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The Tablet releases its 8750+ issue archive with Exact Editions

LISWire - Wed, 03/06/2019 - 11:07

180 years of Catholic history have been digitally preserved by the brand new archive of The Tablet, a weekly journal that dates back to 1840. Developed in partnership with digital publishing experts Exact Editions, the archive serves as an important ever-expanding historical record that transcends its affiliation with the Catholic Church in terms of academic value.

As the second-oldest surviving weekly publication in Britain, the title has continually offered in-depth coverage across a plethora of topics including religion, current affairs, politics, social issues and the arts. Readers of The Tablet will be able to trace the narrative of the last two centuries with reports on world events such as the Irish Famine of 1847, the beginning of World War II in 1945 and the attempted assassination of the Pope in 1981.

Available on Web, iOS and Android devices, this new feat of cultural preservation allows a seamless cross-platform browsing experience for institutions around the world. The advanced search function enables subscribers to search, share and cite every news piece, article and review from the publication. This intuitive interface rejuvenates old material, offering a window to discover the past and reflect upon the similarities and differences it bears to the current age.

The complete archive of The Tablet is available in the Exact Editions institutional shop here: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/the-tablet

CEO Amanda Davison-Young commented: “There is an incredible amount of the Catholic Church’s history preserved within the digital pages of the archive; the invaluable content of 8,750 issues will be indispensable as a historical resource for institutions around the world.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, said: “The state-of-the-art platform allows users to easily navigate the archive, whether it’s the latest content or the very first issue from 16 May 1840. The comprehensive search functionalities also allow subscribers to locate specific articles and events of historical significance with ease.”

About The Tablet:
The Tablet is a Catholic weekly journal that has been published continually since 1840, making it the second-oldest surviving weekly journal in Britain. It reports on religion current affairs, politics, social issues, literature and the arts with a special emphasis on Roman Catholicism while remaining ecumenical. It is committed to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council.

Prestigious contributors to its pages have included Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Pope Benedict XVI, Fr Hans Küng, Tony Blair and David Willcocks.

About Exact Editions:
Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. They are a team of producers, developers and designers who turn 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.

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OCLC publishes list of top 100 novels

LISWire - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 18:58

DUBLIN, Ohio, 5 March 2019—OCLC, a leading library technology and research organization, has published The Library 100: Top Novels of All Time, a list of the novels most widely available in libraries today. The list is based on data in WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections.

Produced and maintained by OCLC and individual member libraries and library organizations, WorldCat reflects the collections of more than 18,000 libraries worldwide. It includes information about more than 2.7 billion copies of more than 447 million titles. This aggregate worldwide library collection is likely the best view of the global scholarly and published record.

“Libraries provide a unique opportunity to track long-term trends in published literature,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “WorldCat is a unique resource that can tell us more about publishing patterns and, by extension, cultural patterns.”

According to WorldCat, “Don Quixote,” by Miguel de Cervantes, is the most widely held novel in libraries worldwide. “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,” by Lewis Carroll is second, followed by “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” both by Mark Twain. “Treasure Island,” by Robert Louis Stevenson, takes the fifth spot.

“Of course, the list of top novels emphasizes classics,” Prichard continued, “and so reflects dominant cultural views over the years about the canon and its formation. Librarians are aware of this and are more mindful than ever of the need to think critically about their collections. Librarians are actively seeking out and preserving overlooked, minority and marginalized perspectives.” (Read Prichard’s blog post at https://oc.lc/top-novel-blog.)

“These classic novels are published in multiple versions, translated, retold for younger readers and widely distributed in core collections,” noted Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Vice President of Membership and Research. “We cluster these algorithmically, sometimes pulling together hundreds of different versions and editions.”

“The top novels list is an example of what is possible when we study aggregate library data,” Dempsey added. “We have also done other work, notably looking at the characteristics of the national published record in several individual countries. This aggregate collection can help us track both presences and absences across the library system, and help libraries take a more critical look at collections. At OCLC, we will be examining aspects of these topics in more depth.”

The full list, and more information about The Library 100 can be found at www.oclc.org/en/worldcat/library100.html.

Tags: librariesWorldCatliteraturenovelsTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: Non-ProfitIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: OCLC

Comprehensive guide to freedom of information and its management

LISWire - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:01

Facet Publishing announces the publication of The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook by Paul Gibbons.

Freedom of information (FOI) is now an international phenomenon with over 100 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe enacting the right to know for their citizens. Since 2005, the UK’s Freedom of Information Act has opened up thousands of public bodies to unparalleled scrutiny and prompted further moves to transparency.

The Freedom of Information Officer’s Handbook is a comprehensive guide to FOI and its management. It is designed to be an indispensable tool for FOI Officers and their colleagues. It includes:

• a guide to the UK’s FOI Act, the right to know and the exemptions
• clear analysis of the most important case law and its implications for the handling of FOI requests
• pointers to the best resources to help FOI officers in their work
• explanations of how FOI interacts with other legislation, including detailed explorations of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and how the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation impacts on FOI
• a look at requirements to proactively publish information and the effect of copyright and re-use laws on FOI and open data
• comparisons of the UK’s Act with FOI legislation in other jurisdictions from Scotland to South Africa
• an exploration of the role of the FOI Officer: who they are, what they do, their career development and what makes them effective
• suggestions on how to embed FOI within an organisation using effective procedures, technology and training
• a stage-by-stage guide to processing requests for information.

Jon Baines, Data Protection Advisor at Mischon de Reya LLP said 'Several years ago Paul Gibbons ‘outed’ himself as ‘FOIMan’– until that point an anonymous commentator on Freedom of Information, and subject of much speculation as to his identity. Since then Paul has established himself as one of the leading experts in the field. I’m delighted he has now cemented this position with the first book which really meets the needs of and challenges facing FOI practitioners. Paul has an easy and approachable writing style, but a formidable knowledge and rigorous research lie behind that.'

- Ends

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

The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook | January 2019 | 312pp | paperback: 9781783303533 | £64.95 | hardback: 9781783303540 | £129.95 | eBook: 9781783303557

Paul Gibbons is an independent consultant and trainer specialising in information rights. He is best known for his FOIMan blog which he began writing in 2010 reflecting on his own experiences of implementing FOI in three very different public authorities: the Greater London Authority, an NHS Trust in south-east London and SOAS, a college of the University of London. Before getting involved in FOI, Paul completed a Masters in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University, going on to work for many years as a records manager in the pharmaceutical industry, local government and in the Houses of Parliament. He was later awarded an LLM with distinction in Information Rights, Law and Practice by the University of Northumbria.

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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The Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:57

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System, in New York is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 470,000 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://catalog.cclsny.org/.

Nate Curulla, CRO for ByWater Solutions recently commented on the migration for the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System:

"We are very excited to have the chance to partner with the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System’s team of passionate librarians for their implementation of Koha! We are excited to help empower the team with the Open Source ILS technology."

About Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System
The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System is a cooperative Public Library System serving 36 member libraries in a two-county area of 2,415 square miles. It is a rural area; most of its 215,222 people live in scattered hamlets and small villages. The member libraries serve populations ranging up to 31,146 but the majority serve populations of less than 4,000. All chartered public libraries in the System’s service area are members of the System.

Read more at: http://www.cclsny.org/ccls-profile/

Mission Statement
The mission of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System is to foster, strengthen, and improve public library services within its two-county service area.

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/

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

Thomas Forsythe appointed as Northeastern account representative

LISWire - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 18:04

Provo, Utah, February, 19, 2019 – Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce that Thomas Forsythe has been appointed as Northeast account representative for the sales team representing cataloging, digitization, microfilm, authority control, reclassification, data conversion and on-site services.

Thomas will work with libraries, archives, and museums in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, along with Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

Thomas has been with Backstage for over twelve years. He holds a master’s degree in library and information science and has served as an on-site services project manager and client support manager during his career with Backstage.

Jeff Calcagno, sales manager for Backstage states:

“Thomas comes to this position with considerable knowledge and experience companywide as well as a good understanding of client needs across our service groups. He has been involved in one form or another with hands-on work for several of the service groups including a lengthy and very successful time as the lead project manager for numerous onsite projects in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is eager to begin his travels to meet with current and prospective clients. We are excited to have Thomas on our team.”

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced, high quality, yet efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 30 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: Backstage Library WorksRFID Taggingpreservation microfilmdigitizationmetadatalibrary servicesreclassificationauthority control processingOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: Backstage Library WorksIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

The Pueblo City County Library District Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:27

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Pueblo City County Library District, in Colorado is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 380,000 plus holdings from Symphony ILS earlier this year and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://pueblopl.bywatersolutions.com.

Nate Curulla, CRO, recently commented on the partnership with Pueblo City Library District:

"In addition to choosing an open source ILS, Pueblo City Library District has agreed to share and collaborate with ByWater Solutions to broaden the functionality of the public facing catalog in a way that will minimize the need to use other 3rd party products to engage with customers."

About the Pueblo City County Library District
Pueblo City-County Library District is the public library system that serves Pueblo, Colo. PCCLD has 12 locations and its service area includes a population of approximately 165,000 residents.

PCCLD serves as a foundation for our community by offering welcoming, well equipped and maintained facilities, outstanding collections and well-trained employees who provide expert service encouraging the joy of reading, supporting lifelong learning and presenting access to information from around the world.

Pueblo City-County Library District is a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Winner.

Motto, Mission and Vision

MOTTO Ideas, Imagination & Information MISSION We serve as a foundation for our community by offering welcoming, well equipped and maintained facilities,outstanding collections, and well-trained employees who provide expert service encouraging the joy of reading, supporting lifelong learning and presenting access to information from around the world. VISION Books and Beyond

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/

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

Equinox migrates Phillipsburg Free Public Library to Koha

LISWire - Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:31

Duluth, Ga., February 19, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of Phillipsburg Free Public Library into the open source community with their deployment of Koha.

The Phillipsburg Free Public Library has been serving their community since 1923. Their migration involved 86,414 bibliographic records and 7,496 patrons. Equinox provided project management and configuration services in addition to data extraction. As part of Phillipsburg’s migration Equinox also provided Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services. To prepare for migration remote training was included by Equinox staff.

“Equinox rose to the challenge of migrating our library to Koha over a few short months,” said Deb Messling, director of the Phillipsburg Free Public Library. “We are a small library with no dedicated IT staff, and the Equinox team was patient, supportive and thorough in answering our questions and helping us build a system that works for us and our community.”

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

"It was great working with the staff at Phillipsburg,” said Rogan Hamby, data and project analyst at Equinox. “They've dived into the migration with enthusiasm and been a pleasure to work with. Knowing them now and the love they have for their work makes me glad they're part of the Koha community and I'm excited to see how they're going to use it for their patrons."

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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Gale and EveryLibrary Team Up to Launch Nationwide Campaign to Promote How Libraries Support Entrepreneurship

LISWire - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:55

Gale and EveryLibrary Team Up to Launch Nationwide Campaign to Promote How Libraries Support Entrepreneurship

Partnership to Raise Awareness of Services Libraries Provide for Entrepreneurs and Startups

RIVERSIDE, Ill. & FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – February 15, 2019 – Did you know libraries are one of the most valuable (and free) resources available to entrepreneurs seeking to launch a small business? That’s why Gale, a Cengage company, has partnered with EveryLibrary, a national non-profit organization dedicated to non-partisan political action on behalf of libraries, to launch a nationwide campaign to help raise awareness of the services libraries offer to entrepreneurs and startups.

"Libraries are economic development engines in their communities," says John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary. "Librarians help starters and entrepreneurs shape their ideas into viable products or businesses while helping established small businesses understand and grow their market. That's why we are so excited to partner with Gale. Their information solutions are the market intelligence and business informatics that every entrepreneur needs to succeed. We want to share the powerful story about librarians and the impact of business reference services to support the local economy and to create individual and family prosperity."

View a video about how libraries and Gale support entrepreneurship, here: http://bit.ly/2S1pKuU

The campaign will run throughout the year with the first event kicking off during National Entrepreneurship Week, February 16-23, 2019, where EveryLibrary and the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) will host a free webinar titled: Libraries and Incubators Tuesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar brings together libraries and other innovation ecosystem builders to share insights and best practices about business development. Leigh Ann Cusack, senior director of product development for public libraries at Gale, will participate in the presentation outlining a path for business planning and share insights and recommendations on useful tools available through public libraries. Additionally, Community Reference Manager, Kim Gile from the Kansas City Public Library will offer insider insight into how libraries are economic drivers with examples from across the United States.

Register for this webinar, here: http://bit.ly/2V0wgDY.

“Public libraries have always played a powerful role in connecting people with the resources and learning they need to be successful in life. However, most entrepreneurs are unaware of the free business resources and staff expertise that their local libraries offer that can guide them throughout every stage of business planning, said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Through our partnership with EveryLibrary, our goal is to change this by driving awareness of the value that libraries provide to the entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

For more information visit the Gale Entrepreneurship webpage: http://bit.ly/2X790WL or EveryLibrary’s Entrepreneurs blog: http://bit.ly/2TPv9XK.

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/

About EveryLibrary
EveryLibrary is the first and only national political action committee for libraries. Since 2012, EveryLibrary has helped nearly 100 libraries with their local ballot measures to renew or extend funding. With an 80% win rate, EveryLibrary has helped local libraries secure over $320 million per annum in stable tax funding for building projects, collections, programs, services and staffing. As a donor-supported organization, EveryLibrary provides all their campaign consulting pro-bono and free of charge to both the library’s Informational Communications Campaign as well as the local ballot support committee. You can learn more about EveryLibrary’s history of campaign support at everylibrary.org.

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Cedar Park Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:04

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Cedar Park Public Library, in Texas is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 122,000 plus holdings from Symphony ILS earlier this year and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://library.cedarparktexas.gov/

About Cedar Park
Mission
Promoting literacy and lifelong learning for all members of the community through educational, informational, cultural and recreational resources.

Vision
To open doors by opening minds.

Read More at: https://www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/library/about-the-library

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/

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

Ottumwa Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:02

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Ottumwa Public Library, in Iowa is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 59,000 plus holdings from Horizon ILS earlier this year and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://catalog.ottumwapubliclibrary.org/

About the Ottumwa Public Library
The Ottumwa Public Library strives to provide opportunities, space, service, and resources for the members of the community to expand their knowledge, imagination, and perspective on the world that is open to everyone.

Mission Statement
The Ottumwa Public Library serves the residents of Ottumwa and Wapello county by 1) providing resources to satisfy curiosity and stimulate the imagination of citizens; 2) offering a safe, comfortable place for the individual to enjoy and for the community to gather; 3) and endeavoring to inform patrons about their community and the resources it offers.

Read more at: https://blog.ottumwapubliclibrary.org/p/about-us.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/

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

Contributions to Zoology Joins Brill Biology Program

LISWire - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 08:21

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 14 February 2019

International publisher Brill is pleased to announce the addition of the Open Access journal Contributions to Zoology to its Biology publishing portfolio. Brill has taken over the publishing responsibilities from Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

Contributions to Zoology has published cutting edge zoological research since 1848. Focusing on all systematics-related branches of comparative zoology (including paleontology), the journal began as a publication of the Committee in charge of the library of the Dutch Royal Zoological Society "Natura Artis Magistra". Contributions to Zoology has been published in Open Access since 1997. The journal is added to Brill’s impressive publishing program in Biology and has an impact factor of 1.641.

Ronald Vonk, Editor-in-Chief of Contributions to Zoology, comments: "Historically based in Dutch natural history museums and zoological societies for 170 years, our journal now found a natural partner in Brill publishing. We continue serving the wider field of zoological research combining the biology of the whole organism with the basic disciplines of taxonomy, systematics, and biogeography. Freed from former limitations in production by now joining a professional publishing house we hope to serve the ever growing demand for suitable platforms publishing biological research on the evolution of life on Earth".

The journal issues will be published in print and online. Brill’s Open Access journals are discoverable through DOAJ and distributed free of charge in Brill's Journal Collections. The first issue with Brill is planned for publication late February 2019.

For more information on this media alert please contact Stefan Einarson, Acquisitions Editor at Brill, at [email protected].

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

View this media alert online: https://brill.com/newsitem/118/contributions-to-zoology-joins-brill-biol...

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Simone de Beauvoir Studies added to Brill’s Journal Portfolio

LISWire - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 05:54

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 12 February 2019

Brill and the International Simone de Beauvoir Society are pleased to announce the journal Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) will be published with Brill as of 2019.

Founded in 1983 and publishing its 30th volume in 2019, SdBS is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to advancing scholarship relevant to the writings, thinking, and legacy of Simone de Beauvoir. It also features articles that advance contemporary discussions of central themes in her oeuvre such as gender, race, and sexuality. Simone de Beauvoir Studies is one of only a few academic journals published today dedicated to the work and thought of a female philosopher. The journal is housed in the Humanities & Arts department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute under the direction of Jennifer McWeeny.

Professor Tove Pettersen (University of Oslo), President of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, says: “We are truly delighted that our journal is to be published by Brill, a venerated leader in academic publishing. Since 1983, the journal has been instrumental as the Society has endeavored to advance outstanding scholarship related to the work of Simone de Beauvoir – one of the twentieth century’s great philosophers, authors and public intellectuals. Our new affiliation with Brill will augment our capacity to foster international and interdisciplinary exchange relevant to Beauvoir scholars, contribute to dialogue and research within the humanities, social sciences and gender studies, as well as advocate the enduring importance and relevance of Simone de Beauvoir’s body of work within context of contemporary life and political debate.”

Publication of the 30th volume will commence in June 2019 and all previous volumes of the journal will also be placed on the Brill website at that time. For more information on the journal visit www.brill.com/sdbs or contact the Acquisitions Editor Jennifer Pavelko via [email protected]. Here you will find Calls for Papers for thematic issues on “The New Face of Simone de Beauvoir Studies” (Vol. 30, no. 1) and “Beauvoir in Conversation” (Vol. 30, no 2), both to appear in 2019. For information about the International Simone de Beauvoir Society including membership options, visit https://beauvoir.weebly.com/.

For customer queries, please contact your regular distributor or directly contact Brill Sales and Customer Services for journals: mailto:[email protected]; T: +44 (0)1767 604 954 (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific), or mailto:[email protected]; T: (844) 232 3707 (Toll free US and Canada); T: +1 (860) 350 0041 (the Americas).

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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Equinox migrates Clearfield County Libraries to the PaILS/SPARK Consortium

LISWire - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 17:08

Duluth, Ga., February 11, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of Clearfield County Public Library, Curwensville Public Library, Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library, and the DuBois Public Library to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

This move includes a total of 16,628 patron records and 129,513 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox as part of the migration included data extraction and deduplication encompassing bibliographic, item, patron, and transaction records. Equinox staff administered software configuration and project management as well as remote and onsite training.

“Here at SPARK we’re very happy to welcome the libraries in Clearfield County to our consortium,” said Lugene Shelly, SPARK Director of Technology and System Support. “By joining SPARK they will be able to share resources across all four library outlets for the first time, expanding access to services and resources for their patrons. They’ll also be joining neighboring county library systems on SPARK, and helping to expand the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System’s footprint in Pennsylvania. We will encourage the libraries’ staff to become involved with both the SPARK and Evergreen communities, and having worked closely with them during their migration, I’m sure they will be an asset to both.”

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 was great to work with the staff at these four libraries and see them come together onto a shared system,” said Jason Etheridge, Senior Developer at Equinox. “I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the future.”

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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EBSCO Information Services Acquires Leading Library and Research Web Platform, Stacks Inc.

LISWire - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:54

EBSCO Information Services Acquires Leading Library and Research Web Platform, Stacks Inc.
~ Web Platform Streamlines Workflows and Enhances the Library User Experience ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — February, 7 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced the acquisition of Stacks Inc., a leading library and research web platform. EBSCO partnered with the company in 2016 to release Stacks, a hosted content management system for libraries. This acquisition reinforces EBSCO’s commitment to providing library patrons with the best possible search experience and deep integration of resources.

Stacks technology is designed to simplify the process of creating online content for libraries. It is the first turnkey, responsive web platform with plug and play integrations and mobile apps connected in real time. Stacks allows libraries to market programs and services, manage event registrations and room bookings, conduct surveys and polls and create research guides. It also enables libraries to surface their collections and provide the best possible search and discovery experience and more.

President and CEO of Stacks Inc., Kristin Delwo, says the acquisition will significantly help libraries support users. “Our new relationship with EBSCO will help expand Stacks’ reach to more libraries, helping them to create and manage a truly customized website. I’m looking forward to this opportunity with EBSCO and to continue our goal to revolutionize the library experience.”

Mark Herrick, Senior Vice President of Business Development at EBSCO Information Services, says the acquisition of Stacks Inc. is a natural step for EBSCO to support the needs of libraries. “As one of the leading web platform vendors serving libraries, Stacks offers first-class features and technology. This acquisition is a natural extension of our working relationship, and we expect to expand these technologies and continue our goal of improving the library experience for users, as well as providing efficient, streamlined workflows and a robust user experience.”

Moving forward, EBSCO will be looking at additional ways to improve the library user experience with Stacks. Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Stacks Inc., Chad Smith, says the proven leadership of EBSCO and the technology innovation from Stacks creates an ideal environment for developing the best library experience for customers. “EBSCO is a natural fit for Stacks as we work together to create a library experience that is responsive and robust. We look forward to working with EBSCO on the development of future technologies and features for Stacks and continuing to serve the needs of our customers.”

To learn more about Stacks, visit: http://www.stacksdiscovery.com.

About Stacks Inc.
The Stacks platform has supported more than 500 libraries since its first iteration in 2009, even the Microsoft Corporate Library is part of the Stacks story. Kristin Delwo, President and CEO of Stacks Inc. is a former Systems Administrator & Management Consultant for a large consortium serving over 150 public libraries. Inspired by the solutions she was able to create, Kristin partnered with her then vendor, Chad Smith to evolve the products they had built into what we now know as Stacks. The team's deep library technology expertise was recognized in 2014 when the TALOnline project was recognized with the ALA Award for Collaboration and the CLA Award for Innovation in Technology. These accomplishments attracted the last key members of an all-star team that is reinventing the library experience.

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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Gale Unlocks Restricted Collections with Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III

LISWire - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 10:38

Explores the History of Sex and Sexuality with Access to Previously Banned and Restricted Collections

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – February 4, 2019 – In collaboration with The British Library, The Kinsey Institute and New York Academy of Medicine, Gale, a Cengage company, has released the third installment of its award-winning Archives of Sexuality & Gender series. Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III: Sex and Sexuality, Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries, expands the study of gender and sexuality, with nearly one million pages of content that’s traditionally been available only through restricted access in reading rooms. This never-before-digitized collection contains more than 5,000 monographs that offer historical perspectives on sex, sexuality and gender, providing context to the resources covered in Parts I and II. Now researchers can explore different aspects of sex and sexuality with online access as well as examine how social attitudes and mores have changed over time, all in one archive. Read Gale’s blog about Part III, here: http://bit.ly/2G2SsKc.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III examines topics such as patterns of fertility and sexual practice; prostitution, religion and sexuality; the medical and legal construction of sexualities and the rise of sexology. It not only offers a reflection of the cultural attitudes of the past, but also provides a window into how sexuality and gender roles were viewed and how they evolved over the centuries.

The collections included in the archive cover a wide array of fields, providing students and researchers with multiple perspectives in research areas such as medicine, biology, anthropology, law, the classics, art and erotic literature.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III includes three unique collections:

• The British Library’s Private Case Collection: Comprised of printed books that were originally held separately from the Library’s main reference collection from the 1850s to 1990 on grounds of obscenity, with the earliest items dating from the 17th century. It presents an interesting study in social ethics as the definition of obscenity evolved since the mid-19th century.

• The Kinsey Institute for Sex Research Collection – Special Subjects Units from Sex Research: Early Literature from Statistics to Erotica: Dating from 1700 to 1860, this collection is a portion of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey’s original library, which he used to study human sexual behavior from multiple perspectives.

• New York Academy of Medicine Collection: A collection of rare and unique books, consisting of more than 1,400 monographs covering a variety of topics in sex, sexuality and gender studies. From sex education to erotica, manners to medicine, the Academy collection offers a rich combination of materials from the humanities to the hard sciences.

“The British Library’s Private Case offers extraordinary insights into many facets of human sexuality over at least three centuries, from an 18th century directory of sex workers in the Covent Garden area of London, to the literary output of the Marquis de Sade and the pseudonymous authors of the Merryland Books,” said Adrian Edwards, Head of Printed Heritage at the British Library. “By digitizing this collection and making it available both to users of Archives of Sexuality & Gender, and to users of our Reading Rooms in London and Yorkshire, we hope to make this collection visible and available as never before.”

To provide a better research experience, the Archives of Sexuality & Gender series has been integrated into Gale’s new 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.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III offers:

• unrestricted access to more than one million pages of unique and rare content that was previously banned, making it the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind for the study of sex and sexuality.

• more than 5,000 monographs covering topics in sex, sexuality and gender from the sciences to the humanities.

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

“The unique collections in this remarkable new archive emphasize that the cultural norms surrounding sex and sexuality have always been in flux,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Researchers can examine issues of censorship, gender, sexuality and more, drawing on diverse sources from both the sciences and literature.”

The Archives of Sexuality & Gender series is complementary to Gale’s Global Encyclopedia of LGBTQ History and helps support the study of sex and sexuality; LGBTQ history and gender studies.

To request a trial, visit the Archives of Sexuality & Gender, Part III webpage: http://bit.ly/2HQNBO8.

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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• Twitter - @galecengage
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• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilization and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - https://www.bl.uk/ - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitized collection items and over 40 million pages.

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Brill Launches Open Access Book Series with Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

LISWire - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 06:39

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 29 January 2019

In conjunction with the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt, Brill will publish the new Open Access book series Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds.

The book volumes in the Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds publish research on legal history of areas which have been in contact with the Iberian empires during the early Modern and Modern period, in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa. Its focus is global in the sense that it is not limited to the imperial spaces as such but rather looks at the glocalization of normativities within the space related to these imperial formations. It is global also in another sense: The volumes in the series will pay special attention to the coexistence of a variety of normativities (multinormativity) and their cultural translations in different places and moments, decentering classical research perspectives and opening up for different modes of normativity. Within this broad spectrum, and due to the research in this field carried out at Department II of the Max Planck Institute, normativities stemming from the field of Religious Studies will receive special attention.

The series editor Thomas Duve, Director at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, comments: “In the last years, we observe a growing interest in the history of the formation of normative orders on a transnational scale in different disciplines. In the international academia, History, Law, and Political Science are turning more global or more historical in their orientation. Thus, it was important for us to find a publishing house of the best reputation which has the international and interdisciplinary visibility to publish studies on the histories of glocalizing normativities in an Open Access format.”

Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill, adds: "Brill highly values the opportunity to partner with the esteemed Max Planck Institute of European Legal History on publishing a book series in Open Access. The books we publish undergo strict peer review; together with the benefits of Open Access for the visibility and discoverability of publications, we are convinced this will contribute to the standing, reach and impact of the Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds."

The monographs, edited volumes and text editions in the series will be peer reviewed, and published in print and online. Brill’s Open Access books are discoverable through DOAB and distributed free of charge in Brill’s E-Book Collections, and through OAPEN and JSTOR.

For more information on this media alert please contact Ms. Stephanie Paalvast, Program Manager Open Access at Brill, via [email protected], or the publisher at Brill, Ms. Wendel Scholma, [email protected].

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, Language & 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 Announces 2019 Solar Grant Submissions

LISWire - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:08

EBSCO Information Services Announces 2019 Solar Grant Submissions
~ $200,000 in Grants Available for Libraries Looking to Go Green ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 25, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) continues its commitment to helping libraries in their sustainability efforts with the 2019 EBSCO Solar grant program. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to “go green” by funding solar installations. EBSCO will be accepting submissions from both domestic and international libraries.

The grants will allow winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses and install a solar array at their institution. After seeing the benefits of “going green” on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant program so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so. Since 2016, EBSCO has given libraries more than $650,000 in grant money.

Red Feather Lakes Library in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and The University of West Indies, Mona in Kingston, Jamaica, received grants last year and are planning to install their arrays in 2019.

EBSCO Information Services President Tim Collins says EBSCO has benefited from adopting alternative energy sources such as solar arrays and wants to help libraries do the same. “Solar power is a great way to showcase the value of green technologies at an institution. Libraries are often the center of a campus or a community and by going green, libraries can encourage solar adoption and allow students and patrons to see the benefits. Our grants help make it easier for a library to implement a green plan or even make it viable to adopt solar power.”

Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until February 28th. Submissions are due by April 30th, and the winner will be announced on June 21st, 2019, both online and at ALA-Annual. More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar, including the timeline, where to submit questions, a link to the submission form and FAQs.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 900,000 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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John Cotton Dana Award 2019 Submissions Now Open

LISWire - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:03

John Cotton Dana Award 2019 Submissions Now Open
~ Eight Winners to Receive $10,000 in Development Awards ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 25, 2019 — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the 2019 John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to libraries and honors outstanding library public relations. Eight $10,000 awards will be provided by The H.W. Wilson Foundation in 2019.

The awards are managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) division of ALA and the JCD judges come from the LLAMA division. The 2019 John Cotton Dana Awards will be presented to winners at an ALA-Annual awards ceremony sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services.

Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to submit entries for a 2019 John Cotton Dana Award. Entries should highlight a strategic communications campaign from the past year. Examples of past campaigns have included: rebranding efforts, promotion of archives and special collections, awareness campaigns, community partnerships and special events. Entries may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider, unless they are represented on the JCD Committee.

Entries for the JCD Award are organized around needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Entrants are asked to submit documentation to show the scope and effectiveness of their campaign. Examples of these documents may include initial assessments and research, processes for implementation, goals met, creative output, media releases, media coverage and other metrics that establish results.

Applications for the 2019 John Cotton Dana Award are to be submitted electronically and received by March 15, 2019. More information, including entry documents, can be found at: https://www.ebsco.com
/about/scholarship-awards/john-cotton-dana.

About the John Cotton Dana Award
The John Cotton Dana Award was inaugurated by The H.W. Wilson Company at the 1946 annual conference of the American Library Association. It was named after John Cotton Dana (1856-1929), a librarian called the father of the modern library. The Awards are funded by the H.W. Wilson Foundation.

About the H.W. Wilson Foundation
The Foundation was established by Halsey W. Wilson in 1952 to support the needs of company employees and retirees. Since 1957, The H.W. Wilson Foundation has focused on providing financial assistance to causes having the greatest impact on improving the spirit, mind and body of the greatest number of people through aid, support and cooperation with charitable, benevolent, educational and religious institutions. Major donors to the Foundation included Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Wilson, and the H.W. Wilson Company. http://thwwf.org/

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 800,000 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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FOLIO Launches Aster Release

LISWire - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:18

FOLIO Launches Aster Release
~ Open Source Project Release Focuses on Early Adopters ~

PHILADELPHIA — January 25, 2019 — FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source Library Services Platform (LSP), is kicking off 2019 with a release that will reach a variety of notable development milestones in accessibility. The FOLIO Aster Release is the first in a series of named releases that will begin to define the features and functionality of the open source LSP.

Aster will include general UX improvements and accessibility features including WCAG 2.0 support for forms, focus components, keyboard shortcuts and colors/icons/images. The release will also include cataloging template capability and MARC editing along with improvements to searching and editing instances, holdings and items.

Aster includes discovery interoperability that includes OAI-PMH along with FOLIO API support for RTAC and Patron Empowerment as well as Purchase Order Management for acquisitions and GOBI Order API integration. ERM functionality that includes agreements, license and eHoldings management, Knowledgebase integration (EBSCO’s Holdings IQ and GOKb), SUSHI harvesting and configuration is also a part of the Aster Release. Circulation improvements such as improved fines & fees, manual blocks, patron notice templates and staff slips, requests and service point support along with considerable improvements for password management have also been released.

The release aims to provide a more accessible platform for libraries in the FOLIO community. FOLIO Product Owner Lead Cate Boerema says the Aster Release is the beginning of a busy year for FOLIO. “With Aster we begin to shape the future of the ILS. The release begins to introduce key functionality for a library services platform, serve the needs of libraries and provide opportunities to extend the reach of libraries.”

The FOLIO open source project provides libraries of all sizes with choice when selecting an LSP or building library services beyond traditional functionality. Built on a microservices architecture, the FOLIO platform ensures that components can be readily developed or replaced in new releases as technologies and requirements evolve.

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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EBSCO Health Acquires HealthDecision®

LISWire - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 15:17

EBSCO Health Acquires HealthDecision®
~ Decision Support & Shared Decision Making Tool Added to Suite of Evidence-Based Clinical Solutions ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 24, 2019 — EBSCO Health, the leading provider of evidence-based clinical information tools including DynaMed Plus®, Dynamic Health™ and Option Grid™, has expanded with the acquisition of HealthDecision®. HealthDecision is a clinical decision support and shared decision making tool for clinicians and patients at the point of care. The software platform provides decision support tools enabling clinicians and patients to explore their medical options. The resource combines the patient’s healthcare preferences with the clinician’s expertise and syndicates patient-specific medical data with the latest medical guidelines to personalize a patient’s risk analyses.

HealthDecision’s visual representation of medical outcomes is educational, easy-to-use and facilitates discussion between the clinician and patient to mutually agree on a personalized treatment plan. HealthDecision tools are developed by clinicians with subject matter expertise, and the medical literature integration incorporates the latest guidelines, risk scores and analyses. These tools have been integrated into the clinician workflow in a variety of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and have been in use for nine years, reaching more than 26,000 patients a year.

EBSCO Health Senior Vice President of Product Management Betsy Jones welcomes HealthDecision and its staff to the EBSCO Health team. “This relationship takes us one step further in our journey to offering a breadth of content with an evidence-based foundation, combined with user experience, EHR interoperability and a tailored, personalized solution for providers and their patients. HealthDecision is an important decision support tool that will integrate well into our suite of clinical offerings.”

HealthDecision CEO and Founder Jon Keevil, MD, is looking forward to further building out the clinical decision support tools with EBSCO Health. “HealthDecision was born out of a mission to create tools that transform complex medical information into more actionable and patient-specific formats. I am thrilled that EBSCO Health’s resources and deep expertise in the field of clinical support and evidence-based medicine will greatly enhance our ability to assist patients and clinicians at the point of care.”

To learn more about HealthDecision, visit: https://www.healthdecision.com/.

About EBSCO Health
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