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Weekly News Digest

April 9, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Lyrasis Launches, Formed From Merger of PALINET and SOLINET

Lyrasis, the new regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals, officially launched the new organization and its new website ( on April 1 (no fooling!). Formed by the merger of two well-established networks, PALINET and SOLINET, Lyrasis represents more than 4,000 member libraries and cultural heritage institutions across the U.S. and beyond. The group also unveiled its new brand identity, which includes a logo, tagline (Advancing Libraries Together), and vibrant organization colors.

The boards of PALINET and SOLINET approved a recommendation to merge in October 2008.The boards approved legal documents and resolutions for the member vote in December 2008.Voting representatives of both organizations approved the merger with a yes vote of more than 95%. The results of the vote were announced at special membership meetings in February 2009. Lyrasis will maintain operations at both the Atlanta and Philadelphia locations.

Showcasing programs and areas of expertise from both networks, features of the Lyrasis website include the following:

  • A catalog of more than 900 product and service offerings
  • An expanded variety of classes and events and training tracks with enhanced search capability
  • Access to My Lyrasis for member-only pricing and functionality (SOLINET members will use their My SOLINET login and password for access to My Lyrasis.)
  • Full-site search capability by keyword
  • Spotlight of current offers, promotions, industry news, and conferences
  • User-friendly navigation

Source: Lyrasis

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