Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Innovative Interfaces (III)

Ex Libris Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Innovative Customers will benefit from the companies’ decades of library domain expertise, greater combined resources, and pioneering vision CHICAGO, IL, and EMERYVILLE, CA, December 5, 2019 – Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to acquire Innovative, a leading provider of integrated library systems for public, academic, and specialty libraries. Innovative will become a business unit within Ex Libris. The Innovative products that customers have relied on for many years will continue to be supported and enhanced. “I am excited to welcome Innovative’s experienced team and its customer community to Ex Libris and ProQuest,” said Bar Veinstein, president of Ex Libris. “We are pleased to continue investing in people and technology that support our customers’ initiatives to shape the future of libraries. Customers of both Ex Libris and Innovative will gain from the companies’ proven record of innovation, greater combined resources, and talent with decades of library domain expertise.” “These are exciting times for Innovative and its customers. As we join the Ex Libris family, we will continue our history of providing advanced solutions and services to our customers that help them thrive in today’s changing library environment,” added Shaheen Javadizadeh, Innovative CEO. “As part of Ex Libris, we will give our customers more value through a complementary portfolio of solutions, an expanded knowledge-sharing community, and broader global reach.” Ex Libris and Innovative have a long history of close collaboration with the user community and remain dedicated to working with their user groups—IUG, ELUNA, and IGeLU—in order to receive input and guidance for the enhancement of current solutions and...

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant to FOPL to Deliver Employment Information to Newcomers 

Media release           Date  Dec. 4, 2019 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant to FOPL to Deliver Employment Information to Newcomers  Toronto – The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries announces funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for Mobile Information for Newcomers on Employment (MINE) project In 2018, Ontario welcomed over 135,000 immigrants looking to build a new life for themselves and their families. For a substantial number of newcomers, lack of knowledge about information resources, difficulties navigating the service landscape and lack of access to information communications technologies are key barriers to employment. The MINE project will test the feasibility of implementing an innovative model for delivering information services and resources about employment, skills development and financial literacy to under-served immigrant and refugee communities. The project will target newcomers in the Waterloo region who are not currently accessing available library or community information resources, are have difficulty navigating the service landscape, and/or do not have access to information communication technologies. We will bring information experts, tools and technologies to vulnerable newcomers in innovative ways. The project includes research, implementation of a pilot, and evaluation in order to confirm effectiveness and options for replicating the model. The research phase will focus on what the current gaps are in newcomers’ use of existing employment and financial information in Waterloo. We will examine what the barriers are as described by newcomers themselves and those that serve them. We will also learn about innovative information services that have been proven effective in similar situations. In the implementation phase we will learn about the concrete requirements of our proposed solution, partnership options, and practical...

Executive Director Posting at CFLA-FCAB — Offre d’emploi directeur exécutif à la FCAB-CFLA

Please share widely // Veuillez le partager à volonté Message bilingue // Bilingual message Dear CFLA-FCAB members, CFLA-FCAB is looking for a full time Executive Director.  See attached message. Please share this announcement with your members, affiliated associations, and others.   Katherine McColgan, Executive Director, will continue in the secondment through the Annual General Meeting in January 2020.Sincerely, Alix-Rae Stefanko Chair On behalf of the CFLA-FCAB Board of Directors CFLA-FCAB Job Posting ED – FCAB-CFLA Offre d’emploi DG ——– Chers membres de la FCAB-CFLA, CFLA-FCAB, est à la recherche d’un directeur exécutif à temps plein. Voir le message ci-joint. Veuillez communiquer cette annonce à vos membres, aux associations affiliées, aux médias régionaux, et aux autres intéressés. Katherine McColgan, directrice générale, continuera dans le détachement jusqu’à l’assemblée générale annuelle en janvier 2020. Cordialement, Alix-Rae Stefanko Président au nom du Conseil d’administration   Alix-Rae Stefanko Chair Canadian Federation of Library Associations Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques...

Better World Libraries, Internet Archive Partner, Acquires Better World Books

Better World Libraries, Internet Archive Partner, Acquires Better World Books https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=better-world-libraries-internet-archive-partner-acquires-better-world-books&utm_source=Marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=december3LJXpress “The Internet Archive (IA) on November 6 announced that its longtime not-for-profit partner, Better World Libraries, had acquired Better World Books, a mission-driven for-profit bookseller that has donated almost $29 million and more than 26.5 million books to global literacy programs during the past two decades. Better World Books’ Library Discards and Donations program, launched in 2004, has also been a major contributor to the company’s efforts to redistribute or recycle an additional 326 million books. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Better World Books offices, leadership, and operations will remain unchanged, according to the announcement, which described an alignment of goals between organizations focused on literacy and universal access to information. When libraries and other organizations weed or deaccession titles and donate to Better World Books, selected titles will now be directed into IA’s massive book digitization program, which now has the capacity to digitize a million books per year. “One of the biggest challenges facing libraries today is responsibly removing materials from their shelves so they can bring in more desirable materials or repurpose space to fit community needs,” Jim Michalko, Better World Books board member and former president of The Research Libraries Group, explained in the announcement. “Now, libraries can provide books to Better World Books knowing that a digital copy will be created and preserved if one doesn’t yet exist.” During an interview at the 2019 Charleston Conference in South Carolina this month, IA founder and digital librarian Brewster Kahle told LJ’s Lisa Peet that the acquisition—and its pipeline of titles for digitization—would also facilitate broader...

Free PLA Webinar #eBooksForAll Campaign Update

If you are having trouble viewing this mailing, please click here for our online version. Free PLA Webinar #eBooksForAll Campaign Update Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | 1-2 p.m. Central More than 200,000 people have raised their voices to oppose Macmillan Publishers’ embargo on new eBook titles to public libraries, and the American Library Association (ALA) has filed its first report with Congress about restrictive licensing and unfair pricing for digital content. Now what?   Join the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office and the Public Library Association (PLA) for a free webinar to update you on the #eBooksForAll campaign, planned next steps with Congress and data gathering to build the library case, and specific actions you can take to advance these efforts. Bring your questions and your front-line experience to inform national planning and communications. REGISTER NOW   Note: ALA and PLA may not discuss nor provide a forum for discussing a boycott or similar activity based on our tax status. Learning Outcomes At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: Understand the current state of #eBooksForAll policy advocacy with Congress; Engage the public and key library stakeholders to oppose embargoes or other unfair digital content licensing terms; and Contribute to ALA/PLA’s collection of data and stories related to the value of public library promotion of reading, authors and titles, as well as the impact of restrictive digital content licensing terms on libraries and our patrons. Speakers Wanda Brown, ALA President Ramiro Salazar, PLA President Larra Clark, Deputy Director, PLA and ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Sari Feldman, ALA Senior Policy Fellow Alan Inouye, Senior Director of Policy and Government...