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Leeds College of Music chooses Koha open source library management system, hosted and supported by PTFS Europe

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-05-13 11:28
(May 13, 2020). Leeds College of Music has chosen Koha as its new library management system to replace the previous OCLC OLIB solution. PTFS Europe is implementing the new system and will provide on-going hosting and support services. Koha is being integrated with the conservatoire's EDS discovery service, from EBSCO, and the Moodle learning management system.
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LITA/ALA Survey of Library Response to COVID-19

LITA Blog - Tue, 2020-05-12 13:18

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and its ALA partners are seeking a new round of feedback about the work of libraries as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis, releasing a survey and requesting feedback by 11:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 18, 2020. Please complete the survey by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/libraries-respond-to-covid-19-may-2020

LITA and its ALA partners know that libraries across the United States are taking unprecedented steps to answer the needs of their communities, and this survey will help build a better understanding of those efforts. LITA and its ALA partners will use the results to advocate on behalf of libraries at the national level, communicate aggregated results with the public and media, create content and professional development opportunities to address library staff needs, and share some raw, anonymized data elements with state-level staff and library support organizations for their own advocacy needs. 

Additional information about the survey: All library types are encouraged to respond. We are surveying at the library organizational level and are not collecting outlet/branch data. Financial-related data will only be used in aggregate and not shared in raw data format. Any raw data that is shared with states or other library support organizations outside of ALA will be anonymized. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete, and all completed respondents will be automatically entered to win one of ten $30 gift certificates to the ALA Store.

Special thanks to the Colorado State Library’s Library Research Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Public Library Data Alliance partners, Association of Research Libraries, and the ACRL Academic Library Trends & Statistics Survey Editorial Board. Additional information about the survey can be found at: http://www.ala.org/pla/issues/covid-19/surveyoverview.

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Soutron Global launches Covid-19 financial support package for information professionals

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-05-12 11:27
(May 12, 2020). Soutron Global announced further details of its support package for information professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the recent announcement of its free educational webinar series for librarians during the pandemic (see: https://librarytechnology.org/pr/25114) comes the announcement of enhanced financial support for information professionals already engaged with, or whom may wish to partner, with Soutron Global.
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ARL joins business, government, education leaders in call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19

Library Technology Reports - Mon, 2020-05-11 17:26
(May 11, 2020). A coalition of business, government, and education leaders are calling on the US Congress to provide emergency aid to libraries impacted by COVID-19 in a letter released today by the American Library Association.
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#CoreForum2020 is now a Virtual Event!

LITA Blog - Mon, 2020-05-11 12:15

Join your ALA colleagues from across divisions for the 2020 Forum, which is now a virtual event! 

WHERE: In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, leadership within LITA, ALCTS, and LLAMA made the decision to move the conference online to create a safe, interactive environment accessible for all.

WHAT: Call for proposals have been extended to Friday June 12, 2020. 

WHEN: Forum is scheduled November 18 and 20, 2020

HOW: Share your ideas and experiences with library projects by submitting a talk for the inaugural event for Core:  https://forum.lita.org/call-for-proposals

For more information about the LITA, ALCTS, LLAMA (Core) Forum, please visit https://forum.lita.org 

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Follett MyDestiny Named Winner at 2020 EdTech Awards

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2020-05-08 17:21
(May 8, 2020). Follett MyDestiny, a powerful learning platform designed for today's classroom, has been selected as the winner of the “Lesson Planning Solution” category in The 2020 EdTech Awards from EdTech Digest. The award is from “The EdTech Cool Tool Awards” portion of this year's contest.
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BiblioCommons launches new features to support libraries in an online-only environment

Library Technology Reports - Fri, 2020-05-08 17:21
(May 8, 2020). The BiblioCommons Team is proud to announce a number of new feature improvements across the BiblioCommons platform to support libraries in serving their communities in an all, or mostly, online environment.
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Sioux City Public Library migrates to Innovative Polaris ILS

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-05-07 17:18
(May 7, 2020). Innovative announce that Sioux City Public Library in Sioux City, Iowa is now live on the Innovative Polaris integrated library system.
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Los Angeles Film School Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Support

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-05-07 17:18
(May 7, 2020). ByWater Solutions announced that Los Angeles Film School Library, Los Angeles, California is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 13,000 plus holdings from LibraryWorld ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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Zoom acquires Keybase and announces goal of developing the most broadly used enterprise end-to-end encryption offering

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-05-07 17:18
(May 7, 2020). Zoome has acquired Keybase, another milestone in its 90-day plan to further strengthen the security of our video communications platform. Since its launch in 2014, Keybase's team of exceptional engineers has built a secure messaging and file-sharing service leveraging their deep encryption and security expertise. We are excited to integrate Keybase's team into the Zoom family to help us build end-to-end encryption that can reach current Zoom scalability.
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Jobs in Information Technology: May 6, 2020

LITA Blog - Thu, 2020-05-07 11:30

New This Week

Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.

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Douglas County Libraries (CO) select Patron Point

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-05-07 11:16
(May 7, 2020). Patron Point announced that Douglas County Libraries (CO) has selected its patron relationship management system to help drive the library's patron engagement and web marketing efforts. Of particular interest to the library was Patron Point's ability to maintain a consistent brand across its marketing communications while being able to highlight the various activities and unique features of its seven locations.
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OverDrive Professional provides Libby App to college campuses and the workplace

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-05-07 11:16
(May 7, 2020). OverDrive, the world's leading digital reading platform for public libraries and schools, announced the launch of OverDrive Professional, a new division that supplements corporate, academic and law libraries. With this launch, students, knowledge workers and researchers can now benefit from Libby, the award-winning reading app. Libby allows users to easily access their libraries' ebooks and audiobooks to support their academic and professional development objectives.
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ResearchGate and Wiley announce cooperation agreement

Library Technology Reports - Thu, 2020-05-07 11:16
(May 7, 2020). ResearchGate, the largest professional network for researchers, and Wiley, a global leader in research and education, announced a cooperation agreement to explore ways in which Wiley and ResearchGate can collaborate to better support the needs of researchers through ResearchGate's collaboration platform. Wiley and ResearchGate are committed to the protection of intellectual property rights for authors and publishers; and through this partnership, both companies will continue to support principled sharing of content while facilitating the discovery of and access to high-quality scholarly content for researchers.
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Patron Point integrates Communico Events Feed

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-05-06 17:16
(May 6, 2020). Patron Point announced it has integrated the Communico events feed into its marketing automation platform. Mutual customers can now automatically pull events they have listed in their Communico events system and seamlessly include them in Patron Point campaigns. The events can be promoted in one-off emails, as part of newsletters, or within the day-to-day notices such as hold pick up notices, courtesy notices and overdue notices sent by Patron Point. The integration has been piloted with Delaware County District Library, Ohio.
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Maurice York appointed Director of Library Initiatives

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-05-06 17:16
(May 6, 2020). The Big Ten Academic Alliance announced that Maurice York has been appointed as the new Director of Library Initiatives, effective May 21, 2020. Headquartered in the Midwest, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is the nation's preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. With a 62-year history of substantive collaboration, the Big Ten and University of Chicago libraries pursue collective action to provide robust and enduring access to information resources, to advance models for more open and sustainable scholarship, and to engage shared investment in programs of efficiency and impact across the consortium.
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Lower Umpqua Library District goes live on Koha with ByWater support

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-05-06 17:16
(May 6, 2020). ByWater Solutions, announced today that Lower Umpqua Library District, Reedsport, Oregon, is now live on Koha. ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 14,000 plus holdings from LibraryWorld ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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The American Samoan State Library chooses SimplyE for its statewide eBook program, hosted by LYRASIS

Library Technology Reports - Wed, 2020-05-06 17:16
(May 6, 2020). In partnership with DPLA the SimplyE eBook platform will be deployed with an inclusive and diverse and balanced eBook collection curated to best serve the American Samoan population including over 6,000 free unlimited access eBooks, which you can see on the DPLA Open Bookshelf. For Justin Maga, State Librarian for American Samoa and leaders of Feleti Barstow Public Library, the flexibility to work with multiple eBook vendors and publishers through one integrated platform is perhaps the most intriguing SimplyE feature. Having it all in one place makes for easier access and a more user-friendly experience.
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Follett deploys dey PreK-12 Solutions to Microsoft Azure

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-05-05 17:14
(May 5, 2020). Follett announced it has deployed its market-leading Follett Destiny Library Manager and Resource Manager solutions as well as its Aspen Student Information System to Microsoft Azure. The Azure cloud platform now serves as the data center host for Follett-hosted Destiny and Aspen customers.
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Jisc and LYRASIS help US Universities and Research Organizations gather new usage insights

Library Technology Reports - Tue, 2020-05-05 17:14
(May 5, 2020). Jisc, a not-for-profit supplier of technology for research and education in the UK, and LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership association providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, and archives, are joining forces to introduce Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (IRUS) in the United States.
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