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The University of Johannesburg Selects Gale Primary Sources to Improve Student and Faculty Research Outcomes

LISWire - Wed, 12/04/2019 - 11:14

Students and Faculty Gain Access to the World’s Largest Selection of Rare and Unique Digital Archives

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and JOHANNESBURG – December 4, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the University of Johannesburg enrich the research experience of its faculty and students. The university has selected Gale Primary Sources, the world’s largest collection of rare and unique digital archives. Now faculty and students have access to 27 digital collections on topics such as: law, government, political science, history, slavery, labour issues and literature.

As one of the largest contact universities in South Africa, the University of Johannesburg has more than 50,000 students and nearly 3,000 faculty members across four campuses. With a strong commitment to excellence in research and innovation, the university needed a digital primary sources platform coupled with innovative, powerful search technologies that gives students and researchers access to a variety of authoritative historical content. They chose Gale Primary Sources.

“We purchased Gale Primary Sources because it’s a valuable source for in-depth historical research and really expands users’ understanding of our African history,” said Nthabiseng Monyaise, Team Leader of Collection Development at the University of Johannesburg. “The rareness and uniqueness of its digital archives and cross-searching tools not only helps our students discover and explore new research possibilities, but also arms them with the researching skills they need to achieve success in college and beyond.”

The University of Johannesburg collections include renowned Gale Primary Sources such as:

• The Making of the Modern Law
• Nineteenth Century Collections Online
• Chatham House Online Archive
• British Literary Manuscripts Online
• The Making of the Modern World
• American Amateur Newspapers
• The Telegraph Historical Archive

Gale Primary Sources brings the thoughts, words and actions of past centuries into the present for a comprehensive research experience. With millions of pages of authoritative content and powerful search technologies, the platform helps students and researchers examine literary, political and social culture of the last 500 years and develop a more meaningful understanding of how history continues to impact the world today. Its innovative technology improves discovery, analysis and workflow while setting the bar for digital primary source analysis and data visualization with tools like cross-archival searching and term clusters, which visually organizes search results to help users make new connections across topics.

“Knowledge is power, and libraries empower the discovery of knowledge through research,” said Terry Robinson, senior vice president and managing director for Gale International. “We are thrilled to partner with the University of Johannesburg and provide their library with trusted resources to help them push the boundaries of traditional research that supports the teaching and learning needs of their faculty and students, and the vision of their university community.”

For more information, visit the Gale Primary Sources webpage: http://bit.ly/2LllN3A.

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @GaleEMEA
• The Gale Review blog - https://review.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

Tags: Gale Primary ResourcesGale Primary ResourceGale Digital CollectionsGaleOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrarians

Aspen Discovery Announces November 2019 Release

LISWire - Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:40

Aspen Discovery announced this week that the November 2019 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 8 search improvements, 3 translation improvements and 8 bugfixes.

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

The new functionality in this release is a direct response to the needs of our partners and we had a great time working with them to refine and enrich both PayPal integration and Website searching to best meet the needs of their patrons.

Release Notes
New features
PayPal integration
Allow libraries to use PayPal to pay fines
Library can allow the user to pay all fines, selected fines, or pay fines partially
Library can set a minimum amount that the patron must pay
Library can set the order fines must be paid in
Fine payment is recorded within both Aspen Discovery and the ILS
Website indexing
Websites can be selected for indexing and display as their own search type and within the Explore More bar
Website searching includes a dashboard with usage tracking
Placards
Placards can be defined and shown within search results based on keywords defined by the library
Google Images can be used as a source of images within Aspen Discovery. Images can be matched by ISBN and/or Title/Author.
Dashboards contain statistics for the previous month and look better when large numbers are displayed
Display call numbers and volume information on checkouts of ILS materials when available
Search improvements
Improved processing of advanced search when displayed as a basic search
Better handling of UTF searching and the ability to ignore diacritics as appropriate
Improve functionality for search term replacements
Display error page on search errors for Catalog and List searches
Error pages will link to Keyword results if there are results
Improve handling of invalid search sources
Improve handling for cases where the search index is not valid for the selected search source
Better handle cases where the user is searching for a url
Translation Improvements
Translation interface can be filtered by the original term as well as the translation
Translations that have already been completed can be shown
Translations are paginated
Bug fixes
Properly handle translation maps using regular expressions
Properly disable hoopla checkout prompt if the user does not want to be prompted
Show checkout prompt properly with linked users
Increase the range of OverDrive publication date handling
Provide better error messages to the user in a number of cases when they have been logged out.
Fixed returning Hoopla checkouts
RBdigital titles that have been removed from the collection display as unavailable
Covers from RBdigital can be reloaded
System updates
Creation of new demo instances at aspen-model.bywatersolutions.com and aspen-mode2l.bywatersolutions.com
Updates to cron and background processes
Settings shown are controlled with the modules system to make the administration interface cleaner when all functionality is not in use
Automatically check for cases when more than one instance of a background process is running
Automatically restart background processes if they fail
Improve memory usage for all background indexing process
User List Indexing runs continuously by default now
Hoopla runs once a day and then exits to improve memory usage
Improvements to make new instances easier to install
Remove unused settings from config.ini file
Background processes prompt for the server name to run if it is not provided on the command line.
About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives and enrichment from all major third party providers, improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery

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

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

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

Technologies: Open SourceTags: aspen discoveryossopen sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for Pueblo City-County Library District

LISWire - Mon, 11/25/2019 - 17:48

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 Pueblo City-County Library District in Pueblo, Colorado. Aspen will be working in concert with Pueblo's already existing Koha ILS to provide patrons seamless access to all of the library's print, electronic, and enhanced content resources.

You can view Pueblo's Aspen interface by visiting: https://catalog.pueblolibrary.org/

Jon Walker, Executive Director, Pueblo City-County Library, recently commented on Aspen Discovery with Koha and ByWater Solutions:

Koha ILS holds key advantages compared with other systems in the marketplace today, including lower operating costs and native web functionality. Aspen Discovery is a top-notch discovery layer for the public, and in combination with Koha, gives ByWater an unbeatable pairing.

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

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

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

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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohaaspen discoveryOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Missouri Evergreen Consortium partners with Equinox Open Library Initiative

LISWire - Fri, 11/22/2019 - 11:23

Duluth, Ga., November 22, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Missouri Evergreen Consortium in providing hosting and support for its Evergreen instance.

The Missouri Evergreen Consortium supports 598,254 patrons. The migration included a total of 1,253,332 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included implementation and data services in addition to support, hosting, training and auxiliary services.

“Working with Equinox has been great!” said Colleen Knight, Executive Director of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. “They were able to migrate our entire consortium with no down time during working hours. The Equinox team went the extra mile in helping Missouri Evergreen.”

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

"We are so happy to be serving the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. It has been a pleasure to collaborate," said Mike Rylander, Executive Director at Equinox. "We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Missouri Evergreen and all of their current and future members."

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

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

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Technologies: Open SourceTags: Evergreen. Open SourceOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILS.Open Source ILS. Evergreen IndianaOpen source Open LibrariesEvergreen ILSEvergreen. EquinoxOrganization Type: Non-ProfitCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services Expands its Resources for Graduating College Students with HBR Ascend™

LISWire - Tue, 11/19/2019 - 10:43

EBSCO Information Services Expands its Resources for Graduating College Students with HBR Ascend™
~ Digital Learning Resource from Harvard Business Review Offers Workplace Preparedness Resources ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — November 19, 2019 — HBR Ascend™ (Ascend) a digital learning resource from Harvard Business Review (HBR), is now available worldwide from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Ascend provides trusted, real-world perspectives and practical advice to prepare college students for success in the workplace.

Created to bridge the gap between the typical academic curriculum and on-the-job soft skills that corporations now demand, Ascend helps graduating students excel by providing them with diverse perspectives and seasoned advice from top executives, thought leaders and academics — including expert input from HBR authors and editors. Ascend’s bite-sized modular content consists of engaging infographics, videos and podcasts, and short form articles will appeal to students used to consuming media (and social media) on the go.

Ascend offers application-oriented learning and real-world examples rather than theoretical scenarios in the following focus areas critical to students’ professional success: Jobs and Careers, Personal Growth, Managing and Leading, Working with Others and Being Happy at Work. Students can take advantage of the personal learning plans to customize learning pace and track progress.

Harvard Business Publishing’s Vice President of Strategy for Product & Innovation, Sam Hainer says Ascend is uniquely designed for young professionals. “Graduating students and early-career professionals can access the content whenever they have a few minutes to spare. The content is short, crisp, insightful, useful, and impactful to help these young professionals master new skills from anywhere, anytime.”

Modules are presented in a format for quick learning. The contemporary design elements will appeal to young professionals. Unlimited access is granted to registered students and mobile users can access Ascend content anywhere at any time. Content is presented in small packets designed to be watched and read on all devices.

EBSCO’s Vice President of Product Management Sara Earley says that Ascend will address the needs of younger professionals. “Ascend will give graduating students the tools they need when entering the workforce for the first time. The practical advice from industry thought leaders and their research-based expertise will help young professionals find their dream job and perform effectively in the workplace.”

For more information please go to: https://www.ebsco.com/products/research-databases/hbr-ascend

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

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

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesHBRHarvard Business Review PressDigital LearningacademicAcademic LibrariesTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Brill Launches Open Access Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World

LISWire - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 08:47

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

Brill has entered into a partnership with The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (London, UK) and the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada) to publish the new peer-reviewed, academic Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World (MCMW). The journal will be published in full Open Access: with the support of the University and the Museum, all author charges will be waived. The journal accepts submissions in English, French, German and Spanish, and short reports in Arabic, Persian and Turkish with an English abstract.

The Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World aims to be a new reference for field archaeologists, (art) historians, anthropologists, curators, and scholars and students of the archaeology, (art) history, architecture, anthropology and ethnography of the Muslim world. This readership represents a new, broader definition of material culture that includes not only artefacts, architectural structures and monuments, but also crafts. The journal aims to inform (other) disciplines and historiographies and will also focus on un(der)explored Muslim regions outside of the Middle East and North Africa.

Prof. Dr Leif Stenberg, Dean of The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, comments: “I am delighted that three strong partners, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London and Brill have come together to launch an interdisciplinary journal that will be leading in its fields. I am especially delighted that it opens up for contributions in a variety of languages and promotes scholarship across the Global South and Global North.”

Dr Henry Kim, Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Aga Khan Museum: “The Aga Khan Museum is thrilled to be partnering with Brill and The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. This journal truly breaks new ground in its cutting-edge, inclusive approach. As an interdisciplinary, academic platform for museum curators and scholars, it will be an exciting, innovative addition to the academic publications about the Muslim world currently available.”

Dr Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill, adds: “We are delighted to collaborate with two renowned organizations to publish an inclusive journal for research from all corners of the world, that transcends language, access and cost barriers. As such, this partnership aligns with a cornerstone of our Open Access strategy to make Open Access publishing possible to authors anywhere in the world, regardless of background or budget.”

The journal will be published in two issues per year. The expected date of publication of the inaugural double issue is October 2020. For more information about this media alert visit the brill website, or contact Dr Maurits van den Boogert, Publishing Director Middle East and Islamic Studies, via [email protected].

Editorial Board
Stéphane Pradines (Editor-in-Chief), Professor of Islamic Art, Architecture & Archaeology at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, The Aga Khan University (AKU-ISMC), London, UK.

Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
Anna Contadini, Professor of Islamic Art, SOAS, London, UK
Mounia Chekhab Abudaya, Curator, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Pedram Khosronejad, Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, Oklahoma State University, USA
Marcus Milwright, Professor, University of Victoria, Canada

For the advisory board, see brill.com/mcmw

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

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Gale Delivers Vital Insights into Library Activity with Gale Engage Launch

LISWire - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:11

Provides Public Libraries with a 360-Degree View of Library Activity, Centralizing Data, Enabling More Efficient Outreach and Engagement

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – November 12, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is helping public libraries engage more effectively with their patrons and communities. Gale Engage, a new cloud-based solution launched today by the company, helps libraries become smarter, more impactful and efficient with patron outreach and engagement. Developed in partnership with Deziner Software, LLC, Gale Engage provides a 360-degree view of library activity across branches, enabling staff to analyze data, personalize marketing outreach and increase engagement with their communities. Read Gale’s blog about Gale Engage, here: http://bit.ly/2NC4gFV.

Gale Engage is ILS-agnostic and uses data from common library sources to develop groups, enabling library staff to more easily segment audiences and target email communications, driving more meaningful and engaging interactions. The dashboard provides visuals of key performance indicators and metrics, helping libraries measure their effectiveness
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View a video on Gale Engage’s capabilities, here: http://bit.ly/2q5fVUR.

Gale Engage was created to improve the ability for public libraries to aggregate data, understand patron lifecycles and keep satisfaction high. By analyzing data synthesized across various library systems, libraries can gain a more comprehensive view into how patrons interact with library resources and services. Ready-to-use data visualizations, aggregate patron groupings (based on transaction history and engagement with library services) and integrated marketing features empower users to personalize outreach and work more efficiently.

“Gale Engage’s data aggregation and reporting capabilities help us streamline complex and time-consuming tasks,” said Misty Jones, director of library services at San Diego Public Library. “The dashboards allow us to track different types of patron activity, see trends and understand how we compare to other libraries around the country. For the first time ever, we have all our data in one place and can understand, more holistically, how our patrons are engaging with the library.”

View a video of Gale Engage beta customers discussing how their library will benefit from the solution, here: http://bit.ly/2rzUsDV.

Gale Engage provides:

• Data Synthesis: Upload disparate data files from various vendors (i.e. SirsiDynix, RBdigital and others) and system data. Customized scripts take raw data and visually display cohesive metrics.

• Customizable Dashboard & Visual Reporting: Ready-to-use visualizations allow users to view trends and key performance indicators to design goals around data, manage reports more efficiently and make better decisions. The dashboard also aligns circulation to IMLS benchmark data, enabling library staff to see performance against the greater library field.

• Patron Groups: Cardholders are categorized into groups based on their interests—with automatic and custom tagging options—allowing for more relevant communications.

• Email Targeting: Email campaigns can be easily managed by connecting Gale Engage to an email marketing system like MailChimp, or by exporting lists of patron groups for use through the library’s preferred email tool.

• Social Media Management: Post to multiple library social media accounts for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well as track key metrics, directly from the Gale Engage dashboard.

• Privacy by Design: Gale Engage is compliant with relevant field practices and uses end-to-end encryption to protect patron privacy and personally identifiable information (PII).

“Public libraries are constantly changing to meet community needs and demand more effective ways to connect with and better serve their patrons,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Gale Engage helps achieve this with innovative technology that helps public libraries understand patron activity to better target and market their resources and services, delivering a more personalized relationship with the library.”

For more information or to request a trial on Gale Engage, visit: https://www.gale.com/databases/gale-engage.

About Cengage and Gale

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

Follow Gale on:

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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireTags: GaleGale EngageOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial Libraries

ByWater Solutions announced Southwestern College Deets Library is live on Koha

LISWire - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:08

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Southwestern College Deets Library, Winfield Kansas is now live! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 51,000 plus holdings from Polaris ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

The libraries' customized Koha OPAC's can be viewed at: https://catalog-scdeetslibrary.bywatersolutions.com/

Marjorie Snyder, Library Director of Deets Library, Southwestern College recently commented:

We are all really happy to be working with you all and Koha.

About Southwestern College Deets Library
The team at Deets Library encourages lifelong learning by collaborating to advance students’ information literacy and research methods. The library team supports individual and community research advancing the curriculum of SC courses and activities. The library team does this by providing a welcoming space, by being there for patrons to answer questions with local knowledge, and by coordinating your access to physical and online resources.

Read more at: https://deets.scklslibrary.info/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
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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

ByWater Solutions Expands it Offering to Support Aspen Discovery

LISWire - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:33

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they have acquired Turning Leaf Technologies and will be providing implementation, support, hosting and development services to the Aspen Open Source Discovery system. Mark Noble the founder of both the Pika and Aspen Discovery systems, has joined the ByWater family as the Aspen Discovery Team Lead and users will benefit from his 10 plus years of experience in developing, managing and supporting Discovery systems for Public, Academic and School Libraries.

Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Team Lead, commented on his move to ByWater:

"This is a great partnership that will help better serve the library community and connect Aspen with the amazing support, systems and sales teams that ByWater is known for. I predict that this move will create rapid growth for Aspen and will help get this great product in front of more librarians and patrons, all who will benefit from its unique features!"

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater went on to say:

"We are beyond thrilled to have the chance to work with Mark and help expand options for libraries looking to adopt Open Source technologies. Aspen is the perfect compliment to Koha and other ILS solutions on the market and we are excited to expand our partnerships and presence in the library technology marketplace."

About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives and enrichment from all major third party providers, improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in 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

Technologies: Open SourceTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: LibrariansCompany Name: ByWater Solutions

Submissions Now Open for the 2020 SEE-IT™ Award from EBSCO Information Services and the Children’s Book Council

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

Submissions Now Open for the 2020 SEE-IT™ Award from EBSCO Information Services and the Children’s Book Council
~ Annual Award Recognizes Author and Illustrator
Excellence in Youth Graphic Novels ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — November 06, 2019 — Submissions are now being accepted for the fourth annual SEE-IT™ Award. SEE-IT stands for Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told. The SEE-IT Award is an annual book award given by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council (CBC) to honor the outstanding achievements of authors and illustrators in youth graphic novels. Publishers are encouraged to submit titles for award consideration by February 15, 2020.

In an effort to identify these works and promote them among the library community, EBSCO eBooks™, Core Collections™ and NoveList®, in collaboration with the CBC Graphic Novel Committee, have partnered to create the SEE-IT Award to celebrate youth graphic novels published in the last year. Winners are selected for displaying the highest literary quality as judged by a select panel of librarian graphic novel specialists. Finalists of the award will be announced in April 2020, and the winner will be announced in June 2020.

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management, EBSCO Books, John Brennan, says the SEE-IT Award’s intent is to increase the visibility of youth graphic novels and recognize the creators for their literary merit within this growing medium. “Together with the Children's Book Council, we are able to provide recognition to the authors and illustrators whose creative excellence has provided a positive impact on young readers of all reading levels. The SEE-IT Award allows us the opportunity to celebrate the growth of a truly unique literary genre and art form.”

The 2019 SEE-IT Award juror panel selected Speak, written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Emily Carroll, as the most recent SEE-IT Award recipient. Speak (published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers) was selected for its use of creative storytelling, overall artistic and literary appeal, and its ability to delicately depict difficult but relevant subject matter. Additional information about past winners and 2019 nominees is available on the SEE-IT website.
EBSCO and the CBC Graphic Novel Committee come together annually in collaboration to plan, organize and promote the SEE-IT Award; however, they are not involved in the title selection. SEE-IT winners are chosen by jurors selected annually.

The Children’s Book Council is the non-profit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America and is dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading. The CBC Graphic Novel Committee is committed to expanding the presence and legitimacy for children’s and young adult graphic novels.

Publishers interested in submitting nominees for the SEE-IT Award can do so by visiting the SEE-IT website at www.ebsco.com/see-it prior to the February 15, 2020 deadline.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decisions tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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For more information, please contact:
Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
EBSCO Information Services
978-356-6500 ext. 3485
[email protected]

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EBSCO Information Services Releases PsycTHERAPY® Database

LISWire - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 14:29

EBSCO Information Services Releases PsycTHERAPY® Database
~ Unique Online Streaming Video Database Offering Resources for Graduate-Level Clinical and Counselling Psychology Programs ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — November 5, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) introduces PsycTHERAPY®, a unique streaming video database of therapy demonstrations to support clinical and counseling psychology education. Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), the PsycTHERAPY library offers more than 500 therapy demonstrations using the latest psychotherapy techniques.

PsycTHERAPY provides clinicians, counselors, and trainees with the opportunity to observe candid psychotherapy videos. This collection includes proven methods showcasing common obstacles faced during therapy sessions. Videos are accompanied by corresponding transcripts, making it easy to search interactions within demonstrations.

This unique collection of videos features more than 140 well-known therapists and offers more than 240 psychotherapy topics including addiction anxiety, phobias, relationship issues and depression. These topics are addressed with various diverse therapy methods including integrated behavioral health care, cognitive behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

PsycTHERAPY is the latest addition to EBSCO’s collection of psychology resources, including PsycINFO®, PsycARTICLES®, PsycTESTS®, and PsycEXTRA®. For more information about EBSCO’s psychology resources, visit: https://www.ebsco.com/academic-libraries/subjects/psychology.

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

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

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Highland Community College Joins NEKLS and Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:05

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Highland Community College has joined NEXT Shared Regional Catalog with Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS).

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 13,000 plus holdings from TLC library solutions and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The NEXT Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://nextkansas.org/.

About NEKLS
The Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) is one of seven Kansas Regional Systems of Cooperating Libraries. NEKLS is dedicated to providing universal access to exceptional library Service through its 117 member libraries (11 academic; 48 public; 50 school districts; 8 special) in the 14 counties of Northeast Kansas through the cooperation and peer support of NEKLS member libraries, and the assistance of the NEKLS staff of library consultants.

Read More at: https://nekls.org/about/

About Highland Community College
Highland Community College Library supports the instructional objectives of the institution of which it is a part and responds to the informational needs of the students, faculty, community, and the curriculum. The Library is concerned with its patrons' lifelong use of information and library services. The Library subscribes to the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Right to Privacy Statement, as approved by the American Library Association.

Read More at: https://highlandcc.edu/pages/library

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

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

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

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

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

Technologies: Open SourceTags: ilskohailsopen sourcekohaAUTOMATIONautomation systemweb-basedossintegrated library systemOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Gale Streamlines Curriculum Planning and Amplifies Collaboration with Gale In Context: For Educators Launch

LISWire - Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:46

Turns Access Into Outcomes, Connecting Student Databases to Educator Resources

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – October 22, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, today announced the launch of Gale In Context: For Educators, a new product that gives educators a more effective approach to curriculum development and classroom instruction. Fueled by content from the Gale In Context suite of student databases, For Educators provides standards-aligned lesson plans and instructional materials. A specialized toolkit helps educators collect, personalize and share resources quickly and easily with colleagues and students across their district. Read Gale’s blog about the development of For Educators: http://bit.ly/2BrCzZI.

Studies show that teachers spend seven hours per week searching for instructional resources[i]. For Educators removes this complexity by streamlining access to curated and authoritative educational resources within their subscribed Gale In Context databases, empowering teachers with a single point of access to the technology, tools and resources they need, saving them time and effort while enhancing their classroom curriculum.

View a video on For Educators, here: http://bit.ly/2IRyLFh.

“I’m really excited for [Gale] In Context: For Educators,” said Monica Padgett, a teacher at Central York High School in York, Pennsylvania. “I saw a way that I could collaborate with my colleagues more efficiently and get resources to students and make it more effective and personalized for their learning.”

This new product marks a major milestone in Gale’s commitment to delivering innovative classroom solutions that advance education by focusing on student success, promoting equity of access and creating shorter pathways to learning.

“We know how time-consuming lesson planning can be for educators struggling to find and personalize relevant teaching materials aligned with curriculum standards,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We created Gale In Context: For Educators to make it easier for schools and districts to integrate quality digital content into the curriculum that fosters collaboration between the library, classroom and administration, providing students with more engaging learning materials to support their achievements.”

Gale In Context: For Educators provides:

• Instructional Support: helps teachers discover digital learning materials to supplement their classroom curriculum with national and state standards-aligned instructional content and related lesson plans.

• Customization: supports the demand to provide personalized and differentiated instruction with tools and features that can identify and customize resources for diverse classroom needs.

• Time-Saving Workflow Tools: enables time-challenged educators to access curriculum-aligned resources across their subscribed products in a single, educator-focused interface, integrated with other workflow tools and platforms.

• Smarter Collaboration: connects library resources to classroom curriculum and gives educators—within schools and across districts—the means to easily share and collaborate around resources for students.

Laurie Guerra, librarian at Spring Woods Middle School in Houston, Texas commented: “We’re going to have a ton of awesome opportunities for teachers to connect with their standards and to Gale In Context databases so that they can use that in their classrooms to plan lessons and to effectively build their resources, collaborate with other educators and start using our resources more and more with our students to better prepare them for the 21st century skills that are coming ahead.”

Gale In Context databases have a long history of supporting teacher effectiveness and student achievement. A recent nationwide study conducted by Project Tomorrow® on behalf of Gale[ii], found two in three teachers (77 percent) say their students are now “future ready” as a result of using Gale resources to support learning activities. Additionally, 80 percent of ninth-grade students say they are likely to use Gale again if their teacher assigns another research project.

“Having access to these authoritative databases is one of the first steps in improving student outcomes,” stated study participant, Lynn Reynolds, director of Library Media Services at Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky.

Gale will showcase Gale In Context: For Educators at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference, November 14-16 in Louisville, KY at Gale booth #101.

For more information or to request a trial on Gale In Context: For Educators, visit: http://www.gale.com/foreducators.

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com/schools.

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

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[i] Education World: Survey Finds Teachers Spend 7 Hours Per Week Searching for Instructional Materials
[ii] Project Tomorrow Study: Activate Student Success with Database Access

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Highland Community College Joins NEKLS and Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 22:39

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Highland Community College has joined NEXT Shared Regional Catalog with Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS).

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 13,000 plus holdings from TLC library solutions and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The NEXT Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://nextkansas.org/.

About NEKLS
The Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) is one of seven Kansas Regional Systems of Cooperating Libraries. NEKLS is dedicated to providing universal access to exceptional library Service through its 117 member libraries (11 academic; 48 public; 50 school districts; 8 special) in the 14 counties of Northeast Kansas through the cooperation and peer support of NEKLS member libraries, and the assistance of the NEKLS staff of library consultants.

Read More at: https://nekls.org/about/

About Highland Community College
Highland Community College Library supports the instructional objectives of the institution of which it is a part and responds to the informational needs of the students, faculty, community, and the curriculum. The Library is concerned with its patrons' lifelong use of information and library services. The Library subscribes to the Library Bill of Rights, the Freedom to Read Statement, and the Right to Privacy Statement, as approved by the American Library Association.

Read More at: https://highlandcc.edu/pages/library

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equinox migrates Wayne and Pike County Libraries to the PaILS/SPARK Consortium

LISWire - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 16:22

Duluth, Ga., October 22, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Wayne and Pike County Libraries to Evergreen with their successful migrations to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

Wayne and Pike County Libraries’ move will support 37,059 patrons. The migration included a total of 118,987 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records.

“We're very happy to welcome the libraries of Wayne and Pike Counties to the SPARK Library Consortium,” said Lugene Shelly, SPARK Director of Technology and System Support. “Their location in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania puts them in close proximity with some of our other systems and we're looking forward to future collaboration among those libraries. We also look forward to their participation in the broader SPARK community, knowing their talented and skillful staff will be bright additions to our organization.”

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

“No matter how many migrations you do each one is unique and has a different set of opportunities,” said Rogan Hamby, data and project analyst at Equinox. “For me one of my biggest joys is seeing libraries move past the transition period and settle into really learning what the new software can make possible for them. I am confident that the Evergreen community in Pennsylvania is gaining active and engaged libraries in Wayne and Pike and I look forward to seeing them in the wider international community for a long time to come.”

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

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

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Gale Streamlines Curriculum Planning and Amplifies Collaboration with Gale In Context: For Educators Launch

LISWire - Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:04

Turns Access Into Outcomes, Connecting Student Databases to Educator Resources

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – October 22, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, today announced the launch of Gale In Context: For Educators, a new product that gives educators a more effective approach to curriculum development and classroom instruction. Fueled by content from the Gale In Context suite of student databases, For Educators provides standards-aligned lesson plans and instructional materials. A specialized toolkit helps educators collect, personalize and share resources quickly and easily with colleagues and students across their district. Read Gale’s blog about the development of For Educators: http://bit.ly/2BrCzZI.

Studies show that teachers spend seven hours per week searching for instructional resources . For Educators removes this complexity by streamlining access to curated and authoritative educational resources within their subscribed Gale In Context databases, empowering teachers with a single point of access to the technology, tools and resources they need, saving them time and effort while enhancing their classroom curriculum.

View a video on For Educators: http://bit.ly/2IRyLFh.

“I’m really excited for [Gale] In Context: For Educators,” said Monica Padgett, a teacher at Central York High School in York, Pennsylvania. “I saw a way that I could collaborate with my colleagues more efficiently and get resources to students and make it more effective and personalized for their learning.”

This new product marks a major milestone in Gale’s commitment to delivering innovative classroom solutions that advance education by focusing on student success, promoting equity of access and creating shorter pathways to learning.

“We know how time-consuming lesson planning can be for educators struggling to find and personalize relevant teaching materials aligned with curriculum standards,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We created Gale In Context: For Educators to make it easier for schools and districts to integrate quality digital content into the curriculum that fosters collaboration between the library, classroom and administration, providing students with more engaging learning materials to support their achievements.”

Gale In Context: For Educators provides:

• Instructional Support: helps teachers discover digital learning materials to supplement their classroom curriculum with national and state standards-aligned instructional content and related lesson plans.

• Customization: supports the demand to provide personalized and differentiated instruction with tools and features that can identify and customize resources for diverse classroom needs.

• Time-Saving Workflow Tools: enables time-challenged educators to access curriculum-aligned resources across their subscribed products in a single, educator-focused interface, integrated with other workflow tools and platforms.

• Smarter Collaboration: connects library resources to classroom curriculum and gives educators—within schools and across districts—the means to easily share and collaborate around resources for students.

Laurie Guerra, librarian at Spring Woods Middle School in Houston, Texas commented: “We’re going to have a ton of awesome opportunities for teachers to connect with their standards and to Gale In Context databases so that they can use that in their classrooms to plan lessons and to effectively build their resources, collaborate with other educators and start using our resources more and more with our students to better prepare them for the 21st century skills that are coming ahead.”

Gale In Context databases have a long history of supporting teacher effectiveness and student achievement. A recent nationwide study conducted by Project Tomorrow® on behalf of Gale , found two in three teachers (77 percent) say their students are now “future ready” as a result of using Gale resources to support learning activities. Additionally, 80 percent of ninth-grade students say they are likely to use Gale again if their teacher assigns another research project.

“Having access to these authoritative databases is one of the first steps in improving student outcomes,” stated study participant, Lynn Reynolds, director of Library Media Services at Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky.

Gale will showcase Gale In Context: For Educators at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conference, November 14-16 in Louisville, KY at Gale booth #101.

For more information or to request a trial on Gale In Context: For Educators, visit: http://www.gale.com/foreducators.

About Cengage and Gale

Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com/schools.

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

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[i] Education World: Survey Finds Teachers Spend 7 Hours Per Week Searching for Instructional Materials
[ii] Project Tomorrow Study: Activate Student Success with Database Access

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Chalmers University of Technology is the First Institution to Go Live with FOLIO Library Service Platform

LISWire - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 11:29

Chalmers University of Technology is the First Institution to Go Live with FOLIO Library Service Platform
~ Top Swedish University Adopts the FOLIO Platform ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — October 21, 2019 ¬¬— Chalmers University of Technology has become the first university library to go live with FOLIO with hosting services from EBSCO Information Services. FOLIO is an open source service platform created by a community of librarians, services providers and developers. Adopting the FOLIO platform allows Chalmers to manage both its electronic resources and print materials on the same platform.

Chalmers University became the first EBSCO FOLIO beta partner in 2017 and has been working with EBSCO on a phased implementation process. Chalmers first brought the Electronic Resource Management (ERM) suite of apps online before fully implementing FOLIO’s base applications and discontinuing its previous Integrated Library System (ILS).

Chalmers is running FOLIO applications including check in/out; tracking user updates and requests; and managing inventory, orders, agreements, licenses, eHoldings, settings and SIP2 connections. Chalmers is also using FOLIO to integrate with existing systems such as OpenAthens, GOBI®, EBSCO Holdings IQ, EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), along with the LIBRIS (The Swedish Union Catalogue maintained by the National Library of Sweden) and the library’s self-check-out machines.

Head of Information Resources at Chalmers, Marie Wenander, says having a Chalmers library staff that was ready for change and working with EBSCO added an important element to the migration. “The EBSCO implementation team members, who became an extension of our staff, were willing to work together and orchestrate a migration that was different from any we’ve been through — a true learning experience which allowed a smooth transition to a brand-new system.” Wenander says meeting members of the FOLIO Community along the way made the implementation even more important. “We knew we were leveraging the work of our fellow librarians and the FOLIO community while also contributing back the real-time information we were acquiring about the system and how it worked in a live environment.”

EBSCO Information Services’ Senior Vice President for Analytics and Hosting Services, Gar Sydnor, says the library at Chalmers University was a great beta tester because of its willingness to work with EBSCO on a template for migration and because of its electronic resource-heavy collection. “The Chalmers’ team made this implementation a great learning experience for EBSCO and the FOLIO community itself. Chalmers has a collection consisting mainly of electronic resources which allowed us to test FOLIO’s ERM module and ensure a smooth transition with the library’s existing EBSCO Discovery Service implementation.” Sydnor went on to note that “EBSCO would also like to offer a special thank you to the Open Library Environment (OLE) for their outstanding collaboration and contributions on the FOLIO project. Chalmers would not be live without OLE.”

The FOLIO project began as a community that brought libraries, services providers and developers together to bring an open source library services platform online that would look at traditional library automation services in a new way — combining print and electronic collections like never before. The platform leverages microservices and allows libraries to run the open source system themselves or work with service providers for hosting and system support. Libraries have full control of the software and are able to choose a full FOLIO migration or a phased approach of selected applications. The FOLIO platform is built for innovation and gives librarians choice while ensuring services will be interoperable.

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

About Chalmers University of Technology
Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, conducts research and education in technology and natural sciences at a high international level. The university has 3,100 employees and 10,000 students, and offers education in engineering, science, shipping and architecture.

With scientific excellence as a basis, Chalmers promotes knowledge and technical solutions for a sustainable world. Through global commitment and entrepreneurship, Chalmers fosters an innovative spirit, in close collaboration with wider society. The EU’s biggest research initiative — the Graphene Flagship — is coordinated by Chalmers. They are also leading the development of a Swedish quantum computer.

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

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

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesFOLIOOLETopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Equinox migrates Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries to Koha

LISWire - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:16

Duluth, Ga., October 14, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries to Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide.

Their migration involved 318,801 bibliographic records and 2,929 patrons at the university. Equinox provided authority control and data services in addition to Koha support, hosting, and implementation. Remote training for Koha was also provided as part of the migration by Equinox.

“The Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries has had a successful implementation of Koha for our multi-site, multi-institutional consortia setting,” said Evan Boyd, Library Director and Archivist at Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries. “Koha’s ease of use and Equinox’s support services allow us to have a well-customized interface for our users. Throughout implementation, we’ve been impressed by the ways Koha simplifies some formerly time-intensive tasks and automates inter-campus lending between libraries. Equinox’s implementation staff has been responsive to our needs and quickly adapted to any special requirements we discovered through the setup and testing process. Not only has Koha reduced our costs, but it also allows us to more efficiently meet the needs of our patrons.”

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

"It was a pleasure working with the folks at the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries,” said Jason Etheridge, Senior Developer at Equinox. “While the software is a large part of what we do collaborating with great people is what makes a migration. Congratulations and welcome to the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries staff.”

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

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

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Technologies: Open SourceTags: koha ILSkoha open sourceKoha open source ILSKoha open sources ILSkoha open source supportOpen Source ILSOpen source Open LibrariesOpen Source SoftwareOrganization Type: Non-ProfitCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Equinox migrates Eastern Cluster of Eastern Seminaries to Koha

LISWire - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 14:40

Duluth, Ga., October 14, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries to Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide.

Their migration involved 318,801 bibliographic records and 2,929 patrons at the university. Equinox provided authority control and data services in addition to Koha support, hosting, and implementation. Remote training for Koha was also provided as part of the migration by Equinox.

“The Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries has had a successful implementation of Koha for our multi-site, multi-institutional consortia setting,” said Evan Boyd, Library Director and Archivist at Eastern Cluster of Luteran Seminaries. “Koha’s ease of use and Equinox’s support services allow us to have a well-customized interface for our users. Throughout implementation, we’ve been impressed by the ways Koha simplifies some formerly time-intensive tasks and automates intercampus lending between libraries. Equinox’s implementation staff has been responsive to our needs and quickly adapted to any special requirements we discovered through the setup and testing process. Not only has Koha reduced our costs, but it also allows us to more efficiently meet the needs of our patrons.”

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

"It was a pleasure working with the folks at the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries,” said Jason Etheridge, Senior Developer at Equinox. “While the software is a large part of what we do collaborating with great people is what makes a migration. Congratulations and welcome to the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries staff.”

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

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

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

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Technologies: Open SourceTags: koha ilskoha ILSkoha hostingKoha DevelopmentKoha Implementationkoha open sourceKoha open source ILSkoha open source supportKoha open sources ILSOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILS.Open source Open LibrariesOrganization Type: Non-ProfitCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Fresno County Public Law Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:48

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Fresno County Public Law Library, Fresno California is now live! ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 39,000 plus holdings from EOS ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

The libraries' customized Koha OPAC's can be viewed at: https://fresnolaw.bywatersolutions.com/.

Brendan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of ByWater Solutions recently commented on the migration:

The Public Law Library contingent is growing in California and we are excited to see how this will expand the Koha Community.

About Fresno County Public Law Library
The law library is located on the 6th floor of the Fresno County Courthouse at 1100 Van Ness Ave. We boast a rich history and a skilled staff and are guided by an experienced board of trustees. To find out more information about the library, its policies, staff and governance, please read here: http://www.fresnolawlibrary.org/AboutUs.asp.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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