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March 1, 2024

Soutron Global Soutron celebrates 35 years of innovation in information management for special libraries, knowledge management, and archives. International library, information, knowledge management and archives solution leader Soutron Global is commemorating its 35th anniversary, a milestone that highlights the company's enduring commitment to enabling information professionals to provide access to information. Since 1989, Soutron's founder Graham Beastall's core vision was to be dedicated to supporting librarians, archivists, and information professionals in their mission to transform information access, empower knowledge discovery and to take advantage of the latest database technology, a vision that remains as important as ever. Throughout its 35-year history, Soutron has supported hundreds of clients in implementing transformative solutions, such as Peer Document Review for capturing internal knowledge and creating a combined library and archive solution to provide a complete information resource management solution. This rich experience has provided a unique perspective and deep understanding of the evolving needs of information professionals. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Celebrating 10 years of Polaris Leap. This Leap Day, the Innovative team is celebrating 10 years since the launch of Polaris Leap, our web-based interface for the Polaris ILS. When Polaris Leap launched in 2014, it was designed to help librarians get out from behind the desk and work in the stacks, in the bookmobile, or at the park. With Polaris Leap, the library could be anywhere with internet connection. A decade later, Polaris Leap still empowers exceptional flexibility for providing patron services outside of the library walls – and has continued to evolve along with the latest technology and customer-driven enhancements. Today, more than 14,000 library staff log in to Polaris Leap every day. [Full Announcement].

Springshare Public Libraries adopt Springshare's Patron Point. Springshare is thrilled to announce that the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Iberville Parish Library, and the Somerset County Library System have adopted the Patron Point marketing and automation platform to support their outreach and community engagement efforts. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions at the 2024 Joint Utah and Mountain Plains Conference. ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that team members will be at the joint Utah Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association Conference in Salt Lake City Utah. The joint conference will be held from May 8-10 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. [Full Announcement].

February 29, 2024

Clarivate ProQuest, part of Clarivate, launches AI-powered research assistant. ProQuest, part of Clarivate, is collaborating with its community of educators to address these issues by harnessing AI's powerful abilities and applying them in a responsible, reliable research companion for students. Currently in beta with top universities, ProQuest Research Assistant achieves a milestone in next generation content discovery by enabling students to use conversational inquiry to explore vast, vetted and authoritative content. ProQuest Research Assistant is being tested in an academic library staple: ProQuest One Literature, a destination resource built on a foundation of high quality, authoritative content – an extraordinary range of full text prose and poetry as well as plays, periodicals, essays, video, imagery and editor-developed topical content. ProQuest is developing its AI initiatives in alignment with traditional academic principles and strong community governance. The rigorous approach to testing and validating results is shaping a powerful new research tool that will be integrated in ProQuest solutions across major disciplines. [Full Announcement].

FOLIO FOLIO launches Poppy Release. The FOLIO Open Source Community has launched the sixteenth named release as the platform continues to add features and functionality to the library services platform. The Poppy Release updates existing apps and features, including acquisitions, data import, and circulation, and welcomes the Lists app, an application for creating custom list(s) of records. The Poppy Release offers platform enhancements that provide librarians with a better user experience in the FOLIO platform. [Full Announcement].

Follett Relational Teaching, its impact on student learning to be Explored in April 16 Virtual Book Talk with noted author. Noted author Anthony Reibel will headline a virtual event Tuesday, April 16 exploring the definitions of relational teaching and its impact on student learning. Follett Content Solutions and the McHenry County (Illinois) Regional Office of Education are co-sponsoring “Book Talk: Embracing Relational Teaching by Anthony Reibel,” which will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. (CDT). [Full Announcement].

February 28, 2024

American Library Association American Library Association's Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative receives additional $10 million in funding. The American Library Association announced that it has received $10 million in support of its Libraries Transforming Communities initiative to continue providing libraries with tools and resources to serve people with disabilities. A substantial portion of the funding – $7 million – will be distributed in grants of $10,000 and $20,000 to small and rural libraries. In collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, LTC offers grants to qualifying libraries across the country with a population under 25,000 and located at least five miles from an urbanized area, aligning with the Institute of Museum and Library Services definitions of small and rural libraries. Libraries use the funding to increase the accessibility of facilities, services and programs to better serve people with disabilities. [Full Announcement].

Thomson Reuters Thomson Reuters successful acquisition of Pagero paves the way for significant growth opportunities. Thomson Reuters Corporation previously announced the successful outcome of its recommended public offer for Pagero Group for a purchase price of approx. USD 800 million / SEK 8.1 billion. The acquisition marks the sixth deal closed by Thomson Reuters since January 1, 2023, with a total acquisition value of approximately $2.1 billion, contributing to a stronger, strategically aligned portfolio with exciting growth prospects. Pagero is a global leader in e-invoicing and indirect tax solutions, which it delivers through its Smart Business Network. The secure network connects customers to suppliers, customers and authorities regardless of the system they use - linking 90,000 customers to a platform reaching 14 million companies. This enables an automated, secure, and compliant exchange of invoices and other documents that seamlessly integrates with customers' ERP systems. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results. Clarivate reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023. [Full Announcement].

Naseej Naseej as Diamond Sponsor of the 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition Of The Specialized Library Association – Arabian Gulf Chapter. Naseej announced its diamond sponsorship and participation in the 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Arab Gulf Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. The event, held in collaboration with the Qatar National Library from March 5-7, 2024, at the Mondrian Doha Hotel in Qatar, will revolve around the theme “Harnessing Smart Technologies in the Environment of Libraries and Specialized Information Institutions. [Full Announcement].

Digital Science Digital Science announces innovative new research solutions from Dimensions, delivering insights from ~350 million publications, grants, patents and clinical trials through ChatGPT's conversational interface. Digital Science announced the launch of two new products – Dimensions Research GPT and Dimensions Research GPT Enterprise – bringing the unmatched, trusted research coverage of Dimensions to the ChatGPT platform. Users can get AI-generated answers to research-related questions on the GPT platform informed by Dimensions' huge database, making ChatGPT more research-specific for topic exploration. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Innovative partners with LibraryIQ to offer comprehensive analytics to libraries. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced a partnership with LibraryIQ, expanding the analytics offering available through the Vega Library Experience (LX) platform. LibraryIQ is an analytics and reporting solution that uses real-time data to offer actionable insights to libraries in categories spanning collection management, service development, patron engagement, and strategic planning. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Bond University selects campusM App. Bond University recently selected campusM as its student engagement app. campusM joins other Ex Libris products at Bond, including Alma, Primo and Leganto, that facilitate better student experiences and support student success. While the university's main focus for the app is current students, Bond also plans on using campusM to enhance its relationship with Alumni. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Announces the CommunityGiftED Series. Are you looking to connect with other staff and librarians to enhance your knowledge of all THINGS Koha? Community GiftED is an initiative that allows librarians to learn from each other and give back to their fellow partners. With webinars and sessions taught by experienced Koha Partners, you'll have the opportunity to expand your skills and network with like-minded professionals. Get ready to embark on a journey of growth and collaboration in just 30-minute sessions. [Full Announcement].

February 27, 2024

Soutron Global Soutron streamlines access to special collections at St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society Library. Soutron Global announced that the St Albans & Hertfordshire Architectural & Archaeological Society Library, renowned for its vast collection of local history materials, has leveraged Soutron's library management system to ensure the protection, discoverability, and accessibility of its invaluable resources. The special collections at SAHAAS Library are a historian's dream, comprising rare books, maps, and photographs, many dating back to the 1600s. [Full Announcement].

OpenAthens Cambridge University Press win UX Award 2024. OpenAthens announced Cambridge University Press as the winner of its UX Award 2024. Award organizer, Jane Charlton, declared Cambridge University Press the winner at OpenAthens' annual online Access Lab event on Monday 26 February for their Research Directions open access journal series. This year's panel judges chose Cambridge University Press as this year's winner as they clearly evidenced improvements to user experience. Judges were particularly impressed with the publisher's commitment to accessibility, user-centric approach and cross-team collaboration. Judges also highly commended their use of personae in product development and incorporation of user behavior data and feedback at each stage. [Full Announcement].

February 26, 2024

Taylor and Francis Taylor & Francis extends Wikipedia editor access to all journals. Since 2015, The Wikipedia Library and Taylor & Francis partnership has supported active volunteer editors, who often lack access to university collections, to read Taylor & Francis journals in the arts and humanities, strategic studies, and business. The new agreement, which extends the program to more than 3 million articles across all subject disciplines, will substantially increase the diversity of content available to Wikipedia editors. A new agreement with the Wikipedia Library allows volunteer editors to use the latest peer-reviewed research to enhance the quality and reliability of Wikipedia articles [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Orion Township Public Library Launches New Website with Vega Promote Web. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Orion Township Public Library in Michigan has gone live with its new Vega Promote Web website. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Ex Libris launches AI Enrichment metadata generator. As the scope, depth and complexity of cataloging standards evolve and grow, Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, has been working with our community to build innovative solutions that ensure content quality, at scale. To this end, Ex Libris is proud to announce the launch of an AI-based metadata generator for select Bibliographic records in the Alma Community Zone that will improve record quality, making them more discoverable and accessible. As of February 2024, our AI metadata generator is live and running against select ProQuest EBook Central records, having added the language, summary, and subject headings fields in alignment with the Library of Congress standards. Our plans are to grow both the scope of records and the number of fields generated by the innovative AI metadata generator. [Full Announcement].

Unique Management Services Newport News Public Library System (VA) launches MessageBee SMS and phone notifications. Unique Library announced the addition of MessageBee SMS notifications for the Newport News Public Library System (VA) this week. Patrons will be able to respond to the library's SMS notifications, creating an easy conversation channel to maximize engagement. [Full Announcement].

Unique Management Services Bexley Public Library (OH) launches MessageBee Email and SMS for patrons. Unique Library announced the addition of MessageBee email notifications and SMS notifications for Bexley Public Library (OH) this week. Bexley is a current MessageBee user, adding to their existing consortium email subscription. The public library is a member of the Central Library Consortium and has also used Unique's Gentle Nudge Material Recovery program since 2011. [Full Announcement].

LibLime LibLime welcomes four new members to the Bibliovation 7.4 family. LibLime welcomed four new public library members to the Bibliovation 7.4 family in late 2023. The migrations for all four libraries were completed at different times over the course of November and December and all four libraries started 2024 using the deep functionality available in the web-based and fully hosted Bibliovation 7.4 Library Services Platform. These new LibLime customers cover four different communities in the center of the country. Two libraries support the greater Oklahoma City region with one southeast of the city core and the other northwest, one library supports users in central Arkansas, and the fourth one library supports their community northwest of Dallas, All four libraries are using Bibliovation to manage their print, ebook, and digital collections using the deep functionality in the Bibliovation circulation module. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions at the 2024 Joint Maryland and Delaware Library Association Conference. ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that team members will be at the joint Maryland Library Association and Delaware Library Association Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. The joint conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. [Full Announcement].

Naseej Riyadh Elm University chooses MEDAD platform for institutional effectiveness. Naseej for Technology, a leader in digital transformation solutions, has joined forces with Riyadh Elm University to introduce the groundbreaking MEDAD platform for institutional effectiveness. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in the university's journey towards enhanced strategic planning, evaluation, and academic accreditation processes, revolutionizing the quality and efficiency of its academic and administrative operations. [Full Announcement].

4Science Open Science advancement: 4Science's commitment to UNESCO's Vision. In their recent article, UNESCO emphasizes the critical role of collaboration, innovation, and inclusivity in advancing open science. These are our driving principles at 4Science, and we're proud to be at the forefront of initiatives that support Open Science advancement. Through our dedication to open-source solutions and communities and our leadership role in the DSpace community, we're committed to fostering collaboration among researchers, institutions, and communities worldwide. By providing innovative tools and technologies, we empower researchers to share their findings openly and transparently, driving progress and discovery. [Full Announcement].

4Science Celebrating Progress: DSpace 2023 Annual Report Highlights. At 4Science has played a significant role as a leader contributor in the DSpace community worldwide. Its dedication to driving innovation and advancing open science has been reflected in our contributions to the development of the DSpace software. 4Science believes in the importance of collaboration and collective effort in ensuring the future of DSpace and its essential role in the global open repository ecosystem. The report highlights the strength of the DSpace community-supported program, with a collective commitment from members and contributors worldwide. Through code contributions, outreach, education, engagement efforts, program staffing, and development funding, the community successfully supported three major releases of the DSpace software. [Full Announcement].

4Science DSpace-CRIS latest release. On February 9th, 4Science, in collaboration with the DSpace-CRIS community, unveiled the latest iteration of DSpace-CRIS7, version 2023.02.02. With DSpace-CRIS 7, the project has embraced its own versioning system to ensure meticulous tagging and monitoring of changes across various releases. [Full Announcement].

February 23, 2024

Clarivate Clarivate recognized in the WTR 1000 2024 for trademark business. Clarivate has been recognized in the WTR 1000 2024 by the World Trademark Review. This guide identifies the top trademark professionals and firms in over 80 jurisdictions around the globe. Clarivate has been named as highly recommended in the following practice areas in the WTR 1000 2024, including Trademark Management, Searching and Watching, and Renewals and Recordals. [Full Announcement].

Copyright Clearance Center CCC to host town hall on copyright, artificial intelligence, and the training of large language models. CCC, a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, will host the Town Hall event “The Heart of the Matter: Copyright, AI Training and LLMs” via LinkedIn Live on Thursday, 29 February, 2024. A panel of legal experts including Prof. Daniel Gervais, Vanderbilt University Law School, and Prof. Dr. Noam Shemtov, Queen Mary University of London, along with CCC's Executive Vice President & CTO, Babis Marmanis and Vice President, General Counsel Catherine Zaller Rowland will discuss how, and why, Large Language Model (LLM) training includes copying works – and why it matters for creators, publishers, research-driven companies, academic institutions, and researchers who are the end users of systems at these organizations. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions contributions to Koha - February 2024. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced the contributions to the Koha Community code from the ByWater Development team. At ByWater, we believe transparency is the key to success. We submit all developments, plugins, tools, and documentation we create back to the Koha Community. [Full Announcement].

February 22, 2024

SAGE Sage partners with Cassyni to showcase open access research through seminars. Sage is partnering with Cassyni, the research seminar platform, to enable guest editors to introduce special collection topics using live community seminars. This new feature for Sage's open access (OA) journals will help researchers discover special collections relevant to their research and offer authors new channels to grow their post-publication impact. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present a video seminar about their article. On publication, these seminar recordings will be embedded alongside the publication on the Sage Journals platform, enhanced with Cassyni's semantic video AI technology. [Full Announcement].

Skilltype Skilltype and UCLA DataX partner to surface data expertise. UCLA's DataX initiative and Skilltype announced a partnership to surface data expertise across the campus community, marking a significant milestone for higher education. Skilltype, an American software company, provides talent management software that uses real-time data to help information professionals and their teams identify, develop, and share expertise. This collaboration extends Skilltype's expertise in mapping skills to the broader university, empowering a new vertical of data science professionals that multiplies our target audience [Full Announcement].

Knosys Libero, by Knosys, bolsters library security with the launch of Two-Factor Authentication. Libero, the library management system, continues to elevate the library experience introducing Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for accessing their Libero 6 Dashboard, improving security and access controls. With 2FA, an additional layer of authentication can be added, where staff have the flexibility to receive a verification code via Email, SMS, or Time-based One-Time Passwords. [Full Announcement].

February 21, 2024

Overdrive Readers embark on emotional journey through US-wide book club. Readers across the United States are joining tens of thousands of booklovers nationwide by participating in the annual Together We Read US digital book club. From February 21-March 6, booklovers can enjoy Terah Shelton Harris's thought-provoking debut novel about family, redemption and unconditional love, One Summer in Savannah, as an ebook and audiobook for free. Readers can access the digital book from their public library with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby app. They may also participate in an online discussion with other readers throughout the country. The Together We Read US digital book club connects readers through thousands of U.S. public libraries with a featured ebook for two weeks and only requires a valid library card to get started. During the program, readers can participate in engaging online discussions about the book. This free program is facilitated by the library and OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier Elsevier and Vanderbilt University's Heard Libraries establish landmark five-year open access transformative agreement. Elsevier, a global leader in information analytics and scientific publishing, is pleased to announce a five-year read and publish agreement with Vanderbilt University's Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries that will advance open science and enhance access to scholarly research. The transformative agreement, which is effective through 2028, provides Vanderbilt researchers with access to high-quality research published in Elsevier's extensive portfolio of journals. Vanderbilt researchers will also enjoy expanded open access publishing options in those journals, enhancing the visibility and impact of their work. The agreement supports a sustainable scholarly publishing model that aligns with values of openness, inclusivity and equity. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier Rutgers enters into transformative open access agreement with leading academic publisher Elsevier. Rutgers University announced a historic, transformative open-access partnership with Elsevier, a global leader in information, scientific research, and analytics that publishes leading academic journals including The Lancet and Cell. This agreement marks an important step toward making the results of Rutgers' research openly accessible, increasing its readership and impact, and ensuring it is globally and permanently available. The five-year arrangement managed by the Rutgers University Libraries will make over 4,600 journals, 1,400 of which are fully open access, accessible to the Rutgers community. [Full Announcement].

Paperboy Digital Consulting Paperboy Digital Consulting launches to advance collaborative innovation in archival digitization for libraries. Paperboy Digital Consulting announces its official launch, marking a significant milestone in the realm of digital transformation for libraries. Founded in the fall of 2023 by industry expert Bryan Benilous, Paperboy Digital Consulting is led by Bryan Benilous, Founder and Chief Consultant, alongside Lanell White, Consulting Partner. Paperboy Digital Consulting is dedicated to transforming the archival landscape of libraries by spearheading the digitization of archival materials. With a primary focus on supporting open access and the Digital Humanities, PDC is committed to making historical resources accessible for research, education, and preservation in the digital age. [Full Announcement].

February 20, 2024

Clarivate Clarivate launches new Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation Research. Clarivate launched the Clarivate Center for IP and Innovation Research, a new expert unit which will guide corporations and research organizations in their mission to create innovative ideas, valuable technology and brand IP assets. The Center will combine more than 60 years of intellectual property management and data-creation with analysis experience from Clarivate, pioneering high-performance benchmarks and practice. [Full Announcement].

EnvisionWare EnvisionWare announces partnership with Princh. EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced today a partnership with Princh for self-service and mobile printing. Princh is an industry-leader in printing and payment solutions for libraries worldwide. Under this agreement, Princh will power EnvisionWare's MobilePrint Service integrated with our LPT:One print management solution. Combining the new with the familiar, EnvisionWare's MobilePrint Service, powered by Princh, enables patrons to print remotely or within the library from smartphones, tablets, and laptops, and pick up their printouts at the library. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions announces February 2024 Community Giveback Winner. Each month, ByWater Solutions selects one library to be awarded $500. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals. The February 2024 winner of the ByWater Community Giveback, the Nesmith Library in New Hampshire. [Full Announcement].

February 19, 2024

Clarivate 2024 Journal Citation Reports: Changes in Journal Impact Factor category rankings to enhance transparency and inclusivity. The scholarly landscape is witnessing a significant increase in both the quantity and sophistication of fraudulent behaviors, posing a substantial threat to the integrity of the scholarly record. Clarivate has an unwavering commitment to safeguard the integrity of the scholarly record and recognize a pressing need for indicators of trustworthiness at the journal level. Over the past few years, Clarivate has implemented a series of policy changes for the Journal Citation Reports aimed at aligning coverage between the Web of Science Core Collection and the JCR, providing more transparency of the data underlying JCR metrics encouraging a more inclusive, more holistic way of comparing journals. Recent changes to the JCR have included the addition of profile pages for journals indexed in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index and Emerging Sources Citation Index and the introduction of the Journal Citation Indicator in 2021. The JCI is field-normalized to facilitate the comparison of journals across different disciplines, including the arts and humanities. We also extended the Journal Impact Factor to AHCI and ESCI journals in 2023 so that it now encompasses all quality journals in the Web of Science Core Collection. [Full Announcement].

February 16, 2024

Springshare Springshare's Patron Point Implemented by Libraries in Canada and the United States. Springshare announced that the County of Brant Public Library, Hawaii State Public Library System, and the Oxford County Library have selected the Patron Point platform to support their library missions and patron communication. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Navajo County Library District chooses the Polaris ILS and Vega Discover. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Navajo County Library District and Member Libraries in Arizona have selected Polaris as their new Integrated Library System (ILS) and Vega Discover as their new discovery layer. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris New Content Webpage on Ex Libris Website. Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, shared the launch of a refreshed and rebranded page on its website dedicated to Ex Libris Content. This page launch follows the creation of a dedicated Content section in the Ex Libris Knowledge Center last month, which further promotes openness and transparency into our operations and activities. [Full Announcement].

Minitex Minnesota libraries cooperate to preserve 500,000 books for future generations. The Minnesota Shared Print Program is the effort of 24 academic libraries from across Minnesota. Each participating library has agreed to retain books in their collection deemed an important part of the scholarly record that are in demand but scarcely available within Minnesota or elsewhere in the United States. The program was administered and paid for by Minitex, a division of the University of Minnesota Libraries directly funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. [Full Announcement].

February 15, 2024

Outsell Outsell opens Its Annual Information Management Survey, seeks respondents. Outsell has released the survey instrument for its latest annual Information Management Survey to provide further insights for the library community. Respondents will receive analysis detailing the major findings: the state of library budgets in 2024, key content and technology spending trends, and the impact on staffing from skill gaps and evolving roles. [Full Announcement].

National Library of Sweden The National Library of Sweden makes strategic decision to implement a new Library Service Platform. The National Library of Sweden will implement two free and open library software solutions: the Library Service Platform FOLIO and discovery solution VuFind, both open-source software. FOLIO is an open platform used by libraries around the world. Its modular approach and modern architecture gives ample support for integration and the flexibility needed to manage workflows at the National Library of Sweden. VuFind is an established product with good functionality, providing adaptability and integration support. The National Library of Sweden will soon be tendering support, development and implementation services for these two systems. The new software is expected to support current and future needs at The National Library of Sweden, and additionally meet rapidly increasing expectation from both staff and end users on improved workflows, modern and adaptable interfaces, simple system administration and modernised metadata management. Implementation of the new system will take place in 2025. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Pennsylvania Integrated Library System selects Equinox as Evergreen ILS support provider. Equinox Open Library Initiative announce that the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System has selected Equinox as their support provider for Evergreen ILS. PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide an open source integrated library system for Pennsylvania libraries. It oversees SPARK, the Evergreen ILS managed by PaILS on behalf of its member libraries across Pennsylvania. Equinox and PaILS have worked together to support SPARK since 2013. [Full Announcement].

Unique Management Services Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PA) launches MessageBee SMS consortium-wide. Unique Library announced the addition of MessageBee SMS notifications for the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) across Pennsylvania this week. The public library consortium is starting their first Unique service. [Full Announcement].

Unique Management Services Unique Management promotes Melissa Fenton to Director of Library Communication Services. Melissa Fenton, a veteran of the library industry, has been appointed Director of Library Communication Services at Unique Management. The new role will allow her to continue providing client libraries with the best service possible, while bringing added expertise to the growing MessageBee and Patron Service products from Unique. [Full Announcement].

February 14, 2024

OCLC 18 more libraries sign on to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services platform to close 2023. In the closing months of 2023, 18 new libraries signed on to use OCLC's WorldShare Management Services, the fully integrated library services platform designed to meet the needs of modern libraries. [Full Announcement].

American Library Association ALA advances libraries' role in digital equity as FCC shapes Learn Without Limits programs. As policymakers turn their eyes toward new ways to provide high-speed internet connectivity across the nation, the American Library Association is at the forefront of advocacy to ensure public libraries and their communities benefit from new funding opportunities. Since mid-January 2024, ALA has filed formal comments calling for improvements to the federal E-rate program through the Learn Without Limits initiative, unveiled at 2023 Annual Conference by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. The proposal calls for use of E-rate funding for off-premises internet access and a cybersecurity pilot program. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions The 24.02 release of Aspen Discovery and Aspen LiDA includes more than 100 updates for libraries including Palace Project integration for Discovery, event integration for LiDA, and so much more. Aspen LiDA now includes full integration with the same functionality and library event platforms that Aspen Discovery supports including Attend from Communico, LibCal from Springshare, and Library Calendar from Library Market. In addition to searching for and viewing all event details, patrons can also save events to their accounts. Event integration is managed through Aspen Discovery, so there's no additional setup needed to get Discovery events in LiDA. Our academic libraries should check out our Summon integration and the ability to export users lists and search results in RIS for citations. There are additional enhancements to Archives, lots of specific ILS integration updates, and many more small features and tweaks suggested by our partners. [Full Announcement].

Coherent Digital Coherent Digital and Trojman acquire major Canadian micropublisher to create new digital collections. Since 1973, McLaren Micropublishing, based in Toronto, Canada, has been creating microfilm collections of Canadian newspapers, serials, and other publications covering topics including art, architecture, Canadian history, LGBTQ history and culture, and women's history. Many of the materials are extremely rare, and more than sixty percent of McLaren's 1.5 million microfilmed pages have yet to be digitized. Today, Coherent Digital acquired the company in partnership with Ontario-based Trojman Corporation. Coherent and Trojman will create a series of online projects, starting with Canadian History and Culture. Containing more than 250,000 digitized pages of McLaren material, Canadian History and Culture will launch as a new module on Canada Commons. There it will be cross-searchable with hundreds of thousands of Canadian e-books, policy documents, and government documents, along with openly available primary sources. [Full Announcement].

CLCD CLCD launches Enterprise Version 7.0: A game-changer for librarians and educators for collaborative work. CLCD, a leading provider of children's literature database products for educators and librarians in the United States, is proud to announce the release of CLCD Enterprise Version 7.0, a milestone achievement that promises to transform the way professionals in the education sector access and utilize our resources. [Full Announcement].

February 13, 2024

American Institute of Physics Trevor Owens named as AIP's first Chief Research Officer. AIP announced the appointment of Trevor Owens as its first Chief Research Officer. Owens will lead AIP Research, a core element of the Institute's strategic transformation enabling AIP to leverage its work in statistical research, history, policy, culture, and its library and archives to bring thought leadership to the wider community. Prior to joining AIP, Owens was the director of Digital Services at the Library of Congress. Over the past decade, Owens has held progressively senior roles, advancing vision and strategies for the future of research organizations. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris New Showcase Carousel on Ex Libris Primo. As part of its Primo February 2024 Release, Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, has created a Showcase widget enabling institutions to highlight and expose selected content. The new carousel-style Showcase widget can be easily embedded into any website, such as your library or university homepage, enabling libraries to visually promote their content and forge new paths to discovering and accessing resources. Whether promoting unique collections or tailored searches, the showcase enables libraries to visually represent their offerings and increase engagement with patrons, meeting your users where they are. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Innovative Learning, Exceptional Results: introducing our new series of premium workshops. Building upon the resounding success of our first series of Premium Workshops held in the last quarter of 2023, we are thrilled to unveil an exciting new series of workshops slated to run throughout 2024. [Full Announcement].

Soutron Global Legal Librarians Spring Roundtable to be held at Cooley LLP in Boston, MA, hosted by Soutron Global. Soutron Global opens registration for their Legal Librarians Spring Roundtable to be held at Cooley LLP on March 13th, following on from the legal roundtable to be held in Washington DC on March 12th. At the Boston, MA roundtable, Systems and Knowledge Management Manager Brian McCann of Stinson LLP will share how his information team has utilized Soutron's database to leverage and maximize their information resources for the firm's practice groups. This is an opportunity to learn from Stinson's successes, ask questions, and contribute your own ideas to the discussion.Emerging ILS use cases in legal research, the value of personalized knowledge research portals for practice groups, and techniques for effective knowledge management will also be discussed at the roundtable. [Full Announcement].

February 12, 2024

Ex Libris Rapido receives FedRAMP authorization from the U.S. Government. Rapido, by Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, a leading provider of cloud-based library solutions, has received FedRAMP authorization. This authorization for Rapido follows the FedRAMP authorization of Alma and Primo in 2019. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate partners with the Financial Times to power its Business School Rankings. Clarivate has partnered with the Financial Times for the sixth consecutive year to provide it with trusted high-quality data for three of its business school rankings, including the Global MBA Rankings. The FT is one of the world's leading business news organizations, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Its annual business school rankings provide valuable insights for prospective students seeking a high-quality business education. The rankings show how institutions have performed and progressed in the past year, influencing institutional strategy including talent acquisition. The rankings include the Global MBA Rankings, published today, and the Online MBA and Executive MBA rankings which will follow in March and October, respectively. [Full Announcement].

IGI Global IGI Global launches five new AI-focused open access journals. IGI Global, a leading international academic publisher, is pleased to announce the addition of five new open access Artificial Intelligence (AI) journals to its current 200+ fully open access journals published under IGI Global's Open Access Journal Program. [Full Announcement].

Springshare Springshare's LibWizard interactive tutorials expand opportunities for online learning and engagement. Springshare, a leading cloud software vendor for libraries, has debuted Interactive Tutorials, now available in all LibWizard Full systems. With Interactive Tutorials, creators add content slides, then overlay interactive components to create an engaging learning experience for students and patrons. Interactive Tutorials allow libraries to guide their users through tutorial content, provide self-paced instruction, and assess patrons' progress and understanding. Furthermore, creators can use the new interaction types to design virtual escape rooms, interactive puzzle slides, choose-your-own-adventure scenarios, and other creative applications. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris From raw data to clear insights: Ex Libris introduces Visualization Dashboards for enhanced decision-making. Ex Libris has recently released its first set of Data Visualization dashboards designed to enhance the process of retention and deselection of physical books within library collections. Developed through a collaborative effort with a dedicated focus group, comprising both single institutions and consortia from around the world, these dashboards serve as an innovative solution to address the varied challenges faced by libraries worldwide. [Full Announcement].

February 9, 2024

Association of American Publishers Youngsuk YS Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs for RELX, elected Chair, AAP Board of Directors. The Association of American Publishers announced that its Directors have elected Youngsuk ‘YS' Chi as Chair of the Board for the 2024-2025 term. Mr. Chi, who is Chairman of Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs for the RELX Group, has served on the AAP Board since 2007 and was Board Chair from 2016 to 2017. The Board also elected Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, to the position of Vice Chair. [Full Announcement].

Biblionix Biblionix unveils self-guided demos for Apollo and Artemis library management systems. Biblionix, a leading provider of cloud-based library management systems, today announced the launch of self-guided demos for its flagship library management systems, Apollo and Artemis. These interactive demos offer librarians a convenient and comprehensive way to explore the features and benefits of both systems, empowering them to make informed decisions about their library's technology needs. [Full Announcement].

February 8, 2024

BARATZ TSS adquiere DIGIBÍS para reforzar la posición de Baratz en el sector bibliotecario.

TSS adquiere DIGIBÍS, integrándola en Baratz para fortalecer su posición en el sector bibliotecario, ampliando su cartera de soluciones tecnológicas y de digitalización. La fusión busca conservar las fortalezas de ambas empresas, promoviendo una operatividad inicialmente independiente con miras a una progresiva integración que maximice las sinergias. Esta estrategia asegura la continuidad y mejora de los productos y servicios existentes, posicionando a Baratz como líder destacado en el mercado tecnológico bibliotecario.

Total Specific Solutions has acquired DIGIBÍS, integrating it into Baratz. This move will strengthen its position in the library sector, expanding its portfolio of technical and digital solutions. The merger aims to preserve the strengths of both companies, initially maintaining their operational independence, looking toward a gradual business integration to maximize their potential synergies. This strategy will ensure continuity and will improve the current products and services, positioning Baratz as the leader in the library technology sector.

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February 7, 2024

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. IUG 2024 Conference registration is open now. Innovative, part of Clarivate invites Innovative users to register for the Innovative Users Group annual conference in Detroit, Michigan from Marcy 25 – 27, 2024 at the Detroit Renaissance Marriott. The IUG conferences are hosted by the Innovative Users Group, a library-led and library-run group for libraries that use Innovative products. This year's conference schedule is still being finalized, but will consist of library-led sessions on all kinds of topics of interest to libraries. [Full Announcement].

American Library Association American Library Association Updates Core Values. The American Library Association Council approved five new Core Values that focus on access, equity, intellectual freedom and privacy, the public good, and sustainability. ALA overwhelmingly approved the new Core Values and they went into effect immediately. The American Library Association's Core Values articulate the profession's principles and highest aspirations. They guide and unite library workers, including staff, volunteers, trustees, advocates, and others who contribute their talents, expertise, and dedication to furthering the mission of the library. [Full Announcement].

February 6, 2024

Soutron Global Legal Librarians Spring Roundtable to be held at Cooley LLP in Washington DC, hosted by Soutron Global. Soutron Global opens registration for their Legal Librarians Spring Roundtable to be held at Cooley LLP on March 12th. At the Washington DC roundtable, Systems and Knowledge Management Manager Brian McCann of Stinson LLP will share how his information team has utilized Soutron's database to leverage and maximize their information resources for the firm's practice groups. This is an opportunity to learn from Stinson's successes, ask questions, and contribute your own ideas to the discussion. Emerging ILS use cases in legal research, the value of personalized knowledge research portals for practice groups, and techniques for effective knowledge management will also be discussed at the roundtable. [Full Announcement].

Elsevier Elsevier launches Complete HeartX, the world's first heart education experience in spatial computing. Elsevier Health launched Complete HeartX, a groundbreaking educational tool designed exclusively for Apple Vision Pro, the world's first spatial computer. The tool unlocks an immersive and powerful experience that allows users to discover the heart like never before. Designed to take advantage of the unique capabilities of Apple Vision Pro, Complete HeartX seamlessly merges the digital and physical world. By being able to explore the heart in stunning detail, users can bridge the gap between theory and practice. Complete HeartX combines detailed 3D models, animations, images, videos, educational scenes and clinical simulations to make learning about the heart engaging and informative. The app is based on Elsevier's evidence-based content including Complete Anatomy, Osmosis and Gray's Anatomy and has been created by Elsevier's experts in anatomy and 3D modeling. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Load Profile Training returns. Load Profile Training is back. There is a new self-guided Load Profile training available online for all Sierra and Millennium users. Load Profile Training helps you understand the structure of the Sierra database and Innovative record structures and will help you learn how to manage and create load profiles. Load Profile Training is available online on Innovative's Training and Learning Center. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris The University of North Carolina Selects Ex Libris Library Solutions. Libraries in the University of North Carolina system have chosen Alma as a central solution for resource sharing and affordability initiatives. As part of its transition to Ex Libris library platforms, UNC will implement Alma and Primo, Leganto, Ex Libris' course resource management system, Library Mobile, Ex Libris' integrated mobile library app, and Rapido, Ex Libris' interlibrary loan system [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris University of the Free State selects Alma and Primo. Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, announced that the University of the Free State in South Africa has selected the Ex Libris cloud-based unified library management and discovery services platform. Implementation of Alma and Primo will support the library's vision to be a world class digital and virtual information hub for its users. [Full Announcement].

University of North Carolina System UNC Library Advisory Council announces selection of Alma. The UNC Library Advisory Council announced that a contract has been fully signed with the Ex Libris Group to implement Alma, an integrated library system, between twelve UNC campuses. This contract includes: Appalachian State, UNC Asheville, UNC Charlotte, Fayetteville State, NC Central, NC State, NC A&T, UNC Pembroke, UNC School of the Arts, Western Carolina, UNC Wilmington, and Winston-Salem State. [Full Announcement].

Auto-Graphics, Inc. Auto-Graphics introduces Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) full record enhancements for libraries that subscribe to CLCD enriched content. Auto-Graphics has partnered with Children's Literature Comprehensive Database to provide enhanced catalog enrichments for VERSO customers that are subscribed to this service. The partnership was initially established when Harrison County Library System contacted Auto-Graphics in search of a solution for creating consistent MARC record data for their children's collection. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation CLCD and The Library Corporation forge innovative partnership to empower school districts with Class-Shelf. CLCD, a leading provider of comprehensive children's literature resources, announced a strategic partnership with The Library Corporation. This innovative collaboration marks a pivotal moment, with the shared goal of enhancing integration and expanding access to CLCD's cutting-edge products, including the revolutionary Class-Shelf Plus. [Full Announcement].

February 5, 2024

IOP Publishing AIP Publishing, the American Physical Society and IOP Publishing create new Purpose-Led Publishing coalition. AIP Publishing, the American Physical Society, and IOP Publishing have joined forces to create Purpose-Led Publishing, a new coalition with a promise to always put purpose above profit. The three scholarly publishers are united by their not-for-profit status, with all the funds made from publishing going back into the research ecosystem. Their collective contributions support the physical science community globally through a range of initiatives, including educational training and mentorship programmes, and awards and grants — all geared toward making science accessible and inclusive to everyone. [Full Announcement].

February 4, 2024

ByWater Solutions Austin Seminary and Seminary of the Southwest are live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Austin Seminary and Seminary of the Southwest, both located in Austin, Texas, are now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 185,000 titles from the Voyager ILS product from ExLibris. [Full Announcement].

February 2, 2024

Copyright Clearance Center CCC President and CEO Tracey Armstrong wins 2024 BIG Innovation Award. CCC, a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces that its President and CEO, Tracey Armstrong, was named a winner of the 2024 BIG Innovation Award recognizing organizations, products, and people bringing new ideas to life in innovative ways and presented by Business Intelligence Group. [Full Announcement].

Springshare Public libraries implement Springshare's Patron Point to deliver relevant and timely messaging to patrons. Springshare announced that the Cornwall Public Library, Scioto County Public Library, Chesapeake Public Library, and the Grapevine Public Library have selected the Patron Point platform to support their communication and marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

EveryLibrary EveryLibrary launches Libraries2024 initiative to inform voters about the big issues affecting libraries. EveryLibrary, the national political action committee for libraries, today launches the Libraries2024 Initiative, a new voter-facing campaign to promote issue advocacy and civic education about school libraries, public libraries, and the profession of librarianship in advance of Election Days throughout the 2024 cycle. [Full Announcement].

February 1, 2024

Clarivate Clarivate Completes Refinancing of Term Loan and Revolver Extension. Clarivate announced that it has successfully completed the refinancing of its term loan B credit facility and the extension of the maturity date of its revolving credit facility. Pursuant to an amendment to the Company's existing credit agreement dated as of October 31, 2019, the Company refinanced all of its existing term loans with a new $2.150 billion tranche of term loans maturing in 2031, with a reduced interest rate margin of 275 basis points per annum in the case of loans bearing interest by reference to term SOFR. The new term loan facility effectively extends the maturity of the Company's existing term loans by approximately 5 years. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services and MOL partner to support libraries looking to adopt FOLIO in Poland. MOL, the leading provider of library software in Poland, has announced a partnership with EBSCO Information Services to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform. This partnership will provide hosting and local support services for FOLIO libraries throughout Poland. [Full Announcement].

American Library Association American Library Association launches national search for executive director. The American Library Association announced that it has opened its search for an executive director in partnership with Isaacson, Miller, corporate executive search firm. The search will be led by a steering committee comprising ALA member leaders and association staff. The selected candidate will succeed Interim Executive Director Leslie Burger, who was appointed in November 2023. [Full Announcement].

January 31, 2024

Recorded Books RBmedia Acquires Berrett-Koehler Audiobook Publishing Business. RBmedia, the largest audiobook publisher in the world, today announced the acquisition of Berrett-Koehler's audiobook publishing business, which includes its catalog of previously published titles, as well as a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive audio publisher for Berrett-Koehler's new titles beginning in 2024. [Full Announcement].

January 30, 2024

IOP Publishing IOP Publishing joins OA Switchboard to streamline open access reporting. IOP Publishing is joining the OA Switchboard to make it easier for institutional customers to manage open access (OA) agreements. The partnership will enable academic institutions and research funding organisations to monitor information relating to OA research outputs via a central information hub. Institutions and funders with access to the OA Switchboard will now be automatically notified when an OA article has been published in an IOPP journal or partner journal. This will improve the visibility of published OA research and enables institutions and funders to report on OA publication data from all participating publishers in one place and format. [Full Announcement].

Ithaka Shared Infrastructure for the Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing. The scholarly publishing sector is undergoing its second digital transformation. In the first, we saw a massive shift from paper to digital, but otherwise publishing retained many of the characteristics of the print era. In this current second digital transformation, many of these structures, workflows, incentives, and outputs are being revamped in favor of new approaches that bring tremendous opportunities, and also non-trivial risks, to scholarly communication. [Full Announcement].

Wiley Wiley and Vanderbilt University's Heard Libraries sign agreement to publish more open access research. Wiley, one of the world's largest publishers and a global leader in research and learning, announced a new five-year open access agreement with the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University. This transformative agreement will provide Vanderbilt affiliates with access to Wiley's complete journal portfolio and enable participating researchers to publish research in Wiley's complete portfolio of nearly 2,000 hybrid and gold open access journals, including those published by Hindawi. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC linked data services transform metadata management and connect library resources to wider knowledge streams. OCLC is developing linked data services, products, and datasets that provide the descriptive resources needed to curate data at scale and across workflows. This work connects library resources to the knowledge streams that inform our everyday lives. WorldCat bibliographic records are now enriched with WorldCat Entities uniform resource identifiers (URIs), establishing a bridge between MARC data and linked data—connecting data across local systems and workflows. Current cataloging applications have been and will continue to be enhanced to add valuable linked data elements into existing workflows. And new, innovative services will be rolled out later this year to further enable libraries to manage and integrate linked data at a pace that's right for them. [Full Announcement].

American Library Association Thousands of library professionals gather for education and inspiration at American Library Association's LibLearnX conference in Baltimore. Thousands of library professionals gathered in Baltimore for the American Library Association's second annual LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience (LLX). As libraries and librarians continue to face waves of censorship and an intense political climate, the conference provided an opportunity for library professionals to come together for collaborative and engaging education, networking, support and celebrations. The 2,006 LLX participants, including 112 digital experience attendees, were inspired and motivated by the hands-on educational opportunities, gaining knowledge and skills that will empower them in their work to ensure libraries remain strong and vital parts of their communities. Education sessions and featured speakers addressed the future of libraries, the role of library workers and essential timely topics such as Artificial Intelligence, intellectual freedom and sustainability. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation TeachingBooks and The Library Corporation announce new collaboration offering easy access to engaging PreK-12 literature resources. TeachingBooks and The Library Corporation announced a collaboration to provide one-click access to a collection of book-specific resources designed to enrich the reading experience, directly from the school library catalog. Students and teachers using TLC's LS2 PAC or LS2 Kids catalogs, within Library.Solution for Schools, can now easily discover and instantly use TeachingBooks' vast and affordable digital collection of resources that encourage engagement and connection to more than 90,000 books for children and young adults. [Full Announcement].

January 29, 2024

Clarivate Clarivate launches Web of Science Grants Index to help researchers optimize funding strategies. Clarivate launched the Web of Science Grants Index. The new solution is designed to provide a more comprehensive, enriched view of the funding landscape, empowering researchers to make confident, informed decisions when they seek research funding. The Grants Index offers an enriched view of the global funding landscape with 5.2M+ awarded grant records sourced from over 400 funders worldwide to help researchers better investigate previous successes in their field by funder. Researchers can easily identify and analyze previously funded projects, exploring grant details including principal and co-principal investigators, project description and links to published outcomes, all in the Web of Science research discovery environment. In doing so, researchers can more effectively position their projects and increase their chances of a successful bid with a funding agency. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Ranger College Library is live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions announced that the Ranger College, in Texas, is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 11,000 titles from EOS.Web ILS. [Full Announcement].

Taylor and Francis Impact Boost for Mahidol University Research through new Taylor & Francis open access agreement. Researchers at Mahidol University in Thailand will be supported to publish open access journal articles through a new ‘read & publish' partnership with Taylor & Francis. The three-year deal is Taylor & Francis' first transformative agreement in Southeast Asia. Corresponding authors at the leading Thai university can now choose to publish OA in over 2,000 Taylor & Francis Open Select (hybrid) journals, boosting the reach of their research. Mahidol faculty and students will also continue to have access to journals across a broad range of subjects. [Full Announcement].

Nexbib Nexbib spreads its wings to the North American market. Nexbib, a leading provider of cutting-edge library technology solutions, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Scott Hackstadt as President of North America, effective February 1, 2024. This marks Nexbib's expansion into new markets, with a commitment to serving the library industry in the USA and Canada. Scott brings over twenty years of invaluable experience in the library sector, including the development of patented RFID and automation products. In addition to his role as a CTO in technology leadership, he has demonstrated success in managing sales teams and implementing digital solutions selling strategies. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions and the Quipu Group announce the integration of eRENEW with Aspen Discovery. ByWater Solutions announced that integration of eRENEW with Aspen Discovery and Quipu is available. Patrons of libraries who use Quipu's eRENEW and Aspen Discovery can enjoy seamless library card renewals right from their online library accounts. [Full Announcement].

January 26, 2024

Springshare LibKey Nomad ++ includes integration with LibChat. Third Iron, LLC, a leading information technology company developing innovative services for libraries, publishers, and their users, announced an integration of LibKey Nomad++, an enhancement of their popular LibKey Nomad browser extension, with LibChat, a full-featured chat system from Springshare that is used by thousands of libraries worldwide. This integration enables researchers to engage with their libraries from within websites where LibKey Nomad++ is active and for libraries to extend the reach of LibChat. [Full Announcement].

University of California -- Los Angeles. Athena Jackson named UCLA university librarian. Athena N. Jackson has been named UCLA's Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian. Her appointment will begin March 1.Jackson, the former director of special collections at UCLA Library, has served since 2021 as dean of libraries at the University of Houston, where she holds the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair. Over her career, Jackson has led major efforts to increase and promote access to library resources through modern channels, support inclusive practices, and provide transformative learning opportunities for those in academic communities. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. How The IUG Helped Me: Colleague Connections, Job Support, and Career Changes. This guest post comes from our very own Maisam Nouh, Technical Solution Consultant at Innovative. After my library switched to Innovative software, I heard of the Innovative Users Group (IUG) but I had no idea what it was exactly. After attending an IUG meeting at the former ALA Midwinter conference, I told my library director that I just had to start attending the IUG conferences. The enthusiasm of the attendees at the conference was contagious. I immediately started asking how I can get involved. I learned so much from the IUG community. I was able to write my first python script after attending a session. I also got to meet so many Innovative employees either from product, customer support, or leadership. Those connections helped my library to become a beta and development partner. [Full Announcement].

Digital Content Associates Every Library in Denmark Now Offers Free Online Courses in 120+ Languages. DCA and Transparent Language, Inc., a leading provider of language-learning solutions, are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Danish Central Libraries. This agreement brings free online language learning to every library community across Denmark, supporting the country's commitment to ultilingualism andcultural diversity. [Full Announcement].

Copyright Clearance Center CCC named customer service department of the year winner by Best in Biz Awards 2023 International. CC, a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, has been named a winner for the second year in a row for Customer Service Department of the Year by Best in Biz Awards 2023 International. [Full Announcement].

TIND TIND Digital Archive has been selected by the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library. e Warren-Trumbull County Public Library has joined TIND's expanding user group of public libraries by selecting the TIND Digital Archive. WTCPL will be migrating from Omeka. The library is looking forward to enhancing the discoverability and long-term preservation of their diverse collection of photographs, postcards, illustrations, and documents. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Coming soon to a device near you: Big Movie Watch. For ten years, readers have been coming together for our ebook club, Big Library Read. Now, Kanopy users at libraries in the United States and Canada can share their love for film with Big Movie Watch! Kanopy's new film club is available for US and Canadian libraries on a pay-per-use program as well as those with PLUS only accounts. What's Love Got to Do with It? will be added to PLUS-only accounts for the duration of the program at no cost to the library. [Full Announcement].

NISO Announcing NISO's new strategic plan. The National Information Standards Organization announced their strategic plan for October 2023–2026. The strategic planning process is led by NISO's Board of Directors, working with the Executive Director and staff. The updated plan, developed by an ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee led by Board member Jonathan Clark, builds on the success NISO has seen following its 2019 merger with the National Federation of Advanced Information Services. The plan takes into account NISO's expanded membership and the growth of the NISO Plus conference and positions the organization to aggressively and sustainably pursue new objectives and goals. As part of the planning process, the Committee renewed their commitment to NISO's mission and vision statement and established a new set of values. [Full Announcement].

EveryLibrary Final report Parent Perceptions Survey about Libraries, Librarians, and Book Bans and new whitepaper on Demographics of Book Bans Towns, Cities, and Schools released. The EveryLibrary Institute, a public policy think tank for libraries, released two new reports on the political, social, and educational climate for libraries and on librarians about book bans and censorship. The Parents' Perception Survey Series, developed in conjunction with Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America, is the final report in a three-part series detailing the findings of national surveys of parents about their perceptions of libraries and librarians during the current book ban crisis. This report gathered insights from 3,206 parents and guardians with children under 18 across three surveys between September and November 2023. The surveys asked parents and guardians about their perception of librarians' trustworthiness as professionals and curators of a library collection and their attitudes toward books and book bans. [Full Announcement].

Follett Follett School Solutions expands Its functionality with Livingtree acquisition. Follett School Solutions, the leading provider of K-12 educational technology solutions, announced it has acquired Livingtree, an all-in-one fundraising management platform. The acquisition, which closed in December 2023, brings together two partners experienced in providing exceptional support to learning communities. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions ByWater Solutions Contributions to Koha Community for January 2024. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced the contributions to the Koha Community code from the ByWater Development team. At ByWater, we believe transparency is the key to success. We submit all developments, plugins, tools, and documentation we create back to the Koha Community. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Hagerstown Community College is live on Koha with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions, America's forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that the Hagerstown Community College, William M. Brish Library, in Maryland, is now live on Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of over 10,000 titles from Horizon, ILS. [Full Announcement].

January 24, 2024

Clarivate Clarivate to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results on February 27, 2024. Clarivate announced it will report its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2023 before the market opens on Tuesday, February 27. The press release and earnings supplement, with accompanying financial information, will be posted on the Clarivate investor website. The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Tuesday, February 27 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time to review the results. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services opens submissions for the 2024 EBSCO Solar Grant. Submissions are now open for the 2024 EBSCO Solar grant program from EBSCO Information Services. For the ninth consecutive year, EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2024 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $300,000 in grants available. The grants will help awarded libraries offset their library expenses by incorporating solar power. EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant program in 2016 as a demonstration of its longstanding commitment to solar energy. EBSCO has awarded libraries more than $2,000,000 in grants since the program originated. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group Gale receives Platinum in 2024 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks for the third consecutive year. Gale, part of Cengage Group, is pleased to announce that it has received three platinum awards in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) for its adult learning and youth large print resources. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. This is the third consecutive year Gale has been recognized by the MLAs for product excellence. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox welcomes Morgan County Library to Evergreen ILS with the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. Equinox Open Library Initiative announced the migration of Morgan County Library to Evergreen ILS with the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. he Morgan County Library serves the surrounding community of Versailles, Missouri. Their migration included 39,776 bibliographic records and supported 2,762 patrons. Equinox provided Project Management and ILS configuration services in addition to data services which included bibliographic deduplication. On-site and virtual training were provided as part of the migration process. [Full Announcement].

January 23, 2024

SAGE ResearchGate and Sage expand Journal Home partnership to cover 100 journals. ResearchGate, the professional network for researchers, and Sage, a leading global academic publisher, are excited to announce an expanded partnership that promises greater research impact for Sage open access journals' authors. This collaboration more than doubles the number of open access Sage journals now available through ResearchGate's Journal Home, bringing the total to 100. The expanded agreement builds on an initial collaboration that began in January 2023, and now includes all frontlist and backlist content from open access journals covering a broad range of disciplines. The version-of-record for more than 85,000 open access articles from these 100 journals will now be available to ResearchGate's 25 million-plus researcher members, with new articles from these journals to be made available through ResearchGate upon publication. [Full Announcement].

Soutron Global Soutron Global publishes resourceful article about modernizing library and archive information management Systems. Soutron Global announces the availability of an insightful new article regarding modernizing library and archive information management systems titled "4 Adverse Impacts of Not Modernizing Special Library and Archive Technologies." This article serves as a resource for library, archive, and information professionals who are looking for guiding points regarding reasons they should strive to modernize their library and archive technologies. The article delves into many aspects of technology modernization in special libraries and archives, highlighting the immediate and long-term consequences of not updating these systems, including security vulnerabilities and economic strains. Furthermore, it provides a detailed analysis of the impacts on organizational efficiency and access to information. [Full Announcement].

IGI Global IGI Global expands journal collaboration with ResearchGate for content syndication and visibility. IGI Global announced that it has signed a new agreement with ResearchGate, the premier platform for global scientific content discovery and networking. This transformative partnership involves the inclusion of numerous IGI Global highly-indexed journals (Web of Science (WOS) as well as Scopus) with full dedicated pages on the ResearchGate platform. These journals aggregate into IGI Global's Open Access Journal Program (https://www.igi-global.com/journals/open-access/) that proudly touts nearly 200 scholarly journals. This new partnership will allow the global research community to benefit from greater discoverability and access to published content from IGI Global's 200 Open Access Journals Program free of charge, as these journals are all fully open access. Furthermore, the new collaboration between IGI Global and ResearchGate aims to increase the visibility of IGI Global published research and assist IGI Global authors in achieving higher impact for their published work. [Full Announcement].

NISO Boston Library Consortium and NISO announce membership agreement. The Boston Library Consortium and the National Information Standards Organization have announced an agreement to provide NISO Library Standards Alliance membership to all BLC members through December 31, 2026. The agreement will extend full LSA membership benefits to BLC's 25 member libraries, granting them free access to NISO's educational webinars program, unlimited participation in NISO Working Groups and Standing Committees, and discounted registration for all non-webinar events, including the annual NISO Plus conference. BLC also joins NISO as a Voting Member, which gives the lead consortium organization the opportunity to influence the direction of technological advances in information management through driving standards and best practices in the information community. [Full Announcement].

Syracuse University. Libraries plans migration to new integrated Library Services Platform. Syracuse University Libraries will upgrade to a new integrated library services platform in the summer of 2024. The current library system, Ex Libris' Voyager, which was in service since 1997, will be replaced by Ex Libris' cloud-based Alma platform. Summon, the current user search interface, will be replaced with a newer generation, Primo. [Full Announcement].

Institute of Museum and Library Services Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Plans to Launch National Museum Survey in Early 2025. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that a successful pilot effort has secured the future of the National Museum Survey, set to launch in early 2025. In a summary report, IMLS highlights findings from the NMS pilot and next steps for the implementation of the first-ever annual federal survey to gather and share data about the essential work happening across the country in museums and cultural institutions. The IMLS-sponsored NMS will create the first federal, free-of-charge, and publicly available database of credible statistics on museums and related institutions, allowing for new policy approaches to more efficiently invest in the infrastructure of the nation's heritage. Data obtained through the NMS will inform policy decisions and further investment by bringing together key statistics from large, small, urban, and rural museums and related institutions to help bridge resource, technological, and distance gaps. [Full Announcement].

January 22, 2024

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services CEO Tim Collins to retire on June 30, 2024. Tim Collins will retire as Chief Executive Officer of EBSCO Information Services effective June 30, 2024. EBSCO Industries' goal is to have a successor in the role by July 1, 2024; they are working with the global Leadership Advisory Firm, Egon Zehnder, on a comprehensive process to identify the next CEO for EBSCO Information Services. [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Clarivate announces commencement of term loan refinancing transaction. Clarivate announced the launch of a process to refinance the Company's 2026 Term Loan B credit facility that would extend the maturity to 2031 for a new combined term loan amount of $2.2 billion. The Company also announced that it expects to record a non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the range of approximately $800 million to $900 million in the fourth quarter 2023, across the Intellectual Property and Life Sciences & Healthcare segments. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox's 2023 Year In Review: Leading Accessibility Initiatives In Open Source Library Software. Equinox Open Library Initiative released its annual Year In Review highlighting Equinox's contributions in 2023 which included advancements in open source software accessibility, numerous software development projects, open source educational programming, and a wide range of conference presentations. Over the course of the year, Equinox also participated in open source community events. At the 2023 Missouri Evergreen Users Conference, team members presented on the Evergreen Permissions Groups consulting project. Stephanie Leary and Andrea Buntz Neiman presented at the 2023 VuFind Summit, highlighting the VuFind theme and recommending front end accessibility best practices. Equinox and the CORAL community hosted the 2023 CORAL Community Meeting which brought together new and experienced users of the CORAL project. The Equinox team also presented fourteen sessions at the 2023 Evergreen International Conference, including pre-conference workshops. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium join the Innovative family. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium have selected Polaris as their new Integrated Library System, Vega Discover as their new discovery layer, Vega Program to manage events and room booking, Vega Promote for email marketing, and Innovative's library analytics solution. [Full Announcement].

Library Bound Library Bound receives Platinum in Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks for their proprietary web application and ordering platform.. Library Bound, a premier provider of material acquisitions, cataloguing and processing to Canadian public libraries, is pleased to announce it has received a platinum award from LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.) The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge them, resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

January 19, 2024

Springshare Public libraries in the United States, Canada, and Australia implement Springshare's Patron Point. Springshare announced today that Warren-Trumbull Library, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Nashville Public Library, and the City of Parramatta Libraries have selected the Patron Point engagement platform to support their communication and marketing efforts. [Full Announcement].

Unique Management Services Lake County Public Library (IN) launches MessageBee SMS from Unique. Unique Library announced the addition of MessageBee notifications for Lake County Public Library in northern Indiana. The public library is adding MessageBee SMS to their existing NCOA Address Verification Service. The 9-location library system serves the second-largest county in the state, and joins SWAN Library Services as Unique MessageBee partners around the Chicago metro area. [Full Announcement].

Solus SOLUS and Convergent Library Technologies Inc. announce Partnership. SOLUS and Convergent have announced a partnership that will see Convergent sell SOLUS products to Canadian libraries. Commencing with immediate effect, Convergent will be reselling the new SOLUS Library App, the eb#1 Events Calendar, the LUCi Discovery platform and SOLUS's Staff App. [Full Announcement].

January 18, 2024

LexisNexis Risk Solutions LexisNexis Flyreel AI-Driven solution now available to help US commercial property insurers cut costs, improve profitability. LexisNexis Risk Solutions, a leading data, analytics and technology provider, announced the availability of LexisNexis Flyreel for the commercial insurance market. Flyreel is an advanced property survey solution delivered through an industry-leading user experience that equips carriers with actionable data using AI-driven insights that help carriers assess property risk at both new business and renewal. Flyreel and its AI-assistant seamlessly guide commercial policyholders through the capture of property insights via a convenient, self-guided experience, using advanced computer vision technology to automatically capture and document property insights for the policyholder and the insurer. The AI-powered solution consolidates these critical insights into an actionable report based on the carrier's unique underwriting practices and risk appetite. [Full Announcement].

LibLime LibLime will be presenting Bibliovation 7.4 at ALA LibLearnX 2024. LibLime will be premiering the newest functions and features in Bibliovation 7.4 at the upcoming ALA LibLearnX 2024 Conference. LibLearnX 2024 will be held in Baltimore, MD and LibLime will be presenting in Booth 1206. The conference exhibits arena will be open Saturday, January 20 to Monday, January 22 at the Baltimore Convention Center. All conference attendees are encouraged to visit LibLime at Booth 1206 to learn more about the most cost-effective, 100% web-based, hosted Library Services Platform on the market. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive TeachingBooks launches Book Resumes at LibLearnX to help librarians save time. TeachingBooks, the leading source for supplemental educational materials that “bring books to life,” is showcasing the new Book Resumes toolkit during the 2024 American Library Association's Library Learning Experience conference. LibLearnX attendees can learn more by visiting TeachingBooks in the OverDrive booth #1129 at the Baltimore Convention Center between January 20-22, 2024. Designed to address the changes and challenges to workflows for Juvenile and Young Adult collection development, Book Resumes help librarians and educators address the critical question, “Is this book right for my collection?” [Full Announcement].

Clarivate Report highlights disparities in UK's research and innovation investment. A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (www.hepi.ac.uk) sheds light on the inadequacies in the UK's efforts to ‘level up' research and innovation across regions, drawing comparisons with Germany and the United States. The report, authored by Jonathan Adams, Jonathan Grant, David Smith and Martin Szomszor, reveals critical insights into the disparities and shortcomings in current investment strategies. [Full Announcement].

United Kingdom -- Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Independent Review to guide libraries strategy in 2024. A series of recommendations proposed in an independent review to ensure that public libraries are supported and providing the best possible service for their communities will be taken forward by the government, Arts and Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay has been published. The independent review, led by former journalist and government adviser Baroness Sanderson of Welton, was commissioned in September 2022 to seek views and develop innovative ideas on how to improve public libraries across England, in order to inform a new government strategy. [Full Announcement].

January 17, 2024

Elsevier Launch of Scopus AI to help researchers navigate the world of research. Elsevier launched Scopus AI, a generative AI product to help researchers and research institutions get fast and accurate summaries and research insights that support collaboration and societal impact. Scopus AI is based on Scopus' trusted content from over 27,000 academic journals, from more than 7,000 publishers worldwide, with over 1.8 billion citations, and includes over 17 million author profiles. Scopus content is vetted by an independent board of world-renowned scientists and librarians who represent the major scientific disciplines. Since the alpha launch in August 2023, thousands of researchers across the world have tested Scopus AI. [Full Announcement].

BARATZ El servicio de notificaciones por SMS de Baratz llega a la Biblioteca Pública de Palma. La Biblioteca Pública de Palma «Can Sales» es pionera en la implementación del servicio de notificaciones SMS a través de Contact by Absys. Integrado en la solución de gestión bibliotecaria AbsysNet, este servicio en la nube permite la comunicación automática y eficiente con su comunidad sobre las gestiones y operaciones realizadas en el sistema. Las notificaciones SMS en la biblioteca «Can Sales» tienen como objetivo mejorar la calidad en la comunicación, asegurando que las personas estén constantemente informadas sobre las diversas solicitudes y actividades realizadas en el catálogo de la biblioteca. En particular, el sistema de notificaciones SMS de la Biblioteca Pública de Palma «Can Sales» se centra en mantener a las personas al tanto sobre los aspectos clave del servicio de préstamo. A través de Contact by Absys, la biblioteca informa sobre cambios importantes, como las fechas de devolución de documentos, plazos de vencimiento y la disponibilidad de reservas. Esta capacidad de notificación en tiempo real no solo mejora la experiencia del usuario, sino que también optimiza la gestión de recursos de la biblioteca, contribuyendo a un servicio más eficaz y organizado. [Full Announcement].

Blackstone Publishing Lyrasis and Blackstone Publishing forge groundbreaking partnership to revolutionize library audiobook access on The Palace Project. Lyrasis and Blackstone Publishing announced a strategic partnership that aims to deliver top-tier audiobooks to library patrons. This collaboration introduces Blackstone Unlimited, which boasts the Largest Always-Available Collection of Adult and Children's downloadable audiobooks, offering over 6,600 titles. This collection will be available to libraries through The Palace Project, a library-driven platform and ereader app for digital content and services that supports the library's role at the center of their community. With audiobook usage outpacing many public library budgets, this partnership between Lyrasis and Blackstone Publishing intends to make more audiobooks available to public library patrons at an affordable cost for public libraries. [Full Announcement].

Gale Group Gale's New Power to the People Archive Reveals the Historical Roots of Today's Counterculture and Social Justice Movements. Gale, part of Cengage Group, is helping faculty and researchers better understand how counterculture and social movements of the past have impacted and shaped today's society. The company has launched Power to the People: Counterculture, Social Movements, and the Alternative Press, Nineteenth to Twenty-First Century, a new digital archive that brings together materials that document the movements, events, individuals and grassroots organizations that worked to effect change in cultures and societies around the world. This unique collection offers a comprehensive view of the struggles and triumphs of activism over time, enabling users to make key connections and comparisons between past movements and the challenges humanity faces today. [Full Announcement].

Equinox Equinox at ALA LibLearnX 2024. Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, will be exhibiting at ALA LibLearnX 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland starting January 19, 2024 and running through January 22, 2024. Equinox will be available throughout the conference at Booth 1218 to share information about Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, VuFindⓇ, and more. [Full Announcement].

IGI Global IGI Global Announces discontinuation of E-Book availability on Gale e-Book Platform. IGI Global, a leading international academic publisher, has opted to discontinue offering its e-books on the Gale e-Book platform, effective April 1st, 2024. Libraries and institutions that have previously acquired IGI Global e-books through Gale will retain access to their purchased e-books. However, effective April 1st, 2024, it is important to note that new IGI Global e-books will no longer be accessible on the Gale e-Book platform. Furthermore, all existing e-books will be removed from this platform, and libraries, institutions, and consortiums will no longer be able to acquire them through Gale. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions Panhandle Public Library Cooperative goes live on Aspen Discovery with ByWater Solutions Support. ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System in Florida. PPLCS is an existing open source ByWater Partner with Koha as their ILS. Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System supports public libraries in Calhoun, Holmes, and Jackson counties in Florida. [Full Announcement].

ByWater Solutions The Aspen Discovery and LiDA 24.01 release starts the year off with a bang that includes ecommerce, support for external links, and a new locations design for LiDA. Several new features were added to LiDA this month. With the new eCommerce support patrons can go directly to the fines page in Discovery from the My Account drawer in LiDA to pay their fines without ever leaving the app. The ability for LiDA to link to any external website from the “More” screen allows libraries to further customize the user experience and provide more information to their patrons through the app. [Full Announcement].

January 16, 2024

Soutron Global Soutron Global expands Their Partner Program to Resellers and New International Regions. Soutron Global announces the expansion of their Partner Program to resellers and new international regions, providing our partners the benefit of expanding their portfolios and growing their business. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris Middlesex University selects Ex Libris Premium Professional Services. Middlesex University, located in London, the United Kingdom, recently chose Ex Libris' Premium Professional Services to consolidate and enhance its student-facing digital offerings. [Full Announcement].

hoopla hoopla Digital Expands BingePass Offering with Filmocracy. hoopla Digital, the only all-in-one app for public libraries, today announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind BingePass with Filmocracy that will bring film festivals into the homes of library patrons, no matter where they are. Filmocracy, the leading film and festival streaming platform, will provide participating hoopla libraries and their patrons with access to its Industry Premium level free for seven days through BingePass. Library patrons with hoopla accounts through their library cards will be able to discover and view independent films from some of the best known and acclaimed film festivals from around the world, many of which will be available live. The addition of Filmocracy highlights hoopla's continued investment in strengthening its BingePass offering by expanding the types of content available in the format. [Full Announcement].

January 12, 2024

Elsevier Elsevier announces the appointment of Mirit Eldor to Managing Director of Life Sciences Solutions. Elsevier, a global leader in information and analytics, announced today the appointment of Mirit Eldor as Managing Director, Life Sciences Solutions. Elsevier's Life Sciences Solutions business serves pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences companies around the world with trusted, data-led analytical insights that help research and development teams innovate effectively and efficiently using curated and validated scientific information. [Full Announcement].

Ex Libris New dedicated Ex Libris Content Section available on Knowledge Center. Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, anounced that as part of our dedication to openness and transparency, we have created a new section in the Customer Knowledge Center that is dedicated to the materials relating to Ex Libris Content, from knowledge articles to release notes and more. [Full Announcement].

Wiley California Universities partner with Wiley on landmark open access agreement. The 10-campus University of California system and 48 private and public academic and research institutions represented by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium have reached a new open access agreement with Wiley, one of the world's largest publishers. The three-year deal begins this month, and will make more research eligible for open access publication than any partnership of its kind in California. [Full Announcement].

Springshare Patron Point receives Platinum in 2024 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks. Springshare, a leading cloud software vendor for libraries, is pleased to announce that its email marketing and automation tool, Patron Point, has received a platinum award in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs). The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score.  [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Four Innovative solutions awarded recognition in 2024 Modern Library Awards. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that four of our library solutions were awarded recognition in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards. Vega Discover, Mobile Worklists, and Innovative Resource Sharing (INN-Reach) earned platinum awards, and the Polaris ILS received the gold distinction. [Full Announcement].

OpenAthens OpenAthens receives platinum in 2024 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks. OpenAthens, a leading single sign-on solution, announced it received a platinum award in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) for the sixth consecutive year. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry. Only customers with experience of these products and services were permitted to judge, resulting in a truly unbiased score. Each judge scored the product on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding quality, functionality, value, and customer satisfaction. [Full Announcement].

Mackin Educational Resources MackinVIA wins The Distinctive Platinum Award Its 8th Consecutive Modern Library Award From LibraryWorks. Mackin, a leading provider of print and digital fiction and nonfiction books for PK-12, is pleased to announce it is a multiyear honoree and winner of its eighth Platinum Award in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards. The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry. Products and services were submitted in the fall of 2023 using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians in public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the entries resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

collectionHQ collectionHQ Receives Platinum in Modern Library Awards for Third Consecutive Year. collectionHQ, the leading provider of library analytics solutions globally, is pleased to announce it has received a platinum award for the third consecutive year in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.) The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry in a truly unbiased format. Products and services were submitted in the fall using a simple application, and then were posted on a private site with an enhanced description and attendant materials. These products were batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products/services in their facilities were permitted to judge the products/services, resulting in a truly unbiased score. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation TLC's ITS.MARC Cataloging Service receives another Platinum Award. The Library Corporation received another platinum distinction for ITS.MARC in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards. With access to over 82.9 million records, including both bibliographic and authority records, TLC's online copy cataloging has provided a noteworthy alternative to records provided directly from the book vendor. [Full Announcement].

The Library Corporation TLC honored with second Platinum Award for School-Focused Integrated Library System. The Library Corporation received a multiyear platinum distinction in LibraryWorks' tenth annual Modern Library Awards for Library.Solution for Schools. TLC is chiefly honored to receive two perfect scores. The schools-focused integrated library system (ILS) stands out not only for its functionality, but also and especially for the unmatched quality of service delivered by TLC. [Full Announcement].

January 11, 2024

Frontiers The next chapter for Frontiers: to the open access tipping point. Frontiers announces a strategic reorganization and team resizing to focus on researcher-centric, technology-empowered teams to provide a first class publishing experience and secure sustainable quality publishing at scale. This change marks the next chapter in our journey to make open access the default science publishing model. These insights prompted a major reorganization in Frontiers throughout 2023 to form multi-expert teams empowered with AI technology to provide the full spectrum of publishing services tailored to our more than 2,000 academic communities. We also optimized our operational model and management framework to easily adapt to changes in the market. In the current market conditions, we are increasing efficiency further by proposing to significantly resize our workforce of about 2,000 employees across 23 countries to about 1,400 employees. Together with the management and operational changes made in 2023, this makes Frontiers a leaner and more agile organization, with enhanced financial resilience amidst market shifts. [Full Announcement].

Taylor and Francis Taylor & Francis Joins DOAB's Peer Review Transparency Initiative, PRISM. Taylor & Francis announced its support for an initiative to boost researcher confidence in open access books and promote better understanding of the role of peer review. Peer Review Information Service for Monographs provides a standardized way for publishers to present information about the peer review processes for their titles on the Directory of Open Access Books platform. review processes for their titles on the Directory of Open Access Books platform. All Taylor & Francis OA books, including those published under the Routledge and CRC Press imprints, are peer reviewed by experts. PRISM makes information about the peer review process easily available to DOAB users, including details about when the review took place and the type of peer reviewer. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive 152 libraries exceed one million checkouts of digital content in 2023. Librarians investing in digital collections for the past year delivered new levels of service to all readers in their communities. In 2023, a record number 152 library systems and consortia in seven countries, from 41 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces each loaned more than one million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines for readers all ages and interests. Readers benefited from libraries' partnership with OverDrive as well as the increased adoption and use of Libby, the award-winning library reading app. The 152 public libraries are the highest performing of 22,000 in the OverDrive network, and are based in the U.S., Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany. [Full Announcement].

Association of Southeastern Research Libraries ASERL Updates its Membership Criteria. The membership of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries recently voted overwhelmingly to modify the criteria for membership in the Association. This is the first substantial change in ASERL's membership criteria in more than two decades, and reflects ASERL's ongoing process of self-assessment and desire to become a more equitable and inclusive membership organization. The new criteria primarily change the quantitative metrics required for ASERL membership. Previously, ASERL members were required to meet a total library expenditure threshold that was based on library expenditures across the full membership. The previous TLE threshold was calculated yearly – and changed yearly – and reflected longstanding funding patterns that enabled some libraries to remain in ASERL and limited other libraries from joining the Association. [Full Announcement].

OCLC University of Utah Libraries join the OCLC Research Library Partnership. The University of Utah Libraries—including the J. Willard Marriott Library, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the James E. Faust Law Library—have joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership. [Full Announcement].

January 10, 2024

Wiley Academic Partnerships completes acquisition of Wiley University Services. Academic Partnerships, a company that assists primarily regional public universities in expanding access and impact by supporting their online programs, today announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Wiley University Services, a line of business previously owned by Wiley. The combined company will support over 125 colleges and universities in 40 U.S. states and internationally. [Full Announcement].

Blackstone Publishing Blackstone Publishing launches Blackstone Unlimited Audio: A breakthrough in library audiobook access. Blackstone Publishing proudly announces the unveiling of Blackstone Unlimited, a groundbreaking platform that revolutionizes access to audiobooks for libraries. Boasting the Largest Always-Available Collection of Adult and Children's downloadable audiobooks, Blackstone Unlimited Audio offers over 6,500 titles, with a commitment to continuously expanding its offerings. [Full Announcement].

January 8, 2024

Clarivate Clarivate identifies thirteen potential blockbuster drugs and gamechangers in annual Drugs to Watch report. Clarivate announced the release of its annual Drugs to Watch report. The report provides in-depth predictive analysis of drugs with the potential for standout commercial and/or clinical success. The report, a key industry resource in the evolving healthcare landscape, has identified over 85 Drugs to Watch over the 11-year course of its publication. This year, analysts identified 13 new-to-market therapeutics and drugs poised to launch in 2024 which Clarivate predictive analytics project will achieve blockbuster status by 2029 or deliver game-changing benefits to patients. These promising advancements include a broad spectrum of therapeutic innovation for conditions including breast cancer, hemophilia A, sickle cell disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, respiratory syncytial virus and multiple myeloma, among others. [Full Announcement].

Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Sullivan County Public Library launches new website with Vega Promote Web. Innovative, part of Clarivate, announced that Sullivan County Public Library in Sullivan, Indiana has published a new library website made with Innovative's new website builder, Vega Promote Web. Sullivan County Public Library is one of five libraries participating in the Vega Promote Web beta program. As a beta partner for Vega Promote Web, the library contributed to optimizing and enhancing the onboarding and implementation processes from the perspective of a library implementing multiple products at once. [Full Announcement].

January 5, 2024

PTFS Europe Dalarna University, Sweden chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe. Dalarna University has chosen PTFS Europe to host and support its Koha system. The library implemented the library system Koha in 2020. The library catalogue contains about 100 500 physical books and about 305 000 electronic books. The library has 17 employees and its vision is to strengthen education, research and training based on the needs of users in a changing world. [Full Announcement].

Evergreen Project Evergreen Community Announces Feature-Packed Release 3.12.0. The Evergreen community proudly unveils its latest feature release, version 3.12.0, a collaborative effort involving contributors and organizations from the United States, Canada, and Czechia. [Full Announcement].

January 4, 2024

PTFS Europe Armenian Institute chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe. Armenian Institute has chosen Koha as its new Library Management System, to replace the previous manual cataloguing system. PTFS Europe has implemented the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services to Armenian Institute to ensure its success in supporting these collections into the future. [Full Announcement].

Springshare Springshare forms a dedicated public library division. Springshare, a leading cloud software vendor for libraries, announces the launch of the Public Library Division – a group within the company dedicated to serving the needs of public libraries. Following the recent acquisition of Patron Point, the leading marketing automation solution for public libraries, over 1,100 public libraries around the world now use Springshare's tools. This impressive number highlights the new Public Library Division as a significant SaaS vendor in this subset of the field. The new group will be led by Ian Downie, former CEO of Patron Point, who now becomes the President of Springshare's Public Library Division. [Full Announcement].

Overdrive Libraries achieve record-breaking circulation of digital media in 2023. Librarians and educators achieved new milestones in 2023 by providing increasingly robust streaming options to satisfy the interests of all ages and audiences. Readers worldwide borrowed 662 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, a 19 percent increase over 2022. This growth was driven by a regular cadence of new release blockbuster titles, as well as new Libby reading app features and cost-effective access models. Streaming video through libraries and colleges on Kanopy also reached a record 23 million plays. Aggregated data was reported by OverDrive, the leading digital content platform for 92,000 libraries and schools in 115 countries worldwide. 2023 also marked the award-winning Libby app's one billionth digital book checkout. Due to the outreach efforts of 22,000 public libraries around the globe, more than 9 million people installed the Libby app in 2023 and became new library users, signaling the continued expansion of library services both inside and outside the branch. [Full Announcement].

IGI Global IGI Global announces new award recognizing outstanding journal reviewers. IGI Global, a leading international academic publisher, announced the launch of its new “Reviewer of The Year Award” sponsored by IGI Global's Open Access Journal Program (https://www.igi-global.com/journals/open-access/). This award recognizes the valuable contributions of IGI Global's journal editorial board members and is presented annually to the top reviewers (editorial review board members and associate editors) across IGI Global's 200+ scholarly open access journals. [Full Announcement].

January 3, 2024

Lyngsoe Systems Lyngsoe Systems demonstrates strong commitment to ESG/Sustainability. Lyngsoe Systems, a global leader in library solutions announced its continued dedication to Environmental, Social, and Governance practices and sustainability. This commitment is reinforced by the recent recognition from EcoVadis, a renowned sustainability assessment platform, which awarded Lyngsoe Systems a silver medal in 2023. The importance of ESG/Sustainability has been emphasized by discussions with librarians across the world, who are seeking information and knowledge in this crucial area. Lyngsoe Systems Library recognizes the need for industry leaders to contribute to the global dialogue on ESG, and Henrik Kjeldgaard, a key figure in the company, reaffirms the company's dedication to making a positive impact on the world. [Full Announcement].

EBSCO Information Services EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award nominations. The American Library Association is currently accepting nominations through February 1, 2024 for the EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award is awarded to a library organization for a program to further its staff development goals and objectives. The award includes $3,500 and a gold-framed citation, donated by EBSCO Publishing. Application [Full Announcement].

Open Library Foundation The Open Library Foundation announces WOLFcon 2024. Open Library Foundation announced that WOLFCon 2024 will take place September 24-26, 2024, at Senate House, University of London. OLF welcomes all library professionals curious about open-source initiatives to join this collaborative event. WOLFcon brings together members from OLF's project communities and product users from around the world to foster collaborative discussions, presentations, workshops and working meetings. This annual event catalyzes conversations centering on advancements in open-source technology and the evolution of library workflows and patron needs. WOLFcon captures OLF's steadfast dedication to creating positive change and nurturing a vibrant community committed to open-source technologies. [Full Announcement].