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Peacham Library Joins VOKAL with Koha Support from ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:56

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

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 3,500 plus holdings from Autographics ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

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

About Peacham Library
Peacham Library is a 208 year-old, incorporated library. They are open six days a week to provide services to members of the Peacham community and all who enter their doors.

Read more at https://peachamlibrary.org/about-peacham-library/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EBSCO Information Services Develops Free Tool to Assist Librarians with COUNTER R5 Reports

LISWire - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:25

EBSCO Information Services Develops Free Tool to Assist Librarians with COUNTER R5 Reports
~ EBSCO Information Services has Developed the SUSHI Harvester for Multi-Site Libraries to Improve Usage Reporting ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 25, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has developed a new resource to make harvesting COUNTER reports easier. The SUSHI Harvester for Multi-Site Libraries (the R5 Harvester) is a Microsoft® Access® tool designed to help small to medium size consortia more easily gather COUNTER reports for their affiliated libraries.

The R5 Harvester was created by an EBSCO development team led by the company’s Chief Product Strategist Oliver Pesch who has been involved with COUNTER since its inception. Pesch says the application allows consortia and other multi-library organizations to manage their R5 SUSHI credentials and automate the harvesting of COUNTER statistics. “Usage reports, retrieved via COUNTER_SUSHI, are saved to the local hard drive of the user either in COUNTER R5 tabular form or as a delimited text file suitable for loading into a database.”

Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice has met its goal of reducing complexity while improving the clarity and streamlining of usage reporting. The Director of COUNTER, Lorraine Estelle, says feedback about the new COUNTER R5 release indicated that some library consortia needed to gather usage reports for their affiliated libraries, and EBSCO was able to provide the R5 Harvester. “Library staff told us that they needed a tool to harvest usage reports more efficiently and EBSCO was able to create the R5 Harvester, an easy to use solution allowing multi-library organizations to gather usage reports for affiliated libraries.”

The R5 Harvester, which is free for non-commercial use, and the supporting manual are available at the COUNTER website: https://www.projectcounter.org/r5_harvester/.

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

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: researchResearch WorkflowsEBSCOCOUNTER R5

The Oman Library at the Middle East Institute goes live on Koha with Equinox

LISWire - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:37

Duluth, Ga., June 22, 2020: Equinox announces the successful migration of the Oman Library at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. to a new, updated Koha instance.

The migration of the Oman Library at the Middle East Institute involved 21,595 bibliographic records and 249 patrons. Equinox services included: Koha support, hosting, implementation, data and auxiliary services, and staff training.

“The Equinox migration team was very helpful and patient, they answered all my questions thoroughly and were very quick to respond,” said Vickie Jacobs, librarian at the Oman Library. “The training sessions were great, and the Equinox team was very good at their job, helpful, and very capable of explaining technology terms in plain English. I've never been part of an ILS migration before, but this one went as smoothly and as well as I could have hoped.”

Founded in 1999, Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes long-standing Koha developers.

“It was exciting to work with Vickie during the Oman Library's migration to their new Koha database,” said Erica Rohlfs, Senior Implementation Project Manager at Equinox. “The library was previously using Koha, so it was nice to reintroduce them to the system and the functionality now available. During this unprecedented time, Vickie worked tirelessly through the migration to ensure the library users could access materials.”

To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/ .

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

About Koha
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

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International Contemporary Arts Title Flash Art Goes Digital

LISWire - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 10:58

Leading international arts title Flash Art has launched new digital editions of both its Italian-language and anglophone publications in collaboration with digital platform Exact Editions. The new 5-issue-strong archives boast a comprehensive search function and are easily accessible cross-platform for individual and institutional subscribers.

Flash Art has been synonymous with cutting-edge perspective on contemporary art and the global arts landscape since its inception in 1967. Renowned for its iconic covers, the magazine is dedicated to analysing and reporting both established and experimental art practices and movements in the art world. Its pages are home to pieces penned by authoritative critics and observers, complemented by special projects and artist statements.

Digital subscribers benefit from unlimited access to the existing archive and all new issues through Exact Editions’ advanced reader website, as well as across iOS and Android devices.

The Italian and English-language editions of Flash Art are available in the Exact Editions shops here:

Flash Art International Edition
Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/flash-art-international-edition
Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/flash-art-international-edition

Flash Art Italian Edition
Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/flash-art-italian-edition
Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/flash-art-italian-edition

Publishers Gea Politi and Cristiano Seganfreddo remarked: “We’re so pleased with the seamlessness of the Exact Editions platform; the new digital editions will certainly aid us in expanding the magazine’s reach to arts enthusiasts and professionals around the world.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “The dedicated approach of Flash Art with regards to contemporary art ensures that the new digital editions will widely appeal to the market of academic and professional art institutions.”

About Flash Art:

Flash Art is an international magazine and publishing platform founded by Giancarlo Politi in 1967 in Rome. The current International Edition was founded by Helena Kontova in 1978. Both editions are now based in Milan. Dedicated to investigating contemporary art, the magazine explores the evolving landscape through an active dialogue with artists, writers, curators and worldwide thinkers.

About Exact Editions:

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

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FOLIO Community Accepted to Google’s Season of Docs Initiative

LISWire - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 10:55

FOLIO Community Accepted to Google’s Season of Docs Initiative
Open Source Community Seeks Technical Writers to Collaborate on Documentation

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 22, 2020 — FOLIO, an open source library services platform, has been accepted to Google’s Season of Docs initiative. Season of Docs is an effort to bring together technical writers and open source projects to foster collaboration and improve documentation in the open source space.

FOLIO is now seeking technical writers to contribute to the initiative on its behalf, working closely with the open source community. Writers will bring their technical writing expertise to the FOLIO project’s documentation while learning about the open source project and new technologies. Technical writers from around the world can apply to participate in Season of Docs. Those who apply and are accepted to the project will be assigned a mentor and receive a stipend from Google.

FOLIO is seeking technical writers to participate in the following projects:

-Expansion of End User Documentation of FOLIO Apps
-Improvement of the Developer Experience when Working with or Contributing to FOLIO
-Creation of System Administrator Documentation for FOLIO Implementations
-For more details regarding the projects, click here.

About FOLIO

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

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For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Media Relations, FOLIO
978-223-0438
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTags: FOLIOEBSCO FOLIOGoogle’s Season of Docs InitiativeGoogleopen sourceTechnologies: Open Source

Equinox migrates Dominican University College to Koha

LISWire - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:25

Duluth, Ga., June 17, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative announced the successful migration of Dominican University College of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to the Koha Integrated Library System.

Migration of Dominican University College encompassed 111,399 bibliographic records and 555 patrons at the university. Equinox services included: project management, system configuration, extraction and migration of bibliographic data, and staff training. Equinox also provided Koha support, hosting and auxiliary services.

“It was a joy to work with Equinox as we made the transition to an open-source ILS,” said William Green, PhD student and migration lead at Dominican University College. “Their migration services and continued support have been invaluable. We have been delighted to receive glowing reviews from library staff and patrons alike commending Koha’s flexibility and ease of use.”

Begun in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes several long-standing Koha developers and core committers.

“Working with Dominican was a nice example of how even a large, impactful project like migrating ILS’s can be a calm, relaxed process,” said Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Analyst at Equinox. “From scheduling the first meetings through troubleshooting bilingual interfaces and tweaking records the Dominican staff were involved in every step and we were able to make it a pleasant, collaborative process."

To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

About Koha
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

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EBSCO Information Services and Children’s Book Council Announce 2020 SEE-IT™ Award Winner

LISWire - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 14:00

EBSCO Information Services and Children’s Book Council Announce 2020 SEE-IT™ Award Winner
~ Graphic Novel from First Second Publishing Selected for Its Lasting Impact and Distinguished Contribution to Youth Literature ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 16, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council announced Stargazing, written and illustrated by Jen Wang, as the 2020 recipient of the SEE-IT™ Award. Stargazing epitomizes what the SEE-IT Award stands for through its ability to embrace and discuss difficult topics — such as mental health, income inequality, racial and cultural difference — while inspiring empathy and compassion.

Jen Wang is a cartoonist, author and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the author of The Prince and the Dressmaker, Koko Be Good, and co-author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novel In Real Life, with Cory Doctorow. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles Magazine, The Believer, Hazlitt, Slate, and McSweeney’s, and she has written for the Adventure Time and Lumberjanes comic series. Wang is the co-founder and organizer of the annual festival Comics Arts Los Angeles.

SEE-IT Award juror Genevieve Grove says, “Graphic novels can carry just as much literary weight as their traditional cousins. The protagonists of Stargazing both illicit strong compassion in the reader and are complex characters whose journeys, both emotionally and physically, compel us to keep reading. We talk about books being both mirrors and windows for representation, self-identification and learning. This is exactly the type of literature that best exemplifies the concept, including highlighting diversity amongst racial groups that many in America might just consider monoliths. As a librarian, I can't wait to continue to share this book with kids for many years to come.”

Developed by EBSCO and the Children’s Book Council, the SEE-IT Award recognizes the cultural and literary impacts of youth graphic novels and is designed to celebrate the year’s most distinguished graphic novels for young readers. The four additional finalists, announced in May 2020, included:

• I Was Their American Dream, written and illustrated by Malaka Gharib (Clarkson Potter)
• Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second)
• New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft (HarperCollins)
• They Called Us Enemy, written by George Takei, Steven Scott and Justin Eisinger and illustrated by Harmony Becker (Top Shelf Productions)

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management for Books John Brennan says this year’s SEE-IT Award feels particularly valuable as libraries and educators continue to integrate diverse content into their collections. “We are proud to support an award that recognizes an artform which engages young readers while educating them on important social issues.”

A total of 100 submissions from more than 30 publishers were evaluated by a panel of nine librarian jurors, with each submission weighted against the following criteria:

• Literary quality
• Interweaving of art and story
• Lasting impact and distinguished contributions to youth literature
• An audience range of K-12, or young readers through young adults

For more information on the SEE-IT Award, visit the SEE-IT website at: https://www.ebsco.com/see-it.

About the Children’s Book Council
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. For more information on the Children’s Book Council, visit their website at: https://www.cbcbooks.org/

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, 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 1,000,000 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:
Erica Gilson
Senior Communications Specialist
(800) 653-2726 x2182
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: AuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEBSCO eBooksSEE-IT Awardgraphic novelsComics

Missouri State University Libraries Go Live with FOLIO Using EBSCO FOLIO Services

LISWire - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:57

Missouri State University Libraries Go Live with FOLIO Using EBSCO FOLIO Services
~ Missouri State University Libraries First Academic Institution in the United States to Fully Implement the FOLIO Open Source Library Services Platform ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 16, 2020 — Missouri State University (MSU) Libraries are now live with the FOLIO Library Services Platform, making MSU the first academic institution in the United States to fully implement FOLIO. Missouri State University Libraries implemented FOLIO by working with the EBSCO FOLIO migration team and are using EBSCO FOLIO Services for hosting and service.

Dean of Library Services at Missouri State University Libraries Tom Peters says the library staff set strict deadlines for implementation. “We went live with FOLIO’s ERM in January and then migrated to the full FOLIO LSP on June 8th beating our goal of being off our existing ILS by three weeks. We were able to exceed our implementation and migration goals thanks to our dedicated and thoughtful library employees, the amazing FOLIO Community and the talented EBSCO implementation team.”

EBSCO Information Services Executive Vice President of FOLIO and Research SaaS, Gar Sydnor, highlighted the implementation teams’ ability to deliver FOLIO ahead of schedule. “Migration plans can be complex, and this was a remarkably smooth effort. FOLIO’s modern design and open APIs enabled EBSCO and MSU staff to work together to ensure a reliable transition and a model instance of this new library services platform.”

In addition to FOLIO and ERM, Missouri State University Libraries have implemented EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) and OpenAthens. EDS will be used as the primary interface for most of the libraries’ print and electronic resources. OpenAthens will allow for single sign-on — a simple, standards-based system that makes it easier for users to access digital resources via the library website.

EBSCO Information Services Manager of FOLIO Consulting Services Anya N. Arnold, MLIS says this was a group effort across multiple teams at MSU, FOLIO and EBSCO. “The MSU staff was well prepared and worked seamlessly with the migration team at EBSCO. The FOLIO product owners and developers did exceptional work to make sure FOLIO was ready for MSU. Since MSU implemented not only FOLIO’s ERM system and the LSP but also EBSCO Discovery Service and OpenAthens, those teams became part of the migration team. I have been a part of many system changes (back end and front end) and by far this was one of the calmest migrations I have ever had the privilege of working on."

MSU will add the Courses app later this year and will be able to take advantage of the apps, features, and functionality in the upcoming Goldenrod Release. The libraries were able to go live with features from Fameflower and previous named releases.

Missouri State University Libraries serve the research needs of nearly 30,000 students, faculty and researchers. The library has 1.6 million bibliographic records now being managed by FOLIO. Since MSU is the first university in the United States (and one of the first in the world) to go live with FOLIO, they call their implementation First FOLIO at Missouri State. Peters also told his staff that in being first in the country to go live with FOLIO they had “made library automation history.” Peters wrote about the implementation in Missouri State Library Notes calling it “a major project to upgrade [the libraries’] fundamental information systems.”

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decisions tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOFOLIOEBSCO FOLIO Servicesopen sourceTechnologies: Open Source

Equinox migrates Putnam County Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium

LISWire - Mon, 06/15/2020 - 17:44
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Duluth, Ga., June 15, 2020: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of the Putnam County Library to Evergreen as part of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium.

Putnam County Library supports 1,895 patrons and includes a circulation of 35,189 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and configuration in addition to data services encompassing bibliographic record deduplication and data conversion. Other offerings included by Equinox were support, hosting, and training both remotely and in person.

“We are very happy to be a part of Missouri Evergreen,” said Leatha Walsh, Director of Putnam County Public Library. “Our patrons are already enjoying the expanded offerings of materials through loans within the Missouri Evergreen community. We have really appreciated the efficiency with which Equinox did our migration. They made the process painless and helped us at every stage of the migration.”

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

“The Putnam staff have been working earnestly and diligently to prepare for the implementation of their new Evergreen system,” said Jennifer Weston, Implementation Project Manager at Equinox. “Facing the added challenge of being closed to the public for the month prior to their official Evergreen release date, the Putnam library found creative ways to continue to serve the community while remaining wholly engaged in the migration project. As their library returns to regular hours, patrons are enjoying access to an interactive online catalog. Equinox is delighted and honored to be working with the commendable staff of Putnam County Public Library to provide these new opportunities for their community.”

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

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

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Aspen Discovery Announces 20.08.00 Release and Notes

LISWire - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 16:57

Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.08 release is available. This major release includes 63 improvements and 4 performance & reliability fixes.

Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Developer, recently commented on the release:

Aspen Discovery 20.08 advances the integration of Aspen Discovery with Koha by making it easier to configure both systems simultaneously and ensuring that patrons can always use Aspen Discovery. Although Aspen Discovery and Koha work together more closely, integration with other ILS systems is not compromised at all, and library systems can use Aspen Discovery no matter what ILS they use.

Account Integration Updates
When the PIN for a logged-in user changes PIN within the ILS, redirect them to the login page rather than presenting an error.
Change default text of frozen holds to frozen rather than suspended for consistency
Translate the status of a hold for ILS and OverDrive
Abstract patron reset functionality such that the ILS controls what fields are displayed and how the results are processed
Administration Updates
Prompt administrators when leaving a page if they have unsaved information
Allow IP Addresses to be specified as xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx-xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
Allow Libraries to configure a Pinterest page within contact links
Correct patron account blocking functionality
Properly validate adding by barcode and display a meaningful error to the user if the patron cannot be found
Remove supplemental instructions that were improperly formatted
Fixes for adding new Sideload Settings to reduce the number of required fields
Add a new option when creating new settings to create the object and continue editing it
Hide History button when creating new settings
Allow onchange event for select lists
Add the ability to link to another object within properties form
Give sticky table headings a solid background for better readability
Updates to the default display of panels to ensure text is always readable
Add a new superCataloger role to allow access to additional areas that require more trust like Indexing Profiles
Updates when creating new objects to better handle checkboxes and numeric values
Aspen API Updates
Add a method to retrieve patron barcode by a given patron id
Add total amount outstanding to return call from getPatronFines
When an ILS provides both the original and outstanding amounts for each fine, return:
amount = current amount owed
amountOutstanding = current amount owed
amountOriginal = original amount of the fine
Update methods to retrieve patron checkouts, holds, and fines to allow calling with id or patronId
Add a method to retrieve patron id by barcode
Remove expireTime from the documentation for getPatronHolds since it was not being returned
Browse Functionality Updates
Allow browsing of events, archives, indexed web content, and genealogy
Do not show the option to add to browse when there are no results for a search
Additional error checking messaging when loading recommendations if the user's session expired
Collection Spotlight Updates
Allow creating spotlights for different types of searches (Events, Open Archives, etc)
Hide options for spotlight list that aren't relevant to the selected source
Update administration interface to make it easier to administer lists in a spotlight
Update old collection spotlights to use new method of defining them
Do not show create spotlight option from events search page
Do not show the option to create a new spotlight when there are no results for a search
Indexing Updates
If an item does not have a call number in the item or bib, but does have volume information, show the volume information as the call number
Remove the old method of grouping works by specifying grouped work ids in favor of new method which specifies alternate title/author information
IP Address Blocking
Extends the existing IP Address functionality to allow blocking of all access to Aspen based on IP Address.
Aspen blocks access to APIs by default now to prevent unauthorized usage and access can be granted based on IP Address.
When Aspen blocks a page or API request, Aspen logs the block.
Information about the total number of blocks that have been done is found on the Aspen Usage Dashboard.
Koha Integration Updates
Added new functionality to allow the pickup branch for holds to be changed by the user.
Update return message when we cannot connect to Koha OAuth service during Pin Reset
Self Registration Updates
Allow a list of valid states to be specified as part of the registration process.
Optionally submit the form with values in all upper case
Allow a message to be displayed regarding password requirements on the self-registration form
Properly detect when Koha has locked an account due to the maximum number of login attempts being reached and issue an appropriate message to the patron
Update filtering of pickup branches when setting contact information to use the full list of valid pickup branches
Password Recovery can now be set up so that the patron completes the password recovery process within Aspen Discovery rather than Koha
Update to support new fines structure from Koha 19.11
When displaying contact information form, do not use the list of libraries allowed for self-registration
Do not suppress items with no collection code for Koha
Fixes for updating messaging settings in newer versions of Koha
Add author name to each hold within Koha
Cleanup of calls when marking fines paid within Koha to pass numeric values as numbers and properly case payment type
PayPal Updates
Update PayPal to trim the description further when creating new orders
RBdigital Updates
Additional error trapping when loading RBdigital ID from the API
Do not show sample call numbers for eMagazines within search results
Record Display Updates
When displaying subjects for a MARC record, don't show subfield 9
Website Indexing Updates
Add required fields for website indexing settings
Other changes
Remove culturally insensitive terms from codebase that are not part of third party libraries
Fix Select Interface to use defined base url for a library
When checking system health, look at the last 3 log entries for indexing to prevent rapid changes in the health report during eContent outages
When checking system health take into account the number of processors while looking at load average
Allow display of both offline message as well as system message
Updates to determination of audience and form (Fiction/Nonfiction) for Arlington custom processing
Updates when creating records to include and records owned to allow blank sub locations
Additional error handling when submitting tickets via Aspen
Add AhrefsBot to list of bots that are blocked by default
Ensure that ping of Solr server happens more quickly by reducing timeouts
Cleanup of facet code
Cleanup of unused Pika code and references
About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery

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

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

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

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

Inclusivity in our Open Source Communities

LISWire - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 15:16

Technology terms are often mysterious - DNS, cache, cookies, frameworks, sandbox, barks, front end/back end, firewalls, to name just a few. It takes time to become familiar with these words and their meanings. Most of the time these terms are benign. At other times they are non-inclusive, offensive, and downright unnecessary. Racist and gendered language is found in many software and technology projects. The terms Master/Slave and blacklist/whitelist are prime examples of technology terms that refer to inequitable social structures, imply value, and flat out fail to accurately describe their function.

The Koha community, along with many other companies and open source projects, continue to move towards using inclusive language in their code bases. In the area of gender inclusivity, the Koha community has enhanced the code multiple times to remove gendered code comments and include more neutrality in relation to gender in the patron module. (See Bugzilla: 22716 5020 18432 14652 19988 17701 25364 25340). Just recently a new omnibus ticket was filed to change instances of blacklist and whitelist to deny list and allow list respectively. (Bugzilla 25708) The first patch has already been submitted to change a system preference title from NotesBlackList to NotesDenyList. This is exciting, much-needed work; but just the start. This work of inclusivity is ongoing.

ByWater Solutions is committed to the following:
We are committed to identifying and removing non-inclusive terms from our internal work with our partners through our support and development actions, which we fully control. Whitelist will be allow list, Blacklist will be deny list. Master/Slave system configuration will be Primary/Replica. We will continue to listen to our partners and communities to address other needed language changes in an ongoing manner.
We are committed to working with our open source communities (Koha, Aspen, FOLIO, and Libki) to encourage and participate in discussions on inclusive language, and actively submit changes to code, wiki, and documentation in those communities.
We are committed to working with our upstream providers and the language they use. When needed, we will submit feedback/tickets to those providers asking for changes in their documentation and code.
Creating an inclusive workspace and community is important to all of us at Bywater. And we understand we don't have all the answers or see all the perspectives. If you see an area that we, Koha, Aspen, Libki, FOLIO can improve upon please let us know! We encourage everyone to participate in the discussion. You can reach the ByWater staff through our ticketing system, our webchat, Slack Channel, or by phone. You can report issues directly to Libki, Aspen, and Koha using the below links.

Koha Issues:
Report a Koha Issue

Libki issues:
Report a Libki Client issue

Report a Libki Server Issue

Aspen Issues:
Report an Aspen Issue

FOLIO Issues:
Report a FOLIO Issue

FOLIO Code of Conduct

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

Brill Germany Takes Over the Publishing Program of Die Blaue Eule

LISWire - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:06

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 11 June 2020

The German branch of Brill has acquired the portfolio of German publishing house DIE BLAUE EULE, established in Essen.

By signing the transaction agreement, Eva-Maria Hohmann, owner of publishing house DIE BLAUE EULE, and Jörg Persch, managing director of Brill Deutschland GmbH, conclude the takeover of the publishing program as of July 1, 2020. DIE BLAUE EULE was founded in 1983 by Werner L. Hohmann in Essen, with a focus on Philosophy and Art Studies. Later, the research areas Musical Studies and Music Pedagogy were added to this program.

Eva-Maria Hohmann sees the future of the publishing house's well-established program secured by the sale: "After the unexpected death of my husband, who founded the publishing house DIE BLAUE EULE in 1983, I have pursued the goal of placing the publishing house in good hands. Now I am delighted that Brill Germany is giving DIE BLAUE EULE and its authors a future in the rapidly changing media landscape".

Jörg Persch adds: "We consider it a great honor that Mrs. Hohmann entrusts us with her life’s work and that of her husband and founder of the publishing house, and we will look after it carefully and sustainably".

The publishing house's program will be integrated into the portfolio of Brill Deutschland GmbH, to which the imprints Ferdinand Schöningh, Wilhelm Fink and mentis belong. The acquisition includes a backlist of approximately 1400 book titles and 14 active book series. For Brill Deutschland GmbH, this represents a valuable expansion in the areas of Philosophy, Art and Musical Studies, and Education. Through the connection to the parent company in The Netherlands with branches in Boston, Singapore and Beijing, the publications will in the future also be distributed internationally and increasingly digitally.

For more information about this take-over please contact Stephan Kopsieker, Press Department / Public Relations at Brill Germany, via [email protected].

About Brill Deutschland GmbH
Since 2017 the publishing house Ferdinand Schöningh together with the Wilhelm Fink Verlag has been an imprint of Brill Deutschland GmbH. Founded in 1847, the Ferdinand Schöningh publishing house became one of the most renowned Humanities publishing houses in Germany within a few years. Milestones in the company's development were the co-founding of the textbook series Uni-Taschenbücher (UTB) in 1970 and the takeover of the Munich-based Wilhelm Fink Verlag in 1974. In January 2018, mentis Verlag joined this strong association of academic publishers in the Humanities.

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

View this media alert online: https://brill.com/newsitem/241/brill-germany-takes-over-the-publishing-p...

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Brillbook publishingjournal publishingArtphilosophymusical studies

EBSCO Information Services’ Usage Consolidation™ Supports COUNTER R5

LISWire - Tue, 06/09/2020 - 11:27

EBSCO Information Services’ Usage Consolidation™ Supports COUNTER R5
~ EBSCO Information Services Develops Features to Improve Usage Reporting ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 9, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services’ (EBSCO) Usage Consolidation™ service now supports COUNTER R5 providing comparison tools and new ways for librarians to analyze and manage usage reporting.

EBSCO Usage Consolidation’s COUNTER R5 support includes features that transform previously loaded R4 usage into corresponding R5 metrics to allow year-on-year comparisons to continue even as content providers transition to the new release. Library staff will be able to take advantage of new COUNTER Release 5 attributes like Year of Publication and Access Method in their consolidated reporting workflows. SUSHI Harvesting has been enhanced to support multiple harvest frequencies (annual, bi-annual, quarterly, monthly), and EBSCO also includes an intelligent “ready to load” feature that allows staff to see which platforms need usage loaded.

EBSCO is also making configuring platforms to harvest easier with preloaded information, such as URLs and reports supported. Librarians will also be able to see which platforms EBSCO’s Usage Loading Service™ handles for their institution and which platforms are managed by the institution. In addition, EBSCO’s COUNTER R5 support makes usage data immediately available in the subscription workflow via EBSCONET® Subscription Management.

EBSCO Information Service’s Chief Product Strategist Oliver Pesch says EBSCO has improved how essential information is viewed by library staff to save time. “One unique thing we do is to transform the COUNTER R4 usage to allow librarians to analyze their usage from time periods that span a content provider’s transition from R4 and R5. By offering a truly consolidated view of usage, our customers are able to make the apples to apples comparison in a more intuitive workflow — bringing essential information together in a way that improves how library staff assess their collections and usage.”

Usage Consolidation is part of the EBSCO Knowledge Services suite offering a state-of-the-art set of workflow management tools for libraries and includes Holdings & Link Management, Full Text Finder, and Publication Finder, as well as the “IQ” Services which enable customization and integration. EBSCO Knowledge Services are powered by the EBSCO Knowledge Base and are focused on removing data siloes and integrating with library management tools including FOLIO and CORAL.

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

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOR5Usage ConsolidationReportingUsage

New Curbside Pickup Feature Coming Soon for Evergreen

LISWire - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:20

Duluth, Ga., June 4, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the development of Curbside Pickup for libraries using Evergreen ILS. The latest feature, expected to be available in June, was designed by Equinox and supported by the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), the non-profit which oversees SPARK, an Evergreen consortium in the state of Pennsylvania.

“PaILS is excited to sponsor the development of software functionality to assist libraries in offering curbside service,” said Lisa Rives Collens, President of the PaILS Board of Directors. “Only an open source ILS like Evergreen would be able to move so quickly to fill such an important need in the library community.”

Curbside Pickup extends existing functionality in Evergreen to coordinate curbside lending and expedite communications using the ILS. Patrons can select items in the catalog, place holds, arrange a pick up time, and notify the library upon arrival. A new tabbed interface will be available to library staff identifying new holds for pick up, to view or modify delivery times, and for preparing and checking out items to patrons. When patrons arrive at the library, they simply click a button in their library account to alert staff that they’re at the designated location for curbside delivery.

The new feature will support libraries as they adapt services to meet changing needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Equinox and the Evergreen community are working quickly and collaboratively in order to make the feature available as soon as possible.

“Our mission to empower libraries with open source technologies includes identifying emergent needs and working with partners and community members to address those needs,” said Lisa Carlucci, Executive Director. “Providing tools that support new workflows, safe practices, and create a positive service experience for patrons is one way we hope to help empower libraries during this critical time.”

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

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

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EBSCO Information Services Announces Suite of Resources for Business Studies from Harvard Business Publishing

LISWire - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:48

EBSCO Information Services Announces Suite of Resources for Business Studies from Harvard Business Publishing
~ Unique Resources Designed to Help Business Students Succeed ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 4, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing the release of Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) Resources for Business Studies, which includes the new Harvard Business Publishing Student Success Package. The resources provide unique content to support business students to prepare them for the business world and success in their future careers. Additional resources from HBP may be bundled with the HBP Student Success Package to create a complete suite of resources for business students.

The Harvard Business Publishing Student Success Package includes foundational text essential to students’ business knowledge, case studies to prepare for their careers and tools to build lifelong soft skills. Core Curriculum includes 76 readings covering the foundational concepts, theories and frameworks in business studies. Subject areas include finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, operations management, sales, ethics, leadership, international business, strategy and more. The readings are authored by faculty at Harvard Business School and include a Teaching Note document to help instructors gain insight into the case, related course materials and exhibit slides. Teaching Notes are available at no cost to all educators with a free educator account at hbsp.harvard.edu.

HBS Select Case Study Collection offers a curated selection of more than 2,000 Harvard Business School case studies, selected by editors from Harvard Business Publishing, that guide students through the current workplace and prepare them for a successful career. The case studies provide real-world scenarios and commentary to help students examine issues related to the business world. Students gain the perspectives and context they need to examine issues such as navigating changing workplaces, managing teams and career growth.

Also included in the HBP Student Success Package is HBR Ascend, a digital learning resource from Harvard Business Review. Built on a mobile-first platform, the tool is uniquely designed to help young professionals build soft skills with videos from industry leaders, podcasts with real-world applications, full-text articles from leading journals, infographics to engage and inform, and bite-sized modules for sequential learning. Subjects include jobs and careers, personal growth, working smarter, managing and leading and being happy at work.

Additional resources from Harvard Business Publishing are available to provide a complete suite of business studies resources, including Harvard Business Review E-Book Subscription Collection. The collection includes HBR’s complete catalog of more than 600 e-books including 400 monographs plus newly published e-books and seminal works. Business students gain valuable insight from the wide range of subjects including business communication, decision-making & problem solving, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources & personnel management, leadership, management, marketing, organizational behavior, strategic planning and more.

More information about the suite of Harvard Business Publishing Resources for Business Studies is available at: https://www.ebsco.com/products/research-databases/harvard-business-publi...

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

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOHBRAcademic LibrariesHarvard Business Press ReviewBusiness Studies

EBSCO Information Services Partners with PatientWisdom, Inc.

LISWire - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:56

EBSCO Information Services Partners with PatientWisdom, Inc.
~ Partnership Aims to Transform Delivery of Healthcare Services ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 3, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has entered into a partnership with PatientWisdom, Inc., a digital-health company with solutions that transform the experience and delivery of care by listening to the people involved, individually and at scale. The flagship solution, PatientWisdom®, distills information about what matters to patients into point-of-care insights to help clinicians and healthcare organizations deliver optimal services. PatientWisdom now offers integration capabilities with EBSCO’s shared decision making and patient education tools.

PatientWisdom aims to enhance relationships between patients and their physicians and care teams, and improve the delivery of healthcare services. The HIPAA-compliant, mobile responsive solution captures valuable information directly from patients and integrates it into the clinician workflow. An at-a-glance inSIGHT summary is available in the electronic health record (EHR) to help busy clinicians better address patient needs and preferences.

As part of the agreement, EBSCO will leverage its global presence to expand the reach and impact of PatientWisdom. PatientWisdom Founder and CEO Dr. Gregory Makoul reinforces the importance of this partnership. “EBSCO recognizes that understanding what matters to patients is an essential element of clinical decision support. By combining forces, we can accelerate a shared vision of helping health organizations create more responsive ecosystems in the course of everyday practice.”

The company offers four solutions — PatientWisdom, ProviderWisdom®, CommunityWisdom® and StudentWisdomTM — all designed to augment standard information by focusing on what matters to key stakeholders.
• PatientWisdom: Makes it easy to understand what matters to patients ahead of clinical encounters to transform the patient experience.
• ProviderWisdom: Obtains real-world insights from clinicians and staff to enhance engagement, address burnout and streamline care.
• CommunityWisdom: Produces a deep view of the community to give health organizations clear lines-of-sight for developing or partnering with programs people will use.
• StudentWisdom: Collects student and faculty viewpoints to improve learner well-being and the overall learning environment.

EBSCO Clinical Decisions Executive Vice President Betsy Jones says this relationship demonstrates the company’s dedication to enhancing patient encounters in the healthcare space. “PatientWisdom shares EBSCO’s drive in leveraging evidence-based medicine by enhancing the patient experience and discovering patient sensitivities. This partnership complements our focus on the care team, clinical decision support and patient preferences to achieve better outcomes.”

For more information on PatientWisdom, visit: https://patientwisdom.com/.

About EBSCO’s Health Resources
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, medical research information and healthcare business intelligence for the healthcare industry. EBSCO users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include DynaMed®, Dynamic Health™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as CINAHL® Complete, MEDLINE® Complete) plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO’s health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the research platform favored by libraries around the world.

About PatientWisdom, Inc.
PatientWisdom, Inc. developed the Wisdomics® digital health platform to improve the experience and delivery of care by listening to the people involved – individually and at scale. The company is based in New Haven, CT and offers four powerful solutions: PatientWisdom, ProviderWisdom, CommunityWisdom, and StudentWisdom. The Tech Tribune named PatientWisdom, Inc. one of the Best Tech Startups in 2018, 2019, and 2020. PatientWisdom won “Most-Patient Centered” and Audience Favorite at the Health Tech StandOut! Competition during the 2018 Connected Health Conference, and Technology Innovators designated Gregory Makoul one of the Top 50 Healthcare Technology CEOs for 2019. To learn more, please visit www.patientwisdom.com.

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Special LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEBSCO HealthPatientWisdomPOCPoint of CareMedical Point of Care

Gale Relaunches Kids InfoBits as Gale In Context: Elementary with Enhanced User Experience to Deliver Better Learning Outcomes

LISWire - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:25

Kid-Friendly Database Improves Student Engagement and Personalizes Instruction In and Out of Classroom, Developing Future-Ready Skills in Young Learners

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – June 2, 2020 – Gale, a Cengage company, has a new addition to its award-winning Gale In Context family of products. Kids InfoBits has been relaunched as Gale In Context: Elementary, with new and improved features that provide young learners with a better user experience to help them build their learning and critical thinking skills. Completely redesigned and built exclusively for elementary school learners, Gale In Context: Elementary provides a more intuitive, kid-friendly platform with a strong focus on learning development and student success. This enables teachers to gradually help students become successful at learning as they transition to higher grade levels, putting them on a path to discovery that fosters future-ready skills.

“As schools and students adapt to distant learning, it is critical for educators to provide equitable access across the K-12 continuum, said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Gale In Context: Elementary, offers students a trusted place to find answers and explore their interests, while also giving teachers access to digital resources that supplement and enhance instruction as well as promote student engagement.”

View a video about Gale In Context: Elementary, here: https://bit.ly/36P35uI.

Gale In Context: Elementary provides young learners with a supportive place to search for answers and explore their interests. With I Wonder questions, quick facts and visual topic pages, Gale In Context: Elementary represents a renewed focus on supporting elementary school students. The product is built using familiar Gale In Context design elements, making it easy for students to grow with Gale and develop their research skills as they progress to databases like Gale In Context: Middle School and Gale In Context: High School.

New features and enhancements of Gale In Context: Elementary include:

• Kid-Friendly Interface: a completely redesigned user experience created specifically for young students that’s easy to use and encourages exploration through a visual topic tree.

• Topic Pages: previously known as portals, topic pages provide students with short, age-appropriate summaries for topics and organize resources for easy use in research projects.

• Leveled Content: leveled topic overviews provide users with both a basic and advanced version of the same overview, allowing educators to differentiate instruction.

• I Wonder…: questions that engage young users’ curiosity and draw them into topics. Continuously updated, the I Wonder question on the homepage encourages daily exploration.

• Rich Content: search through thousands of indexed images, videos, charts and graphs.

• Powerful Platform: a new proprietary platform that allows users to:

- Search by Lexile range or find content based on basic, intermediate, or advanced learning levels to support differentiated learning styles.

- Use ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and on-demand article translation into over 20 languages—on-screen and read-aloud.

- Use citation tools to easily create a bibliography for their research.

- Use the Highlights and Notes feature to annotate and track their questions and ideas.

View/download hi-res images of Gale In Context: Elementary, here: https://bit.ly/2ZZPEXM.

Gale In Context databases have a long history of supporting academic achievement and future-ready skill development. In a recent nationwide study conducted by Project Tomorrow® on behalf of Gale[i], 91 percent of teachers said their students’ research skills improved from using the Gale In Context databases to support their assignments and projects. Additionally, after using Gale In Context: Elementary, 70 percent of the students said they were now comfortable doing a research project on their own, and 79 percent agreed that they were comfortable using online databases to support their research assignments.

For more information or to request a trial on Gale In Context: Elementary, visit: www.gale.com/c/in-context-elementary.

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

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

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[i] Project Tomorrow Study: Activate Student Success with Database Access, October 2019

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Gale In ContextGale

Exact Editions Freezes Institutional Subscription Prices for 2020/2021

LISWire - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 07:03

The prices of digital institutional subscriptions to hundreds of magazine archives through digital publishers Exact Editions will be frozen for the 2020/2021 academic year. This decision comes in recognition of the unprecedented financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the budget uncertainties that may lie ahead.

Exact Editions transforms periodicals with archives into intuitive digital editions; existing partners include such prestigious names as The TLS, Foreign Affairs and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Institutional subscriptions are authenticated by IP-access for a seamless browsing experience, but also benefit from advanced remote access options that are particularly important in these challenging times where premises are closed. The archives are also fully-searchable, accessible across web, iOS and Android platforms, and integrated into library catalogues with MARC records and KBART data.

See Exact Editions’ institutional shop page here: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “Due to the strain that the global crisis has put on academic and corporate libraries around the world, we have frozen prices to ensure that digital resources will still be as accessible as possible over the coming year.”

About Exact Editions:

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

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Aspen Discovery Announces 20.07.00 Release and Notes

LISWire - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 15:48

Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.07 release is available. This major release includes 46 improvements and 7 performance & reliability fixes.

Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Developer, recently commented on the release:

Aspen Discovery version 20.07 makes it easier for librarians to promote special collections within Aspen. By allowing archival materials and lists to be added to lists, librarians can more easily promote these items on both the Aspen home page and within collection spotlights on their website. There are also several enhancements to make Aspen easier to administer.

Administration Updates
Add tracking of when settings change within the Administration interface and add a display of the history for administrators.
Update creation of default libraries
Set default theme to responsive
Allow default grouped work display settings to be defined (defaults to public)
Set more appropriate default lists to include
Turn off Genealogy by default

API Updates
Allow the source of materials to be specified when calling getPatronCheckouts and getPatronHolds from User API

CARL.X Integration Updates
Correct loading holds from CARL.X

Cloud Library Updates
Correct loading of MARC records to properly handle special characters
Add first detected and last change dates to staff view for Cloud Library Records

Grouped Work Updates
Alternate titles for grouped works can be deleted from staff view by users with appropriate permissions
Users with Cataloging or OPAC Admin permissions can specify title, author, and series information for a grouped work from staff view
Information specified is shown within staff view
Specified display information can be deleted within staff view
The provided information will replace information from MARC records or eContent within the index

Help Manual
Add additional content to the manual

Indexing Updates
Update to ignore subfield 9 when indexing subject fields
Add a nightly index mode to full reindex which runs based on a setting in the System Variables table
Automatically force a nightly index to run when relevant settings are changed in Aspen
Add the ability to check if nightly index is running
If nightly indexing is running, pause continuous indexing until it is done.
Add the ability to get the format of items by collection code for Koha
Updating Accelerated Reader Data now happens as part of the nightly index on a weekly basis
Log additional errors to indexing logs
When adding notes to logs, always record the time the note was added.
Remove regrouping records from the command line since it is no longer used
Move Reindex Log to system reports and rename to Nightly Index Log
Add errors to nightly reindex log
Remove unused maxWorksToProcess option from config files
Additional error trapping when loading Hoopla scopes
Remove irrelevant code

Koha Integration Updates
Allow display of opac notes entered in Koha to be displayed within Aspen
Update to allow a single work to be manually exported from Koha
Load volume information for checked out titles if available
Update extract of changed bibs to include bibs where only metadata has changed
Update translation maps from Koha based on settings within the indexing profile
Update Novelist settings in Aspen based on settings within Koha

New York Times List Updates
Add the date that the New York Times List last updated a list as well as copyright to the description.

Novelist Integration
Improve performance when loading Novelist information for titles with many ISBNs
Upgrade to newest API version
Performance & Reliability Fixes
Update Index Status API to return more information about each check which it performs
Add checking for available memory and system load during status checks
Add checking of a nightly index for errors during status checks
When loading More Like This for a record validate that the record exists.
Redirect additional URLs that are improperly formatted or that contain spammy searches to the 404 page
Fix cron to automatically restart Aspen services on reboot
Error trapping when OverDrive product does not have formats

Record updates
Allow Supplemental Files (XLS, DOC, etc) to be attached to MARC records for download by patrons to provide additional information for a record.

User List Updates
Automatically remember the last list a user was using
Lists that a title is on are shown within search results
Allow adding lists and open archive titles to lists
Allow collection spotlights and browse categories to Open Archive and List entries that are part of a list shown

Other
Update default site creation for Koha to use current location rather than owning location
Wrap button text for You Might Also Like and While You Wait
Make collection spotlight title bars use secondary colors
Fix color of collapsible panels when they are expanded in the default theme
Updates to session handling
Automatically enable the Koha module when setting up a new Koha site
Return fatal errors that occur during AJAX operations as JSON for a display to users
Cleanup of redundant information in staff view

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

EBSCO Information Services Supports Google’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA)

LISWire - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:28

EBSCO Information Services Supports
Google’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA)
~ Enhancement Provides Seamless Off-Campus Authentication
to EBSCO Content Through Google Scholar ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 27, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces a partnership with Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) through Google Scholar. Those who start their research in Google Scholar can now access EBSCO content with a seamless user experience while conducting research off-campus.

CASA enables those doing research to access their institution’s scholarly content remotely by providing seamless linking and authentication. Through partnering with Google Scholar, users will be able to authenticate to the EBSCO articles and journals to which they have access. Users can now access this information while working off-campus, making it easier to conduct studies anytime, anywhere. Links to EBSCO content will also be available in Google Scholar, enhancing the user experience.

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Tim Lull reinforces the importance of accessing EBSCO content whenever and wherever users conduct their research, especially as they work remotely. “As EBSCO continues to improve the user experience, it’s exciting to better enable the research process via Google Scholar by enabling trusted full-text links to scholarly content at EBSCO, and effectively removing barriers to access.”

Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar, says, “CASA builds on Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links program which provides direct links in the search interface to subscribed collections for on-campus users. With CASA, a researcher can start a literature survey on campus and resume where she left off once she is home, or travelling, with no hoops to jump through. Her subscribed collections are highlighted in Google Scholar searches, and she is able to access articles in exactly the same way as on campus.”

Learn more about EBSCO and Google Scholar CASA at EBSCO Connect.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decisions tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOGoogleCASAgoogle scholar

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