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LISWire - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 07:13

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals

David Stuart’s new book is the first accessible introduction and practical exploration of ontologies specifically written for library and information professionals.

More data and information are being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today’s information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge. Information professionals are key users of and contributors to the development of new and increasingly useful ontologies.
Speaking about the book, David Stuart said, “Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals has three aims; firstly to demonstrate the importance of ontologies for knowledge discovery, secondly to show the important contribution information professionals can make to the development of ontologies, and finally to provide a practical introduction to the development of ontologies. The book covers the semantic web and existing ontologies including RDF, RDFS, SKOS and OWL 2 and shows you how to adopt, build and interrogate ontologies.”

David Stuart is an independent information professional and an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, and was previously a research fellow at King's College London and the University of Wolverhampton. He regularly publishes in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies, and in 2015 began writing a regular column for the journal Online Information Review called 'Taming Metrics'. He has previously published Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals (Facet Publishing, 2014) and Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (Facet Publishing, 2011).

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Press and review copies contact:
James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]

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Link to the cover image: http://www.booksonix.co.uk/facetpublishing/9781783300624.jpg

Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals | Aug 2016 | 224pp | paperback: 9781783300624 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783301041 | £89.95 | eBook: 9781783301522| £59.95

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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Brill Adopts Two Libraries in Indonesia

LISWire - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 05:15

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) – 19 August 2016

The international scholarly publisher Brill has adopted two libraries in Indonesia as part of its Adopt a Library Program. Last year Indonesia was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, celebrating the theme ‘Imagining 17.000 islands’ which lead to choosing West Kalimantan and South Sulawesi in Indonesia as two islands to benefit from the adoption.

The Adopt a Library Program involves a donation of scholarly books covering subject areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law and Biology. Each year the company donates a collection of frontlist titles to one or more libraries in developing and emerging countries. This year’s adopted libraries are Tanjungpurah University in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, and Halu Oleo University in Kendari, South Sulawesi.

The formal handover at Tanjungpura University took place in the presence of the Rector professor Thamrin Usman, followed by the workshop ‘How to get your research published internationally’, co-presented by Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, Asia Business Development Manager at Brill, and Dr Susi Moeimam, who is a Brill author and journal editor, for a.o. the Journal of Humanities and Humanities of South East Asia and Wacana, Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia.

Prof. Thamrin Usman, Rector of Tanjungpura University, delivered his gratitude for Brill’s support towards higher education in Indonesia, especially in West Kalimantan, by saying: ”Hopefully, this can act merely as a beginning of future collaboration between Brill and Tanjungpura University.”

Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, who is responsible for Brill’s Developing Countries Program, is delighted about the adoption and partnership with Tanjungpura University: ”We are keen to establish relations with such a growing and forward-thinking university. They already have some international collaborations in place and are actively encouraging their academic faculty members to publish in English and internationally, providing language courses to support them. We hope that our resources in International and Criminal Law and Biology, particularly ecology, biodiversity and forestry, will strengthen their core research areas to help support the local communities.”

Dr Susi Moeimam is pleased to support the endeavours of Tanjungpura University in increasing the number of academic publications in accredited journals. “Informing Indonesian academics about the requirements to publish internationally will hopefully increase the number of publications in accredited journals and support the dissemination of research done by Indonesians to a wider international audience.”

The handover and workshop at Halu Oleo University will take place later this year to coincide with the
Indonesian International Book Fair this Autumn.

For more information, contact Liesbeth Kanis, Brill’s Business Development Manager Asia (+65-82981548 / [email protected]) or the Office of International Affairs, Tanjungpura University (+62-561739630 / [email protected]).

To find out more about Brill’s Developing Countries Program, including Brill’s Adopt a Library, visit http://www.brill.com/about/brills-developing-countries-program/brills-ad....

About Brill
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. With offices in Leiden, Boston and Singapore, Brill publishes over 265 journals and around 1000 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.

About Tanjungpura University
Tanjungpura University (Universitas Tanjungpura) or UNTAN is a public university located in the city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan, Indonesia and was first established in 1959. The university focuses on three areas of service: education, research and community service. Currently there are around 1.500 staff and over 30,000 students enrolled in 96 programs in nine different faculties. The University of Tanjungpura continues to enhance the quality standard of education through investing and developing human resources, modernising education and research facilities, to bring forth graduates who can compete at the national and international level.

View this Media Alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-adopts-two-libraries-indonesia
Read the Media Alert in Indonesian: http://website.untan.ac.id/berita/detailberita/70

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Round Rock Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 14:30

8/18/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Round Rock Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Round Rock Public Library of Round Rock, Texas is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 190,000 titles early this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Round Rock Public Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://catalog.roundrocktexas.gov/

Michelle Cervantes, Library Director of the Round Rock Public Library, commented on their move to Koha with ByWater:

"We are excited to join the Koha Community and become a ByWater Library Partner.  Migrating to a new library system is no easy task, but our staff and the ByWater team are working great together.  ByWater’s reputation for Koha support and new feature development along with Koha’s robust and mobile-friendly catalog was the right combination to enhance the user experience for our customers and staff."

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater also commented on the Library's move to Koha:

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Michelle and the staff of the Round Rock Public Library for their implementation and ongoing Koha support. The library is full of great resources and fantastic programs for the residents of Round Rock and Koha will only serve to enhance those services. The team at the library have been a real pleasure to work with and we look forward to a long a productive relationship together. "

About the City of Round Rock:
Round Rock, Texas, with a population of around 105,000, is located 15 miles north of Austin in the Central Texas hill country. Round Rock is the 31st largest City in Texas, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data. Major employers include Dell, Sears Teleserv, Emerson and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan. Its combined property tax and utility rates are among the lowest in the region. It has an award-winning park system, school district and is one of the safest cities with a population of at least 100,000 population in the United States. Round Rock is the one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and one of the best-managed cities in Texas. The city has maintained high quality of life while becoming a major center for economic growth in Central Texas, with industry clusters in Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Computer/Software Development. For more information please visit: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/library/

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/

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: http://bywatersolutions.com/

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services Expands U.S. Software as a Service Team Hiring Andrew Nagy as Director of SaaS Innovation

LISWire - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 13:50

EBSCO Information Services Expands U.S. Software as a Service Team Hiring Andrew Nagy as Director of SaaS Innovation

~ Andrew Nagy Brings Extensive Library Technology and
Open Source Experience to Expanding SaaS Innovation Team ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — August 18, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has expanded its Software as a Service (SaaS) Team, hiring Andrew Nagy as Director of SaaS Innovation. In this role, Nagy will work directly with libraries to help support the growth and development of the open source FOLIO Library Services Platform and the EBSCO SaaS portfolio. With his background in open source software, Nagy will continue to champion open source software in libraries.

Nagy was one of the initial developers of Summon and eventually became the Product Owner and the Lead Product Manager for Discovery at ProQuest. Earlier, Nagy was a Technology Development Specialist at Villanova University where he founded and launched the open source discovery tool VuFind.

EBSCO Information Services Senior Vice President of SaaS Products and Platforms, John Law, says Nagy has extensive experience in library and open source technology. “Andrew brings an impressive range of successes which will serve us well as EBSCO expands its discovery service and works with libraries and other service providers to change the way libraries innovate using FOLIO.”

Nagy, who has written about discovery and open source technology and has spoken at a variety of library conferences, says he looks forward to evangelizing for EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and FOLIO. “This is a tremendous time to join EBSCO. I have a lot of respect for the company’s dedication to make discovery the foundation for libraries and building a powerhouse team to grow EDS into the most-used discovery service. To then take the unprecedented step of introducing a clear pathway to make open source a viable alternative for libraries with FOLIO, EBSCO is changing the future of libraries and I want to be part of that.”

Nagy says his background as a technologist and an open source innovator are perfectly aligned with EBSCO’s plans for FOLIO. Nagy has a B.S. in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University, and both a Master of Science in Computer Science and Master of Technology Management from Villanova University.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning 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 800,000 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.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCOFOLIOAndrew NagySaaSTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

EBSCO Information Services Helps Global Researchers Prepare for the One Belt, One Road Multi-Region Trade Initiative

LISWire - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:06

IPSWICH, Mass. — August 16, 2016 — An authoritative international collection of journals and publications from more than 60 countries that make-up the One Belt, One Road trade initiative is now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO.) The only available resource of its kind, One Belt, One Road Reference Source™ helps researchers build a more robust understanding of the cultures and economies that make-up the initiative and helps identify new trade possibilities.

The One Belt, One Road initiative is a trade and growth strategy proposed by the People’s Republic of China. The initiative is designed to further connect mainland China with trading partners in Western Europe, along the One Belt/New Silk Road route and through development of the Maritime Silk Road. Upcoming maritime improvement strategies include new cargo infrastructure and construction of regional seaports to help support overseas shipping initiatives.

EBSCO Vice President of Sales Peter Kung says the One Belt, One Road Reference Source will become an important education portal for researchers and a key resource for multi-regional development initiatives. “We believe the One Belt, One Road Reference Source helps researchers gain important knowledge about the people and financial traditions that make up the One Belt, One Road initiative and hope the resource will become the research foundation for future economic endeavors.”

The One Belt, One Road Reference Source offers more than 5,300 full-text journals, including many hard-to-find local publications from the small countries involved in the initiative. The resource also includes close to 65 full-text newspapers and more than 270 reports and conference proceedings. The development of One Belt, One Road Reference Source is another example of EBSCO’s continued commitment to global scholarly research. By providing access to quality regional content, One Belt, One Road Reference Source helps support the local and global perspectives necessary in multi-national environments.

With subject content from multiple disciplines, the collection includes articles from the Journal of Architecture and Civil Engineering (China) Journal of Surveying, Construction & Property, (Malaysia) Educational Sciences, (Turkey) Journal of Theoretical & Applied Information Technology, (Pakistan) Biomedical Chemistry, (Russian Federation) GSTF Journal of Mathematics, Statistics & Operations Research, (Singapore) China Economist (China) and more.

For more information about One Belt, One Road Reference Source, please visit: https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/one-belt-one-road-reference-source.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning 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 800,000 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.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Tags: One BeltOne RoadTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Brill Partners with Peerwith for Author Services

LISWire - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 09:04

Leiden (NL) / Boston (USA) / Singapore (SG) – 11 August 2016

International scholarly publisher Brill starts a partnership with Peerwith for Author Services.

Through Peerwith, Brill authors will be able to find the right expert in language editing, copy editing, visuals production and many other areas, to take their academic work to the next level. The customized Brill platform was launched last week: https://authorservices.brill.com/.

“We are proud to collaborate in the increasingly important area of Author Services with a publisher with such a history and reputation,” says Joris van Rossum, co-founder of Peerwith. “Our peer-to-peer model, as well as our flexible technology, allow Peerwith to integrate Author Services, customized to the needs of publishers, as well as workflow tools and institutes.”

“Peerwith is unique in that it allows authors to select and collaborate directly with trusted experts,” says Marti Huetink, Publishing Director at Brill. “These experts, knowledgeable about Brill standards, create the perfect bridge between authors and Brill publications. The partnership with Peerwith brings together our dedication to authors and our focus on high-quality scholarship.”

For more information about Peerwith, please contact Joris van Rossum at [email protected].

For information about Brill’s partnership with Peerwith, please contact Marti Huetink at [email protected].

About Peerwith
Peerwith is a marketplace for Author Services, matching academics seeking support for their work with experts who can help out. Peerwith was founded by Joris van Rossum, PhD, and Ivo Verbeek, M.Sc. Both have extensive backgrounds in academic publishing, product development, and launching startups. More information: www.peerwith.com.

About Brill
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. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 265 journals and around 1000 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 more information, visit www.brill.com.

View this Media Alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-partners-peerwith-author-services

Tags: Brillauthorsauthor servicesPeerwithcopy editingcopy editorsproofreadingOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrarians

Piedmont Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 10:42

8/10/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Piedmont Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Piedmont Public Library of Piedmont, Alabama is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 20,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Piedmont Public Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://piedmont.bywatersolutions.com/

Tessa Maddox, Director of the Piedmont Public Library, commented on their move to Koha with ByWater:

"We have been using Koha since February 2016 and have not once been sorry! It is streamlined, efficient, easy to use, and Bywater is easy to contact and quick to help with any questions we have. It is also extremely cost effective, which is very important in these days of constantly tightening budgets. We love it!."

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater also commented on the Library's move to Koha:

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Tessa and the staff of the Piedmont Public Library. Alabama is quickly becoming a hot bed for Koha libraries and speaks to their commitment to the collaborative nature of libraries and open source. We look forward to many successful years of working together."

About the City of Piedmont:
The area now known as Piedmont is a community that began in the early 1840's, located at the crossroads of two early post roads. Tradition has it that a hollow stump was used by the mailman to deposit and pick up the mail. This point received the official name of "Hollow Stump." Later a registered post office named "Griffen's Creek" was established by the Postmaster General.  On July 30, 1888, the Postal Department renamed the office "Piedmont". The name Piedmont—meaning 'Foot of the Mountains'—was pleasing to the people who enjoyed being nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range surrounded by the scenic beauty of mountains and streams. The City of Piedmont has prime real estate as well as the infrastructure necessary for industrial and commercial growth.

Piedmont is also home to the Chief Ladiga Trail. The Chief Ladiga Trail is a family oriented pathway that provides a safe, non-motorized way to travel, exercise and relax while enjoying the outdoors. Beautiful scenery such as wetlands, streams, forest, farmland, and a horizon filled with mountains can be enjoyed by all along the trail. The Chief Ladiga Trail and the Silver Comet Trail stretching nearly 100 miles from Anniston, AL to Atlanta, GA marks it as being the longest paved trail in the United States. Great economical and recreational opportunities make Piedmont a great place to work, live, and play.

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/

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: http://bywatersolutions.com/

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohaKoha open source ILSkoha open source supportOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Apply for the 2016 EBSCO Charleston Conference Scholarship

LISWire - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 12:30

IPSWICH, Mass. — August 9, 2016 — Applications are now being accepting for the 2016 EBSCO Charleston Conference scholarship. Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, the scholarship grants up to $1,000 for the winner to register for the 2016 Charleston Conference, as well as other expenses related to attending the conference.

The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, S.C., from October 31 – November 5, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment. Since it began in 1980, the Charleston Conference has grown from 20 participants in 1980 to over 1,600 in 2014.

Scholarship applicants must reside in the United States or Canada, and currently be employed as a librarian or para-professional. The application consists of providing one professional recommendation, a curriculum vitae and a short essay that describes what the applicant’s library will be like in five years. Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 2. For more information, visit: http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/scholarships/ebsco/

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning 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 800,000 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.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Tags: Charleston ConferenceScholarshipIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCO

Brill Set to Publish The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies

LISWire - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 08:43

Leiden (NL) / Boston (USA) / Singapore (SG) – 9 August 2016

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, further expands its portfolios in Language and Linguistics and Literature and Cultural Studies with The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS), formerly published by the Modern Humanities Research Association (Cambridge, UK). Founded in 1930, The Year’s Work seeks to be the most comprehensive critical bibliography on new scholarship in the fields of European languages, linguistics, literature and film, except for English Studies.

Professor Malcolm Cook, Chairman of the Modern Humanities Research Association, comments: “We have been proud to publish The Year’s Work since 1930, during which time it has become established as a leading bibliography in its field. Brill’s experienced publishing team, and international presence, will ensure this reputation is sustained for many years to come.”

Paul Scott and Graeme Dunphy, general editors of the Yearbook, comment: “We are delighted at this new phase in the publication of the YWMLS. Like the MHRA, Brill has a long and proven commitment to the Humanities and to research. As the editors of the French & Occitan and the German sections of the periodical, we look forward to continuing our work as general editors.”

Sam Bruinsma, Brill’s Senior VP Business Development, comments: “Brill is delighted to add this prestigious periodical to our growing list of journals. It is a perfect fit with our current Linguistics and Literature lists, which already include the Linguistic Bibliography. We owe thanks to the MHRA for the smooth transfer of The Year’s Work to Brill.”

The Year’s Work will continue under the editorial direction of Graeme Dunphy (Würzburg-Schweinfurt) and Paul Scott (University of Kansas). Volume 77 will be published by Brill early 2017 and, together with the back volumes, will be made available through Brill’s Books and Journals platform (http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/). More information on the journal and pricing can be found at: www.brill.com/YWML.

For more information on this title transfer, contact Sam Bruinsma at Brill, [email protected], T: +31 (0)71 5353 517.

For customer queries please contact your regular distributor or directly contact Brill sales and customer services for journals: [email protected], T: +44 (0)1767 604 954.

About MHRA
The Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) is a charity which was founded in Cambridge, England, in 1918 and has become an international organization with members in all parts of the world. Its purpose is to encourage and promote advanced study and research in the field of the modern Humanities, especially modern European languages and literature (including English). It is concerned to break down the barriers between scholars working in different disciplines and to maintain the unity of humanistic scholarship in the face of increasing specialization. The Association fulfils this purpose primarily through the publication of journals, bibliographies, monographs and other aids to research. For more information, please visit mhra.org.uk.

About Brill
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. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 265 journals and around 1000 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 more information, visit www.brill.com.

View this Media Alert online: www.brill.com/news/brill-set-publish-years-work-modern-language-studies

Tags: BrillLinguisticslanguagejournalOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrarians

The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 09:20

CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries’ more than 65,000 titles and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Library’s customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://catalog.ngc.co.tt/

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater commented on the Library’s move to Koha:

“We love to see the flexibility of Koha in action. The NGC library needed an extensible catalog at an affordable price and Koha fit the bill to perfection.”

About the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago:
he National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) is a key player in the development of the local natural gas industry of Trinidad and Tobago. Established by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, in August 1975, NGC is today an investment grade company. NGC’s international credit ratings are BBB+ from Standard and Poor’s, Baa3 from Moody’s and AAA from CariCris. With an asset base of over $US 7 billion, NGC is one of the largest companies in the Caribbean and Latin America measured by assets. For more information about the NGC please visit: http://ngc.co.tt/about/

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/

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: http://bywatersolutions.com/

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New guide to data-driven decision-making for library improvement

LISWire - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 07:32

Facet Publishing have announced the publication of Library Improvement through Data Analytics by Lesley S. J. Farmer and Alan M. Safer.

This book shows how to make sense of data in libraries and use it to inform decision making at every level.

Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for libraries, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs. Designed to be useful for beginners as well as those with a background in data, this book introduces the basics of a six point framework that can be applied to a variety of library settings for effective system based, data-driven management.

The guide covers such key topics as:

• the basics of statistical concepts
• recommended data sources for various library functions and processes, and guidance for using census, university, or chamber of commerce data in analysis
• techniques for cleaning data
• matching data to appropriate data analysis methods
• how to make descriptive statistics more powerful by spotlighting relationships
• 14 case studies which address such areas as digitization, e-book collection development and reference
• staffing, facilities, and instruction.

This book’s clear, concise coverage will enable readers of every experience level to gain a better understanding of statistics in order to facilitate library improvement. It will be essential reading for library managers and key decision makers.

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Press and review copies contact:

James Williams, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]

Notes:

Library Improvement through Data Analytics | Jul 2016 | 192pp | Paperback; 9781783301614; £54.95
About the authors:

Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer, professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), coordinates the Librarianship Program. She earned her MS in library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in adult education from Temple University. She has worked as a librarian in K–12 school settings, as well as in public, special, and academic libraries. She chairs the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ School Libraries Section and is a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Farmer received the American Library Association Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service and library education, as well as several other professional association awards, and national and international grants. Farmer’s research interests include information literacy, assessment, and educational technology, especially digital citizenship. A frequent presenter and writer for the profession, Farmer has published over 30 professional books and more than a 100 professional book chapters and articles.

Dr. Alan M. Safer is a professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Wyoming and his MS in Marketing Research from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He first came to CSULB as an assistant professor in 2000 and has been a full professor since 2010. Early in his career at the university, he created a MS degree in Applied Statistics and later a professional accelerated MS degree in Applied Statistics for industry students from companies such as Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. He served as the graduate advisor for 7 years, and in 2009 was awarded university advisor of the year at CSULB. Dr. Safer’s research has been very interdisciplinary; he has over 25 publications in diverse statistical areas such as finance, library science, marketing, health science, linguistics, and forensics. His primary statistical research focus is data mining and quality control. In 2012, he was appointed coordinator of a national conference on quality control sponsored by the American Statistical Association. In the last few years, Dr. Safer helped create the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the American Statistical Association and served as its vice president

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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Brill Partners with ScienceOpen to Put Linguistics Research into Context

LISWire - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 03:26

Leiden (NL) / Boston (USA) / Singapore (SG) – 5 August 2016

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is pleased to announce a pilot with research network ScienceOpen.

As of September 2016, three of Brill’s Linguistics journals will be indexed on the ScienceOpen platform. This includes adding of article-level metadata, reference analysis and linking back to Brill’s Books and Journals platform (http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/). By indexing journals with ScienceOpen, Brill content will show usage data provided by Altmetric to inform users on how the articles have been discussed, mentioned or shared in online sources, including mainstream news outlets, blogs, and a variety of social networks. These data can be used to sort and filter articles in order to find relevant research and enhance research discoverability.

Sam Bruinsma, Senior Vice President Business Development at Brill, commented: “Research published in our Linguistics journals is not just of interest to specialists in Linguistics, but of relevance to Humanists in fields such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, History or regional studies. By indexing articles in ScienceOpen we put our author’s research in a wider context and hope to increase the readership and discoverability of our journals.”

CEO of ScienceOpen Stephanie Dawson said: “We want to bring all research together into one place. We will progress further and faster when the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences are all brought together, instead of occupying isolated silos, and are happy to integrate Brill content into our platform.”

This pilot includes the journals Language, Dynamics and Change (www.brill.com/ldc) and the full Open Access titles Journal of Greek Linguistics (www.brill.com/jgl) and Indo-European Linguistics (www.brill.com/ieul).

For more information on ScienceOpen contact Jon Tennant, Communications Director at ScienceOpen, at [email protected] or +49-30-6098490-277.

For information about Brill’s pilot with ScienceOpen contact Jasmin Lange, Business Development Manager at Brill, at [email protected].

About ScienceOpen
ScienceOpen is a freely accessible research network to share and evaluate scientific information, aggregating Open Access articles from a variety of sources – opening them up to commenting and discussion. ScienceOpen was founded in 2013 in Berlin and Boston by Alexander Grossmann and Tibor Tscheke. More information: www.scienceopen.com.

About Brill
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. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 265 journals and around 1000 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 more information, visit www.brill.com.

View this Media Alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-partners-scienceopen-put-linguistics-res...

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OCLC to welcome librarians from around the world during IFLA Congress in Columbus

LISWire - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 17:06

DUBLIN, Ohio, 4 August 2016—OCLC, the leading global library cooperative based in Dublin, will welcome thousands of librarians from around the world as the premier sponsor and a local host of the 2016 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus August 13-19.

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) is the international flagship professional and trade event for the library and information services sector. The event is expected to draw some 4,000 participants from more than 120 countries. It sets the international agenda for the library profession, and offers opportunities for networking and professional development.

“For decades, OCLC has been bringing libraries together through technology, services and other initiatives designed to make it possible to collaborate and share resources on a global scale,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “IFLA will bring together the international library community in Columbus, and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome these leading librarians to our headquarters. OCLC staff will be out in full force during the congress, sharing our work and contributing to programs at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, as well as at numerous events on our Dublin campus.”

OCLC will host several events and programs, including IFLA Satellite Meetings in Dublin August 10-12, and again on August 19. Tours of OCLC’s newly renovated headquarters will be offered on August 19. OCLC staff will be participating as speakers, facilitators and volunteers throughout the congress. More about OCLC events during the IFLA Congress is on the OCLC website.

OCLC is the nonprofit global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to thousands of libraries around the world. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services.

It has been 15 years since the IFLA WLIC took place in the United States, when delegates met in Boston in 2001. Last year, the IFLA WLIC met in Cape Town, South Africa. Before that, it was in Lyon, France; Singapore; and Helsinki, Finland.

“IFLA and OCLC have worked together as partners for many years on a variety of projects and programs,” said Prichard. “We were thrilled to partner with our colleagues at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, The Ohio State University Libraries, Experience Columbus and the City of Columbus to help bring this event to Columbus. While we are a global organization, we have a lot of hometown pride. There are exciting things happening in Columbus, throughout central Ohio, and here at OCLC in Dublin. We’re eager to show the world what we have to offer.”

About IFLA
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 30 September 1927 at an international conference, IFLA celebrated its 75th birthday at the conference in Glasgow, Scotland in 2002. IFLA now has over 1300 Members in approximately 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for IFLA headquarters. More about IFLA is at http://www.ifla.org/.

About OCLC
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

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Interpret, understand and teach the ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

LISWire - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 06:04

Facet Publishing have announced the publication of Teaching Information Literacy Reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners by Joanna M Burkhardt.

This book offers a starting point to understanding and applying teaching practices to the six threshold concepts listed in the Association for College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, an altogether new way of looking at information literacy.

Bestselling author and expert instructional librarian Burkhardt decodes the Framework, putting its conceptual approach into straightforward language and offering more than 50 classroom-ready Framework-based exercises.
Each chapter focuses on one of the six concepts and offers sample exercises that can be applied in single lecture periods or over semester-long courses. The book offers best practices in creating learning outcomes, assessments, and teaching tricks and tips. Finally, it offers perspectives on how learning, memory, and transfer of learning applies to the teaching of information literacy.

This book will assist librarians in teaching information literacy and enable their students to cross the threshold and become information literacy experts.

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Press and review copies contact:

James Williams, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]

Notes:

Teaching Information Literacy Reframed: 50+ framework-based exercises for creating information-literate learners | Jul 2016 | 160pp | Paperback; 9781783301638; £49.95

About the authors:

Joanna M. Burkhardt is chair of the Technical Services Department, collection management officer, and director of the Narragansett Bay Campus and Providence Campus branch libraries of the University of Rhode Island. She is lead author of Teaching Information Literacy: 50 Standards-Based Exercises for College Students and Creating a Comprehensive Information Literacy Plan. She has written numerous articles and made presentations about instruction and information literacy.

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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Backstage Library Works announces new conference and seminar lineup

LISWire - Fri, 07/29/2016 - 19:25

Contact:

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 801.356.1852 | Fax: 801.356.8220
[email protected] | www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, July 29, 2016 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce its conference schedule from August through December 2016.

Backstage representatives will be present as sponsors, exhibitors or hosts at these library events:

Archives*Records Conference
The Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists
and the Society of American Archivists
July 31 to August 6
Hilton Atlanta
Booth 607
http://www2.archivists.org/am2016

Backstage Seminar: Hidden Collections – Chicago
August 24
Cantigny Park
Wheaton, Illinois
http://bslw.com/presentations/hidden_collections/

Backstage Seminar: Metadata Matters II
September 21
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens
Boylston, Massachusetts

New England Library Association Conference (NELA)
October 16-18, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton
Danvers, Massachusetts
http://conference2016.nelib.org/

Digital Library Federation Forum (DLF)
November 7-9, 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
https://www.diglib.org/forums/2016forum/

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced, high quality, yet efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Amigos Library Services Presents The Conference on The Purpose Based Library

LISWire - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 21:55

Meet authors John Huber (Lean Library Management) and Steve Potter (public library administer) August 24-25 at the Conference on the Purpose-Based Library in Kansas City, MO. The day and a half conference will examine the premises behind their book:

  • Survival depends on quicker, faster, better lean core services
  • Success depends on community/library partnerships and value-added metrics
  • Growth depends on libraries communicating, reflecting and pursuing their true purpose

Library Journal recently recognized Huber and Potter’s book in this article. While attending the conference, you will learn to use The Purpose-Based Library approach to developing an essential, sustainable, community based library. You will also take the first steps in developing a work plan for implementing the approach.

“We’ve planned an exciting conference for those libraries interesting in adopting all or some of the concepts presented in The Purpose-Based Library,” says Tracy Rochow Byerly, Chief Communications, Education and Membership Officer. “Authors and implementers will be there to interact with attendees at this event to add value and take these ideas to the next level.”

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn and network from these authors. To see the full schedule and to sign up for the conference, visit the conference website.

About Amigos Library Services - We are one of the largest consortia of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the United States. For more than 40 years, Amigos members have collaborated to obtain affordable services and shared library resources and knowledge. Through membership in Amigos, libraries collectively gain access to the latest innovations and services in the library community; pursue opportunities for continuing professional education; leverage their buying power; and preserve the rich cultural heritage of their communities. This collaboration strengthens each member’s ability to serve and lead its community in the creative and effective use of information resources.

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Fargo Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:44

7/27/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Fargo Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Fargo Public Library of Fargo, North Dakota is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 165,000 titles late last year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Fargo Public Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at:https://catalog.fargolibrary.org

Timothy Dirks, Director of the Fargo Public Library, commented on their move to Koha with ByWater:

"The Fargo Public Library is excited to be part of the dynamic Koha community and work with our partners at ByWater Solutions for the continued development and enhancement of the Koha integrated library system."

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater also commented on the Library's move to Koha:

"We're always happy to welcome a new partner at ByWater and Fargo Public Library is no exception. In choosing Koha as their ILS, Fargo has shown a commitment to open source and forward thinking innovation that we love to see in libraries. We look forward to working closely with the staff of the library to make their patron's experience even better through the use of open source."

About the FargoPublic Library:
The Fargo Public Library, with three locations in Fargo, North Dakota, provides educational and entertainment materials for people of all ages.Hours for the three libraries vary based on location.The Fargo Public Library has a collection of more than 165,000 books, 10,000 DVDs and many other physical (external link)and electronic resources. All three locations provide public access computers and wireless internet access for laptops. The library also has children's, teen, and adult programming including story times, computer classes and delivery to homebound citizens through our outreach service. Check out the calendar of events for programming information.

Please explore the links to the left for information on our various locations and services. The links at the top of the page will take you to our catalog and the links to the right will take you to library card sign up and other Web-based services. For more information please visit:http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Library/

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/

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: http://bywatersolutions.com/

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Exploring Discovery – demystifying the breadth and depth of discovery

LISWire - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 07:25

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Ken Varnum’s new edited collection Exploring Discovery

We are in a new age of discovery. Not one recalled from history books, where exploration of the physical world proceeded apace, but an age where the incredible breadth and depth of knowledge is just as mysterious to the typical researcher. The new age of discovery builds on decades of advancements in handling metadata and full text in digital formats, natural language processing, keyword searching, and information science. The pace of change in the last half-century has been dizzying, enabling library technologists to enable information discovery across multiple scales, with tools and processes specific to each.

The concept of discovery covers scales from billions of items in the large web-scale systems to just hundreds of items at the other end of the scale in purpose-built discovery tools for an individual library. In his new book, editor Ken Varnum brings together leading experts to explore both discovery tools that have been made to enable in-depth access to relatively narrow information silos, as well as tools that enable exploration of broad swathes of digital and off-line content.

Using a series of case studies, Exploring Discovery illustrates the interfaces and technologies that can be used by libraries today and examines the future of discovery. Divided into four sections, I) Vended Discovery Systems, II) Custom Discovery Systems, III) Interfaces, IV) Content and Metadata, the book covers key topics including:

• choosing a web-scale discovery system
• libraries, archives and museums sharing a single discovery tool
• managing internal development requirements with the constraints of a small or medium-sized library
• integrating discovery to improve user experience
• custom discovery systems built with open-source software
• metadata challenges in discovery services
• open access and discovery tools
• regional aggregation and discovery of digital collections.

The Midwest Book Review said, “Exploring Discovery is easy to dip into as needed, and provides a comprehensive examination of discovery services that will prove invaluable to IT, web development, electronic resource management, and technical services staff”.

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Exploring Discovery: The front door to your library’s licensed and digitized content | Jul 2016 | 304pp | Paperback; 9781783300969; £64.95

About the author

Ken Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Learning Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. Ken's research and professional interests include discovery systems, content management, and user-generated content. From 2007-2015 he was the Web Systems Manager at the U-M Library, where he managed the library's Drupal-driven website. He wrote Drupal in Libraries (2012) and edited The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (2014) and The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks (2014). You can learn more about Ken at http://varnum.org and find him on Twitter at @varnum.

Watch Ken Varnum describe the book in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jynPinGopn4

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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Franklin Public Library Goes Live on the Pioneer LibLime Koha Union Catalog

LISWire - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 19:00

Franklin Public Library Goes Live on the Pioneer LibLime Koha Union Catalog
North Bethesda, MD, July 15, 2016 – The Franklin Public Library has now joined the Pioneer Consortium LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. Library staff has worked with LibLime Project Management to successfully migrate their bibliographic, item, and patron data into the union catalog.

About the Franklin Public Library
The Franklin Public Library is a focal community institution in the city Franklin, NE. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Great Plains of America’s Midwest near the Republican River, Franklin is a city surrounded by verdant farmland, native prairie, springs and creeks lined with massive walnuts, elms and cottonwoods where good old fashion home town values still exist. Named after Ben Franklin and settled by pioneers, this is the true home where the buffalo roam and the land of the Pawnee. Visitors and residents enjoy one of the most impressive migratory bird routes for geese, cranes and ducks which number in the tens of thousands in flocks that stretch as far as the eye can see. The library has a substantial print collection and also offers users access to eBooks through their membership in the Nebraska Overdrive Library program.

About the Pioneer Consortium
The Pioneer Consortium serves libraries throughout the state of Nebraska. The consortium continues to expand the number of members that share the LibLime Koha union catalog annually. The success of the early members of the consortium have been rewarded as many other libraries throughout the state join the union catalog and expand the collections available for resource sharing. The membership has grown from the initial four members to over two dozen in a few short years, with several others joining later this year.

About LibLime-PTFS
LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation and support/hosting services. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, Knowvation, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com.

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Preserving our Heritage wins SAA Preservation Publication Award

LISWire - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 07:15

Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from antiquity to the digital age by Michele V Cloonan is the recipient of the 2016 Society of American Archivists' Preservation Publication Award.

The book offers a unique compilation of key texts from a range of international contributors, charting the development of preservation from its origins to modern day practice and offers an overview of longevity, reversibility, enduring value and authenticity of information preservation.

The Awards Committee said “Preserving Our Heritage is undeniably a monumental achievement and a welcome contribution to the bookshelves of preservation professionals everywhere”.

Established in 1993, the SAA Preservation Publication Award recognises and acknowledges the author or editor of an outstanding published work related to archives preservation and, through this acknowledgement, encourages outstanding achievement by others.

Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from antiquity to the digital age | 2015 | 702pp | Paperback; 9781856049467 | £69.95

More info: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=049467

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