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Current news from the library technology industry. Includes press releases and other announcments from companies involved in the library technology industry. Compiled by Marshall Breeding, new entries added within 1 day of receipt. http://librarytechnology.org.
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New York High School captures 2020 Follett Challenge Grand Prize

Mon, 2020-03-23 21:07
(March 23, 2020). Mineola High School of Garden City Park, NY was named the Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Follett Challenge. The Nassau County-based school, with an enrollment of 1,026 students, earns $30,000 in Follett products and services and a celebration at their school for its entry, “Empowered Students: Preparing Students for the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
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Equinox welcomes Lisa Carlucci as Executive Director

Mon, 2020-03-23 15:06
(March 23, 2020). Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce that Lisa Carlucci will be joining Equinox as Executive Director beginning April 6, 2020.
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ByWater Solutions announces support of Aspen Discovery for Arlington Public Library

Sat, 2020-03-21 21:04
(March 21, 2020). ByWater Solutions announced that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Discovery Open Source system for Arlington Public Library in Virginia. Arlington Public Library has a service population of over 212,000 individuals, a collection of 500,000 plus resources, and an annual circulation of 3 million transactions a year.
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With at-home learning increasing, Follett offers interactive ebook platform for free to schools

Sat, 2020-03-21 09:02
(March 21, 2020). As the number of school closures mount due to the spread of COVID-19, Follett today announced it is partnering with Weigl Publishers, Inc. to offer Lightbox, a PreK-12 interactive ebook platform, and AV2 World Languages, a K-3 ebook program, free of charge to schools worldwide through June 30.
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LibraryThing Is Now Free to All

Thu, 2020-03-19 14:57
(March 18, 2020). LibraryThing is free to all! We're dropping all membership fees and limits. So LibraryThing.com, both on the web and using our cataloging app, are free to all, to add as many books as you want. And, no, we're not going to add ads.
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Hollis Social Library goes live with ByWater Koha support

Thu, 2020-03-19 02:56
(March 18, 2020). ByWater Solution announced that the Hollis Social Library, Hollis, New Hampshire is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 39,000 plus holdings from TLC Library. Solution ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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In Response to COVID-19 Impact on Education, Follett to Deliver Free At-Home Learning Content During Crisis

Wed, 2020-03-18 14:55
(March 18, 2020). Follett is working with customers to ensure they can quickly and easily use the company's wide range of eLearning solutions and access to content as more students shift to learning from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Coronavirus-Impacted Libraries Get Unlimited Access to Ebook Central Holdings

Wed, 2020-03-18 08:54
(March 18, 2020). ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an unprecedented effect on higher-education institutions across the globe. Many libraries have found they suddenly need to support a new level of distance learning and research – and access to electronic resources is imperative.To support this urgent need, ProQuest has partnered with more than 50 publishers to support libraries in providing unlimited access to Ebook Central holdings for all patrons – at no extra charge.Starting this week, ProQuest Ebook Central customers impacted by COVID-19 will get unlimited access to all owned titles from these publishers through mid-June. This means that all licenses – including single-user and three-user models – will automatically convert to unlimited access during that period, helping librarians bridge the gap for their patrons in this rapidly changing environment. The unlimited access also applies to additional titles purchased through mid-June.
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Washington State Library announces partnership with LYRASIS to Produce a New e-book Platform for All Citizens in Washington State

Tue, 2020-03-17 20:54
(March 17, 2020). The Washington State Library has selected LYRASIS to begin deployment of a statewide, e-book platform, SimplyE, to be available to all citizens in Washington.
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Accelerating innovation and supporting choice for libraries worldwide

Fri, 2020-03-13 14:44
(March 13, 2020). When ProQuest and Ex Libris announced the acquisition of Innovative, we believed we could accelerate the pace of innovation in our industry and create new and better options for libraries....We are holding off on some other integration plans. As is typical with many merger and acquisition transactions in the United States, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) routinely evaluates the potential impact on competition and customers, and we received a formal notification of a review of the acquisition of Innovative. We remain confident that the acquisition will positively impact the industry and increase choice for libraries worldwide. We are working with the relevant parties and hope to be through this process soon.
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EBSCO eBooks receives first-ever maximum score in ASPIRE E-Book Accessibility Audit

Thu, 2020-03-12 20:43
(March 12, 2020). EBSCO Information Services has been named one of the top e-book platform providers in the ASPIREverified Accessibility Audit with the first-ever perfect score of 100 percent. This honor recognizes an organization's commitment to improving the content and communication of its accessibility statements in order to provide full transparency to customers and end-users.
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CLEVNET launches Patron Point

Thu, 2020-03-12 14:43
(March 12, 2020). Patron Point announced today that CLEVNET of Cleveland, OH has launched the Company's patron relationship management system to help drive its marketing efforts. One of the primary interests of the consortium was Patron Point's ability to support individual member library branding and messaging through a single consortium-managed system.
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Follett Launches API Partner Program

Thu, 2020-03-12 14:43
(March 12, 2020). Follett has launched a partner program that will make it easy for its Destiny and Aspen customers to implement time- and cost-saving integrations and streamline data exchange with their existing vendors. The API Partner Program will allow Follett to help customers extend and enhance the capabilities of their Destiny and Aspen solutions and take full advantage of Follett's open-APIs via the company's growing partner portfolio.
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Mellon Foundation appoints Jonathan Holloway to its Board of Trustees

Thu, 2020-03-12 14:43
(March 12, 2020). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Jonathan Holloway to its Board of Trustees. Holloway is the president-elect of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; he will assume the presidency on July 1, 2020. He is currently provost and professor of history and African American studies at Northwestern University.
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IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services collaborate to launch integrated clinical decision support solution

Wed, 2020-03-11 20:42
(March 11, 2020). IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services announced a strategic collaboration aimed towards enhancing clinical decision support and operations for healthcare providers and health systems. The companies are combining their respective solution suites – DynaMed and IBM Micromedex with Watson – into a single, high-value global solution called "DynaMed and Micromedex with Watson." The combined solution suite will be designed to bring together drug and disease content, into a single source for evidence-based insights to help inform clinical decisions.
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IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services collaborate to launch integrated clinical decision support solution

Wed, 2020-03-11 20:42
(March 11, 2020). IBM Watson Health and EBSCO Information Services announced a strategic collaboration aimed towards enhancing clinical decision support and operations for healthcare providers and health systems. The companies are combining their respective solution suites – DynaMed and IBM Micromedex with Watson – into a single, high-value global solution called "DynaMed and Micromedex with Watson." The combined solution suite will be designed to bring together drug and disease content, into a single source for evidence-based insights to help inform clinical decisions.
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Blackboard Inc. announces execution of definitive agreement to sell its Open LMS Business

Wed, 2020-03-11 20:42
(March 11, 2020). Blackboard announced the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its Blackboard Open LMS business to Learning Technologies Group. The transaction enables Blackboard to further simplify its business and accelerate momentum in helping clients move to its Software as a Service deployment of Learn and Ultra, its next-generation Learning Management System. It will also allow Open LMS, a leading Moodle-based SaaS LMS, to increase its focus on the innovations and services that are core to its client base. The transaction is anticipated to close early in the second quarter of 2020.
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RBmedia acquires leading producer of dramatized audiobooks You

Tue, 2020-03-10 20:40
(March 10, 2020). RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, today announced the acquisition of GraphicAudio, a leading producer of dramatized audio content featuring a full cast of actors, sound effects, and cinematic music.
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Digital fragility a Ticking Time Bomb for enterprises says latest report

Tue, 2020-03-10 20:40
(March 10, 2020). Digital fragility has emerged as a risk to digital business that CIOs and CMOs are failing to confront concludes a recent report by Forrester, a leading global research and advisory firm.According to the report, vital digital information sources and assets are at risk due to link rot, obsolete file formats and media, and vendor abandonment of online services. This can leave firms scrabbling to find or recreate digital assets, opening the door to loss of valuable trademarks, costly failures to meet regulatory crackdowns and poor corporate governance.
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Soutron Global cancels attendance at upcoming conferences and user group meetings for safety

Tue, 2020-03-10 20:40
(March 10, 2020). nternational library transformation company Soutron Global is taking proactive steps to address concerns over the COVID-19 outbreaks. The health and well-being of Soutron Global's clients, employees and partners is the company's top priority. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Soutron Global has made the difficult decision to cancel our attendance at upcoming conferences and User Group meetings until further notice.
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