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OhioLINK selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo as next library services platform

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The cloud-based SaaS has demonstrated successes with complex consortial systems and will achieve OhioLINK’s user-centered vision

LONDON, Aug. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium, announces the selection of Ex Libris Alma, part of Clarivate™ (NYSE: CLVT), as the consortium’s next shared library services platform. The new cloud-based platform will enhance library user experiences and services, improve efficiencies for day-to-day operations, and streamline collaboration and consortial functionality. The implementation process for OhioLINK’s 117 member libraries is expected to take up to two years.

In addition to Alma, OhioLINK will implement Primo VE and a suite of related products, including Leganto, Rapido, and Library Mobile, that will enhance services for users, library staff, and administration. Leganto will add core integration with on-campus learning management systems.

“This investment bolsters Ohio’s higher education technology infrastructure,” said Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). OhioLINK is a member of the Ohio Technology Consortium, a division of ODHE. “Supporting our academic libraries’ expanded role in educating students and R&D innovation in fields such as biomedicine, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is essential.”

OhioLINK’s Executive Director Amy Pawlowski led the creation of the consortium’s selection and planning process and negotiated the contract for the new library services platform.

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“Libraries have made tremendous shifts to supporting research, teaching, and learning through electronic resources over the last 20 years,” Pawlowski said. “We are excited to be collaborating with Ex Libris on a system that will manage the full range of our collections, as well as expand services to support faculty and students.”

Ken Burhanna, Dean of Libraries at Kent State University, served as chair of OhioLINK’s ILS Selection/Planning Team. “Our team’s decision was based in how well the systems met current and future consortium and library needs, including the user-focused priorities defined in OhioLINK’s 2020 whitepaper,” Burhanna said.

Yariv Kursh, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Ex Libris and Innovative said, “It is a testament to our partnership that OhioLINK has chosen to extend our relationship beyond being an Innovative customer and join the growing Alma community of over 2,500 institutions spanning the globe.

“Our mission is to provide our customers more unified library workflows by incorporating AI and Linked Data solutions that make it easier for researchers, faculty, and patrons to take full advantage of the libraries’ extensive collections and the rich metadata that surrounds them. We are delighted that OhioLINK is joining us in this mission.”

The OhioLINK consortium has worked for more than 30 years to ensure that all member libraries have expanded access to shared print and electronic resources at greatly reduced pricing. Capital funding awarded in June 2022 leverages OhioLINK’s cooperative purchasing power and shared technical expertise for its 89 member institutions.  

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About OhioLINK
Established in 1992, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium. OhioLINK provides shared print and digital resources that support research, teaching, and learning through 117 libraries at 88 institutions of higher education and the State Library of Ohio. In addition, OhioLINK manages collaborative efforts aimed at reducing the cost of higher education for students. OhioLINK is a member of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH) within the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Learn more at OhioLINK.edu.

Media contact: rachel.scheer@clarivate.com

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Legal Luminary Sarah Brennan Champions Pioneering Crypto Regulation Approaches

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Sarah Brennan, an accomplished figure in corporate and securities law, serves as General Counsel at Delphi Ventures, focusing on investments in the Web3 space. With over 14 years of experience in securities law and a deep involvement in digital assets since 2017, Brennan also co-leads LeXpunK, a collective dedicated to establishing legal frameworks for decentralized digital communities.

In a candid interview with a prominent cryptocurrency news outlet, Brennan discussed various critical topics. She addressed the emergence of crypto super PACs, funded significantly by major firms like Ripple and Circle, to counter strict SEC regulations. Brennan viewed the SAB 121 bill, backed by the US administration, as potentially isolating the crypto community from broader financial integration.

While acknowledging the influence of centralized entities in advocating for crypto interests, Brennan cautioned against replicating traditional financial hierarchies within the crypto sphere, which contradicts its revolutionary ethos. She expressed concerns about monopolistic scenarios that could dominate the crypto landscape, exerting excessive control over essential industry components and traditional financial operations.

Regarding regulatory challenges, Brennan advocated for tailored regulations to manage systemic risks posed by large centralized crypto institutions. She criticized the current regulatory opacity and inconsistency, which she believes have fostered suboptimal business practices. Through LeXpunK, Brennan endeavors to pioneer experimental legal structures that could redefine regulatory compliance for token issuances, though reception from policymakers has been lukewarm.

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Looking ahead, Brennan emphasizes the need for proactive regulatory approaches using antitrust measures to prevent crypto monopolies, promote decentralization, and target bad actors. However, she highlighted the persistent communication gap between crypto-literate legal advocates and hesitant regulators as a significant obstacle.

Brennan continues to drive forward her mission through new advocacy platforms aimed at shaping the future of cryptographic regulation, navigating complexities to ensure balanced and effective regulatory frameworks in the evolving crypto landscape.

Source: shakirabrasil.info

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Italy Ramps Up Crypto Oversight in Line with MiCA

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Italy is preparing to strengthen its oversight of cryptocurrency markets to align with the European Union’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulatory framework. This initiative, initially enacted in 2022, aims to impose stricter monitoring of digital asset markets, particularly targeting insider trading and market manipulation. Under the new decree, fines ranging from 5,000 to 5 million euros ($5,400 to $5.4 million) will be imposed based on the severity of violations, reinforcing compliance and market integrity.

For blockchain firms and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, MiCA presents significant challenges. These entities must decide between fully decentralizing their networks or complying with MiCA’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. Fully decentralized networks are exempt from reporting requirements but risk non-compliance if they employ foundations or intermediaries moderating communities.

Centralized exchanges like Binance are adapting to MiCA by categorizing stablecoins as authorized or unauthorized, aligning with regulatory requirements without delisting these assets from spot markets. Uphold has similarly adjusted by delisting certain stablecoins for compliance purposes.

Despite regulatory pressures, experts are optimistic about stablecoins’ future. Figures like Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, predict stablecoins could represent 10% of the money supply within a decade. They anticipate widespread adoption driven by benefits such as financial inclusion, lower remittance costs, and seamless cross-border commerce via public blockchains.

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This regulatory framework underscores the transformative potential of stablecoins and blockchain technology within the global financial system.

Source: coinfomania.com

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1inch Network Teams Up with Blockaid for Shield API

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1inch Network has collaborated with Blockaid to introduce the 1inch Shield API, a pioneering advancement in Web3 security. This collaboration aims to enhance user protection within decentralized finance (DeFi) by bolstering defenses against fraudulent tokens. Blockaid, renowned for its expertise in Web3 security solutions, utilizes advanced data analytics and machine learning to swiftly identify and flag scam tokens, safeguarding users from potential financial risks.

The 1inch Shield API also addresses compliance with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations through continuous screenings of blockchain addresses. Powered by TRM Labs, this feature scrutinizes addresses for associations with sanctioned entities and illicit activities, preemptively restricting suspect addresses to prevent regulatory infractions.

Additionally, 1inch integrates Etherscan Pro’s blocklisting capabilities to proactively blacklist suspicious addresses, further fortifying its security measures.

This initiative marks a significant milestone in DeFi security, promising unparalleled levels of security and compliance. As 1inch continues to deploy this technology across its platform, it aims to provide developers and users with enhanced protection and confidence in navigating the Web3 landscape.

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Source: cryptotimes.io

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