April 17, 2015

eBooks and Libraries: 3M Cloud Library Expanding Into UK and Australian Markets

The announcement below comes as the London Book Fair begins later this week. From 3M: 3M Library Systems today announced that it will expand its 3M Cloud Library Digital Lending System to libraries in the UK and Australia. Borrowers in these countries will benefit from 3M’s entry into the market as it boosts public libraries’ options […]

UMass Amherst Opens First Large-Scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a University Library

From UMass Amherst: Libraries throughout the U.S. are implementing new technologies to adapt to the changing habits of the digital age by adding additional services such as wireless Internet (97.5 percent), e-readers (25.4 percent) and tablets (16.5 percent). But technology is also driving a different trend that is redefining the very role that libraries play. […]

USDA Announces Funding For Improving Broadband in Rural Areas & President Obama Signs Memorandum to Expand Broadband Deployment

From the US Dept. of Agriculture: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has funded three rural telecommunications infrastructure projects that will improve broadband service in portions of rural Arkansas, Iowa and New Mexico. This announcement coincides with the news that the President Obama signed a new Presidential Memorandum to create the Broadband Opportunity […]

Official Statement and CEO Letter: OverDrive Sold to Rakuten For $410 Million in Cash

OverDrive was sold to Rakuten, a Japanese company today for $410 million. It’s a cash deal and is scheduled to close next month (April 2015). Overdrive will be part of Rakuten USA. Rakuten is an e-commerce company headquartered in Japan. Here’s a list of Rakuten’s major businesses. The Rakuten announcement notes that OverDrive achieved EBITDA of […]

Coming Soon: Bibliocommons Will Expand Use of SSL To Include Entire Search Process

In a Bibliocommons newsletter story today the Toronto-based company announced they will soon encrypt the entire search process. Kudos Biblicommons! Here’s the full text of what was announced today: Coming soon to BiblioCore is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) across all pages of the service. Previously SSL was employed on pages containing sensitive information, such as […]

EBSCO Announces Plans to Develop Fully Open APIs for YBP’s GOBI Services and Subscription Service Division’s Journal Services

Heres a Statement Shared This AM From EBSCO HQ in Ipswich, MA: On the heels of the recent acquisition of YBP, EBSCO has made the official company decision to develop fully open APIs for both YBP’s GOBI services and its subscription service division’s journal services that can be readily consumed by ILS and other technology […]

New Zealand: Dunedin City Library’s New Book Sorting System is Utilizing a “World First” Technology

From the Otago Daily Times: Dunedin City Library has turned science fiction into real life with its new ”world-first” automated sorting system. The million-dollar radio frequency identification (RFID) project now has the jewel in its crown with the installation of a new automated materials handling machine linked to the return boxes. [Clip] The machine automatically […]

hoopla Digital Announces Release of Version 3.0 ‘LightSpeed’ Interface, Roll Out Underway Across Platforms

Note: Library Journal’s Matt Ennis will have more on today’s hoopla Digital news in an upcoming article. From hoopla Digital: hoopla Digital today unveiled its new 3.0 LightSpeed interface and is now starting to roll out the upgrade to Android, iOS and online users in the U.S. and Canada. [Clip] hoopla digital’s LightSpeed interface – […]

DPLA Receives Funding From Sloan Foundation to Begin In-Depth Discussion About Ebooks and Their Future

From a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Announcement: Books are among the richest artifacts of human culture. In the last half-millenium, we have written over a hundred million of them globally, and within their pages lie incredibly diverse forms of literature, history, and science, poetry and prose, the sacred and the profane. Thanks to […]

Ohio: Grand Opening of Cleveland Digital Public Library (ClevDPL) Taking Place Today


The grand opening, including a ribbon cutting and reception, of the Cleveland Digital Public Library is taking place today at its physical location inside the Main Library located in downtown Cleveland. ClevDPL will normally be open from 10 a.m – 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday) and includes a touch wall, preservation lab, digital hub, learning commons. Learn […]