accessible online to researchers around the world. With EEBO’s September 2016 release, scholars can now explore an additional 631 scanned image titles acquired from 27 unique archives, bringing the total to nearly 132,000 titles. <<more>>

October 20, 2016. Promise of eTextbooks Being Realized, Albeit Unevenly at UK Universities. In the face of rising tuition, a generation of “digital-native” students have headed off to university with high expectations for the state of technology in their learning. To gauge the level of satisfaction in the digital programmes – specifically eTextbook programmes – offered by universities in the United Kingdom, VitalSource enlisted Shift Media to conduct a survey of 866 students from 131 higher education institutions. The survey assesses student engagement with eTextbooks and identifies institutional practices and student behaviours that correlate with high levels of student satisfaction. <<more>>

October 20, 2016. Talis announce that UK universities can now deliver core eTextbooks directly into courses via Talis Aspire. Talis, the leading provider of course resource management solutions and the most widely used solution for course reading lists, are announcing new capabilities in Talis Aspire to support the institutional acquisition and delivery of core eTextbooks directly into courses for students. <<more>>

October 20, 2016. Gold Systems, Inc., Vital Records Division acquired by Sweden-based Axiell. Axiell, the leading vendor to archives, libraries and museums worldwide, as well as the leading Vital Records systems provider in Australasia and Canada, Tuesday announces the acquisition of a business division of Gold Systems, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based company. The acquisition further strengthens Axiell’s position in the market for Vital Records, which comprises software systems to help authorities manage births, deaths, marriages and more. By adding Gold Systems’ Vital Records customers, including Washington, D.C., the innovative Vita product and two authorities in the Vital Records field, Steve Gold and Jeff Greenland, Axiell has significantly strengthened its presence in the field. <<more>>

October 20, 2016. Backstage completes extensive on-site digitization and transmissive digitization projects for Library of Congress. Backstage Library Works recently completed a pair of scanning projects for the Library of Congress. Over the course of 18 months, they digitized 808,000 archival documents and bound book images on-site at the Library, plus 236,500 transmissive images at Backstage’s preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Digitizing rare and fragile collections on location at libraries provides curators an alternative to the extra handling involved with shipping. <<more>>

October 20, 2016. OCLC completes building renovations to support library technology innovation. OCLC has completed a year-long renovation to its headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, a project to not only repair the 35-year-old structure but also to purposefully update the environment to support a vibrant, innovative space for staff and member libraries. The newly renovated headquarters includes structural repairs, a refurbished atrium and entrance, updates to an auditorium, new presentation capabilities, videoconference rooms, new kitchen and cafeteria, and new gathering places and work spaces. Pivotal to the design is the addition of a broad, cantilevered stairway in the atrium that connects staff members throughout the building. <<more>>

October 20, 2016. Murdoch University is first Australian library to use OCLC Sustainable Collection Services. OCLC, the global library cooperative, today announced that Murdoch University Library, in Perth, Western Australia, has selected OCLC’s Sustainable Collection Services to analyse its print monograph collections. Murdoch will use the web-based SCS GreenGlass decision-support application to undertake a large-scale review of its print collections, seeking to integrate data on usage and holdings in other libraries into its decisions to retain, relocate or deselect resources. <<more>>

October 17, 2016. Oslo Public Library launches new Koha-based library management system with linked data capabilities. Oslo Public Library - launched their new library management platform on the 12th of October after a 24 month development period. Core library functions, such as circulation, patron management, automation and messaging is managed by Koha, the open source web-based ILS managed by the Koha foundation. The online catalog search interface, patron self-service tools, and cataloguing are all developed in house in joint development between OPLs staff and external consultants. <<more>>

October 17, 2016. Copyright Clearance Center launches RightFind Music. Copyright Clearance Center, creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, announces the launch of RightFind Music, a search and file management website designed to help customers find, download and manage music from APM Music’s collection of more than 500,000 tracks licensed for use in presentations and video. <<more>>

October 17, 2016. Mellon Foundation grant will support BitCurator expansion to improve analysis and accessibility of born-digital collections. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a grant for $750,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support BitCurator NLP, a project that will develop software and protocols for the application of natural language processing (NLP) methods to born-digital library, archives and museum (LAM) collections. The new tools created by the two-year project will enable professionals at LAMs to more effectively and efficiently curate digital materials, and ultimately make collections more accessible to individuals searching for information or documents. <<more>>

October 17, 2016. We’ve SharedIt! Springer Nature completes integration of its content sharing initiative across its entire owned portfolio of over 1,300 journals. Springer Nature announced that it has rolled out its free content sharing initiative, now named SharedIt, to all of the Springer Nature-owned portfolio and over one thousand additional co-owned and partner-owned journals. This now encompasses over 2,300 journals and enables authors and subscribers to post links to free-to-read versions of primary research articles anywhere, including social media platforms, repositories, websites, scholarly collaborative networks and via emails. It follows a successful trial and roll out of the initiative for research articles in Nature-branded journals which has resulted in over 2.2 million additional article views since its launch in December 2014. <<more>>

October 14, 2016. London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art selects the Koha open source library management system for its libraries, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe. London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art has chosen the Koha library management system to assist with its library service provision. PTFS Europe will carry out a full range of implementation services and will provide on-going hosting and support services. <<more>>

October 14, 2016. CLIR receives $2.7 million for new program to preserve recordings at risk. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources $2,725,000 for a regranting program to digitize “at risk” audio and audiovisual materials of high scholarly value. The program will run four competitions between January 2017 and September 2018, awarding a total of $2.3 million. <<more>>

October 14, 2016. Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) celebrates the retention of over 6 million print monographs. The academic and research libraries of the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) meet today in Boston to celebrate the largest shared print monograph initiative to date. The institutional members of EAST have committed to retain over 6 million print monographs for an initial period of 15 years. These items represent scholarly content that might otherwise have been discarded as these libraries reconfigure and reclaim space to meet the needs of today’s research and teaching institutions. <<more>>

October 14, 2016. CERN spin-off TIND partners with DataCite. CERN spin-off TIND is now an an official member of DataCite thereby enabling seamless DOI creation for TIND’s partners and customers. <<more>>

October 13, 2016. Talis and YBP Library Services partner to provide more choice to academic libraries in the UK. YBP Library Services, a division of EBSCO Information Services , has partnered with Talis to bring more choice, and increased efficiencies, for course reading list driven library acquisitions and collection development. This partnership makes the integration between YBP and Talis Aspire, already in use at many Australasian universities, available now to our shared customers in the UK. Customers who use Talis Aspire workflows and data to inform their acquisitions strategy can now seamlessly, and at scale, acquire the right content in the right format, directly from YBP. <<more>>

October 13, 2016. Innovative introduces new APIs and broad functionality enhancements in Sierra Release 2.4. Innovative Interfaces, a leading provider of integrated library systems (ILS) that empowers libraries globally, has launched Sierra Release 2.4 with significant new capabilities across multiple functional areas. <<more>>

October 13, 2016. ProQuest welcomes Janet Hogan to lead global human resources. ProQuest has named Janet Hogan as a leader of its Global Human Resources organization. <<more>>

October 13, 2016. The SWITCH Library Consortium Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange, Inc of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system. <<more>>

October 12, 2016. Springer Nature merges Major Reference Works portfolios of Palgrave Macmillan and Springer. PRESS RELEASE Springer Nature merges Major Reference Works portfolios of Palgrave Macmillan and Springer Official launch of the expanded Major Reference Works portfolio at this year’s Frankfurt Book FairHeidelberg | London, 12 October 2016Springer Nature has merged the major reference programs from Palgrave Macmillan and Springer to form a complementary, comprehensive Major Reference Works (MRW) program. The expanded MRW portfolio includes high-profile trade and academic references from all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, humanities, business and economics. It gives access to a world-class collection of content, published in over 500 individual reference works. SpringerReference is known for high-quality content in disciplines such as applied sciences, clinical medicine, materials, physics and life sciences. It has also pioneered innovative electronic workflows using customized tools and publishing models such as Living References. Highlights of the program include the 20-volume Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience and the Encyclopedia of Cancer.Palgrave Macmillan contributes well-established flagship titles such as The Statesman’s Yearbook (now in its 153rd edition), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.Anil Chandy, Vice President, Major Reference Works Publishing, said: “Our Major Reference Works program is at the vanguard of Springer Nature’s eBook publishing and is a domain for exciting developments. Our reference works draw on scientific quality, cutting-edge research and high impact that is a hallmark of Springer Nature’s publishing. For our customers, in addition to all areas of science, technology and medicine, our publishing has expanded with Palgrave Macmillan to cover social sciences as well.”He added, “With advanced electronic workflows, and a dedicated global team to guide and support the publication process, reference publishing with Springer Nature is a streamlined and positive experience for our authors and editors. Furthermore, our new, merged portfolio will provide them access to all fields of research.” Springer Nature’s Major Reference Works content is internationally commissioned and developed by eminent scholars and scientists in all fields as editors, including Nobel Prize winners. Editorial boards, which review quality and validate the content, are comprised of internationally recognized academics and leaders in their disciplines.Overall, more than 100,000 scientists and researchers contribute to the Springer Nature reference program content. These reference works are available in print and on the content platform SpringerLink. Online, they are published both as eReferences and ‘Living References.’ Living References are up-to-date snapshots of a major reference work at a given moment in time. They allow content updates throughout the lifetime of each MRW article, ensure the latest academic content, maintain historical versions of articles, provide early online publication of articles without the need to wait for the whole reference work to be finished, and dramatically reduce the time lag between article submission and its publication.The MRW portfolio is updated with over 10,000 new reference work entries and 5,000 updates every year. Over 500,000 articles are already published and available in multiple publication formats (PDF and HTML) and are readable on all electronic devices. They are peer reviewed and scientifically validated, and are fully indexed to support discoverability and usage.Reference works are among the most frequently downloaded content within eBook subject collections licensed to academic, corporate and government organizations globally, and continue to be widely used in libraries.Springer is part of Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature is the world’s largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world’s most influential journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media. Visit and follow @SpringerNature. Further InformationAbout SpringerReference Robinson | Springer Nature | Communicationstel +49 6221 487 8130 | Find us on: Branch of Springer-Verlag GmbH, Heidelberger Platz 3, 14197 Berlin, GermanyRegistered Office: Berlin | Local Court (Amtsgericht) Berlin-Charlottenburg, HRB 91881 BDirectors: Derk Haank, Martin Mos, Dr. Heinrich Weinheimer <<more>>

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