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Marvin Memorial Library Live on Evergreen joins COOL

LISWire - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, GA —March 27, 2014

Marvin Memorial Library has gone live on Evergreen as part of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL). They are the 11th library system to join the consortium. Equinox Software oversaw the data migration and will continue to provide system hosting and technical support to the entire COOL consortium.

The Marvin Memorial Public Library began as a reading room in 1897 with a collection of 300 books. Dan Marvin, a local Civil War veteran and uncle of the first librarian, donated a home to the city to be used as a library. A large addition was made to the home in 1981 with most of the children’s collection being housed in the original house while the adult collection was moved to the new area. Today, Marvin Memorial Public Library houses over 59,000 bibliographic items and provides services to 6,000 patrons.

Shae Tetterton, Equinox Director of Sales, says “It's always a pleasure to work with our growing consortia. The Marvin Library Director, Kathy Webb, was just wonderful. She made the most of this transition by reviewing and revamping library policies and procedures as needed. Marvin is sure to be a great addition to the COOL and Evergreen communities.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, almost half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you.
We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you.

For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing 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, almost 1200 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.

For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

Press contact: Corinne Hall, corinne@esilibrary.com, 770-709-5571

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Library Journal and NoveList Announce the LibraryAware Community Award Recipients

LISWire - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:53

Library Journal and NoveList Announce
the LibraryAware Community Award Recipients
~ Award Recognizes Library’s Engagement in Community and Ability to
Make Community Aware of what the Library Offers ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 27, 2014 — Wichita Public Library in Kansas was named the recipient of the 2014 LibraryAware Community Award. Atlantic County Public Library in New Jersey was awarded second place and Kitsap Regional Library in Washington came in third. The annual LibraryAware Community Award is given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The award recognizes model communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create life-long learners. Wichita Public Library has been instrumental with the city’s initiative to increase engagement with its residents. The library was an invaluable partner in creating the Activate Wichita online engagement site. The site has helped generate over 400 ideas for ways to improve the community.

Wichita Public Library Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner Harris says they are pleased to be able to share the award with their community. “The staff of the Wichita Public Library was delighted to receive word of our selection for the LibraryAware Community Award. Through our partnerships and projects such as Activate Wichita, our library is not only ensuring that our programs and services are meeting the needs of our residents, but also bringing the power of citizen engagement into discussions about important community issues. Our board and staff are honored that these efforts are considered noteworthy. We look forward to celebrating this award selection with our community.”

Atlantic County Public Library was recognized for their extraordinary commitment to serving their community in the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy. The library staff took on a new role of connecting residents with vital recovery and rebuilding information and also created the Sandy Stories Project, a series of interviews with Sandy victims, to serve as a source of inspiration and healing as well as a primary source of historical significance. Kitsap Regional Library was commended for the creativity and ingenuity of the library staff in finding new ways to bring innovative services to the community to support literacy, the education of youth and providing a forum for civic engagement.

LibraryAware Product Lead Nancy Dowd says the efforts of these libraries have really made an impact on their communities. “These winners really demonstrate what it means to have a library at the heart of the community. Kudos to them for working together to make a difference in the lives of citizens.”

“It’s inspiring to see the many ways Wichita Public Library has integrated the library into fabric of its community. By connecting to the vision of the community’s civic leaders, and helping to identify citizens’ top priorities, WPL has positioned itself front and center and is helping to shape the future of its community” notes Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Criteria for the LibraryAware Community Award include any and all components that create a LibraryAware community: strategic planning, marketing, outreach, partnerships, and programs, product, or service development. The award emphasizes the library’s engagement with the community its ability to make its community “aware” of what the library can do for it—and has delivered on that promise. This year, libraries were also required to include one letter of recommendation from a representative from local government such as a city manager.

Submissions were judged by the following library and community experts:
• John Chrastka, Founder, EveryLibrary.org
• Eva Davis, Director, Canton MI Public Library (2013 LibraryAware Winning Library)
• Sandra Fried, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries Initiative
• Kira Hasbargen, International City Managers Association
• George Martinez, Knight Foundation

The 2014 winners are also featured in an article in Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/awards/engaging-everyone-in-town-20.... The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library.

About Library Aware
LibraryAware is a subscription service that enables libraries to reach their community through print, online, email and web channels. Uses for the LibraryAware program include a full range of marketing and communication channels including email blasts, e-newsletters, flyers, bookmarks, brochures, website inserts, letters, invitations, and social media. Learn more about LibraryAware at: www.libraryaware.com

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

About Library Journal
Founded in 1876, Library Journal (LJ) is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. More than 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews more than 8,000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases, and web sites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Visit www.libraryjournal.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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Gale Connects Customers with Rare Pieces of History with the Launch of Several New Collections

LISWire - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:53

Expands Gale Artemis: Primary Sources Platform with the Addition of New Products

Farmington Hills, Mich., March 26, 2014 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of several new Gale Digital Collections products for academic and special libraries, as well as additions to the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform.

“The launch of these new products and our continued investment in innovative research platforms like Gale Artemis demonstrates Gale’s dedication to our library customers,” said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale. “We are extremely proud to be the most active publisher of historical collections in the world, and we are grateful to our customers, to our end-users, and to our many content partners for helping to make this happen.”

News Features & Internal Communications and the U.S. City Bureaus Collection - the first two of three planned collections for 2014 in the Associated Press Collections Online program - are now available to researchers. The Washington, D.C. Bureau Collection will be available later this spring. News & Features & Internal Communications provides exclusive access to an array of internal publications and personal papers of Associated Press (AP) staff members, as well as detailed information about the formation of the AP and insights into reporters and how they report the news. The U.S. City Bureaus Collection covers events transpiring from 1931-2004 and offers archival material from the AP Bureaus in major U.S. cities including exclusive access to memos, meeting notes and wire copy newspaper clippings.

Indigenous Peoples: North America is a new archive that allows researchers to trace the history of Native Peoples in North America from colonial relations in the 1600s to twentieth-century issues such as civil rights. Indigenous Peoples is unique in its comprehensive coverage, with collections from sources like the Library of Congress, Princeton University and the United States War and Interior Departments. The collections provide insights into social and cultural issues, law and legal history, and government and politics. Researchers across disciplines will find essential documents related to the customs, spirituality, wars, property, education, and treatment of tribes like the Navajo, Iroquois, Mohawk and Cherokee.

Lastly, the first of four 2014 collections in Gale’s Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) program - Science, Technology and Medicine, Part II - is now available. This archive expands subject coverage with an extraordinary gathering of materials from renowned sources, including European, British and American monographs and periodicals. The archive includes collections covering natural history, the rise of public health in England and Wales, and the publications of major scientific academies. Additional NCCO archives covering Children's Literature and Childhood; Maps and Travel Literature; and Religion, Spirituality, Reform and Society will be available in June.

All of these exciting new digital archives, as well as Sabin Americana, 1500-1926; Making of the Modern World; The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1600-1926; and The Making of Modern Law: Trials, c.1600-1926 are now available on Gale Artemis: Primary Sources, Gale’s newest research platform. Gale Artemis provides workflow tools and features designed to transform the way students and researchers explore material, giving them the ability to challenge inherited assumptions and to create new avenues for academic debate.

For more information on these new Gale Digital Collections products or Gale Artemis: Primary Sources, or to request a free trial, please visit http://www.gale.cengage.com or contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

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Media Alert: Brill’s Journal of Early American History now included in SCOPUS

LISWire - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 06:55

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 26 March 2014

Brill’s Journal of Early American History is now included in SCOPUS. The reviewers commented: “This journal covers a significant research area, has an excellent editorial policy and is well organized and well cited.”

With this addition, 60% of Brill’s journals have now been selected for coverage in SCOPUS. SCOPUS is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research. Visit www.elsevier.com/online-tools/scopus for more information.

The peer-reviewed Journal of Early American History is dedicated to the advancement of scholarly understanding of the history of the colonization of the Americas and appears three times annually. It offers explorations on any aspect of early American history to a broad audience of historians. These investigations may be conceived in the broadest way chronologically, geographically, and thematically, whether in explicitly comparative studies, or by the grouping of studies. More information can be found here: www.brill.com/jeah

FREE ACCESS to the special issue of the Journal of Early American History (JEAH) that focuses on the Two Row Wampum treaty, a historical agreement between the Dutch and the Iroquois, is available. Read Volume 3, Issue 1 on http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/18770703/3/1

For more information on this media alert please contact Nozomi Goto (goto@brill.com or + 31 71 5353 553).
For customer queries please contact sales-us@brill.com or sales-nl@brillusa.com.

About Brill (brill.com)
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law, among others. With offices in Leiden and Boston, Brill today publishes 200 journals and around 700 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. 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 www.brill.com.

View this media alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brills-journal-early-american-history-now-incl...

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NISO Releases Recommended Practice on Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs for Public Comment

LISWire - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 14:15

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP‑20‑201x). Launched in June 2012, the NISO Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) Working Group was charged with developing a flexible model for DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) that works for publishers, vendors, aggregators, and libraries. The draft Recommended Practice discusses and makes recommendations about key aspects of DDA, goals and objectives of a DDA program, choosing parameters of the program, profiling options, managing MARC records for DDA, removing materials from the consideration pool, assessment of the program, providing long-term access to un-owned content, consortial considerations for DDA, and public library DDA.

“Libraries have embraced DDA because it has the potential to rebalance the collection away from possible use toward immediate need,” stated Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services at University of Denver Libraries and NISO DDA Working Group Co-chair. “It is important that, regardless of the model used, the program be sustainable for publishers, vendors, and libraries, that there is some free discovery without triggering purchase, and that discovery is integrated in some way with other tools in use by the library. This Recommended Practice addresses all those issues and more.”

“The guidelines in this draft Recommended Practice will allow libraries to develop DDA plans for both electronic and print books that meet differing local collecting and budgetary needs while also allowing consortial participation and cross-aggregator implementation,” explained Barbara Kawecki, Director of Sales, Western U.S. at YBP Library Services and NISO DDA Working Group Co-chair. “Although DDA has been adopted primarily by academic libraries, greater interest in and use of DDA by public libraries is expected in the future and these recommendations should work equally well for them.”

“The DDA Working Group conducted focus groups and surveyed a wide variety of existing users of DDA prior to developing their recommendations,” said Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. “We are interested in feedback on this draft Recommended Practice from organizations already involved with DDA as well as those just getting started or considering a DDA program. This feedback will be used to make any needed revisions to the document before final publication of the recommendations.”

The draft recommended practice is open for public comment through April 24, 2014. To download the draft or submit online comments, visit the Demand-Driven Acquisition Working Group webpage at: www.niso.org/workrooms/dda/

Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

chodgson@niso.org

301-654-2512

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American Society for Indexing Appoints New Book Series Editor ASI Immediate Past-President Pilar Wyman to Helm ASI Books, an Expanding Program of How-To Guides and Handbooks for the Professional Indexing, Abstracting, and Taxonomy Communities

LISWire - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:50

Tempe, AZ—March 24, 2014. The American Society for Indexing (ASI) has announced the appointment of Pilar Wyman, the immediate Past‐President of ASI, as editor of the association’s professional book series effective May 1, 2014. Long‐time series editor Enid L. Zafran will consign the role to Wyman during a ceremony at the start of the annual ASI conference being held this year in Charleston, SC.

ASI Books is a series of professional guides and handbooks designed to serve indexing professionals and has been published on behalf of ASI by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) since 1998. ITI will continue in the role of publisher as the series is set to expand under Wyman’s editorial leadership.

“ASI is delighted to name Pilar Wyman as editor of ASI Books,” said Ina Gravitz, ASI President. “The book program is a mainstay of our effort to help indexers and prospective indexers learn new skills and keep current. Pilar’s energy, expertise, and vision will ensure the continued success of this vital series of print and digital books written for indexers by indexers.”

Wyman, founder and chief indexer of Wyman Indexing, based in Washington DC, has been involved in the publishing field as an indexer, editor, and consultant for over 24 years. In addition to serving as ASI President from 2012–2013, she currently serves on the association’s Digital Trends Task Force (DTTF) and has been its International Representative since 2007, giving talks and presentations worldwide. No stranger to the association’s book publishing program, Wyman has contributed her expertise to numerous titles over the years and is the editor of Indexing Specialties: Medicine, a seminal text published by ASI Books in 1999. She also edited the association’s bulletin, Key Words, from 2000–2006.

“When it was announced that Enid Zafran would be retiring as ASI’s book editor after 18 impressive years in the role, we seriously questioned how or even if a suitable replacement could be found,” said John B. Bryans, ITI’s editor‐in‐chief and book publisher. “When we heard that Pilar Wyman had agreed to take over we were not just relieved, we were thrilled. In the many years we’ve worked with Pilar we have come to recognize her as one of the most capable, insightful, and dedicated indexer‐editors on today’s publishing scene. ASI Books has been a star performer even through challenging times; with Pilar at the helm the future of this program could not be any brighter.”

About the American Society for Indexing
ASI, the voice of excellence in indexing, advocates, educates, and provides the central resource for indexing. ASI was founded in 1968 to promote excellence in indexing and increase awareness of the value of well‐written and well‐designed indexes. ASI is the only professional organization in the United States devoted solely to the advancement of indexing. ASI is affiliated with indexing societies in other countries through an International Affiliation Agreement. Find ASI on the web at www.asindexing.org.

About Information Today, Inc.
ITI is a diversified publisher and conference organizer serving professionals in the library, information, publishing, digital content, and knowledge management communities. Find ITI on the web at www.infotoday.com.

For more information on the announcement, contact Pilar Wyman, Series Editor/ASI
Books, at pilarw@wymanindexing.com; or John B. Bryans, Editor‐in‐Chief and Publisher, Book Publishing Division, Information Today, Inc., at jbryans@infotoday.com or 609/654‐ 6266, ext. 134. To view currently available ASI Book titles, visit books.infotoday.com and click “American Society for Indexing.”

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Buying and Selling Information: New Book by an Information Industry Veteran Offers Win–Win Guidance for Librarians Who Buy Expensive Databases and the Vendor Reps Who Sell Them

LISWire - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:00

March 24, 2014, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the publication, in print and ebook editions, of Michael L. “Mike” Gruenberg’s Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success.

Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field, has aimed to represent both sides of the negotiating table in his guide. The author’s personal stories, insights, and knowledge are geared to helping librarians and salespeople understand what the “other guy” is grappling with in order to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone. He sheds light on the importance of relationships, some harsh realities of the business world, and the “music” of the sales experience.

Thomas H. Hogan Sr., president of ITI, says, “With over 30 years successfully selling information to a variety of libraries, we think Mike’s tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by information and sales professionals.” Hogan adds, “The industry has been waiting a long time for this book, and we’re delighted Mike entrusted us with ‘his baby.’”

“Practical and actionable advice about the relationship between the information/knowledge practitioner and the vendor has long been neglected,” writes Guy St. Clair, president of and knowledge services evangelist for SMR International, in the book’s foreword. “Mike provides practical and actionable advice on these matters. … The advice is solid and the storytelling is terrific. … The attention [he] gives to the value of change management and the role of leadership in our professional lives is right on target. We need to hear what he has to say.”

Author Gruenberg describes the book as, “the culmination of a dream that started after a sales meeting at a library many years ago. … If you gain one fact that makes you better in your professional and maybe even your personal life, then I have fulfilled that dream.”

Buying and Selling Information is organized in three major parts featuring these 14 chapters:

  1. People Do Business With People, Not With Companies
  2. It Takes Two
  3. Making the Most of Trade Shows
  4. The Importance of Your Words
  5. Preparing for a Sales Meeting
  6. Sales = Showtime
  7. Time Management: Meet Mr. and Ms. Clock
  8. What a Typical Sales Meeting Looks Like
  9. The Importance of Value
  10. Breaking Down the Barriers
  11. Managing the Decision-Making Process
  12. Negotiation Skills
  13. Terms and Conditions
  14. Sales Satisfaction

In addition, the book includes a foreword by Guy St. Clair, the author’s Conclusion and Epilogue, and an exhaustive back-of-book index.

Advance Praise for Buying and Selling Information

“The combination of first-hand experience, invaluable tips and tricks of the trade, and a refreshingly readable style make Buying and Selling Information a must-read for anyone buying for, selling to, or just working in libraries. It should be part of every MLIS curriculum.”

—Tim Rogers, executive director, NC Live

“Gruenberg distills the process to its essential elements: two people working together to reach a successful result. … A must-read for those ready to engage in productive business relationships beneficial to both sides.”

—Janice Lachance, CEO, Special Libraries Association

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael L. Gruenberg is president of Gruenberg Consulting LLC, providing information services companies with sales source analysis, market research, executive coaching, and trade show analysis. A popular information industry speaker and trainer, he has recently begun teaching a workshop on negotiation skills for information professionals. He lives in North Bethesda, MD, with his wife Barbara. Buying and Selling Information is his first book.

Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success (224 pp/softbound/$49.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6) is published by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and is available wherever quality books and ebooks are sold. For more information, call (800) 300-9868; fax (609) 654-4309; email custserv@infotoday.com; or visit the ITI website at infotoday.com.

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Authors announced for the latest volume of prestigious Canadian speculative fiction anthology series.

LISWire - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 23:46

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods" edited by Liana K and Jerome Stueart
Faith in Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology
ISBN: 978-1-77053-068-3 (Trade Paperback 5.5" X 8.5")
E-BOOK: e-ISBN: 978-1-77053-069-0 To be released April, 2015

Calgary, Alberta) EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is pleased to announce the names of the contributing authors for the forthcoming edition of the prestigious Tesseract series.

"Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods" will include works by: Robert J. Sawyer, Matthew Hughes, Alyxandra Harvey, Halli Lilburn, Derwin Mak, J.M. Frey, Steve Stanton, Megan Fennell, Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki, S. L. Nickerson, John Park, Janet K. Nicolson, Suzanne M. McNabb, Allan Weiss, Savithri Machiraju, Carla Richards, Mary-Jean Harris, James Bambury, Mary Pletsch, David Jón Fuller, and Jennifer Rahn, Erling Friis-Baastad, David Fraser, John Bell, David Clink and Tony Pi -27 of the biggest names and brightest rising stars in Canadian science-fiction and fantasy.

This latest volume of the Tesseracts series contains tales of creative and religious diversity - a trending topic in books and movies. The stories and poems draw from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Agnosticism, Atheism, Humanism and the beliefs of Indigenous Canadians, (as well as actually creating faiths and religions of other worlds).

“Any anthology that starts with a story called 'Mecha-Jesus' is clearly not a traditional look at religion” says EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publisher, Brian Hades. “This robotic savior is joined by the Hindu god Ganesh trying to break into Bollywood, the Sun God Ra discovering Coronation Street, a priest on Mars, a vampire in residential schools, and a woman with a secret under her hijab. 'Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods' definitely contains many surprises!”

As in past versions of the Tesseract series, the editors are handpicked by the publisher. “Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods” is edited by widely-published sci-fi/fantasy author and writing teacher Jerome Stueart -- who is a gay Baptist from the Yukon Territory -- and “perfect heathen” media personality Liana Kerzner -- who is best known as Liana K.

"Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods" is a lively, thoughtful interfaith/interpath anthology of creative and religious diversity - with a speculative fiction and fantasy twist!

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Media Contact:
Janice Shoults, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
www.edgewebsite.com
403.254.0160

ABOUT THE TESSERACTS SERIES:

The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, 299 authors/editors/translators and guests have contributed 502 pieces of Canadian speculative fiction, fantasy and horror for this series. Some of Canada's best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these volumes - including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Spider Robinson (to name a few). Tesseracts Eighteen is the forthcoming volume in the series. The entire series includes Tesseracts One through Eighteen, plus Tesseracts Q, which features translations of works by some of Canada's top francophone writers of science fiction and fantasy.

“Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods” will be released by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing in April 2015

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Gale Celebrates Upcoming National Library Week with “Libraries are Beautiful!” Photo Contest

LISWire - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:06

Farmington Hills, Mich., March 19, 2014 – In celebration of National Library Week April 13-19, Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses, is calling all library lovers to show how their library makes their community a more beautiful place—physically or metaphorically. To enter, library staff, students or patrons need only to submit a picture of the nominated library along with a short write-up for any of the 5 award categories. One “Best of Category” winner will be selected per category and will receive $500. One grand prize winner will be awarded “Best in Show” and take home $2,500. Categories include:

• Most Unique Structure/Art Installation: Is there a particular piece of art or sculpture that's always a topic of conversation at your library? Then please, show and tell.
• Greatest Historical Treasure: Whether it’s your building itself or something within your collections, share its story and historical significance.
• Most Modern Architecture: There is nothing wrong with tradition but show off your twenty-first century look.
• Coolest Internal Space: From a whimsical children’s space to a hip teen area, tech hub or academic retreat, show why students and patrons are flocking to enter and reluctant to leave.
• Best Curb Appeal: Show us what your library looks like from the road and why it’s making people stop in their tracks.

What: Gale’s “Libraries are Beautiful - Inside and Out” National Library Week Photo Contest. Submit a high resolution digital photo and 250 word write-up at http://www.gale.com/BeautifulLibrary. A Gale representative, along with a panel of judges – experts in art, architecture and design – will narrow the submissions to a top 5 per category, after which the nominees will be encouraged to share their image for popular vote. Popular vote will select category and overall winners.

Who: All U.S. libraries can be nominated to win. Nominations can be submitted by library staff, friends and users.

When: Submissions will be accepted March 19 – 28. Winners will be announced during National Library Week in April.

Why: Because libraries are beautiful – inside and out! Libraries improve the lives of those who use them. In honor of National Library Week, Gale is committed to helping promote the value of libraries and how libraries help make their communities brighter.

Details: Please visit http://www.gale.com/BeautifulLibrary for complete contest rules.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

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Georgia Public Library Service to Offer NoveList Select™

LISWire - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:57

Georgia Public Library Service to Offer NoveList Select™
~ The Readers’ Advisory Service Will Help Readers Discover
Even More at the State’s Public Libraries ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 19, 2014 — The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is helping library patrons find great books to read by offering NoveList Select™, the catalog enrichment service from NoveList®, a division of EBSCO Information Services. Readers will be able to see reading recommendations, series information and e-resource recommendations directly in the library catalog.

By putting the answers to frequently asked questions and information about books into the catalog, NoveList helps make the content easily available to users and staff. Each one of a library’s title records becomes a virtual display that showcase a library’s collection and database resources. As a result, information that librarians have been using to answer questions is now available in the resource readers already use – the library’s catalog. Libraries that have implemented NoveList Select have seen an increase in use of NoveList content.

GPLS will subscribe to this service on behalf of all of Georgia's public libraries. This will increase access to resources from GALILEO, the state's virtual library. This will be especially beneficial for those libraries that compose the Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES) as this will increase access to an already extensive collection of materials to other resources from a single search interface.

PINES is the public library automation and lending network for more than 275 libraries and affiliated service outlets in almost 140 countries, has created a statewide “borderless library” that provides equal access to information for all Georgians. The PINES shared collection has 9.6 million books and other materials that can be delivered to a user’s home library free of charge. PINES aims to increase the availability of the books in the collections of Georgia’s public libraries to every citizen in the state and with NoveList Select, readers will be able to discover even more of the books in the state’s public libraries. The network uses the Evergreen open-source ILS which was originally developed by the Georgia Public Library Service in 2006. Today, Evergreen is used by more than 1000 libraries world-wide.

PINES Program Director Elizabeth McKinney believes NoveList Select will make it possible for people to discover new resources. “We are delighted to make NoveList Select available to Georgia’s public libraries. The resources available through this service will allow our patrons to integrate recommendations for GALILEO’s electronic resources into the PINES catalog. This will facilitate the discovery of materials available to our patrons that they may not have otherwise known about.”

For more information on NoveList Select, visit www.ebscohost.com/novelist/our-products/novelist-select.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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A unique, complete and up-to-date guide to sources of information on library and information science.

LISWire - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:15

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Library and Information Science: A guide to key literature and sources (www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=0020).

In this unique annotated bibliography, author Michael Bemis does not just compile a simple list of sources, he digs deeper, examining the strengths and weaknesses of key works and covers recent books, monographs, periodicals and websites, and selected works of historical importance.

A boon to researchers and practitioners alike, this bibliography:

• Includes coverage of subjects as diverse and vital as the history of librarianship, its development as a profession, the ethics of information science, cataloguing, reference work, and library architecture
• Encompasses encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, photographic surveys, statistical publications, and numerous electronic sources, all categorized by subject
• Offers appendices detailing leading professional organizations and publishers of library and information science literature.

This comprehensive bibliography of English-language resources on librarianship, the only one of its kind, will prove invaluable to scholars, LIS students and anyone working in the field.

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Library and Information Science: A guide to key literature and sources. (March 2014, 308pp, paperback, ISBN: 978-1-78330-002-0, £49.95) is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: facet@bookpoint.co.uk | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. The book is available in North America through ALA Editions.

Press contact:
James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: james.williams@facetpublishing.co.uk

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Penrose Community Library Goes Live on LibLime Koha 4.16 in the CLiC AspenCat Union Catalog

LISWire - Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:31

North Bethesda, MD, March 19, 2014- Penrose Community Library, located in Penrose, CO, is now live in the AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog for all collection and patron management services.

The Penrose Community Library staff worked with LibLime Project Managment to migrate bibliographic, item, and patron data from their legacy ILS system to the LibLime Koha application. With the addition of the Penrose Community Library, there are now over 780,000 items and nearly 485,000 bibliographic records in the CLiC AspenCat Union Catalog.

About Penrose Community Library
The initiative to build Penrose Community Library began in 1986 when the Penrose Chamber of Commerce formed a library committee to the meet the challenge of adding a library to its growing community. The Committee moved quickly and in 1987, Penrose Community Library opened in a donated 450 square foot space. Since then, the Penrose Community Library has grown to over fifteen times its original size. The circulation of the library’s collection and number of walk-in visits has also doubled since the library’s opening.

About the CLiC Consortium
CLiC, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, serves over 450 libraries throughout the state. 35 of these libraries are part of the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog. Currently the database includes over 700,000 items. Resource sharing is one of the key components of the system with libraries requesting over 1,200 items from each other every month. Requests are growing as more patrons discover how easy it is to request an item not held at his or her home library. CLiC is committed to maintaining AspenCat as a fully featured, patron-focused system. In partnership with the Colorado State Library, AspenCat offers integration with external databases using EZproxy, integration through the State Library’s Plinkit-based web site hosting service, and interconnectivity with SWIFT, the statewide ILL system. AspenCat also currently offers a cooperative purchase for downloadable audio books from Recorded Books and ebooks from the 3M Library Cloud system. For more information, please contact Shannon O’Grady at 303-422-1150 or SOGrady@clicweb.org.

About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in providing support for the Koha open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.

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Libraries in the Developing World to benefit from JournalTOCs / INASP collaboration

LISWire - Tue, 03/18/2014 - 06:02

University and research libraries in developing countries are to benefit from collaboration between JournalTOCs and INASP. Access to JournalTOCs Premium will be provided free for eligible INASP partner consortia for 17 months from 1st April 2014, and will enable participating libraries to develop and manage effective scholarly journal current awareness services for their researchers.

Based at the School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, JournalTOCS Premium is a current awareness subscription service providing effective customisations to research, academic, commercial and institutional library and resource centres worldwide.

It is the institutional version of JournalTOCs, the largest, free collection of subscription and Open Access journal Tables of Contents.

JournalTOCS enables researchers to discover the newest scholarly papers coming directly from publishers as soon as they have been published online. It includes the latest Tables of Content from over

24,000 scholarly journals including more than 7,500 selected Open Access titles, from approximately 2,000 publishers. JournalTOCs is used by tens of thousands of individual researchers across all disciplines.

INASP, the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications, is an international development charity working with a global network of partners to improve access, production and use of research information and knowledge, so that countries are equipped to solve their development challenges. INASP's work is funded by governmental and non-governmental development agencies and philanthropic foundations, with contributions from its partner countries.

The JournalTOCs Premium customisations for INASP consortia, developed as part of the EPSRC funded JEMO project, will give library users in participating libraries fast and easy discovery, alerts and access to the full-text of the most current papers published in the electronic journals to which the libraries subscribe, including where applicable) journal content negotiated by INASP from over 40 major publishers, such as Annual Reviews, Bentham Science, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Emerald, IOP, Mary Ann Liebert, Nature Publishing, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Sage, Springer, Taylor & Francis and Wiley. In addition, content from INASP's Journal Online Projects (Bangladesh Journals Online, Latin America Journals Online, Mongolia Journals Online, Nepal Journals Online and Sri Lanka Journals Online) has been added to JournalTOCs and is included in the service.

Kay Raseroka, a past Director of the Library at the University of Botswana, past President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions IFLA) 2003-2005, and Member of the Board of Trustees of INASP, said, "I am delighted that this project is going ahead. It will help researchers in less developed countries to keep abreast of new scholarly papers as well as giving librarians an important role in the process. Through the inclusion of the INASP Journals Online content, much of which is Open Access, it will also improve the accessibility and visibility of research from developing countries."

As well as gaining free access to JournalTOCs Premium, INASP and participating libraries will provide valuable feedback and help JournalTOCs in the development of consortia versions of its subscription product for institutions.

The JournalTOCS / INASP collaboration is one of two parts of the JEMO project. The other part of the project will demonstrate and promote among publishers the viability and advantages of using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for enabling the systematic discovery of Open Access articles in hybrid journals.

Dr Ian Brotherston, Head of Enterprise Services at Heriot-Watt University said, "I am delighted that Heriot-Watt is supporting the JournalTOCs and the JEMO project via its EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. JournalTOCs and JEMO are exactly the sort of product development programmes that in our view the Impact Acceleration Account was designed to support"

JournalTOCs Premium is currently trusted by a diverse range of libraries and information centres across the world. In addition to academic libraries, among its customers are large pharmaceutical companies, hospital libraries, an agency of the United Nations (UN), and an aerospace research centre.

For more information about JournalTOCS Premium
Visit - http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/customise.php
Email: journaltocs@hw.ac.uk
Phone: Elizabeth Johnson, Research & Enterprise Services, +44 (0)131 451 3192

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EBSCO and ER&L Partner to Provide Library Research Fellowship

LISWire - Mon, 03/17/2014 - 14:20

EBSCO and ER&L Partner to Provide
Library Research Fellowship
~ The ER&L/EBSCO Library Research Fellowship Supports
Library Professionals Interested in Informing Librarians Worldwide ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 17, 2014 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) will once again join together to offer a fellowship to support valuable research on trending topics of interest in the information industry. The ER&L/EBSCO Library Research Fellowship will provide up to $4,000 to fund researchers interested in conducting research on issues related to management of electronic resources in the ever-evolving information industry.

The ER&L/EBSCO Library Research Fellowship, formerly called the Information to Inspiration Fellowship, aims to fuel dialogue about issues of importance among library and information professionals in order to provide solutions that will benefit end users and meet institutional objectives. EBSCO will share the findings to inform and inspire librarians worldwide as well as encourage the exchange of ideas that will advance the field of librarianship and the careers of researchers.

ER&L founder Bonnie Tijerina, head of electronic resources and serials at Harvard University, says the Fellowship will support efforts that can have an impact on the field of librarianship. “We are proud to join with EBSCO to directly fund research projects by library professionals who are working to advance the field.”

The topic of the fellowship is measuring and evaluating use, users and usage. Interested researchers must submit a 250-word essay explaining the proposed research project and how library professionals will benefit from it. Research funding will support all aspects of research, including compensation for time devoted to research efforts, obtaining necessary research materials, and conducting polls, surveys, etc., that will support findings.

For more details on the submission process, selection criteria and eligibility, go to http://www.electroniclibrarian.com/fellowship.

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LibLime, a division of PTFS, debuts LibLime Koha 4.18

LISWire - Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:18

North Bethesda, MD, March 11, 2014- LibLime announces the production release of LibLime Koha 4.18

LibLime Koha 4.18 represents the innovation, ideas, and talents of many professional librarians with whom LibLime enjoys working and with whom we look forward to a continued professional partnership in years to come. Key contributors to LibLime Koha 4.18 include Colorado Library Consortium, Pioneer Library Consortium, Salina Public Library, and South Central Library System.

The arrival of LibLime Koha 4.18 includes substantial changes to the application, such as:
• Full RDA compliance;
• True accounting standards;
• Partial payment and/or waiving of fines and fees;
• SIP standards for Envisionware’s e-commerce; and
• Merging of authority records

To learn how you can implement LibLime Koha 4.18 in your library, email kohainfo@liblime.com.

About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime – PTFS is the leader in providing support for the open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of the ILS in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.

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LibLime to Exhibit at Public Library Association Conference

LISWire - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:00

North Bethesda, MD, March 5, 2014- LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Public Library Association Conference (PLA) scheduled for March 11-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

LibLime, as a division of PTFS, will be presenting LibLime Koha 4.18, which is scheduled for production release later this month. The arrival of LibLime Koha 4.18 includes substantial modifications to the application, such as:

• Architectural changes to the fines and fees sub-module
• Enhanced authority control support, including authority merge
• Expanded functionality for SIP2

To find out more about LibLime Koha 4.18, email kohainfo@liblime.com to request a presentation, or visit LibLime in booth 1908 at the conference.

About the PLA Division of the American Library Association (ALA)
The PLA division of ALA was formed seventy years ago in 1944 to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service. Today, PLA includes nine thousand members and is the largest library association in the world. PLA hosts the Public Library Association Conference every two years as a forum for public library community members to learn from professionals and innovators.

About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in providing support for the Koha open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.

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EBSCO Information Services to Provide Rosetta Stone Language-Learning Resources to Libraries

LISWire - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 10:49

EBSCO Information Services to Provide
Rosetta Stone Language-Learning Resources to Libraries
~ EBSCO Information Services Partners with Rosetta Stone to Supply Academic
and Public Libraries in the U.S. and Canada ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 5, 2014 — Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of education technology and language learning solutions, will soon be available to U.S. and Canadian academic and public libraries through a distribution partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). EBSCO announced today that it will redistribute Rosetta Stone’s well-known interactive language-learning software in the U.S. and Canada.

Rosetta Stone provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns. The company’s proprietary language-learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock natural language learning ability in everyone—are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today, the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog).

Rob Mercer, Rosetta Stone’s Vice President of Sales, Enterprise & Education, says, “This strategic partnership with EBSCO enables Rosetta Stone to better serve academic and public libraries and their constituents throughout the U.S. and Canada. We know there’s a high demand for Rosetta Stone language solutions within the library community, and by joining forces with EBSCO, we can provide these important institutions with extraordinary public access to our core language-learning technology. It is a terrifically exciting partnership for everyone involved.”

Senior Vice President of Business Development for EBSCO Information Services, Mark Herrick says the deal with Rosetta Stone allows EBSCO to serve the needs of its library customers in new and unique ways. “Rosetta Stone provides a dynamic, cutting-edge approach to language learning, and by offering courses in 30 different languages to libraries, we believe we’ll help academic and public libraries serve their end-users better and address the growing need for language education in our communities.”

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

About Rosetta Stone Inc.
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company’s innovative technology-driven language and reading solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Since 2013, Rosetta Stone has expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha, Lexia Learning, Vivity Labs, and Tell Me More. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices around the world. For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.
“Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

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For more information, please contact:
EBSCO:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Rosetta Stone:
Jonathan Mudd
Head of Global Communications
571-357-7148
jmudd@rosettastone.com

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The definitive handbook for RDA: Resource, Description and Access

LISWire - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 07:10

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Maxwell's Handbook for RDA:
Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21

In this clear and comprehensive resource, cataloguing expert Robert L. Maxwell, author of Maxwell’s Handbook for AACR2 brings his trademark practical commentary to bear on the new, unified cataloguing standard. From books to electronic materials to music and beyond, Maxwell:

• Explains the conceptual grounding of RDA, including FRBR and FRAD
• Addresses the nuances of how cataloguing will, and won’t, change in the MARC21 environment
• Shows cataloguers how to create and work with authority records of persons, families, corporate bodies, geographic entities, works, and expressions
• Explores recording relationships, working with records of manifestations and items, and more
• Provides numerous sample records to illustrate RDA principles.

Comprehensive in its coverage, the book will aid readers in understanding and becoming comfortable with the potentially forbidding new structure of RDA and contains appendices that discuss the treatment of specialised materials.

Maxwell's Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=8323 March 2014, 912pp, paperback, ISBN: 978-1-85604-832-3, £59.95) is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: facet@bookpoint.co.uk | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. The book is available in North America through ALA Editions.

Press contact:
James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: james.williams@facetpublishing.co.uk

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Genealogists can now find FamilySearch and WorldCat records through both online resources

LISWire - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 18:18

OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than 1 million FamilySearch genealogical records are now discoverable in WorldCat, the world’s largest database of records representing resources in libraries worldwide. Links to WorldCat are now available on FamilySearch.org.

Many FamilySearch records added to WorldCat represent large collections of vital information, such as birth and death records from localities all over the world. If digitized, these records link back to FamilySearch.org where they can be viewed online. If on film, these records can be requested from FamilySearch to a satellite or affiliate FamilySearch Family History Center. FamilySearch records with a corresponding WorldCat record will indicate a library or libraries that hold the item.

“Many of the books in the FamilySearch library collection are also in other collections of other public and academic libraries and appear in WorldCat,” said Steve Fox, Product Manager for FamilySearch. “This means genealogists using the FamilySearch Catalog may now be able to find additional copies of books and other sources at libraries closer to them. Many additional materials related to their research that are not in the FamilySearch collection will also be discoverable in the collections of other libraries that include their holdings in WorldCat.”

“The FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat have been tremendous resources for genealogy research for many years,” said Chip Nilges, Vice President of Business Development, OCLC. “OCLC and FamilySearch are bringing these great resources together through our data sharing partnership. We will continue to update these resources through our ongoing partnership to continue to improve and enhance the tools available for genealogy researchers around the world.”

Those who start their research by using the FamilySearch Catalog now have access to unique and freely available sources that libraries can offer, including:

• Local histories of counties, cities and regions
• Maps, photos and other images
• Local biographies and profiles of prominent citizens
• City directories, catalogs, inventories and original manuscript materials.

FamilySearch has been a pioneer in the use of technology and processes for image capture, digital conversion, preservation, online indexing and online access and adds over 400 million new digital images each year to FamilySearch.org. Those who start their research by using WorldCat will have access to collections from FamilySearch that include historic documents of genealogical value such as:

• Civil registration records
• Church records
• Probate, census, land and tax records
• Military records
• Family histories
• Clan and lineage genealogies
• Oral pedigrees
• Local histories

OCLC is sponsoring a program, “What Do Genealogists Really Want from a Public Library?” at the PLA Conference on Saturday, March 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Wabash Ballroom 1 of the Indiana Convention Center. More about the event is at oc.lc/FQHmA1.

Steve Fox, Product Manager for FamilySearch, will also be in the OCLC Booth (1331) during PLA to answer questions on Thursday, March 13, 10:00–10:15 a.m., and 4:00–4:15 p.m.; and Friday, March 14, 10:00–10:15 a.m.

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International (www.FamilySearch.org) is a world leader in gathering, preserving, and sharing historical records that document the life events of humankind. FamilySearch is as a nonprofit, noncommercial organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have more than 100 years of experience in working with thousands of government, church, and private archives around the world to digitize and preserve their record collections at little or no cost. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,800 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About OCLC
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website at www.oclc.org.

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Forsyth County Public Library Live on Evergreen

LISWire - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 15:10

Forsyth County Public Library Live on Evergreen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, GA —March 3, 2014

The Forsyth County Public Library has officially joined NC Cardinal live on Evergreen. Equinox oversaw implementation and staff training and will continue to provide ongoing system administration, hosting, and technical support for the growing consortium.

The Forsyth County Public Library consists of ten branches and serves over 159,000 patrons. They are the 17th library to join the NC Cardinal consortium. Their new online catalog can be viewed at http://forsyth.nccardinal.org

Equinox Project Manager, Shae Tetterton, says, “Forsyth was excited from day one about their transition to Evergreen. This made the project fun for all parties and resulted in a very smooth migration. With such an amazing staff and support from the State Library, I see this group being leaders in their own consortium and the larger Evergreen community.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, almost half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you.

We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you.

For more information on Equinox, please visit www.esilibrary.com

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing 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, almost 1200 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.

For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

Press contact: Corinne Hall, corinne@esilibrary.com, 770-709-5571

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