July 31, 2015

ProQuest Ebook Central Enters Beta, University Libraries in Five Countries Testing New Service, Features

From Today’s PQ Announcement: ProQuest Ebook Central integrates key elements from both ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, along with all-new functionality, eliminating the complexities surrounding ebooks and delivering a superior experience for end-users and librarians. [Clip] Beta users include libraries at Oxford University, University of Michigan, Fordham Law Library and University of Wollongong. The beta release also includes […]

Schools, Libraries Will Receive Full Request of $3.9B in E-Rate Funding

From FedScoop: Schools and libraries across the country will be getting the full amount they requested to upgrade their telecommunications and wireless services from the Federal Communications Commission, which capped the funding this year at $3.9 billion. In total, the districts requested $3.92 billion [including $1.6 billion for internal Wi-Fi networks] — just over the […]

Digital Content: hoopla Launches Ebooks and Shares List of All Content Providers

hoopla has announced that they’ve just added (as expected) ebooks and comics to their content library. Ebooks and hoopla resources are available via some public libraries. hoopla first announced that ebooks would be available almost one year ago. The plan at that time was to launch ebook content by the end of 2014. You can […]

New Technology to Borrow: North Carolina State University Libraries Begins Lending Apple Watches

Apple Watches are now available for members of the NC State community to borrow from NCSU Libraries and their Technology Lending service. Other items include cameras, tripods, cables, e-readers, makerspace materials, and gaming consoles. From NCSU Library News: When asked about the Libraries’ interest in lending Apple Watches, David Woodbury (Associate Head of User Experience) simply explained that […]

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 […]