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University of Bristol selects OCLC WorldShare Management Services
- 21 Feb 2018

The University of Bristol, ranked among the top universities in the world, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its new cloud-based library services platform. The university selected WorldShare Management Services (WMS) because it provides everything needed to manage a leading research library with world-class collections.

As part of the OCLC library cooperative and with WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.

The move to WMS coincides with the university's plans to develop a new £80m state-of-the-art library at the heart of Bristol's Clifton campus.

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Cambridge University Libraries go live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 16 Feb 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the successful implementation of the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution at the University of Cambridge. The Alma and Primo solutions will be an integral part of services at multiple Cambridge libraries.

The Alma and Primo solutions enable the University to unify the management of its digital and print resources, take advantage of the collaborative Alma capabilities, and present users with a coherent view of the services and collections that are available to them.

The libraries of the University of Cambridge house rich and diverse collections of information resources to support the teaching and research of the University. There are over 100 libraries in Cambridge. More than eight million books and periodicals, one million maps, and many thousands of manuscripts occupy more than 125 miles of shelving. Department and faculty library collections support teaching and research in subject areas taught at Cambridge and add breadth to what is available for students and academics.

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Jisc launches second wave of digital collections group purchasing pilot
- 08 Feb 2018

JISC has launched the second wave of its pilot which last year saved participating libraries £127,000 on purchasing digital archival collections.

EBSCO is the final publisher to join forces with Adam Matthew Digital, Brill, and ProQuest, to be part of the innovative group-purchasing pilot. The second phase of the pilot provides libraries with reduced cost bundles of over 70 primary source collections across the four publishers for libraries to choose from.

Phase one of the pilot saw 20 higher education institutions purchasing 29 products from across the three publishers. The collective purchasing power of the participating institutions, which leverages higher discounts from publishers, saved the sector just over 25% off the list price. Publishers also worked with new libraries that they hadn't engaged with before, sharing their arts and humanities digital archival collections at a reduced cost.

The second wave of the pilot will continue to adopt a coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival primary source collections. Resources have been selected to meet the research and teaching needs of the UK higher education (HE) community - including librarians, faculty, and students. Institutions can easily compare products on offer, and all titles are a one off purchase with no recurrent platform/hosting fee.

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Library groups partner to create ORCID US community
- 02 Feb 2018

LYRASIS has announced a partnership with the NorthEast Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance to create a US community to support ORCID, a non-profit organisation based in Bethesda, Maryland. ORCID provides a unique persistent digital identifier for individual scholarly researchers.

Participating library members of the organisations will fund a position at LYRASIS to support the adoption and full implementation of ORCID services at their institutions. All US institutions are welcome to join the program. The parties share a broader vision of national-scale collaboration for US institutions that provides robust support for adoption of open scholarly infrastructure.

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EBSCO and ByWater Solutions expand partnership to support its libraries using FOLIO Library Services Platform
- 02 Feb 2018

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and ByWater Solutions have expanded their relationship to ensure libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) will be able to rely on hosting and services support.

The agreement secures ByWater's commitment to provide FOLIO implementation and support services backed by EBSCO hosting technology and data services. ByWater Solutions has been recognised for its customer satisfaction in supporting library systems and is currently the largest service provider for the Koha Open Source Library System supporting more than 1,000 Koha libraries.

EBSCO, which has supported FOLIO with funding, developers and project management as well as provided funding for Koha, will provide FOLIO hosting services and advanced software support as well as a compliment of data integration services.

ByWater and EBSCO will be working together and with the FOLIO community to support the first libraries going live with FOLIO in 2019.

Since being announced in June 2016, FOLIO has formed a community and librarians and developers have joined special interest groups that are actively creating an open source LSP that supports traditional resource management functionality that can be extended into emerging areas. FOLIO is being designed to be flexible to allow librarians to select the applications that best align with their workflow needs. The applications are modular and allow multiple vendors or libraries to contribute applications. Extensibility is an essential element allowing FOLIO to integrate with internal and external systems including university enterprise systems, institutional repositories, research management and discovery services. Development supports Linked Open Data to allow libraries to expand their reach and FOLIO provides scalability through multi-tenancy. The service will support all formats natively and is based on a central knowledgebase.

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