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EBSCO Information Services Partners with The Carroll Center for the Blind to Advance User Research and Design

LISWire - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:13

EBSCO Information Services Partners with The Carroll Center for the Blind to Advance User Research and Design
~ Partnership Leverages Center’s Expertise and Reinforces EBSCO’s Commitment to Accessibility ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 16, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Carroll Center for the Blind today announced a partnership in which the two organizations will work together to improve and enhance the experience across EBSCO products for users with a varying array of disabilities. The Carroll Center for the Blind, based in Newton, Massachusetts, offers a wide range of comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired at all ages and all stages of vision loss.

The announcement coincides with Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019, a community-powered effort to advance digital accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

The Carroll Center will work with EBSCO to support the company’s existing design and user research processes, while facilitating user testing and providing support for best practices in accessibility. The Carroll Center’s Accessibility Services team offers technical and human resources which support a wide array of vision impairment ranging from low vision to complete blindness. EBSCO’s Accessibility team focuses on ensuring that all products are accessible, maintaining a positive experience for all users.

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Tim Lull says this partnership was formed through a thoughtful, informed exploration of EBSCO’s user research and design needs as the company continues to enhance existing products, as well as develop new software solutions. “One of EBSCO’s main goals is to provide access to relevant and reliable information when, where and how people need it, regardless of any accessibility challenges. Our partnership with The Carroll Center will significantly impact our commitment to continuous improvement of our products and services to meet the needs of all our customers and users.”

Bruce Howell, Accessibility Services Manager at The Carroll Center for the Blind, said the partnership with EBSCO’s user experience designers will ensure that people with vision impairment and other disabilities can successfully access and use EBSCO online products. “Whenever The Carroll Center brings its accessibility expertise and knowledge of blindness and vision impairment to an innovative, industry-leading company like EBSCO, we know we will be ensuring greater access to information and research materials for a wider body of current and potential product users. Collaborating on projects like this supports both of our missions to provide equal access to important digital learning tools and resources.”

For more information about EBSCO’s commitment to accessibility, visit www.ebsco.com/technology/accessibility. For more information on The Carroll Center for the Blind, visit www.carroll.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.

About The Carroll Center for the Blind
Established in 1936, The Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. The nonprofit organization provides services for individuals of all ages and all stages of vision loss, including vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, services for seniors, and an optical shop. For more information, visit www.carroll.org.

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For more information, please contact:
Jessica Holmes
EBSCO Information Services
Communications Director
978-356-6500 ext. 3485
[email protected]

Greg Turner
Ball Consulting Group, LLC. (The Carroll Center for the Blind)
Vice President
617-243-9950
[email protected]

Tags: AccessibilityEBSCOThe Carroll Center for the BlindDisabilityuser experienceUXDigital AccessibilityTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

ByWater Solutions Partners Sponsor Development in Koha 18.11 Release

LISWire - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:05

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the following library partners sponsored new features in Koha 18.11 Release.

Bedford Public Library
Allow skipping of patrons with valid emails for Talking Tech (Bug 19620)

Carnegie Stout Library
Create an additional column in the Batch Item Modification Tool (Bug 19490)
Add ability to void any credit (Bug 20703)

CLiC - Colorado Library Consortium
Holds - Branch Transfer Limits (Bug 7534 and 7614)

The Farmington Libraries
Print hold slips without confirmation (Bug 19383)

Fargo Public Library
Add a ‘Collection’ column in the patron loans data table (Bug 19719)
Block renewals by arbitrary item values (Bug 15494)
Allow 'writeoff of selected' (Bug 19617)
Holds rerouting dialog improvements (Bug 21346)

Middletown Public Library (MTPL)
Restrict number of holds placed by day (Bug 15486)

Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)
Share patron lists between staff (Bug 19524)

Portsmouth Public Library
Add spans with classes around callnumbers in OPAC for additional styling (Bug 21340)

Port Orford Public Library
Add ability to merge patron records (Bug 9302)

Round Rock Public Library
Set limit on maximum possible holds per patron by category (Bug 15524)
MARC modification templates - Add an 'Add' option (Bug 13560)
Add collection and language facets to results (Bug 17169 and 18213)

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: 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

Technologies: Open SourceTags: koha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 22:58

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in Iqaluit, NU Canada, is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 6,000 plus holdings from Insignia ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://nll.bywatersolutions.com/.

Jessica Zairo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator recently commented on the migration:

About Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Nunavut Legislative Library & Information Services provides reference and lending services to Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff, Assembly staff and Government of Nunavut employees across Nunavut. The Library provides other patrons with reference and research assistance as requested.

For more information visit: https://www.assembly.nu.ca/legislative-library-0

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: 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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: koha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Nevada Supreme Court Law Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 22:57

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Nevada Supreme Court Law Library, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 73,000 plus holdings from Polaris ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://catalog.nvcourts.gov/.

Nate Curulla, CRO recently commented on the migration:

We are thrilled to have another Law Library joining the Koha Community and ByWater Family. The Law Library Koha contingent is growing and we can't wait to see what this group does.

About Nevada Supreme Court Law Library
The Nevada Supreme Court Library, with over 130,000 volumes, is one of the largest law libraries in the state. The collection was established to support the federal district court judges of the Territorial Supreme Court and, upon Nevada's gaining statehood in 1865, became part of the State Library. It was transferred to the judicial branch in 1973.

Read more at: https://nvcourts.gov/Law_Library/About/.

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: 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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: koha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services to Be Gold Sponsor at Annual Koha Conference

LISWire - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:36

EBSCO Information Services to Be Gold Sponsor at Annual Koha Conference
~ Sponsorship and Presentation to Benefit the Open Source Community Conference in Dublin, Ireland ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 9, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will be a gold sponsor at the Koha Open Source Library System Annual Conference, KohaCon19. KohaCon19 is being held in Dublin, Ireland, from May 20 – 24. This is a free conference for the Koha open source community, making sponsorships like EBSCO’s essential.

During KohaCon, community members share their findings and experiences with open source technology in efforts to further develop Koha library automation technology. The conference will include presentations and sessions focusing on technical issues and trainings for librarians.

EBSCO speakers, Executive Vice President Sam Brooks and Vice President of Open Source Platforms and Communities Christopher Spalding, will be presenting at KohaCon19. Their presentation on Supporting Data Integrations for Open Source Communities will review the areas in which EBSCO provides support for Koha and other open source projects, including financial help, technology advancements and integrations. Additional library automation leaders speaking at KohaCon19 include Ken Chad and Marshall Breeding.

EBSCO has been committed to helping further the innovation of open source technology for years. EBSCO was a member of the board of the original Kuali OLE and has funded extensive Koha development. EBSCO is also an active member of the Open Library Foundation.

Open source technology allows libraries, vendors and developers to collaborate and redefine the future of libraries. EBSCO’s continuous support of open source technology like Koha and its partnership with ByWater Solutions allow the community to move forward toward an open library environment for libraries of all sizes and needs. ByWater Solutions is currently the largest service provider for the Koha Open Source Library System, supporting more than 1,000 Koha libraries.

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
[email protected]

Tags: kohaKohaCon19EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesSponsorshipTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

EBSCO Information Services Names Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources

LISWire - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:05

EBSCO Information Services Names Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources
~ Carroll Brings More Than 25 Years of Industry Experience to Global Technology Company ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 8, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the hiring of Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources (HR). Carroll brings extensive experience in HR to EBSCO and will be responsible for HR strategy on a global level.

Carroll was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources, at OSRAM Sylvania, Inc., where she was responsible for developing the organization’s HR strategy and establishing long-term plans to attract, retain and develop employees. Carroll focused on increasing engagement by fostering an innovative employee brand and culture.

Carroll holds an MS from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., and a BS from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Before her time at OSRAM, Carroll worked in HR at Aspen Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and held earlier positions with Teradyne, UNICCO Service Company and Deloitte & Touche.

EBSCO Information Services Founder and CEO Tim Collins says Carroll has the experience needed for the company to continue to foster its employees’ development while attracting and retaining new talent. “EBSCO revolves around a culture of entrepreneurship, hard work and integrity. Patty possesses the knowledge and characteristics that will help ensure EBSCO employees feel valued, while being given the freedom to thrive in their roles.”

Carroll will work out of the company’s international headquarters in Ipswich, Mass., and will be responsible for more than 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries. She says she looks forward to working with the company to continue to develop innovative HR solutions to help drive business results. “EBSCO is a leading information technology company that is growing at a rapid pace. My goal is to work with the leadership team to be a change agent for employees and support the positive work environment here at EBSCO.”

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:
Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
978-356-6500 ext. 3485
[email protected]

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

Santaquin City Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:42

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Santaquin City Library in Utah, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 16,000 plus holdings from Follett ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://santaquin.bywatersolutions.com/.

Jessica Zairo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator recently commented on the migration:

We are so excited to have another library in Utah join the Koha Community and ByWater Family! We love watching the relationships build between libraries using Koha and when we heard they will be working with Payson Library, we were thrilled!

About the Santaquin City
Santaquin is located in the southernmost part of Utah County, approximately seventy miles south of Salt Lake City. It is a picturesque and beautiful community with a view of Utah Lake to the north and peaks of the Wasatch Range surrounding the valley. Approximately 12,000 residents call Santaquin home. Read more about Santaquin: https://www.santaquin.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: 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

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

ArabLit Quarterly publishes beautiful literary translations digitally

LISWire - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:46

The first two issues of brand-new publication, ArabLit Quarterly, are now available on web, iOS and Android platforms in collaboration with digital publishing experts Exact Editions. Each subsequent issue will add value to the ever-growing digital archive, rendering it an indispensable resource for scholars, students and enthusiasts of Arab literature around the world.

The title brings together within its pages the English translations of short stories and poetry originally penned by Arabic-language writers. Some of the prestigious writers that have featured thus far include South Sudanese writer Stella Gaitano, Syrian short-story writer Zakariya Tamer and Palestinian poet Asmaa Azaizeh.

ArabLit Quarterly was launched in late 2018, propelled by the enthusiasm of the ArabLit website community, as well as listeners of the Bulaq podcast that examines the Arab region through the lens of literature. Each quarterly issue aims to bring out beautiful literary translations, new work by Arab artists and new forms of literary criticism that re-frame the discussions around Arabic literature, translation and art.

ArabLit Quarterly is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/arablit-quarterly

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/arablit-quarterly

Editor-in-chief Marcia Lynx said: “The new state-of-the-art digital edition enables our ever-expanding treasure trove of literary content to reach new international audiences. We’re particularly excited about the opportunity to target the institutional market, as the stories and poems will prove invaluable for students of Arab studies.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “Any individual who is interested in the world of Arab literature, whether from an academic or amateur perspective, will benefit from ArabLit Quarterly - especially as the archive will grow issue by issue.”

About ArabLit Quarterly:

ArabLit Quarterly is a magazine launched in 2018 stemming from the community around the ArabLit website and Bulaq podcast. It aims to bring out beautiful literary translations from Arabic, fresh work by Arab artists, and also new forms of literary criticism that re-frame the discussions around Arabic literature, translation, and art. In the publication’s pages, you can find classical Arabic recipes in translation, illuminative infographics, and literary playlists.

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 and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

Tags: arab literatureExact EditionsPoetryliteratureonline magazinelibraryOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrarians

EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association Awards Ten Librarians with Scholarships to Attend ALA Annual Conference

LISWire - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:25

EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association Awards Ten Librarians with Scholarships to Attend ALA Annual Conference

~ Awardees Include International Recipients from Three New EBSCO/ALA Scholarships Specifically Available to Librarians Outside the United States ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — April 29, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded ten scholarships, including three new awards specifically for international recipients, to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. The scholarships are in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarships aim to help the winning librarians defray the cost of travel and other expenses so they can take advantage of the conference’s professional development and networking opportunities.

International Scholarship Winners:
• Elizabeth Wangari Mwangi, Library Assistant/MLIS Student, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya (first-time attendee)
• Olivia Kerubo Ongera, Library Assistant, South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, Kenya (first-time attendee)
• Marie-Eve Berthiaume, Student Librarian, HEC Montreal, Montreal, Canada (first-time attendee)

EBSCO/ALA Scholarship Winners:
• Rebecca J. Campbell, Adult Services Manager, Eustis Memorial Library, Eustis, Florida
• Tracy S. Drake, Archivist/Librarian, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois
• Alice Erickson, MLIS Student, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (first-time attendee)
• Aubrey Iglesias, Cataloging Librarian, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
• Ji Hye Lee, Electronic Cataloging Librarian, Nova Southeastern University Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (first-time attendee)
• Ayaba Logan, Research and Education Informationist/Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina Library, Charleston, South Carolina
• Brianna N. Thurman, Administrative Support Specialist, Gaston County Public library and Library Student, East Carolina University, Gastonia, North Carolina (first-time attendee)

As part of the application process, international applicants were asked to write an essay discussing how technology can help them face some of the current challenges in their libraries. Award winner Marie-Eve Berthiaume said that the advancement of technology will help with productivity in the library. “Technology could address the automation and execution of repetitive, time-consuming tasks such as cataloguing, programmed searches and current awareness using sophisticated Boolean operators and keyword combinations, it would help librarians and researchers be more productive.”

Traditional applicants were asked to share how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development. Award winner Brianna Thurman wrote about the impact that the conference has on a young library student who is the “blazing bright future of a field.” She wrote, “being a first-time attendee and recent graduate will allow me to use this professional development opportunity to sketch out my first contributions to our field as a degree-holding librarian. This work is my purpose, one that I have been lucky to know and pursue early in life.”

EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the library community around the world and maintains a long-standing 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 scholarship breakfast.

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

Tags: Academic LibrariesEBSCOALA AnnualAmerican Library AssociationEBSCO ALA ScholarshipTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Whitney Museum of American Art Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:32

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 65,000 plus holdings from Voyager ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://whitney.bywatersolutions.com.

Ivy Blackman, Managing Librarian at the Whitney Museum of American Art recently commented on the migration:

Thank you for working with so much flexibility and energy on this project. It’s been a fantastic experience so far—every single person I’ve worked with has been knowledgeable, supportive, and cheerful (which really goes a long way with a big scary project like this).

About Whitney Museum of Art
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art. Read more online at: https://whitney.org/about.

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: 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, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha ILSkoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Goldey-Beacom College Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:25

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Goldey-Beacom College Library in Delaware is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 46,000 plus holdings from Symphony ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://gbc.bywatersolutions.com/.

Nate Curulla, CRO at ByWater Solutions recently commented on their migration:

It was great to work with the staff at Goldey-Beacom College Library! We are excited to have them join the ByWater Family and Koha Community!

About Goldey-Beacom College
An independent, multilevel college, Goldey-Beacom College offers challenging undergraduate and graduate programs. As a teaching-oriented institution of higher learning, the College emphasizes instructional excellence in the classroom and is committed to sustaining faculty who are caring, dedicated and knowledgeable in their respective fields, who motivate their students to realize their full learning potential, and, above all, who represent teaching excellence.

Goldey-Beacom College is further committed to providing a caring, wholesome, intellectually stimulating learning environment to its students so they may grow as individuals and become worthy, productive members of society. Read more at: https://www.gbc.edu/about/mission.html

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: 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, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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

Gale and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries Partner to Provide Residents and Students Free Access to New Digital Resources

LISWire - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:31

Gale Digital Resources Now Available at More Than 2,600 Libraries Across Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Penn. & FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – April 23, 2019 – The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, to provide more than 2,600 public, school (K-12) and intermediate unit libraries throughout Pennsylvania with free access to Gale digital resources through POWER Library, the state’s electronic library. These new resources provide Pennsylvania residents, students and teachers with reliable, high-quality content that supports their educational, professional and informational needs.

“Providing Gale resources throughout our schools and public libraries ensures that all Pennsylvanians have equal access to high-quality, vetted information -- regardless of where they live in the Commonwealth,” said Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Libraries at the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Gale resources now available to POWER Library users include:

• Academic OneFile & General OneFile — with InfoTrac Collections: Full-text periodicals and popular magazines, plus, peer-reviewed journals aligned to state educational curriculums.

• Books and Authors: A readers’ advisory database for discovery of books by author, genre and topic.

• Business Insights: Essentials: News, in-depth reports and statistics on companies and industries.

• Educator's Reference Complete: Academic journals and reports covering the education field.

• GREENR: Authoritative reference content in the areas of the environment, energy and natural resources.

• Health & Wellness Resource Center: Authoritative source for health information, updated daily.

• Informe Académico: Spanish-language periodicals.

• InfoTrac Newsstand: Searchable access to more than 2,000 global newspapers, broadcasts and transcripts.

• InfoTrac Student Edition: Magazines, newspapers and journals for high school students.

• Kids InfoBits: Age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content to support elementary students’ research and homework needs.

• LitFinder: Literary works and secondary-source materials covering world literature and more than 80,000 authors throughout history.

• Research In Context: Authoritative, multimedia reference and periodical content covering the most-studied topics for middle school students.

With a library card, Pennsylvanians can access Gale’s digital resources 24/7 from any computer or mobile device. Additionally, many of the resources feature integrated workflow tools from Google and Microsoft, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content.

Pennsylvanians can access these new resources through the POWER Library website: https://www.powerlibrary.org/e-resources/.

“Libraries are critical infrastructure in the knowledge economy and are key to driving economic growth in their communities through the resources and services they offer,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We are pleased to partner with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and together we will revolutionize the research experience for libraries and patrons throughout the state with access to educational resources that empower change and lifelong learning.”

About POWER Library
POWER Library is the online portal to all services provided statewide and include the E-Resources, Chat with a Librarian, PA Photos and Documents, and the Access PA Catalog & ILL System (‘Find Books, Movies, and More’). POWER Library is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

• Follow POWER Library on Twitter - @PowerLibrary

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, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit: www.gale.com.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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Point Park University Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:13

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Point Park University Library in Pennsylvania is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 70,000 plus holdings from Sierra ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://pointpark.bywatersolutions.com/.

Brenton Wilson, Associate Library Director at Point Park University Library recently commented on the migration:

I also wanted to let you know that I have been involved in multiple ILS migrations and you and your team made this one the easiest one by far.

About Point Park University
At Point Park, Pittsburgh's only Downtown university, you'll engage in a more active, more real, more professional education. You'll have professors who teach from their own real-world experience when you pursue a degree from among more than 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs that we offer. Read more about Point Park here: https://www.pointpark.edu/About/index

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: 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, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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

O’Neill Middle School Improves Student Literacy Skills with Thorndike Press Large Print Books from Gale

LISWire - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:04

Thorndike Press Large Print Books Helps Readers Develop and Strengthen Reading Skills to Become Confident, Successful, Lifelong Readers

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and Downers Grove, Ill. – April 17, 2019 – Large print books help O’Neill Middle School students improve their reading skills and become more confident readers. The school is using Thorndike Press large print books from Gale, a Cengage company, to help striving readers develop and strengthen their literacy skills. This empowers students to overcome reading challenges and develop the confidence and determination to become future-ready learners.

O’Neill Middle School is located in Downers Grove, Illinois with nearly 500 students in the 7th and 8th grades. With a mission to provide students with quality educational programs and support services, the school needed resources to help students who were struggling to read at their grade level. O’Neill turned to Thorndike Press large print books as an alternative to the regular print books they were using.

“When I learned more about large print books from Thorndike Press, I realized I had to add them to my collection,” said Tasha Squires, School Librarian at O’Neill Middle School. “It struck me that large print could be a great connection between the lower-level reading materials and regular text/reading level books.”

View a video from Squires about how she has successfully integrated large print books into her collection and how she introduces the format to her students, here: http://bit.ly/2ZpsFTc.

Thorndike Press large print books are similar in size to other standard editions and have the same cover art. By using a 16-point font on thinner, higher quality paper and laying out the text to maximize the use of white space, the books reduce eyestrain and increase readability.

As students started to use the large print books, Squires noticed significant improvements in their reading skills. In a survey she conducted of the students reading large print books,[i] nearly 70% said they were able to concentrate better. The findings also showed that the majority of students preferred large print over regular print books because they:

• remembered more of the story
• found themselves reading for longer periods of time
• enjoyed the reading process more
• were able to find their place faster, when looking up from the book

“Giving students the choice to decide what format they would prefer reading a book in, is incredibly powerful and makes them more willing to engage with the content,” said Squires. “It also allows them the ability to comprehend more because it’s in a format that’s accessible to them.”

Since beginning their large print initiative in October 2018, O’Neill’s large print titles have had total circulation of 4.85%—an impressive percentage considering large print makes up only 136 titles of the library’s total collection of 13,000 items.

“These books aren’t just for striving readers—they work for ALL readers,” said Squires. “Large print texts are part of the larger picture for reading in general, because they help students overcome challenges they might have and allows them to be successful.”

Read the entire story about O’Neill Middle School’s success with Thorndike Press books, here: http://bit.ly/2V4YDET.

For more information on Thorndike Press visit the webpage, here: http://bit.ly/2GjUtPZ.

About Thorndike Press
As the world’s leading large print publisher, Thorndike Press, a Gale company, helps readers of all ages enjoy books. Publishing unabridged reprints in large print format for middle grade and young adult readers started in 1999 and our catalogue of nearly 400 titles grows monthly with high-interest fiction and nonfiction books, including contemporary classics, award-winners and bestsellers. Our commitment to producing high quality, 100% guaranteed large print books supports young readers as they develop the skills necessary to become successful, confident, lifelong readers. For more information visit: gale.com/thorndikepress/ya.

Follow Thorndike Press on:
• Twitter - @ThorndikePress
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ThorndikePress/

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, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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[i] From a survey of 66 participating O’Neill Middle School 7th–8th graders regarding reading large print for the first time in classroom and library settings (January – May 2018).

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University of Montevallo Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 07:05

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the University of Montevallo Carmichael Library in Alabama is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 200,000 plus holdings from Horizon ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://libcatalog.montevallo.edu/

Cate Guenther, Carmichael Librarian recently commented on the training and migration:

Thank you for the training experience. We are so thoroughly pleased with the new system and your training sessions were extremely informative. It was great getting to know you and getting a glimpse of ByWater Solutions as a company. I am impressed and so thankful we are able to be a new customer of yours!

About the Carmichael Library
The Carmichael Library connects people with information, fosters individual and collaborative research and study, cultivates critical thinking, and promotes creativity.

Read more at: http://libguides.montevallo.edu/mission

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: 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, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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

Decatur Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 06:47

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Decatur Public Library in Alabama is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 96,000 plus holdings from TLC ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://catalog.mydpl.org/.

Sherry Sakovich, Director at the Decatur Public Library recently commented on the migration:

I just wanted to thank you and EVERYONE at ByWater for taking such great care of us during our migration. Andrew, Jess, Lucas, and Melissa been absolutely incredible. You guys were on fire with answering questions and making adjustments to what we needed with our configuration. Thank you so much to all of you!

About the Decatur Public Library
The purpose of the Decatur Public Library is to provide to all those who live, work, own a business, or attend school in Morgan County, Alabama access to resources to fulfill their informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs and interests.

Read more at: http://mydpl.org/about-us/

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: 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, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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

Equinox migrates Degenstein Community Library to the PaILS/SPARK Consortium

LISWire - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:17

Duluth, Ga., April 16, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Degenstein Community Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

The Degenstein Community Library’s move will support 7,516 patrons. The migration included a total of 63,991 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. The library prepared for the migration with on site and remote training from Equinox.

“Has anyone ever said a migration or change in the library world, for that matter, is easy?,” said Melissa Rowse, director at Degenstein Community Library. “The Degenstein Community Library certainly can. Erika Rohlfs and the team at Equinox made the transition to SPARK painless. Our weekly phone calls kept us abreast of upcoming discussions and topics. Our training with Felicia Beaudry helped to alleviate fears and concerns from the staff. Our Go-Live day had very little issues all because we were prepared by Equinox. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Equinox and highly recommend them.”

PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide an open source integrated library system. It oversees SPARK, a consortia of Evergreen libraries across Pennsylvania. Equinox and PaILS have been collaborating on the SPARK consortia since 2013.

“It has been a great pleasure working with Melissa during Degenstein's migration to SPARK,” said Erica Rohlfs, Senior Implementation Project Manager at Equinox. “She gives thoughtful consideration to how the process may affect her community and made the patrons her top priority during the decision making process.”

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, SC Lends, 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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ACRL and Gale Launch Libraries Transform Toolkit

LISWire - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:07

New Marketing Toolkit Provides Academic Libraries With Guidance and Tools for Campus Engagement and Outreach

ACRL 2019 Conference, CLEVELAND – April 11, 2019 – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators. The toolkit extends the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transform Campaign, that’s designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals.

“We created this toolkit in response to an evaluation we conducted with academic libraries on marketing and outreach activities, where they expressed a need for access to easy-to-use, outreach best practices and materials that are flexible and adaptable. In addition, the toolkit also allows for materials to be uploaded and shared as part of each section, so that everyone can contribute to its content,” said Cinthya Ippoliti, chair of the ACRL Libraries Transform Task Force. “The toolkit provides academic libraries with the guidance needed to develop, execute and measure their community engagement efforts alongside their strategic marketing plans.”

Key resources in the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit include:

• Marketing Instructional Materials: Foundational guidance on how to create a marketing strategy, define message positioning by target audience, and plan campaigns.

• "Because" Statement Templates: Designed to help libraries develop messaging statements to promote their services and resources or issues of importance. Example statements are provided as well as ALA’s formula where libraries can create their own.

• Community Engagement Framework: Provides a framework and tactics to develop, support and sustain effective community outreach and communication strategies.

• Methods for Communicating and Measuring Impact: Provides insight and best practices on analyzing, measuring and communicating library outreach strategy results.

“Academic libraries play an important role in supporting student success and connecting researchers to new insights and ideas, but they often lack the staff, time and money it takes to promote their resources to these audiences.” said Harmony Faust, vice president of marketing and communications at Gale. “Our mission is to connect libraries to learners, and we are proud that our close collaboration with ACRL makes such a valuable marketing toolkit available to help our libraries more efficiently and effectively create awareness of the value and impact they bring to the communities they serve.”

To access the toolkit, visit the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit webpage: https://acrl.libguides.com/transform

About ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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Gwinnett County Public Library is newest OCLC Wise early adopter

LISWire - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 17:51

DUBLIN, Ohio, 10 April 2019—Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia, has signed on to implement OCLC Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries.

Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) joins Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Anythink, in Adams County, Colorado, as an early adopter for Wise. This robust system seamlessly integrates the power of customer relationship management, marketing, and analytics with typical integrated library system (ILS) functionality, such as circulation and acquisitions. Wise transforms traditional library management with a holistic, people-centered approach—empowering library staff to better understand and meet community needs.

“GCPL is consistently pushing the boundaries of library service—from being the first library in the U.S. to provide customer self-service access outside of regular operating hours, to committing to active and inventive community engagement. We’re delighted that GCPL is joining us as a Wise early adopter,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO.

The GCPL team has been transitioning many aspects of the organization over the past several years to transform into a true community-oriented library. Adding Wise is another significant step in that transformation.

“GCPL is excited to play a part in the ongoing development of what promises to be a revolutionary new approach to library automation and engagement, one that focuses on the customer, not the collection,” said Charles Pace, Executive Director at GCPL. “We look forward to partnering with OCLC to enhance this robust, secure system that will serve not only our needs, but the needs of the library industry more generally.”

“We’re impressed with GCPL’s dedicated efforts to innovate outreach and community partnerships, and their determination to embrace technology advancements for the benefit of their community. GCPL’s leadership and staff understand where we’re headed with Wise, and their partnership will help us get there,” said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management.

Wise is the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries. The system is currently used by more than 75 percent of public libraries in the Netherlands and has been tailored to address the specific needs of U.S. public libraries. OCLC will work with early adopters, other public libraries, and the library community at large to help inform Wise development efforts.

OCLC is actively recruiting early adopter partnerships for Wise. This special group of libraries will work closely and collaborate with OCLC's product team to evaluate ongoing development opportunities and to shape future library innovation.

Learn more about Wise at www.oclc.org/en/wise.

About Gwinnett County Public Library
The award-winning Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) system was formed in 1996 after the dissolution of the Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library. For more than 20 years, GCPL has provided resources and services that enrich and inspire our community. The Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. In 2018, more than 4.5 million items were checked out at GCPL, more than any other library system in Georgia. In 2018, GCPL was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. For more information about Gwinnett County Public Library programs and services, visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

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

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Gale Introduces New Digital Archive on Religions of America

LISWire - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:21

Traces the History of Religious Developments and Movements Unique to America

ACRL 2019 Conference, CLEVELAND – April 10, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing a new digital archive that explores the history and unique character of the American religious experience. Religions of America provides scholars and researchers access to the largest resource of its kind that follows the development of religions and religious movements born in and significantly reshaped by the United States from 1820 to 1990. This never-before-digitized collection contains thousands of rare resources that opens a window for scholars and researchers onto the contemporary religious condition and its impact on modern American society and politics. Read Gale’s blog about this new archive: http://bit.ly/2FYgbsH.

Religions of America pays close attention to America’s unique role as a birthplace for new religious movements, particularly after World War II. It provides distinctive coverage of the expression of and reaction to various religious movements from Pentecostalism and Mormonism to modern Judeo-Christian organizations and non-Christian movements. It also offers robust coverage of alternative, lesser-known, but culturally important religious traditions, including New Age, Neopagan, Wicca, neo-Christianity and Christian Identity, and independent fundamentalist movements.

The archive’s wide variety of periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, newsletters, ephemera and visual materials lets scholars examine America’s religious life through the lens of politics, sociology, economics, psychology, women’s studies and other disciplinary perspectives. It draws on a variety of collections, including the largest multi-denominational religious collection of its kind, assembled by J. Gordon Melton, the premiere scholar of 20th-century American and Canadian religious life.

Cross searchable with other Gale Primary Sources, Religions of America comprises five unique collections:

• The American Religions Collection: Includes materials from Hebrew Christians and Pentecostal groups to Baptist organizations and Grace Gospel organizations. It features serials on neo-Pagan and occult religious traditions as well as important subject files on LGBTQ churches, church-and-state controversies, women and female spirituality and political extremism.

• The Shaker Collection: Documents the life and history of Shakers from several communities during the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Content includes correspondence, diaries, journals, photographs, community laws, church covenants, hymnals, spiritual communications, inspirational writings and drawings, lectures and speeches, as well as writings by and about members.

• The FBI Files on Jonestown, Moorish Science Temple of America, and the Branch Davidians: Explores the events surrounding the Free Peoples Temple in Jonestown; the activities of the early Black-Moslem Moorish Science Temple of America and, through reproduced negotiation transcripts, the beliefs and practices of David Koresh and his Branch Davidian followers.

• The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda: From Brown University presents more than 30,000 pages of rare materials on Christian identity movements from its founding in the late 1940s until the 1990s.

• Utah and the Mormons: Includes periodicals, doctrinal and controversial works covering Mormon thought and history, pro- and anti-Mormon writings, and newspapers from Mormon communities.

“Religions of America allows researchers to study the unique American religious experience,” said Seth Cayley, vice president of Gale Primary Sources. “By providing a diverse range of materials on both major religious traditions and less mainstream belief systems, this remarkable archive allows researchers to explore the evolution of American religions and examine how its changed and impacted social attitudes over time.”

To provide a better research experience, Religions of America has been integrated into the Gale Digital Scholar Lab. This integration allows researchers to apply natural language processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from the collections or Gale Primary Sources archives and perform textual analysis on large corpora of historical texts. Now researchers can analyze and explore historical text more interactively, generating new research insights and content sets not previously possible.

Religions of America offers:

• access to more than half a million pages of unique and rare content, making it the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind for the study of religions and religious movements in America.

• Thousands of research files and rare serial publications covering a variety of religious movements from Pentecostalism and Mormonism to such lesser-known religious traditions as Wicca and Neopagan.

• Cross-searching and textual analysis with Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab and Gale Primary Sources, opening new research opportunities.

Gale will showcase the Religions of America at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, April 10-13 in Cleveland at the Gale booth #311.

To request a trial, visit the Religions of America webpage: http://bit.ly/2G7ihaN.

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, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

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