Jerry Kline, founder of Innovative Interfaces, the third largest North American library automation company in terms of revenue, sold his remaining shares in the company to private equity firms Huntsman Gay Global Capital and JMI Equity, which now fully own the company.
Completing a deal originally announced in August, Douglas County Libraries last week acquired almost 10,000 ebooks from indie distributor Smashwords, using the company’s new Library Direct service. The transaction took much longer than initially expected, but it ultimately helped both parties discover ways to weed, filter, and tweak a list of independent titles to develop an optimal collection for DCL’s patrons.
As I described in Part 1, the Library of Congress’ “BIBFRAME” initiative is finally becoming a lot more public. With the release of the report cited in the previous post, details are now becoming a bit clearer on what the LOC envisions for our bibliographic future. Not long after the release of that report, actual […]
The deal struck in September between the Orbis Cascade Alliance and Ex Libris may be the most forceful illustration to date that that the integrated library system (ILS) is facing the same fate that ultimately befell card catalog cabinets. Over the next two years, the 37 academic libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho that constitute […]
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana today announced the official launch of Leaving Europe: A new life in America, a jointly curated virtual exhibition that tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition includes digitized photographs, manuscripts, broadsheets, paintings, letters, audio, government documents, and other materials from U.S. and European libraries, museums, and archives, curated to describe the experiences faced by different groups emigrating from Europe to the United States.
Ever since the Library of Congress announced an effort to lead us beyond MARC a year ago last May, many of us have been wondering just what the effort would produce. With the recent release of a report titled “Bibliographic Framework as a Web of Data: Linked Data Model and Supporting Services”, we have a much clearer, albeit not fully […]
The eMOP project led by Texas A&M will use page images from ProQuest’s Early English Books Online and Early European Books, Gale Cengage’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and other sources to create a database of early typefaces used in English books and documents, and then train optical character recognition (OCR) software to read these documents.
Golden Gate Capital, a $12 billion San Francisco-based private equity firm with a significant software and technology portfolio, has entered into an agreement to acquire library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group from current owner Leeds Equity Partners, the companies announced this morning. The deal is expected to be completed in December. Under new ownership, Ex Libris will remain an independent business based in Jerusalem and run by the current management team, the company explained in the announcement. Additional terms of the sale were not disclosed.
In a recent post, Rose Holley describes how the National Archives of Australia is using crowdsourcing to help transcribe scanned archival descriptions. Dubbed “The Hive” (a play on [arc]Hive), the site allows users to pick a scanned image marked easy, moderate, or difficult and edit the OCR’d version to better reflect the actual document. Work […]
The Scottsdale Public Library (SPL) recently went live with the Papago Salado Story Tour Collection, a digitized project that features historic photos of several of their city’s most notable buildings, accompanied by audio files of locals telling stories about those buildings. The collection got its start last year, when Arizona’s Papago Salado Association received a grant from the Arizona Humanities Council to record memories of historical buildings.