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Montgomery County Public Libraries Go Live on Aspen and Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 16:13

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland is now live on Aspen Discovery and Koha ILS with ByWater Support. ByWater migrated over 2 million item records from Symphony.

The customized OPAC for the library can be seen here: https://mcpl.aspendiscovery.org/

Anita Vassallo, Director, Montgomery County Public Libraries, recently commented, "Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is very pleased to have signed with ByWater Solutions for both the Koha ILS and the Aspen Discovery layer. This was our first ILS migration since 1999, and its success resulted from effective collaboration between staff at all levels of our organization and the team at ByWater Solutions. We are proud to be the first multi-branch public library system in Maryland to switch to the Koha open source ILS, and we have already experienced significant benefits as a result of this decision. Our customer interface is much improved, especially on mobile, the support from ByWater is responsive, and the open source nature of both products has enabled us to improve upon the products to meet our needs and workflows."

Nate Curulla, CRO, ByWater Solutions, recently commented on the migration, "It was fantastic to work with everyone involved at MCPL on this large and complex migration. I truly believe that MCPL already is and will continue to be a positive change maker for Koha ILS and Aspen Discovery. They have already been instrumental in driving developments and expanding the reach of open source. We look forward to partnering with them for years to come!"

About Montgomery County Public Libraries
Montgomery County Public Libraries offers free and equal access to services and resources that connect the people of Montgomery County to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives. Montgomery County Public Libraries is made up of 22 library branches serving the greater Rockville, Maryland area.

Read more here: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/library/about/index.html

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 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. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less 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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“Let’s Get Libraries Online!” - Equinox Raises Funds for Library Websites

LISWire - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 14:22

Atlanta, Ga., November 30, 2021: This #GivingTuesday, will you help fund a library’s website? Equinox Open Library Initiative announces its 2021 fundraising campaign, “Let’s Get Libraries Online!” From November 30, 2021 through December 31, 2021, Equinox is raising funds to provide libraries with their first websites. This initiative will offer libraries the opportunity to establish a web presence, share library information, broaden reach in the community, and expand access to library resources and collections. Funds raised will be matched with in-kind services from Equinox to deliver user-friendly, mobile-ready websites to selected libraries.

For every $500 raised, Equinox will grant a library a website, along with training, hosting, and support, which may be renewed indefinitely. The “Let’s Get Libraries Online!” initiative joins Equinox’s other programs which provide funding for open source projects and operational infrastructure to libraries, archives, and cultural heritage organizations. Visit the Equinox website for more information about these programs (https://www.equinoxoli.org/collaborate/#grant).

“A library’s website is a critically important asset to the library and community. It is an access point for community information, civic and educational resources, workforce development tools, print and electronic collections, programs and events, historical research, and much more,” said Lisa Carlucci, Executive Director at Equinox. “Library websites also serve another important purpose, which is to ensure that libraries are visible, findable, and accessible to all. We’re excited to kick off the “Let’s Get Libraries Online!” campaign and provide first time websites to libraries.”

Follow Equinox Open Library Initiative on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for the latest updates. To receive news directly in your inbox, sign up for the mailing list at: 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 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the successor to Equinox Software, Inc. Equinox's mission as a nonprofit is to promote and support a thriving ecosystem for open source library communities in order to provide libraries worldwide with innovative, affordable, and sustainable open source solutions. We are devoted to reducing barriers to library technology and services, expanding library access to open source software, and providing high quality technology, consulting, and support services.To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org.

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ByWater Solutions Partners with Unique to Bring Communication Support to More Koha Partners

LISWire - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 13:47

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they have partnered with Unique Management Services to provide support and integration with communication services within Koha ILS.

This integration provides services from Unique that were designed to innovate library to patron communication services. ByWater Solutions and Unique Management Services worked directly with Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) in Maryland to bring this enhancement into Koha. MCPL's involvement was crucial for the success of the integration.

Joy Nelson, President, Koha Division at ByWater Solutions recently commented on the partnership, "We are thrilled to partner with Unique to help libraries communicate with their patrons. This development initiative directly complements the work we do in Koha and meshes with our mission to empower libraries. We look forward to expanding our work with Unique."

Integration with Unique Services
Koha can now connect directly to the Gentle Nudge ® process with Unique. This has been designed to meet the needs of libraries by effectively working to recover materials and other assets while preserving patron dignity and goodwill.

Koha can now also connect directly to MessageBee. This integration allows libraries to send bold, engaging and branded emails, text messages, and automated phone calls with MessageBee.
Unique’s number one goal is to help libraries improve communication with their patron customers. Ranging from helping libraries recover overdue materials to sending the many thousands of daily messages to patrons about their engagement with their home library, we hope to make the process better and more automated. The team at ByWater was fantastic and made the process very smooth. Creating these automated workflows will save time for library staff and improve overall library communications."

Library Partnerships
'Working one on one with Unique Management Services and Montgomery County Public Libraries was critical to getting this integration set up. Librarian-driven development for these services ensures that the process and workflows are easy for staff and end-users."

James Donaldson, Assistant Director at Montgomery County Public Libraries, recently commented on the integration, "We are pleased to have worked with our partners at ByWater Solutions and Unique Management Services to add this functionality to Koha. It will help us connect with our customers and ensure the timely recovery of our materials, so other community members can benefit from them."

About Montgomery County Public Libraries
Montgomery County Public Libraries offers free and equal access to services and resources that connect the people of Montgomery County to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives. For more information: https://montgomerycountymd.gov/library/.

About Unique Management Services
Unique Management Services is the preferred patron communication partner for nearly 2,000 library systems worldwide. Initially known for their Material Recovery program (which has returned over $1 Billion to library systems), Unique now provides communication resources for all aspects of communicating with library patrons and prospective patrons. Learn more at https://uniquelibrary.com/.

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: partnerpartnershipkohakoha ILSopen sourceuniqueTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for Rapid City Public Library

LISWire - Wed, 11/17/2021 - 14:49

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 Rapid City Public Library in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Rapid City Public Library has been a Koha and ByWater partner since 2015. We are excited to expand our partnership!

You can view Rapid City Public Library's Aspen Discovery interface by visiting: catalog.rapidcitylibrary.org/

Morgan Daigneault of the Aspen Discovery Implementation Team recently commented, "Lisa DaSilva was the contact for this project and she was fantastic to work with during the entire implementation process. She picked up on Aspen Discovery right away and figured out so much on her own with tutorials before we even started training! They have created such a beautiful site already. I'm excited to continue to work with her and Rapid City in the future!"

About Rapid City Public Library
Rapid City Public Library is a member of the Black Hills Consortium in South Dakota. In addition to books, audiobooks and movies, Rapid City Public Library provides a wide variety of services including:

A makerspace with access to 3D printing, laser engraving, large format printing, laminating and more
Access to over 260,000 ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music albums available 24/7
Board games and video games
Meeting and study rooms
Notary, proctoring, and research assistance
And more!
Learn more about Rapid City Public Library here: www.rcgov.org/departments/library.html

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 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. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less 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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ByWater Solutions Launches Aspen LiDA App

LISWire - Tue, 11/16/2021 - 12:04

"Aspen LiDA is a wonderful tool for patrons to more easily use their library from more devices. We're excited to have worked with the Aspen community to launch Aspen LiDA and we're excited to continue to work with them to continue the evolution of Aspen LiDA!" - Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Team Lead

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of open-source library technology support, announced today that they have launched Aspen LiDA (pronounced Lee-dah; Library Discovery App), a companion app to Aspen Discovery.

Aspen Discovery provides a simple and powerful way for patrons to find exactly what they are looking for in their library's catalog. Now with Aspen LiDA, they have access wherever they are. We believe that patrons deserve a better way to discover all the amazing resources that libraries offer, and with Aspen LiDA, everything is in the palm of their hands.

When we started development of Aspen LiDA, we knew we wanted a platform that was easy to maintain on a variety of devices and that had a robust community around it. Of course, we also needed the code to be Open Source so that it can be extended by our team and developers at other libraries. Christofer Zorn at AJAX Public Library in Canada had built an app that met these needs and formed a strong foundation for Aspen LiDA. By utilizing the APIs within Aspen Discovery, we were able to leverage functionality to make it easier to create the app and ensure consistency between Aspen Discovery and Aspen LiDA. Because Aspen LiDA and Aspen Discovery are both Open Source, we were able to iterate quickly with our partners as they contributed code to help advance the development of Aspen LiDA from a few year project to a few month project!

Because we had a strong foundation to build on, Kirstien Kroeger, ByWater Solutions' lead developer for Aspen LiDA, was able to concentrate on functionality that was unique for supporting the needs of multiple libraries within a single app.

We currently have approximately 900 libraries active within Aspen LiDA and that number is growing continuously. Obviously, that is more libraries than can be easily browsed by a patron so we needed to find a way for patrons to quickly find their library. We turned to geolocation to make it easy for patrons to find libraries within 60 miles of their current location to get a more limited view of libraries. Once the number of libraries has been limited, they can easily select their location from that list.

As patrons login to Aspen LiDA we are able to use information about the library they have selected to personalize Aspen LiDA to them based on settings that the library configures within Aspen Discovery. By using Aspen Discovery as the central location where all customization is done, we are able to streamline the administration of both Aspen Discovery and Aspen LiDA to provide a consistent look and feel for patrons.

Another example of Administration carrying over between Aspen Discovery and Aspen LiDA are the Browse Categories that allow patrons to easily discover materials that they might not otherwise know about. Many libraries use Browse Categories to highlight seasonal content, special collections, popular materials and more. Within Aspen Discovery, any staff curated list and any search can be turned into a Browse Category with just a couple of clicks. As new categories are created within Aspen Discovery, they will automatically appear within Aspen LiDA. If a library is part of a consortium, the categories are also unique to each library within the consortium so each library can have it’s own branding and best serve it’s patrons. Similarly, searching within Aspen LiDA is specific to the patron’s home library so that materials they have access to are displayed. Because Aspen LiDA uses the Aspen APIs we maintain the speed of searching, have highly relevant results, and we’re able to show all formats that a title is available in.

When first loading up Aspen LiDA after logging in, patrons are delivered a beautiful “Netflix-style” grid of cover art. In this initial screen, each Browse Category (and it’s subcategories) is given a grid of cover art that allow patrons to easily find and discover new materials. For traditional catalog searchers, patrons can dive into materials by using the Search screen. Just as you expect, here you can search based on keyword or title. To inspire a patron’s journey through the catalog, we’ve also offered a few ready-to-use “predefined” popular searches like Superheroes or U.S. History. Patrons can easily find physical materials, as well as check out, place holds, and access e-content directly from the app.

We are already finding libraries and their users are loving the ease of use and functionalities available with Aspen LiDA. We were able to launch the app in a matter of a few months thanks to feedback and testing in the Aspen Community. We continue working each day to add increased functionality in the app that meets and exceeds the needs of Aspen libraries and their users.

Watch a demo: https://youtu.be/AxjSI6q9Mwk

Download now on Apple or Google Play!

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

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Equinox Welcomes Pearisburg Public Library to Virginia Evergreen Libraries

LISWire - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 16:00

Atlanta, Ga., November 11, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative, an expert leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is pleased to welcome Pearisburg Public Library to the Virginia Evergreen Libraries system with their deployment of Evergreen ILS, an award winning library solution used by more than 1,800 libraries worldwide.

The Pearisburg Public Library began serving its community in 1963, begun by the fundraising efforts of the Pearisburg’s Women's Club. Today they serve 8,590 patrons and their migration encompasses 66,009 bibliographic records. Equinox supported the migration with their project management and configuration services in addition to deduplication and data conversion for the Pearisburg Public Library. They will be hosted on Sequoia, Equinox’s hosting platform for open source tools for library automation services. Remote training was provided by Equinox’s expert team of degreed librarians.

"Pearisburg is excited to join the Virginia Evergreen Library system,” said Allison Long, Director of Library Services for Pearisburg Public Library. “The ability to place holds and renew items online has been a longstanding request from our patrons. With Evergreen, we can fulfill those requests and offer even better service to the community!"

Virginia Evergreen Libraries was founded to provide the state of Virginia with an affordable, integrated open source library system. It is supported by its member libraries, the Library of Virginia, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“Supporting communities by empowering libraries is a core part of what we do at Equinox,” said Jason Etheridge, Senior Developer at Equinox. “We are excited to make resources more accessible to users of the Pearisburg Public Library with their addition to the Virginia Evergreen Libraries consortium.”
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 Evergreen
Evergreen Integrated Library System is an award winning and trusted library solution used by more than 1,800 libraries worldwide. Evergreen ILS is a web-based and mobile-friendly system which provides attractive, easy to use interfaces for library acquisitions, administration, cataloging, circulation, OPAC, reports, course reserves, and serials functionality.

Evergreen ILS is an enterprise level system designed to manage a scalable catalog shared across libraries, including large public and academic library consortia. While designed for large collections, Evergreen is suitable for libraries of any size and type from government libraries to museum and special library collections. Its flexibility enables libraries to configure policies and settings that work best for their communities and to maintain ownership of their library and systems data.

For more information about Evergreen: https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/evergreen/.

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ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for McKinney Public Libraries

LISWire - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 12:30

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 McKinney Public Libraries in McKinney, Texas. McKinney Public Libraries has been a Koha and ByWater partner since 2016. We are excited to expand our partnership!

You can view McKinney Public Libraries' Aspen Discovery interface by visiting: https://mckinney.aspendiscovery.org/

They also went live with a seperate Kid's Catalog that can be viewed here: https://mckinneykidscat.aspendiscovery.org/

Addie Van Salisbury of the Aspen Implementation Team commented, "Despite having a quick turnaround time for getting McKinney Public Libraries up and running, the whole McKinney team jumped right in and created some seriously beautiful and robust catalogs for adults and children with Aspen Discovery. The McKinney team are already involved members of the open source and Koha community so we are extra excited for them to join our other Aspen libraries in the community."

About McKinney Public Libraries
McKinney Public Libraries is made up of the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library and John & Judy Gay Library. The mission of the McKinney Public Libraries is to serve their community by providing access to materials and experiences that educate, inform, and entertain.

Learn more about the McKinney Public Libraries here: https://www.mckinneytexas.org/116/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 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. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less 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

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: texastexas libraryopen sourceaspen discoveryaspenDiscovery layerTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

Bossier Parish Libraries Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Thu, 11/11/2021 - 12:28

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that Bossier Parish Libraries are now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library’s over 220,000 bibs from Library.Solution and continues to provide support services for Koha.

The catalog can be viewed here: https://catalog.bossierlibrary.org/

Teresa Rice, Associate Director of Technical Services, recently commented, "We are most excited by the OPAC. We were immediately impressed with the look of our online catalog. It far exceeded any expectation. Our catalog is such an important part of our relationship with our community and representational of who we are and what we offer. As we have used the catalog more and are getting settled in, we are also seeing how easy it is for our community to access and use. Our catalog now properly reflects our branding and blends seamlessly with our website. There are so many features in the new catalog. Our community will have so much more available to them to manage their library accounts. Now our community will have a more complete picture of all the materials we have to offer by being able to see our electronic materials offered from OverDrive and hoopla from a simple keyword search by using the integrated API. Our chat feature has also been integrated into our catalog to help our borrowers navigate using the catalog or accessing their account. Some of the koha features that we most look forward to implementing in the near future are patron clubs and homebound services. Pretty much every request we have made to our Bywater koha support team has been received enthusiastically and implemented. We look forward to growing and expanding with our new ILS."

About Bossier Parish Libraries
Bossier Parish Libraries, located in Northwest Louisiana, has seven locations and a History Center. Their mission is to enrich, educate, and inspire our community by providing unique and welcoming physical and virtual environments in which open thought, innovation, and the sharing of ideas are encouraged. Their vision is to support the changing needs of Bossier Parish by being a safe and inviting haven for all, fostering education and literacy, encouraging personal growth, inspiring curiosity, and building connections that strengthen our community.

Read more: https://www.bossierlibrary.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 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: kohakoha ILSopen sourceosslibrarylibrarianlouisianaTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

Rio Community Library Goes Live on the South Central Library System’s Bibliovation 7.0 Shared Catalog

LISWire - Wed, 11/10/2021 - 19:04

Rockville, MD, November 10, 2021 – The Rio Community Library in Rio, Wisconsin has joined the South Central Library System (SCLS) Bibliovation shared catalog. By joining the shared catalog, the Rio Community Library now will manage print and digital collections as well as resource sharing using the Bibliovation Library Services Platform. The migration processes were completed in late August. The Rio library staff is now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. The users of the library are accessing their collections and related resources using the Bibliovation Discovery Layer.

About Rio Community Library
The Rio Community Library provides vital services such as computer workstations, internet access, and digital scanning to its community of nearly 1,100. It provides programs for all ages and supports local activities such as gardening, quilting and Lego building. Rio patrons now have direct access to the 950,000 unique titles and 3.4 million items in the SCLS LINKcat shared catalog. Patrons may search and request items remotely, and the items are delivered directly to their local library by the SCLS delivery service. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds offset the costs of the data migration to LINKcat.

About South Central Library System
The South Central Library System is a consortium of 53 member libraries that works to provide the best possible service to the public. SCLS assists its member libraries with sharing materials, providing members with guidance and direction in technology solutions, and supplying them with the training and expertise to cope with constantly changing technologies and demands for service. SCLS is a sponsor of many key features that have allowed Bibliovation to be a feature-rich and innovative ILS solution. SCLS is an active leader within the LibLime User Group and works to help all LibLime customers benefit from their innovative ideas and services.

About Bibliovation
The Bibliovation LSP is 100% web-based, providing all system access to researchers, library staff, and system administrators through web browsers. With FedRAMP authorized IaaS and PaaS certification made available through the Amazon AWS Cloud, Bibliovation offers libraries a secure and cost-effective hosting solution. Supporting MARC21, Dublin Core, RDA, and geotagging, Bibliovation helps libraries manage both physical and digital content all in a single Rest API-based platform. Bibliovation includes an EDI-compliant acquisitions component; a completely MARC-based cataloging editor for bibliographic, holdings and authority records; and full patron empowerment for purchase requests, ILL requests, and reference requests directly from the Discovery Layer. Bibliovation provides local control of cataloging rules that complement the MARC structure; includes expanded call slip functionality; offers expanded statistical reporting features; and supports multiple time zones in a single database for enhanced autonomous circulation policies among libraries within a union catalog.

About LibLime
LibLime is a global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation and support/hosting services. To learn more or receive budgetary service estimates, please visit: https://liblime.com/

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: LibLimeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for SWAN Library Services

LISWire - Tue, 11/09/2021 - 13:56

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of open-source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and software development services for the Aspen Discovery system for SWAN Library Services.

SWAN and ByWater Solutions, through a development partnership, expanded Aspen Discovery’s features. We were very excited to work with SWAN on developing integration with EBSCO Discovery Services and improving Aspen’s scalability and stability for such a large library network. Their first round of 42 libraries went live in October 2021 and 58 more will roll out in January 2022 out until 100 libraries will all be live on Aspen Discovery!

Aaron Skog, SWAN Executive Director, recently commented, "SWAN has a complex library e-resource arrangement, and the integration of those 2 million electronic resources within the Aspen Discovery record grouping feature helps SWAN’s 1.5 million combined library collection blend together in a search display that is seamless and beautiful. We are seeing usage increases already for requested items due to Aspen Discovery’s algorithm for suggesting collection titles to library users based on their activity. Library staff are excited to have Aspen’s tools for featured collection curation through Browse Categories and Spotlights."

About SWAN
SWAN Library Services is dedicated to bringing 100 libraries in the Chicagoland areas for the purposes of resource sharing and collaboration. We connect a 1.9 million service population with their community library. To this end, SWAN built a shared online public catalog with nearly 8 million items available to library users. This is a unique collection of materials, e-content, and library events. SWAN’s strength is founded on providing a common platform of services and promoting collaboration among libraries. Over the past 5 years, the membership of SWAN has grown by 25 libraries.

Read more at https://swanlibraries.net/news/

You can see the following SWAN libraries and their library catalog URL below:

Acorn Public Library District https://ads.swanlibraries.net
Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District https://ams.swanlibraries.net
Batavia Public Library District https://bld.swanlibraries.net
Bedford Park Public Library District https://bps.swanlibraries.net
Beecher Community Library District https://bcs.swanlibraries.net
Bellwood Public Library https://bws.swanlibraries.net
Bensenville Community Public Library District https://bvd.swanlibraries.net
Tioga Elementary School Library https://btd.swanlibraries.net
WA Johnson Elementary School Library https://bjd.swanlibraries.net
Blackhawk Middle School https://bbd.swanlibraries.net
Berkeley Public Library https://bks.swanlibraries.net
Berwyn Public Library https://bys.swanlibraries.net
Bloomingdale Public Library https://bdd.swanlibraries.net
Blue Island Public Library https://bis.swanlibraries.net
Bridgeview Public Library https://bvs.swanlibraries.net
Broadview Public Library District https://brs.swanlibraries.net
Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Library https://bfs.swanlibraries.net
Calumet City Public Library https://ccs.swanlibraries.net
Calumet Park Public Library https://cas.swanlibraries.net
Carol Stream Public Library https://csd.swanlibraries.net
Chicago Heights Public Library https://chs.swanlibraries.net
Chicago Ridge Public Library https://crs.swanlibraries.net
Cicero Public Library https://cis.swanlibraries.net
Clarendon Hills Public Library https://cns.swanlibraries.net
Crestwood Public Library District https://cws.swanlibraries.net
Crete Public Library District https://cts.swanlibraries.net
Dolton Public Library District https://dos.swanlibraries.net
Downers Grove Public Library https://dgs.swanlibraries.net
Eisenhower Public Library District https://ess.swanlibraries.net
Elmwood Park Public Library https://eps.swanlibraries.net
Evergreen Park Public Library https://evs.swanlibraries.net
Flossmoor Public Library https://fms.swanlibraries.net
Forest Park Public Library https://fps.swanlibraries.net
Frankfort Public Library District https://frs.swanlibraries.net
Franklin Park Public Library District https://fpd.swanlibraries.net
Geneva Public Library District https://gvd.swanlibraries.net
Glen Ellyn Public Library https://ged.swanlibraries.net
Glenside Public Library District https://gsd.swanlibraries.net
Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District https://gws.swanlibraries.net
Grande Prairie Public Library District https://gps.swanlibraries.net
Green Hills Public Library District https://ghs.swanlibraries.net
Harvey Public Library District https://has.swanlibraries.net
Hillside Public Library https://hss.swanlibraries.net
Hinsdale Public Library https://hds.swanlibraries.net
Hodgkins Public Library District https://hks.swanlibraries.net
Homewood Public Library District https://hws.swanlibraries.net
Indian Prairie Public Library District https://ins.swanlibraries.net
Itasca Community Library https://itd.swanlibraries.net
Justice Public Library District https://jds.swanlibraries.net
Kaneville Public Library District https://kvd.swanlibraries.net
LaGrange Park Public Library District https://lps.swanlibraries.net
LaGrange Public Library https://lgs.swanlibraries.net
Lansing Public Library https://lss.swanlibraries.net
Lyons Public Library https://lys.swanlibraries.net
Bradford Anderson Oglesby Public Library https://mks.swanlibraries.net
Matteson Area Public Library District https://mts.swanlibraries.net
Maywood Public Library District https://mws.swanlibraries.net
McCook Public Library District https://mcs.swanlibraries.net
Melrose Park Public Library https://mps.swanlibraries.net
Messenger Public Library of North Aurora https://med.swanlibraries.net
Midlothian Public Library https://mds.swanlibraries.net
Nancy L. McConathy Public Library District https://svs.swanlibraries.net
National University of Health Sciences Learning Resource Center https://nud.swanlibraries.net
North Riverside Public Library District https://nrs.swanlibraries.net
Northlake Public Library District https://nls.swanlibraries.net
Oak Brook Public Library https://obd.swanlibraries.net
Oak Lawn Public Library https://ols.swanlibraries.net
Oak Park Public Library Main Library https://ops.swanlibraries.net
Palos Heights Public Library https://phs.swanlibraries.net
Palos Park Public Library https://pps.swanlibraries.net
Park Forest Public Library https://pfs.swanlibraries.net
Prairie State College https://pcs.swanlibraries.net
Prairie Trails Public Library District https://pts.swanlibraries.net
Richton Park Public Library District https://rps.swanlibraries.net
River Forest Public Library https://rfs.swanlibraries.net
River Grove Public Library District https://rgs.swanlibraries.net
Riverdale Public Library District https://rds.swanlibraries.net
Riverside Public Library https://rss.swanlibraries.net
Roselle Public Library District https://rod.swanlibraries.net
Saint Charles Public Library District https://scd.swanlibraries.net
Schiller Park Public Library https://sps.swanlibraries.net
South Holland Public Library https://shs.swanlibraries.net
Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District https://sts.swanlibraries.net
Stickney-Forest View Public Library District https://sfs.swanlibraries.net
Sugar Grove Public Library District https://sgd.swanlibraries.net
Summit Public Library District https://sas.swanlibraries.net
SWAN - System Wide Automation Network https://catalogbeta.swanlibraries.net
The Morton Arboretum Sterling Morton Library https://mas.swanlibraries.net
Theosophical Society in America Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library https://tod.swanlibraries.net
Thomas Ford Memorial Library https://tfs.swanlibraries.net
Thornton Public Library https://ths.swanlibraries.net
Tinley Park Public Library https://tps.swanlibraries.net
Town and Country Public Library District https://tcd.swanlibraries.net
University Park Public Library District https://pss.swanlibraries.net
Villa Park Public Library https://vpd.swanlibraries.net
Warrenville Public Library District https://wvd.swanlibraries.net
West Chicago Public Library District https://wcd.swanlibraries.net
Westchester Public Library https://wcs.swanlibraries.net
Westmont Public Library https://wms.swanlibraries.net
William Leonard Public Library District https://ros.swanlibraries.net
Wood Dale Public Library District https://wdd.swanlibraries.net
Woodridge Public Library https://wrs.swanlibraries.net
Worth Public Library District https://wos.swanlibraries.net
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 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. With included features like web builder and mobile app (Aspen LiDA), Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems, with less 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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Equinox Presents at Virtual VuFind Summit 2021

LISWire - Tue, 11/09/2021 - 12:20

Atlanta, Ga., November 9, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries is pleased to announce that Galen Charlton, Implementation and IT Manager, will be presenting at the Virtual VuFind Summit 2021. Charlton will be presenting “Updating the VuFind ILS Driver for Evergreen ILS'' on November 15 at 3:00 pm UTC / 10 a.m. Eastern. Registration is free and information can be found here: https://vufind.org/wiki/community:conferences:summit_2021

VuFind is a user-friendly, customizable, open source discovery layer designed to support searching and browsing all of the library’s items, including print and digital collections, institutional repositories, bibliographies, and other resources. It is a replacement for the traditional OPAC, providing faster search functionality, similar resource recommendations, and much more. VuFind is developed and maintained by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library with contributions from many developers world-wide, and is suitable for libraries, museums, and archives. Equinox offers implementation and support for VuFind for Evergreen and Koha.

“Connecting the VuFind and the Evergreen ILS communities expands the capabilities of both open source projects and builds an important bridge to increase library capabilities for communities,” said Galen Charlton, Implementation and IT Manager. “I am looking forward to being a part of this year’s VuFind Summit to discuss the improvements we're making to the Evergreen connector for VuFind.”

Charlton is an active contributor to open source library communities, including Evergreen ILS, which announced the release of Evergreen 3.8.0 this week.

“Galen brings a wealth of experience and strong commitment to his work in open source communities and in libraries. His presentation at the Virtual VuFind Summit will showcase recent initiatives and present the opportunities of VuFind and Evergreen.” said Lisa Carlucci, Executive Director of Equinox Open Library Initiative.

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 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the successor to Equinox Software, Inc. Equinox's mission as a nonprofit is to promote and support a thriving ecosystem for open source library communities in order to provide libraries worldwide with innovative, affordable, and sustainable open source solutions. We are devoted to reducing barriers to library technology and services, expanding library access to open source software, and providing high quality technology, consulting, and support services.To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org.

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Exact Editions Partners with Jisc on a New Deal for Further Education Colleges

LISWire - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 07:27

Exact Editions has partnered with Jisc to provide a new deal for further education (FE) colleges across the UK that is available until the end of March 2022.

The deal includes discounted prices on more than 70 prestigious titles across the platform that can be used as part of on-site teaching and home study. This partnership comes in recognition of the unprecedented financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and represents a joint initiative to provide affordable subscriptions to FE institutions.

The bespoke collection was created as a result of feedback from the further education and skills (FES) sector and includes distinguished titles such as The TLS, Foreign Affairs and Le Monde Diplomatique and covers a wide range of topics from contemporary music to international politics and fashion.

Exact Editions transforms periodicals into fully searchable, intuitive digital editions, enabling staff and students to make the most of the extensive archives.

Institutional subscriptions are authenticated by IP-access for a seamless browsing experience, and there are also advanced remote access options that are particularly important in these challenging times. The archives are also accessible across web, iOS and Android platforms, and integrate into library catalogues with MARC records and KBART data.

See the available titles included in the deal here:

https://subscriptionsmanager.jisc.ac.uk/catalogue/2687

Louise Auckland, Licensing Manager at Jisc, said: “We are looking forward to working with Exact Editions on this exciting opportunity for FE colleges in the UK to expand their digital resources and to aid in teaching both remotely and in the classroom.”

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “The archives covered in the agreement include hordes of important articles spanning decades and a variety of subjects. We are delighted to be able to facilitate the sharing of these rich collections of recent and back issues with FE colleges across the UK.”

About Jisc:
 
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. It owns and operates the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for members (colleges, universities and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.  

For more information, please visit: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/

About Exact Editions:

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

For more information, please visit: shop.exacteditions.com

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Gale Launches Learning Centers for Primary Sources

LISWire - Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:20

New Learning Centers Provide Comprehensive Teaching and Learning Support of Primary Sources For Faculty and Students to Further Develop Digital Literacy and Critical Thinking Skills

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – November 2, 2021 – Gale, part of Cengage Group, is helping faculty and students enhance their digital literacy and critical thinking skills. The company has launched its new Learning Centers for Gale Primary Sources. Built with the student researcher in mind, the Learning Centers orient new users to the content and topics available in a digital archive, spark inspiration for new research topics and provide guidance and best practices for searching, browsing, citing and reusing primary sources. The Learning Centers also provide faculty and librarians with an invaluable, all-in-one instructional tool that helps learners get acclimated with a primary source database, saving educators’ time creating teaching material. Now students can develop their digital literacy and critical thinking skills through practical examples and advanced search strategies, enabling better learning outcomes.

Read The Gale Review blog about how user feedback drove the development of the Learning Centers: https://bit.ly/3mEtIfK.

With fake news at an all-time high, the Learning Centers comes at a time when digital literacy has never been more critical. Stanford researchers found that 98% of high school students are unprepared to judge the credibility of information on the internet. The new Learning Centers provide equity of access into digital scholarship to build digital literacy skills that prepare students for their post-college careers.

“Exploring primary sources can be an empowering experience for the student researcher, allowing for open-ended inquiry and the development of critical thinking skills,” said Seth Cayley, vice president of global academic product at Gale. “The Learning Centers will help set students on that path, as well as provide instructors with tools to help tailor classes that are engaging with digital archives for the first time.”

The Learning Centers are organized in four key workflow steps: 1). Conceptualize 2). Find 3). Read 4). Use. The steps are based on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Society of American Archivists (SAA) Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy learning objectives. Each workflow section features detailed instructional content that’s engaging and accessible. The content in each individual Learning Center is tailored to the digital archive it supports. Content includes topic overviews, sample searches, essays by subject experts, step-by-step search strategies, case studies and discussion questions to encourage further exploration.

Gale Primary Sources that currently have Learning Centers enabled include:

• Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture, 1790–1920
• Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896–2016
• International Herald Tribune Historical Archive, 1887–2013
• The Mirror Historical Archive, 1903–2000
• Public Health Archives: Public Health in Modern America, 1890–1970
• Punch Historical Archive, 1841–1992
• Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II
• Religions of America
• Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Newspapers Collection
• Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Nichols Newspapers Collection
• The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855–2016
• The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2019

For institutions who already have access to these archives, the Learning Centers are automatically enabled at no additional charge. More Learning Centers will be enabled in phases over time into all Gale Primary Sources.

For more information on the Learning Centers for Gale Primary Sources, visit: https://www.gale.com/academic/learning-centers.

Attending the 2021 Charleston Library Conference virtually, November 2-5? Sign up for a demo of the Learning Centers at the Gale virtual booth.

About Cengage Group and Gale
Cengage Group, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Group, 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 - https://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale/

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Klassmates Program is Nurturing a Love of Open Source Software

LISWire - Fri, 10/29/2021 - 17:41

The Koha Klassmates program was introduced back in 2015 by ByWater Solutions as a way to provide hands-on experience for Library School students before they enter the workplace. Koha Klassmates offers free hosted installations of the Koha Open Source ILS to library school instructors for use in their classrooms. Today, we celebrate six years and more than 40+ school programs that have implemented Klassmates.

William Helling, Associate Program Director, IUPUI Department of Library and Information Science, recently shared some feedback with us about the program and how his students have gained valuable knowledge from the program.

Many years ago, I decided to use the Klassmates program in my Library Systems class in order to give some hands-on experience to my students, many of whom had never seen an integrated library system interface before. I have continued ever since, building on this model, to have students involved in all aspects of creating a library with Koha from the ground up. Students are very grateful for the opportunity to learn how a system works at all levels, especially since they can use this knowledge in their careers. The Klassmates program allows me to educate current and future librarians in skills that they would not otherwise be able to gain.

Klassmates
ByWater Solutions supports libraries using Koha around the globe through our first rate support services and via the Koha Klassmates program.

Learn more about Klassmates and see who is currently using the program! https://bywatersolutions.com/klassmates.

Stephanie Reid, Professor at Mohawk College for the Library and Information Technician Diploma Program, recently shared feedback about the program.

Our program really wanted to provide students with a hands-on learning cataloging experience. Klassmates does this. After learning the theory, students apply it by inputting the data within the correct fields. The feedback has been very positive. Students feel like they are not only learning the material, but even better, they are learning how to apply it. This makes them more employable. It's real world experience.

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 & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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Penticton Public Library - Thriving in Open Source: A Case Study

LISWire - Fri, 10/29/2021 - 17:31

Library Location: Penticton, British Columbia

Library Information: Municipal public library

Library URL: https://www.pentictonlibrary.ca

Discovery URL: https://search.pentictonlibrary.ca

Library Background
The Penticton Public Library is a municipal library located in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, a community of 33,000 people. The city is situated in the south Okanagan Valley nestled between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. The Okanagan Valley is part of the interior plateau known as the Okanagan Highland, surrounded by the Cascade Mountains in the west and the Monashee Mountains to the east. Library Service in Penticton began on Sept. 18, 1909, when the Penticton Public Library Reading Room and Library was opened.

When did you make the decision to switch to Open Source?
We chose to explore new ILS options in the Fall of 2020. Our major considerations were essential features, ease of use, and high value for the cost. As we learned more about the products in the marketplace it became evident that the open-source technologies functioned at a very high level. When conducting our evaluations, one advantage with open source was how easy it was for us to learn about these tools without having to wait for a library vendor to provide a full demonstration, or relying on the word of another library with different use cases than our own.

Why did you decide to move to Koha ILS?
Of the software products we learned about through live demonstrations, testing, and interviews, Koha ILS had the most intuitive interface, and the highest number of highly sought-out features. For example, it was very important to us that the ILS be accessible through a web browser: there is no desktop software to install, staff can have multiple tabs open to perform different types of work, and we can share URLs between staff for training and other purposes. Koha has some very significant features, such as batch modification tools and staged marc records management. There are also some smaller, quality of life tools that end up making a big difference, such as checkout receipt templating, and being able to keyword search system preferences.

How has the cost-savings helped your library?
We completed our migration this past summer. Over the life of our contract, we expect to experience significant cost savings as well as efficiency. This will free-up valuable resources to dedicate to enhanced patron experience.

How has this provided new ways of working for staff?
Our technical services department in particular has benefited tremendously from switching to Koha. For example, when we load vendor records we now have the ability to automatically add holdings information. The system will also do copy-adds when an ISBN match is found in the system. It’s also frighteningly simple to add Z39.50 indexes, meaning it’s easy to find marc records when we don’t have a suitable one available. Print on demand spine labels has also saved us valuable time.

We also have a homebound delivery service. Using a custom SQL report along with Koha’s housebound module we are able to create custom homebound delivery slips.

Quotes from Library Staff:
"OMG this is so much better" - Library page performing circ tasks in Koha for the first time!

"This while you wait feature is dangerous"- Heather Buzzell, Chief Librarian with way too many books on the holds list!

What challenge(s) was your library addressing by adding a discovery layer?
There have been a number of challenges we were looking to solve by switching to Aspen Discovery, but overall our goal was to better curate our collection and services via an online catalogue.

What integrations have you tied into Aspen Discovery?
Overdrive and Sydentics Unbound. We are also looking at making Aspen become our new website. Stay tuned!

Lessons learned from the migration?
Getting dirty manipulating library data is a lot of fun, and very important, but ultimately your job as the client is to be a good coordinator. Know when every meeting is well in advance (make a schedule!), know which topics are being covered and which team members you need to work with. Make sure you really listen to the needs of the other staff. Never make decisions in a vacuum. All of this will ensure your data gets migrated properly, that you have the settings configured beforehand, and that each team member has the proper training to do their job. Also, migration day is all about triage. If circ is working and patrons can access the catalogue, you’re 75% of the way there. We decided to stay closed for the first 4 hours of our go-live date and that ended up being a lifesaver.

Quotes from Patrons
I love that I can now review my reading history

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39 International Publishers Join Together for First Streamed Virtual Book Showcase in Support of UN’s COP26 Meeting

LISWire - Thu, 10/28/2021 - 06:22

Over 150 books focussing on climate change and sustainability from 39 German, French and English-language publishers can now be freely read, browsed and searched as part of an unprecedented and innovative virtual showcase, created in support of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Streamed through the Exact Editions platform, the showcase includes books from fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature genres that cover topics from air pollution and economics to biodiversity and agriculture. The collection of titles constitutes a comprehensive resource that aims to spread awareness about the need for urgent combative actions against the climate crisis across society.

The showcase opened for an initial period of four days around the Pre-COP Meeting in Milan, and is live from today until the end of 22 November in support of the main COP26 Glasgow Meeting. The initiative, which has been supported by the International Publishers Association (IPA) and Save the Children, is the first time that publishers have participated in such a freely-available and virtually streamed collection, and is an example of how the publishing industry at large is taking steps to emphasise the importance of sustainability.

Exact Editions’ leading digital archiving technology means each individual book, publisher sub-collection and the complete showcase all benefit from the advanced search function, which enables readers to pinpoint references to specific key terms, topics or authors instantly. Titles can be navigated seamlessly through fully-linked contents pages and a helpful variety of views: single-page; double-page; and thumbnail.

Click here to access the COP26 Virtual Book Showcase until 22 November:

https://exacted.me/COP26ShowcaseGlasgow22Nov

Click here for more information about the books included:

https://institutions.exacteditions.com/cop26

Chairman and Co-Founder of Exact Editions, Adam Hodgkin, said: “We are so proud to be working with internationally prestigious publishers to present such an important showcase of books, whose climate-driven subject matter is hugely relevant as society evolves to be more sustainable. We are aiming to reach audiences far and wide during the next 3 weeks and spread the word about these brilliant free resources, which have been so generously made available by the publishers.”

Jim Martin, Publisher at Bloomsbury, commented: “The climate crisis is beginning to affect every part of our lives, and the publishing industry is no exception. This forward-thinking initiative is a great way to bring powerful, influential and thought-provoking books to as wide an audience as possible during COP26, and we are very pleased to be involved.”

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 enables publishers to provide streaming, time-limited access to digital editions.

For more information, please visit: shop.exacteditions.com

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Equinox Presents “Transforming Services in Response to COVID-19” at the Internet Librarian 2021 Conference

LISWire - Tue, 10/26/2021 - 11:40

Atlanta, Ga., October 26, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in providing open source technology development and support for libraries, presents “Transforming Services in Response to COVID-19” on October 27, 2021 at the Internet Librarian 2021 Conference. Lisa Carlucci, Jason Goodson, and Angela Kilsdonk present Equinox’s recent initiatives as part of the conference theme of “Innovation In Library Technology & Communities.”

The conference presentation provides information about two rapid response initiatives led by Equinox in 2020 to support the emerging needs of libraries in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic: the launch of a remote training program for library staff, equinoxEDU, and the design of automated curbside pickup functionality for the open source integrated library systems Evergreen ILS and Koha ILS. The presentation will be available on Equinox’s website in November.

“As library staff pivoted to working from home, the Equinox team moved quickly to develop a series of open educational resources to support libraries,” said Angela Kilsdonk, Product and Education Manager at Equinox. “These projects led to the launch of a new open educational program, equinoxEDU, which provides online instruction focused on open source library technologies and related topics.”

Equinox’s presentation delivers an overview of the planning, implementation, and management of these initiatives, as well as the involvement and feedback from equinoxEDU participants, open source community members, and Equinox partners.

“In leading these initiatives, we worked closely with our library partners to understand the immediate needs facing libraries in adapting to new service and staffing models,” said Lisa Carlucci, Executive Director. “Equinox’s work is driven by the communities we serve. We listen, we respond, and we share.”

The Internet Librarian 2021 Conference opens on October 26, 2021 and runs through October 28, 2021. Additional details and schedule can be found here: https://pheedloop.com/IL2021/site/home/

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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 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the successor to Equinox Software, Inc. Equinox's mission as a nonprofit is to promote and support a thriving ecosystem for open source library communities in order to provide libraries worldwide with innovative, affordable, and sustainable open source solutions. We are devoted to reducing barriers to library technology and services, expanding library access to open source software, and providing high quality technology, consulting, and support services.To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org.

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Equinox Announces Latest Release of Fulfillment ILL Software

LISWire - Mon, 10/25/2021 - 13:57

Atlanta, Ga., October 25, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative, a trusted leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is pleased to announce the latest release, Version 10.0, of the Fulfillment open source interlibrary loan management system. Fulfillment leverages intuitive design and efficient workflows to maximize value and impact for library users, allowing community members to have expanded access to resources across their state and beyond their consortium. The Connecticut State Library has relied on Fulfillment ILL for statewide resource sharing since 2016, averaging more than 700,000 interlibrary loan items filled annually since implementation.

“Fulfillment provides a single place for participating libraries in Connecticut to send and receive interlibrary loan requests,” said Brad Bullis, Digital Content and Innovation Coordinator in the Division of Library Development at the Connecticut State Library. “Fulfillment allows libraries an interface that is intuitive in its design and the borrowing and lending functions are clearly defined allowing for users to create a logical workflow. Fulfillment is a key component of the Connecticut State Library’s mission to support and enhance resource sharing among libraries.”

With this new release, Fulfillment takes interlibrary loan to the next level, delivering powerful reporting functions and an enhanced, robust suite of tools to provide better and more streamlined services for library communities. Fulfillment’s web based platform is user friendly and works with any integrated library system, saving staff time and offering significant cost savings for libraries. Fulfillment also amplifies collections management needs by highlighting collections with the most demand.

“The aim is to make interlibrary loan as efficient for staff as possible,” says Andrea Buntz Neiman, Equinox’s Project Manager for Software Development. “Fulfillment benefits from over ten years of active open source community engagement from the designers, users, and current developers who built Evergreen ILS. Libraries deploying Fulfillment benefit from that proven work from the community.”

Libraries and consortia seeking an established, modern, affordable, and scalable resource sharing system will appreciate the improvements Fulfillment offers. Moreover, implementing Fulfillment with Equinox includes support from experienced librarians and developers, and a transparent, open software development process. Equinox releases all code developed to publicly available repositories. Libraries will also benefit from custom training resources and connector options for Fulfillment.
Follow Equinox Open Library Initiative on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo for the latest updates.
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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 Fulfillment
Fulfillment is an open source interlibrary loan management system which leverages intuitive design and efficient workflows to maximize value and impact for libraries. Fulfillment provides community members expanded access to library resources across their state and beyond their consortium. Launched in 2011, Fulfillment facilitates sharing between separate library organizations, uniting collections and information in a combined union catalog. Fulfillment is highly customizable and is compatible with any integrated library system (ILS). Fulfillment benefits from an active open source community, where it is continuously updated and supported by Equinox and the designers, users, and developers who built Evergreen ILS. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/fulfillment/ .
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Three Libraries Begin Using Bibliovation 7.2 in Production

LISWire - Fri, 10/22/2021 - 17:06

Rockville, MD, October 22, 2021 – Three federal government libraries with traditional public library collections and multiple branches have gone live using a hosted offering of the Bibliovation 7.2 Library Services Platform (LSP). One library is in Louisiana, one library is in Texas, and the third library is in Maryland. These three libraries are now using Bibliovation 7.2 to manage physical and electronic resources as they serve their respective communities. The migration processes were implemented during the summer and the three libraries went live in September. The library staffs are now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. The users of the libraries are accessing their collections and related resources using the Bibliovation Discovery Layer.

About Bibliovation 7.2
The Bibliovation 7.2 LSP is 100% web-based, providing all system access to researchers, library staff, and system administrators through web browsers. With FedRAMP authorized IaaS and PaaS certification made available through the Amazon AWS Cloud, Bibliovation offers libraries a secure and cost-effective hosting solution. Supporting MARC21, Dublin Core, RDA, and geotagging, Bibliovation helps libraries manage both physical and digital content all in a single Rest API-based platform. Bibliovation includes an EDI-compliant acquisitions component; a completely MARC-based cataloging editor for bibliographic, holdings and authority records; and full patron empowerment for purchase requests, ILL requests, and reference requests directly from the Discovery Layer. Bibliovation 7.2 provides local control of cataloging rules that complement the MARC structure; includes expanded call slip functionality; offers expanded statistical reporting features; and supports multiple time zones in a single database for enhanced autonomous circulation policies among libraries within a union catalog.

About LibLime
LibLime is a global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation and support/hosting services. To learn more or receive budgetary service estimates, please visit: https://liblime.com/

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Gale Launches New SEL and Career Readiness Platform to Prepare Students for Life After Graduation

LISWire - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 12:50

Gale Presents: Imago Equips K-12 Schools With Video-based SEL Curriculum Content to Improve Students’ Emotional Intelligence to Succeed in Life and Achieve Career Goals

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – October 20, 2021 – Gale, part of Cengage Group, today announced the launch of Gale Presents: Imago, an online social and emotional learning (SEL) and career readiness platform available to K-12 schools. In partnership with IMAGO, the offering allows schools to infuse video-based SEL content into 5th-12th grade curriculums to improve students’ emotional intelligence in the classroom to help them thrive in their life and careers after graduation. Now school districts can provide an engaging curriculum to support students’ social and emotional development and the building of soft skills needed for 21st century careers. Read Gale’s blog about the IMAGO platform: https://bit.ly/3aTjdhR.

As students move into careers, social emotional competencies continue to play an essential role. A CareerBuilder survey found that 71% of employers value emotional intelligence over IQ. Gale Presents: Imago will help schools shift to help students develop these critical skills and explore new paths that align with their interests and abilities to achieve their professional goals.

“We chose to partner with IMAGO because their solution meets a need our customers have expressed for video-based SEL and career readiness lessons,” said Shawn Clark, senior vice president of domestic learning at Gale. “This partnership allows us to change students’ thinking and behavior that will help them better understand their future options, and apply the skills they have learned immediately, with more motivation to learn.”

Gale Presents: Imago provides digital lessons in three critical areas: SEL, career readiness, and soft skills. The program includes short snippets of videos and study guides designed to promote conversation, making it an engaging platform for students. Its video-based curriculum can be easily instilled into any subject to educate, entertain and engage students while helping them unlock their full potential. Additionally, teachers act as facilitators and don’t have to plan a lesson for each topic, reducing program fatigue and prep time.

"Investing in the IMAGO platform has been a win-win for our district—engagement and attendance numbers are up, and both teachers and students are finding value in the content,” said Snehal Bhakta, career and technical education administrator at Clark County School District in Las Vegas. NV. “The content is accessible and easy to use and really gives students that starting point to build their skill set so that they can be successful after high school, whether they go to college or go straight into the workforce. I feel confident in recommending this solution to any school district seeking a flexible option for setting students up for future success."

Key features and capabilities include:

● Self-study or teacher/student-led lessons. Both can be delivered in-person or distance learning.

● Turn-key lessons. Each SEL lesson come complete with facilitator guides with activities, think ahead questions and additional content to facilitate a lesson.

● Engaging and entertaining. Lessons are video-based, built for the Snapchat society and are designed to encourage and facilitate conversation.

● More than 225 researched-based digital lessons covering career exploration, life skills (eye contact, body language, etc.), work skills and SEL.

● Family Wellness lessons that are free to the public on topics such as anger, loneliness and navigating grief.

● Accessible 24/7 on any device from anywhere.

The lessons available in Gale Presents: Imago also help schools foster a culture of diversity and inclusion. For example, lessons on empathy, adaptability, and diverse perspectives help students develop the social awareness and relationship skills they need to be part of a diverse school community that promotes belonging and acceptance for all.

“Our mission is to embed social and emotional learning into every aspect of the human experience to equip students with the critical skills and knowledge for workforce readiness, success and beyond,” said Spencer Wallace, head of growth at IMAGO. “This matters to us because we believe that engaged and fulfilled humans are better prepared to take on the complex challenges of today’s world. Gale shares our vision, and we are thrilled to partner with them to help students succeed.”

For more information or to request a demo on Gale Presents: Imago, visit: https://www.gale.com/elearning/imago.

About Cengage Group and Gale
Cengage Group, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Group, 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 - https://blog.gale.com/
● Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/
● LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale/

About IMAGO
Established in 2011, IMAGO is a social and emotional learning (SEL) platform with a mission to prepare students with the critical skills and knowledge for workforce readiness and success and beyond. To achieve this, they provide explicit online video curricula for learners and augmented professional development workshops for educators.

They have designed and produced over 200 multimedia digital lessons covering career exploration, workforce preparation, and SEL. They partner with over 100 school districts and are available to approximately 500,000 learners nationwide. For more information, please visit https://weareimago.com/.

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