October 20, 2014. GBI-Genios’ wiso Collections are now indexed and discoverable through the Central Index of Ex Libris Primo. Ex Libris announced that all journals and the majority of reference databases hosted on GBI-Genios’ wiso-net platform have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service. In the coming months, the e-books hosted on wiso-net will also be accessible via Primo. The wiso-net platform includes specialized information in economics; social sciences; technical studies; psychology; and law, and is used in more than 85% of economic and social science universities in German-speaking countries. <<more>>
October 15, 2014. Liberty University Selects EnvisionWare for RFID. EnvisionWare announced that Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia has installed EnvisionWare RFID software and security in the University’s new state-of-the-art library. <<more>>
October 15, 2014. Best-Selling author Barbara Freethy selects Ingram to launch Digital Best Sellers in physical format. Ingram Content Group announced that Number 1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Freethy has selected Ingram Publisher Services to deliver her e-books in print form to readers worldwide through Hyde Street Press, Ms. Freethy's new independent publishing company. <<more>>
October 15, 2014. LYRASIS publishes three open source software implementation case studies on FOSS4LIB. LYRASIS has published three open source software case studies on FOSS4LIB.org as part of its continuation of support and services for libraries and other cultural heritage organizations interested in learning about, evaluating, adopting, and using open source software systems. <<more>>
October 15, 2014. EBSCO Information Services opens Second Office and hires former Swets employees in the United Kingdom. EBSCO Information Services is opening a second office in the United Kingdom and has hired a number of former Swets employees to help customers transitioning to EBSCO as their subscription agent. EBSCO believes that this investment in infrastructure and staffing will provide libraries with the confidence to work with EBSCO during this critical renewals phase--and into the future. <<more>>
October 14, 2014. Resources for the Future Joins LibLime Koha 4.18. Resources for the Future (RFF) has contracted with LibLime for services to implement and support 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>>
October 14, 2014. Florida library selects TLC, Tech Logic automation. West Florida Public Library System is getting a major performance boost by implementing automation and material handling solutions from The Library Corporation and Tech Logic. <<more>>
October 14, 2014. KualiCo acquires rSmart SaaS business and expands team to drive development and adoption. KualiCo, the newly formed company focused on the delivery of open source administrative solutions for higher education, announced today the acquisition of rSmart’s software as a service (SaaS) business. A team of employees, including rSmart co-founder and CEO Chris Coppola, will join KualiCo to accelerate sales, marketing, operations, and product development activities. The specific terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. <<more>>
October 13, 2014. James Bennett and Civica Announce Embedded Ordering for Streamlined Acquisitions. Civica, a leader in specialist library solutions, and James Bennett, the leader in library supply, have partnered to further streamline the acquisitions process for Spydus customers via embedded ordering. <<more>>
October 13, 2014. Baker and Taylor and James Bennett Poised to expand in New Zealand. Baker and Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, along with its Australian wholly-owned subsidiary James Bennett, announced today they have been chosen as the primary suppliers of library materials to Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand. <<more>>
October 13, 2014. University of Rijeka in Croatia chooses EBSCO Discovery Service. University of Rijeka Library in Croatia has implemented EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services. Seamless implementation, a variety of customization options and EBSCO’s commitment to service led the library to choose EDS. <<more>>
October 13, 2014. Backstage Library Works completes vital cataloging project for Kansas State University Libraries. As librarians at Kansas State University Libraries have learned, when dealing with more than 3 million items, automation and assistance can be incredibly beneficial. Backstage Library Works completed a Resource Description and Access (RDA) enrichment project for 3 million bibliographic records for Kansas State University Libraries during the summer of 2014. The company also supplied the corresponding authority records. K-State Libraries has been an authority control client since 2005. <<more>>
October 9, 2014. Boopsie expands Advisory Board with addition of Fareed Adib. Boopsie announces the addition of Fareed Adib, Global Head of Android Partnerships at Google, to its Advisory Board. <<more>>
October 9, 2014. Albright College Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Albright College’s Gingrich Library in Reading, PA is live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system. <<more>>
October 9, 2014. Polaris Users Group convenes 13th annual meeting. Innovative announced that the Polaris Users Group has convened its 13th Annual Meeting in Liverpool, NY. With an attendance of close to 300, the three-day event provides an opportunity for presentations and lively dialog between Innovative and this important segment of its user base. More than 50 Innovative staff members are participating, including those from the Executive Team, Product Management, Research and Development, and Customer Support. Innovative is the primary sponsor and exhibitor of the independent user group event, which also attracts 16 other exhibitors including 3M, Bibliotheca, and ChiliFresh. <<more>>
October 9, 2014. California Library Consortium evaluates usage of millions of monographs to create collaborative library collections. Libraries worldwide are transforming their spaces to better align with the changing needs of their communities. The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) has initiated a collection analysis project to gain insight on collection overlap and usage as a basis for establishing a sustainable shared collections program among its members. SCELC chose ProQuest Intota Assessment for comprehensive analysis of more than 4.5 million monographs across nine member libraries participating in the pilot project. <<more>>
October 8, 2014. Springer re-launches SpringerMaterials with vast improvements. inger’s signature materials database – SpringerMaterials – has gotten a total overhaul to make the new site more nimble and user friendly. And the changes are far more than cosmetic as the entire site has been migrated to the same technology as the publisher’s flagship platform, SpringerLink. <<more>>
October 8, 2014. Gale Signs New Publishers, Increases STEM Content in Virtual Reference Library. New content covering popular healthcare and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics is now available on Gale Virtual Reference Library, the e-book platform offered by Gale, part of Cengage Learning. The signing of publishers Taylor & Francis, Mitchell Lane, HCPro and World Scientific combined will add approximately 750 e-books to GVRL, bringing the total number of available titles on the platform to 15,000 from over 150 publishing partners. <<more>>
October 8, 2014. Ingram Expands its Global Network in Poland. Ingram Content Group Inc. is expanding its print-on-demand (POD) and distribution reach to Poland through a Lightning Source Inc. Global Connect alliance with Azymut, one of the largest media publishing and distribution groups in Poland. <<more>>
October 8, 2014. Four centuries of Dutch cultural heritage added to WorldCat. The National Library of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, has entered into an agreement with OCLC to add four important collections of digitized resources from Dutch-speaking countries to WorldCat for discovery of these valuable resources worldwide. <<more>>
October 7, 2014. Twenty-Two recent Go-Lives underline Sierra's international success. Innovative announced today that 23 libraries in 11 countries have gone live with the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent 6-week period. The <<more>>
Major US Companies: 3M Library Systems Auto-Graphics, Inc. Biblionix Bibliotheca Book Systems, Inc. ByWater Solutions Civica COMPanion Corporation CyberTools for Libraries Deep Web Technologies, Inc. EBSCO Information Services EOS International Equinox Software Ex Libris Follett Software Company 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 Polaris Library Systems ProQuest SirsiDynix Softlink International Soutron Global Surpass Software The Library Corporation VTLS, Inc.
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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 10737 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.
We are always looking for press releases to add to this collection. If you have access to material--in either electronic form or hard copy--please contact the editor, Marshall Breeding.