|Weekly News Digest
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Ex Libris Group Offers Voyager Updates
Ex Libris Group released version 9 of its Voyager ILS, which includes more than 80 enhancements. Many of the changes were in response to suggestions from the product’s user community.
Key enhancements include new Pick and Scan functionality to update holdings and other records in bulk, exporting of record sets and MARC records from Global Data Change, updated management of patron request workflows, and new automatic workflows for removing lost fines when items are returned to the library. Ex Libris Group also made technical improvements to the WebAdmin interface and to Voyager’s performance in local and hosted environments.
“This major new version reflects our commitment to developing and supporting Voyager in the years to come and continuing the successful collaboration with the Voyager user community,” says Bar Veinstein, corporate VP of resource management solutions at Ex Libris Group. The company is already in the process of developing version 10.
Source: Ex Libris Group
HID Global Helps Secure the Internet of Things
HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, released the cloud-based HID Trusted Tag Services platform, which combines trusted tags and existing secure cloud authentication services to allow mobile devices using near field communications (NFC) technology in Internet of Things (IoT) applications to read the identities of everyday objects.
For example, NFC-enabled devices can authenticate the value of a luxury item or verify a home-health aide visiting a patient’s home by tapping HID Trusted Tags that are embedded in the corresponding item or somewhere in the home. The tags facilitate the transfer of secure information because they do not require users to modify their devices or download apps. HID Trusted Tags have security and privacy attributes that change every time they are used, leaving an audit trail and making sure the taps can’t be cloned.
“By enabling smartphones to effortlessly double as tag readers and communicate with our authentication service, HID Global is helping organizations to easily expand into the IoT,” says Marc Bielmann, HID Global’s VP and managing director of identification technologies. “HID Trusted Tag Services enable trusted transactions and instill confidence that individuals scanning the tags are both who and where they claim to be.”
Source: HID Global
Baker & Taylor Introduces Evidence-based Selection Planning
Baker & Taylor launched ESP (Evidence-based Selection Planning), a new service that is backed by data from collectionHQ and integrated with the TS 360 ordering system.
ESP uses collectionHQ’s data analytics to create a decision support system to help libraries chose which titles and quantities to order for their collections. The integration of ESP with TS 360 offers features such as customized searches, a product release calendar, and simple batch entry uploading and ordering. ESP identifies the top forthcoming titles based on past circulations, determines where to send copies to satisfy patron demand, and monitors budgets with collectionHQ’s spending plans.
“Our goal is to provide the public library with the decision support system to leverage demand analytics with future supply decisions in an efficient and performance-based workflow,” says Scott Crawford, collectionHQ’s VP and general manager.
Source: Baker & Taylor
NISO Releases Draft of Recommended Practice for Demand-Driven Acquisition
NISO (National Information Standards Organization) made a new recommended practice draft, Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs, available for public comment until April 24, 2014. NISO is interested in feedback from libraries already using a demand-driven acquisition (DDA; aka patron-driven acquisition) model as well as institutions considering the option.
The Demand Driven Acquisition of Monographs Working Group aimed to develop a flexible DDA model for vendors, aggregators, publishers, and public and academic libraries. The recommended practice draft discusses the goals of a DDA program for ebooks and print books, including suggestions for managing MARC records, removing materials for consideration, and choosing program parameters.
“Libraries have embraced DDA because it has the potential to rebalance the collection away from possible use toward immediate need,” says Michael Levine-Clark, the working group’s co-chair. “It is important that, regardless of the model used, the program be sustainable for publishers, vendors, and libraries, that there is some free discovery without triggering purchase, and that discovery is integrated in some way with other tools in use by the library. This Recommended Practice addresses all those issues and more.”
ProQuest Finishes NAACP Papers Digitization Project
ProQuest’s digitization of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) archives is now complete. The NAACP Papers Collection has almost 2 million pages of materials from 1909 to 1972. Its coverage of the civil rights movement includes internal memos and legal briefings from the NAACP’s national, legal, and branch offices as well as summaries of direct action tactics taken by grassroots civil rights leaders.
These materials are now fully searchable and accessible on library websites that use the ProQuest History Vault, which provides PDFs of the documents and retains the original archival arrangement schemes.
DOAJ Updates Application Form
The DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) announced a new application form for journals to be accepted into the DOAJ. The form now includes as many quality indicators as possible as well as extensive information about the journals that publishers need to supply.
All existing DOAJ journals, along with new applicants, will need to pass an evaluation based on the new form. Publishers with journals already in the DOAJ will have until the end of 2014 to provide the extra information now required by the form.
A volunteer team of associate editors will help the DOAJ’s managing editors evaluate the applications and verify that all of the information provided is correct.
Upcoming Meetings Discuss IMLS Funding
IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) will host a series of daylong meetings with library stakeholders to discuss IMLS’ funding strategies, particularly its National Leadership Grants for libraries and museums. IMLS is the primary federal funder of the 123,000 libraries in the U.S.
The meetings will address funding options that align with IMLS’ three goals: helping libraries provide access to content, facilitate community engagement, and offer opportunities for lifelong learning. At the New York Public Library on April 29, participants will discuss IMLS’ support for national digital initiatives. The meeting at the San Francisco Public Library on May 15 will center on learning spaces in libraries. And STEM (scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematical) learning will be the topic of the meeting at the Chicago Public Library on June 3.
The meetings will be available as live webcasts, and IMLS invites participation via Twitter using the hashtag #imlsfocus.
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