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Brill Germany Takes Over the Publishing Program of Die Blaue Eule

LISWire - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 09:06

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 11 June 2020

The German branch of Brill has acquired the portfolio of German publishing house DIE BLAUE EULE, established in Essen.

By signing the transaction agreement, Eva-Maria Hohmann, owner of publishing house DIE BLAUE EULE, and Jörg Persch, managing director of Brill Deutschland GmbH, conclude the takeover of the publishing program as of July 1, 2020. DIE BLAUE EULE was founded in 1983 by Werner L. Hohmann in Essen, with a focus on Philosophy and Art Studies. Later, the research areas Musical Studies and Music Pedagogy were added to this program.

Eva-Maria Hohmann sees the future of the publishing house's well-established program secured by the sale: "After the unexpected death of my husband, who founded the publishing house DIE BLAUE EULE in 1983, I have pursued the goal of placing the publishing house in good hands. Now I am delighted that Brill Germany is giving DIE BLAUE EULE and its authors a future in the rapidly changing media landscape".

Jörg Persch adds: "We consider it a great honor that Mrs. Hohmann entrusts us with her life’s work and that of her husband and founder of the publishing house, and we will look after it carefully and sustainably".

The publishing house's program will be integrated into the portfolio of Brill Deutschland GmbH, to which the imprints Ferdinand Schöningh, Wilhelm Fink and mentis belong. The acquisition includes a backlist of approximately 1400 book titles and 14 active book series. For Brill Deutschland GmbH, this represents a valuable expansion in the areas of Philosophy, Art and Musical Studies, and Education. Through the connection to the parent company in The Netherlands with branches in Boston, Singapore and Beijing, the publications will in the future also be distributed internationally and increasingly digitally.

For more information about this take-over please contact Stephan Kopsieker, Press Department / Public Relations at Brill Germany, via [email protected].

About Brill Deutschland GmbH
Since 2017 the publishing house Ferdinand Schöningh together with the Wilhelm Fink Verlag has been an imprint of Brill Deutschland GmbH. Founded in 1847, the Ferdinand Schöningh publishing house became one of the most renowned Humanities publishing houses in Germany within a few years. Milestones in the company's development were the co-founding of the textbook series Uni-Taschenbücher (UTB) in 1970 and the takeover of the Munich-based Wilhelm Fink Verlag in 1974. In January 2018, mentis Verlag joined this strong association of academic publishers in the Humanities.

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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Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Brillbook publishingjournal publishingArtphilosophymusical studies

EBSCO Information Services’ Usage Consolidation™ Supports COUNTER R5

LISWire - Tue, 06/09/2020 - 11:27

EBSCO Information Services’ Usage Consolidation™ Supports COUNTER R5
~ EBSCO Information Services Develops Features to Improve Usage Reporting ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 9, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services’ (EBSCO) Usage Consolidation™ service now supports COUNTER R5 providing comparison tools and new ways for librarians to analyze and manage usage reporting.

EBSCO Usage Consolidation’s COUNTER R5 support includes features that transform previously loaded R4 usage into corresponding R5 metrics to allow year-on-year comparisons to continue even as content providers transition to the new release. Library staff will be able to take advantage of new COUNTER Release 5 attributes like Year of Publication and Access Method in their consolidated reporting workflows. SUSHI Harvesting has been enhanced to support multiple harvest frequencies (annual, bi-annual, quarterly, monthly), and EBSCO also includes an intelligent “ready to load” feature that allows staff to see which platforms need usage loaded.

EBSCO is also making configuring platforms to harvest easier with preloaded information, such as URLs and reports supported. Librarians will also be able to see which platforms EBSCO’s Usage Loading Service™ handles for their institution and which platforms are managed by the institution. In addition, EBSCO’s COUNTER R5 support makes usage data immediately available in the subscription workflow via EBSCONET® Subscription Management.

EBSCO Information Service’s Chief Product Strategist Oliver Pesch says EBSCO has improved how essential information is viewed by library staff to save time. “One unique thing we do is to transform the COUNTER R4 usage to allow librarians to analyze their usage from time periods that span a content provider’s transition from R4 and R5. By offering a truly consolidated view of usage, our customers are able to make the apples to apples comparison in a more intuitive workflow — bringing essential information together in a way that improves how library staff assess their collections and usage.”

Usage Consolidation is part of the EBSCO Knowledge Services suite offering a state-of-the-art set of workflow management tools for libraries and includes Holdings & Link Management, Full Text Finder, and Publication Finder, as well as the “IQ” Services which enable customization and integration. EBSCO Knowledge Services are powered by the EBSCO Knowledge Base and are focused on removing data siloes and integrating with library management tools including FOLIO and CORAL.

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 1,500,000 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]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOR5Usage ConsolidationReportingUsage

New Curbside Pickup Feature Coming Soon for Evergreen

LISWire - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:20

Duluth, Ga., June 4, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the development of Curbside Pickup for libraries using Evergreen ILS. The latest feature, expected to be available in June, was designed by Equinox and supported by the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS), the non-profit which oversees SPARK, an Evergreen consortium in the state of Pennsylvania.

“PaILS is excited to sponsor the development of software functionality to assist libraries in offering curbside service,” said Lisa Rives Collens, President of the PaILS Board of Directors. “Only an open source ILS like Evergreen would be able to move so quickly to fill such an important need in the library community.”

Curbside Pickup extends existing functionality in Evergreen to coordinate curbside lending and expedite communications using the ILS. Patrons can select items in the catalog, place holds, arrange a pick up time, and notify the library upon arrival. A new tabbed interface will be available to library staff identifying new holds for pick up, to view or modify delivery times, and for preparing and checking out items to patrons. When patrons arrive at the library, they simply click a button in their library account to alert staff that they’re at the designated location for curbside delivery.

The new feature will support libraries as they adapt services to meet changing needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Equinox and the Evergreen community are working quickly and collaboratively in order to make the feature available as soon as possible.

“Our mission to empower libraries with open source technologies includes identifying emergent needs and working with partners and community members to address those needs,” said Lisa Carlucci, Executive Director. “Providing tools that support new workflows, safe practices, and create a positive service experience for patrons is one way we hope to help empower libraries during this critical time.”

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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EBSCO Information Services Announces Suite of Resources for Business Studies from Harvard Business Publishing

LISWire - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:48

EBSCO Information Services Announces Suite of Resources for Business Studies from Harvard Business Publishing
~ Unique Resources Designed to Help Business Students Succeed ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 4, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing the release of Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) Resources for Business Studies, which includes the new Harvard Business Publishing Student Success Package. The resources provide unique content to support business students to prepare them for the business world and success in their future careers. Additional resources from HBP may be bundled with the HBP Student Success Package to create a complete suite of resources for business students.

The Harvard Business Publishing Student Success Package includes foundational text essential to students’ business knowledge, case studies to prepare for their careers and tools to build lifelong soft skills. Core Curriculum includes 76 readings covering the foundational concepts, theories and frameworks in business studies. Subject areas include finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, operations management, sales, ethics, leadership, international business, strategy and more. The readings are authored by faculty at Harvard Business School and include a Teaching Note document to help instructors gain insight into the case, related course materials and exhibit slides. Teaching Notes are available at no cost to all educators with a free educator account at hbsp.harvard.edu.

HBS Select Case Study Collection offers a curated selection of more than 2,000 Harvard Business School case studies, selected by editors from Harvard Business Publishing, that guide students through the current workplace and prepare them for a successful career. The case studies provide real-world scenarios and commentary to help students examine issues related to the business world. Students gain the perspectives and context they need to examine issues such as navigating changing workplaces, managing teams and career growth.

Also included in the HBP Student Success Package is HBR Ascend, a digital learning resource from Harvard Business Review. Built on a mobile-first platform, the tool is uniquely designed to help young professionals build soft skills with videos from industry leaders, podcasts with real-world applications, full-text articles from leading journals, infographics to engage and inform, and bite-sized modules for sequential learning. Subjects include jobs and careers, personal growth, working smarter, managing and leading and being happy at work.

Additional resources from Harvard Business Publishing are available to provide a complete suite of business studies resources, including Harvard Business Review E-Book Subscription Collection. The collection includes HBR’s complete catalog of more than 600 e-books including 400 monographs plus newly published e-books and seminal works. Business students gain valuable insight from the wide range of subjects including business communication, decision-making & problem solving, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources & personnel management, leadership, management, marketing, organizational behavior, strategic planning and more.

More information about the suite of Harvard Business Publishing Resources for Business Studies is available at: https://www.ebsco.com/products/research-databases/harvard-business-publi...

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 1,500,000 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]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOHBRAcademic LibrariesHarvard Business Press ReviewBusiness Studies

EBSCO Information Services Partners with PatientWisdom, Inc.

LISWire - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:56

EBSCO Information Services Partners with PatientWisdom, Inc.
~ Partnership Aims to Transform Delivery of Healthcare Services ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 3, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has entered into a partnership with PatientWisdom, Inc., a digital-health company with solutions that transform the experience and delivery of care by listening to the people involved, individually and at scale. The flagship solution, PatientWisdom®, distills information about what matters to patients into point-of-care insights to help clinicians and healthcare organizations deliver optimal services. PatientWisdom now offers integration capabilities with EBSCO’s shared decision making and patient education tools.

PatientWisdom aims to enhance relationships between patients and their physicians and care teams, and improve the delivery of healthcare services. The HIPAA-compliant, mobile responsive solution captures valuable information directly from patients and integrates it into the clinician workflow. An at-a-glance inSIGHT summary is available in the electronic health record (EHR) to help busy clinicians better address patient needs and preferences.

As part of the agreement, EBSCO will leverage its global presence to expand the reach and impact of PatientWisdom. PatientWisdom Founder and CEO Dr. Gregory Makoul reinforces the importance of this partnership. “EBSCO recognizes that understanding what matters to patients is an essential element of clinical decision support. By combining forces, we can accelerate a shared vision of helping health organizations create more responsive ecosystems in the course of everyday practice.”

The company offers four solutions — PatientWisdom, ProviderWisdom®, CommunityWisdom® and StudentWisdomTM — all designed to augment standard information by focusing on what matters to key stakeholders.
• PatientWisdom: Makes it easy to understand what matters to patients ahead of clinical encounters to transform the patient experience.
• ProviderWisdom: Obtains real-world insights from clinicians and staff to enhance engagement, address burnout and streamline care.
• CommunityWisdom: Produces a deep view of the community to give health organizations clear lines-of-sight for developing or partnering with programs people will use.
• StudentWisdom: Collects student and faculty viewpoints to improve learner well-being and the overall learning environment.

EBSCO Clinical Decisions Executive Vice President Betsy Jones says this relationship demonstrates the company’s dedication to enhancing patient encounters in the healthcare space. “PatientWisdom shares EBSCO’s drive in leveraging evidence-based medicine by enhancing the patient experience and discovering patient sensitivities. This partnership complements our focus on the care team, clinical decision support and patient preferences to achieve better outcomes.”

For more information on PatientWisdom, visit: https://patientwisdom.com/.

About EBSCO’s Health Resources
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, medical research information and healthcare business intelligence for the healthcare industry. EBSCO users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include DynaMed®, Dynamic Health™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as CINAHL® Complete, MEDLINE® Complete) plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO’s health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the research platform favored by libraries around the world.

About PatientWisdom, Inc.
PatientWisdom, Inc. developed the Wisdomics® digital health platform to improve the experience and delivery of care by listening to the people involved – individually and at scale. The company is based in New Haven, CT and offers four powerful solutions: PatientWisdom, ProviderWisdom, CommunityWisdom, and StudentWisdom. The Tech Tribune named PatientWisdom, Inc. one of the Best Tech Startups in 2018, 2019, and 2020. PatientWisdom won “Most-Patient Centered” and Audience Favorite at the Health Tech StandOut! Competition during the 2018 Connected Health Conference, and Technology Innovators designated Gregory Makoul one of the Top 50 Healthcare Technology CEOs for 2019. To learn more, please visit www.patientwisdom.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Jessica Holmes
EBSCO Information Services
Communications Director
978-356-6500 x3485
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Special LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEBSCO HealthPatientWisdomPOCPoint of CareMedical Point of Care

Gale Relaunches Kids InfoBits as Gale In Context: Elementary with Enhanced User Experience to Deliver Better Learning Outcomes

LISWire - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 11:25

Kid-Friendly Database Improves Student Engagement and Personalizes Instruction In and Out of Classroom, Developing Future-Ready Skills in Young Learners

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – June 2, 2020 – Gale, a Cengage company, has a new addition to its award-winning Gale In Context family of products. Kids InfoBits has been relaunched as Gale In Context: Elementary, with new and improved features that provide young learners with a better user experience to help them build their learning and critical thinking skills. Completely redesigned and built exclusively for elementary school learners, Gale In Context: Elementary provides a more intuitive, kid-friendly platform with a strong focus on learning development and student success. This enables teachers to gradually help students become successful at learning as they transition to higher grade levels, putting them on a path to discovery that fosters future-ready skills.

“As schools and students adapt to distant learning, it is critical for educators to provide equitable access across the K-12 continuum, said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Gale In Context: Elementary, offers students a trusted place to find answers and explore their interests, while also giving teachers access to digital resources that supplement and enhance instruction as well as promote student engagement.”

View a video about Gale In Context: Elementary, here: https://bit.ly/36P35uI.

Gale In Context: Elementary provides young learners with a supportive place to search for answers and explore their interests. With I Wonder questions, quick facts and visual topic pages, Gale In Context: Elementary represents a renewed focus on supporting elementary school students. The product is built using familiar Gale In Context design elements, making it easy for students to grow with Gale and develop their research skills as they progress to databases like Gale In Context: Middle School and Gale In Context: High School.

New features and enhancements of Gale In Context: Elementary include:

• Kid-Friendly Interface: a completely redesigned user experience created specifically for young students that’s easy to use and encourages exploration through a visual topic tree.

• Topic Pages: previously known as portals, topic pages provide students with short, age-appropriate summaries for topics and organize resources for easy use in research projects.

• Leveled Content: leveled topic overviews provide users with both a basic and advanced version of the same overview, allowing educators to differentiate instruction.

• I Wonder…: questions that engage young users’ curiosity and draw them into topics. Continuously updated, the I Wonder question on the homepage encourages daily exploration.

• Rich Content: search through thousands of indexed images, videos, charts and graphs.

• Powerful Platform: a new proprietary platform that allows users to:

- Search by Lexile range or find content based on basic, intermediate, or advanced learning levels to support differentiated learning styles.

- Use ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and on-demand article translation into over 20 languages—on-screen and read-aloud.

- Use citation tools to easily create a bibliography for their research.

- Use the Highlights and Notes feature to annotate and track their questions and ideas.

View/download hi-res images of Gale In Context: Elementary, here: https://bit.ly/2ZZPEXM.

Gale In Context databases have a long history of supporting academic achievement and future-ready skill development. In a recent nationwide study conducted by Project Tomorrow® on behalf of Gale[i], 91 percent of teachers said their students’ research skills improved from using the Gale In Context databases to support their assignments and projects. Additionally, after using Gale In Context: Elementary, 70 percent of the students said they were now comfortable doing a research project on their own, and 79 percent agreed that they were comfortable using online databases to support their research assignments.

For more information or to request a trial on Gale In Context: Elementary, visit: www.gale.com/c/in-context-elementary.

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, believes in the power and joy of learning. For schools, the company helps drive positive outcomes by providing essential, curriculum-aligned content that empowers educators to solve curriculum challenges and meet students where they are. Today, that includes supporting distance and social and emotional learning as well as equity and inclusion goals. Gale’s K-12 offerings extend from educational databases and custom eBook collections to instructional tools and professional development resources. For more information, please visit www.gale.com/schools.

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

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[i] Project Tomorrow Study: Activate Student Success with Database Access, October 2019

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: Gale In ContextGale

Exact Editions Freezes Institutional Subscription Prices for 2020/2021

LISWire - Mon, 06/01/2020 - 07:03

The prices of digital institutional subscriptions to hundreds of magazine archives through digital publishers Exact Editions will be frozen for the 2020/2021 academic year. This decision comes in recognition of the unprecedented financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the budget uncertainties that may lie ahead.

Exact Editions transforms periodicals with archives into intuitive digital editions; existing partners include such prestigious names as The TLS, Foreign Affairs and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Institutional subscriptions are authenticated by IP-access for a seamless browsing experience, but also benefit from advanced remote access options that are particularly important in these challenging times where premises are closed. The archives are also fully-searchable, accessible across web, iOS and Android platforms, and integrated into library catalogues with MARC records and KBART data.

See Exact Editions’ institutional shop page here: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “Due to the strain that the global crisis has put on academic and corporate libraries around the world, we have frozen prices to ensure that digital resources will still be as accessible as possible over the coming year.”

About Exact Editions:

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

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Aspen Discovery Announces 20.07.00 Release and Notes

LISWire - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 15:48

Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.07 release is available. This major release includes 46 improvements and 7 performance & reliability fixes.

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

Aspen Discovery version 20.07 makes it easier for librarians to promote special collections within Aspen. By allowing archival materials and lists to be added to lists, librarians can more easily promote these items on both the Aspen home page and within collection spotlights on their website. There are also several enhancements to make Aspen easier to administer.

Administration Updates
Add tracking of when settings change within the Administration interface and add a display of the history for administrators.
Update creation of default libraries
Set default theme to responsive
Allow default grouped work display settings to be defined (defaults to public)
Set more appropriate default lists to include
Turn off Genealogy by default

API Updates
Allow the source of materials to be specified when calling getPatronCheckouts and getPatronHolds from User API

CARL.X Integration Updates
Correct loading holds from CARL.X

Cloud Library Updates
Correct loading of MARC records to properly handle special characters
Add first detected and last change dates to staff view for Cloud Library Records

Grouped Work Updates
Alternate titles for grouped works can be deleted from staff view by users with appropriate permissions
Users with Cataloging or OPAC Admin permissions can specify title, author, and series information for a grouped work from staff view
Information specified is shown within staff view
Specified display information can be deleted within staff view
The provided information will replace information from MARC records or eContent within the index

Help Manual
Add additional content to the manual

Indexing Updates
Update to ignore subfield 9 when indexing subject fields
Add a nightly index mode to full reindex which runs based on a setting in the System Variables table
Automatically force a nightly index to run when relevant settings are changed in Aspen
Add the ability to check if nightly index is running
If nightly indexing is running, pause continuous indexing until it is done.
Add the ability to get the format of items by collection code for Koha
Updating Accelerated Reader Data now happens as part of the nightly index on a weekly basis
Log additional errors to indexing logs
When adding notes to logs, always record the time the note was added.
Remove regrouping records from the command line since it is no longer used
Move Reindex Log to system reports and rename to Nightly Index Log
Add errors to nightly reindex log
Remove unused maxWorksToProcess option from config files
Additional error trapping when loading Hoopla scopes
Remove irrelevant code

Koha Integration Updates
Allow display of opac notes entered in Koha to be displayed within Aspen
Update to allow a single work to be manually exported from Koha
Load volume information for checked out titles if available
Update extract of changed bibs to include bibs where only metadata has changed
Update translation maps from Koha based on settings within the indexing profile
Update Novelist settings in Aspen based on settings within Koha

New York Times List Updates
Add the date that the New York Times List last updated a list as well as copyright to the description.

Novelist Integration
Improve performance when loading Novelist information for titles with many ISBNs
Upgrade to newest API version
Performance & Reliability Fixes
Update Index Status API to return more information about each check which it performs
Add checking for available memory and system load during status checks
Add checking of a nightly index for errors during status checks
When loading More Like This for a record validate that the record exists.
Redirect additional URLs that are improperly formatted or that contain spammy searches to the 404 page
Fix cron to automatically restart Aspen services on reboot
Error trapping when OverDrive product does not have formats

Record updates
Allow Supplemental Files (XLS, DOC, etc) to be attached to MARC records for download by patrons to provide additional information for a record.

User List Updates
Automatically remember the last list a user was using
Lists that a title is on are shown within search results
Allow adding lists and open archive titles to lists
Allow collection spotlights and browse categories to Open Archive and List entries that are part of a list shown

Other
Update default site creation for Koha to use current location rather than owning location
Wrap button text for You Might Also Like and While You Wait
Make collection spotlight title bars use secondary colors
Fix color of collapsible panels when they are expanded in the default theme
Updates to session handling
Automatically enable the Koha module when setting up a new Koha site
Return fatal errors that occur during AJAX operations as JSON for a display to users
Cleanup of redundant information in staff view

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: aspen discoveryaspenTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

EBSCO Information Services Supports Google’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA)

LISWire - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:28

EBSCO Information Services Supports
Google’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA)
~ Enhancement Provides Seamless Off-Campus Authentication
to EBSCO Content Through Google Scholar ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 27, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces a partnership with Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) through Google Scholar. Those who start their research in Google Scholar can now access EBSCO content with a seamless user experience while conducting research off-campus.

CASA enables those doing research to access their institution’s scholarly content remotely by providing seamless linking and authentication. Through partnering with Google Scholar, users will be able to authenticate to the EBSCO articles and journals to which they have access. Users can now access this information while working off-campus, making it easier to conduct studies anytime, anywhere. Links to EBSCO content will also be available in Google Scholar, enhancing the user experience.

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Tim Lull reinforces the importance of accessing EBSCO content whenever and wherever users conduct their research, especially as they work remotely. “As EBSCO continues to improve the user experience, it’s exciting to better enable the research process via Google Scholar by enabling trusted full-text links to scholarly content at EBSCO, and effectively removing barriers to access.”

Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar, says, “CASA builds on Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links program which provides direct links in the search interface to subscribed collections for on-campus users. With CASA, a researcher can start a literature survey on campus and resume where she left off once she is home, or travelling, with no hoops to jump through. Her subscribed collections are highlighted in Google Scholar searches, and she is able to access articles in exactly the same way as on campus.”

Learn more about EBSCO and Google Scholar CASA at EBSCO Connect.

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 1,500,000 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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EBSCO Information Services Appointed to the Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC) Framework, Library Management Systems, ITS 1028 AP

LISWire - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:38

EBSCO Information Services Appointed to the Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC) Framework, Library Management Systems, ITS 1028 AP
~ EBSCO Information Services Appointed to New UK Library Management Systems Framework~
IPSWICH, Mass. — May 26, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC), the centre of procurement expertise for universities in Scotland, has appointed EBSCO to a competitive multi-supplier Library Management Systems framework agreement for university libraries in the United Kingdom. Institutions with membership of SUPC, LUPC, NWUPC, NEUPC or HEPWC may also use the framework. UK Institutions undertaking a competitive framework mini-competition will be able to evaluate a range of solutions including the option of FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) and EBSCO’s expertise in implementing, hosting and providing services through EBSCO FOLIO Services.
Interested university institutions may obtain further information on the new Library Management System framework, ITS 1028 AP, from the education Buyer Portal websites below:
“HE Contracts”, England, Wales, and NI
https://www.hecontracts.co.uk/login
“APUC Buyers Portal”, Scotland
http://www.apuc-scot.ac.uk/#!/contracts
EBSCO FOLIO Services is available to institutions looking to implement FOLIO, an open services LSP created by a community of librarians, developers and service providers. EBSCO FOLIO Services provides institutions around the world with resources to host and support the library services platform with a suite of services. These services include system implementation and data migration, maintenance and hosting in the Amazon Web Service (AWS), and a team of specialists on call. EBSCO FOLIO Services provides libraries with guidance and ease in adopting the open source technology.
EBSCO Information Services Executive Vice President of FOLIO and Research SaaS, Gar Sydnor says EBSCO has long supported open source systems and has been a stakeholder in the FOLIO project from the beginning. “EBSCO contributed substantially to the leadership and development of FOLIO. This involvement enables us to support libraries that are looking for an alternative to current system choices by offering an open source solution backed by a company with decades of experience working with libraries.”
By leveraging EBSCO FOLIO Services, implementation expertise, and hosting and maintenance services, libraries have expert options for adopting FOLIO.
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 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 1,500,000 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]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEISFOLIOAPUCopen sourceLMSTechnologies: Open Source

Jisc Collections and Brill reach Transformative Agreement for UK Libraries

LISWire - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 06:31

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 26 May 2020

Jisc Collections and the international scholarly publisher Brill have reached a Transformative Agreement for 2020, which covers the SHEDL consortium as well as all other eligible UK university libraries.

Under the Agreement, academics at participating institutions benefit from reading access to the Full Brill Journal Collection, as well as unlimited Open Access publishing in all Brill journals for 2020. Brill’s journal portfolio consists of more than 330 hybrid and fully Open Access titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law, and Biology. Articles which have already been published in 2020 will be made available in Open Access retroactively.

“We are delighted the Brill agreement offers a compliant route to publish unlimited number of OA articles with Brill at no additional cost to universities. An agreement of this kind plays an important role in accelerating Open Access and the transition will allow the UK sector to benefit from the breadth of research the Brill agreement has to offer from International Law to Art , Languages and Linguistics,” says Anna Vernon, Head of Licensing at Jisc.

“The UK is our largest author community in Europe and our second largest in the world. With this agreement, HSS scholars at participating institutions have the opportunity to publish with the widest possible reach in some of the best journals in their fields. As a medium-sized publisher we look for the most sustainable ways to transition to a fully Open Access future. We are delighted to be cooperating with Jisc and SHEDL to achieve this objective,” says Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill.

Brill is one of the leading independent publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences with a broad OA portfolio consisting of more than 450 OA books and several thousand OA journal articles.

For more information about the agreement, contact Linda Empringham, Sales Director, on [email protected]

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 330 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.

About Jisc
Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. At its heart is the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for its members (colleges, universities and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions. For more information, please visit https://www.jisc.ac.uk/about.

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Gale Digital Scholar Lab Adds Instructional Support and Gains Customer Momentum

LISWire - Wed, 05/20/2020 - 11:33

New Integrated Learning Center Provides Users with Instructional Guidance Throughout the Lab’s Workflow, Driving Digital Literacy and Research Outcomes

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – May 20, 2020 – Gale, a Cengage company, is providing digital humanities students and researchers with a streamlined learning experience for building text analysis projects. The company has added instructional support to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab with the launch of its new integrated Learning Center. Now users have a learning framework that provides step-by-step instruction that helps them navigate and learn throughout the Lab’s workflow. This creates an entirely new structure for teaching best practices, research principles and the iterative nature of digital scholarship, in a manner that’s teachable and repeatable, putting research and learning first.

Studies show that methodologies such as text mining and data visualization are enhancing the teaching and scholarship of humanities at colleges and universities, with libraries often driving this effort[i]. The Gale Digital Scholar Lab’s new Learning Center makes the process more accessible to a variety of users by walking them through the text mining and visualization workflow.

The Learning Center provides users with a workspace to explore how the Gale Digital Scholar Lab can assist with research projects. Users can navigate the Center to become familiarized with the core stages in the workflow (Build, Clean, Analyze), develop an understanding of common digital humanities terms and find answers to frequently asked questions about the Lab.

Features of the Learning Center include:

• Embedded Video Tutorials: videos are readily accessible to users through core stages in the workflow (Build, Clean, Analyze), providing users with step-by-step walk-throughs of functionality as well as thoughtful commentary related to text and data mining best practices.

• Interactive Sample Projects: provide users with several completed project models that are situated within the context of a narrative format. Users can now be guided through the core research process while benefiting from expandable tips, tricks and guiding questions that promote the importance of inquiry-based learning for best digital humanities and research pedagogical practices. Faculty now have ready-made primary source-based research assignments they can easily use or modify to incorporate digital humanities work into their courses. Sample projects also provide users with the structure to effectively search primary source and archival content, embedded glossary definitions and instructional videos to provide self-paced learning opportunities for novice to advanced users.

• Thinking Critically Supplement: this feature helps support teaching and learning of the critical learning objectives of ideation and interpretation necessary for digital scholarship. It is incorporated in each project ensuring it is relevant to the research questions, process and outcomes, while also considering what can be done beyond the Gale Digital Scholar Lab with that given topic.

Coming later this spring/summer, Gale will introduce the first phase of its content upload capabilities. This will enable users to upload and analyze local text files within the Gale Digital Scholar Lab platform along with their Gale Primary Sources holdings.

“Gale Digital Scholar Lab is widely seen as a platform to introduce textual analysis and digital information literacy to users at many academic levels both in and outside of the classroom,” said Marc Cormier, Director of Product Management for the Humanities at Gale. “We created the Learning Center to provide faculty and students the guidance to understand and execute each stage of the Lab’s text analysis workflow, putting learning at the forefront of the platform.”

Gale Digital Scholar Lab Global Growth & Customer Momentum

Since its launch in September 2018, Gale Digital Scholar Lab has experienced significant growth globally. Over the last year and half, its customer base has more than doubled across five continents. Some of the world’s top colleges and universities are using the Gale Digital Scholar Lab to advance their digital humanities programs including: John Hopkins University, Yale University, University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, Monash University, University of Edinburgh, Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, University of California—Berkeley, University of Adelaide, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Utrecht University, to name a few.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is using the Gale Digital Scholar Lab in an IMLS grant-funded project they are leading called the Carolina Digital Library Network. This two-year pilot project enables small to mid-sized academic libraries in North and South Carolina to explore the possibilities of new innovative digital scholarship services for their researchers:

“In this project we are evaluating several shared digital library infrastructures, starting with the remarkable Gale Digital Scholar Lab. It offers an amazing array of textual pattern analysis tools for scholarly explorations into historical documents,” said Martin Halbert, Professor at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. “Our faculty members are intrigued with the possibilities of digital humanities toolkits such as the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, not only for their own established research agendas, but also because of the next-generation scholarship training that the project will offer to their graduate students.”

Here’s what other customers are saying about Gale Digital Scholar Lab:

“Gale Digital Scholar Lab provides our community with the unique opportunity to engage with primary sources in ways they may never have considered before, without needing prior knowledge in coding or having to clean data beforehand. While the Lab has great potential for research, we also see it as a great investment for education as the Lab enables us to provide hands-on experience with text mining models that students can use for their studies and in their life after university. –Katrina McAlpine, Associate Director, Publishing and Data Services, University of Sydney, Australia

“At the time we began considering the acquisition of the Digital Scholar Lab, our university was in the middle of forming a minor in Digital Studies. In order to support the minor, we need to be able to give students access to online collections that could serve as a digital sandbox—something they could experiment with, research in, and manipulate digitally. The Digital Scholar Lab gave us that, in addition to a suite of tools that are readily accessible. We’re able to not only give them the materials to work with, but the tools in an environment with fewer barriers to use.” –Hillary Richardson, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research & Information Literacy and Digital Studies Instructor, Mississippi Women's University

“The Gale Digital Scholar Lab brings the full range of practice of digital humanities in variety disciplines of humanities and social sciences. We benefit a lot from its visualization and data analysis tools. My personal favorite feature is the Topic Modeling tool, which enables the extraction of common topics found across many documents. It sometimes gives surprising findings that can be really fascinating.” –Xuan Xu, Librarian, Fudan University, China

The Gale Digital Scholar Lab is a cloud-based research environment designed to transform the way scholars and students access and analyze Gale primary source materials by offering solutions to some of the most common challenges facing researchers in the digital humanities today. By integrating an unmatched depth and breadth of digital primary source material with some of today’s most popular digital humanities analysis methods, Gale Digital Scholar Lab provides a new lens to explore history and empowers researchers to deepen our understanding of the world and how it is represented in the written word.

To request a trial, visit the Gale Digital Scholar Lab trial request pages: U.S. trial - https://bit.ly/2LKcCtv or international trial - https://bit.ly/3dYMrv8.

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 (U.S.) - @galecengage
• Twitter (EMEA) - @GaleEMEA
• Gale Blog - https://blog.gale.com/
• The Gale Review - https://review.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale

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[i] Digital Humanities in Action Study, October 2019

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Lamar Community College joins CLiC and Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha and Aspen Support

LISWire - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:57

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) has added Lamar Community College Library, Lamar, Colorado to their consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS and Aspen Discovery for their catalog.

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 10,000 plus holdings from Follett ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The Lamar Community College Library Discovery System can be viewed at https://lamarcc.catalog.aspencat.info/.

About Lamar Community College Library
Lamar Community College offers a variety of two-year degrees and certificates through on-site and online courses. Lamar Community College is focused on the educational needs of Prowers, Baca, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Counties.

Read more at https://www.lamarcc.edu/academics/library/about-the-library/.

About CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium)
CLiC is an infrastructure for libraries throughout Colorado. Vision: Helping libraries achieve greatness in their communities. Mission: Connecting. Energizing. Inspiring. Services for libraries throughout Colorado.

Core Values

Deliver friendly service
Seek opportunities for collaboration
Support growth and discovery
Celebrate successes
Save money for libraries
Blend work & play to create fun
Read more at https://www.clicweb.org/about-clic/who-we-are/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

King's College Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

LISWire - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:56

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that King's College, Leonard Corgan Library in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 214,000 plus holdings from Polaris ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The libraries' customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://kings.bywatersolutions.com/.

About Leonard Corgan Library
The D. Leonard Corgan Library supports the mission of King's College by actively participating in the instructional process and serving as a gateway to global information resources. The Library provides a learner-centered environment, information resources, instruction, and services to meet the curricular and research needs of students, faculty, and staff. The library fosters the development of information skills that are critical to independent intellectual inquiry and lifelong learning.

Read more at https://www.kings.edu/academics/library

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

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

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

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

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

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

FOLIO Launches Fameflower Release

LISWire - Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:04

FOLIO Launches Fameflower Release
~ Open Source Project Release Focuses on App Development and Integration ~

PHILADELPHIA — May 19, 2020 — FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source Library Services Platform (LSP), has launched the Fameflower Release. The FOLIO Fameflower Release is the sixth in a series of named releases that define the features and functionality of the open source LSP and represents a significant list of workflow features for library staff.

The release offers integration improvements for VuFind and EBSCO Discovery Service™ customers in addition to user experience (UX) improvements and accessibility features. Platform improvements include:

• Matching and replacing inventory/MARC records with import along with import of holdings and items
• Ability to export single and batches of records which includes the creation of record lists with improved filtering. Export of Accounting vouchers.
• Improved Keyboard navigation & UI improvements
• Renewal and export of agreements. License term comparisons.
• Improved searching and filtering of vendors
• Orders and invoicing in non-default currencies and order cloning. Improved receiving and check-in.
• Custom fields for user records
• KBART import Management and display of non-serial resources in agreements
• Custom labels, acquisition/access status for eHoldings
• eUsage – improved harvesting management and ability to download stored reports
• Improved call number support and item record sorting for inventory
• Course Reserves

Jesse Koennecke, Chair of the FOLIO Product Council and Director, Acquisitions and E-Resource Licensing Services, Cornell University Libraries from the FOLIO Community says the Fameflower Release demonstrates FOLIO’s commitment to library innovation. “The release gives librarians many features that collectively show a vast amount of development in FOLIO that has occurred during a single quarter. Many of these features, developed by librarians for librarians are not available with traditional ILS vendors and are designed to improve staff workflows.”

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

For a full demonstration and roadmap update, visit the Open Library Foundation’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/OpenLibraryFoundation.

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

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Media Relations, FOLIO
978-223-0438
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: AssociationTags: FOLIOOpen source Open LibrariesEBSCOLSPEDSUIUXTechnologies: Open Source

Asian Literary Quarterly Mekong Review Launches Digital Edition

LISWire - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:32

The complete archive and all new issues of Mekong Review, an English-language magazine of Asian literature, arts, culture and society, is now available for individual and institutional subscriptions in collaboration with digital publishing experts Exact Editions.

Founded in 2015, the quarterly magazine provides a distinctly Asian view and a fresh perspective that covers Asian histories, lives and cultures through regional voices that write insightful reports and articles from all over the continent. Indonesian director and novelist, Richard Oh, said, “Mekong Review is a beacon for this region and its writers.” While author and journalist Emma Larkin said Mekong Review “avoids the easy clichés through which the West views Southeast Asia and offers instead a rich, in-depth and nuanced portrait of the region.”

As well as cross-platform compatibility on web, iOS and Android devices, the brand new archive offers a comprehensive search function that cements its status as an ideal tool for academics, students and everyone interested in a publication putting this area of this world in the spotlight.

Mekong Review is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/mekong-review

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/mekong-review

Browse the complete archive for 7 days: https://bit.ly/2zNfX8i

Publisher and editor Minh Bui Jones said: “We’re delighted to have given our back issues new life digitally on the Exact Editions platform! Our readers will adore the search function that allows them to navigate the whole archive at the click of a button.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “The Mekong Review archive has transferred wonderfully to a digital format; the striking front covers and fully-searchable back catalogue of content will attract new subscribers from all over the world.”

About Mekong Review:

Mekong Review is a quarterly English-language magazine of arts, literature, culture, politics, the environment and society in Asia, written by people from the region or those who know it well. From its founding in 2015, its aim has been to provide a fresh perspective on Asian histories, lives and cultures through emerging regional voices. Its approach is close to that of publications like the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books - that is, basing its writing around new publications of interest - but its view is distinctly Asian. 

About Exact Editions:

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

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Over 1000 Schools Sign Up To For Free Magazine Archive Access During Pandemic

LISWire - Mon, 05/18/2020 - 07:17

In an effort to assist schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, digital archiving experts Exact Editions have partnered with 8 publishers to offer schools free access to the digital archives of their magazines until 1st October 2020. 1000 schools worldwide have already signed up to the ‘Remote Resources’ package to use the extensive archives as part of their teaching.

The participating magazines, whose subject matters span science, geography, politics amongst others, are Chemistry World, New Internationalist, Geographical, Prospect, The Biologist, Resurgence & Ecologist, BBC History Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, BBC Science Focus Magazine & The World Today.

The free access includes remote access options for students and staff working at home during the crisis, as well as IP-authenticated access for seamless campus use. Every page of each title is incorporated into Exact Editions’ comprehensive search facility, meaning that users can instantly look up a specific topic at the touch of a button.

Schools can sign up here:

https://institutions.exacteditions.com/schoolsoffer

The publishers have put together curriculum-based content guides for teachers here:

https://institutions.exacteditions.com/guides

Ciara O’Shea, Deputy Principal at Scoil Muire Agus Padrig secondary school in Ireland said: “Thank you so much for setting our school up […] It will be a wonderful addition and the materials are so rich in information for our students. I can’t thank you enough. It is a wonderful resource for our students and an unexpected treat in these unusual times.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “The prestigious publishers participating in the ‘Remote Resources’ initiative have shown great generosity with their content during these unprecedented and difficult times. We’re delighted that so many schools have signed up already, and hope to continue extending it to all four corners of the globe.”

If you are a publisher who would like to be part of the initiative, please contact us at [email protected].

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

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Digital Subscriptions To Violet Book Now Available

LISWire - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:34

Individuals and institutions can now subscribe to the digital edition of Violet Book and access the latest issue across web, iOS and Android platforms. The brand new digital resource will grow with each new issue published and has been brought to life in collaboration with archiving experts Exact Editions.

Launched by fashion stylist Leith Clark in 2014, Violet Book magazine and its website counterpart are spaces to investigate powerful femininity and share women’s stories and wisdom whilst celebrating experience, age and honesty. Each landmark issue of the bi-annual magazine features an international cast of creative women; Issue 13, debuting in digital form with two covers, features actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and director Miranda July. The magazine is donating 50% of the issue’s digital sales to the Young Women’s Trust, to help economically vulnerable young women hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis.

The cutting-edge functionalities of the Exact Editions platform mean accessing and navigating the new issue is a seamless experience; a comprehensive search facility allows for specific topics or people to be located in an instant, whilst cross-platform accessibility means issues can be accessed from anywhere and everywhere.

Violet Book is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/violet-book

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/violet-book

Browse Issue 13 for 7 days: https://bit.ly/2YRzezT

Publisher Stephen White said: “We’re thrilled to have launched the first ever digital issue of Violet Book; it marks a new exciting era for the magazine and provides an excellent way for readers to enjoy this landmark issue at a click of a button whilst supporting vulnerable women during the pandemic.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “The striking and vibrant design of Violet Book has translated beautifully into its digital format. The new resource will open doors to an untapped digital market and offer exciting new revenue opportunities.”

About Violet Book:

Created in 2014, Violet, a space for powerful femininity to be investigated and celebrated is a biannual magazine and ever-evolving website sharing women’s stories and wisdom.

From fashion and art to motherhood and families of every form, to tangled issues of politics, protest and women’s bodies and rights, Violet honours the achievements of each individual it features, empowering readers to find confidence in their own womanhood.

About Exact Editions:

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

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MuseumsEtc Offers Museums 6 Months Free Access to Complete Book Collection

LISWire - Mon, 05/11/2020 - 07:18

In an effort to assist museums and galleries during the COVID-19 pandemic, MuseumsEtc have partnered with digital publishers Exact Editions to offer free access to the publisher’s complete book collection, comprising almost 70 titles, until 1st November 2020. The offer includes advanced remote access options to allow museum professionals to easily navigate resources whilst working at home over the coming months.

The MuseumsEtc Collection shares innovation in museum practice worldwide, drawing on the international experience of hundreds of leading museums and galleries in such key areas as inclusion, interpretation, learning, management, new media, and visitor engagement. Designed specifically for use in both academic and professional contexts, the collection is in use in leading museums and galleries worldwide.

Every page of each title is incorporated into Exact Editions’ comprehensive search facility, meaning that users can instantly look up a specific topic at the touch of a button. Remote access will be set up for all participating museums to allow access from wherever they are in the midst of the world health crisis.

View the full MuseumsEtc Collection here:

 https://institutions.exacteditions.com/museumsetc-collection

Museums can sign up here:

http://institutions.exacteditions.com/museumsoffer

Publisher Graeme Farnell said: “We want to ensure that museum professionals can access the very best digital resources from home over this difficult period. We hope it’ll be widely used across the globe providing an invaluable new source of shared experience and inspiration.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “This is a great opportunity for museums to explore the archive of book titles available within the collection and provide their staff, researchers and students with a wealth of information at their fingertips.”

About MuseumsEtc:

MuseumsEtc is an independent publishing house based in Edinburgh and Boston. Their curated collection of books for museum and gallery professionals shares best practice globally, addressing contemporary issues in a practical, authoritative and innovative way.

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

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Jisc and LYRASIS help US universities and research organisations gather new usage insights

LISWire - Thu, 05/07/2020 - 09:22

US to bring together institutional repository usage statistics on a national scale for the first time.

Jisc and LYRASIS, a global non-profit membership association providing technology and content solutions for libraries, museums, and archives, are joining forces to introduce Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (IRUS) in the United States.

IRUS-US is the first service to bring together standards-based usage statistics of participating repositories in the US. The service will enable US repositories to provide and gather comparable usage data, while also giving them the opportunity to benchmark usage at an international level.

Liam Earney, Jisc's executive director of digital resources, says:

"We are excited to work with LYRASIS in delivering IRUS-US. Data aggregated through IRUS-US will help research managers demonstrate the value of open access content by recording and reporting online resource usage in a consistent and credible way."

The US is the fourth country to join the growing online repository community, alongside Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The University of Amsterdam and online library and publication platform OAPEN and CORE which hosts the world's largest collection of open access research papers, are also using the service.

Celeste Feather, LYRASIS senior director of content and scholarly communication Initiatives, says

"We are excited to facilitate the growth of the IRUS-US community. Adoption of IRUS-US will enable US universities and research organizations to measure the impact of their institutional repository and compare the activity to reports from national and international peers using industry-recognized COUNTER-conformant statistics."

One of the first US institutions to adopt the service is the University of Michigan, using the IRUS stats to access standards-compliant data and to report on and visualise repository usage.

Jim Ottaviani, service manager for Deep Blue, the University of Michigan's institutional repository service, comments:

"Making our work available to all who need it is a foundation of our mission, and participating in international efforts helps ensure we can make that happen. We're pleased to work with IRUS because, by doing so, we get a reliable benchmark of both our reach and of how our efforts complement those of ourpeers around the world."

Universities and research organisations can signup to IRUS-US from 1 July 2020 by contacting Hannah Rosen, LYRASIS scholarly communication specialist and digitization program coordinator.

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