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November 27, 2014. Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils choose the Koha open source library management system for their public library services. Cheshire Libraries Shared Service has chosen the Koha library management system to replace its existing Axiell Galaxy solution. PTFS Europe will fully implement the Koha system and provide on-going hosting and support services. <<more>>


November 26, 2014. Edinburgh Napier University Goes Live with Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that Edinburgh Napier University is live with Ex Libris Alma. After choosing the Primo discovery solution to improve the search experience for users, the Library decided to move their management system into the 21st century to help realize the University’s strategic vision, further improve the end-user experience, and simplify workflows. <<more>>


November 26, 2014. Arabian Peninsula Libraries select Innovative for library management and discovery. Innovative announced today that libraries on the Arabian Peninsula have selected the vtls-Virtua ILS and the vtls-Chamo discovery tool: Emirates Aviation University (EAU) [UAE] and the Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) of Diwan of Royal Court [Oman]. The new contracts were completed through Edutech, a leading provider of learning solutions and services for academic institutions, companies, and governments. EAU will migrate from an Alice™ system provided by Softlink, while CAO Library is implementing its first ILS system. <<more>>


November 25, 2014. SirsiDynix is recognized as a Wasatch Front Top Workplace. SirsiDynix announced that it has been selected as one of The Wasatch Front Top Workplaces. This most recent recognition comes on the heels of a 2013 ranking by Glassdoor.com that placed SirsiDynix as the 7th best among the top 50 mid-sized companies in the country—and highest rated Utah company on that list—in overall employee satisfaction. <<more>>


November 25, 2014. Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library Goes Live on LibLime Koha 4.18. Hunter-Rice Health Sciences Library at Samaritan Health Center is now live on LibLime Koha 4.18 for all collection and patron management services. The hospital library located in Watertown, NY will now operate using LibLime Koha’s newest features including enhanced circulation policies, the Solr search engine, full faceted support in the OPAC, an embedded New Titles list, expanded functionality for expired and cancelled holds, and RDA support. As with all versions of LibLime Koha since 4.8, the entire application resides in the Plack environment for enhanced performance. <<more>>


November 24, 2014. State Library of Queensland selects Ex Libris Rosetta. Ex Libris Group announced that State Library of Queensland has selected Ex Libris Rosetta to demonstrate management and preservation of its digital collections. Rosetta’s unique end-to-end digital asset management and preservation framework will support the complete lifecycle of 'born digital' content—from ingest and acquisition through description to digital object management, preservation, and end user discovery. Rosetta would replace the Library’s existing Ex Libris DigiTool installation, which was used up to now to manage its extensive digital, audio, and video collections. <<more>>


November 24, 2014. EBSCO Discovery Service selected by 25 Russian and Belarusian universities. EBSCO Discovery Service from EBSCO Information Services is now being used by more universities and academic institutions in Russia and Belarus. To date, 25 institutions have chosen EDS as their discovery solution. Among the institutions that have implemented EDS in these two countries, the Central Scientific Library UB Russian Academy of Science and the Russian State Library are two of the most prominent. Full-text linking capabilities, EDS’s simple point of access to all library resources, and an interface in Russian were common factors impacting these sites’ decision to implement EDS. <<more>>


November 24, 2014. Change in leadership at Equinox. Equinox Software announced that Mike Rylander has been selected by the Equinox Board of Directors as President of the company. In addition to being a co-founder of Equinox, Rylander is one of the original developers of the Evergreen open source integrated library system. As the architect of Equinox’s new Sequoia services platform, Rylander stated that he is excited to take the helm and drive Equinox forward with a focus on Sequoia and its added-value components, AIM and Idea Lab. <<more>>


November 24, 2014. Kuali Coeus Functional Council votes toeEngage with KualiCo for product development leadership. The Kuali Foundation announced that the Kuali Coeus Functional Council has voted to engage with KualiCo for product development leadership. KualiCo is a new company that delivers cloud-based software for higher education. Kuali Coeus is a modular suite of open source research administration software designed specifically for higher education and delivered via the cloud by KualiCo. <<more>>


November 21, 2014. Buy It Now available for HIP and e-Library users. SirsiDynix announced that Buy It Now is now available for all HIP and e-Library users. These users will now be able to buy books, movies, and more from outside retailers through their library’s website or OPAC. As part of SirsiDynix’s Community Funded Services, a portion of each Buy It Now purchase will be returned to the library, increasing revenue for libraries while providing increased buying options for patrons. <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Backstage launches new Cataloging Preparation Service. Librarians seeking a cost-effective method of preparing materials for Backstage cataloging have a new service at their disposal. Backstage’s metadata and on-site services groups have joined forces to develop a program that provides on-site preparation of items for cataloging and, if desired, physical processing. The new service allows Backstage to send support staff into the library to prepare materials for cataloging in the most expeditious, cost-effective manner possible. Items can also be packed for transport to Backstage for physical processing. Technicians follow the library’s material handling policies as outlined in a project profile. With Backstage’s new cataloging preparation service, library staff are freed from hands-on involvement, allowing them more time for library activities and meeting the needs of their patrons. <<more>>


November 20, 2014. ProQuest creates the first complete, digital trove of executive orders and presidential proclamations. ProQuest is enabling researchers to access a critical missing piece for understanding historic events with a first-ever complete, digital collection of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. When complete, the collection will encompass more than 79,000 executive orders, proclamations, directives and policy statements by American presidents from Washington to Obama, bringing together disparate content and making it easy to discover and work with. ProQuest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations is part of and can be searched along with ProQuest’s renowned and growing collection of U.S. government content, assembled within a technology architecture that improves research outcomes. <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Pines and Plains Libraries goes live on CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog. The Pines and Plains Libraries, formerly known as the Elbert County Library District is now live on the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. With the addition of Pines and Plains Libraries, CLiC AspenCat union catalog now has nearly 600,000 bibliographic records and over one million items. <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Arabic e-books from Al Manhal to be available for purchase via the EBSCO eBooks platform. EBSCO Information Services and Al Manhal have extended their partnership to add Al Manhal’s diverse collection of e-books to EBSCO’s collection. Al Manhal’s extensive e-book collection will now be distributed worldwide via the EBSCO eBooks platform. A considerable expansion of Al Manhal’s global reach, this new step will put its content onto the digital shelves of nearly all libraries worldwide. The announcement represents a major extension of the companies’ partnership and will increase EBSCO’s offering while greatly expanding global discovery of Al Manhal content. <<more>>


November 20, 2014. Kuali Financial System Project Board votes to engage with KualiCo. The Kuali Foundation recently concluded Kuali Days 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with the announcement that the Kuali Financial System Project Board has voted to engage with KualiCo for product development leadership. KualiCo is a new company that delivers cloud-based software for higher education. KFS is a modular, open source suite of financial <<more>>


November 20, 2014. lynda.com Receives SIP2 Certification with TLC’s CARL.X. The Library Corporation announced today that the lyndaLibrary suite of online learning resources from lynda.com is now SIP2-certified for the CARL.X Integrated Library System. CARL.X libraries that have purchased a subscription to lyndaLibrary’s comprehensive collection of web-based training courses will now be able to offer their communities a full and seamless integration experience. Library patrons can link to the vast array of educational videos directly through CARL.X’s LS2 PAC online catalog in the comfort of their own home, or anywhere with an internet connection. <<more>>


November 19, 2014. Ex Libris releases Version 9.1 of Voyager. Ex Libris announced the release of version 9.1 of the Voyager integrated library system. Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for librarians that will enable them to dedicate more of their time to user needs. <<more>>


November 19, 2014. Innovative News: 25 libraries go live on the Polaris ILS and the Sierra Library Services Platform in six-week period. Innovative announced today that 25 libraries have gone live with the Polaris ILS or the Sierra Library Services Platform in a recent six-week period. This group of academic and public libraries span Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Scandinavia. <<more>>


November 18, 2014. Cengage Learning names New Chief Financial Officer. John Leahy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Cengage Learning, a leading global education company, to lead the Company’s financial management team. Based in Boston, John will lead all financial activity for Cengage Learning and will report to the Chief Executive Officer Michael Hansen as part of the Executive Team, effective December 1st. <<more>>


November 17, 2014. Largest public Library in Australasia upgrades to Sierra. Innovative announced that Auckland Libraries (New Zealand) will upgrade to the Sierra Library Services Platform from Innovative's Millennium ILS. With over 470,000 registered card holders and 55 branches, it is the largest public library system in Australasia. Auckland Libraries holds 3.5 million items with an annual circulation of 17 million. <<more>>


November 17, 2014. Gale leads to advance academic research by offering content for data mining and textual analysis. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will make available content from its Gale Digital Collections to academic researchers for data mining and textual analysis purposes. Data mining and textual analysis – the process by which text or datasets are crawled by software that recognizes entities, relationships and action – helps researchers draw new conclusions among disparate data and is emerging as an important area of scholarly research. <<more>>


Full Automation News Report

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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