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ByWater Solutions at American Association of Law Libraries at Booth #631

LISWire - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:59

07/13/2017
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

ByWater Solutions at Booth #631 at AALL
ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that they will be at the American Association of Law Libraries Conference this year at booth #631 from July 15th to the 18th. ByWater will be conducting demos of their products and services as well as demonstrate highlights from Koha's most recent release.

ByWater will be conducting on the fly demos and answer any questions you might have so stop by at anytime! Meet the team at ByWater at booth #631 in Austin!

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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.

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/

Technologies: Open SourceTags: kohaKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Brill Completes Acquisition of Sense Publishers

LISWire - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 05:59

Leiden (NL), 11 July 2017

KONINKLIJKE BRILL N.V., the international scholarly publisher, has acquired all shares of SENSE PUBLISHERS B.V. (Dordrecht, NL) effective 1 July 2017 upon completion of satisfactory due diligence.

Earlier today, Brill and Sense Publishers signed an agreement to transfer all shares of Sense Publishers to Brill. With this agreement, Brill acquires an international English language publication list in Educational Research and related fields. In total the list includes over 1400 book titles, with 160 new books added each year. The annual revenues amount to approx.
1 million Euros.

“Sense Publishers have succeeded in building a strong and important book program in international Educational Research.”, says Herman Pabbruwe, Brill’s CEO. “We are proud to become the successors of this prominent list, which we aim to expand into a full-fledged scholarly publication program in various formats. The entire book list will become available on our own online platform later this year, to be joined by other important scholarly works in this growing field of knowledge. It is an important step in our strategy to further expand into the field of social sciences.”

Peter de Liefde, owner and managing director of Sense, adds: “We were looking for a suitable candidate to continue the program and we are extremely grateful to have reached an agreement with Brill. Brill is not only an important global player in the humanities and social sciences, but they are also well positioned to expand our book program and serve our authors with other research outlets like journals and reference works.”

All current editorial staff of Sense will move to Brill. To ensure the continuity of the program with editors, authors and customers, Mr. De Liefde has agreed to support Brill in a consultancy role for the next two years.

The acquisition is effective per 1 July 2017 and is expected to contribute to this year’s earnings per share.

For more information on this media alert, please contact Sam Bruinsma, Senior Vice President Business Development Brill (bruinsma@brill.com). For more information on sales and distribution, please contact sales@brill.com, or for the Americas, cs@brillusa.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 (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) and Singapore (SG), Brill today publishes over 270 journals and close to 1,200 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic formats. 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 Sense Publishers
SENSE PUBLISHERS was founded in 2004 by Peter de Liefde and is today one of the fastest growing academic publishers of books in International Educational Research and related fields, featuring a current list of over 1400 titles and approximately 160 new titles published annually. Operating from Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Boston (USA), and Taipei (Taiwan), with a cast of top international authors, Sense brings a true global perspective to its publishing efforts. The majority of Sense Publishers’ revenue is made in North America. For further information, please visit www.sensepublishers.com.

View this press release online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-completes-acquisition-sense-publishers

Tags: BrillSenseacquisitionOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrarians

Chad Cluff promoted to Chief Information Officer at Backstage

LISWire - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:20

Contact:

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 800.288.1265
news@bslw.com
www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, July 6, 2017 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Chad Cluff to Chief Information Officer. Chad has worked at Backstage for 20 years and has fulfilled many roles, including metadata services technician, technical services developer, authority control programmer, software development and IT head, and now chief information officer. He is a PMP-certified leader who has worked with numerous clients, internal and external, in various formats to develop custom solutions to complicated data problems. Chad will be responsible for the information, data, and programming needs of the company.

Chad’s insights, knowledge, and many years of service and experience at Backstage will be a valuable tool in the company’s mission to provide the best possible service to its clients.

Chad states:

“Data is at the center of everything we do at Backstage. We work with libraries and special institutions to better access, improve, create, and disseminate data.

“I believe in fostering a world-class library service organization and furthering Backstage’s use of emerging technology, data trends and other resources to create innovative solutions for our clients’ ultimate success.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with Backstage staff in leveraging their experience and talent to better serve our clients.”

Nate Cothran, president of Backstage states:

“As Backstage continues to grow and expand its core services, it makes sense to invest in our infrastructure to better serve the needs of our customers and each other. Chad brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our information and technology processes and we look forward to maximizing that synergy across all of the departments in our company.”

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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Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: Backstage Library WorksBSLWbslw.comChad Clufflibrary serviceslibrary technologyOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: Backstage Library WorksIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Casey Cheney promoted to Vice President of Automation Services

LISWire - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:14

Contact:

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
800.288.1265
news@bslw.com
www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, July 7, 2017 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Casey Cheney to Vice President of Automation Services. Casey has worked with Backstage for 14 years and has fulfilled many roles, including assistant project manager and project manager in retrospective conversion, reclassification, and cataloging. In April 2016, she transitioned to project manager for authority control processing.

Casey will be responsible for managing authority control and machine services projects, working with internal programmers, controlling costs, innovating on metadata-related prospects, consulting with the Sales and Marketing department, and coordinating with Metadata and On-Site Services on shared projects.

Casey is a PMP-certified leader whose emphasis on customer service has consistently led to her being one of the highest rated project managers in client satisfaction ratings.

Casey states:

“Our Automation Services department is a vital part of the work we do here at Backstage. With the ever-changing role of librarians and the environment in which they work, it is absolutely necessary that we provide a way to make data maintenance and enhancement as streamlined as possible.

“Automation Services will continue to expand and improve upon its existing services while keeping an eye forward on what is to come.

“I will work to develop partnerships and other opportunities that will broaden our net to serve even more institutions in ways that they need. I am excited to continue to bring world-class service to the library community and I look forward to working closely with clients.”

Nate Cothran, president of Backstage states:

“Managing the adaptive and changing landscape of authority control, linked data, and record cleanup can be a daunting endeavor.

“We are privileged to have Casey’s stellar customer-facing expertise help drive our technology-driven approach to fulfill the requirements and needs of the library community. Her positive outlook and deep history of customizing solutions for customers can be applied in a broader scope going forward.”

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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Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: Backstage Library Worksauthority controlauthority control processingautomated RDA enrichmentautomated servicesautomation servicesBSLWbslw.comCasey Cheneydatabase conversiondatabase processingILS data migrationlibrary serviceslibrary technologylinked dataRDA enrichmentOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: Backstage Library WorksIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

New edition of Bradley’s seminal internet search handbook tackles fake news

LISWire - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 07:45

Facet Publishing have announced the release of the 5th edition of Phil Bradley’s Expert Internet Searching.

In the fifth edition of Expert Internet Searching, author Phil Bradley targets the recent phenomena of fake news. Bradley explains why it occurs, how it can be identified and how information professionals can lead the charge in combating it.

First published in 1999 (as The Advanced Internet Searcher’s Handbook), Expert Internet Searching covers the basics of search before going into detail on how to run advanced and complex searches using a variety of different search engines. The new edition references over 300 search engines and associated search tools and has been updated to include current trends including social media search, visual search, and discussion of the authority and validity of search results.

Bradley said, “We all still see the rather silly claim that ‘it’s all on Google, so why do we need libraries and librarians?’ but I firmly believe that information professionals are needed now more than ever. It’s part of our role to help stem the tide of fake news, to open people’s eyes to the rich abundance of information available in so many different formats, and to assist them in working out what they need to know and the best way of getting it. When I was a child and I told my careers officer that I wanted to be a librarian she said ‘is it because you like books?’ and I said ‘No, it’s because I want the power’.

- Ends

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

Notes:

More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=302475
Link to the cover image: https://www.booksonix.co.uk/facetpublishing/9781783302475.jpg

Expert Internet Searching | Jun 2017 | 248pp | paperback: 9781783302475 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783302482 | £119.95 | eBook: 9781783302499

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

Phil Bradley is a renowned information specialist, internet consultant and conference speaker specializing in search. He has worked with a number of search engine companies to help them improve their products, and has a popular blog on internet search. He teaches internet search and social media skills to librarians and information professionals both within the UK and abroad. Phil was the CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) President for two years (2012–13). He also writes a column in the CILIP Update magazine and his previous titles with Facet Publishing include Social Media for Creative Libraries (2015).

Tags: Information LiteracysearchGooglefake newsalternative factssocial mediaOrganization Type: PublisherTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

The Barzani National Memorial Library in Iraq Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:55

07/05/2017

CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

The Barzani National Memorial 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 Barzani National Library, of Kurdistan, Iraq is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the implementation and customization of their Koha installation and is providing ongoing support and hosting services to them. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://catalog.bnm.krd/

The Barzani National Memorial celebrates Mustafa Barzani, who was a 20th-century national hero and leader of Kurdistan National Liberation, and founding father of the Peshmerga (Kurdish Armed Forces). Most 20th-century Kurdish history has been poorly documented, and the known available resources are scattered across the globe. This institution creates an opportunity for Kurdish/Kurdistani international scholars and interested individuals to have a better understanding of Kurdistan, Mustafa Barzani, and the modern history of some 40 million Kurdish people. Kurdish people are the largest single group in the world without an established homeland.

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 Koha 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 for Koha support 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 ILSKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services and Children’s Book Council Announce 2017 Winners of Inaugural SEE-IT™ Award

LISWire - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:01

~ Ottaviani and Purvis Novel Selected for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Graphic Novels ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 26, 2017 —EBSCO Information Services and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council today announced The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded, as the 2017 recipient of the first annual SEE-IT™ Award. The SEE-IT Award recognizes outstanding achievements of authors and illustrators in youth graphic novels.

The winner of the 2017 SEE-IT Award (“Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told”), was announced by EBSCO and the Children’s Book Council at EBSCO’s School and Public Library Luncheon at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The presentation also included a virtual appearance from Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Yang is the Printz Award winning author of American Born Chinese, a two-time National Book Award Finalist, and is the United States’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

The SEE-IT Award is a new annual book award developed by EBSCO and the Children’s Book Council to recognize the cultural and literary impacts of youth graphic novels. Youth graphic novels are highly appealing to visual learners and increasingly used in public libraries and classrooms to engage young readers, boost reading comprehension and help students develop a life-long love of reading.

Gail de Vos, Adjunct Professor, SLIS at the University of Alberta, and SEE-IT Award Juror Chair says every SEE-IT Award finalist is worthy of the award. “The inaugural jury had the pleasure of reading and discussing an abundance of titles intended for a young reading audience. The six finalists were as varied in their artistic and textual interpretations as they were in their intended readers and genres, and are all equally worthy of the award.”

de Vos says the creative storytelling, subject matter relevance and overall appeal of The Imitation Game-Alan Turning Decoded led the juror panel to select the graphic novel as the 2017 SEE-IT Award winner. “The Imitation Game offers the young adult reader a definite challenge in this engaging and germane biography of the genius of Alan Turing. Multiple narrators respond to a nameless interviewer to relate the story of the man and his accomplishments, while divulging the culture, historical environment and attitudes of the time. The illustrations, with their pastel backgrounds and bold lines, firmly ground the overall story of Turing’s life from adolescence until his death.”

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management for Books, Ken Breen, says the SEE-It Award recognizes the impact youth graphic novels can have on young readers. “Graphic novels have something for every reader, the stories and the images come together to tell the story in a way that appeals to students of all reading levels and we want to celebrate the growth of this literary genre and art form.”

A total of 56 submissions for the 2017 SEE-IT award were evaluated by panel of seven 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.

The 2018 SEE-IT Award will begin soliciting publisher submissions in August. More information is available on the SEE-IT website (www.ebsco.com/see-it).

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, 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:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Tags: EBSCO Information ServicesEBSCOSEE-IT Awardgraphic novelsAwardspublishersTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: AuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansCompany Name: EBSCO

OCLC celebrates 50 years of innovation and collaboration with libraries worldwide

LISWire - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 20:53

DUBLIN, Ohio, 23 June 2017—OCLC, the library technology and research organization that changed the way libraries work, is celebrating 50 years of innovation and collaboration with libraries around the world.

On July 6, 1967, the nonprofit Ohio College Library Center was established to create a shared electronic library for Ohio colleges and universities. Frederick Kilgour, founder and first President, had a plan to build a shared, online cataloging system that would effectively merge library catalogs through a computer network and database so that libraries could work collaboratively, save time and share resources.

What began 50 years ago as a regional computer system for 54 Ohio colleges has become OCLC, a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs to over 16,000 libraries in 120 countries.

“OCLC started with a vision to build a central database to share library catalog records and resources across a network,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “That kind of online collaboration continues today with our web-based services.

“From those early days, OCLC has continued to progress and innovate along with the latest information technologies. Yet our focus and vision has always remained the same: to provide the best services possible to libraries so they can serve the needs of their users, and make breakthroughs possible.”

Thousands of libraries around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials and collections. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information.

The OCLC Online Union Catalog began operation in 1971. Catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, were first to catalog a book using the online cataloging system. That database, now known as WorldCat, is the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 396 million records representing more than 2.5 billion titles in libraries worldwide
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Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide. OCLC’s technology and team of expert catalogers and data quality specialists constantly enrich WorldCat records with new and corrected information to ensure that WorldCat contains the highest quality records possible. Data shared through WorldCat supports a variety of network services and spurs innovation.

OCLC also shares original research with the library world. OCLC Research is one of the world’s leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries and archives in a rapidly changing information technology environment. Its WebJunction program is an online community where library staff gather to build the knowledge, skills and support needed to help libraries thrive.

Governance of the cooperative is unique. OCLC Regional Councils—Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific—determine their own leadership structures, programs and priorities. Regional Councils elect representatives to serve on the OCLC Global Council, which is responsible to elect members to the OCLC Board of Trustees. Of OCLC’s current board of 14 trustees, 10 are librarians.

Together with libraries, OCLC continues to innovate and grow.

“In the last year, our dedicated staff around the world implemented the largest technology investment in the cooperative’s history to advance the delivery of cloud-based services,” said Prichard. “We added capacity, strengthened security and advanced recovery capabilities. This investment will allow OCLC to scale services that can support more libraries, more upgrades, more applications and more end users for many years to come.”

A brief timeline of highlights during OCLC’s 50 years of service to libraries:

• 1967: OCLC is founded
• 1971: Ohio University is first to catalog a book online using the online shared cataloging system
• 1979: OCLC introduces the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system
• 1988: OCLC begins publishing the Dewey Decimal classification system
• 1991: FirstSearch is introduced as the first end-user interface for library reference services
• 2003: WebJunction launches as an online professional resource for public libraries, librarians
• 2006: WorldCat.org launches to provide online access to library collections over the internet
• 2011: WorldShare Management Services debuts as the first cloud-based library management system
• 2015: OCLC prints its last library catalog card after a multi-decade run of 1.9 billion
• 2017: Tipasa launches as first cloud-based interlibrary loan management service

See more about OCLC’s 50 years of service at oc.lc/fifty on the website. Follow memories at #OCLC50 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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.

Organization Type: Non-ProfitIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: OCLC

EBSCO Information Services Announces Winners of the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge

LISWire - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:20

~ Grants Totaling $100,000 Provided to Academic Libraries Creating Innovative Technology Solutions ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 23, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) today announced initial winners of its inaugural EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge. The grant program is awarding a total of $100,000 in grants to libraries to develop innovative technology solutions that address the challenges academic libraries face.

Winning proposals came from Villanova University, which aims to develop the integration of VuFind with FOLIO, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which looks to integrate their hardware circulation module with FOLIO.

EBSCO Information Services Director of SaaS Innovation, Andrew Nagy, says the winning proposals were a perfect fit for the Innovation Challenge. “The EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge was created to encourage our community of libraries and service providers to develop new technologies, with the goal of improving their workflow and services.”

Director of Library Technology at Villanova University, Demian Katz, says VuFind was designed with interoperability in mind. “One of the goals of the VuFind project has been to give libraries more choice and more control over their users’ search experience by providing a seamless and configurable interface on top of many different systems. For users interested in building a fully open library system, FOLIO promises to be an exciting new option and with EBSCO’s support, we will be able to ensure that VuFind supports all of its key functionality as it develops.”

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Acting Dean of Libraries and Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery Bill Mischo says the university is already mapping out its plan for FOLIO. “The FOLIO platform is built on an exciting mix of new yet proven technologies that stand to have a real impact on the library software ecosystem. The collaborative work we are engaging in, led by Jim Hahn, a Library faculty member, will help advance the mission of the FOLIO project since it is our hope that library platforms would become more open, extensible, and responsive to contemporary user needs. We are looking forward to working with EBSCO and the FOLIO groups on enhancing key library services and tools.”

For more information on the EBSCO FOLIO Innovation Challenge, visit our FAQs.

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:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Technologies: Open SourceTags: EBSCO Information ServicesEBSCOFOLIO Innovation ChallengetechnologylibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services Announces 2017 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners

LISWire - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:38

~ EBSCO Information Services is Providing Two $100,000 Grants for Libraries to Install Solar Arrays ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 23, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is awarding its 2017 EBSCO Solar grant to the Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia and The Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling, Illinois. The grants will provide each library with $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grant offsets the cost of installing solar panels and allows libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

The Athens-Clarke County Library is the headquarters of the 5-county Athens Regional Library System. The library plans to install a “Sunshine Garden” solar garden, a ground-installed array, on its campus. The library has hosted a variety of sustainability-related events in the past, such as the annual “Green Life Expo,” which seeks to educate local businesses and families about how to reduce their carbon footprint. As part of the grant, the library plans to partner with local schools to create a STEM solar lab to demonstrate solar energy to children, as well as host a seminar for adults on retrofitting homes with solar panels in conjunction with the library’s “Reflecting, Sharing, Learning” programming.

Athens Regional Library System Executive Director Valerie Bell says, “We are absolutely elated to receive the EBSCO Solar grant. From our 2013 LEED-certified building renovation to our electric car charging stations, our library strives to be a community leader in environmental sustainability. We can’t wait to install our Sunshine Garden! Not only will it offset utility costs, but it will be a very visible, and beautiful, reminder about energy conservation to all.”

The Indian Trails Public Library, located in Wheeling, Illinois, serves many communities in the northern Chicago suburbs. Since moving into a new building earlier this year, the library has created plans to start a Giving Garden for children to learn about sustainable farming practices. Along with the solar array, the library is planning programming that will include lectures and an exhibit from the Illinois Solar Energy Association, children’s workshops such as UV Energy with UV Beads; Solar Oven Building, a community-wide sustainability fair focused on educating families on how to reduce their carbon footprint; and a career fair in sustainable technologies.

Indian Trails Library District’s Executive Director Brian Shepard says, “We are thrilled by the opportunity to further our dedication to renewable energy resources through the generosity of the EBSCO Solar grant program. Through our expanded STEM programming and makerspace initiatives, we hope to educate and inspire residents to explore the lasting benefits that sustainability practices contribute to an informed community.”

EBSCO Industries, Inc. President and CEO Tim Collins says the grants are a great way for EBSCO to make a difference. “The EBSCO Solar Grant program helps libraries but it is part of a larger effort to reduce our environmental footprint and show communities the benefits of environmental responsibility. We look forward to seeing the installations at Athens-Clarke and Indian Trails.”

EBSCO received 90 submissions from 15 countries for the 2017 grant. Austin Community College (ACC) District’s Highland Campus was the 2016 EBSCO Solar Grant winner which was a single award for $150,000.

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:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesEBSCO SolarlibrariesTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Nate Cothran promoted to President of Backstage

LISWire - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:41

Contact:
Backstage Library Works
801.356.1852
news@bslw.com
www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, Jun 23, 2017 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce the promotion of Nate Cothran to President. Nate has worked with Backstage for nearly 20 years, managing IT/Technical, Authority Control, and Automation Services. He is a PMP-certified leader who has helped to grow internal departments and improve efficiencies at every turn. Nate believes that customer service is paramount to client satisfaction and continually seeks to ease the client’s workload.

Nate’s vision and dedication to effective leadership will be an integral part of Backstage’s continued rapid growth and expansion of capabilities. He will oversee sales and product management while leading Backstage in its mission to provide a full range of high quality,
cost-effective professional services. Nate will supervise operations in each Backstage location.

John Merrill is stepping back from the day-to-day operations of the company and remains Backstage’s owner and chairman. He states:

“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Nate Cothran as President of Backstage Library Works.

“As the owner of Backstage I’ve directed its fortunes since its inception in 1998. I absolutely believe Nate will lead the company to new heights of greater service to libraries.

“Nate has been successful in every assignment in his years at Backstage, from cataloger to technical services to project manager and product manager. Under his leadership our Authority Control group has become the industry standard for high quality, cost-effective services. He has earned the opportunity to pursue his commitment to excellence in a greater capacity.”

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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Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: Backstage Library Worksbslw.comNate CothranJohn Merrillautomated serviesOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: Backstage Library WorksIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

The Emmaus Bible College Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:43

06/20/2017
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

The Emmaus Bible College 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 Emmaus Bible College Library, of Dubique, IA. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library's 150,000 plus holdings from Winnebago Spectrum and is providing ongoing support and hosting services to them. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://lib.emmaus.edu/

Nathan Curulla, Co-Owner of ByWater commented on the library's decision to partner with ByWater:

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with the team at the Emmaus Bible College Library! Everyone involved in the migration to Koha has been enthusiastic and excited for the increase in functionality the will receive with the implementation of their new system. We look forward to a long and productive relationship!"

About the Emmaus Bible College
Established in 1941, Emmaus Bible College has developed a reputation worldwide for our trusted Bible teaching. Students from across North America and around the world continue to value studying the Word of God in a systematic way, and recent alumni can be found ministering in over 33 countries of the world. By design, Bible is their middle name, and providing biblical instruction continues to be a core element of their mission. For more information please visit: http://www.emmaus.edu/

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 Koha 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 for Koha support 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: Open SourceTags: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Facet Publishing appoint Taylor and Francis as exclusive agents in Australia and New Zealand

LISWire - Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:46

Facet Publishing, publisher of academic and professional books for librarians, information scientists, archivists and records managers, has appointed Taylor and Francis as their exclusive agent in Australia and New Zealand.

Publishing Director Helen Carley said, “We are pleased to be working with Taylor and Francis to make our books widely available to our growing customer base through multiple channels in Australia and New Zealand”.

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Press contact:

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

Notes:

All orders in Australia and New Zealand should now go to:
Taylor and Francis Australia
Level 2, 11 Queens Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Australia
Tel: +61 (0)3 8842 2420
Fax: +61 (0)3 8842 2424
Email: books@tandf.com.au

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireOrganization Type: PublisherIntended Audience: AuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize 2017

LISWire - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 05:09

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore – 19 June 2017

To encourage and support early-career scholars seeking to publish in leading academic journals, Brill publishing is awarding an annual prize for an outstanding article in the field of Middle East and Islamic Studies.

Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize is made possible by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (http://www.brill.com/news/brill-awarded-sheikh-zayed-book-award-publishi...) for publishing. The author of the winning article will receive a €750,- cash prize and the article will be published in one of Brill’s leading journals. This year, the Paper Prize will be hosted by Islamic Law and Society (www.brill.com/ils)

The Paper Prize is open to students who are currently registered for doctoral research at a higher education institution, or have obtained their doctoral degree no longer than 3 years before the submission deadline. For the submission requirements visit http://www.brill.com/brills-middle-east-and-islamic-studies-early-career...

The winner will be announced via Brill’s social media channels and email newsletter:
Twitter: @Brill_ME_Africa
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BrillMidEastAfrica
Email Newsletter: subscribe at www.brill.com/email-newsletters

Past Results
The winner of the 2016 Paper Prize was Fatma Öncel, PhD Candidate at Boğaziçi University, Turkey. Her article "Land, Tax and Power in the Ottoman Provinces: The Malikane-Mukataa of Esma Sultan in Alasonya (c. 1780-1825)" was considered “a convincing and important contribution to the research field” and was published in the Turkish Historical Review (www.brill.com/thr).

The 2014 winner was Alexander E. Balistreri, then Ph.D. student at the Near Eastern Studies department at Princeton University. His article "Turkey's Forgotten Political Opposition: The Demise of Kadirbeyoglu Zeki Bey" was chosen as the best submission by the board of Brill's journal Die Welt des Islams (www.brill.com/wdi).

For more information about Brill’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Early-Career Paper Prize, please contact: articlecompetition@brill.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 (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) and Singapore (SG), Brill today publishes over 270 journals and close to 1,200 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.

Tags: Brillpaper prizeEarly Career PrizeIslamlawcompetitionwriting competitionOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthors

ByWater Solutions at Booth #4348 at ALA Annual 2017

LISWire - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:15

ByWater Solutions will be at ALA Annual this year at booth #4348. We’re going to do demos of our products and demonstrate highlights from the recent release.

General Koha Demos

Saturday, June 24: 11:30 am
Saturday, June 24: 4:00 pm
Sunday, June 25: 2:30 pm
Monday, June 26: 10:30 am

EBSCO EDS

(OPAC Search functionality and Configuration tools)

Saturday, June 24: 2:15 pm
Sunday, June 25: 9:45 am

Academic Success for your Students

(Course Reserves, Article Requests, Multi-item holds)

Saturday, June 24: 12:30 pm
Sunday, June 25: 1:30 pm

OPAC Design

(Checkout the new layout, Kids OPAC and see what you can to update your OPAC in a few easy steps)

Saturday, June 24: 1:30 pm
Sunday, June 25: 10:45 am

DIY for Your Patrons

(OPAC reset password, multi item holds, guarantor, privacy settings and SMS updates)

Saturday, June 24: 3:15 pm
Sunday, June 25: 11:45 am

Demos will be 15-20 minutes long.

If you can't make the scheduled times, we'd be happy to do on the fly demos and answer any questions you might have if you stop by at other times! Come meet Brendan, Josh, Todd, Adam, and Jessie at booth #4348 in Chicago. We hope to see you all soon!

About ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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.

Technologies: Open SourceTags: kohakoha open sourcekoha support. bywater solutionsOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

New book sets out a manifesto to make reading for everyone

LISWire - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 07:44

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Reading by Right: Successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed.

Literacy has been recognized as a human right for over 50 years in several international declarations and initiatives. Every child has a right to read and parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers, campaigners and policy makers have a social responsibility to ensure that they are able to exercise that right.

Joy Court’s new book, Reading by Right, reveals the strategies that are proving effective in overcoming barriers to reading from birth to teens. The book looks at practices and projects from around the globe and highlights the common principles and drivers that have generated success. The book sets out a manifesto to make reading for everyone including the pledges, “Everyone is a reader – regardless of their background or what others might think or say”, “Everyone should have access to content to read to borrow, buy or keep” and “Everyone benefits from the social and creative opportunities tied to reading”.

Joy said, “Because I am so passionate about the vital necessity of every child being able to read, I have become increasingly concerned about those children who either cannot or will not read: the reluctant, the disengaged, the struggling, the hard-to- reach. So when Facet approached me about editing another book for them, it was these children and young people that came to mind”.

The book features an illustrated foreword by former UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and contains a collection of chapters from international experts covering aspects of overcoming reading difficulties or reading reluctance in children and young people.

Joy Court is Chair of the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals Working Party. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the English Association and a Trustee and National Council member of UKLA. She is Reviews Editor for The School Librarian and author of Read to Succeed (Facet, 2011).

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Press and review copies contact:

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

Notes:

Link to the cover image: http://www.booksonix.co.uk/facetpublishing/9781783302093.jpg
Reading by Right: Successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed | Jun 2017 | 256pp | paperback: 9781783302093 | £54.95 | hardback: 9781783302109 | £109.95 | eBook: 9781783302116

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

Contributors:

Chris Riddell, UK Children’s Laureate 2015-2017

Rose Brock, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Sam Houston State University, USA

Alison Brumwell, freelance education and literacy consultant, Leeds, UK

Wendy Cooling, Head of children’s section, BookTrust

Prue Goodwin, freelance lecturer in literacy and children’s books

Mervi Heikkilä, Director of Libraries in Seinäjoki, Finland

Jake Hope, reading development and children’s book consultant

Teri S. Lesesne, Professor, Department of Library Science, Sam Houston State University, USA

Yeojoo Lim, adjunct faculty member, Hansung University, South Korea

Ginny Lunn, CEO, Beanstalk

Hilary Mason, education consultant, trainer and writer

Amy McKay, school librarian, Corby, Northamptonshire, UK

Alexandra Strick, specialist in the field of children’s books and disability/diversity

Sara Tuisku, Finnish-language, culture and communication professional

Tags: reading for pleasurereluctant readersSchool Librariesteaching of readingreading recoveryreading clubsBeanstalkinclusionBookstartdiversityshadowingoutreachreading groupsOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: School Librarians

EBSCO Information Services Expands Analytics and Assessment Team Hiring John McDonald as Director of Product Management

LISWire - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:50

~ John McDonald brings Extensive Analytics Experience to New Role to Improve Library Decision Making ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 14, 2017 – EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has expanded its Analytics and Assessment team, hiring John McDonald as Director of Product Management. In this role, McDonald will work with libraries to provide advanced decision-making support and intelligence.

McDonald has a strong background in academic services and library management, spanning more than 18 years. Most recently, he served as Associate Dean for Collections at the University of Southern California Libraries. Prior positions include Chief Information Officer and Library Director at Claremont Colleges. Prior to joining Claremont, he was the Acquisitions Librarian at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). During his tenure at CalTech, he was a key team member responsible for developing and implementing the first OpenURL resolver system in an academic research library.

EBSCO Information Services Senior Vice President of SaaS Products and Platforms, John Law, says McDonald is the ideal individual to provide libraries with the best information to guide their decision-making and ultimately optimize their performance. “John brings an extensive amount of experience in academic services. With recent advancements in big data, predictive analytics and visualization technologies, the time is right for libraries to discover opportunities for delivering the best services to their institutions and patrons.”

McDonald, who has a strong passion and commitment to improving the library experience, says he looks forward to working with EBSCO to address the issues that librarians face in collecting, storing and leveraging data. “EBSCO is in a great position to provide libraries with high-quality decision support information to improve their services and collections. I’m looking forward to working with my peers in the academic space and leveraging that institutional knowledge to develop customizable solutions.”

McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science in History and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences.

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:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServiceslibrariesSaaSLibrariansTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

The New England Institute of Technology goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:08

CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

The New England Institute of Technology 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 New England Institute of Technology Library, of East Greenwich, RI. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library's 60,000 plus holdings from TLC and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services.  The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://libcatalog.neit.edu/

Nathan Curulla, ByWater's CRO and Co-Owner commented on the library's decision to move to ByWater support:

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the team at New England Tech. Koha is a great match for the library and we are excited that they were able to take advantage of our new, updated public catalog! "

About the New England Institute of Technology:
As a leader in technical career education in Southeastern New England, Rhode Island's New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical university offering Associate, Bachelor’s, Master's and Online Degrees in over 50 programs. Each one has been thoughtfully designed with input from both educators and industry experts. The focus at New England Tech is to give each student a solid balance: a base of analytical skills with hands-on training. Most of our Associate Degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months and our Bachelor's Degree programs in as little as 3 years. Today, enrollment has grown to 3,000 students. For more information please visit: http://www.neit.edu/About-Us/Overview

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 Koha 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 for Koha support 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 supportKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO, in Partnership with American Library Association, Awards Scholarships for Librarians to Attend 2017 Annual Conference

LISWire - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:31

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 6, 2017 — The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are making it easier for seven librarians to attend the ALA Annual Conference after winning EBSCO-ALA scholarships.. Each scholarship provides up to $1,000 to help defray the cost of travel and other expenses to the conference taking place in Chicago on June 22-27.

These awards are given annually to help facilitate the rich opportunities for professional development and networking that the conference offers librarians. Applications were judged by an ALA-designated jury.

The scholarship winners include five first-time attendees from the U.S. and beyond. The winners are:
• Elizabeth DeZouche, Instruction Librarian, Thomas University Library, Thomasville, Georgia.
• Hannah Buckland, Director of Library Services, Bezhigoogahbow Library, Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, Minnesota.
• Heather Brown, Teacher & Librarian (Grades K-8), St. Joseph School, Herndon, Virginia.
• Iman Powe-Maynard, School Librarian, Leonard Dober Elementary, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
• Lauren Seegmiller, Public Services Apprentice, Norlin Library, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
• Ramon Masis Rojas, Associate Professor, Library Information Science School, University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica.
• Regina Sierra Carter, Teaching & Learning Librarian, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay explaining how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development. Hannah Buckland of the Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota wrote how “the knowledge…and connections [she] make[s]” at the conference would help to “continue innovating digital literacy outreach across the [Leech Lake] Reservation.”

EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the library community around the world and maintains a long tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences that provide funds for conference registration, travel and expenses. The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on Sunday, June 25th.

About ALA
The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 57,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society: www.ala.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.

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

Tags: alaScholarshipIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCO

The Health Sciences Library at New York Medical College goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:14

6/6/2017

CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944

sales@bywatersolutions.com

The Health Sciences Library at New York Medical College goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Heath Sciences Library at New York Medical College, of Valhalla, NY. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library’s 40,000 plus holdings from Voyager and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library’s implementation of Koha also interfaces with the Summon Discovery System that is being utilized by the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://nymclibrary.bywatersolutions.com/.

The Health Sciences Library (HSL) of New York Medical College (NYMC) serves the three schools of New York Medical College and affiliated members of the NYMC community and their programs at approximately two dozen clinical sites. In serving this diverse clientele the HSL offers a full range of services and facilities: comfortable study space for students, group study rooms, up-to-date computing facilities and networks, and training rooms on campus. A wide array of the most appropriate resources are purchased, many of which are remotely accessible to our students, residents and faculty, who are spread geographically from Staten Island to Kingston to Danbury, CT. Expert health sciences librarians have developed training programs that are designed to meet the current and emerging information management needs of our community. In addition, the HSL is committed to conducting outreach programs for the seven county Hudson Valley region of New York State.

About New York Medical College:
Since 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) has trained generations of students from all over the world to deliver skilled and compassionate medical care, explore the basic science questions that lead to important discoveries, and provide leadership in the field of public health and essential services to people with specialized care needs.

With three schools – School of Medicine, Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and School of Health Sciences and Practice – on one campus in Westchester County, New York, NYMC offers a large catchment area that enables our students to treat and work with culturally and economically diverse populations, and pursue a wide range of career, residency and internship opportunities. Our affiliate hospitals are some of the finest in the tri-state area, and our faculty is unsurpassed in their dedication and skill. For more information please visit: https://www.nymc.edu/about-nymc/

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 Koha 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 for Koha support 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: Open SourceTags: kohakoha open sourceOpen Source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

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