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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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Softlink IC at the IALL 2019 Conference in Sydney October 27

Sun, 2019-10-27 23:32
(October 27, 2019). Softlink Information Centres will be exhibiting at the 2019 International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) conference in Sydney. Softlink IC's Technical Services Manager Sarah Thompson is excited to be a part of the conference and looks forward to catching up with some of our Liberty and illumin customers. She is also keen to meet up with librarians and knowledge managers who would like more information on either, or both, of our products.
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Elsevier Launches the Research Data Management Librarian Academy

Fri, 2019-10-25 17:22
(October 25, 2019). Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced the launch of the Research Data Management Librarian Academy (RDMLA), an online program created by a team of expert librarians in the Northeastern United States.The RDMLA is intended primarily for librarians but is also applicable for researchers. The program consists of eight units, which can be taken in sequence or at the user's choice separately. Each unit takes an average of an hour to complete and consists of videos, slides, demonstrations, reading resources and self-assessments. The program is geared for the practicing librarian who wants to learn about research data management (RDM) but may be time-crunched and not able to leave work to obtain formal training.
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PowerSchool to acquire Schoology, creating the most comprehensive unified classroom solution for K-12 Education

Fri, 2019-10-25 17:22
(October 25, 2019). PowerSchool, a leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Schoology, a leading K-12 learning management system. PowerSchool currently supports 45 million students with its full suite of K-12 technology solutions, including industry-leading student information systems, assessment and analytics, special education, finance, HR, and talent management tools. Schoology supports more than 20 million users through its learning management and embedded formative assessment platform. Combined, this will allow all customers to access a world-class unified classroom solution that will integrate with any student information system (SIS) they currently use.
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ALA denounces Amazon, Macmillan in response to Congressional inquiry on competition in digital markets

Fri, 2019-10-25 17:22
(October 25, 2019). Current practices by content publishers and distributors in digital markets limit libraries' ability to deliver core services, according to a new report publicly released today by the American Library Association (ALA). Submitted in response to an inquiry from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, ALA's report underscores practices by companies like Amazon and Macmillan Publishers that threaten Americans' right to read what and how they choose and imperil other fundamental First Amendment freedoms. The report urges lawmakers to curb anti-competitive practices of digital market actors.
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The State of Open Data 2019 – Global Attitudes towards Open Data

Fri, 2019-10-25 17:22
(October 25, 2019). Figshare, the online digital repository for academic research, launched its annual report The State of Open Data 2019, to coincide with global celebrations around Open Access Week. The report is the fourth in the series and includes survey results and a collection of articles from global industry experts, as well as a foreword from Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services). The State of Open Data is now the longest running longitudinal study on the subject, which was created in 2016 to examine attitudes and experiences of researchers working with open data – sharing it, reusing it, and redistributing it.
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Highland Community College joins NEKLS and chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha support

Wed, 2019-10-23 17:08
(October 23, 2019). ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Highland Community College has joined NEXT Shared Regional Catalog with Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS). ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 13,000 plus holdings from TLC library solutions and is providing ongoing support services to the library.
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Wayne and Pike County Libraries migrate to Evergreen with the PaILS/SPARK Consortium

Tue, 2019-10-22 23:06
(October 22, 2019). Equinox welcomed Wayne and Pike County Libraries to Evergreen with their successful migrations to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium. Wayne and Pike County Libraries' move will support 37,059 patrons. The migration included a total of 118,987 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records.
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SAGE announces new open access publishing agreement with UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries

Tue, 2019-10-22 17:05
(October 22, 2019). SAGE Publishing announces an open access pilot program with the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beginning in 2020, the program will grant UNC-Chapel Hill access to SAGE Journals and provide funding to cover article publishing fees for University researchers to make their SAGE research articles fully open access.
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Introducing ProQuest One Literature: A new destination for modern literary studies

Tue, 2019-10-22 11:04
(October 22, 2019). Faculty, students and librarians are leading the call for a resource that can function as the single destination for literary research, teaching and learning. Today, ProQuest announces a solution to support all facets of literature scholarship: ProQuest One Literature. Developed in collaboration with faculty and librarians from universities with renowned literature departments, ProQuest One Literature brings together the largest, most inclusive literature collection ever curated with a wealth of additional multi-media, multi-format resources. The product has a unique focus on diversity, with a large collection of works by authors who have been marginalized throughout history.
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Gale Streamlines curriculum planning and amplifies collaboration with Gale In Context: For Educators launch

Tue, 2019-10-22 11:04
(October 22, 2019). Gale announced the launch of Gale In Context: For Educators, a new product that gives educators a more effective approach to curriculum development and classroom instruction. Fueled by content from the Gale In Context suite of student databases, For Educators provides standards-aligned lesson plans and instructional materials. A specialized toolkit helps educators collect, personalize and share resources quickly and easily with colleagues and students across their district. Read Gale's blog about the development of For Educators. Studies show that teachers spend seven hours per week searching for instructional resources. For Educators removes this complexity by streamlining access to curated and authoritative educational resources within their subscribed Gale In Context databases, empowering teachers with a single point of access to the technology, tools and resources they need, saving them time and effort while enhancing their classroom curriculum.
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Chalmers University of Technology is the first institution to go live with FOLIO library service platform

Mon, 2019-10-21 16:58
(October 21, 2019). Chalmers University of Technology has become the first university library to go live with FOLIO with hosting services from EBSCO Information Services. FOLIO is an open source service platform created by a community of librarians, services providers and developers. Adopting the FOLIO platform allows Chalmers to manage both its electronic resources and print materials on the same platform.
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Ninth annual Follett Challenge launches with more chances to win

Mon, 2019-10-21 16:58
(October 21, 2019). With newly added opportunities for PreK-12 schools and districts to win prizes, the Follett Challenge today launched its ninth annual contest that rewards innovative educational programs teaching 21st century skills to students. For 2020, the Follett Challenge is significantly increasing the number of semifinalists to nine, from which the grand prize winner will be selected.Follett again will reward a total of $200,000 (USD) in products and/or services to groundbreaking educational programs that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. All public and private K-12 schools/districts in the United States, Canada, and Australia are eligible to apply. The 2019 contest marked the first time a school or district from outside the United States claimed the grand prize when Regina Catholic School Division in Saskatchewan, Canada, earned the honor.
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OCLC and Europeana partner to share access to open cultural heritage resources through WorldCat

Mon, 2019-10-21 16:58
(October 21, 2019). OCLC and Europeana, the digital platform for European cultural heritage, are working together to add records of millions of digitized items to WorldCat, making this open content easily discoverable and freely accessible to readers, researchers and students through libraries.The addition of Europeana Collections will add dramatically to the open content resources that are accessible through WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections.
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Hyku Open Source Institutional Repository Development partnership awarded $1M Arcadia grant to improve open scholarship infrastructure

Fri, 2019-10-18 16:06
(October 18, 2019). The University of Virginia is pleased to announce a two-year award in the amount of $1,000,000 from Arcadia—a charitable fund of philanthropists Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin—in support of the “Advancing Hyku: Open Source Institutional Repository Platform Development” project.
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Mitteilungen/Produktionsbeginn des Max-Delbrück-Centrums für molekulare Medizin Berlin-Buch mit Koha 18.11

Fri, 2019-10-18 16:06
(October 18, 2019). Die Bibliothek des Max-Delbrück-Centrums für molekulare Medizin in Berlin-Buch verwaltet ihre Bestände seit Oktober 2019 neu über das Open Source-Bibliothekssystem Koha. Der elektronische Bibliothekskatalog umfasst rund 43'000 Titeldatensätze sowie angehängte Normdaten für Personen, Körperschaften und Schlagwörter. Neben Katalog und Ausleihe wird auch die Erwerbung eingesetzt.
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The Palos Verdes Library District selects SirsiDynix's SaaS-hosted ILS and BLUEcloud solutions

Fri, 2019-10-18 16:06
(October 18, 2019). SirsiDynix is pleased to announce their newest customer, the Palos Verdes Library District. After careful deliberation, they have chosen to migrate their integrated library system (ILS) to SirsiDynix's Symphony ILS and the next-generation SaaS-hosted Library Services Platform, BLUEcloud.
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KCLS boycotts Macmillan Publishers' eBook embargo

Fri, 2019-10-18 16:06
(October 18, 2019). Effective November 1, 2019, the King County Library System will no longer purchase newly-released eBooks from Macmillan Publishers, one of five major publishers in the U.S. This decision comes after months of discussion and advocacy to urge Macmillan to reconsider instituting a new library eBook embargo, set to go into effect on November 1. Under Macmillan's new lending model, public libraries of any size will only be allowed to purchase one copy of a newly-released eBook for the first eight weeks after publication.
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Kanopy appoints digital library pioneer Kevin Sayer as its new CEO

Wed, 2019-10-16 15:56
(October 16, 2019). Kanopy, the free-to-the-user video streaming platform for critically-acclaimed films and documentaries, today announced that veteran higher education executive Kevin Sayar has been named as the company's new CEO, effective October 21. Sayar succeeds Olivia Humphrey, who is relocating with her family back to her native Australia. Humphrey will remain as Kanopy's Executive Chairman of the Board.
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Rakuten OverDrive supports UK public libraries through an important new all-party Parliamentary Group Report

Wed, 2019-10-16 15:56
(October 16, 2019). In support of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Libraries' report, Public Libraries: The Case for Support, Rakuten OverDrive presented evidence in the House of Lords in Parliament on 15 October. This report calls for sustainable UK library funding by providing data and research on libraries' positive impact on users, communities and the local economy.
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Los Angeles Public Library partners with Capira Technologies to engage patrons with a new mobile app solution

Wed, 2019-10-16 15:56
(October 16, 2019). Capira Technologies continues to expand its growing list of library clients with a new partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library. The Library system—which represents the largest population in the nation - more than 4 million people —has signed on to begin the development of a custom mobile library app to better engage LAPL's patrons.
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