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Concordia University Texas (CTX) Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:12

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Concordia University Texas Library in Austin, TX is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 43,500 plus bibs from Voyager and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://ctxlibrary.bywatersolutions.com/

Kalleen Marquise, Partner Engagement Specialist, recently commented on the migration, "The Concordia team went through this migration during a difficult time, having experienced a severe weather event in February causing damage to their library. Throughout, the staff kept providing virtual assistance to students while going through this implementation! It was amazing to see their perseverance and we were proud to support them during this time."

Concordia University Texas (CTX) Library
The mission of the CTX Library is to enable their users to find the right information, in the right place, at the right time, in the right way to meet their needs/wants/desires and to support and enhance the educational mission of the University. In this way, they fully support life-long learning and Concordia's overall mission to develop Christian leaders.
Find out more here: https://www.concordia.edu/resources/ctx-library/about-the-library/

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
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: ByWaterOPACkoha ILSkohaossopen sourcetexasacademic libraryTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

Worcester State University Library Joins HELM and ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:11

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts), an association of Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education has added Worcester State University Library to their HELM catalog.

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 130,000 plus holdings from Horizon and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The HELM Catalog can be viewed at https://catalog.helmlib.org/.

Valerie Burnett of the Data and Migrations Team at ByWater Solutions recently commented on their migration, "I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work on this project with the team at HELM and Worcester Library. It is so exciting to see more higher education libraries in Massachusetts embrace Koha and ByWater Solutions."

About Worcester State University Library
The Library is the intellectual heart of Worcester State University, a place where members of the campus community converge, collaborate, learn, and discover. Library staff assist users at the research help desk and by phone, email, and online chat. Library staff provide classroom instruction on information literacy and research skills helping students navigate the complex information network of Google, Wikipedia, print and electronic books, periodicals, and media.
Read more: https://www.worcester.edu/About-the-Library/

About HELM
HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) is a growing consortium of Massachusetts public higher education libraries that share an integrated library system, allow direct borrowing of materials, and collaborate on professional development opportunities. HELM was formed to develop and sustain cooperative initiatives and to enhance library resources, systems and services for all member libraries.
Read more at: https://libraries.flo.org/HELM-Public/about

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 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
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: helmUniversity librarykohaopen sourceosskoha ILSTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

ByWater Solutions Partners with Patron Point to Integrate Library Marketing within Koha

LISWire - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 14:31

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Koha Open Source ILS now has integration with Patron Point, the leading community engagement platform for public libraries. This partnership opens the Koha Community to drive their digital marketing and their community engagement. Patron Point works to connect Koha to a wide range of third-party services such as eBook platforms, databases, events, and many others.

Brendan Gallagher, Founder & CEO, ByWater Solutions, recently commented on the integration, "The integration between Koha and Patron Point opens up many opportunities for our mutual library partners to increase community engagement. The pride and enthusiasm Patron Point exhibits in the work they do is exhilarating."

Together, ByWater Solutions and Patron Point support several libraries using the integration with Koha, including:
Ajax Public Library of Ontario, Canada
Benbrook Public Library, Texas
Jackson County Library Services, Oregon
Salina Public Library, Kansas
Siskiyou County Public Library, California

Ian Downie, Vice President, Growth at Patron Point recently commented on the integration, "Libraries on the Koha platform can now leverage the full power of Patron Point in their marketing activities, creating powerful and automated marketing campaigns to engage their communities. It has been great working with the team at ByWater who has proved to be very knowledgeable and supportive and there is a great synergy between the businesses."

About Patron Point
Patron Point is the leading marketing automation platform driving patron engagement in public libraries around the world. It is the first of its kind patron engagement platform built specifically for public libraries harnessing data from a wide range of library systems including the ILS, eBook platforms, event/PC/room booking systems, databases, and website to build a unified view of the patron’s engagement with the library.

With Patron Point, libraries more fully engage their patron audience across multiple channels including email, website forms and pop-ups, web widgets, and social media tracking. Libraries can benefit immediately from a foundation of Proven Programs™ or create their own workflows that are customized to their unique user communities and needs.

Libraries interested in learning more about Patron Point can visit the website and request a short online demo.

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 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
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: patron pointopen sourcekohabywater solutionskohailskoha ILSTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

EBSCO Information Services Releases the EBSCO eBooks™ Open Access Monograph Collection

LISWire - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 11:15

EBSCO Information Services Releases the EBSCO eBooks™ Open Access Monograph Collection
~ Growing Selection of Thousands of Open Access, DRM-Free E-Books ~

IPSWICH, Mass. – June 17, 2021 – EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is releasing a new e-book collection containing thousands of high-quality open access (OA) e-books from the world’s most trusted university presses and scholarly publishers. The EBSCO eBooks™ Open Access Monograph Collection is DRM-free and available at no cost on the EBSCOhost® platform and easily discoverable via EBSCO Discovery Service.

The EBSCO eBooks Open Access Monograph Collection was created in collaboration with university presses and scholarly OA publishers such as University of Michigan Press, Taylor & Francis and Temple University Press to provide libraries and end users with choice and access to a large selection of discoverable content, which will continue to grow by the thousands. With the collection, libraries gain access to all current and future OA e-books with DRM-free access on the EBSCO platform, providing a consistent user experience with other e-books in the library’s collection.

In addition to providing high-quality content with accessible functionality, the Open Access Monograph Collection has been carefully handpicked and packaged to save librarians time when searching for and qualifying OA content. Libraries can download free, full OCLC MARC records and/or activate these collections for discovery in leading discovery services and can generate dedicated usage reports on the collection. Titles will be preserved in Portico to ensure stability and access over the long term. This OA e-book collection complements other EBSCO efforts to support open access including Faculty Select™, an easy-to-use interface that connects faculty with open textbooks, Open Educational Resources (OER) and access to DRM-free e-books from top academic publishers.

EBSCO Information Services Director of Product Management Kara Kroes Li says that the curation and provision of this collection demonstrates EBSCO’s longstanding commitment to accessibility, sustainable publishing and open research. “EBSCO is committed to making content available to libraries and their end users on the open web to drive usage, extend reach and increase library impact. Users receive the benefit of the most accessible platform for open access monographs, with the additional benefits of EPUB online, full e-book downloads, and a full suite of research tools.”

For more information on the EBSCO eBooks Open Access Monograph Collection, visit: https://more.ebsco.com/ebooks-open-access-2021.html.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family-owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesEISEBSCO eBooksopen accessDRM-Freee-booksOERFaculty Select

Equinox Open Library Initiative Launches SubjectsPlus Content Management Software

LISWire - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 13:15

Duluth, Ga., June 15, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the launch of SubjectsPlus, a user-friendly, open source, content management system for sharing information. From subject guides, research guides, course materials, and course reserves, to classroom and curriculum content, digital and multimedia resources, online learning centers, and library websites, SubjectsPlus may be designed to support the information needs of your audience. SubjectsPlus provides tools to create information-rich resources, organize curated content around a topic, and to easily develop and manage an online home for your library’s web content. Use SubjectsPlus to create a digital bulletin board for library programs or summer reading materials, to advertise campus events, author signings, or community meetings, or to centralize content for library book clubs, committees, or volunteers.

Equinox provides SubjectsPlus training for librarians by librarians. Equinox’s team of MLIS-degreed librarians is experienced in providing research support to academic, government, law, and special libraries, as well as special collections and archives. Equinox’s services also include hosting, technical support, development, and web design. SubjectsPlus is flexible, customizable, and more affordable than proprietary alternatives. Join us for the SubjectsPlus launch event following the 2021 ALA Annual Conference at the equinoxEDU: Spotlight on SubjectsPlus on June 30, 2021 from 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern. Registration is now open: http://bit.ly/SubjectsPlus

“We are thrilled to start offering services for SubjectsPlus,” said Galen Charlton, Implementation and IT Manager at Equinox. “As an easy-to-use web content manager, it is a great complement to the open source integrated library and electronic resource management systems that we already support. We are keen to see what our customers come up with as they use SubjectsPlus for their subject guides and websites.”

“I would like to acknowledge the many libraries and library staff that have used and developed SubjectsPlus over the years,” continued Charlton. “East Carolina University, Ithaca College, and the University of Miami, among many others, have given the library world a great tool. We’re looking forward to working with the community to help make it even more awesome.”

Follow Equinox Open Library Initiative on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo for the latest updates.

To receive news directly in your inbox: https://www.equinoxOLI.org/#signup

For more information:
Laura Barry
Communications Coordinator
Equinox Open Library Initiative, Inc.
EquinoxOLI.org
[email protected]
877.OPEN.ILS (877.673.6457)

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative provides innovative open source software for libraries of all types and delivers extraordinary service at exceptional value. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., Equinox Open Library Initiative builds upon more than a decade of trusted service and technical expertise, providing consulting services, software development, hosting, training, and support for Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, and other open source library software. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org. For Equinox Library Services Canada, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.ca.

About SubjectsPlus
SubjectsPlus is a user-friendly, open source, content management system for information sharing. SubjectsPlus provides tools to create information-rich subject guides, organize curated content for specific audiences in or around a research topic, and to develop and manage library websites. Developed by Joyner Library at East Carolina University it is maintained today by the University of Miami Libraries and the robust, international, SubjectsPlus community. To learn more visit: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/subjectsplus/

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EBSCO Information Services to Support Resource Sharing and Development of Controlled Digital Lending in FOLIO

LISWire - Tue, 06/15/2021 - 11:11

EBSCO Information Services to Support Resource Sharing and Development of Controlled Digital Lending in FOLIO
~ Commitment Will Advance the Development of Controlled Digital Lending through Partnership with Knowledge Integration ~
IPSWICH, Mass. — June 15, 2021 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is increasing its development commitment to Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) and resource sharing on the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP). Collaborating with Knowledge Integration (K-Int), EBSCO will advance the development of these solutions for libraries worldwide.

With commitments from both EBSCO and Knowledge Integration, significant resources are being applied to advance Controlled Digital Lending, an essential, open-source offering for the lending and circulation of digitized materials, including license and digital rights management. By focusing development resources on Controlled Digital Lending, EBSCO and K-Int will be able to provide an accelerated development cycle and deliver Controlled Digital Lending for libraries internationally. The work on Controlled Digital Lending will commence immediately with delivery planned for the third quarter of 2022.

Neil Smith, Director of Knowledge Integration, says K-Int is eager to start work on the Controlled Digital Lending project. “Being able to build out a resource that provides libraries with more ways to leverage the FOLIO platform, by adding functionality and interoperability, is a great use of our development resources and exemplifies our commitment to FOLIO and the FOLIO Community.”

EBSCO Information Services Executive Vice President of Research Databases and Library Services, Gar Sydnor, says, “Our commitment to the development of Controlled Digital Lending, along with our focus on consortial/reciprocal borrowing functionality in FOLIO, will fully align with the FOLIO and Project ReShare roadmaps. Libraries will be able to take advantage of ReShare and Controlled Digital Lending by utilizing EBSCO FOLIO Services for implementation, hosting and support."

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of SaaS Strategy, Tamir Borensztajn, says, “The ideas of open source and community-driven projects that support choice and interoperability are important to library success and we want to support our library partners. Our goal is to help the FOLIO and ReShare community of libraries involved satisfy resource sharing priorities in their FOLIO deployments. We want to support workflows, such as Controlled Digital Lending, that are imperative. EBSCO’s in-depth expertise and focus on security and scale will ensure the continued viability and expansion of FOLIO and Controlled Digital Lending, and other forms of resource sharing.”

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

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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: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesFOLIO Library Services PlatformFOLIOLSPControlled Digital Lendingopen sourceCDL. Knowledge IntegrationTechnologies: Open Source

The Jewish Quarterly Relaunches Fully-Searchable Digital Subscriptions

LISWire - Mon, 06/14/2021 - 07:15

Individual and institutional digital subscriptions to the complete and fully-searchable archive of The Jewish Quarterly are now available following the publication’s relaunch in 2021. Accessible across web, iOS and Android devices, the digital edition is supported by the Exact Editions platform’s streamlined archiving technology, which provides a seamless and interactive browsing experience.

Admired for its fine writing, rigorous thinking, wit and wisdom, The Jewish Quarterly is published by Schwartz Media and Books out of Australia. Each quarterly issue features a major political or cultural theme, investigated in long-form essays by prominent voices from around the world. The publication’s mission is not to advocate but to investigate complex and pressing matters of politics, religion, history and culture, and to do so in depth.

Individual subscribers can subscribe both through the Exact Editions shop and also directly through The Jewish Quarterly’s website using Exact Editions’ innovative white-labelling technology, which allows the online reader to sit behind the publisher’s login paywall.

A whole host of intuitive navigational features on the Exact Editions platform enable institutional subscribers to utilise the archive as a research tool; an advanced Boolean search function facilitates the use of operators such as ‘and’, ‘or’ and ‘not’ in search terms, whilst linked contents pages and URLs enhance the interactivity of the issues. Institutional access is authenticated by IP range for uninterrupted access on and off campus.

The Jewish Quarterly is available in the Exact Editions shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/the-jewish-quarterly

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/the-jewish-quarterly

Sales & Marketing Manager at The Jewish Quarterly Caraline Douglas commented: “We are proud to have recently relaunched The Jewish Quarterly. Since its inception in 1953, JQ has covered significant events and topics and the digital archive is an invaluable resource for students of literature, politics, religion and history.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, said: “We are thrilled to be working with The Jewish Quarterly to expand their reach into institutions worldwide. The publication’s wide-ranging subject matter and the platform’s search function in particular make the resource especially appealing to libraries.”

About The Jewish Quarterly:

Founded in 1953 by Jacob Sonntag, The Jewish Quarterly has cultivated literary journalism of the highest standard for almost seventy years. It is an independent publication that explores Jewish issues, and issues of humanity from a Jewish perspective. Published out of Australia by Schwartz Media and Books and distributed worldwide, the publication relaunched in 2021 under new editor Jonathan Pearlman.

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 and books 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 Room’ technology, which allows publishers to provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

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ByWater Solutions Partners with koha-US to raise money for the Koha Community

LISWire - Fri, 06/11/2021 - 11:09

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that their partnership with koha-US raised over $1,800.00 for the Koha Community. 69 Community members participated in the month-long challenge logging over 2,140 miles for the month of May!

By partnering with koha-us for the Spring into Fitness: Koha Community Challenge, we were able to create a way for the open-source community to come together, move, and raise money for a good cause!

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions, recently commented on the Koha Community Challenge.
'We had a great idea to get people moving during the pandemic and wanted to tie in the Koha Community. In partnership with koha-US, we raised money for the organization that focuses on continuous improvements for both the software and the community. This allowed us to bring both physical and financial health to the libraries we are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with."

Participants logged runs, walks, biking, dancing, yoga, strength training, and moreover the last month.

Rhonda Kuiper, Koha-US President and Collection Development & Technical Services Manager at Round Rock Public Library, recently commented on the event. "We are thrilled to be a part of this Koha Community Challenge!"

koha-US and the Koha Community
The funds raised from the Community Challenge will allow koha-us to provide a platform for users to share educational workshops. koha-US members also work together to fund new software features in the Koha Community that help staff with their workflows or help patrons connect to library content.

Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork!
The Challenge was open to libraries, vendors, and any library supporters out there! The team challenge brought co-workers together allowing them to sign up as a team. We saw great motivation among the teams! We want to congratulate the Library and Vendor teams who competed!

Virtual Koha Community Challenge: Spring into Fitness Team Results
Our top teams for most miles and minutes are:
1. Northern Essex Community College Library clocking 123:19:54 and 523.94 miles
2. Montgomery County Public Library clocking 103:24:59 and 381.89 miles
3. Salina Public Library clicking 90:44:46 and 286.64 miles

The Swag
Participants will be sporting a Koha t-shirt and medal for their participation and donation in the event!
ByWater Solutions donated the cost of the shirts and medals for the challenge.

Getting Involved with koha-US
koha-US welcomes all as a member of their organization! They are excited to add you to their network of librarians and information professionals dedicated to bringing innovative technologies and services to libraries with Koha!

Dues of 25.00 (USD) provide you with membership benefits for the calendar year. If you have any questions about membership, please contact us at [email protected].
View more at: https://koha-us.org/join/

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: FUNDRAISERkohakohauskohailsopen sourceKoha CommunityossTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

ByWater Solutions' Partners Sponsor Development in Koha 21.05 Release

LISWire - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:02

We are so thankful for all our partners that have sponsored developments in the Koha Community 21.05 release.

Thank You to our Library Partners for the Sponsorship of New Features
Altadena Public Library (CA)
Bug 22773 - Bulk close invoices and filter invoice view (open/closed)

Arlington Public Library (VA)
Bug 24469 - Record biblionumber in import_biblio when adding to basket via file
Bug 26181 - Holds placed via the REST API should not be forced by default even if AllowHoldPolicyOverride is enabled

Bedford Public Library (TX)
Bug 18532 - Messaging preferences for auto renewals

Camden County Library System (NJ)
Bug 20212 - Improve performance of acquisitions receive page

Carnegie Stout Library (IA)
Bug 15563 - Add option to regularly delete patroncard and label batches to cleanup_database.pl cronjob

Cedar Park Public Library (TX)
Bug 18532 - Messaging preferences for auto renewals

Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC ) (CO)
Bug 26633 - Add advanced editor for transfer limits
Bug 24359 - Remove items from Holds Queue when checked in

Hotchkiss School (CT)
Bug 15986 - Add a script for sending hold waiting reminder notices

KanShare (KS)
Bug 24359 - Remove items from Holds Queue when checked in

Pasco Libraries (FL)
Bug 23207 - Allow automatic checkin/return at end of circulation period

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
Bug 18532 - Messaging preferences for auto-renewals

Virginia Tech Libraries (VA)
Bug 27719 - Receiving orders hangs on processing when missing a replacement price
Bug 26636 - Add objects.find Mojolicious helper

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

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

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality 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 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
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: open sourcelibrary partnerkohakohailsKoha CommunityossTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

Koha Community Announces 21.05 Release

LISWire - Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:00

The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open-source library system, announced last month that the Koha 21.05 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 248 enhancements, 449 bugfixes. Full release notes are available at https://koha-community.org/koha-21-05-released/.

Release Manager, Jonathan Druart, recently commented on the release!

"Thanks to those who are working every day to make Koha better day after day.

I would like to thank especially the whole development team and all those who contributed to the different topics from the roadmap we defined at the beginning of the release cycle.

I am excited to continue as release manager for one more development cycle. We, as a community, are comforting our capacity to work together and are continuously becoming more efficient. A lot of stimulating and interesting challenges are waiting for us."

Koha Schema
Release Team
The release team for Koha 21.05.00 is:
Release Manager: Jonathan Druart
Release Manager Assistants:
Martin Renvoize
Tomás Cohen Arazi
QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
QA Team:
David Cook
Agustín Moyano
Martin Renvoize
Marcel de Rooy
Joonas Kylmälä
Julian Maurice
Tomás Cohen Arazi
Josef Moravec
Nick Clemens
Kyle M Hall
Victor Grousset
Topic Experts:
UI Design — Owen Leonard
REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
Zebra — Fridolin Somers
Accounts — Martin Renvoize
Bug Wranglers:
Amit Gupta
Mengü Yazıcıoğlu
Indranil Das Gupta
Packaging Managers:
David Cook
Mason James
Agustín Moyano
Documentation Manager: Caroline Cyr La Rose
Documentation Team:
Marie-Luce Laflamme
Lucy Vaux-Harvey
Henry Bolshaw
David Nind
Translation Managers:
Indranil Das Gupta
Bernardo González Kriegel
Release Maintainers:
20.11 — Fridolin Somers
20.05 — Andrew Fuerste-Henry
19.11 — Victor Grousset

Thank You to our Library Partners for the Sponsorship of New Features
Altadena Public Library (CA)
Bug 22773 - Bulk close invoices and filter invoice view (open/closed)

Arlington Public Library (VA)
Bug 24469 - Record biblionumber in import_biblio when adding to basket via file
Bug 26181 - Holds placed via the REST API should not be forced by default even if AllowHoldPolicyOverride is enabled

Bedford Public Library (TX)
Bug 18532 - Messaging preferences for auto renewals

Camden County Library System (NJ)
Bug 20212 - Improve performance of acquisitions receive page

Carnegie Stout Library (IA)
Bug 15563 - Add option to regularly delete patroncard and label batches to cleanup_database.pl cronjob

Cedar Park Public Library (TX)
Bug 18532 - Messaging preferences for auto renewals

Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC ) (CO)
Bug 26633 - Add advanced editor for transfer limits
Bug 24359 - Remove items from Holds Queue when checked in

Hotchkiss School (CT)
Bug 15986 - Add a script for sending hold waiting reminder notices

KanShare (KS)
Bug 24359 - Remove items from Holds Queue when checked in

Pasco Libraries (FL)
Bug 23207 - Allow automatic checkin/return at end of circulation period

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
Bug 18532 - Messaging preferences for auto-renewals

Virginia Tech Libraries (VA)
Bug 27719 - Receiving orders hangs on processing when missing a replacement price
Bug 26636 - Add objects.find Mojolicious helper

Thank You to our Library Partners and Staff who have Contributed Patches for Koha:
Tomás Cohen Arazi (211)
Nick Clemens (162)
Andrew Fuerste-Henry (4)
Lucas Gass (29)
Kyle M Hall (46)
Owen Leonard (165)
Lisette Scheer (1)

Thank You to our Library Partners and Institutions who Contributed Patches for Koha:
Athens County Public Libraries (165)
ByWater-Solutions (241)
Chetco Community Public Library (6)
Latah County Library District (1)
Theke Solutions (227)
Thank you to our Library Partners and Staff who Tested Patches for Koha
Hasina Akhter (4)
Tomás Cohen Arazi (101)
Donna Bachowski (1)
Allison Blanning (1)
Nick Clemens (145)
Sarah Daviau (1)
Marti Fuerst (8)
Andrew Fuerste-Henry (77)
Brendan Gallagher (4)
Lucas Gass (47)
Kim Gnerre (3)
Todd Goatley (2)
Kyle M Hall (227)
Abbey Holt (1)
Ron Houk (8)
Barbara Johnson (19)
Christopher Kellermeyer (2)
Rhonda Kuiper (2)
Owen Leonard (125)
Kelly McElligott (20)
Liz Rea (1)
Lisette Scheer (11)
Deb Stephenson (1)

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

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

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality 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 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
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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DynaMed® Decisions Now Available in the Epic App Orchard

LISWire - Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:07

DynaMed® Decisions Now Available in the Epic App Orchard
~ Advanced Clinical Decision Support Solution Integrated into Clinician Workflow ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 9, 2021 — DynaMed® Decisions, a HIPAA-compliant clinical decision support solution from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), is now available in the Epic App Orchard marketplace. The inclusion makes it easy for Epic users to access the solution as part of their clinical workflow and provide personalized patient care.

DynaMed Decisions utilizes modern SMART on FHIR HL7 standards to connect seamlessly to a patient’s record and gather necessary data, saving valuable time that is better spent with the patient. The solution offers a robust collection of tools including decision aids, advanced clinical calculators and shared decision-making instruments which offer visual representations of risks, harms and benefits of various treatments, and customized clinical guidance.

EBSCO’s Vice President of Technology for Clinical Decisions Farhan Ahmad says that DynaMed Decisions aims to support clinical decision-making, decrease burden on providers and drive patient engagement through EHR integration. “Clinicians need to be able to access valuable tools and services within the clinical workflow. The availability of DynaMed Decisions in the App Orchard brings us one step closer to meeting all clinicians where they are.”

For more information, visit DynaMed Decisions on the App Orchard.

Epic and App Orchard are trademarks of Epic Systems Corporation.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. EBSCO’s Clinical Decisions suite of products are designed to improve patient care by providing healthcare professionals with the most current, evidence-based answers to clinical questions as they arise at the point of care. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family-owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Special LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: DynaMed DecisionsEBSCO Health CareEpic App OrchardClinical DecisionsClinical Decision Support

CORAL Online Summit to be Hosted by Equinox Open Library Initiative

LISWire - Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:00

REGISTRATION: https://www.equinoxoli.org/coral-online-summit/

Duluth, Ga., June 7, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to announce the upcoming CORAL Online Summit on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The free event is an opportunity for current and prospective users of the CORAL electronic resources management system to learn about CORAL and hear about best practices from CORAL community members. Registration link and full agenda are available at: https://www.equinoxoli.org/coral-online-summit/.

Presenters will cover how CORAL ERM is used in public, academic, and special libraries. Open discussion at the end of the event will be available for attendees to share experiences and feedback.

“Have you ever wondered if CORAL ERM could help with managing electronic resources at your library? This summit is an opportunity to learn more and discuss questions,” said Jennifer Weston, Product and Education Specialist at Equinox Open Library Initiative and coordinator of the CORAL Online Summit. “Sessions will include presenters currently employing CORAL ERM at their institutions as well as information about how to get involved with the community.”

CORAL ERM is used by libraries and institutions worldwide for management of electronic resources. The CORAL project is led by the CORAL ERM Steering Committee and the software is developed and maintained by community contributions to the project. Earlier this year, Equinox Open Library Initiative awarded the CORAL ERM Steering Committee with the Equinox Community Grant.
“The CORAL Steering Committee is excited to present the CORAL Online Summit and we invite you to join us on June 9th to experience what CORAL offers,” said Lisa Carlucci, Executive Director, Equinox Open Library Initiative. “CORAL is open source, modular, and flexible, which allows libraries to implement a customized, affordable solution for managing electronic resources, licensing, usage, and more.”
To stay up to date with the latest events and training opportunities, follow Equinox Open Library Initiative on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo.
To receive news directly in your inbox: https://www.equinoxOLI.org/#signup
For more information:
Laura Barry
Communications Coordinator
Equinox Open Library Initiative, Inc.
EquinoxOLI.org
[email protected]
877.OPEN.ILS (877.673.6457)

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative provides innovative open source software for libraries of all types and delivers extraordinary service at exceptional value. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., Equinox Open Library Initiative builds upon more than a decade of trusted service and technical expertise, providing consulting services, software development, hosting, training, and support for Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, and other open source library software. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org. For Equinox Library Services Canada, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.ca.

About CORAL
CORAL ERM is an electronic resources management system consisting of interoperable modules designed around the core components of managing electronic resources for libraries and other organizations. CORAL is available as a free, open source program. To learn more please visit: http://coral-erm.org/

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ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for Round Rock Public Library

LISWire - Mon, 06/07/2021 - 13:00

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Round Rock Public Library in Round Rock, Texas. Aspen was added to Round Rock's already existing Koha ILS that ByWater Solutions has supported since 2016! We are so happy to expand our partnership with Round Rock and their amazing team.

You can view Round Rock's Aspen interface by visiting: https://discovery.roundrocktexas.gov/

Addie Van Salisbury of the Aspen Discovery Implementation Team recently commented:
"Rhonda at Round Rock worked closely with her team to get Aspen up with as many resources, addons, and features for their patrons! It has been awesome to see how much they want to use everything they can get their hands on. Their catalogers have also been super involved. They have even been using volunteers to go through their entire list of Overdrive titles to make sure the grouping happened properly in Aspen!"

About Round Rock Public Library
The Round Rock Public Library proudly serves its dynamic and growing community by providing high quality resources, services, and programs.

Find out more about the city of Round Rock: https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/about/

Read more about the Round Rock Public Library here: https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/library/

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 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 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

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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Dubuque County Library District Goes Live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Mon, 06/07/2021 - 12:59

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, the Dubuque County Library District in Dubuque, Iowa are now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha with ByWater Support.

Bywater Solutions completed the transition of the library's records from self-hosted TLC to Koha and Aspen and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

The Dubuque County Library District customized Aspen OPAC can be viewed at: https://catalog.dubcolib.org/

Addie Van Salisbury of the Aspen Discovery Implementation Team commented on the migration:
"Dubuque County Library District is a great addition to the Aspen Discovery community! Throughout the implementation process they really made sure to envision the patron experience in their catalog and how best to meet the needs of their patrons. They are already making sure to spotlight event information, resources, and programs throughout the catalog utilizing many features within Aspen."

About Dubuque County Library District
The Dubuque County Library District's five branches provide library services to the communities of Asbury, Epworth, Farley, Peosta, and Holy Cross, as well as the rural population of Dubuque County.

Read more at https://www.dubcolib.org/about-your-library/

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.

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

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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Join our Implementation Team!

LISWire - Mon, 06/07/2021 - 12:51

Join our Implementation Team!
We’re looking for an individual who shares our passion for top notch service, libraries, library workflows, and data to join our Implementation Team in an entry level implementation support role.

Our implementation team consists of Educators and Data Migration Experts who are the main points of contacts for our partners during their migration to Koha. They work closely with our library partners to migrate their legacy library data to Koha and learn how to utilize Koha to accommodate their workflows. The individual(s) in this newly created support role will work with our Implementation team to support our library partners. Some days will involve answering questions about library workflows and others may involve writing SQL reports or making database updates.

About You!
You love libraries and are familiar with how libraries work. An MLS degree is a bonus!

You communicate clearly. You write well. You speak eloquently. You are comfortable communicating on the phone, in person, on video, and in email.

You are motivated and fearless. You are able to come up with ideas and try them out and if the idea doesn't work you don't give up.

You enjoy the exploration and discovery of new, more efficient, and sometimes, clever methods of accomplishing your goals.

You are self directed and are able to effectively work from home (experience working from home is a plus).

Skills we are looking for:
Strong analysis and troubleshooting skills - Ability to use creative techniques to analyze and solve workflow or data issues.

Excellent customer service skills - Ability to communicate, connect and build relationships with customers via virtual methods, videoconferencing, phone, email, and ticketing system.

Working knowledge of Koha and/or SQL is required.

Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously

Knowledge of Perl and Linux is preferred but not required.

Flexibility – ability to work in a continually changing, customer-focused environment.

Education
Bachelor’s Degree (required)

Masters Degree in Library Science (would be great, but not required)

Work or Educational background should include knowledge of computers, databases, and libraries.

To Apply
Send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

This is an entry-level, full-time, telecommuting (permanent) position which requires working from home and an approximate 5% travel requirement. ByWater offers performance bonuses, 401k, medical, great pay, on the job skills training and the chance to work with a talented group of team members.

ByWater Solutions was created with the express goal of changing the way libraries interact with their software and the vendors who support them. We believe that libraries deserve to have access to a world class system and personalized, comprehensive support at a reasonable cost. We are a transparent organization that values collaboration with each other and the larger open source communities we work with. We strive to set our library partners and coworkers up for success.

ByWater Solutions, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and will provide equal employment opportunity to employees and applicants for employment and will not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, military veteran status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family structure, genetic information, or mental or physical disability (and medical condition). ByWater Solutions participates in E-Verify.

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Terry Kendrick helps libraries achieve their marketing, communications and engagement goals with new book

LISWire - Mon, 06/07/2021 - 12:33

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Engaging your Community through Active Strategic Marketing: A practical guide for librarians and information professionals by Terry Kendrick.

Now more than ever, libraries must find ways to engage with their communities in order to demonstrate the value they create and deliver. Engaging your Community through Active Strategic Marketing is a comprehensive resource that provides an overview of best practice strategic marketing, with advice on how to implement effective marketing activities in libraries and information services with the best chance of success. It takes each element of the strategic marketing domain and outlines both current marketing best practice and its detailed application in the library and information sector. It includes a set of tools and techniques to help reflection and progress towards effective marketing and engagement.

Whether it is raising awareness of resources, increasing library use or demonstrating value, this book will help libraries from all sectors achieve their goals, communicate their benefits and present a clear and consistent image. Readers will get to grips with strategic marketing planning; understanding users and potential users; crafting messages; identifying effective marketing channels; digital marketing; marketing evaluation and more.

Martin O’Connor, Academic Librarian at University College Cork Library, blogger for Libfocus and Chair of CONUL Communications and Outreach Group said 'This sharply written and engaging book is full of useful tips and practical activities that will help you connect with your users, hone your library’s marketing message and ultimately take your library’s marketing to the next level, building and engaging your community along the way.’

- Ends

Press and review copies contact:
Sinéad Murphy, Marketing and Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0) 204 5132869
Email: [email protected]

Notes:
Engaging your Community through Active Strategic Marketing: A practical guide for librarians and information professionals | https://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/page/detail/engaging-your-community-th... | May 2021 | 216pp | Paperback:
9781783303830 | £59.95 | Hardback: 9781783303847 | £119.95 | eBook Available

Terry Kendrick has over 30 years' experience of delivering information and marketing training courses. Originally qualified as a librarian, Terry has run his own information and marketing training and consultancy company – Information Now Ltd – which was established in 1989. He specialises in strategic marketing planning facilitation and training, strategic risk management, management consultancy skills, internet search techniques and competitive intelligence. In addition to information activities Terry has in the past been Director of the MBA Programme at the University of East Anglia and Director of Executive Education at Leeds University Business School. In his freelance information and marketing activities Terry has worked on projects in over 20 countries. Terry is a CILIP Onsite trainer, presenting a number of tailored programmes for organisations. He has also written articles on marketing planning and is the author of Developing Strategic Marketing Plans That Really Work: A toolkit for public libraries (2006).

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to order from Ingram Publisher Services UK | Tel: +44 (0)1572 202301| Fax: +44 (0)1752 202333 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk | Mailing Address: Ingram Publisher Services UK, 10 Thornbury Road, Plymouth, PL6 7PP | It will be available in North America from the American Library Association: https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/engaging-your-community-through-act....

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NY State Library Issues New Report on New York’s Libraries and Digital Inclusion

LISWire - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 12:34

STATE LIBRARY ISSUES NEW REPORT ON NEW YORK’S LIBRARIES AND DIGITAL INCLUSION

Lauren T. Moore, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian announced today that a new report New York’s Digital Divide: Examining adoption of internet and computers for the state and its library districts is now available on the New York State Library’s Digital Equity webpage.

The State Library commissioned John B. Horrigan, PhD. a Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute to analyze New York data and prepare the report. Findings and recommendations will help to inform local, regional, and statewide initiatives designed to advance digital equity and inclusion for all New Yorkers. Digital equity initiatives of the State Library are supported in part with federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

The COVID-19 pandemic has vividly demonstrated the disadvantages of lacking home internet service. One in four (4) households in New York State do not have a foundational tool for internet connectivity – a wireline high-speed internet subscription for their home. These gaps are more pronounced for low-income New Yorkers, older adults, and communities of color.

Closing these gaps will require an “all hands” approach and public libraries are well positioned to be a team leader. Public libraries have always played a role in addressing the digital needs of those with limited means of digital connectivity. They are also highly trusted institutions in the eyes of the public. This positions libraries to play a prominent part in addressing the digital divide, which will persist even as the COVID crisis fades.

The following data shines a light on access to digital tools in New York State using 2019 American Community Survey data. Key datapoints are as follows:

Two million New York households do not subscribe to high-speed wireline internet service at home and some 1.6 million households do not have a computer.

Nearly 27% of New York households do not subscribe to wireline broadband service at home.
Some 22% of New York households do not have a desktop or laptop computer at home.
Poor New Yorkers, older adults, and communities of color have low adoption rates of digital tools.

Half of New York’s lowest income residents (those whose annual incomes are $25,000 or less) do not have a wireline broadband subscription and half lack a computer.
40% of older (age 65 and above) New Yorkers do not have wireline subscriptions for internet service and about one-third do not have a computer.
One-third of African American and Latino households do not have wireline broadband at home and similar numbers do not have a desktop or laptop computer.
Rural New York households are less likely than metropolitan dwellers to have wireline service, but low-income rural New Yorkers struggle affording service in the same way as their counterparts in metropolitan areas.

31% of households in non-metropolitan areas do not have wireline broadband compared with 26% of households in metro areas do not subscribe to wireline service.
Low-income households in both areas are much less likely to have wireline service, with half of such households in metro and non-metro areas lacking service.
There is significant variation in the adoption of digital tools across the state’s 23 library systems.

Lower-income rural areas (e.g., in the western part of the state), as well as some urban library locations (e.g., the Bronx), have home wireline adoption rates that are 20 percentage points lower than wealthier counterparts.
Some library systems with low population density and (on average) healthy household incomes have broadband adoption rates above the state average.
The report also makes recommendations for closing the digital divide, including funding partnerships for digital inclusion, promoting awareness of discount internet offerings, strengthening the state’s role in digital inclusion, and helping enhance users’ digital skills in using the internet and computers. Libraries are not the only institution that will be part of the solution, but they are uniquely situated to anchor it. To that end, libraries will require additional funding for digital inclusion programs and to upgrade the network speeds for library facilities to meet growing demand.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John B. Horrigan is Senior Fellow at the Technology Policy Institute, with a focus on technology adoption and digital inclusion. Horrigan is also a senior advisor to the Urban Libraries Council. Additionally, he has served as an Associate Director for Research at the Pew Research Center, where he focused on libraries and their impact on communities, as well as technology adoption patterns and open government data. Horrigan was part the leadership team at the Federal Communications Commission for the development of the National Broadband Plan. Views expressed in this report are his own. He has a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in economics and government from the University of Virginia.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

A direct link to the report is: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/documents/HorriganReportNY.pdf.

Questions about this new report and other Digital Equity and Inclusion initiatives of the New York State Library may be directed to Lauren Moore, Assistant Commissioner for Libraries and State Librarian at [email protected].

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ByWater Solutions to Present at ALA Annual Virtual Conference 2021

LISWire - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 16:05

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they will be presenting at the 2021 American Libraries Association (ALA) Virtual Conference on June 22, 2021. ByWater Solutions at American Library Association 2021 Virtual Conference

Presentation Schedule
These events will be accessible from the ALA Virtual Conference Platform for all attendees. The events will be listed on the "Other Events" page on the Annual website for ByWater Solutions.

Register for the sessions below here: https://bywatersolutions.com/news/bywater-solutions-to-present-at-ala-an...

June 22, 10:00am - 10:30am Central
How can ByWater help my library move to an Open-Source Solution?
In this 30 minutes webinar, we will introduce ByWater Solutions, 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 your system.

June 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm Central
The Ultimate Guide to Koha
In this 1 hour webinar, The Ultimate Guide to Koha, we will cover how staff can intuitively navigate through the models on the staff client and how your patrons can get the most out of the Koha OPAC!

June 22, 2:00pm-2:30pmpm Central
10 Reasons Why Aspen Discovery is Right for Your Library
In this 30 minutes webinar, 10 Reasons Why Aspen Discovery is Right for Your Library, we will cover an overview of what Aspen Discovery has to offer and how libraries are utilizing Aspen's customizations to promote all their library has to offer.

June 22, 4:00pm - 4:15pm Central
Top 5 myths of Open Source! Are you ready to be the Game Changer?
Oftentimes people get nervous when talking about open-source software and data. In this 15 minute presentation, we demystify the preconceptions you might have about open source!

About the American Libraries Association
The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship.” The stated mission is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
Read more at: http://www.ala.org

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full-service, high-quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first-rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. Visit us at http://bywatersolutions.com.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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ByWater Solutions Announces Discover Webinar Series

LISWire - Wed, 06/02/2021 - 15:27

Are you looking for a more flexible and affordable ILS? Are you interested in all the buzz surrounding discovery layers? Then, we have solutions for you! Attend any or all of the upcoming webinars with ByWater Solutions to learn more about Koha ILS and/or Aspen Discovery!

Aspen Discovery Webinars
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with eContent and other third-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. It also improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (record grouping), and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less impact on library budgets.

Learn more about Aspen Discovery

Register Through these links: https://bywatersolutions.com/news/discover-aspen-webinar-series

Discover Aspen: 10 Reasons Why Aspen Discovery is Right for Your Library on June 29 at 1pm EST

Discover Aspen: Boost Patron Engagement with Aspen Discovery on July 21 at 2 pm EST

Discover Aspen: What to Expect When Implementing Aspen Discovery on August 25 at 1pm EST

Discover Aspen: Aspen Discovery 101 on September 29 at 1pm EST

Discover Aspen: Promoting Events, Electronic Resources and eContent with Aspen Discovery on October 18 at 2pm EST

Discover Aspen: Implementing Aspen Discovery within a Consortium on November 16 at 3pm EST

Discover Aspen: Aspen Discovery 101 on December 15 at 1pm EST

Koha ILS Webinars
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.

Learn more about Koha ILS: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/koha

Register Through these links: https://bywatersolutions.com/news/discover-koha-webinar-series

Discover Koha Webinar: The Ultimate Guide to Koha on June 22nd at 1pm ET

Discover Koha Webinar: Engaging your patrons with the Koha OPAC on July 20th at 2pm ET

Discover Koha Webinar: Tackling Technical Services with Koha on August 25th at 3pm ET

Discover Koha Webinar: The Ultimate Guide to Koha on September 27th at 1pm ET

Discover Koha Webinar: Acing the Customer Experience within Koha on October 20th at 2pm ET

Discover Koha Webinar: Analyzing Reports and Administration with Koha on November 18th at 3pm ET

Discover Koha Webinar: 10 Tips to Make Migrating to Koha a Success on December 16th at 1pm ET

For More Information:
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for Crawford County Federated Library System

LISWire - Thu, 05/27/2021 - 12:37

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Crawford County Federated Library System in Pennsylvania.

You can view Crawford County Federated Library System's main site by visiting: https://ccfls.org/
And library specific sites here:

www.bensonlibrary.org
www.cambridge.ccfls.org
www.cochranton.ccfls.org
www.linesville.ccfls.org
www.meadvillelibrary.org
www.saegertown.ccfls.org
www.shontz.ccfls.org
www.springboro.ccfls.org
www.stone.ccfls.org

Dan Slozat of the Crawford County Federated Library System worked closely on the migration and recently commented on the process:

We could not have asked for a better experience with ByWater. Migrating our websites and OPAC to Aspen Discovery has fully integrated all of our services into one place and gives us the tools we needed to move our libraries forward."

About Crawford County Federated Library System
The Crawford County Federated Library System was established in 1978, unifying all county libraries under one organisation and making better use of resources. CCFLS is comprised of nine Crawford County libraries and enables all citizens of Crawford County to use any library in the county.

The libraries are committed to providing free and open access to educational, recreational and cultural resources for library users of all ages and backgrounds. Each library offers free public computing and WiFi, and there are many educational resources and programs at each of the nine libraries within the library system.

Find out more here: https://ccfls-aspen.bywatersolutions.com/aboutccfls

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 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 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

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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