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New book imagines the archive of the future

LISWire - Thu, 09/06/2018 - 08:10

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Archival Futures edited by Caroline Brown.

It is widely acknowledged that the archival discipline is facing a time of change. The digital world has presented changes in how records are created, used, stored and communicated. At the same time, there is increased public debate over issues such as ownership of and access to information and its authenticity and reliability in a networked and interconnected world.

Archival Futures draws on the contributions of a range of international experts to consider the current archival landscape and imagine the archive of the future. Firmly rooted in current professional debate and scholarship, the book offers thought provoking and accessible chapters that aim to challenge and inspire archivists globally and to encourage debate about their futures. Chapters cover the role of archives in relation to individuals, organisations, communities and society; how appraisal, arrangement, description and access might be affected in the future; changing societal expectations in terms of access to information, how information is exchanged, and how things are recorded and remembered; the impact of new technologies, including blockchain and automation; the place of traditional archives and what ‘the archive’ is or might become; the future role of the archive profession; and archives as authentic and reliable evidence

Tom Nesmith (University of Manitoba), said 'Archives play a unique and powerful role in making the past available for an extraordinary array of current purposes. But do archives have a future, particularly given disruptive changes in communication technologies? Archival Futures addresses this and other challenges to find ways forward for the now pivotal role of archives in society.'

The book will appeal to an international audience of students, academics and practitioners in archival science, records management, and library and information science.

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Press and review copies contact:
James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]

Archival Futures | August 2018 | 176pp | paperback: 9781783301829 | £69.95 | hardback: 9781783302185 | £139.95 | eBook: 9781783302192

Caroline Brown is Programme Leader for the archives programmes at the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee where she is also University Archivist.. She is a Chair of Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland’s) Conference Committee, sits on its Professional Development Committee, having formerly served as the Chair of the Education, Training and Development Committee, and is a member of the Executive Committee for ARA Scotland. She is a sits on the Section Bureau of the International Council on Archives Section on Archival Education and is active in ICA/SUV . She is an Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College and Panel Member and has written and spoken on a range of archival and recordkeeping issues. She is the editor of Archives and Recordkeeping: Theory into practice (Facet, 2013).

Jenny Bunn, University College London; Luciana Duranti, University of British Columbia; Joanne Evans, Monash University; Craig Gauld, University of Dundee; Victoria Lemieux, University of British Columbia; Michael Moss, Northumbria University; Gillian Oliver, Monash University; Sonia Ranade, The National Archives; Barbara Reed, consultant; Kate Theimer, writer, speaker and commentator; David Thomas, Northumbria University; Frank Upward, Monash University; Geoffrey Yeo University College London.

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

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Gale and Maine State Library Partner to Provide Residents and Students Free Access to New Digital Resources

LISWire - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 18:39

Gale Digital Resources Now Available at Nearly 1,000 Libraries Across Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine & FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – September 5, 2018 – Maine State Library has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, to provide nearly 1,000 school, academic and public libraries throughout Maine with free access to Gale digital resources. These new resources provide Maine residents and students with high-quality content that supports learning, research, business, career development and personal enrichment. Now Maine libraries can provide exceptional research experiences to their learners and communities to meet their educational, informational and cultural needs. Maine residents and students can access these new resources at: Read Gale’s blog about the Maine State Library partnership. here:

“Gale shares our passion and commitment in providing the best user experience possible,” said James Ritter, State Librarian of Maine. “This partnership enables us to accomplish this by providing Maine residents and students with easy access to valuable and reliable content, making our libraries stronger and transforming information into knowledge.”

View video of Jennifer Stanbro, School Librarian and President-Elect, Maine Association of School Libraries, speaking to the value and ease of access to digital resources for Maine students, here:

Gale’s new digital resources include databases, periodicals and reference content that are accessible 24/7 from any computer or mobile device without the use of a library card or password. This enables users to seamlessly access Gale’s authoritative content, eliminating barriers to access resources. Additionally, many of the resources feature integrated workflow tools from Google and Microsoft, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content.

“Libraries play a crucial role in making knowledge and learning accessible to enrich the economic development of the community, and user experience is key to making it happen,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We are thrilled to partner with the Maine State Library and together we will transform the research experience for libraries and patrons across the state by providing easy access to educational resources that empower learning and change.”

Gale resources now available to Maine library users include:

• Academic OneFile & General OneFile — with InfoTrac Collections: Full-text periodicals and popular magazines, plus, peer-reviewed journals aligned to the curriculum.

• Books and Authors: A reader’s advisory database for discovery of books by author, genre and topic.

• Career Transitions: Walks job seekers through resume building, career exploration and more.

• ChiltonLibrary: Automotive repair and maintenance instruction for more than 2,600 vehicle makes and models.

• Educator's Reference Complete: Academic journals and reports covering the education field.

• Gale LegalForms: Access to a variety of document templates – including state-specific legal forms – from wills and rental agreements to forms needed for starting or managing a new business.

• Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL): Gale’s online e-book platform provides users with 24/7 hassle-free access to Gale eBooks anytime, anywhere and from any mobile device.

• GREENR: Authoritative reference content in the areas of the environment, energy and natural resources.

• Health & Wellness Resource Center: Authoritative source for health information, updated daily.

• Health Reference Center Academic: Current, reliable health data for students and professionals.

• Informe Académico: Spanish-language periodicals.

• InfoTrac Newsstand: Searchable access to more than 2,000 global newspapers, images, broadcasts and transcripts.

• Kids InfoBits: Age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content to support elementary students’ research and homework needs.

• Literature Resource Center: Represents the most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works, including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis.

• National Geographic Kids: Extensive archive of National Geographic Kids magazine with reputable, authoritative, age-appropriate digital content in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space.

• Opposing Viewpoints In Context: Explore social, cultural and political issues through a rich presentation of pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics and more.

• Research In Context: Authoritative, multimedia reference and periodical content with the most-studied topics for middle school students.

• Scribner Writers Online: Contains more than 2,000 entries and essays on the lives and works of over 1,400 important authors from around the world. Entries place the author’s work in personal and historical context.

• Small Business Resource Center: Authoritative source on starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax and more. Updated daily.

• Student Resources In Context: Offers cross-curricular authoritative content aligned to national and state curriculum standards that span core subjects.

• Twayne's Authors Online: Offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements and to the development of literary genres.

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:

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About Maine State Library
The Maine State Library, established in 1831, works to provide and broaden access to library information services to all Maine citizens. It does this through direct public and outreach services, library development initiatives, and strong collection development and digitization efforts. Located in Augusta, Maine, the Maine State Library employs nearly 44 people. For more information, please visit:

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New Partnership Between EBSCO Information Services and Intellus Learning Enables Institutions to Launch and Sustain Affordability Initiatives

LISWire - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:02

~ Collaboration Will Aggregate and Assemble Relevant Open Education Resources and Institution’s Library Materials to Improve the Teaching and Learning Experience ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 5, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Intellus Learning, an educational platform as a service company, have partnered to provide academic libraries with a content curation, assignment, recommendation and analytics tool. The collaboration will benefit college and university customers as they strive to offer affordable, reliable and relevant resources to students, while supporting faculty’s teaching and learning goals.

Intellus Learning empowers instructors to access high-quality open education resources (OER) and other openly licensed content, as well as their institution’s academic library materials to help meet budgetary goals. By offering curated content, Intellus Learning enables instructors to quickly capture robust and affordable course materials. Students can seamlessly engage with assigned course materials via the institution’s learning management system, including all EBSCO resources to which the library subscribes.

According to Craig Bleyer, the General Manager of the Institutional Business at Macmillan Learning, “Our customers are rightfully focused on providing the most affordable learning experiences that engage and retain students. Yet, finding the right mix of content and tools that answers both teaching and institutional objectives can be challenging because of the amount of time it takes to curate and assemble course objects. Via this partnership with EBSCO, we are providing a powerful search and discovery tool, which enables instructors to identify the highest-quality and best-rated free and openly-licensed content, as well as access library content to make the most efficient use of content already available at their institution.”

The technology integration between EBSCO and Intellus Learning helps institutions launch and maintain affordability initiatives by facilitating efficient and insight-laden access to high quality, free learning content. Through an intuitive interface, faculty can curate and quickly assign pertinent OER and library content to students. The Intellus engine also offers a robust reporting dashboard that provides real-time insight into students’ engagement with the assigned materials. This pre-built feedback loop enables faculty to tweak the curriculum on the fly to suit students’ needs.

EBSCO Information Services Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mark Herrick, says the integration will help libraries promote their valuable resources and improve the workflow process for faculty. “The collaboration with Intellus Learning allows for interoperability that enables libraries to increase use and efficiency of their collections. By integrating technologies, the content selection process works better and faster for faculty while enabling them to select from library resources in the context of their courses and already subscribed to by their institution.”

To learn more about EBSCO and Intellus Learning, please visit: and

About Macmillan Learning
Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education informs our approach to using user-centered design, learning science, and impact research to develop world-class content and pioneering products that are empathetic, highly effective, and drive improved outcomes. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and lift course results. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

About Intellus Learning
Intellus Learning empowers instructors to quickly access high-quality open educational resources (OER), other openly-licensed content, as well as their institution’s academic library materials to help replace expensive course materials, while providing powerful, real-time insight into students’ engagement with the assigned content. To learn more, please visit:

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: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


For more information, please contact:
Nikki Jones
Sr Director, Communications
Macmillan Learning
[email protected]

Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
EBSCO Information Services
978-356-6500 ext. 3485
[email protected]

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Equinox migrates Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative to the PaILS/SPARK Consortium

LISWire - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:49

Duluth, Ga., August 30, 2018: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

This move includes Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative’s libraries with a total of 147,069 patron records and 156,713 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox as part of the migration included data extraction and deduplication. It also encompassed the migration of bibliographic, item, patron, and transaction records. Equinox staff administered software configuration and project management as well as remote and onsite training.

"Pennsylvania Integrated Library is pleased to welcome the libraries of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative to our shared Evergreen system (called SPARK). While some of these libraries are in close geographical proximity, they were never before able to share resources, and patrons were forced to carry multiple library cards. Thanks to Evergreen all of this has changed creating an enhanced library experience for the residents of Lehigh and Carbon Counties (PA)." Scott Thomas, Executive Director of PaILS/SPARK.

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.

"The staff at all six libraries were fantastic to work with throughout the process from our first meetings to now,” said Rogan Hamby, data and project analyst for Equinox. “I am excited to see the things they have planned for their patrons come to fruition in the near future and glad to be part of making it happen for them."

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

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


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Valuable and timely insight into digital literacy and learning

LISWire - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:24

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Digital Literacy Unpacked edited by Katharine Reedy and Jo Parker.

This book brings together thought-leaders and experts in the field of digital literacy, providing a blend of research and practice across sectors.

Digital Literacy Unpacked not only offers a snapshot of innovative approaches to digital literacy, but also intends to provoke discussion, encourage collaboration and inspire – whatever the role or context. The editors open up the whole area of digital literacy in all its kaleidoscopic richness, and provide diverse perspectives, content and ideas to inform thinking and practice. The cross-sectoral and global significance of digital literacy is a key theme of the book but crucially at its heart it is a citizenship and inclusion issue, necessary for the full participation and achievement of all in society. Coverage includes a discussion of terminology, institutional approaches, existing frameworks, digital literacy in learning and teaching, copyright literacy, teaching the use of digital tools, critical approaches to literacy and combatting social exclusion using digital skills.

Rosie Jones, Director of Library Services at The Open University said of the book, 'Its timing is key, given the rate of technological change and advances in our thinking around skills, and it contributes practice, theory and research to a topic that is important on a global scale. Across all sectors, we can’t avoid the digital agenda and this text provides a fabulous insight into digital literacy and learning'

The book will be useful reading for library and information professionals across the sector, institutional leaders and managers, and LIS students. It will also be useful reading for educational technologists, learning and teaching professionals.

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Press and review copies contact:

James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]


More information:

Digital Literacy Unpacked | August 2018 | 240pp | paperback: 9781783301973 | £64.95 | hardback: 9781783301980 | £129.95 | eBook: 9781783301997

Katharine Reedy is a digital literacy and learning design specialist at the Open University. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Jo Parker is a senior library manager at the Open University Library, with responsibility for developing digital and information literacy strategy. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a fellow of the Leadership Foundation. She has co-edited two previous books for Facet Publishing.


Liz Bennett, University of Huddersfield; Bonnie Cheuk, Senior Business and Digital Transformation Leader; Mark Childs, Open University; Vedrana Vojković Estatiev, University of Zagreb; Sue Folley, University of Huddersfield; Josie Fraser, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Dean Groom, Macquarie University; Janet Hetherington, independent consultant; Charles Inskip, University College London; Norman Jackson, University of Surrey (Professor Emeritus); Gordana Jugo, Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet); Clare Killen, independent consultant; Adam Micklethwaite, Good Things Foundation; Chris Morrison, University of Kent; Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University; Joe Nicholls, Cardiff University Library; Judy O'Connell, Charles Sturt University; Philip Seargeant, Open University; Jane Secker, City University London; Caroline Tagg, Open University; Geoff Walton, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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

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Gale Helps Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Improve Student Engagement with Kids InfoBits

LISWire - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:45

Gale’s Kids InfoBits Provides Tools and Resources to Develop Future-Ready Research Skills in Young Learners

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and Chagrin Falls, Ohio – August 29, 2018 – Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools has seen an increase in student engagement by making database researching fun. The district is using Kids InfoBits from Gale, a Cengage company, to design lesson plans that focus on developing students’ research and critical thinking skills. This enables students to gain comfort with database researching as they transition to higher grade levels, putting them on a path to discovery that fosters future-ready skills. Read Gale’s blog about Chagrin Falls, here:

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools District is located just outside of Cleveland in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with nearly 2,000 prek-12 students across four schools. As a technology-focused district with a mission to provide an educational experience that empowers students to maximize their potential, the district needs digital resources that not only teach students how to properly conduct research, but easily integrate into classroom curriculum and workflow. Chagrin Falls chose Kids InfoBits, an intuitive resource that introduces students to database researching.

“I love the browsing ability that comes with Kids InfoBits,” said Angie Jameson, Library Media Specialist for Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools. “Introducing our students to research and synthesis skills using topics they are interested in results in much deeper engagement compared to assigning students a research topic while attempting to teach these difficult skills.”

Kids InfoBits’ research-friendly platform allows students to explore age-appropriate content that’s continuously updated to match elementary-level curricula. Students can dive into key subjects by exploring categories like animals, arts, geography, health, literature, social studies, people and technology.

“Kids love the graphics! When we design lessons, we use the graphics to help guide the instruction,” said Jameson. “Plus, students can easily find appropriate content and news with a ‘child-friendly spin.’ The read-aloud option and ability to translate the content into any given language…that’s what made us realize just how amazing the Kids InfoBits accessibility features are.”

When thinking back on her 10th grade class who had difficulty with citations, Jameson is excited that she and her team are actively introducing intermediate students to these practices—and building a strong foundation that is getting them excited about research.

Read the entire story about Chagrin Falls’ success with Kids InfoBits, here:

For more information on Kids InfoBits, visit:

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

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog -
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