Description for image 1

Feed aggregator

Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Fri, 10/30/2020 - 11:29

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho (LCEI) is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries 564,000 plus holdings from Polaris ILS and is providing ongoing support services to Koha member libraries.

Marilyn Kamoe, the President of the Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho, recently commented on the migration.

ByWater Solutions has had staff with us every step of the way making sure the migration went smoothly with as little stress as possible. Kindly accommodating our schedules, they met with us often answering our questions and finding any solution achievable to address our concerns. We have had a phenomenal experience with ByWater Solutions and applaud their communication and customer service.

Member Libraries Customized OPACS
Aberdeen District Library - aberdeen-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Bear Lake County District Library - bearlake-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Challis Elementary - challiselem-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Challis High School - challishigh-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Challis Public - challis-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
College of Eastern Idaho - cei-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Grace District Library - grace-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Hamer Branch - hamer-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Heart of the Valley - heart-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Larsen-Sant Public Library - larsensant-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Leadore Community Library - leadore-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Marshall Public Library - marshall-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Portneuf District Library - portneuf-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Rigby City Library - rigby-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Roberts Public Library - roberts-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Soda Springs Public Library - soda-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Stanley Community Public Library District - stanley-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
Sugar Salem School/Community Library - sugarsalem-lcei.bywatersolutions.com
About The Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho (LCEI)
The Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho is a group of independent libraries that seek to achieve greater strength and balance of service to community and staff through the collaborative acquisition of resources and technology as well as cooperative development of services and expertise.

Read more at https://lcei.lili.org/.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

Michigan State University Begins Transition to the FOLIO Library Services Platform

LISWire - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 11:55

Michigan State University Begins Transition to the FOLIO Library Services Platform
~ FOLIO Implementation with EBSCO FOLIO Services will Include EBSCO Discovery Service™ and OpenAthens ~
IPSWICH, Mass. — October 28, 2020 — Michigan State University will be transitioning to the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) and plans to fully implement FOLIO in 2021. Michigan State will be utilizing EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) for EBSCO FOLIO implementation and hosting services and will also leverage EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) and OpenAthens. EBSCO FOLIO Services consist of a highly-trained, experienced team to assist with efficient and well-planned implementations and seamless service support, as well as sophisticated technology and trained engineers for hosting.

The Michigan State University Library and its partners are now moving to FOLIO to be part of the future of libraries and to take advantage of the latest innovation in library automation. Michigan State University Dean of Libraries Joseph A. Salem, Jr. says the new contract with EBSCO to migrate to FOLIO reflects a commitment to access, organization and growth. “Our collections continue to grow, and as they grow, we need a library service platform that can manage various kinds of collections and workflows.” Michigan State is dedicated to the FOLIO community and is taking steps to contribute to the FOLIO Special Interest Groups and Development teams.

Salem says EBSCO FOLIO Services will better serve students, faculty and researchers. “Our partnership with EBSCO to move to FOLIO will support our mission to provide expertise, collections and infrastructure for discovery and creation. It will also serve our partnership with the Library of Michigan, and it will help all who use our collections find the resources they need for the work they do.”

State Librarian at the Library of Michigan (LM) Randy Riley says that the continuation of the Library of Michigan’s long-standing partnership with Michigan State University Libraries as they migrate to FOLIO will benefit staff and public users. “Through this collaborative arrangement, LM will gain access to a next generation open source catalog that is versatile, flexible, and highly customizable. The agreement also makes available EBSCO’s user-friendly public interface and their state-of-the-art discovery layer. Everybody wins.”

EBSCO Information Services Manager of FOLIO Consulting Services Anya N. Arnold, MLIS, says migrating fully to FOLIO will be a group effort across multiple teams at Michigan State University, FOLIO and EBSCO. “The EBSCO FOLIO Services migration team has facilitated several implementations and created processes to facilitate the collaboration between the library staff and EBSCO. EBSCO and Michigan State will be working closely together throughout the implementation process.”

Michigan State has also signed on to use EDS as the library’s discovery interface, and OpenAthens for single sign-on authentication. EDS will be used as the primary interface for most of the libraries’ print and electronic resources. OpenAthens will allow for single sign-on — a simple, standards-based system that makes it easier for users to access digital resources via the library website.

About Michigan State University Libraries
The MSU Libraries are partners in the teaching, learning, research, and engagement missions of Michigan State University. As the information environment has become more complex, the MSU Libraries have emerged as a revitalized intellectual center on campus. The leading principles of the Libraries are to promote equal access to information and to create an inclusive environment that encourages intellectual discovery.

About FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information, go to www.folio.org.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

###

For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 x2594
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOFOLIOopen sourceLSPEBSCO FOLIO ServicesTechnologies: Open Source

Swanton Public Library Joins VOKAL with Koha Support from ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 09:11

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that VOKAL (Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries) has added Swanton Public Library to its consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS.

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 17,000 plus holdings from Library World ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

Their customized OPAC can be viewed at https://swanton.kohavt.org/.

About Swanton Public Library
The Swanton Public Library was built in 1915 and serves as a hub for books, programs, and community partners.

Read more at https://www.swantonlibrary.org/.

About VOKAL
The Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL) is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium dedicated to creating a shared catalog and Integrated Library System.

In late 2007, three Vermont libraries joined with a representative from the Vermont Department of Libraries to explore a replacement ILS for Follett, the system currently used by the three libraries. After exploring many options, the group settled on Koha, an open-source ILS solution originally created in New Zealand.

In May of 2008, the group chose the name VOKAL - the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries - as a name for the group and the project.

Initially, VOKAL's Koha project was implemented on a stand-alone system. In October of 2010, VOKAL implemented a consortium version of the ILS and began migrating member libraries into the shared system. By January 2011, 4 libraries had been migrated.

Today VOKAL has grown to 59 libraries. Read more at https://www.gmlc.org/index.php/vokal

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

For more information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsossopen sourceTechnologies: Open Source

Gale Case Studies Launches to Help Higher Education Instructors Bring Social Justice Issues to the Forefront of Course Curriculum

LISWire - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 10:21

New Instructional Tool Promotes Student Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy Skills Around Social Justice Issues

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – October 27, 2020 – Gale, a Cengage company, is helping college and university instructors develop and strengthen students’ critical thinking skills around contemporary social justice issues using historical content. Gale Case Studies, a new online instructional tool launched by the company today, provides faculty with teaching resources to help students critically analyze culturally relevant social justice issues through the lens of primary sources on topics such as LGBTQ+, race, political extremism and public health concerns. This new resource promotes the student growth of transferable, 21st century skills through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters the use of primary sources to interrogate social issues and develop inferences for the future. Read the Gale blog about why Gale Case Studies was created, here: https://bit.ly/31JUF6A.

Organized by topic, each Gale Case Studies module consists of case studies created from a curated set of primary sources. The modules are interdisciplinary and can be used in history, gender studies, sociology, psychology, English or law courses to help students learn how social issues have evolved from people who have experienced the events first-hand. Through a complete case-based learning experience, students and instructors can access case studies, discussion questions and links to curated content in an online learning environment that’s designed with accessibility in mind.

What sets Gale Case Studies apart is its guided workflow that seamlessly integrates with learning management systems (LMS). This allows materials to be embedded into students’ learning experience without the need for a separate application, making it easier for instructors to align with course scope and sequence. The online format and wide range of content gives learners a destination to dive into topical issues, prepare for informed, course-related discussions and become more proficient at using primary sources for course projects and research papers.

With Gale Case Studies, librarians and faculty save time developing effective course activities by packaging the relevant primary source content with the case study. By modeling best practices for information literacy for novice researchers, students are able to develop inferences and practice their critical thinking skills with a focused set of primary sources before exploring larger research collections.

Intersectional LGBTQ Issues is the first module released today that offers a closer look at the history of the LGBTQ community and activism in the 20th and 21st centuries. It provides insight into both direct-action efforts such as ACT UP’s demonstration at the St. Patrick’s cathedral, as well as local activism aimed at reversing problematic policies such the anti-crossdressing laws and the lack of documentation about violence against LGBTQ people.

“Archives contain millions of documents which can be quite overwhelming, and sorting through all that material can be difficult and onerous. So, having these little case study snapshots can be a good starting place,” said Danielle DeMuth, Ph.D., associate professor at Grand Valley State University and the editor-in-chief of Intersectional LGBTQ Issues. “Gale Case Studies is an entry point into how important archives are, how we can use them, and how to be curious about what has happened in the past.”

Features and capabilities of Gale Case Studies include:

• Curated Content: content is carefully chosen by an editor-in-chief and academic instructor who has thoroughly reviewed the case studies for accuracy and teachability.

• LMS Integration: allows academic instructors to seamlessly upload content into their LMS, creating a streamlined learning experience for students who do not need to leave the LMS to find content. This also makes content compatible for remote teaching.

• Guided Experience: students are guided through a workflow that models the process of analyzing a primary source beginning with the contextualization of a case study, then evaluates the relevance of curated primary sources, and ends with reflective study questions.

• Focused Study Questions: discussion questions are provided at the end of the workflow to act as a prompt for students to critically analyze primary sources and topics.

• Image Viewer: allows users to view the primary sources, such as images, hand-written letters or newspaper articles as they were originally published.

“It’s been said that ‘the past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ To understand today’s social issues, it helps to step back in time and see things from different perspectives. Gale Case Studies primary sources allow students and researchers to author their own interpretations of events past and present. By making comparisons and connections and engaging in dialogue, they can inspire cross-cultural awareness,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “These rare and compelling primary sources and pedagogical tools are not only timely, but necessary for helping students construct new discourses and develop critical thinking skills.”

For more information or to request a trial, visit the Gale Case Studies webpage: https://bit.ly/31vorw0.

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - https://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Gale Primary SourcesGale Case StudiesGaleGale Digital Collections

New book offers vital toolbox in visual research methods for LIS

LISWire - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 13:20

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Visual Research Methods: An Introduction for Library and Information Studies, edited by Shailoo Bedi and Jenaya Webb

Visual research methods (VRM) comprise a collection of methods that incorporate visual elements such as maps, drawings, photographs, videos, as well as three-dimensional objects into the research process. VRM including photo-elicitation, draw-and-write techniques, and cognitive mapping are being leveraged to great effect to explore information experiences and investigate some of the central questions in the library and information science field; expand theoretical discussions in LIS; and improve library services and spaces.

Visual Research Methods: An Introduction for Library and Information Studies is the first book to focus on visual research methods in LIS, providing a comprehensive primer for students, educators, researchers and practitioners. This book showcases examples of VRM in action and offers insights, inspirations, and experiences of researchers and practitioners working with visual methods. Readers are introduced to visual research methods including a discussion of terminology, and an overview of the literature on VRM in libraries. The methodological framing, including discussion of theory and epistemology, explores both the practical and ethical considerations for researchers embarking on VRM projects.

Alison Hicks, of the Department of Information Studies at University College London, said: ‘The book forms a timely introduction to visual research methods for LIS practitioners and researchers who are looking to extend the ways in which they understand libraries, library patrons and other information-related activities. Providing a useful guide to the theoretical underpinnings of visual research, including vital methodological and ethical considerations, the book is also brimming with practical detail related to the mechanics of working with participatory, non-participatory and arts-based methodologies alike. A vital toolbox for novice and experienced LIS researchers!’

Featuring contributions from international researchers and practitioners based in Australia, Canada the UK and US, the book includes many examples of VRM in action, including drawing techniques, photographic techniques, and mixed methods. The results of visual research methods are discussed, as well as reflections on VRM for research in information studies.

- End

Press and review copies contact:
Sinéad Murphy, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0594
Email: [email protected]

Notes:

Visual Research Methods: An Introduction for Library and Information Studies | Oct 2020 | 248pp | Paperback: 9781783304561| £50 | Hardback: 9781783304578 | £100 | http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=304578

Dr. Shailoo Bedi works at the University of Victoria (UVic) as both Director, Academic Commons and Strategic Assessment with the Libraries as well as Director, Office of Student Academic Success with Learning, Teaching Support & Innovation. She holds a PhD in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and is an adjunct professor with UVic’s Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies department. Shailoo’s research interests include the construction and issues of identity for racialized minority leaders, as well as student experience with learning spaces, student research creation, and visual research methods. She is passionate about fostering intellectually engaging and inclusive learning environments.

Jenaya Webb is the Public Services and Research Librarian at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Library at the University of Toronto. She earned her MA in Anthropology at the University of Alberta where she examined the power of images as research evidence both to measure landscape change and to generate stories of place in Jasper National Park, AB. Since completing her MLIS at the University of Toronto, she has worked to bring visual methods and approaches to the library context to explore user experience, wayfinding, and meaning-making in library spaces.

Contributors:

Angela Fritz, Head of the University of Notre Dame Archives

Jenna Hartel, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Deborah Hicks, Assistant Professor, School of Information, San José State University

Chelsea Misquith, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine

Rebecca Noone, artist, researcher and educator, PhD University of Toronto Faculty of Information

Andy Priestner, consultant and trainer in user experience research and design, former librarian at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Elizabeth Tait, Professor of Information Management, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to order from NBN International | Tel: +44 (0)1572 202301| Fax: +44 (0)1752 202333 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk | Mailing Address: NBN International, Airport Business Centre, Thornbury Road, Plymouth, PL6 7PP | It will be available in North America from the American Library Association (https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/visual-research-methods-introductio...)

AttachmentSize Bedi & Webb 630 x 325.png251.56 KB Topics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: Non-ProfitTags: Visual research methodsLIS researchresearch methodsvisual literacysocial sciencesresearcharts-based methodologiesQualitative research inquirylibrary sciencelibrary studiesinformation studiesinformation scienceLISlibrary researchinformation research

The Idler Launches Individual and Institutional Digital Subscriptions

LISWire - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 11:17

Lifestyle magazine The Idler has launched a brand new digital archive in collaboration with publishing platform Exact Editions. Available for individual and institutional subscriptions, the archive currently comprises 8 book-size issues that encourage readers to slow down and live well and will grow with each new issue published.

Founded by writer Tom Hodgkinson in 1993, each bi-monthly issue of The Idler offers a feast of great writing, interviews, cartoons, practical advice on living the idle life and beautiful illustrations. Its famous fans include actor Sir Michael Palin, who commented “A sumptuous treat… The Idler’s appeal and relevance seem to increase by the day.”

As well as a seamless navigational interface, the new archive offers a comprehensive search function that allows readers to find specific articles and key themes at the click of a button. Institutional subscribers benefit from Exact Editions’ remote access options to ensure seamless access from any location.

The Idler is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/the-idler

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/the-idler

Founder Tom Hodgkinson remarked: “We’re excited to be exploring this new avenue of distribution for the magazine. The search function in particular ensures an enhanced experience to help readers to get the most out the back issues.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, remarked: “Browsing The Idler’s archive is like taking a breath of fresh air! Subscribers old and new will love flicking through the treasure trove of content centred around living the ‘idle’ life.”

About The Idler:

Idler is a company devoted to helping people to lead more fulfilled lives; publishing a bi-monthly magazine, producing online courses and running live events.

Founded in 1993 by the writer Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler has enjoyed a number of previous incarnations including a feature in The Guardian and an annual collection of essays.

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Rooms’ technology, so publishers can provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

AttachmentSize The Idler Launches Individuals and Institutional Digital Subscriptions - Press Release 26:10:20.pdf65.63 KB The Idler Press Release Image (1).jpg242.99 KB Topics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Digital Resourcesdigital editiondigital archivedigital subscription

Grapevine Public Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 10:37

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Grapevine Public Library in Texas is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 227,000 plus holdings from Symphony ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://grapevinelib.bywatersolutions.com/.

Nate Curulla, CRO, ByWater Solutions, recently commented on the migration.

ByWater Solutions is thrilled to have another library join the Texas Koha Community. It is incredible to see Texas grow over the last 10 years and how these libraries are working together to build community and share ideas.

About Grapevine Public Library
The Grapevine Public Library connects people with information, ideas, and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives, and strengthen our community.

Read more at https://www.grapevinetexas.gov/290/Quick-Facts

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Open Source

Brill and EIFL Sign Three Year Journals and Open Access Agreement

LISWire - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 04:39

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 22 October 2020

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has signed a three-year journal agreement with EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), a not-for-profit organization working with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information for people in developing and transition countries. The agreement includes discounted access to Brill’s Journal Collections in the Humanities & Social Sciences, Law and Biology, as well as Open Access opportunities for authors in Brill’s hybrid or full Open Access journals.

”Brill fully supports the commitment of EIFL to expand access to knowledge in developing and transition economy countries. It is essential that researchers from these countries are recognized not just as users but also as producers of research,“ says Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer. “This agreement could not be more timely, during Open Access Week 2020: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.”

Discounted access to Brill’s journal collection is available for libraries in the following 23 EIFL partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Namibia, Nepal, Palestine, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

The agreement also offers authors from EIFL partner countries the option to publish their articles in Open Access for free or at discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs) in one of Brill’s 314 hybrid or fully Open Access journals. Eligible countries are: Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Malawi, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Fiji, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, North Macedonia, Palestine, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Botswana, Namibia.

For questions on the agreement, please contact David Elek, Sales Manager Brill, [email protected]. For questions on Open Access publishing, please contact Stephanie Paalvast, Head of Open Research, [email protected].

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit Brill.com.

View this media alert online: https://brill.com/newsitem/259/brill-and-eifl-sign-three-year-journals-a...

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EIFLDeveloping Countriesopen access

Australian Foreign Affairs Launches New Digital Archive For Individuals and Institutions

LISWire - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 08:21

A collection of Australian Foreign Affairs’ back issues are now available for digital subscriptions in collaboration with archiving specialists Exact Editions. Accessible across web, iOS and Android platforms, the new resource for individuals and institutions offers readers unlimited access to 10 archived issues that include over 50 vitally important essays, as well as all future issues.

As the country’s leading foreign affairs journal, Australian Foreign Affairs examines the most significant global issues affecting Australia in a world arguably less stable than at any time since World War II. Published by Schwartz Media three times a year, it features pieces penned by leading thinkers including Paul Keating, Hugh White, Linda Jaivin, Kim Beazley, Linda Jakobson, Christos Tsiolkas and many more.

The new archive stretches back to 2017 and facilitates a seamless reading experience created by the platform’s straightforward and intuitive navigational tools. A comprehensive search function also enhances subscribers’ access by allowing specific terms to be located instantaneously within a particular issue or the whole collection.

Australian Foreign Affairs is available in the Exact Editions shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/australian-foreign-affairs

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/australian-foreign-affairs

Sales and Subscriptions Coordinator Iryna Byelyayeva commented: “Joining the digital subscriptions market is an excellent opportunity to extend the reach of the journal’s content on an international scale.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, added “We’re delighted to welcome Australian Foreign Affairs to the platform; the title’s excellent roster of prestigious contributors will attract both individuals with an interest in foreign affairs and institutions who want to use the archive as an educational tool.”

About Schwartz Media:

Schwartz Media publishes intelligent news and current affairs that breaks the 24-hour news cycle, offering a nuanced examination of Australia and the world, focused on fresh insight and literary expression. The company invests in long-form journalism where the issues demand it, providing writing of a quality that makes difficult topics clear.

Schwartz Media publishes Australia’s most respected writers across The Saturday Paper, The Monthly magazine and the daily podcast 7am, alongside sister publications, Quarterly Essay and Australian Foreign Affairs.

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Rooms’ technology, so publishers can provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

AttachmentSize Australian Foreign Affairs Launches New Digital Archive For Individuals and Institutions - Press Release 19:10:20.pdf73.55 KB Australian Foreign Affairs Launches New Digital Archive For Individuals and Institutions - Press Release Image (1).jpg167.53 KB Topics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesOrganization Type: For ProfitTags: digitalarchivearchiveeresources

New book explores the social, institutional and user impacts of e-legal deposit

LISWire - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:02

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future, edited by Paul Gooding and Melissa Terras

Legal deposit libraries, the national and academic institutions who systematically preserve our written cultural record, have recently been mandated with expanding their collection practices to include digitised and born-digital materials. Although a growing international activity, there has been little consideration of the impact of e-legal deposit on the 21st Century library, or on its present or future users. This edited collection is a timely opportunity to bring together international authorities who are placed to explore the social, institutional and user impacts of e-legal deposit.

Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future presents a thorough overview of this worldwide issue at an important juncture in the history of library collections in our changing information landscape. Chapters draw on evidence gathered from real-world case studies produced in collaboration with leading libraries, researchers and practitioners including Bodleian Libraries, National Library of Sweden and the National Archives of Zimbabwe.

Regulations governing electronic legal deposit often also prescribe how these materials can be accessed. The viewpoints of a variety of stakeholders are considered in this book including library users, researchers, and publishers. Overviews of the complex digital preservation and access issues that surround e-legal deposit materials, such as web archives and interactive media, are also featured.

Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian & Director of Library Services at Cambridge University Libraries said of the text: ‘Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future brings together different voices, UK and international, to capture the joint endeavour between libraries and publishers to systematically collect and preserve the national collection of electronic publications, from websites to e-books. Critically, the editors use those contrasting voices to challenge the current model, resulting in a volume that both records the story so far and issues a call for policy change in the future evolution of e-legal deposit; a future shaped more clearly by the needs of research and access’.

The book will be invaluable reading for practitioners and researchers in national and research libraries, those developing digital library infrastructures and potential users of these services. This volume presents a rigorous account of the implementation and impact of electronic legal deposit and how it is shaping our digital library collections.

- End

Press and review copies contact:
Sinéad Murphy, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0594
Email: [email protected]

Notes:

Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future | Oct 2020 | 256pp | Hardback: 9781783303779 | £55 | http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=303779

Paul Gooding is Senior Lecturer in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on the impact of digital library collections on institutions and users. He was Principal Investigator on Digital Library Futures (2017-2019), an AHRC-funded project to analyse the impact of Non-Print Legal Deposit on UK academic libraries. Paul holds an MA in Library and Information Studies (2007) and a PhD in Digital Humanities (2014) from University College London. From 2014 to 2018 he was Research Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of East Anglia, where he founded and led the UEA Digital Humanities incubator, and before undertaking his PhD worked as a librarian for BBC Sport.

Melissa Terras is the Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh‘s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, leading digital aspects of CAHSS research as Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society, and Director of Research in the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts, humanities, and wider cultural heritage and information environment that would otherwise be impossible. She previously directed UCL Centre for Digital Humanities in UCL Department of Information Studies, where she was employed from 2003-2017. Books include “Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts” (2006, Oxford University Press), “Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader” (Ashgate 2013), and “Picture-Book Professors: Academia and Children’s Literature" (Cambridge University Press 2018). She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, and Trustee of the National Library of Scotland. You can generally find her on twitter @melissaterras.

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to order from NBN International | Tel: +44 (0)1572 202301| Fax: +44 (0)1752 202333 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk | Mailing Address: NBN International, Airport Business Centre, Thornbury Road, Plymouth, PL6 7PP | It will be available in North America from the American Library Association (https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/electronic-legal-deposit-shaping-li...).

AttachmentSize GT twitter banner.png112.31 KB Topics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: PublisherTags: Digital Librarydigital collectionscopyrightdigital scholarshipdigital dividenational librariesResearch Librariesuser behaviourdigital universedigital preservationweb archivingborn digital

Equinox migrates Brookfield Public Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium

LISWire - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 13:16

Duluth, Ga., October 12, 2020: Equinox is pleased to welcome Brookfield Public Library to the Evergreen ILS with their successful migration to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium.

The Brookfield Public Library’s move will support 1,116 patrons and encompass a total of 2,1307 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. Remote training was also provided by Equinox.

“It is scary changing the way you have done your entire workflow for 20 years,” said Gina Smith, Director of the Brookfield Public Library, “but with the help of Equinox, who had to train us entirely online due to COVID-19, we are confident as we move forward knowing that the migration to Missouri Evergreen was the best decision for our community."

The Missouri Evergreen Consortium began as a resource sharing initiative in 2012 in an effort to create an integrated library system for libraries in Missouri. They are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as Administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

“Brookfield Public Library began a migration to Missouri Evergreen while operating under restricted hours due to COVID-19,” said Jennifer Weston, Implementation Project Manager at Equinox. “During the migration project the Brookfield staff conducted a significant data review and database cleanup operation which resulted in a successful data migration – all while successfully reopening the library to the public. Brookfield patrons will benefit from the library’s tireless efforts to implement a new system including the convenient option to be notified via text or email when materials are ready to be picked up. It has been a real honor and pleasure to work with Brookfield Public Library to provide new opportunities for the library’s community during these unpredictable times.”

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., Equinox carries forward more than a decade of service and experience with Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, and other open source library software. At Equinox, we help you empower your library with open source technologies. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

About Evergreen
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed to provide an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SCLENDS, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

###

AttachmentSize Equinox migrates Brookfield Public Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium71.02 KB Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: Non-ProfitTags: Evergreen ILSEvergreen. Open SourceOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILS.Open source Open LibrariesILS data migrationILS migrationTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

EBSCO Information Services Partners with Three Institutions to Develop Analytics Platform

LISWire - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 11:32

EBSCO Information Services Partners with Three Institutions to Develop Analytics Platform
~ Platform to Improve Decision Making Within the Library and Beyond ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — Oct. 12, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will partner with University of Denver, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chalmers University of Technology to develop a next-generation analytics platform. The platform will combine and streamline data sets from library and campus systems, allowing library staff to demonstrate a library’s impact while making informed decisions on collections and services.

Features within the analytics platform will include self-service data discovery, customizable dashboards, extensive data sources and real-time data connections. The platform will be extensible to non-library data sources and offer automated data feeds with import/export capabilities.

University of Denver, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Chalmers University of Technology will examine data, construct data pipelines and validate dashboards to aid in the development of the analytics platform. A second cohort will be added to test data pipelines, extend the data sources covered and provide additional feedback on the dashboards.

EBSCO Information Services Director of Product Management John McDonald says this partnership will strengthen the development of EBSCO’s analytics platform, which aims to improve workflow processes for libraries that do not have access to robust analytics tools. “Most academic libraries need to rely on manual workflows and traditional methods of data tracking, which can be time-consuming and less effective. We hope to improve this process so library staff can position libraries as leaders in analytics and potentially a central hub for broader campus analytics.”

Dean of Libraries at the University of Denver, Michael Levine-Clark, says working with EBSCO on this new platform will bring the concept of effective library analytics and evidence-based decision making to life. “To help demonstrate the value of library services impact on student success and contribution to the academic institution, library staff need to draw on evidence-based data. This platform will provide the ability to streamline data and leverage this information to prove our impact on the academic community.”

Library Director at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Andrew White, says working with EBSCO on this new analytics platform is an excellent way to ensure they can make a connection between library services, usage and outcomes. “The opportunity to contribute to its development is valuable to us as our campus increasingly moves to a more data informed decision-making framework for campus services. Library data and systems have lagged behind those at the campus level in providing high-quality information about our users, their usage, and the results of their library engagement, so this product has great potential to transform how libraries think about and handle data.”

The project will be moving into a beta development phase in Fall 2020, with additional library partners including the University of South Carolina, the University of Melbourne and Seton Hall University, among others. This new offering is expected to be available in early 2021.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decisions tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

###

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
978-356-6500 x3485
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCO Information ServicesEBSCOanalyticstechnologyReporting

Black Lives Matter Digital Resource Page Created By Exact Editions & Publishing Partners

LISWire - Mon, 10/12/2020 - 10:26

London, 12th October 2020

Black Lives Matter Digital Resource Page Created By Exact Editions & Publishing Partners

Digital platform Exact Editions has collaborated with a selection of publishing partners to create a brand new, freely-available Black Lives Matter learning resource. Featuring a rich collection of handpicked articles from the digital archives of over 50 different publications, the page can be accessed indefinitely on the Exact Editions website by individuals, schools and universities alike for reading, browsing and sharing as an educational tool.

The selected articles are organised into 7 subject areas; ‘Activism’, ‘Art’, 'Film & Stage’, ‘History’, ‘Literature’, ‘Music’ and ‘Politics’. The content spans topics from civil rights, racial bias and protests to prominent historical figures, musical movements and literary analysis, all centred around the Black Lives Matter movements’ mission to bring justice, healing and freedom to Black people across the globe.

Access the Black Lives Matter resource page here: https://bit.ly/3lLVQuW

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “Exact Editions digitally publishes a diverse selection of magazines, and we hope this new resource will be useful to all who are educating themselves and others about the Black Lives Matter movement.”

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Rooms’ technology, so publishers can provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

AttachmentSize Black Lives Matter Digital Resource Page Created By Exact Editions & Publishing Partners - Press Release 12:10:20.pdf61.02 KB Black Lives Matter Digital Resource Page - Press Release Image (1).png468.61 KB Topics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesOrganization Type: For ProfitTags: black lives matterblmdigitalresourcemagazinesarchives

EBSCO Information Services Releases Serials Price Projection Report for 2021

LISWire - Mon, 10/05/2020 - 11:13

EBSCO Information Services Releases Serials Price Projection Report for 2021
~ Report Provides Overall Effective Publisher Price Increases for Academic and Academic Medical Libraries ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — October 5, 2020 — The 2021 Serials Price Projection Report from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is now available. The report projects that the overall effective publisher price increases for academic and academic medical libraries are expected to be (before any currency impact) in the range of two to three percent for individual titles and one to three percent for e-journal packages.

EBSCO releases the Serials Price Projections based on surveys of a wide range of publishers and reviews of historical serials pricing data to assist information professionals as they make budgeting decisions for the renewals season.

The Serials Price Projection Report looks at market dynamics highlighting many topics and trends that impact the scholarly information marketplace, including library budget challenges, e-journal packages, Open Access (OA), and the impact of pricing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year presents new budget challenges as librarians are now preparing for another wave of cuts prompted by the economic contraction tied to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Librarians are increasingly being forced to consider even more fundamental changes to their purchasing and operating strategies given accelerating funding pressures and are implementing a variety of tactics to bridge the declining budget. As e-journal packages continue to have the most significant impact on the disposition of libraries’ budgets, they are the natural target to downsize or cancel. Though the COVID-19 pandemic increased the need and desire for Open Research and Open Access, the economic fallout from the pandemic is making progress difficult and slow.

Although the serial price forecasts are based upon careful analysis, EBSCO recommends caution when using these projections, as they rely on historical trends and current estimates. EBSCO will update the projection information if economic conditions warrant it.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decisions tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 385,000 serials, including more than 170,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
###
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
978-356-6500 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOSerials Price ProjectionSubscription ServicesSSDopen accessCOVID-19

Kansas Wesleyan University Memorial Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Mon, 10/05/2020 - 10:06

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that Kansas Wesleyan University Memorial Library in Salina, Kansas is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 70,000 plus holdings from LibLime Koha and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://kwu.bywatersolutions.com/.

Kelley A. Weber, Director of Library Services, Memorial Library recently commented on the migration.

ByWater Solutions did a great job of migrating our catalog and training our staff on an unexpectedly short timeline. Everyone is knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and quick to respond to all questions. I look forward to working with them as we settle in to our new business relationship.

About the Kansas Wesleyan University Memorial Library
Memorial Library is the heart of learning on campus, offering informational and recreational materials for research, instruction, and entertainment. Memorial Library furnishes the campus community with access to over 63,000 book volumes and a large periodical collection of journals and magazines. Electronic databases give 24/7 access to thousands of journals and articles. The library provides students with information stored in print, digital, audio, and video formats.

Read more at https://www.kwu.edu/academics/kwu-memorial-library.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakoha ILSTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

FOLIO Beta Partner The Five Colleges Consortium Adopts FOLIO ERM On Its Way to Implementing FOLIO

LISWire - Thu, 10/01/2020 - 11:02

FOLIO Beta Partner The Five Colleges Consortium Adopts FOLIO ERM On Its Way to Implementing FOLIO
~ ERM Adoption is a First Step in FOLIO Implementation ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — October 1, 2020 — The Five Colleges Consortium, as part of its FOLIO beta partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), has become the first consortium to implement FOLIO Electronic Resources Management (ERM). This is the first step in a full FOLIO implementation in 2021. The consortium includes Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

In 2018, Five Colleges Consortium announced a FOLIO beta partnership with EBSCO, which allowed the institutions to contribute to the development of the library services platform and test FOLIO in large, real-world environments and multiple institutional scenarios. The beta partnership allowed EBSCO and The Five Colleges to contribute to the FOLIO Community and the development of the innovative, reimagined library services platform and demonstrate its viability for consortia.

Associate Dean for Library Technology at UMass Amherst Steve Bischof is the chair of the Five Colleges FOLIO implementation team. Bischof says, “The Five Colleges Consortium provides a unique environment for testing FOLIO as we use a shared catalog collection among member institutions. As an EBSCO FOLIO beta partner, our testing ranged from filling the needs of UMass Amherst, a large research university, to those of smaller institutions like Smith College with multiple collections. Adopting ERM is the first step, and we expect to fully implement FOLIO in 2021.”

EBSCO FOLIO Services consists of a highly trained, experienced team for easier implementations and service support, as well as sophisticated technology and trained engineers for hosting. EBSCO FOLIO Consulting Services Manager Anya Arnold says working with the five campuses in the consortium allowed implementation specialists to address a variety of issues. “This beta partnership offered both the FOLIO Community and EBSCO the opportunity to address the issues library staff confront across a consortium. For ERM functionality to work, EBSCO Product and Development teams worked with the community to enable the ability to connect multiple HLM/FTF API connections to FOLIO, ensuring that each library can still mange unique and independent electronic collections in a shared FOLIO environment. The Five Colleges and EBSCO are on track to fully implement FOLIO and add to the collective knowledge for other consortia looking for their next library services platform.”

FOLIO integrates with traditional EBSCO services, including the EBSCO Knowledge Base, which streamlines electronic resource management, and can easily integrate with existing EBSCO resources such as EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) for better library workflows and patron services. Four libraries of The Five Colleges Consortium use EDS as the library discovery interface, while the fifth uses the EDS API, enabling easy access to traditional catalog functions such as checkouts and placing holds while offering users a simple, intuitive search interface.

About The Five Colleges Consortium
Five Colleges, Incorporated is a nonprofit educational corporation established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its associated institutions: four private, residential liberal arts colleges and the flagship campus of the state university. The consortium includes Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The member institutions have a long history of successful collaborations dating to 1914 in the areas of library subscriptions, joint faculty appointments, public radio, and the history of science and astronomy. Long-standing cooperation among the consortium’s libraries gives researchers access to their combined strength, which currently totals some 10 million volumes. Each institution’s library has distinctive collections, most of which are broadly accessible for use by students and faculty members through a shared catalog.

About FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information, go to www.folio.org.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decisions tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 385,000 serials, including more than 170,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

###
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 x2594
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansTags: EBSCOFOLIOOpen-SourceTechnologies: Open Source

Salina Public Library Goes Live on Koha and Aspen Discovery with ByWater Support

LISWire - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:38

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Salina Public Library in Kansas is now live on Koha and Aspen Discovery!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 205,000 plus holdings from LibLime Koha and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Aspen Discovery interface can be viewed at

https://discover.salinapubliclibrary.org/.

Amy Adams, Assistant Director at Salina Public Library recently commented on the migration.

We needed to improve our catalog to create a better experience for our patrons. ByWater proved to be a great solution. Their team was responsive and knowledgable. They adapted training to accommodate the need to conduct it remotely and seemed as invested in the project's success as we were. We look forward to continuing to work with the ByWater team.

About Salina Public Library
The Salina Public Library offers opportunities for all ages to learn, gather, and grow by providing resources, events, technology, and information. Library staff members provide pleasant and efficient service to meet the needs of each patron.

Read more at https://salinapubliclibrary.org/about-us/policies/philosophy/#Purpose.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsaspenaspen discoveryTechnologies: Open Source

St. Thomas University Goes Live on FOLIO with ByWater Solutions Support

LISWire - Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:05

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida is now live on FOLIO!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 200,000 plus holdings from OCLC WMS this summer and is providing ongoing support services to the library. As part of their partnership with ByWater, EBSCO Information Services will be providing hosting services along with complimentary products to ensure a complete and well managed FOLIO instance.

Brendan Gallagher, CEO, and Founder of ByWater Solutions, recently commented on the migration.

Being part of the FOLIO Open Source Community and leading the migration for St. Thomas University has been amazing! Our FOLIO team worked hard to ensure a smooth transition for the staff at St. Thomas University, making sure they could utilize all aspects of the LSP. We are looking forward to seeing them grow with the community.

About St. Thomas University
St. Thomas University (STU) is a private, nonprofit, Catholic university in Miami Gardens, Florida. St. Thomas is a Catholic university with rich cultural and international diversity committed to the academic and professional success of its students who become ethical leaders in our global community.

Read more at https://www.stu.edu/about-stu/.

About FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers, and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide, and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to www.folio.org.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About EBSCO
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decision tools serving millions of end-users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family-owned company since 1944.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: FOLIOFOLIO lspTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

Gale Helps Charleston County School District Integrate Social Emotional Learning and Diversity & Inclusion in the Classroom and at Home

LISWire - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 12:11

District Invests in Gale eBooks to Provide Educators and Students with Online Educational Resources to Support Social Emotional Well-Being and Cultural Competence

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and CHARLESTON, S.C. – September 23, 2020 – With mental health issues and racial injustices on the rise, Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the Charleston County School District (CCSD) provide its students and school staff with authoritative digital resources to support social and emotional learning (SEL) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The district is using professional learning and student collections on Gale eBooks to help educators and learners strengthen their understanding and provide guidance for mental health and racial equity to create more supportive and inclusive learning environments.

According to a recent EdWeek MarketBrief survey, 53% of administrators and teachers believe helping students cope with anxiety, depression, stress management and other mental illnesses, will be major needs as schools reopen during COVID-19. Additionally, 47% said that social-emotional support for teachers is a top priority as well.[i]

“With the ongoing pandemic and civil unrest that our nation is currently experiencing, the need to support our students and teachers’ well-being is greater than ever,” said Christy James, library and media services coordinator for CCSD. “The materials in Gale’s SEL and DEI collections are timely and very relevant for what students and teachers need inside and outside of the classroom and equips them with the right trauma-informed approaches and culturally-responsive tools to meet their needs.”

As the second-largest school system in South Carolina, more than 50,000 students and over 3,500 teachers across 87 schools and programs can privately access the collections from the district’s library website, 24/7 from any location or device.

CSSD’s Gale eBooks collections include:

For Students

• Cameron’s Collection: 1 in 5 teens suffers from mental health challenges—and more than 75% don’t seek help at all.[ii] Helping students cope with everyday stressors and stay in the present moment are at the core of this collection. More than 90 digital titles span a wide range of topics including: ADD, ADHD, alcohol, anorexia, anxiety, bulimia, caregiving, cutting, depression, divorce, drugs, eating disorders, homelessness, OCD, self-injury, stress, and suicide. Created in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, this collection aims to inspire students affected by mental illness to seek help.

• Cameron’s Camp for Wellness: More than 100 eBooks provide targeted guidance on sensitive issues for K-5students, teachers and counselors with topics on managing emotions, teamwork, problem-solving, family issues, staying positive, being safe and much more. Helping students recognize and manage emotions, social skills, safety, and more are the core foundations of this collection.

For Educators

• SEL and DEI Collection: Creating a sense of unity, even in the most diverse communities, impacts student achievement and inspires positive change. This online collection is twofold, with 57 titles specific to SEL and DEI. Topics support culturally responsive teaching, trauma-informed and mindful practices, self-management, empathy, differentiation, and more.

• Administrator and Teacher Self-Care Collection: Teachers SEL is just as important as their students, yet meeting these needs can be challenging, especially in an evolving virtual environment. This digital collection of 26 titles is focused on the teachers as well as administrators in areas of self-care, mindfulness, stress-busting strategies, time management, and more.

“The impact of the pandemic coupled with the recent racial injustices has left many school districts scrambling to figure out how to support students and educators as they deal with the trauma, making social emotional well-being and instruction more important than ever,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Gale eBooks SEL and DEI collections help learners develop the critical skills they need to cope with everyday challenges to improve academic achievement while providing educators with the teaching tools to help them succeed – in school or at home.”

For more information, visit Gale’s SEL webpage: https://bit.ly/3hOtblC

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, believes in the power and joy of learning. For schools, the company helps drive positive outcomes by providing essential, curriculum-aligned content that empowers educators to solve curriculum challenges and meet students where they are. Today that includes supporting distance and social and emotional learning as well as equity and inclusion goals. Gale’s K-12 offerings extend from educational databases and custom eBook collections to instructional tools and professional development resources. For more information, please visit www.gale.com/schools.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale blog - https://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale

About the Charleston County School District
Charleston County School District (CCSD) is a nationally-accredited school district that is committed to providing equitable and quality educational opportunities for all of its students. CCSD is the second-largest school system in South Carolina and represents a unique blend of urban, suburban and rural schools spanning 1,300 square miles along the coast. CCSD serves more than 50,000 students in 87 schools and specialized programs.

CCSD offers a diverse, expanding portfolio of options and specialized programs, delivered through neighborhood, magnet, IB (international baccalaureate), Montessori and charter schools. Options include programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); music and other creative and performing arts; career and technical preparation programs; and military.

_________________________________

[i] EdWeek MarketBrief Survey: As Districts Inch Toward Reopening, What Are Their Biggest Social-Emotional Needs? May 29, 2020

[ii] National Alliance on Mental Illness: Mental Health by the Numbers

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: LibrariansSchool LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Galegale eBooksCengage Learning. Gale Digital Collections

Warner University Goes Live on FOLIO with ByWater Solutions Support

LISWire - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:23

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida is now live on FOLIO!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 61,000 plus holdings from OCLC WMS this summer and is providing ongoing support services to the library. As part of their partnership with ByWater, EBSCO Information Services will be providing hosting services along with complimentary products to ensure a complete and well managed FOLIO instance.

Nate Curulla, CRO of ByWater Solutions, recently commented on the migration.

We are so excited to be part of the FOLIO Open Source Community and lead the migration for Warner University! The ByWater Solutions FOLIO team worked hard to ensure a smooth transition for the staff at Warner University and we can't wait to see how the community grows!

About Warner University
Warner University was founded in 1968 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Warner University offers a Christian liberal arts college education. The first four Warner graduates received their diplomas in 1972. Warner’s 300-acre campus property, donated by Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Holland, has grown from just two buildings in 1968 to ten, including the 49,000-square-foot Darby Academic Building and the newest resident housing, Holland Hall. Dr. David A. Hoag became the third president of WU in 2016. Previous leadership included Dr. Gregory V. Hall (1991 – 2016) and Dr. Leroy Fulton (1968 – 1991).

Read more at https://www.warner.edu/at-a-glance/.

About FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers, and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide, and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to www.folio.org.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About EBSCO
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decision tools serving millions of end-users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family-owned company since 1944.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: FOLIOfolio open sourceOpen Source ILSTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

Pages

Subscribe to LISWire aggregator