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The ‘why-to’ as well as the ‘how-to’ textbook for archivists

LISWire - Tue, 06/06/2017 - 08:04

Facet Publishing have announced the release of the second edition of Laura A Millar’s Archives: Principles and practices

Originally published in 2010, the second edition of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award-winning textbook, Archives: Principles and practices, has been extensively revised to address the impact of digital technologies on records and archives.

Written in clear language with lively examples, the book introduces core archival concepts, explains best-practice approaches and discusses the central activities that archivists need to understand to ensure the documentary materials in their charge are cared for as effectively as possible.

Author Laura A Millar said, “Archivists search, sometimes in vain, for a balance between abstract theory and traditional practice, both of which can become increasingly arcane or impractical over time. My book seeks to strike a balance between principles and practices. It is as much a ‘why-to’ book as a ‘how-to’ book”.

Part of the Principles and Practice in Records Management and Archives series, this book will be essential reading for archival practitioners, archival studies students and professors, librarians, museum curators, local authorities, small governments, public libraries, community museums, corporations, associations and other agencies with archival responsibility.

Laura A Millar is an independent consultant in the fields of records, archives and information management, publishing and education. She has taught records, archives and information management courses in universities and colleges in Canada and internationally and is the author of dozens of books and articles on a range of topics. In 2010, the first edition of Archives: Principles and practices was awarded the prestigious Waldo Gifford Leland Award from the Society of American Archivists in recognition of its ‘superior excellence and usefulness in the fields of archival history, theory, or practice.’

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Press and review copies contact:

James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597


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Archives: Principles and practices| May 2017 | 352pp | paperback: 9781783302062| £49.95 | hardback: 9781783302079 | £119.95 | eBook: 9781783302086

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

Tags: archivistarchival sciencearchive administrationrecords managementrecordkeepingrespect des fondspreservationdigitizationOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial Libraries

Backstage publishes “Vital Statistics for Authority Control”

LISWire - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 19:32

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 801.356.1852

PROVO, Utah, June 2, 2017 — Backstage Library Works ( recently conducted a detailed assessment of authority control processing timelines. The published report is a guide to help libraries plan and execute authority control projects most realistic to their schedules and deadlines.

Read the report here:

The guide sheds light on variables that affect contract-to-processing time, items that libraries can take care of before sending records for processing, the average number of months a library will take from the time of contract-signing to processing, and the time records will be out of a library’s system during authority processing. In the report, Backstage also recommends the time a library should allow for discussions, testing, and profiling.

The report aggregates three years of data, from 2014 through 2016, for authority control projects at academic, public, and special libraries, as well as library consortia. Collection sizes range from 40,000 bibliographic records to databases of several million records.

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.

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: Backstage Library WorksBSLWauthority controlauthority control processingauthority recordsbibliographic recordsOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: Backstage Library WorksIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

The San Diego County Public Law Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:48

Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944

The San Diego County Public Law Library 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 San Diego Law Library, of San Diego, CA, is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library's four branches, and 150,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at:

Laurel Moran, Head of Core Operations at the library, commented on their experience moving to Koha with ByWater:

"We are having a great time exploring our new system and will soon enjoy bringing our library members some exciting new changes in functionality. We especially appreciate the partnership aspects of belonging to the Koha community and ByWater Solutions support. We received excellent training from Jessie and others at ByWater before our Go Live. The entire migration process was a great opportunity to re-examine all of our processes and I believe it has made us a better library in many ways. We are glad we made the change!"

About the San Diego Law Library:
Since 1891 the San Diego Law Library has provided free legal information to county residents.  We are open to everyone in 4 convenient locations in Vista, El Cajon, Chula Vista, and downtown San Diego. We are a no-frills operation. There are 23 of us dedicated to serving our community.  But we cannot do it alone. Through programs and outreach events, we partner with the bar associations, public libraries, schools, business groups, the courts and government agencies to provide access to the laws that can bring real justice to those seeking its help. You will find that we are a small but mighty force for the public good. For more information please visit:

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:

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:

Technologies: Open SourceTags: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: LibraryCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release


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