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New book tackles the challenges of discovery in the (post-Google) era

LISWire - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:09

For immediate release

06 July 2020

Facet Publishing announces the publication of Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library: Case studies and perspectives on the role of IT in user engagement and empowerment edited by Simon McLeish.

Of all the parts of modern library provision, discovery services are the most clearly affected by developments in IT, from databases to search engines to linked data to machine learning.

Discovery is central to academic activities at all levels, and it is a key aspect of the relationship between libraries, museums and their communities.

Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library is made up of a range of contributions, written by both local and global experts. Specific areas of discovery, implementations and ideas are explored in detail in order to analyse the ways in which libraries are tackling the challenges facing them in discovery in the (post)-Google era.

Readers can benefit from enhanced discovery in both an inbound and outbound manner. This book will help to make locally held resources globally discoverable, and it also presents global resources to your local user community.

The book questions what resource discovery means today and offers case studies from around the world that show interesting approaches to discovery. Close analysis of how users approach discovery, and how to understand and make the best use of discovery methods such as Internet search engines are key features of this text. Furthermore, readers can expect guidance on linked open data and discovery, and how to use limited resources to make it possible to find a collection.

What might the future of discovery look like? Simon McLeish said of the book ‘Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library surveys the current state and looks at future developments in discovery, one of the most important functions of libraries in the twenty first century.’

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Press and review copies contact:
Sinéad Murphy, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0594
Email: [email protected]

Notes:

Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library: Case studies and perspectives on the role of IT in user engagement and empowerment | http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301386 | June 2020 | 240pp | paperback: 9781783301386| £64.95

Simon McLeish worked in conference organisation before the planning of an Internet conference led to work as a web designer during the dot com era. This developed into a career in digital libraries, including the development of online academic journals, research environments and authentication. Work on Shibboleth and Identity Management culminated in the production of the JISC Identity Management Toolkit and the book Access and Identity Management for Libraries (Facet, 2013). In 2013, Simon took up the post of Resource Discovery Architect for the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, and now divides his time between managing existing discovery and authentication services for the libraries and research and development.

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to order from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It will be available in North America from the American Library Association: https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/getting-resource-discovery-right-yo...

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Warners Arts & Crafts Title CrossStitcher Launches Digital Archive

LISWire - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:54

The modern digital archive of arts and crafts magazine CrossStitcher is now available for individual and institutional subscriptions in collaboration with digital publishing experts Exact Editions. The fully-searchable issues, which date back to December 2019, are seamlessly accessible across web, iOS and Android platforms and serve as the perfect resource for cross stitching enthusiasts around the world.

Produced by specialist magazine publisher Warners, CrossStitcher features step-by-step guides to projects created by a highly talented cast of contributors, showcasing a vast array of techniques that are designed to encourage the development of the reader’s own skills. Additional content includes news, gossip, new product launches, top trends and competitions, as well as interviews with key artisans.

The advanced navigational tools and intuitive interface of the Exact Editions platform permit users to search for specific projects, bookmark pages and access issues from anywhere. The archive will be expanded over the coming months to encompass further back issues as well as 13 issues of exclusive bonus publication Cross Stitch Collection, which is packed with larger projects from well-known designers.

CrossStitcher is available in the Exact Editions shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/crossstitcher

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/crossstitcher

The digital edition of is also available on the Warners’ Hobbies & Crafts website here:

https://www.hobbies-and-crafts.co.uk/store/digital-archive/crossstitcher

Browse the modern archive for 7 days here:

https://bit.ly/3iCbrLZ

Publisher Lucie Dawson commented: “We’re delighted to offer subscribers old and new this digital edition that makes it easier than ever before to browse the back catalogue of beautifully-created projects from past issues, no matter where they are in the world.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, remarked: “The new archive, jam-packed full of intricate designs, will be an invaluable resource for not only cross stitch lovers but also the wider arts and crafts community.”

About Warners Group Publications PLC:

Warners Group Publications plc is a specialist magazine publisher of over 30 magazine titles in a broad range of consumer markets. First established in 1988, the family-run firm offers a full range of publishing services to a large variety of clients.

About Exact Editions:

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

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Gale Analytics Launches New Interactive Dashboards to Help Public Libraries Gain Deeper Insights into Community Interests and Needs

LISWire - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 11:03

Provides Public Libraries with Dynamic Data to Drive Marketing Programs and Services

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – June 30, 2020 – Gale, a Cengage company, is helping public libraries analyze data more efficiently to better serve their patrons and communities. Gale Analytics has introduced new interactive dashboards that provide public libraries with valuable insights into their service areas. Now library staff can dynamically interact with data to better understand the lifestyles and behaviors of households in their communities to design and market customized library services and resources to fit their needs.

“As online learning becomes the new normal, public libraries must ensure they have the right programs and services in place to meet patron and community needs,” said Leigh Ann Cusack, senior director of public and consortia product at Gale. “Now with interactive dashboards available across all reports, Gale Analytics enables libraries to really drill down and actively analyze data to gain deeper insights on the households in their service areas. Its dynamic visuals and filterable variables like household income and branch usage provide libraries a view into areas of opportunity to meet emerging needs.”

View a video about the new dashboard, here: https://bit.ly/2NBBXXw.

Gale Analytics easily merges libraries’ integrated library system (ILS) data with Mosaic® segmentation from Experian and other datasets. Using interactive dashboards in Tableau Reader, users can segment households based on demographic and lifestyle criteria—drilling down into rich visuals, dynamic maps and downloadable custom mailing lists based on segmentation.

Gale Analytics’ new interactive dashboards include:

• Gale Analytics: Community Insights: Segments households in a library’s service area (patrons and non-patrons) based on interest, income, presence of children and allows libraries to build custom marketing lists with a household address or email. As change happens over time, libraries can better understand and visualize their community's current library activity and how to effectively meet their needs. Dashboard controls allow for more dynamic analysis and customized output.

• Gale Analytics: Digital Collections: Blends eBook and audiobook vendor data with segmentation and lifestyle data to provide demographic insight into who the library is serving and how to better inform collection development. Whether analyzing by genre or household type, this dashboard helps libraries understand not only what is being checked out, but by what segments, when, how often and more.

• Gale Analytics: Physical Collections: Combines checkout data from a libraries’ ILS with segmentation and lifestyle data to assess how their community is using print resources. Many existing collection analysis tools provide only basic insight into the number of checkouts by genre or format. Whether analyzing by genre or household type, this dashboard helps libraries understand not only what is being checked out, but by what segments, when, how often and more.

• Gale Analytics: Patron Insights: Segments patrons (at the household level) based on interest, income, technology use, presence of children and more. As change happens over time, your library can uncover the types of patrons your library attracts, as well as the types of users that need better outreach.

• Gale Analytics: Branches: Tracks cardholder activity across various branches in a single library system. This dashboard provides insight into where and how individual consumer types are engaging with the library system. The resulting analysis allows staff to tailor materials, programs, services and outreach, as well as provides a holistic view of home-branch, non-home and multi-branch use.

Gale Analytics’ new interactive dashboards are available now. Consulting services are available to libraries who need support on specific projects or assistance interpreting data.

To learn more about the new Gale Analytics dashboards, Gale will host a live webinar titled: Dial Up Your Outreach with Data on July 15 at 2pm ET. To register, visit the webinar registration page: https://bit.ly/2VsrAcY.

For more information or to request a demonstration, visit the Gale Analytics webpage: https://bit.ly/2ZiDiry.

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 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 - https://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Public LibrariesSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Gale Analytics

GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO Partners with Books at JSTOR to Include Demand-Driven Acquisition for E-Books in GOBI®

LISWire - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:49

GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO Partners with Books at JSTOR to Include Demand-Driven Acquisition for E-Books in GOBI®
~ New Offering Provides Libraries More Choice to Acquire and Manage DDA Programs Via Preferred Workflow Solution ~

IPSWICH, Mass. – June 30, 2020 – GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO is providing choice for libraries by extending its Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) services to include Books at JSTOR. This arrangement offers libraries more options to acquire and manage their DDA program via their preferred workflow solution.

JSTOR’s e-book program offers nearly 90,000 DRM-free, unlimited-access titles that are easy to discover and use alongside journals on its highly-used platform. The program’s generous DDA purchase trigger and tiered savings ensure an outstanding value for library participants. JSTOR’s Associate Vice President of Licensed Collections John Lenahan says this is a natural extension of a long-standing relationship. “JSTOR has had a strong relationship with GOBI since 2014 in supporting library acquisitions for individual titles. Expanding our strategic partnership is a critical next step in supporting the academic community with innovative acquisition models."

Libraries will have the option to use an approval plan, all profiled content, or all available JSTOR content to feed their DDA program. JSTOR DDA will be part of GOBI’s Multi-Vendor DDA service, which currently offers DDA through ProQuest Ebook Central® and EBSCO eBooks™. With the addition of JSTOR, GOBI’s Multi-Vendor DDA service will continue to ensure no content gaps and preserve library choice by cascading the DDA option to the available platform based on library preference. GOBI’s JSTOR DDA service is being rolled out to early adopters in July, with wide release expected for August 2020.

JSTOR's Vice President of Institutional Participation and Strategic Partnerships Rebecca Seger says this partnership meets the growing needs of library customers. "Many libraries are seeing increased demand for e-books while rapidly working to support remote teaching and research, so cost-effectiveness and acquisition workflow simplification are more important than ever.”

GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO's Director of Product Management Caroline Zappasodi says that GOBI prioritizes choice for libraries. “Expanding our partnership with ITHAKA by integrating JSTOR’s DDA program into GOBI will deliver an expanded DDA service, supporting the immediate need for libraries to provide increased access to digital content for remote learning, without putting additional strain on staff. This new service will enable libraries to capitalize on the best of JSTOR’s platform, pricing and catalog and GOBI’s trusted technical services, de-duplication and collection development support.”

About GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO, formerly YBP Library Services, offers over 17 million print and e-books to academic, research and special libraries worldwide. From streamlining workflows to partnering with library staff, GOBI Library Solutions is committed to providing the best solution for libraries’ acquisition, collection development and technical service needs. For more than 40 years, the mission has remained the same — to partner with libraries in providing access to the broadest selection of scholarly content available. For more information, visit the GOBI Library Solutions website at: gobi.ebsco.com.

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 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

About JSTOR
JSTOR provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, e-books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. Its powerful research and teaching platform allows users to explore a wide range of scholarly content. JSTOR works with libraries to connect students and faculty to vital content while lowering costs and increasing shelf space; provides independent researchers with free and low-cost access to scholarship; and helps publishers reach new audiences and preserve their content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes Artstor, Ithaka S+R, and Portico.

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For more information, please contact:
Erica Gilson
Senior Communications Specialist
EBSCO Information Services
978-356-6500 x2182
[email protected]

Sarah Glasser
Associate Vice President, Marketing
ITHAKA
212-358-6419
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOGOBI Library SolutionsJSTORBooks at JSTORe-booksJSTOR e-books

Aspen Discovery Announces 20.09.00 Release and Notes

LISWire - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 14:09

Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.09 release is available. This major release includes 48 improvements.

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

This release has seen the launch of Aspen Discovery to two new partners. Our thanks go out to the Central Kansas Library Consortium and Arcadia Public Library for being wonderful partners and helping to advance the state of Aspen Discovery.

A complete list of features and enhancements can be viewed here: https://bywatersolutions.com/news/aspen-discovery-announces-20-09-00-rel...

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

New book presents tried and tested 'Compliance Methodology' for organisations seeking to navigate the complex legal landscape of the information professions.

LISWire - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:24

Facet Publishing announce the release of Information Law: Compliance for librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers (http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=303663) by Charles Oppenheim, Adrienne Muir and Naomi Korn.

Library, information and knowledge professionals are often at the front line of managing and monitoring their organisation’s legal compliance and have roles and responsibilities in both complying with the law and taking advantage of its provisions. To do their jobs effectively, they need not only to understand the law, but also to develop the skills, confidence and organisational policy frameworks to apply the law’s principles to their context of use. They need the knowledge and skills to help them decide what is acceptable and to develop appropriate risk aware approaches when things are not clear-cut.

Information Law: Compliance for librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers provides an overview of important information law issues along with tools and guidance to help readers establish a framework so that their organisation can comply with its legal responsibilities and support a suitably risk aware environment which optimises access and use. Based on the authors’ many years in professional practice and on their proven ‘Compliance Methodology’, it will help readers understand the legal issues that are central to the information they hold or that they wish to access.

Charles Oppenheim remarked, "At a time when reliable information is more important than ever, it is vital that library, information and knowledge workers understand how the law affects accessing and exploiting such information. Our book provides such understanding."

Noting the book’s suitability for course use, Adrienne Muir said, “There is currently a gap in the market for a text for students of information studies that not only provides an accessible introduction to copyright, freedom of information and data protection, but also demonstrates practical approaches to compliance in the workplace.”

Naomi Korn explained, “The Compliance Methodology is a vital contribution to the development of an organisational framework and cultural awareness which balances legal compliance and proportionate responses to risk. Developed as part of the client services we have offered over the last 20 years, I am thrilled that we can share our approach with librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers to support their essential roles during this turbulent period.”

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Press and review copies contact:
Sinéad Murphy, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0594
Email: [email protected]
Notes:

Information Law: Compliance for librarians, information professionals and knowledge managers | Jun 2020 | 224pp | paperback: 9781783303663 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783303670 | £120 | eBook: 9781783303687

Charles Oppenheim BSc, PhD, DSc, DipInfSc, CertEd, FCLIP, HonFCLIP, FRSA, AUMIST, FRPSL is Senior Consultant at Naomi Korn Associates, Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and is an independent consultant. He has been involved in research, talks and publications on the library and information professions, national information policy, the information industry, Intellectual Property Rights and related legal issues, data protection, bibliometrics, the evaluation of research quality, and scholarly publishing trends.
Adrienne Muir MA, MSc, PhD, PG Dip IT and Telecomms Law, FHEA, MCLIP is Senior Consultant at Naomi Korn Associates. Previously she was Professor of Information Management at Robert Gordon University where she focused on legal and ethical issues relating to digital libraries. Adrienne served as copyright and liaison officer on the eLib ACORN electronic reserve project and was a member of an international study on the impact of copyright law on digital presentation. She has taught legal and ethical issues to students in business studies; computer science; graphic communication; media, information and library studies.

Naomi Korn BA (Hons), MA is the Managing Director of Naomi Korn Associates, the UK’s leading copyright, data protection and legal compliance management consultancy. She developed the ‘Compliance Methodology’ and as Chair of LACA (Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance) successfully lobbied for changes to UK copyright law. She is a visiting lecturer at University College London, City University and Kingston University and provides training for library and information professionals. Naomi is a CREATe Industry Fellow and a rights specialist on the National Lottery Heritage Fund Advisors Network.

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

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Peacham Library Joins VOKAL with Koha Support from ByWater Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Contemporary Arts Title Flash Art Goes Digital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Flash Art:

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

About Exact Editions:

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

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FOLIO Community Accepted to Google’s Season of Docs Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

About FOLIO

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

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For more information, please contact:

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

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

Equinox migrates Dominican University College to Koha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For more information, please contact:
Erica Gilson
Senior Communications Specialist
(800) 653-2726 x2182
[email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equinox migrates Putnam County Library to the Missouri Evergreen Consortium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aspen Discovery Announces 20.08.00 Release and Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inclusivity in our Open Source Communities

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

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

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

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

Koha Issues:
Report a Koha Issue

Libki issues:
Report a Libki Client issue

Report a Libki Server Issue

Aspen Issues:
Report an Aspen Issue

FOLIO Issues:
Report a FOLIO Issue

FOLIO Code of Conduct

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

Brill Germany Takes Over the Publishing Program of Die Blaue Eule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EBSCO Information Services’ Usage Consolidation™ Supports COUNTER R5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Curbside Pickup Feature Coming Soon for Evergreen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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