“Today (19 August) at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) 2013 meeting, Roly Keating the British Library’s Chief Executive signed an agreement with Mrs Elaine Ng the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library Board (NLB) of Singapore to put an extensive range of materials of interest to Singapore online. The project will digitise the British Library’s collection of Malay manuscripts, together with early maps of Singapore and archival material relating to Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles – the British official responsible for the founding of the city of Singapore.” (via British Library)
“The British Library and the Center for Research Libraries have formed a path-breaking partnership to digitize and make accessible historical news content from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America of interest to scholars at UK and North American universities. This partnership will dramatically expand and enrich the digitized collections in the World Newspaper Archive, an initiative by North American research libraries and Readex (a division of NewsBank) to preserve and provide persistent access to historical newspapers from around the globe.” (via Center for Research Libraries)
“A new partnership between EBSCO and EOS International, a leader in cloud computing library automation software, brings more choice to libraries looking for a discovery solution. A joint development schedule will enable more tightly integrated access between EBSCO Discovery Service™(EDS) and EOS International’s suite of ILS systems benefiting mutual customers and continuing EBSCO’s partnership initiatives.
Providing access to EDS’s unified index will expand the quality and amount of content available for EOS users, adding the enhanced features and functionality available from EDS. The partnership offers library end users a choice of interfaces to begin their research creating an intuitive unified search experience.” (via EBSCO)
Gale, The Library of Michigan and CIVICTechnologies Partner to Make Business Resources Available for the Michigan Business Community
“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, the Library of Michigan and CIVICTechnologies, a leading provider of market research and analytics software for libraries and businesses, today announced a partnership to make business resources available at no cost to local Michigan business owners and entrepreneurs. Following a request for proposals process, the Library of Michigan selected Gale to provide business resources, including a range of ebooks, forms and research databases, and CIVICTechnologies to provide business market research data and software. The services have been purchased through funding allocated in the budget of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as part of his “Economic Gardening” initiative to grow businesses in the state. All Michigan libraries and all Michigan residents can access these digital resources via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), the Library of Michigan’s online home for digital resources.” (via Cengage Learning)
“The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals has become a partner for Go ON Gold, a national campaign that raises awareness about the barriers faced by some people with disabilities accessing the internet and technology, and to help people overcome those barriers. Some four million disabled people in the UK have never used the internet and other new technologies such as smart phones. Most of us take the availability of digital technology for granted, but for some disabled people they can find themselves excluded from essential services such as opportunities for work, important information and services from the Government.” (via CILIP)